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I was born in Guernsey (but now live in Brittany) and our main industry was growing tomatoes although that industry has now virtually disappeared. Growing tomatoes to a Guernseyman is like wine to a Frenchman, it's in our blood! I do not profess to be an expert, but I have picked up a few tips and techniques which work for me.


Monday, 20 June 2011

Guernsey Photos Archive

On a recent trip back to Guernsey I found myself striking up a conversation with a lovely local couple, Mike Deane and his charming wife. Mike is well known in Guernsey for running the family business Channel Island toys, with his brother Andrew.

Established in the OLD QUARTER of St. Peter Port, Guernsey in 1966, the family business of Channel Island Toys initially sold toys to the visitors of the Channel Islands. Over 40 years later, and now run by the second and third generation of the family. Channel Island Toys are now exported all over the world they still produce the cuddly Guernsey Ted and they did  have a nice Guernsey Tom soft toy, which was produced during the heyday's of the tomato growing seasons. But now they concentrate on mail order bears, with customised personal messages on them.

However, what I did not realise is that Mike has a vast collection of old Channel Island photos, some of which have never appeared on-line.  Mike still has hundreds more to put on his web site DEANE PHOTOGRAPHIC ARCHIVES Channel Islands  

Mike has has given me permission to post a few of his pictures, so I have found some greenhouse related ones to display and a few other interesting old photos.





Figs growing the greenhouse from the Mahy Family Archive 



M. E. Weatherall collection showing tomatoes grown in clay pots.
 

Tin or galvanised pots were also used in the early days


Choffin's vineries, notice the grape vines hanging down.











Chrysanthemums were also grown in the glasshouses 


 

Guernsey also exported a lot of daffodils


Here are the gardeners and staff which tended the gardens around some of the nurseries

 

Entente Cordiale Visit 1911 from the musical society of Cherbourg France


Our brave lads returning form the first world war in in 1919


The world famous Guernsey Cows Melbourne Australia 1935

 

The threshing  machine was run by a coal fired boiler, which were also used to heat the glasshouses





2 comments:

  1. Wonderful photos! So interesting to see the greenhouse productions - especially the figs!

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  2. Ah but did you spot me in one of them matron!

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