Saturday, 9 November 2013

Inspiration

Some of you know I currently live in the British Channel Islands: a sunny group of granite outcrops off the coast of France. With a mixed past - and in such proximity to the continent - the place is packed with history. Originally part of the Duchy of Normandy they passed to the English (and later British) Crown after 1066.

A history of Smugglers and privateers, as well as being the only corner of Britain ever to be occupied by the Nazis in WWII, these islands have very unique characteristics, yet are still definitely British.

It's hard not to be inspired living here, especially when your main topic of writing is of a nautical nature. Below I'll show you some of the things I've seen recently to feed the imagination, but what inspires your creativity?

The 300+ step descent to Petit Port - an isolated sandy bay surrounded by caves apparently used by free traders back in the day - Guernsey

The crew of this vessel were lazy (or clever). They sailed into Petit Port instead of facing the treacherous steps!

Lighthouse off Jersey

Elizabeth Castle, Saint Hellier - Jersey

Roselle Harbour - Jersey

Roselle Harbour - Jersey

Roselle Harbour - Jersey

Sea mine, Gorey Bay - Jersey

Park, complete with large cannon, in Saint Hellier - Jersey

The cliff top ruins of Groznez Castle - Jersey

Some beach car park - Jersey

Swedish tall ship on a grey dawn, Saint Peter Port - Guernsey

Fort Grey, the shipwreck museum - Guernsey

Fort Grey, the shipwreck museum - Guernsey

Photos from various 20th century wrecks adorn the museum... 

...as well as many artefacts from all ages.

Fort Grey, the shipwreck museum - Guernsey

More artefacts.

Fort Grey, the shipwreck museum - Guernsey

Le Huet fort at Le Guet, overlooking Cobo Bay - Guernsey

Fort Houmet, Vazon Bay - Guernsey

For heating the round shot to burn oncoming ships, Fort Houmet, Vazon Bay - Guernsey

Gun emplacement and furnace, Fort Houmet, Vazon Bay - Guernsey

Fort Houmet, Vazon Bay - Guernsey

The storm approaches... Lancresse Bay - Guernsey

Castle Cornet and lighthouse, Saint Peter Port - Guernsey

Brehon Tower - in the Little Russel channel - Guernsey

One of many forts at Lancresse - Guernsey

One of many forts at Lancresse - Guernsey