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Laxey Breakwaters From Breeze Hill.

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

Laxey-Breakwaters-© Nicky- www.iomphotography.com

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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The-Grove-Museum©www.iomphotography.com-

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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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Lambing1©www.iomphotography.com- Lambing2 Lambing3

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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Shepherding©www.iomphotography.com-

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Trees.

Took this photograph in a plantation and thought would try a different way of photographing the trees.

trees-©www.iomphotography.com

Telephone Box, Cregneash.

This telephone box has caused quite a stir amongst manx residents. This is one of six phone boxes which the local telephone company are planning to remove as they are “unprofitable”. These days with mobile phones, people dont need or very rarely need to use phone boxes but the sad thing with this particular one and the reason residents are upset is because this one is in the small working museum of Cregneash and is a very popular attraction to visitors for photographs as it is the tradional red colour which is becoming quite rare. The other unusual thing about this phone box is that for many years it used to be green which really did make it quite unique. The questions we all want the answers to now are………..will it stay or will it go and if it stays will it go back to green? Watch this space!

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Telephone-box-Cregneash-© www.iomphotography.com

Thatched Cottage, Cregneash.

This is a traditional thatched manx stone cottage in the quaint village of Cregneash in the South of the Island. Cregneash is a mix of tiny private and working cottages as this is a working museum consisting of a farm which uses the original old farming machinery and horses to pull the ploughs, tiny working cottages demonstrating different skills used in the 19th and early 20th century such as thatching, spinning, weaving, wood turning, black- smithing and a range of skills used in the growing and preparation of food. There is a cafe and lovely trails and walks including farm trails and coastal footpaths. Cregneash is a fantastic day out for all the family and also for wonderful picturesque walks.

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New-Thatch Cregneash-© www.iomphotography.com

Visitors can see demonstrations with horse drawn equipment, thatching, spinning, weaving, wood-turning, black-smithing and a range of skills in the growing and preparation of food. – See more at: http://www.manxnationalheritage.im/plan-your-visit/groups/cregneash-group-travel/#sthash.icgFnawa.dpuf
thatching, spinning, weaving, wood-turning, black-smithing and a range of skills in the growing and preparation of food. – See more at: http://www.manxnationalheritage.im/plan-your-visit/groups/cregneash-group-travel/#sthash.icgFnawa.dpuf
thatching, spinning, weaving, wood-turning, black-smithing and a range of skills in the growing and preparation of food. – See more at: http://www.manxnationalheritage.im/plan-your-visit/groups/cregneash-group-travel/#sthash.icgFnawa.dpuf
thatching, spinning, weaving, wood-turning, black-smithing and a range of skills in the growing and preparation of food. – See more at: http://www.manxnationalheritage.im/plan-your-visit/groups/cregneash-group-travel/#sthash.icgFnawa.dpuf
thatching, spinning, weaving, wood-turning, black-smithing and a range of skills in the growing and preparation of food. – See more at: http://www.manxnationalheritage.im/plan-your-visit/groups/cregneash-group-travel/#sthash.icgFnawa.dpuf
thatching, spinning, weaving, wood-turning, black-smithing and a range of skills in the growing and preparation of food. – See more at: http://www.manxnationalheritage.im/plan-your-visit/groups/cregneash-group-travel/#sthash.icgFnawa.dpuf

St. Runius Church (3 Images)

St. Runius, also known as Old Kirk Marown, is a very quaint old church which still has candles for lights instead of electricity. It is known as Old Kirk Marown because a new church was built in its place in 1853 on the main Douglas to Peel road. St. Runius is a simple structure dating from the 12th century with alterations and extensions from 1750 to 1755 and in the late 1790’s. It is called St. Runius as it is dedicated to St. Ronan of Lismore in Ireland and Marown also takes its name from this Saint “Ma-Ronan”, Marown. In the images below you will notice that this church has a very unusual feature being an external double stone staircase which leads up to the once music gallery, the original doorway into the gallery has been filled in with stone to match the church. I have put on three images, two of the church as couldnt decide which I liked the best as one is in sepia. I have also included an image to show the candles they use to light the church when in use.

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St-Runius-© www.iomphotography.com St-Runius-sepia-© www.iomphotography.com St-Runius-candle-© www.iomphotography.com

St Patricks Chair.

In a field called Magher y Chairn in the Parish of Marown, between Braaid and Crosby, there are three granite stone slabs standing tall next to each other which are known locally as “St Patricks Chair” or”Chairn y Pherick”. Two of the slabs have early Christian crosses carved on the front of them. Originally there were five granite stones standing but two have fallen over and lie amongst the other large stones which may have formed part of a burial site. The site itself is protected by a wire fence to stop any damage to the remaining stones as it stands in a field used for farming sheep.

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St-Patricks-Chair-© www.iomphotography.com St-patricks-Chair-Sign-© www.iomphotography.com

 

Road or a Lake?

We have had, like many people, an awful lot of rain lately and its caused Island wide flooding. Whilst out driving up north the other day we came across many flooded roads, some almost unpassable and this road was one of them. It did make me laugh though when two ducks went paddling by infront of the car making it look more like a lake than a road.

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Road-or-lake-© www.iomphotography.com

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