Home Again – There’s No Place Like It!

When I say home, I mean our Down by the Sea home. This year has not been a great for us when it comes to holidays. We had to cancel all our plans in the summer because of ill-health and death in the family. It’s the way life goes sometimes. We understand that. But thought we’d try just one more time with a few days away for our anniversary and headed to the beautiful island of Jersey.


Well, I think The Devil (pictured below, he turned up unexpectedly) had a hand in the proceedings.


We did enjoy some amazing meals and our hotel was lovely…but oh the weather! Rain, wind, cold, more rain, more cold and really strong winds. It’s a teeny tiny island and mostly should be enjoyed outdoors. Luckily the sun broke through every so often for a few minutes and we leapt out of out little hire car to snap a view.




We ate and drank amazingly well, and I’ll share some of our meals with you later. But for the moment, we’re staying put. If I mention going away on holiday for a while, please slap me round the face with a wet fish and remind me that There’s No Place Like Home.


81 thoughts on “Home Again – There’s No Place Like It!

  1. It does look lovely regardless, but I do appreciate that the costal parts of Britain can be even wetter than the rest of it. I hope the food fair was good ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. The food fair was great – there were menus offered in most restaurants for a max of about ยฃ17.50 for 3 courses (although we did go “off piste” one night) so we got to try some lovely dishes. Oh yes, and lots of wonderful oysters ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. It is a gorgeous scene & you did have divine food, but “always remember where the bluebird of happiness can be found” my Mama used to say as I was heading out the door for faraway places with strange sounding names.

  3. I fear my completion of our fully enclosed veggie garden has caused this worldy deluge. It’s been raining ever since I laid that last stone and I am starting to wonder if it is winter again! Nothing wrong with getting complete enjoyment out of grub and booze…often the best holidays are a haze of foodie memories tempered with the odd hangover of remembrance ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Aha – you’re to blame for the bad weather then?! Ok, as it was you, I won’t bear a grudge ๐Ÿ˜‰ Luckily, because we were eating….erm…plentifully (that’s my posh word for “like two starving hogs”) there were no hangovers (or 24 hour flu as we call in our family ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

      1. Pure genius…24 hour flu…I am going to pinch that! I like to eat like a starving hog for both Steve and myself. I feel it is important to keep up the side as he lets it down on a regular basis. Food is there to be predated. A humans natural place is at a dinner table. That’s why eating is one of our needs you know, NOT so we can pick at a few celery sticks and call ourselves stuffed…we were designed for communal banquets with roast boars and trays of pears dripping with juicy possibilities. Humanity makes itself smaller by limiting the opportunities to celebrate with food and I, for one, am NOT going to let the Sidmouth side down! Every night is a narf7 banquet :). I feel a 24 hour flu coming on at the completion of this unit on OH&S by the way…in fact…I think it might last 48 hours to be honest and I might have to take to my bed for the duration (with the odd trip to the fridge of COURSE ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

      2. Love the idea of frequent communal banquets! Good luck with the studies – sounds tough ๐Ÿ˜ฆ The 24 hour flu thing came about around 30 years ago when my brother who was probably not quite 18 had his first new Year’s Eve out with his pals and of course over did it. The next day was a big Italian family lunch at our house (complete with eating lentils for luck) and he wouldn’t get up to join us. My dad was furious and dragged him downstairs to “be with his family even if he did have a hangover…and it was all his own fault”. My brother of course denied having touched a drop the night before (under age and all that) and with the most pathetic face he could muster told us all that he thought he had a touch of “24 hour flu”! Of course, the story went down in family history and now we all refer to a session of over indulgence in this way…mind you, now we’re all getting older, it takes a lot longer to recover from a night on the vino, so perhaps it will be your 48 hour version that we will be dealing with now ๐Ÿ˜‰

      3. “Mi casa es su casa” or in this case the reverse (but I can’t be buggered fandangling the vernacular ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) and fair do’s on the sharing but we need to keep this hush-hush or it won’t cut the mustard with family and friends ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Shame! Good old “British” weather. It’s one of those places I nearly went to but never quite made it. A few days away is nice, anyway. Belated Happy Anniversary ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Boo to British weather! I’m glad the sun came out occasionally and that you ate well. Always a bonus.
    Do the hire cars still have an ‘H’ on the number plate? A friend who lived on Jersey for a while told us they were referred to as ‘horror cars;!

    1. Yes, the sun did come out occasionally and we rejoiced when it did. And yes, the hire cars do all have H on them 0 we thought it was to help the locals steer clear of all the “outsiders” driving like frightened kittens on their teeny tiny roads ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Well your pictures certainly belie the fact that you had such awful weather, but what a drag. Glad there was good food and drink to cheer away the weather woes. And yes, there’s no place like home!

    1. I don’t know why I’m always so disappointed when we have bad weather for our anniversary celebrations – it is November after all! Hey ho, we kept smiling (and eating and drinking) ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Well, what do you expect from Channel weather ๐Ÿ˜‰ ! Glad the food somewhat made up for the cold and the wind! Please do raise our appetites a litle whilst you still remember ~ if I recollect the franglais influence was quite pronounced in many of the places!! And the lovely local dairy produce and vegetables!!!

    1. I know, I think I build up these totally ridiculous expectations that we’ll have fabulous weather wherever we go even though it’s November! There was definitely a very good Franglais thing going on (with a heavy dose of Portugal thrown in). The meals were so good – they really do have fantastic raw materials to work with.

    1. Ah…romantic moments inside! We just mostly braved the weather but ut was nice to get in to the warm and dry as well. It was such a wonderful “welcome home” we got from the dogs when we got back ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. It is a very beautiful island and I can imagine how much more stunning it would be in the summer. It’s good to travel, but I agree it’s lovely to get back home again!

      1. I can handle cold and damp, but I just don’t like the wind, especially when combined with cold and damp.

    1. That seems to be what happens to us as well! Maybe we should retire from taking holidays and just enjoy what we’ve got – which is really rather a lot and very lovely when I think about it ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. What a shame about the weather because I’ve heard the island is lovely. At least you had good food while celebrating your anniversary. Congratulations and may you celebrate many more wonderful years together.

  9. Well at least you got a chance to get away. It looks beautiful, even if rainy. Happy Anniversary! At least you’ve been dealing with the adversity thrown your way with a sense of humor and place. Looking forward to seeing more meals from you!

    1. We did laugh about it… although after several years of similar anniversary celebrations (well, it does fall in November) Big Man has announced that next year we will buy a lobster and a bottle of champagne and have a romantic candlelit dinner at home – sounds good to me ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. I for one, agree there is no place like home!! Vacations are fine, but no permanent moves!! So sad to hear about the weather, from the pics those are beautiful views…had the sun been shining, even better! Can’t wait to see all the foods you enjoyed!

    1. So glad you are enjoying the blog but for the moment we are living and working for afew months in our little home Down by the Sea on the South Coast of England. The Mountain garden and house are having a winter rest!

  11. Sorry Old Nick was nasty to you on the occasion, Tanya! But you are smart to make the most of it no matter what the weather, and also to know that cosying up at home will take the sting out of nearly anything. Happy anniversary to you two, and may you enjoy many more years of delight, whether tucked in by the home hearth or wandering abroad!

    1. Hi Celia and thanks for visiting! I had heard (from my late grandmother in fact) that it was a beautiful island – and it certainly was. Even with the horrible weather, the beauty f the coastline and the interior was stunning. As was the food!

  12. Lovely scenery! I do agree that there’s no place like home… something I can’t really feel right now since we’re staying with my wife’s parents until we get settled. I feel like I’m on an extended vacation right now, lol!

    I love that statue… I don’t think I’d want it myself but in the right setting it must be really evocative!

    1. It is a bit unsettling when you are not in your own place. I expect your in laws are loving having you and little William there but you’ll be happy when you can make your own “nest”. The statue was quite sinister, but it was supposed to be – there is a path that leads to a blow hole called Devil’s Hole!

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