The Old Rectory in Andreas

There are only three parishes on the Isle of Man which have Rectories (Andreas, Ballaugh and Bride) all remaining parishes have Vicarages.

Andreas Rectory was also usually the home of the Archdeacon and it was therefore a residential building of very high status.

This building is on the Isle of Man Government’s list of registered buildings.

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Andreas Rectory © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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2 New Ballaugh Residents

A couple of new Ballaugh residents that I spotted whilst out on my Mountain Bike this afternoon, is it just me or is it very early for Spring Lambs?

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Early Spring Lambs © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Chapel Bay in Port St Mary

Standing at Chapel Bay in Port St Mary and looking up towards the fine properties (once hotel’s) of Port St Mary Promenade.

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Port St Mary © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Winter sun, shadows and a snow shower

Winter sun, winter shadows and a wintry snow shower passes Snaefell Mountain this afternoon.

The image was taken way up above the Sulby Valley from the Killabregga Tholtans.

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Killabregga and looking towards Snaefell © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Low Tide at Derbyhaven

CT-58 Nancy Ellen at Derbyhaven.

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Low Tide at Derbyhaven © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Mooragh Park Boating Lake in Ramsey

The title says it all really :-)

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Mooragh Lake © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Overlooking Sulby Reservoir

A view today from Brandywell and overlooking Sulby Reservoir.

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Overlooking Sulby Reservoir © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Kates Cottage on the TT Course

Happy New Year

Kates Cottage on the world famous TT Course and only 149 days to go to TT 2015 :-)

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Kates Cottage © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Winter Sunset – Former Air Traffic Control Tower at Jurby

Winter Sunset tonight at the former Air Traffic Control Tower – Old Jurby Airport.

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RAF Tower Jurby © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Hunt The Wren this morning at Ballaugh

The custom of ‘Hunting the Wren’ has long been an Isle of Man tradition, and is still kept alive each St Stephen’s Day.

It is thought that it is descended from Celtic mythology and the tradition may also have been influenced by Scandinavian settlers during the Viking invasions of the 8th and 10th centuries.

Historically, groups of young men known as ‘wren boys’ would hunt a wren and then tie the sacred bird to the top of a pole, decorated with holly sprigs and ribbons. With blackened faces, the group would sing at houses and receive for money, presents or food for their efforts. Those that gave money to the boys would receive a feather from the wren as thanks. The collected money was then used to host a village dance.

Superstitious Manx fishermen were known not to venture out to sea without having first secured a feather to ensure their safe return. Wrens’ feathers were also considered a general preservative against witchcraft.

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Hunt The Wren at Ballaugh © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Merry Christmas

Nollick Ghennal as Blein Vie Noa.

Merry Christmas to all my followers and friends I really do hope you have enjoyed my Isle of Man Images throughout the year, and I wish you all a Prosperous and Healthy 2015 when there will of course be lots more Manx Scenes. Hee’m oo ‘sy vlein noa (See you in the New Year).

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Merry Christmas 2014 © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Nativity in the Barn at Ballaugh

A wonderful Community effort for Ballaugh again last night at the annual Nativity in the Barn at Ballaterson Moar Farm.

Well done to Mr and Mrs Cowin for allowing their barn to be used for such a lovely event and everyone who organised it, a great team effort by all.

Oh and Father Christmas and the three donkeys were also fantastic

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Nativity in the Barn in Ballaugh © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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