Staying in Focus: The Island of Flowers


St. Peter Port, Guernsey

When I first looked over the itinerary for our British Isle cruise, I was excited to discover that our first port of call would be the island of Guernsey, one of the Channel Islands. The reason for my excitement about this was because I had recently read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society  by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows . (Excellent Read). The novel takes place in 1946 when a young journalist strikes up a friendship,via letter writing, with a member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, and soon  begins to receive letters from others on the island, all relating their stories and experiences during the Nazi Occupation during WWII.

I didn’t expect to find the city of flowers on the island, however. I can describe St. Peter Port in no other way because flowers are everywhere you look – in baskets and wheel barrows, on fences and walls, spilling out of window boxes and hanging from every lamppost along the harbor. The local craftspeople were selling their wares, fresh made ice  cream from a local dairy tempted us all and the buildings and homes were picturesque, colorful and charming.

When we first arrived, the island was completely fogged in and we had to wait for clearance, so the tenders ferrying us to shore, could find their way. But soon the sun dismissed the fog and the mists rose, and we could see the island under  a bright blue sky.

island of flowers

we approach an island
shrouded in mists
like Avalon in King Arthur tales
we wait for the sun
to appear  and dismiss
the curtain of fog
and give us  a glimpse
of the island hidden
behind the white veil…

the picturesque city
of St. Peter Port
on the isle of Guernsey
a colorful village
filled with flowers –
flowers that  spill
from  round baskets
and overfill planters;
they hang from fences
and decorate lampposts
we see them in barrels
and along winding roads
filling wheel barrows
and teasing our noses
with delicate scents
the charm of this place
will stay long with me
and I’ll remember so dearly
St. Peter Port city
on the isle of Guernsey
with flowers  so pretty…
    –     pc 2013

An interesting face about Guernsey. It is not part of the British Empire, but rather a possession of the royal monarch herself.I promised you flavor, and St. Peter Port,  Guernsey has more flavor of color than Baskin Robbins has of ice cream. Enjoy a taste!!

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