Friday, 28 September 2012


It has been a mixed sort of day today. I would dearly have liked to go and meet my old cycling buddies at the Lavender Barn, near Dunham but know that I would have been covered in mud on the trails that have in parts been flooded. There hasn't been sufficient wind to dry them off. So, I went off in the Beetle for a chat, pot of tea and toasted teacake. It is ages since I went as it's been such a rotten summer and I hate going out on the bike when it's raining, unless it rains whilst I am out, which is different somehow.

I'll just post the rest of the Isle of Man pictures for you.

I'm really sorry but I don't have any pictures of Manx cats for you, although there was one from nearby that kept appearing on the lawn, but when I was not there. Manx cats have longer back legs than ordinary cats and MiL had one which very sadly was accidentally shot.

There will be a one or two which should really have been before the ones I last posted as Kadeeae liked the scenery and so these are for her.

The bite in between the two hills is Fleshwick Bay, (derived from Fles-vik or green creek. I have walked the whole of this coastline  twice, on the Raad  ny Foillan (the Way of the Gull) very appropriately named.  From Fleschwick bay you climb the fairly mountainous heights of Lhiattee ny Beinee and Cronk ny Arrey Laa, passing the site of a Pictish village in the dip between the two. Sorry about picture quality, it was very very overcast.

This is the bay at Port Erin, with Bradda Head on the right.

Ooops, who's this? Looking very windswept, perched on the steps of the small lighthouse at Point of Ayre.

I loved the weather clouds here. I have no idea of what those concrete structures are. This was the base of the foghorn.

The main lighthouse, with adjacent buildings. This light revolves. The smaller one flashes. This was built by Robert Louis Stevenson's grandfather and is controlled by the Northern Lights Board of Scotland.

I love the sky in this one.

This is the very sad, ill fated Solway Harvester, and it has been here for a few years.

It is awful to see a boat in this state.

Nature is taking over, we have some of this plant at home.

Sea Holly at the Ayres Nature Reserve

I love taking pictures through grasses.
The Ayres is an area of public ramblage and there is a visitor centre, open only at specified times.  There are lovely dunes which are of marram grass which binds the sand with its roots, which allows the sea holly to grow. In the past Islanders used to use the marram grass to thatch their tiny cottages.

That's all from the Isle of Man, the only other ones are some generally around the farmland.

If anyone wants to see some more pictures of the Island, I have plenty, taken at another time. Just let me know and I will post a few another day.

It's half past nine now, a cuppa awaits me and so does my Susan Hill book, The Various Haunts of Men, which is incredibly exciting. I think I have sussed out the killer and his name does give a clue, on thinking about it. I wonder if I am right?

Just before I say goodnight, I must tell you about last night. TH looked up and said he saw a big black 'flying thing'. It disappeared. This morning, whilst straightening the cover of the sofa, I saw a large thing on the floor. Oh dear, I thought it was a cockroach, I felt really sick, ran for a cardboard cup, a piece of board and captured the thing, putting a weight on top so it wouldn't escape. When TH came down I couldn't wait to ask him to look at it before taking it outside. He said it was not a cockroach, it was the black flying thing that he saw last night. It was 3/4 of an inch long, and I was really afraid. Imagined we had these things running around the place. I was very relieved when he threw it outside.

Well, that was the day! So, goodnight, speak with you next time.


  1. Lovely pics! I like the sea holly the best!
    And, what was that black flying thing then? Was it a bat?

    1. No, Sarina, it was not so large. I've never seen anything like it though, too long to be a fly, maybe it was some sort of moth? I have tried to download the video in another format but am not sure if I did it right and it didn't work.

  2. The pictures are lovely!! All of them really, but the first and second are my favs :)

    Yes, lots of wide open spaces here in Norfolk too, but this just seems so much more dramatic! Thanks for posting them up {H}