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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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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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Looking inland from the Cronk Beach in Ballaugh last night with the dipping sun casting long shadows from the hay bales.

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Cronk Beach looking inland © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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The wonderful Hidden Valley at Glen Dhoo in Ballaugh.

A truly magical experience every visit.

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Glen Dhoo in Ballaugh © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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A little bit different from the normal but couldn’t help sharing this piccie of a Clematis Montana in our garden this afternoon 🙂

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Clamatis Montana © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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A touch of framing of the beautiful Ballaugh Old Church at the Cronk.

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Ballaugh Church at the Cronk © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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A lovely walk in the Curraghs and this little fella was a bit cocky to say the least 🙂

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In the Curraghs in Ballaugh © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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A Mummy Wallaby deep in the Curraghs at Ballaugh 🙂

Isn’t she beautiful.

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A Mummy Wallaby © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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The old Red Phone Box and Post Box at the Cronk in Ballaugh.

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Red Phone Box and Post Box at the Cronk © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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