Rainbows everywhere – on vineries, boats and even sheep

A SYMBOL of positivity and hope, rainbows have been appearing all over the island, in the windows of homes, on vehicles, in vineries and even on sheep.

In colour therapy it is said that the rainbow colours – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet – resonate with the base, sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, brow and crown chakras, and for many islanders being able to see these healing colours brings hope in a time of crisis.

Jenny Harding, who is self-employed and works at the Vale kiosk, as well as for Queux Plant Centre, has been painting rainbows on vans and glasshouses in Rue des Reines, Forest.

Rainbow van at La Rue des Reines, Forest.. (27900063)

‘They say share the rainbow and it’s a lovely symbol, injecting colour and cheer into testing times,’ she said.

‘I have a very forgiving landlord to let me paint on the vinery – I even added a quote from Audrey Hepburn – I think that both the colours and words provide great mental and physical comfort.

‘Flowers and rainbows make people happy and smile, it really lifts people up with their healing colours and is nature’s way of showing positivity.’

Islanders may have also seen boats painted with rainbows, including decorator Chris Bran’s along Route de la Rocque in St Peter’s.

‘People have been slowing down in their cars and I’ve seen others smiling at it and waving when they see us’ he said.

‘My daughter got involved, Abbie, who’s 15, she’s hoping to do some more on the sides of the boat.

‘We won’t take it out because it probably wouldn’t float as it’s from the 1930s, but I had lots of paints from my decorating, so it was the perfect chance to use up all the leftover colours I have.

'I must say I’ve never had to clean so many brushes of different colours.’

A rainbow balloon Arch at the Camp du Roi home of Briony-Rae Domaille, 4.

Feelgood rainbows have even been created using balloons at some people’s houses, such as Lucy Anne Prevel’s along Camp du Roi, Vale.

She said because she is the owner of an event company and balloon business, she thought it might be a good idea to put this into practice for her neighbours to enjoy.

‘When I saw the rainbow pictures popping up across the island, I thought what better way to brighten up our street than a huge one,’ she said. ‘It’s had a lot of attention with people out on their daily exercise taking photos and a few care homes have stopped to take pictures and asked to show their residents, which is lovely.’

She added that her four-year-old daughter, Briony-Rae, helped create the arch.

A rainbow of hand prints at Castel Primary School. (27900378)

‘She said it’s the best rainbow she’s ever seen and we’re now planning to replace the rainbow this weekend with an Easter creation so passers-by have something new to see,’ she said.

‘We’ve noticed so many lovely rainbows, it’s tough trying to work from home when you have children so being able to find fun things to do is so important to keep us all sane.

‘I think it’s a real sign of the community spirit we have on the island, we have to ride the storm together and come out stronger – stay home and stay safe.’

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