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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Two of the oldest Pubs in Douglas

The ‘Old Market Inn’ and ‘The Albert’ are both side by side in Chapel Row in what is truly the oldest part of Douglas.

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Chapel Row in Douglas © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Hardy Sheep at Tholt y Will

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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Halewood’s Height and only 168 days to TT 2015

A good coat of snow at Halewood’s Height on the TT Course yesterday morning and only 168 days to TT 2015.

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Hailwood Height on the TT Course © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Golden Guernsey Goats

I kid you not but these goats are rather partial to a bit of tree bark now and then :-)

This small herd of Golden Guernsey Goats live on the Patrick Road in St John’s, I am sure the big one has a single horn in the middle of his head! Yikes…

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Goats in St John's © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Regent Street Post Office in Douglas

Quite a topical subject at present as it is facing possible closure along with Ramsey Post Office.

Will it stay or will it go?

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Regent Street Post Office © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Glion Kiark “Glen of the Grouse”

The site of an old slate quarry workings at the foot of Sartfell Mountain, this old quarry is clearly visible when looking approximately South-East from the TT Course half-way up Barregarrow Hill.

This quarry originally employed about twenty quarrymen, many of whom were Welsh, who came over to the Island following the closures of quarries in their homeland. It closed in about 1874 due to the poor quality of the slate and the buildings subsequently fell into disrepair.

The ruins are those of the blacksmiths shop, stables, a pay office and accommodation for the men.

The belfry at the end of building deceptively gives it the appearance of an old church. In fact, the bell which it once housed was used to signal the beginning and ending of the mens work shifts, which ran day and night.

The old quarry building is very desolate and quite a hard place to get to it has very steep slopes and ravines to cross and a good set of walking boots are a must.

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Glion Kiark - Glen of the Grouse © Peter Killey - manxscenes.com

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The Douglas Hotel and the Clarendon Hotel on North Quay

Who remembers these Pubs on North Quay as part of the Barbary Coast?

The Clarendon and Isle of Man Farmers on the right hand side have recently been demolished and rebuilt, they will soon be back as a Pub with offices above.

The former Douglas Hotel on the left has been refurbished and that apparently will be a shop with flats above.

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British Hotel & Clarendon Hotel  on North Quay © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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The Tholtans of Sherragh Vane

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;

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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