A walking (?) tour of Alderney.

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Bell heather, with gorse blossoms sprinkled in.

Sunday, July 22, Tom took me on a walk along the cliffs.  I use the term “walk” loosely.  For a short time, we were on a path, but then we struck out across country and I was climbing up and down ocean bluffs!  In my mary janes!  Through gorse and bracken and wet grasses!  (Now I know what gorse and bracken look like.)  Some of the gorse was in bloom, pretty yellow blossoms, and a dark pink flower which we later learned was bell heather, was profuse in some places.  Bell heather is one of the few native plants of Alderney.  Of course, the view from the bluffs was magnificent, and when we finally got to the end of the trek, what did I espy but a bicycle!  Someone had arrived from another path riding a bicycle!

 

Dotted along the cliffs were the remains of WWII German bunkers.

Gannet rookeries.
  They were used to harry the Allied ships passing through the English Channel.  Off shore were bird reserves for gannets and black-winged gulls.

 

We then drove over to Fort Albert, but couldn’t get inside, as the government had finally closed off access.  The Fort’s fortifications were reinforced during WWII by German POW labor.  Leaving Fort Albert, we cruised down to the port and walked out on the breakwater that had been built in the 1800s to provide a larger harbor for the island.  Back at the flat, we decided we both needed a power nap, but before we could lie down, the sound of a band coming up Victoria Street brought us to the windows.  A Salvation Army Band, about 12 members strong!  I didn’t realize they were still in existence.  Evening found us at one of Tom’s co-workers for dinner.  Howard had been a hotel chef at one time, and we dined on Alderney lobster and crab and homemade bread.  Mmmmmm. 

 

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