Ballaugh

Found this lovely little Post Box in Ballaugh yesterday and thought I would add it onto here 🙂

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Isle of Man Post Box © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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The former Ravensdale Castle Hotel in Ballaugh Glen, now a private residence.

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Ravensdale Castle Ballaugh - © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Ballaugh Old Church at the Cronk.

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Ballaugh Old Church in B&W © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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A glorious but cold day at Ballaugh old Church at the Cronk.

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Old Ballaugh Church © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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A slightly different perspective of Ballaugh Old Church at the Cronk and it’s famous leaning entrance pillars..

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Ballaugh Old Church © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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A welcome sight today in Ballaugh which means Spring is just around the corner 🙂

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Snow Drops in Ballaugh © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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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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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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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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This Manx Tholtan is high above the hills of Ballaugh Mountain, Bullrenney in Manx means (Ferny Place).

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Bullrenny on Ballaugh Mountain © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Some say the sun always shines on the righteous and it was certainly shining on Ballaugh this afternoon.

Taken from one of the tracks off the Druidale Rd whilst out for a walk with Ted 🙂

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Ballaugh © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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A walk through the Curraghs this afternoon and only spotted 2 Wallabies possibly due to the heavy rain last night and the Curragh being very, very wet.

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Curraghs Walkway in Ballaugh © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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