Ferry crossing

Today was a travel day. So far, we’ve had a rental car, which has broken up our travel days nicely with lots of excursions to different places. But this morning we had to return the car, which thankfully all went smoothly. We took a taxi back to the esplanade, checked out of our accommodation, and walked our bursting suitcases to the ferry terminal. Mum and Marnie went to the post office while we waited, but I updated my blog and spoke to Sean, using the patchy terminal internet. Then we piled onto the ferry. The crossing was calm and sunny, and super windy on deck. It took two and a half hours, and I snoozed and read a great book (Tiger Lily, by Jodi Lynn Anderson, which I picked up at Foyle’s on Wednesday), and then we were on GUERNSEY!

I’ve wanted to go to the Channel Islands for a long time, but my interest was piqued by reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society a few years ago (it’s such a great book and I recommend it to everyone). It’s a story that deals with the aftermath of the German Occupation. I had not realised that the Islands were taken over by the Nazis during World War 2- in fact, it’s the closest to England that the occupation got. But the book is funny and charming and beautiful and touching, don’t make the mistake of thinking it would be too dark and depressing. Anyway, we’re on Guernsey for the next five nights, but are hoping to take a day trip to Jersey and maybe Herm or Sark. Tomorrow we have a guided tour structured around the book, which I’m really excited about. Time for a sleep!

 

 

 

 

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Torquay and Weymouth

I had scrambled eggs made with clotted cream for breakfast today and they were super delicious. Then we packed up and headed off! We drove from Cornwall to Torquay, the extraordinary seaside town where Agatha Christie was from. We drove around the town for ages trying to get our bearings and find a park, but when we finally did, we walked out onto the sunny harbour, right next to the information centre! We didn’t have very long to spend, so we decided on a couple of things to do and had a cup of tea to recharge. Then we headed off to the Torquay Museum, where they have the Agatha Christie gallery. The gallery was only small, but really informative and interesting. I can’t get over how prolific she was, and I’ve got a list of all her works that I’m going to work through over the next few years. Marnie bought me a lovely copy of A Pocketful of Rye from the gift shop, so I’ll have to get started on that soon.

After the museum, we walked back to the harbour, looking at a few shops and eventually locating a bust of the author that I had to take a selfie with. Then it was lunchtime, a true English seaside lunch of fish and chips, and clotted cream ice cream. Sitting in the sun in front of the harbour after the last few days of fog and mist was bliss! Then it was back in the car, and onto Weymouth, another lovely seaside town. Our accommodation is pretty cramped, and up about a million tiny staircases, which is not easy with the amount of luggage we have. There is also a lack of parking, but we’ve managed so far, and the view from our room makes up for it. We are right on the beach, with the seagulls and the sand and the sun. We walked along the Esplanade to the Wetherspoons for dinner, and now we’re back in our tiny room. I’m trying to organise my luggage for tomorrow. I’m going to London for a night, but I won’t be taking my computer, so there won’t be a blog for a couple of days. Until then! xx

Torquay

 

Selfie with Agatha. She’s taller.

 

English seaside

 

Our accommodation

 

Our front garden