The new logos feature either a horse drawn carriage or the Bon Marin, one of the island’s ferries, which link in with the strapline, ‘By hand, by carriage, by boat.’ The packaging uses bold colours and stylish branding with Sark and its unique character at its very heart. Caragh makes two traditional types of fine chocolates; moulded and enrobed. Each was matched to a product so we see, among others, fisherman Dom enjoying a bar of sea salted caramel chocolate, dairy farmers Laura and Chris (with one of their Guernsey cows) with milk chocolate and lighthouse caretaker Trevor savouring the ‘Contraband’ liquor collection by the lighthouse. It was Caroline Langford at the Gallery Stores and Post Office who suggested to her that a book on the wild flowers might fill a gap, particularly one with plenty of photographs of the plants. Here we meet David and Hilary Curtis whose Sark-raised beef and fresh, seasonal vegetables are among the many wonderful things about living in Sark. Six cows are reared a year and the beef is all sold locally. The Offshore industry beckoned with an R.O.V. Carl left school, Elizabeth College in Guernsey, at 15 with a final report that said, “Carl goes along without a care in the world certain he will obtain a job as a stable lad.” He stayed in Sark for a few more years washing pots at Stocks Hotel and driving carriages but the winter he was 19, with no prospect of work in Sark, he applied for a stable job on the mainland. For pocket money Carl helped Hannie’s daughter Michelle as she drove a carriage around the island for visitors. I am training younger drivers at the moment – possible retirement from the job looms, a day I am not looking forward to – but what fun it has been! Sue runs one of the best-known tea gardens in Sark (where the delicious chowder on the menu is made from local fish) and last year began offering bed and breakfast. Sark’s building restrictions are strict and the island will never accommodate more than 800 to 1,000 people. Martin Remphry “We were outside all the time. It’s a young man’s game really. Little did the young man know what a significant part the island was to play in his later life. There is plenty of sunshine during the year and the summer time. Dave moved to Sark from England at the age of four when his parents bought Petit Champ, the hotel they ran for twenty-four years. David and Hilary also run part of their own home, Clos de Menage, as a guesthouse and for self-catering groups. Farming was not in his blood but, growing up in Sark, it was soon obvious that Dave was destined for a life outdoors. Sark resident Roy Cook ran a publishing business at the time specialising in books for the catering trade and he recommended a book on the art of the chocolatier that Caragh describes as her bible. The people in Iceland didn’t answer so in June 2003 Jim began work on Sark and, with several others already here called Jim, was given the nick-name of ‘Tractor Jim’ that has stuck ever since. Like the other Channel Islands, the island of Sark is a British dependency and carries on its own island government. “They’re blown away. Two years later Jim started work as assistant harbour master and he became senior harbour master in 2011 when Mick Mann retired. on a European tour that took a swing around Sark. Within days of winning a gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics, dressage champion Carl Hester was in Sark. By crane standards they are small, but within the scale of Sark they are huge, and this requires careful handling on the roads – trees, telephones wires, cyclists to be avoided at all costs! But is a life on Sark for everyone? The Internet was still in its early days but it widened the market and allowed visitors to Sark to buy the chocolates from home as the product built up a steady following. Maybe we will only be lucky enough to see the nesting Puffins, marauding seals or even a solitary Sunfish? For expats or tourists staying the area, prices can be high especially due to the currency in use (British Pound). Sheep also nibble fresh gorse shoots which again helps keep it from taking over.” Dave harvests some bracken to mix in with hay for bedding, a Channel Island tradition now followed by very few farmers. Apart from that David and Hilary do all of the work themselves. Now and again small children … It was an exciting time and as Jim’s work only related to the casino there was plenty of time off, as he explains. Whenever he can Martin tries to slip in a reference to Sark into the books he illustrates. The Remphries came to Sark from Cornwall to work in the silver mines around 1840. We used to gallop all over the place. Pilot/technician term of employment. Transporting a large load of visitors’ bags up Harbour Hill. Originally from Wales, she was working at the Aval du Creux hotel and in 1975 the couple were married. Time is of the essence as we endeavour to maintain our schedule. Part of the Channel Islands, Guernsey offers expats stunning scenery and comfortable living. The saloon is clear, everyone seems happy and its almost eleven o’clock. The family tree has been traced back to 1200 and includes the Elizabethan settlers to Sark in the time of Helier de Carteret, the island’s first Seigneur. His grandparents ran the (old) Island Hall and as he grew up Gavin spent as much of his time there as he did at the Rendezvous, the family home on the Avenue. His mother Josie had loved to draw as a child too, but her preference was horses, much less dramatic! The most important thing I learnt during this period was an appreciation of the beauty the islands hold. Island Living features Mermaids, jet skis, diving and open water swimming, a frequently requested addition. Jimmy worked in several places, and then in 2012 the idea came up from his good friend Nicola about acquiring an existing carting business. Living in the countryside, Hilary too loved being outdoors and spent much of her time on farms where she developed a love of horses. We were peasants of the sea but kings of the shore!” Peter worked on cargo ships plying the waves around Britain and Europe. I have vague memories (most of my memories are vague) of staying for a week or two with Dorothy Taylor in Weymouth while she recovered, enjoying Punch and Judy on the beach and Mr Whippy ice creams. It featured on the BBC’s An Island Parish series. label called ‘Perfect Moment’, co-­writing a song on a ‘Playpen’ I like being outside and there’s always plenty to do, especially in the summer with all the ferries and private boats coming and going.”. Three years of trial and error followed, along with the first two of five children, as Caragh taught herself how to make chocolates. nice work if you can get it). Jimmy’s Carting was presently born. In total they farm fifteen acres and rent additional land to graze the beef cattle. “We’ve tried to find a machine to do it,” she says, “but there just isn’t anything suitable for our scale of growing.”. There is space, but not that much. The scale of farming in Sark means that jobs that would take weeks or even months on a bigger farm take us days so there’s always a huge amount of variety in what we do. own bare hands and makes music with a Celtic twist that captures In 2013, Jimmy modelled in the Emergency Services calendar produced by local photographers Sue Daly and Lydia Bourne, which raised £7000 for charities. As Caragh explains though, “Our aim is to share a taste of Sark and that’s worth every penny.” They make the perfect gift for anyone who loves Sark, whether delivered by hand or sent by post, and reveal an enormous pride and confidence in our quirky, unique and beautiful island. “There was always music at home. He boarded at Elizabeth College in Guernsey but lived for the holidays and getting back to Sark. Like numerous people on Sark Peter Gabriel Byrne is a man of many talents. It is mostly untouched and famous for stunning scenery and a gentle pace of life. stick their heads round the door and offer to join in. The next few years brought gigs in various folks clubs including the Twelve Bar Club in Denmark Street and performances at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London and Birmingham. During that time, the Channel Islanders had to live under and obey the laws of Nazi Germany and work with their occupiers in order to survive and reduce the impact of occupation. The softly-spoken Irishman is a builder, sea man and one of the island’s harbour masters but most of all he is a musician. Lorraine’s work is available from her workshop and she also has pieces for sale at the Sark arts cooperative Coumme Nous, situated at the road end of the Island Hall. Caragh Couldridge – chocolate maker and nurse His first creation was Earl Grey tea wine, a favourite of his sister and one that has become Jim’s most popular wine. #3 Best Value of 16 places to stay in Sark. During the winter time it can get quite windy, which can interrupt the islands boat service. I recall my imagination regarding the open sea being heavily fuelled by stories of North Atlantic convoys, swinging hammocks and action damage,(torpedo or mine) relayed engagingly by my Grandad who spent time in the senior service during WW2. He began his career at sea as a galley boy but didn’t like being down below in bad weather so as soon as he could he got a job as a deck boy. 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