Thanks for popping in.
Wednesday’s blog is when we look at things through another lens,
and today I thought we could take a look
at what people do with their lives.
I mean, I know what I do with my time personally,
and you probably know what you do with yours too!
But when you step away from the plate,
take your foot off the accelerator for a moment and just think about the hundreds and hundreds of thousands of activities and jobs we humans have conjured up to pass the time - it really is extraordinary.
No wonder we can’t sit still unless we are watching
a film, or the news, or sport!
When we were in Jersey a few weeks ago with my parents,
Dave and I went over to Elisabeth Castle.
We could see it from our hotel room,
and the weather was glorious, so off we trundled.
You can walk across if the tide is out,
or take the amphibious boat-bus,
We took the bus out, because we wanted to see what it was like!
Great fun. The crew were very funny.
That’s what they do all day. Back and forth.
The perfect way to learn about the castle
was to sign up for a tour, which we duly did.
A FREE TOUR.
The castle is steeped in history.
Not only beautiful, but fascinating too.
It was a pretty windy day, quite bracing.
What ?? Nobody in the square except us ??
We found the other tourists huddled in the gun room,
waiting for the talk to commence.
Enter a gentleman all dressed for the occasion....
Allow me to introduce Nigel.
Today’s blog is about Nigel.
He was well into his 80’s but oh so fit!
(not in the Poldark sense, you understand)
After telling us the history of Elisabeth Castle,
which was fascinating - he certainly knew how to hold your attention - he put all the men through their paces,
He went through the process slowly and carefully,
and in so doing, transported us all back in time...
Used real gunpowder, showed us how it lights - the works.
He recruited some helpers,
and blimey was it loud when it went off!
A real ear opener!
Nigel was a veritable mine of information.
For 2 hours he educated us,
had us belly laughing...
He was brilliant.
He told us so much!
About the officers versus the soldiers.
You definitely wanted to be an officer!
What a raw deal those other poor souls got!
And the wives ?!?!? Yikes.
I listened with interest to Nigel’s account of the
glass bottomed beer tankards.
If a recruiting officer slipped a coin into your beer and you drank it, then you were obliged to join the forces.
Apparently, the glass bottom was developed as a way of refusing the King’s Shilling, i.e conscription into the British army or navy. The drinker could see the coin in the bottom of the glass
and refuse to drink.
My guess is that the press gangs weren’t too fussed
whether you drank the beer or not!
If they wanted you, they got you.
But I digress....
My point is this.
There is an elderly gentleman on Elisabeth Castle who
several times a week, dresses up in an old uniform,
and blasts a cannon out to sea.
He is a local man.
He knows a great deal about the Channel islands.
And he shares it happily with those who want to know more.
|check out the pipe in his hat...|
The point of this blog is that there are many thousands of Nigels;
elderly, often educated people who keep active by volunteering their time and knowledge for the greater good.
He was terrific with the kids too.
So today, let’s stop and think about those people
who do for their community, like Nigel.
I for one want to consider what I will do when I stop having to work for a living.
Nothing like a bit of forward planning!
Love & hugs,