It was April 14th 1976 when I first landed in Jersey, Channel Islands and if you’ve read my previous post ‘So I left Home’ and ‘So, I left Home (2)‘ you’ll know where that ended up. You may have realised that I am now a little older, I only say ‘may’ because some of my students have led me to believe that the human brain doesn’t do Maths on Mondays.
I have returned a few times to the ‘Rock’ but this time there were a few old memories stirred, particularly ocean going ones. I did spend rather a long time in it 🙂
The fact that I stayed in the Savoy Hotel was another contributing factor as the Master and I could often be found on Paul Gay’s boat and as the owner of said hotel many years ago, he was happy to buy all our Scallops from us at 50p each. We would take it in turns to strap on a bottle and swim up and down the seabed dropping Scallops into old net shopping bags and then tying them off to a float to be collected later when back on board the boat. The floats were old 5 litre plastic pop containers. We never bought anything we didn’t have to 🙂
But this wasn’t just a visit to see the family it was Dave ‘The Legends’ retirement party attended by a former Mrs Countryboy. It didn’t feel strange chatting away to a former Mrs CCB, in fact we got on well. Obviously we didn’t carry on where we had left off 30 odd years ago as there was a cover charge for breakages at the venue. Anyway the party went off well and I got to see a bit more of an Island that had 9 years of my youth. Of course they suffered when they were cut off for so many years under Nazi rule and there is a lovely memorial in Liberation Square opposite the marina.
Next week we’re going D.J. ing Hmmm 🙂