The Foxdale Mines Security Guards.

Went for a walk from Cross Vein Mines, more popularly known as “Snuff The Wind” down to the ruins of the old mining buildings, most of it is all fenced of for safety and managed to snap these three sheep looking like they were standing guard.

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Laxey Breakwaters From Breeze Hill.

Took this image of both Laxey Breakwaters together after walking up Breeze Hill.

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Making Hay While The Sun Shines.

I managed to get photos of a farmer gathering his hay into the big rolls in a field at Smeale, on a lovely hot summers day. The machine he used was brilliant, like a big vacuum that sucked up the cut hay and then spat it out ready rolled, very clever.

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Cormorants stretching their wings.

Saw these cormorants stretching their wings in Peel on the rocks next to the slipway on a nice summers day.

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Off loading their catch of the day.

Whilst on Peel Breakwater having a walk and taking photos I was fascinated watching this fishing boat unloading his catch of the day, a full load of fresh crabs.

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Seal in Peel Harbour.

Managed to get a photo of this cheeky chappie in Peel harbour on a nice summers day.


The Grove Museum. (3 Images)

This beautiful piece of Manx history has had a lot of work done on the upstairs floor due to water damage from the roof leaking last year, in fact when I went to the museum last May the upstairs floor and rooms were closed due to the ceiling coming down. Now thankfully after months of hard work it is well on its way to being restored again and upstairs is now open again to the public.
The Grove or to give it its proper title The Gibbs of the Grove was a beautiful Victorian summer retreat for the Gibbs family which later became their permanent residence and family home.
The rooms show how they lived, what they wore and you are taken back in time looking round the kitchen, the pantry, the life of the scullery maid and the beautiful Victorian furniture in the living rooms.
Upstairs there is the main bedroom which is the master bedroom and the head of house slept in this bedroom until their death and then the next person in line took over this room.
There is the sewing room where the ladies of the house were taught to sew and then next to this is the dressing room displaying the outfits they used to wear and then the playroom with a beautiful rocking horse and dolls house.
Through a door in the playroom you go into another room where you can watch bees making honey as they fly in and out through a gap in the window linking to a real bee hive.
The gardens are beautiful with a croquet lawn, duck pond and Loaghtan sheep.

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Lambing time at Smeale Farm in Andreas ( 3 Images).

What a fantastic afternoon I have just spent at Smeale Farm in Andreas. This traditional Manx farm is run by Steve, Beth and Chris. Its the middle of lambing season and there are pregnant ewes just waiting to lamb and I was so lucky to be able to deliver twins under the supervision from Steve. This was so amazing and I wont forget this afternoon for a long time. Its such a lovely farm and run by lovely people. The bottom image shows Steve holding triplets. Thank you Steve for a fantastic day.

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Traditional Manx Shepherding. (2 Images)

Its so lovely to see traditional ways of moving sheep and their lambs still practiced in the Isle of Man.
I came across these lovely lambs and their mothers on the coast road near to the Lhen in the North of the Island.
It was a beautiful spring day and lovely to see the lambs going out into the field to enjoy the warm spring sunshine.

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Inside the walls of Peel Castle.

Made the most of a beautiful sunny spring day by visiting Peel Castle. This Castle is situated on St Patricks Isle in Peel and used to be a place of worship before becoming the fort of Magnus Barefoot – an 11th century Viking King of Mann.
Inside the Castle walls there are the remains of St Patricks Church, The Round Tower and the crypt of the 13th century Cathedral of St German.
The Castle has extensive grounds and visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of Peel and beyond.
The Castle is also famous for being haunted by a large black dog called the Moddey Dhoo and there have been reports of sightings of a ghostly apparition of the black dog.

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