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Jennifer Bridge, Festival of Words: Five things I LOVE about Jersey

Jennifer Bridge, Festival of Words: Five things I LOVE about Jersey

Friday 17 July 2020

Jennifer Bridge, Festival of Words: Five things I LOVE about Jersey


Jennifer Bridge is no stranger to the world of writing, having chaired the Jersey Festival of Words for the past few years.

In this piece, the former deputy, festival organiser and all-round bookworm takes Express through her five favourite things about living in the island...

1. The ever-changing light

From liminal pastel shades at dawn and dusk to intense blues that cause me to reach for the thesaurus adequately to describe them; aquamarine, azure, sapphire, turquoise.

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Pictured: Jersey's skies have a vast range of shades and colours.

2. The multitude of colours of the sea

Emerald, teal, obsidian, cerulean and jade.

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Pictured: The Jersey sea inspires countless descriptions.

3. The heritage

When Walter Raleigh instructed for Elizabeth Castle to be built in 1600, there was a possibility that the stone flanks of Mont Orgueil might be used to build the new castle.

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Pictured: Mont Orgueil Castle still educates us on our history to this day. 

Luckily for us, he decided that “twere pity to cast it down” and so it remains today; a rich resource for us to learn about our past, our place in history.

4. The picture-perfect views

The views that enrapture us and momentarily take us away from our daily lives with all that they entail.

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Pictured: One of the views that offers us an escape from our daily lives.

5. The ancient paths

The paths that journey us into the past, imagining those long before us, who worked the land, walking from place to place.

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Pictured: An ancient path, taking us into the past...

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