Botanic Gardens and most easterly point on Jersey

Before we start, what is this?

Our final morning started with a trip to the Botanic Garden at Samares Manor.

The Japanese Garden was lovely and, according to Kim, we definitely need a pond with two bridges across.

We were just in time for a tour of the Herb Garden, led by an enthusiast cook. We now need some black peppermint and Lemon Verbena, he was very persuasive on the benefits of herbal tea….

Our final destination of the day was Gorey and Mont Orguil Castle, courtesy of Ken Jordan Tours.

We gave the castle a miss and opted for a walk along the bay trying to decide which house we need to buy.

We drove back to the hotel, via the coast road, for afternoon tea to while away a couple of hours before heading to the airport for our 9pm flight.

We’d like to do this trip again. Now that we have done most of the main sights, there’s a lot of walking still to do.

Almost forgot, the first picture is an oyster boat. They are made in France from aluminium, not in someone’s back garden! This one was sailed back from France and can go out to the Oyster beds at high and low tides for harvesting and maintains the oysters.

St Helier and ?

Guess where we’ve been…

Back to that later. We took the bus to St Helier and met Ned (Edward Malet de Carteret) for our tour of the town. Ned’s family have been on the island for 800 years plus and have played influential roles through the centuries. We learned about the history of the Island becoming ‘English’ and, interestingly, French was the main language until 1900s. There was some reference to how the islanders suffered during the Occupation but award for ‘Story of the Day’ goes to the tale of Anthony Trollope implementing Post Boxes which were first trialled in Jersey before being rolled out across the UK.

A tour would not have  been complete without meeting some Jersey cows..

After a much needed cuppa we abandoned Ken and Jacky and headed to the Zoo. By accident, we ended up on the slow bus which took 45 minutes but meant that we saw more of the towns and villages on the east coast.

The zoo was fantastic and most of the animals happily entertained us. We could hear the Blue Stork, it was a blooming noisy bird, but we couldn’t see it! Gerald Durrell is Kim’s hero and the zoo really brings to life what an amazing and enlightened person he was.