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!
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.
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