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Another lovely Sunset tonight at the Celtic Cross War Memorial at Jurby Church.

“At the going down of the sun and in the morning. We will remember them”

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Jurby War Memorial © 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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Just a slightly different view of the Continental Market on Loch Promenade in Douglas yesterday.

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Continental Market Isle of Man © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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The Artania In Douglas Bay today (12/8/15)

With a length of 231 meters she accommodates up to 1,200 passengers and has 9 decks.

What a beautiful day for all her passengers to visit the Isle of Man.

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Artania © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Today’s work done…

And Belfast registered fishing boat B152 ilene rounds Peel Breakwater to drop off her catch.

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Fishing Boat 152 ilene © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Formerly miners cottages, when I was there today I counted 7 front door entrances but there could have possibly been an other one at an adjacent building!?

The stepped back image of the tholtan with 3 upper windows appears to have been the home of a more senior mining employee.

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Glen Rushen © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

Glen Rushen © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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This lovely old, once loved building at Cronkdoo is set low in the valley near to Druidale and is now where the hill sheep from the area go inside for shelter.

You can also make out the rusty corn mill cogs to the rear of the old building.

Whenever I visit these old Tholtan type buildings I realise just how hard life must have been for these old Manx Crofters.

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Cronkdoo near Druidale © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Located between Port Erin on the east and Port St Mary in the west, the present church was extended in 1775 and is on the site of an even more ancient building, the church is built in a Manx style and has a whitewashed exterior.

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Rushen Parish Church © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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Above Ballafayle in Maughold lies this Quakers burial ground.

The burial ground is alongside the narrow road through Ballajora, the plaque on the entrance to the site states that William Callow gave the piece of ground as a burial place for Quakers, and he was buried here in 1676.

The inscription on his headstone reads;

William Callow
of Ballafayle
1629 – 1676
suffered long persecution
frequent imprisonment
and finally banishment
from his native Island
for his faith.

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Quakers Burial Ground in Ballafayle © Peter Killey - www.manxscenes.com

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I took this image of the Steam Packet’s Fastcraft Manannan leaving Douglas Harbour on one of our rare sunny days 🙂

The image was captured on my Nikon D80 DSLR with a Nikon 18-105 F3.5/5.6 G AFS DX lens, dipped in Dynamic Photo HDR 5, cropped and resized in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

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Fastcraft Manannan Leaving Douglas Harbour (HDR) - © Peter Killey

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