Best of 2020
Wow... 2020 what a year. I'm not sure that any of us could have seen that coming but, we've made it and, if nothing else, that deserves to be celebrated, right?
I left NZ after just over two glorious years with very mixed feelings. My brothers had both started families and I wanted to be closer to home to I packed my bags and headed for the tiny island of Guernsey between the coast of France and the UK. It was far enough away to still feel like being 'away' but close enough for weekend visits to see babies, buddies and all manner of European city breaks. A perfect compromise considering I was leaving what was a pretty perfect life on the other side of the world.
And then Covid hit. And the schools closed. And the airports closed. And we were all where we were and this was: lockdown. I used my two hours of daily exercise exploring the island. It was a funny old time and I was kept sane with a colleague, Dave, who enjoyed kayaking, sailing and cycling. I hadn't had a chance to meet many people but I was very grateful to Dave for getting me through those very quiet months.
By June, lockdown was lifted and I was making friends. The weather was amazing and I had a great summer camping on the island of Herm, attending festivals and I even took advantage of the quarantine-free air-bridge between Guernsey and the Isle of Man.
Despite being 'stuck' in this 65km squared Covid-free 'bubble', I loved exploring, took up sea-swimming, made some fabulous friends and feel very lucky to have spent an almost 'normal' year here.
Sunrise at Bordeaux
Sunrise at Saints Bay
Sunrise at Petit Bot
St Peter Port Sunrise
Petit Port Cave
Stars over Bordeaux
Seagulls in a Row
St Peter Port