Day 3: Guernsey, Channel Islands

Well, the 7am run didn’t quite happen. It was rainy and cold outside, as it is most mornings here unfortunately, so we slept an extra hour, then had a nice breakfast and our orientation where we finally met the animals! I’m not sure I can remember all of their names yet, but I’ll try. So, there is a beautiful white horse named Ghost, two little Shetland ponies, one of them with a mask over his face because he was so badly tortured and burned in Sri Lanka from where he was rescued. Sue, the sanctuary owner, said that she spent 5 years sitting outside of his stable each night, reading to him from novels, until he eventually became less afraid of her and less timid of people. He is now doing pretty great. There are also 3 big, black pigs named Rosie, Jack and I can’t remember the third. There are 8 ferrets, several rabbits, a couple of giant ones called?? (I’ll find out), many birds, a whole bunch of dogs and puppies, including a precious black dog named Daisy who just gave birth to two puppies about a week ago! I will be posting pictures very soon! There’s a big lamb named, appropriately, ‘Lamby’, two very friendly goats, a few deer that you can pet gently, beautiful chinchillas, and whole bunch of little chipmunks. Turns out chipmunks are actually quite small – not at all like Alvin and Simon. The sanctuary itself is absolutely idyllic, with little ponds all around and lots of flowers and trees, and separate areas for all of the different animals.

Maria and I were given the weekend off, so we decided to go into town, which is St. Peter’s Port, the happenin spot on the isle of Guernsey. We spent the day shopping, walking down quaint, cobblestone streets, drinking decadent wine and eating amazing Italian food. After dinner, we went to ‘The terrace’, a bar set on, yes you guessed it, a terrace, overlooking the harbor and all of the boats. At close to 11pm, we decided to call it a night and we took a taxi home, as the buses stop running at 7pm here in Guernsey. It was a lovely fun-filled day, free of drama. Tomorrow, we will run along the coast, go back into town for more shopping and internet access, since there is none at the farm, and then in the afternoon, we will report for our first day of work. I can’t wait!

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One Response to “Day 3: Guernsey, Channel Islands”

  1. mlkaplan Says:

    Hey Allison! This is try #3 for me at posting. Sorry if it all comes up multiple times.

    In any case, what a cool adventure you're having! Sorry the customs thing was such a drag. Apparently Britain is making things more difficult for Americans (especially those staying 30+ days) in retaliation for some changes we made.

    The farm and the town sound really idyllic. Very different from life in the big city (or the sprawling suburbs). Isn't it amazing how you can find Italian food where ever you go? Caroline always insisted that that's what made knowing Italian so useful. In fact, there's a joke in Italy that when Columbus arrived in the "new world," he was greeted by a guy named Giuseppe who owned a pizza place.

    The farm sounds a bit like stories that Jon Katz writes. He moved out of NYC to a farm upstate to live and write. He had many dogs, sheep, goats, pigs – you get the idea. His books have wonderful stories about the relationship between him and his animals, especially the dogs.

    Hava graduated this weekend. It was quite lovely, and while she was sad, she also really enjoyed all the festivities, including a visit from the grandparental units. Summer vacation is truly here for her.

    Well, we look forward to hearing more about the farm (including photos!!). Give all the animals a pat for us.

    Love,
    Matt, Caroline, and Hava (and Farfel, who is quite jealous that she can't chase all these creatures).

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