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THE BOTANIC GARDENS, ST CLEMENT, JERSEY


I just love the above picture, what a stunning entrance that would make for any garden and these gardens are beyond magnificent in fact the best I have ever seen.  The Herb Garden situated in the walled medieval area is the largest in the UK.  I attended the free herb garden tour and learnt some great tips also so many herbs that I had not heared of, I  think I might ask for a herb book about what to do with them all for Christmas.  Did you know that mice do not like Mint so plant that around doors especially in the country where you get the field mice coming in for a warm winter.  


This had an amazing smell and I will be using it and trying to grow it.  

Different types of Thyme like orange and lemon, which is well known for healing and supposed to do wonders for a chesty cough, I am liking the thought of mixing the two together in an infusion and trying it out for myself.  I didn’t realise that the Chives I grow are Onion Chives as they have the purple flower the white ones are Garlic Chives but not very strong so a good addition to foods that you just want a very mild flavour.  

INFUSIONS – You will need a pair of tights/stockings or similar and normal porridge oats then break down the Rosemary and put in, then this will be put in the bath for a relaxing soak.

Lemon Verbene, again with the oats, put the infusion in a glass and add prossecco, this tasted like lemon curd and I love that.  


Oregano you can put into oil and use when needed.  Soapwort, you can make soap from and then dry the flowers for arrangements.  Sweet Cicely goes lovely with rhubarb, I can’t wait for next year when I can cut mine and cook it.  Lovage you can put into potatoe salad to get an amazing celery taste but not as strong as the real thing.  Put dried Lavender by your bed to aid sleep.  There is even a Curry plant, this does not smell very strong but goes well in your jar of dried rice before cooking.  

SAGE – You can make a sage gargle which is antibacterial and good for throats.  Mix 2oz of the fresh herb into 1 pint of boiling water then let cool and gargle with this, I will be letting you know if this works.  

I did not realise how many different types of Lavender there are so I have bought some seeds home to try.  The lavender and rose garden is amazing.  

A cute robin wanted to get in on the action.  Our tour guide Jenny had a world of knowledge about all the herbs and really was an outstanding person who managed to answer everything for us.

THE HERB GARDEN CAFE – What a beautiful cafe with out door seating in a wonderful setting.


The prices in this cafe are great in fact the best I have come across during my stay here and being a tourist and you get free wifi!  

I have even bought some Black Butter to try at home also Jersey milk and cream oh and not forgetting the New Potatoes.

The black plants are stunning, I have tried a couple of different ones in my garden but they did not seem to like it but I will be trying again as they look so good. 


I am loving the pink display, I came out with so many ideas for my garden but I am sure they will just stay at ideas for now.  I really liked the daisy looking flowers as you don’t really see Daisy’s growing in lawns anymore.  The two tone tree looked stunning as it all changed colour.

You would need a whole day to see everything here and stop for lunch.  Then a browse round the Gift Shop not forgetting the Rural Life And Country Museum and The Manor House with stables.  The children are catered for with a lovely park also a great game of hide n seek under the weeping willow tree.  


The best bit is if you go at the beginning of your holiday and you wish to go again, you can get a complimentary ticket for free so you can return any time. 

What a good idea to grow your apple trees over the arch, this makes picking them so much easier.  You could do the same with your other trees.  



As you can see there is so much to see and enjoy here, I liked that there were seats everywhere so you could just sit and look at the amazing views in every direction.  

This was the best place for me in Jersey and I loved all of it.  

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WEEKEND AT CAMBER SANDS

 

We have holiday parks in the UK and one of them is Pontins at Camber Sands so I took Izzy, Alfie and Mia there for the weekend and they loved it.

In one of the daily newspapers called the Sun you can collect ten tokens and then you get the holiday for £10 each person, so it is a good deal and there are so many places you can visit.  I picked this one as it is not very far away as it was just for the weekend.

This park is one of the biggest I have ever been too, spread out over a large area with so many different things for the children to do.  Also entertainment every evening in the clubhouse.  Children’s clubs run everyday with lots of different games and sports for them to attend if they want to.

The dinosaur park is really amazing with sound to all the creatures.

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Shame about Alfie getting eaten though!  LOL

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These bikes were a hit with everyone and so much fun for the kids.

Glow in the dark glasses, bracelets and necklaces went down well during the evening also bubble machines.  A great pound shop for the kids to spend their pocket-money and a supermarket with everything you would need.

We all had so much fun that we are going to book this park again.

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SCOOTER DAY, PARK & GRANDCHILDREN

I have a nice park and large green by me so I took Mia and Zac there to run off a bit of energy, they loved it.

Also riding their scooters there and back, I love this green as it is split up into parts for different activities and there is a path going round the edge for walkers and riders.  I am surprised Mia did not fall off as she is forever looking and watching other children, very nosy lol.  It is hard to believe that we are half way through August already and before we can blink they will all be back at school.  I will miss Mia and our days together as she starts big school but she will be replaced with Zac once a week, where do the years go, they are all growing up so quickly.

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George will be in 6th form so he has to wear suits everyday now, they look so smart and gets them used to wearing them for work which I think is a super idea and makes them take a pride in their appearance.

Jodie was extremely proud of her 3 eldest children all working at the weekend also a very proud Nan here, such good mannered caring children.  Well done Jodie, great parenting.

Billie was ecstatic watching her eldest Jade in the riding competition and again such a lovely person she is growing up to be as she is also superb with her two young siblings.  Not easy with such a big age gap but Billie manages to give them all what they need.

Sometimes it is hard being part of a big family and sharing your time as the older you get the harder it is to keep up with them not only in looking after them but all the things and gadgets they are into.  Alfie plays Minecraft, I find this so repetitive building things all the time but the younger generation love it and it is in the top 5 games.  Computers, iPads and smart phones are just a way of life now so get yourself trained to keep up with them, once you know the basics you will pick bits up by watching the children.

Happy holidays and treasure every minute. x

 

FUN AT THE FAIR

It was Donkey Derby weekend with car boot sale and fun fair, what a choice but Zac liked the ride on the fire engine best.  All I got was some plants for the garden.

Took a ride on the bus which was a first time for Zac, he just sat there amazed lol.

SAND STORIES

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While watching Alfie on the sand leaving footprints as he splashed in the soggy bits then building sand castles with moats, digging holes to see if he could find the water and just leaving all sorts of marks including his name to show he had been there.  It made me think of the many children that have also done that over the years, their costumes may have changed style but the joys of the beach never change for children.

The many dimensions of family life never changes the thrill of the beach and what you can build with the sand.  It evolves over the years but never changes, every day it takes the children’s castles and returns flat for the next session of memories to be made.

Layers of memories and stories stored in the depths, if you dig far enough you find a story and then it is yours to tell.  Have pirates walked on your sand?  Are there caves with fairies or wolves?  Was there a castle with a princess looking for her prince?  So many ideas you get from sitting on the sand holding the grains as they run through your fingers, how many fingers have they touched?

Many stories could be told, I am writing mine, what would you write about?

Happy day dreams x

DAY AT THE FOUNTAINS IN FOLKESTONE

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Folkestone harbour has some great attractions now and the one the children enjoy most are the fountains, you never know how high the water is going to go.  Zac had never been before so he was a bit hesitant at first and decided to have a feel just to make sure the water was real, funny boy.  After a few minutes you could not stop him from running about in, out and over them, we had such fun just watching him.

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Love that picture above, I think my photography is getting better.  After all that enjoyment it was time for food.  At Chummies food stall you can get hot and cold seafood, noodles and chips.  Noodles were the firm favourite, eating them the quickest way possible! LOL

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A lovely summer day enjoyed by everyone, we definitely need some more of these as seeing the sun is very rare this year.

MY GARDEN

I have been pottering about today so thought I would take some pics and share my garden with you all.

My collection of animals has started, I found these lurking in the garden so rounded them up.

Bit of a butterfly theme going on here, not intentional but I like the look.

Few herbs by the back door, the Basil seems to be having a bad year for some reason.  Love the poles in the windows with special bits hanging on them, memories from places I have been.

Grape vine and lavender doing really well, I need to touch up the paint on tyre.

Love the colious but it is not looking very healthy at the moment, not sure why.  Pleased with my olive tree, going to look out for a dwarf apple tree later in year.