One of my goals this year, is to get out and get to know a little bit more of our island … and not just by eating and drinking my way around each of the parishes, which tends to be one of my favourite activities!
I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, this is just more of a general goal, but discovering new places whilst trying to incorporate some level of activeness seems like a good goal to have. Not that I actually care about over indulging normally (I’m sure that will change as I get older!), but perhaps it’s just time to have a little bit more balance in life.
The first of my exploratory adventures this year, was a visit to Val de la Mare. Although not the brightest of days, it’s still a fantastic spot to go for a chilled walk and the views are amazing.
In almost 9 years in Jersey, this is actually the first time I have ever visited Val de la Mare and the surrounding Forgotten Forest Aboretum. I had no idea of how much work goes into maintaining the area by Jersey Trees for Life, they are doing a great job. Keep an eye out for their little sign posts dotted around the trail, telling you about their conservation efforts.
The walk round only takes around 30-40 minutes, depending how quick you are, and is a lovely way to spend time chatting with friends and reflecting on a busy week gone by.
It’s also a great opportunity for me to get my Hunter Wellies out, I need very little encouragement to put them on, must be something to do with my countryside roots. Apparently I spent a lot of time running around in my little frog wellies when I was younger too!
After a brisk walk through the trees and around the reservoir, we headed over to St Peter’s Garden Centre for a mooch around.
Located just near the airport, the garden centre has loads of parking, plants (obviously!), a few cute fluffy pets, homeware and even a clothing section. There’s a bit of everything to keep you busy really and, since a lot of the shops in town are closed on a Sunday, it’s a great alternative way to spend your afternoon.
I think all the fresh air must’ve gone to our heads a bit, as we got a little bit giddy in the hat section and tried on a few too many whilst taking selfies, only giving in when we realised there were cute bunnies to see just around the corner!
Having had our fill of playtime around the garden centre, we made a beeline for the Bay Tree Restaurant to fill our tummies instead. They serve a wide range of freshly baked cakes which are on display as you enter, all of which looked pretty delicious.
We nicknamed our chosen cake ‘Princess Cake’, as it just reminded us of the sort of thing you would absolutely die for as a little girl; pink, colourful, fluffy and full of sprinkles… accompanied by a little glass of Prosecco and a pot of tea to make us a feel a little more grown up!
It was a perfect way to finish off a relaxing Sunday afternoon and I am pleased to say that Val de la Mare and the Forgotten Forest are now firmly ticked off my Jersey adventures list.
Let me know if you have any suggestions for where I should explore next?