Monday, 9 November 2015

Sark (part two)

No cars are allowed on Sark, so alternative modes of transport are necessary.  An important money-spinner for the island is the army of people who provide tours on a horse and trap.  I went on one back in 2011 during a family holiday, and can attest to it being a very peaceful, informative and entertaining way to see the sights.  On this occasion were were on Shanks's Pony, however, which gave me the opportunity to look at the horse's head rather than its back-side...


One of the picturesque rows of cottages on the island.


The Barclay Brothers have polarised opinion on Sark: firstly by purchasing the neighbouring island of Brecqhou; then by building a monstrous castle on it (as befits their collective ego); and, finally, by gradually attempting to take over Sark itself.  This they have done by buying up large tracts of land and planting vines on them, as well as building - and then closing - expensive hotels.  They sound like thoroughly nice people...




We walked to La Coupée, which is a narrow strip of land linking Sark and Little Sark.





Carol stopped to take a picture of the landscape...


...while Paul decided to concentrate on the local wildlife instead.


Speaking of wildlife, there was a pod of dolphins in the bay.  This is a tiny crop from an image using the longest lens at my disposal (a 70-200), but I'm fairly sure there were 5 or 6 animals in the pod.


Paul was well into Natural History mode by now, and decided to have a go at another of the wild inhabitants of the island.


OK - not exactly wild...


Some more pictures showing other forms of transport used on Sark.  Bicycles are everywhere, and so are tractors: the only motor vehicle allowed on the island.  Tractors are used for every conceivable purpose, including the island's "ambulance".