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Whilst out for a walk today on South Quay we were lucky to spot the Steam Packets Fast Craft Manannan entering Douglas Harbour after returning from the port of Liverpool.

The lighthouse to the right of the craft is the Battery Pier Light.

The image was taken on my Nikon D80 SLR with a Nikon 18-135 F3.5/5.6 G AFS DX lens at 58mm and cropped in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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Fast Craft Manannan Entering Douglas Port -  © Peter Killey

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Spotted this beautiful, pristine little Austin A35 on Peel Breakwater yesterday, I can only presume that the registration number reflects the year the car was first registered on the Isle of Man.

Any ideas of a date of registration for this lovely classic car?

The image was taken on my Nikon D80 SLR with a Nikon 18-135 F3.5/5.6 G AFS DX lens at 18mm and cropped in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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Austin A35 - © Peter Killey

 

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Standing on the footpath at the side of Peel Castle and looking over Fenella Beach towards a busy Peel Beach.

The mountain centre left is Greeba Mountain and the hill to the right of the image is Slieau Whallian.

The spire in the centre right of the image is St Germans Cathederal which is why Peel is classed as a City!

The image was taken on my Nikon D80 SLR with a Nikon 18-135 F3.5/5.6 G AFS DX lens at 20mm and cropped in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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Peel Isle of Man - Sunset City - © Peter Killey

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Nick and myself took Ted down to Castletown beach today to introduce him to the sand and the sea 🙂 Ted’s first reaction was, Oh my God whats this stuff all about and quickly plonked his bum down however when Nick started chucking his mini tennis ball for him, he took off running into the wind, with his ears flapping….

After ten minutes he was like a puppy possessed with absolute love for the sand and the sea, he adored it, he even ran into the sea until a big wave came towards him and frightened him!!

This little fella is such an adorable puppy and I cannot wait until his next adventure, maybe a trip along the Promenade in Douglas or Laxey 🙂

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Standing opposite the Manx Sea God Manannin at this years Mannifest at Glen Lough is his wife Fand, also known in Irish legend as The Pearl of Beauty.

It’s all a bit mystical and mythical for me, but please feel free to enlighten all my readers if you can explain a little bit about what these statues are all about, please feel free to leave a comment.

The second image I can only presume is a carving of the indigenous breed of a Manx Loaghtan Sheep, this hand built statue stands about 6 to 7 metres tall, and in similarity to Fand if you can enlighten us all please do so!

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There are three massive hand carved items at this years Mannifest, which is held in Glen Lough Farm which is just Douglas side of Glen Vine in Marown.

These two images mark one of the massive hand carvings at the festival and depicts a Giant Wizard (Manannin) which is about 9 to 10 meters in height.

I don’t really know much more about the artist/s that made this Wizard, if you know, please feel free to add the information to the comments section on this thread.

I will over the weekend add the other two different carvings that are displayed at the festival.

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1st August 2011 – A bit of an update on Ted the Border Terrorist who has just turned 10 weeks old 🙂

Since the last post on the 26th July, Ted has really sprung up with his noticeably longer legs and his more than playful way.

For some unknown reason Ted thinks he is a cat and sometimes prowls around and pounces on unsuspecting feet or sometimes his toys!

He has been to the vet today and had his final injection which will allow him to go out for walks next week.

I cannot wait to take him out for a walk or onto the beach for a run.

Ted 1st August 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ted 1st August 2011

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Bus Vannin's Fleet © Peter Killey Right let me get one thing straight, I am not a Bus spotter 🙂

However whilst waiting in the lower Tesco car park on Sunday I noticed these three lovely buses lined up, the grey Mercedes buses have been the subject of quite a lot of press of late due to them being Mercedes and the cost of them and I believe the Department of Community Culture and Leisure have acquired 12 of them!

The image was taken on my Nikon D80 SLR with a Nikon 18-135 F3.5/5.6 G AFS DX lens at 32mm and cropped in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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We went to the Southern Agricultural Show this afternoon, the sun was shining and it was absolutely jammed packed with people, stalls, animal exhibitions and kids rides and stuff.

I have added nine images which will hopefully give you a feel for all the fun that was going on in Great Meadow, Castletown, which according to the news could be the last year it is held down there due to the lease expiring.

One gripe for us is that all cars were chaperoned into a field opposite Great Meadow where there were literally thousands of cars, however when we came to leave the field it took us 1hr and 10mins to get onto the public highway due to the lack of any traffic management, there were some very unhappy motorists stuck in that field believe me!

Image No 1 shows a traditional Horse and Trap, Image No 2 shows an Indigenous Manx Loaghtan Sheep. Image No 3 depicts a traditional belt driven Bailing Machine, Image No 4 Dog Agility, Image No 5 Castletown Metropolitan Brass Band and image No 6 Daddy can i have a drink of Milk please!! Image No 7 A Shire Horse and colorful plumage, Image No 8 Short legged cows!, Image No 9 A beautifully turned out rider and horse being judged.

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