Flying over our boat

An eventful trip to beautiful Jersey!

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Hi all,

Hope everyone’s well and enjoying this lovely September weather? We’ve just got back from a fabulous trip to beautiful Jersey to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary – the weather there was just glorious, we were so lucky! We lived in Jersey for three years in the 1990’s and got married there, so it’s always been a very special place for us, and it was wonderful to go back, catch up with friends and visit all our favourite places. (By the way, if you missed reading about my rather unusual anniversary gift, I tell all in my previous blog so have a look!)

We were also fortunate that our visit coincided with the island’s annual international air show. A friend has a yacht so we all headed out on that to watch the event from the water. I’ve never been particularly interested in aircrafts but I’m a convert – it was just incredible, and there were definitely a few highlights.

First, two stunning Swedish fighter aircraft – the legendary Saab Viggen (the only one in existence that is still flying) and the Saab Draken. I’ve never seen anything quite like them. Then, the massive privilege of seeing the only two airworthy Lancaster bombers in the world (one Canadian, one British) flying together in Europe this year for the first time in 50 years – pictured above.

And then of course, the Red Arrows, who came so low over the water we could smell their aviation fuel. Just spectacular! We also had a fun trip to Durrell Wildlife Park, where hubby and I turned into children and pretended to be meerkats in a glass dome in the meerkat enclosure which the zoo had kindly provided for such merriment… hilarious!

Pretending to be meerkats

We did have one slightly scary experience. Eighteen of us were in a restaurant on the Friday night, and were just finishing our starters when an incident in the kitchen started a fire… within minutes the restaurant was full of smoke and we were being evacuated, with the roof well ablaze. We were all a little shaken, smoky and croaky, but thank goodness everybody got out safely and the fire services were on the scene very quickly.

Fire at the restaurant

We headed back to our hotel where the staff were just wonderful, not minding that they suddenly had eighteen smelly, smoky people on their hands and keeping the kitchen open late to provide us with the rest of our meal and even whipping us up a little anniversary dessert. So thank you SO much, Somerville Hotel! The poor restaurant is going to try to open its ground floor again in a few weeks, but the upper floor will be closed for several months. But at least nobody was hurt – it could have been so much worse.

I was so looking forward to this week at work, especially as I got to meet some of you lovely people during our Customer Homes Event yesterday and today!

Have a brilliant weekend!

Love Jackie x

4 Comments

  1. Jean P September 19, 2014 at 7:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie,
    It sounds as if you had a great time in Jersey, must have been nice to go back there after getting married there. And did you enjoy living there?
    The fire in the Restaurant what an awful experience, you were all lucky to get out. It must have been nice to have your Hotel to go back to, sounds as if they looked after you well.
    Did you both enjoy being a Meerkat, I love them.
    Looks like the lovely weather is coming to an end, what a shame, it could have stayed around for another month or two. Lets’ hope we don’t have a bad winter, winter what an awful thought.
    Take care.
    Love Jean XX
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  2. Jackie Kabler September 22, 2014 at 6:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jean, we had a wonderful time, thanks! Yes I love meerkats too, so cute and living in such an organised society. I actually quite like winter…good excuse to snuggle up in my Cozee Home bedding!
    Have a good week.
    Love Jackie x

  3. Beth September 23, 2014 at 4:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie,
    Delighted that you’re ok after the fire at the restaurant. Thank goodness everyone is ok.

    I LOVE the photo of you and hubby in the Meerkat dome! If I ever get myself to the Durrell Wildlife Park, I’ll be in there! However, my partner is quite shy and I know he’ll pretend he doesn’t know me whilst I’m in there :)

    Keep having fun,
    Beth XXX.

  4. Jackie Kabler September 24, 2014 at 12:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Beth, glad you like the meerkat picture, we did have a giggle!
    Love Jackie x

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