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I am pretty sure I can remember going into this little old building at Smeale in Andreas when it was a General Store in the late 70’s.

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Old Smeale General Stores © Peter Killey - manxscenes.com

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A Spring Lamb at Smeale Farm in Andreas 🙂

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Spring Lamb © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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What a fantastic afternoon we spent at Smeale Farm in Andreas on Saturday, this lovely traditional Manx farm is so very well run by Steve, Beth and Chris, and to be honest it is a credit to them all.

As you can probably see they are right in the middle of the lambing season and Steve kindly showed us all the lambing sheds and all the expectant Mums and Nicky was so very lucky to deliver twins with the help of Steve.

Beth and Steve also offer tours of Smeale Farm and provide an insight into their contribution to Manx produce, I would highly recommend anyone with an interest in Manx farming and Manx produce to get in touch with them via their website – ManxFarmHols.com

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This is what I love about the Isle of Man, I came across these fellas today on the coast road near to the Lhen.
The sheep and lambs were all very well behaved and the Shepards were very grateful to the motorists for stopping.

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Only in the Isle of Man © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

Only in the Isle of Man © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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There are only three parishes on the Isle of Man which have Rectories (Andreas, Ballaugh and Bride) all remaining parishes have Vicarages.

Andreas Rectory was also usually the home of the Archdeacon and it was therefore a residential building of very high status.

This building is on the Isle of Man Government’s list of registered buildings.

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Andreas Rectory © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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St. Andrew’s Church in Andreas.

During the 1939 – 1945 war the original tower was reduced in height by about half because of the R.A.F airfield nearby (Click Here to see an old image of the Church with its taller tower).

The war memorial has recently been renovated and it is now a terracotta colour.

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St Andrew's Church in Andreas © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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(Manx National Heritage catalogued Cross No. 128)

The transition in the Viking world of Pagan beliefs to the final embrace of Christianity is depicted on this stone. The Vikings brought pagan religion to shores already believing in Christianity and for a short time, both creeds co-existed. But eventually, Christianity won.

One side of this stone shows the Norse god Odin (recognised by the raven on his shoulder, and weaving his famous spear) being devoured by Fenris the wolf at the Battle of Ragnorok – the fight against evil and the end of the world for the Norse deities. The other side is filled with Christian symbolism – a figure with a book and a cross, by a fish and a defeated serpent.

This stone is not only a ‘page-turn’ from pagan to Christian beliefs, it also has that rarest of things – the name of the person who was responsible. Down one side, written in ancient Norse runes, is the inscription ‘Thorwald raised this cross’.

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Thorwald's Cross - © Peter Killey - manxscenes.com

Thorwald’s Cross – Front

Thorwald's Cross - © Peter Killey - manxscenes.com

Thorwald’s Cross – Rear

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The very colourful Village Police Station in Andreas.

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Andreas Police Station © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Bry Rad’s Fresh Manx Produce (thanks for the pose Bry) At the Farmers Combine shop on East Quay Ramsey.

Well worth a visit on a Saturday, you can just smell the freshness of this great little place.

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Bry Rad's in Ramsey © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Couldn’t help stopping off and taking an image of this Rapeseed field in Andreas the other day.

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A Rapeseed field in Andreas © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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This small aircraft sits alone at Andreas Airfield in the North of the Island.

The airfield was opened in 1941 as a Fighter Command Airfield for the RAF.

The Airfield is now operated by Andreas Gliding Club and by Microlight enthusiasts.

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Andreas Airfield © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Whilst driving down the coast road to the Lhen in Andreas we were confronted by these fellas 🙂

They were all very well behaved and the Shepards were very grateful to all the drivers in the queue of traffic for stopping.

The image was captured on my Sony HX20V camera, resized and cropped  in Adobe Photoshop CS6.

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Sheep on the road at the Lhen - © Peter Killey

 

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