Braddan

Standing at Mount Rule in Braddan and looking towards the East Baldwin Valley, you can see Windy Corner at the top of the valley then left to Snaefell Mountain, Beinn-y-Phott and Carraghan.

In our troubled World how lucky are we to have such lovely untouched mountains, hills and green fields.

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East Baldwin © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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A very isolated farmhouse and outbuildings, I actually worked there as a joiner about 35 years ago, where a family were going to renovate it!

This image was taken from the 33rd milestone on the Mountain Road the other day.

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The Dhoon © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Some strange weather going on with this bank of mist the other day.

This image was taken looking from Keppel Gate on the Mountain Road overlooking the East Baldwin Valley towards Carraghan and Beinn-Y-Phott.

Typical I didn’t have my DSLR but my little pocket camera saved the day.

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Mountain Mist © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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High up in the hills above East Baldwin lies this derelict round stone tower which was once a regular visiting place for nearby eccentric farmer Joe Lewin, Joe built this tower on his highest land and it gave him a grand view from East Baldwin through to Douglas, legend has it that Mr Lewin used to regularly climb to the top of the tower to be closer to God!

** Source – Baldwin My Valley by Thomas M Cowell

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Lewins Folly © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Hop tu Naa – At Cooil Road in Douglas.

Do you know the difference between Halloween and Hop Tu Naa? As the rest of the British Isles prepare to celebrate Halloween on 31 October, many Isle of Man residents will instead celebrate Hop tu Naa. Historically Hop tu Naa has been considered to be the Celtic New Year, marking the end of the summer and the beginning of winter.

Hop tu Naa is celebrated with the carving of turnips for lanterns as opposed to the pumpkins that are commonly used for Halloween. Children will then go singing around the houses for hop tu Naa treats, this was once apples, bonnag and herring but as the years have gone by it’s now sweets and pennies.

Children visit the houses in fancy dress costumes and with their spooky turnip lantern. A favourite song of choice and one you still regularly hear amongst the children is the famous ‘Ginnie the Witch’ which is a traditional Manx Gaelic song.

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Hop tu Naa © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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One of several sites where sittings of Tynwald (the Manx Parliament) have taken place. The date on the plaque gives the date as 1428. The site was chosen because it approximates the geographic centre of the Isle of Man and is known as Killabane.

This site is just above St Luke’s Church in West Baldwin and you can just make out that quaint church.

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Tynwald Site, Baldwin © Peter Killey - manxscenes.com

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This quaint church was formerly attached to the parish church of Kirk Braddan but now Marown, the church was built in 1836 on the site of a Celtic church called “Keeill Abban”, an ancient Celtic cross has also been built into the west gable section of the building which was also used as a school up to 1871.

Behind this chapel and up the hill is the ancient site of Tynwald which was held there as far back as 1429 and is now marked by a circle of stones.

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St Lukes Church in Baldwin © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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An old TT ‘quick filler’ outside the Creg Ny Baa Hotel.

Not sure of the relevance of it at the Creg Ny Baa!?

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Shell TT Quick Filler © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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The 33rd on the Mountain and only 72 days to TT 2015.

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33rd Milestone TT Course © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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