With sheep, bees and trees it’s hard to imagine that Dave has time for anything else, but there’s more. Dave, however, felt that he was learning so much on the job that he stayed on the farm, returning to Sark two years later with nine ewes and a ram, his first flock. There is space, but not that much. Lambing begins around mid-February for Dave and during the busiest weeks he relies on other local shepherds for their help. “The man in the local fish and chip shop used to sit me on the counter at and get me to sing Beetles songs for chips.”. As a child David loved the great outdoors and spent as much time as he could at Richard Dewe’s dairy farm at La Moinerie. Sheep take up much of Dave’s time, especially in spring and early summer, but he has plenty of other work to keep him busy year round. For a small island with a population of only 600, medical services on the island are adequate. Sark has old traditions that have never died; it is still considered one of the last fiefdoms and today continues to have feudal elements blended into its society. With expert mentoring by Roger on his annual visits and with regular strolls around the island searching for plants with Drs. The German occupation of the Channel Islands lasted from 30 June 1940 to 9 May 1945. Room service. Sark has some unique real estate laws. A friend in Guernsey taught him the basics of climbing and tree work and over the years he’s become a well-respected tree surgeon here in Sark. The easiest way to reach Sark is by the dependable ferry link from Guernsey, which goes several times a … Sark bills itself the “crown jewel” of the Channel Islands, a peaceful, safe, car-free slice of paradise where the visitor can escape the hustle and bustle of modern day life. As Carl grew Jacko was traded in for a series of ponies and horses and Carl drove a carriage himself when he was old enough. “The power station was the only source of oil then in Sark and when the price went up again my Dad put his foot down. 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. Inserting generators into the Power Station through the roof. Most of the meat is sold locally with the rest going to the farmers’ market in Guernsey. I am not sentimental about living on a tiny island which can be like a real life soap opera at times, but I have yet to find a community as close as Sark’s. Email: office@sark.co.uk. I met my darling and beautiful Sarb in 2001 and 2 years later we were exchanging vows over a Gretna Green anvil. The new branding, launched in November 2016 along with a re-worked website  (www.caraghchocolates.com), has brought about a total rethink of the whole chocolate range including separating the various lines into boxed collections such as truffles, liquors and roasted nut. Photo by Mike Feather. Richard and Marie Axton, who were much more knowledgeable than Susan, she began to learn about what she was seeing around her. 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. Some triplets need a boost with a little bottle-feeding but Dave prefers not to hand rear any lambs if he can help it. Crew, vessel and passengers pull away from the inter island quay in St. Peter Port Guernsey, a 45min crossing to the wonderful island I grew up on follows. I grew up with mum and gran (Nora Remphry) in Sunny Side, a corrugated iron bungalow that stood on the present site of Le Petit Clos, Clos du Normand. There are many on the island who helped both myself and my mother during difficult times in ways which I could never repay.”. If you are inheriting property, it is best to talk to an accountant due to the unique laws on the island. Fishing rods lean against his studio Itchy feet struck four years later when he left the army so Jim headed for Australia. 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. “You didn’t need to worry about accommodation or food. Where else in the world could I be crane driver in the morning, magistrate in the afternoon and go out in my boat in the evening –  for a swim or, perhaps, some fishing? “We’ve tried to find a machine to do it,” she says, “but there just isn’t anything suitable for our scale of growing.”. #2 Best Value of 16 places to stay in Sark. Sark diary farmers, the Nightingales, breed the calves that have Guernsey mothers crossed with a Hereford beef strain. Peter offers to mix a one minute sample of your song so you can test him out and see if you like his taste! Jimmy worked in several places, and then in 2012 the idea came up from his good friend Nicola about acquiring an existing carting business. “We were outside all the time. You’ll find mod reviews, speed builds, CAS videos, Sims news and more! In early spring he moves his flocks from the cliff tops to graze further away from the sea. Fortunately one of the two positions became mine and another steep learning curve was embarked upon. Farming has always been a family affair for David and Hilary. Another takes the form of a chocolate postcard that can be sent through the mail – a wonderful idea that is bound to be a hit with visitors to the island. He was less boisterous than other children of his age, his home life being spent in the company of two elderly ladies, his grandmother Nora and great aunt Mabel. Peter just gets better and better. 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! Mark Ellen is the author of the book ‘Rock stars stole my life’. I wouldn’t want to do the same thing everyday anyway. Although sometimes less enthusiastic when emerging from under covered in hydraulic oil! For the most part goods are ferried in from near by Guernsey. “I made some apple ale,” he explains, “and took a bottle to the Island Hall to test on some mates. In 1999 one of Peter’s songs was chosen for an album called Playpen that showcased new acoustic musicians alongside established artists such as Eddi Reader from Fairground Attraction and Billy Bragg. They grow wheat for the hens at Molly Bull’s farm and rear their own beef cattle. Matinee & Evening Shows. “I loved the sea, even in bad weather, but felt as if I’d become totally institutionalised and I needed to do something about all the music that was welling up inside me.” Back in Dublin he ran a café at a rehearsal studio, joined a couple of bands and recorded some of his own songs. Now and again small children 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. In the early 1980s she came to Sark as a carriage driver where she met David and in 1989 they were married. Although it’s just 2.1 square miles, there’s a lot to keep you occupied. “Organising the logistics of unloading the cargo is the hardest part of the job, making sure the right trailers and people are in the right place as everything’s lifted and carried off. Really worth checking out and signing your name in the visitor’s book. Although everyone speaks English, it has its own language, Sercquiais, which is descended from Norman. Carl, Laura, team mate Richard Davison and almost forty others who made up the party were greeted at Maseline Harbour by a giant gold medal complete with purple ribbon hanging above the tunnel entrance. By 1994 Jim was back in Scotland and ready for something different. A few weeks later navy divers checked out the torpedo, found it to be live and disposed of it with an almighty explosion. “I wanted to do something special if things went well. Carl Hester was just three and half when he moved to Sark and it was here that he discovered his passion for horses. Fortunately in spring 2004 the first Wild Flower Fortnight took place, led by the late Penny Prevel with expert advice on the more difficult plants by Dr. Roger Veall who had been visiting with his wife Psyche for over twenty years, making records of what they had found. (Anyone who has ever tried their hand at the wheel will know that producing anything other than a mound of sludge is a real art!) “I joined in the October and eight months later was riding in the World Championships.” This was followed by the European Championships in 1991 and the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 where Carl was the youngest rider ever to compete in an Olympic Games. In 2000 Lorraine extended her skills to include working with silver. The re-branding has been a considerable investment and the costs involved in buying the best quality raw ingredients, shipping them to Sark and transforming them by hand into the finished products makes Caragh Chocolates a premium brand. Adults can take evening classes in the winter and she runs a children’s class on Saturday mornings. One of Jimmy’s great joys is the contact with the local people. Wherever Carl went he was mobbed with fans but he and Charlotte were always happy to chat, hand around their medals and pose for photographs. The other is that he was ‘press-­ganged’ With two suit cases, Jimmy left his Scottish town of Armadale, and set off for Sark. Sark is nine miles from Guernsey and almost — but not quite — attached to the neighbouring island of Brecqhou. He eventually contacted me after Josie died and we now have a close relationship and my son Leon adores his ‘Irish Granddad. While most shops cover the basic necessities, you can also find some unique crafts as well. He proceeded to walk up Harbour Hill and through the village with his bags (this was before he realised that a carter could take them for you…). Sark is a Channel Island offering an idyllic and unique getaway. ‘Basically I potted myself out of a job,’ she says. Whenever Dave Scott rumbles by on his tractor with a few bales of hay and a couple of sheep dogs on board or I see him out on the clifftops herding his flock I’m struck by the feeling that he is one of those lucky people. For those looking to become an expat, you will be pleased to know that there is no income tax, but there are small taxes on capital and property. His first job was with the Fortune Centre in Hampshire that specialises in teaching adults with learning and physical disabilities to ride. Trees led to bees when Dave was asked to work on a leylandii hedge near a row of beehives belonging to Commander Hudson at Ville Rousel. The #1 Best Value of 16 places to stay in Sark. “They’re blown away. Hotel website. It was my love of art, and with great encouragement and support from Sark’s head teacher Helen Gibson, which won me a grant to attend Frensham Heights, a boarding school in Surrey with a good reputation for art. They spend their first day or so penned up with just their mother to help the ewe bond with her lambs. At the age of seventeen it was decided that some formal training off island might be a good idea so Dave went to work for a beef and sheep farmer on Dartmoor, a period that was meant to be followed by a year at agricultural college. That’s how we started up the oil business, delivering for Total, now CI Fuels. For regular visitors to Sark ‘going around with George’ is an intrinsic part of holidaying on the island, akin with cream teas and a walk to Venus Pool. “Everyone loves chocolate, especially me!” She bought a couple of bars of Cadbury’s Dairy Milk from the Avenue stores, melted it and mixed it with a tub of Sark Cream. She moved to Bath to work in nursing and then to Bristol where she met Simon. Discover the island’s hidden treasures whilst relaxing in the perfect hide away. They were having supper with Jim and Sam and were impressed with the sparkling Earl Grey tea wine served as an aperitif. Maybe we will only be lucky enough to see the nesting Puffins, marauding seals or even a solitary Sunfish? Sark is a small feudal island that is part of what is called the Bailiwick of Guernsey, a parish of sorts. ‘I’m doing just what I want for a living though and don’t have to answer to anyone else. Our final question to Carl was how much of your success can you contribute to being brought up on Sark? See Jimmy’s website for information on his local carting business http://www.jimmyscartingsark.com/. The Sark cranes are by far the largest vehicles on the Island, weighing in at 25 tons. David and Hilary also run part of their own home, Clos de Menage, as a guesthouse and for self-catering groups. You take those things for granted but I realise now that it’s part of how young people need to be today.” Wise words indeed from Sark’s golden boy. Another near miss! Like many farmers, he’s also aware of how grazing animals can be used to the environment’s advantage. Carl Hester, Sark’s Golden Boy Guernsey and Jersey currencies are also accepted on the island and are in circulation. His family managed coalmines in the Midlands but in 1968 David’s father heard that Beauvoir, the guesthouse they stayed in on Sark, was up sale. The next day the trio opened the island’s Horse, Dog and Pet show before lunching at La Sablonnerie where former Bailiff Sir Geoffrey Rowland presented Carl with an Olympic Torch. Mum suffered from alcoholism for most of my childhood, eventually joining the AA with Martin Joyner around 1987. I’d get bored. His music took him on tour around Italy and the British Isles and in 2000 he performed in Sark. A couple of the guys ended up soaked and there was only a drop left in the bottle!” It’s back to the drawing board on that one but Jim’s less explosive drinks can be enjoyed by the glass in the bar at Stocks and whole bottles are for sale in the hotel’s shop. However, it is portrayed in the paper as a haven for criminals. More outlets on Sark followed along with a very supportive buyer for Best Foods who distributed Caragh’s chocolates in Guernsey. 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. The book, c. 1900, contained many stories from Sark which I had never heard of. Apart from that David and Hilary do all of the work themselves. I lived in with a family who helped me enormously and this is what I’ve been able to do for Charlotte.”. These enabled me to hold the current position I have as skipper at Isle Of Sark Shipping Company where I have been for the past Six years. Transporting a large load of visitors’ bags up Harbour Hill. One of the best sellers is 44, a liqueur made of 44 coffee beans, vodka, sugar and an orange stabbed 44 times all left to mature for 44 days. Originally James and Caragh thought of having a plain box with the logo and information printed on a cellophane wrapper but the printer they talked to about this pointed out that once the cellophane is removed the banding would be lost. Soon school holidays were spent working for other farmers too like Frank Perchard and Charlie Perrée. 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 mail, papers and passengers depart the vessel as a familiar banter with the usual suspects unfolds. "Sark is the small island I call home. own bare hands and makes music with a Celtic twist that captures These were the first Olympic medals ever for Team GB in dressage and Carl himself holds the record as the Channel Islander who has competed in the most Olympics. Nine months later he was back in Sark. I realised then that it was time to move on to something smaller.” Since then pigs have taken the place of cows and Gavin now has one boar and four sows that produce about fifty piglets a year. The official website of Sark Show Prices. By Easter 1993 she decided that it was time to test the market and put a dozen of her trademark gold boxes of chocolates in the Sark Glass shop in the Avenue, run then by Tim Casey. This additional cocoa butter, combined with proper tempering (melting and manipulating the temperature to crystallise the cocoa butter into chocolate) gives the chocolate more sheen, a firmer ‘snap’ when broken and a creamy, mellow flavour. Charlotte, Carl’s protégée, also won the individual gold medal for freestyle dressage. To his list of tried and tested tipples he has added elderflower, rhubarb, banana, nettle, beetroot and gooseberry wines along with liqueurs such as lemoncello, marrow rum and strawberry ratafia. “Drawing was my particular skill, paint and colour appealed less. His first creation was Earl Grey tea wine, a favourite of his sister and one that has become Jim’s most popular wine. Deployments took me far enough south to check out Grytviken whaling station in South Georgia, whilst also catching a few rays en-route alongside in Rio, the next young Ronaldinho running rings around us with ball on Copacabana beach! She longed to learn the names as her knowledge of plants, garden or otherwise, was extremely limited. Over the years Martin has provided many of his inimitable designs for programmes and posters for the Sark Water Carnivals, Sheep Racing and Carnival events. Jimmy had planned to work a season in Sark, but secured some extra maintenance work at the Hotel for the winter. In 1984 he returned to Sark to start farming. Ten years at sea, gigs at Ronnie Soctt’s Jazz Club and a part in Star Wars; Sark-based singer songwriter Peter Gabriel Byrne describes his life before Sark, his music and why the island means so much to him. During his two years down under work included fruit picking and more driving as well as the adventure of driving across the Nulabore Desert on a road trip from Perth to Melbourne. Expect mild temperatures, especially when compared to the UK. Maybe a selective memory hinders recollection of dull, overcast or rainy days, a preference to recall summers lasting from April through September inclusive! By this time Caragh had four children and, as well as making chocolates, was running the island’s playschool and working as a support nurse for Sark’s doctor. In 2013, Jimmy modelled in the Emergency Services calendar produced by local photographers Sue Daly and Lydia Bourne, which raised £7000 for charities. So much for the quiet break where no one would recognise them! This was followed by three and a half happy years at the stable of Jannie Taylor who specialised in schooling difficult horses. 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! Indeed physically travelling to Sark, can feel like stepping back in time too. Caragh and Simon Couldridge moved to Sark in 1989, the same year the couple were married. London, playing in clubs, releasing an album on his Rose Anam He met local girl Anita and they married the next year.”. After school he joined the army as a driver and, apart from one tour of Northern Ireland, was based in Germany. “All I made was a mess and I realised that I had a huge amount to learn.” These were the days before the Internet so researching the techniques of chocolate making and sourcing the raw ingredients and specialist equipment needed was incredibly difficult. lives on the island of Sark. We used to gallop all over the place. We bottled our milk and delivered it door to door. The most important thing I learnt during this period was an appreciation of the beauty the islands hold. The island made quite an impression on him but it was another four years until a gig in Guernsey gave Peter the chance to come back. He jumped at the chance of a complete change of career and a totally different lifestyle for his family. Here’s a couple of things you need to know about him. This very high quality chocolate contains no vegetable fat and a higher percentage of cocoa butter than cooking or ordinary eating chocolate – 60% in the dark chocolate and 35% in the milk chocolate. “I can’t make enough money from just sheep farming or tree work but by doing a mixture I can make a living. Geografie. Since this is a feudal island, there are many unique laws concerning land and inheritance and many reach back several hundred years or more. Sark is een rotsplateau dat opgebouwd is uit graniet, amfiboliet en gneis.De zee heeft vele kloven uitgesleten en onder de zeespiegel bevinden zich vele grotten.Het hoogste punt ligt 114 meter boven zeeniveau en heet Le Moulin omdat hier sinds 1571 een windmolen staat. Oystercatchers, gannets, shags, gulls and fulmars can be seen all year and in spring and early summer there are puffins, razorbills and guillemots. 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. It’s a young man’s game really. Part of the Channel Islands, Guernsey offers expats stunning scenery and comfortable living. Later at school, a design for a poster included a cave with a coffin and skeletons chained to the wall! Lorraine specialises in thrown pieces, mostly tableware, and works with stoneware clay and glazes. Time is of the essence as we endeavour to maintain our schedule. The island is 3 miles long by 1 1/2 miles wide (5 kilometres 2 1/2 kilometres) and has around 580 residents. It was on Sark that Jim met Sam and they married in 2005. Welcome to my Youtube Channel! The responsibility lies firmly on our shoulders! On the few occasions when he’s not working, Dave and his wife enjoy getting out in their boat from where Dave does a little fishing and Estelle, a mermaid I’m sure, loves swimming. She also works to commission and makes the special plates that Sark Sports Club gives out every year as awards. “I remember him aged barely five on a cart horse that he could hardly straddle. After three or four more days indoors with others ewes and their offspring, the lambs are usually fit enough to go outdoors with their mothers, weather permitting. Carl soon discovered that flapping the carrier bags would startle his stubborn stead into a gallop for home. Some nights there are more people than sheep in there!” Most of Dave’s sheep give birth to twins and some have triplets. Kato comes ashore, with Jeremy in August 2009. The truffle filling (a blend of Sark cream, chocolate and a flavour such as vanilla, coffee or brandy) is piped in and allowed to settle before the moulds are sealed with more tempered chocolate. When you bring people who’ve never been before it reminds me what a great place it is.”. We trained them ourselves, worked their way up, something that anyone with talent can do. He gained some experience in Glasgow then in 1996 his new career took him to sea as a croupier on board a cruise ship travelling between New York and Bermuda. Like numerous people on Sark Peter Gabriel Byrne is a man of many talents. The couple took a holiday on Sark and when they heard that a long lease was available on the Old Forge, the house right next to the Coupée, they decided to take the plunge and move here. Although they don’t farm organically, they are keen that artificial inputs are kept to a minimum. The government still holds a lot of old laws dating back many centuries and continues feudal practices when it comes to land and inheritance. “If felt like another planet,” he remembers. The climate of Sark is quite similar to the other Channel Islands. 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.”. nice work if you can get it). “I did all sorts of things there,” he recalls, “driving the mini bus, helping out on school trips, assisting in the classrooms, working as a handy man, even a bit of cooking.” By 2003 though Jim was ready for another change of scene and back in the job centre in Glasgow applied for two jobs overseas; one was farming in Iceland, the other was driving a tractor on Sark. We often holidayed in Cornwall and in 2010 we escaped the London rat race for Falmouth.”. “It was such a stupid thing to do but we were lucky,” explained George, “people were deported to Germany for less.”. As an only child I had a vivid imagination and lived most of my childhood in my own fantasy world. He is perhaps best known as a sheep farmer but, like many people in Sark, he has many more strings to his bow. The moulds are refrigerated then ‘knocked out’ to release the chocolates. He has always been able to talk to them, to calm them down.” I feel fortunate having been raised in Sark. “I used to have to forget that to one side was a 260 foot drop down to the sea. He’s played guitar with Martin Stephenson, sung BV’S on It should be noted that there are two banks on the island and that the currency is the British Pound. 13. Sark. When the mining company finally collapsed, one of the 3 brothers, Joseph Remphry, remained and married a local girl, Nancy Drillot. Even the winters were fun, hunting rabbits and woodcock.” It is the coast though that featured most in George’s later childhood and as he skilfully steers Non Pareil around the fretted cliffs of Sark he talks of expeditions with his father, also George, to collect sea gull eggs or debris from ship wrecks from even the sheerest cliff faces and gullies. Alex Williams at the helm. The officer drew his gun and chased the children but nothing came of the incident. I like the variety of the different work and the seasons and Sark is such a beautiful island that you need to be outside to make the most of it.” Whether he’s working with sheep, bees or trees it seems that Dave is certainly making the most of life in Sark. Some people might find a small island restricting, but to me it offers all I require. We were peasants of the sea but kings of the shore!” Peter worked on cargo ships plying the waves around Britain and Europe. 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