It is very common for residents to know less about a location than tourists. I am personally guilty of treating familiar places with less interest than those I travel thousands of miles to visit. My photo blog is very heavenly biased towards Arizona and the South West of the US because when I am there we always DO SOMETHING! Here in Guernsey, the camera is taken out less often, and if it is taken on a dog walk it has tended to be an iPhone. I intend to put this right, posting a mini series of dog walks which I hope you enjoy. Millions of people have been to the Grand Canyon but very few have been or will ever come to the little island of Guernsey, part of the Channel Islands.
Today we are in the north of the island at Pembroke Bay. It was COLD hence no one one the beach- not even dog walkers, as we dog walker are not allowed on the beach May through September . Many (crazy) people swim throughout most of the year in the sea- believe me it doesn't ever get warm.
At Pembroke we can see Martello towers which are apparently not Martello towers! Between 1778 and 1779 the British built 15 loophole towers in various strategic coastal positions to defend against a possible invasion by those pesky French – only joking! My American readers may be more aware of the relevance of the dates- the French had thrown in their lot with the Americans against the British so relations were hardly chummy! The napoleonic wars (1803-1815) hastened additional work on some of these loophole towers – to bring the technology of war up to date I expect. During the occupation by German Forces during the Second World War monumental quantities of concrete were poured into defences- these are ugly and functional, so there is no confusion with the loophole towers of a much earlier period. I am sure you'll be able to identify each in the shots which follow.
hi! i am Anne (hence vANNilla) - two 'N's autocorrect WILL autocorrect - grrrrrr
I can most often be found cooking up a storm in the kitchen,(with my trusty thermomix) behind a camera or a kindle.
If you are a traveller/photographer my bog is @vannilla https://vannillarock.wordpress.com
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i studied economics in Edinburgh in the early 70's; now retired from a day job, on paper i have plenty of time to explore the blogosphere and enjoy the shared experiences of others. like every other retiree i know we wonder how we fitted in a day job.
I split my time between Guernsey,. In the Channel Islands -a 20-odd square mile island with 60thousand+ inhabitants- and Phoenix, Arizona. The mix is perfect- the former is beautiful but attacks of cabin fever are never too far away. Arizona, on the other hand IS king of the open road and has THE biggest bluest sky EVER.
my blogs revolve around baking (vannillarock) and photography/travel
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