A FERRY TO JERSEY


For those of you that have missed the last couple of posts, I decided to have a break over in Jersey for a few reasons but mainly to re-visit places from my childhood when I holidayed with my grandparents, to get some photos of places for my book and to do some research for a new story I have ideas about.
The quickest boat takes four and a half hours from Poole so I decided to drive down there, stay overnight and get ferry early next morning.  That did not happen as the ferry was cancelled because of very high winds so I was booked on another one three days later, luckily I managed to change the overnight stay in Poole and the accommodation in Jersey with no extra expense. 
I then get another text while in Poole to say make extra time in the morning as there could be delays as a bridge is shut.  So I wake up and leave Poole at 7 am and arrive at the docks in 25 minutes, no hold ups at all!  So I then have a long wait until the ferry goes at 9.15, not sure how my eyes stayed open.  I was very surprised that you had seat numbers as I was exspecting a ferry like the ones we go to France in from Dover.  This was more like a plane. 

I get myself a hot chocolate and croissant and take my seat.  The captain makes an announcement to say that they did repairs to one of the engines the night before so he would have to keep to a lower speed as it had to be run in!  That made the crossing even longer and we were stopping in Guernsey first to let most of the people off.

At last we get underway with an awful lot of rocking and rolling, I settle in and do some writing read my kindle and decide what I am going to buy from the duty free book on my return journey.  THEN it all kicks off, I have never in all my days seen so many people being sick, all the staff came from anywhere and everywhere with gloves and bags, the front of the ferry had people so ill they were laying on the floor.  I really wished I had taken my headphones so I didn’t have to keep hearing all these horrid noises, I just kept my head down and concentrated on what I was doing.  It went on and on, I tried to have a walk round the shop but it was so hard to keep your balance, every single bottle in duty free was laying over, not sure how many smashed.  We at last get to Guernsey and the captain says, they have a problem with the bow and stabilise so they are going to do a circle to try and get it fixed.  Now by this time I am amazed that I am not panicking or being sick, it was like I was in a different body lol 
We eventually arrive and depart pretty quickly back into rolling seas where we go for another hour until we get to Jersey.  My car was parked at the back of the boat in the open so the first thing I needed to do is get it washed as the salt water has stained it but at least it wasn’t damaged like some of the cars!  
So a trip that was supposed to be short ended up taking nearly all day but I am in one piece, very tired but settled in where I am staying for the next few days.  I will be going to sleep very soon. 

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  1. 14th September 2017 / 9:53 pm

    Stay safe and enjoy the memories.
    xxx Hugs Galore xxx

    • 15th September 2017 / 2:38 pm

      David it’s all so different then I realised it’s been nearly 50 years! Lol

  2. 14th September 2017 / 7:50 pm

    Sounds like the good old days of the “Vomit Comet” seacat from Folkestone and Dover.😅

    • 14th September 2017 / 7:59 pm

      Oh yes, I did feel a bit ill on that once but think it was more to do with drinking the night before lol xx

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