Tuesday, 16 February 2010

A Sea Voyage and a Bit of a Quiz...

Thanks to everyone who has left comments on my last two or three posts: I have enjoyed reading them all and will get around to visiting the writers' blogs in the next few days. I haven't replied personally as I've not been around. We've just returned from a sea-voyage to the magical land of Ellan Vannin. Unfortunately we didn't spot any of the wild wallabies that are said to roam the land, although I did purchase a shoe-brush from its Chief Minister (honest! See photograph). We also got to say hello to the little people and wander among the standing stones of ancient burial grounds...

Who can be blamed for neglecting their blog when life takes such a turn?

Here's a bit of a quiz: Can you identify the magic land? It's a great place, by the way.

19 comments:

Poet in Residence said...

I googlechecked my answer which was right as I've been there too.
And there I actually met a strange man who had a wooden box hanging from shoulder straps on his chest. The box had two funnels protruding from it. These were to capture stereo noises and doppler effects. He was recording the noises for a Swiss radio station. I got to ride with a man called Dave at the controls of one of world's oldest vehicles of a particular sort.

Rachel Fox said...

Had to look it up...never been. Look forward to the stories.
x

Elisabeth said...

I too looked it up. I'd love to go there.

I saw it on the map only an hour ago. We're planning to visit Ireland in the middle of this year, so we will be nearby.

Lucky you to enjoy such a voyage. But wasn't it cold?

the watercats said...

I got.. after tuesday morning concentration with a pencil;
VALE LINNANN.. so is it, the Vale of Linnann?... I'm imagining it's one of those shops like universe of leather, but selling fabrics and sundries... in Wales...?...

I sooo hope I'm the winner! :-D

Nice brush by the way!

The Weaver of Grass said...

I am not allowed to comment as I am your mother and know where you have been. I must say first ministers selling shoe brushes is a bit of a surprise - maybe our first second and third ministers should try it too, it might bring them down from cloud cuckoo land.

Titus said...

Ooh, did you meet Si Kirkpatrick? He was a pen-pal I had after a school ski-ing holiday. He was the one I should have got off with.

Dominic Rivron said...

Thanks for these comments, everyone. It sounds like everyone's got it - except the watercats, and I think he's pulling my leg (in fact legs -a preponderance of them- come into it).

PiR: What was the worlds oldest vehicle of a particular sort? A tram perhaps?

RF: Go! I was put off by the fact Jeremy Clarkson lives there and its big in online gambling companies, but I was wrong to be. It's an interesting place.

Elisabeth: If you fly to Ireland, you'll probably get a good view of it on the way.

watercats: Incorrect. And it is a nice brush thank you. :)

WG: And the Chief Minister is, by coincidence, another Mr Brown.

Titus: No, I didn't. Not that I know of.

Poet in Residence said...

Yes, Dominic, the tram driver reckoned his tram was the oldest working electric tram in regular service and he took me to Ramsay on the platform (open to the elements) from where he controlled the thing. The Swiss gent with the strange box on his chest was recording various tram noises for a radio programme. We passed him at a level crossing.
By the way, in FW I'm up to Part I Chpt III p 48, & full steam ahead!

ArtSparker said...

Ultima Thule? I have no idea.

Dominic Rivron said...

ArtSparker: Not quite. I hesitate to mention the place, though, as no-one yet has. All will be revealed!

Denise Burden said...

I know - your Mum told me. Welcome home to the pair of you!
Found your posts on your family history very interesting.

Mama Zen said...

I had to look it up!

Sorlil said...

This post reads like a strange dream, one I'd like to have!

tony said...

the magical land of Ellan Vannin is not Todmorden.But ,It should be............

Poetikat said...

I'm thinking "Lilliput", but I can't be trusted right now.

Get Off My Lawn! said...

Is it anywhere near Helluland? Probably not. No shame in neglecting blogs when travelling. Looks like fun. Nice brush.

Dominic Rivron said...

Thanks for these comments.

The answer is... Not a factory shop in Wales, not Todmorden, not Ultima Thule and not Helluland but... The Isle of Man.

Rachel Fenton said...

Awe - and I was just about to say that! ;)

Elisabeth said...

That was my guess, but I kept it to myself. I wanted to keep other people guessing. I hope you had a great time.