I am forever moaning about how hard it is living on this island during the winter months. This is an island dominated by its beaches and that’s brilliant for the summer months, but come winter and we might find that we are struggling. However, there are still plenty of things to do, we just need to use our imagination.
1) Go Storm Watching
When a storm rolls in on Jersey the whole island can change in the blink of an eye, you can go from glorious sunshine to pouring rain and back again within a minute. That can make dressing for the island very irritating. Layers are key, always with the layers and waterproofs. Nevertheless, this changing weather can lead to some very dramatic and beautiful scenes.
If it is safe to go outside you should jump into your car and head to the west of the island. St Ouen and its great swathe of sand will offer you a stunning vista. Beware of standing to close to the sea as those waves can be huge and they can take you quite by surprise. If you don’t want to stand outside in the howling wind you will find that there are plenty of car parks where you can sit in the car and watch the sea. An even better choice would be to frequent one of the many cafes that line the front of St Ouen. Our personal favourite is El Tico; here you will have fabulous views from the restaurant’s windows and your belly will be very happy with the hearty fare that is on offer. A visit here is not only good for the soul, but also for the stomach.
2) Enrol On A Photography Course
Jersey is a beautiful island and forcing ourselves outside to take photos is a great way of learning to appreciate the beauty we have on our doorstep. Enrolling on a photography course is a brilliant way of overcoming those winter blues and embracing life on the island. You can book a photography course through fototonic.co.uk. I love the look of this course and I am seriously considering booking myself onto it. You will learn about different photography techniques and there will be field trips where you can put everything you have learnt into practise. It’s not cheap though and will set you back £185
3) A Taste Of France
Technically this is cheating because I am suggesting that you actually leave the island. However, a short ferry ride on Condor Ferries (if it’s actually running 😉 ) and you could be in St Malo, France. A beautiful town with stunning architecture, this is the perfect place for a day or weekend trip. Explore the cobbled streets and quaint shops, stopping to enjoy some French cuisine before you hop back on that ferry to Jersey.
4) Eat Your Way Round The Island
Jersey might be small but she is jam packed full of amazing restaurants. Your taste buds will be teased and your stomach satisfied when you eat on Jersey. There are many restaurants to choose from: Michelin starred food at Bohemia, perfect pizzas at PBC2, and great gastronomy at the Merchant House Brasserie. The winter months give us the perfect excuse to savour the local fare and fill our bellies with the delicious food that is on offer.
5) Visit The Harbour Gallery, St Aubin
Not only do they have a gallery but they also sell some lovely art, craft and textile supplies, and they have a lovely restaurant upstairs where I like to bagsy a seat in the window overlooking the harbour, as I munch on a ham and cheese croissant. They also run courses and have special exhibitions and events. Enrol on the Beverly Speck Textile Workshop; this is a popular needle felting workshop that is suitable for beginners. You will learn how to make valentine’s decorations, a robin and Easter decorations for your home. The price for the course is £23 and includes all of your materials. I would love to give this a go but I am useless at all things textile and I’m not sure I would be even able to cope in a beginner’s class. Perhaps I should give it a go though and keep my fingers crossed that I don’t drive the tutor to despair. Sometimes getting out of our comfort zone can be good for us.
Whatever your plans for this winter, it’s a great time for self-care and self-improvement. Make your winter months a winner on Jersey.
Before I go – If I am quiet for a while then it will be because we have finally moved house and I will be back, I just might be quiet for a couple of weeks as I unpack and wait for the internet to be connected.