Lezayre

This small group of tholtans are situated deep in the trees in the heart of Tholt y Will Plantation, Craigmooar means Great Rock or Crag.

Craigmooar belongs to a small group of nearby hill farms (now tholtans) namely Killabrega, Sherragh Vane and Bulrhenny.

It is believed that Craigmooar was about 80 acres in total and apparently In 1874, there was a woman and her daughter recorded living here as being unable to speak anything other than Manx, probably some of the last people to be like that on the Island.

This particular group of tholtans took some finding but it was well worth it and makes you realise just how hard life would have been for the inhabitants of these isolated hill farms.

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Craigmooar Tholtan © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

Craigmooar Tholtan © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

Craigmooar Tholtan © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Fly Fishing

At Salmon Leap in Sulby Claddagh today.

I just love this part of our Island, we are so lucky to have these beautiful places.

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Salmon Leap Sulby © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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A lovely walk this afternoon, this image is overlooking the remote but beautiful Tholtans of ‘Upper Grange’, which is high up on the Narradale track above Sulby.

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Upper Grange Tholtan © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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I have just read a lovely old Manx book called Legends of a Lifetime by the late George E. Quayle and he makes mention that in 1890 the family of a nearby resident of the Church (Mr Hicks) installed 8 Tubular Bells in the tower of this fine old church in his memory.

George E. Quayle mentions that his parents were married in the church at a similar date and the peal of tubular bells played ‘Abide With Me’ on their wedding day, apparently since then the bells have never played a tune since, apart from the odd jingle on a Sunday and the solemn minute bell for funerals.

I personally did not realise that ‘Abide With Me’ was a wedding hymn but I did think that this is a lovely story worth sharing.

Sadly today this fine old church is now on the open market for sale, a sign of the times indeed.

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Lezayre Church © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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I love this beautiful area of Sulby.

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Salmon Leap Sulby © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Old Thatching Stones on Sherragh Vane Tholtan in Tholt y Will Plantation in Sulby.

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Sherragh Vane Tholtan © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Raymond’s Store in Sulby Village

And a wonderful step back in time in his traditional village store.

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Caley's Store in Sulby © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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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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Another snow scene from 12th December 2014, this one overlooks the top end of Sulby Reservoir and over towards Druiadale.

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Tholt Y Will 12th Dec 2014 © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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High up in Tholt y Will Plantation in Sulby you will find these crofters ruins which was the setting of a poem by T.E. Brown, called ‘Kitty of the Sherragh Vane’, an extract of this famous Manx Poem is below;

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Sherragh Vane © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

Well, I tell ye, the first time ever I seen her,
She wasn’ much more till a baby –
six years, maybe,would have been her age;
and the little clogs at her,
clitter-clatter,
and her little hand
in mine, to show me the way, you’ll understand,
down yander brew,
and me a stranger too,
that was lost on the mountain;
And the little sowl in the house all alone,
and for her to be goin
the best part of a mile –
bless the chile!
Till she got me right –
and not a bit shy, not her
Nor freckened, but talkin away as purty
as a woman of thirty-
And-“That’s the way down to the School,” says she,
“and Saul and me is goin there every day;
you’ll easy find the way! –
and turns, and off like a bird on the wing,
Aw, a bright little thing.
 
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This old abandoned farm sits high up above the Sulby valley and is typical of those found in the upland areas of the Island, the remains of the horse driven mill and a small orchard are still visible, my records show that John and Lisa Kinrade were still resident at the farm as late as the 1943.

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Killabregga in Sulby © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Sulby Claddagh looking nice and busy this morning which is probably due the Festival of Motor Cycling taking place which is better known in old money as the Manx Grand Prix.

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Claddagh during MGP Week © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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