Sunday, 1 September 2013

I know what I did this summer

I have taken a few sets of pics this summer, but before I start publishing those I'll kick things off with the odds and ends that have made me whip out the camera...

One for postbox enthusiasts, the pillarbox relocated from Liberation Square to the Waterfront.
By St.Ouen's Pond, a new cutting through a bird-watching mound...
..which originally covered a bunker...
.. two months later, and we can see the plan coming together - a new bird-watching construction which will make use of the bunker as an educational facility.
At the other side of the island, low tide and some people for scale... really rams home just how big a project the breakwater was in the 1840s!
Nearby, the sand sculpture man is still creating awesome masterpieces.
This rotting tree trunk at the roadside looks just like a croc, no?
A new tenant for this Bath St property at West's Ctr - Sweet Nelly's ices.
This curved property at Greve d'Azette/Green Rd has yet another tenant (so so many over the years!)...
.. Mesquita's Stores
Farther along the road, and the tatty (see on Google Maps) White Horse has been tarted up into an 'eatery' with the side building removed.
The hotel at Greve de Lecq is currently being flattened.
The Battle Funfair was billed as a travelling "theme park" this year, despite being nothing like a theme park - having no theme other than "look really deserted after the first cheap night". This ride is hundreds of feet higher than I could stomach :)
The shelter and rest stop on the Devil's Hole walk needs some attention.. please... has been there for quite some time if this sweet graffiti from 1967 is anything to go by. Two honeymoon couples here at the same time - that's sooooo 60's Jersey, isn't it? How far our Tourism 'industry' has declined :(
At the top of the walk, the Priory Inn has a new playzone called Little Devils which is one all parents should check out - it's a cheap way to keep them busy and wear them out!

While you're there, check out the little studio at the entrance to the pub car park - Glyn Burton's glasswork skills are very impressive.

Summer in St.Ouen's Bay...
.. La Rocco Tower undergoes some essential repairs. It's open for viewing on the NTJ Open Day next weekend, btw.
Looking the other way, towards the lighthouse.
If I'd have bothered to get out of the car, instead of shooting through the windscreen, I might have had a clearer pic!
Happy Landings.
Airport fire crew go for a drive.
There were actually 3 double-deckers in a row, which was unusual enough to make me stop and whip out the camera, but by the time it switched on, zoomed and focused, one had gone past.
I'm saddened to see that Jersey Water have closed the land at Mt Rossignol, to the west of Val de la Mare reservoir, which used to be open (see on Google Maps). Nice peaceful area with great views, a real shame that we've lost access.
Archirondel Tower...
.. and St.Catherine's Tower.
If you're going to use the word 'scrap' be careful in 3D situations where the first letter will often be obscured!
Finally, to Flicquet/Fliquet (never did work out whether the C is required or not)... and a small concrete structure looks a bit occupation-y ...
.. but it's not worth borrowing their garden for a few moments, as there's nothing to see up above.
The back of St.Cath's.
The truncated tower.


Shane said...

Great set of photos, especially like the graffiti at Devil's Hole. Makes me want to go and check out what else is written inside that little shelter, which has to be saved. Come on Le Masurier's, please sort it out.

crapaudmatic said...

Thanks Shane. It's not far down the path if you want to take a look, compared to the rest of the climb. Plenty to read in there!

Anonymous said...

I spotted a couple things that looked out of place on my last walk down to Devil's Hole.

First was this 'birdhouse' with a much smaller hole than normal (I think it had an inner flap covering the opening, too). My guess is it was some sort of visitor counter? It was mounted about knee-high, on the path near the shelter.

Second was this big exposed section of electrical wire, which looked like an accident waiting to happen. It was about halfway down the long, straight steps.

Did you spot either of these, or if the wire had been re-buried at least?

crapaudmatic said...

Hi Tom, good to hear from you!
No, I didn't spot either of those :)

How are you, still publishing photos somewhere? Please post a link if so!

Anonymous said...

I'm a bit busy lately but still posting stuff online. I moved the Tom & Shirley blog to and photos now mainly go to Both work over https so you can browse without your ISP snooping your traffic. I run traffic analytics from '' so block that in your browser's javascript settings if you don't want me seeing your visits.

I read about the so-called 'IndieWeb' earlier this year and like the idea, so I started moving my content to websites & servers I operate. It's more work at first but I can move everything around now quite easily. If Blogger (or Facebook, or MySpace, etc..) shut down it has zero effect on me.