I was wondering what to write about this evening when it occurred to me that I still had one or two tales from our recent holiday on the Isle of Man to tell.
I always enjoy meeting other people who blog. One lunchtime we met up with Tanya, who writes the Lovely Greens blog - an account of her attempt to lead "a more natural and self-sufficientish life" on the Isle of Man. It's a must read for connoisseurs of Rhubarb wine and would-be beekeepers. She runs a regular stall on the farmers' market at the Tynwald Mills shopping centre in the village of St John's, selling home-made soap, among other things.
There are a lot of interesting ancient sites on Man. Meayll Circle is a few minutes walk from the road, close to the top of a hill outside the village of Cregneash, close to the Southern end of the island. At first glance it could be mistaken for a Stonehenge-style stone circle but, in fact, it consists -uniquely- of six pairs of burial chambers arranged in a ring. It was built around 3,500 BC. I had it to myself when I walked up to visit it and take this photograph, which certainly made me think as it's only a few hundred yards from the busy tourist attractions of Cregneash village, the Sound Café and the Calf of Man. Part of me felt it was a shame for all the visitors who would have been enthralled by the place had they found it, another part glad to have it to myself.
The buildings in the distance belong to the small town of Port Erin. The landmark you can see on the left is Milner's Tower on Bradda Head. When you look out to sea from this stretch of coast, the Mountains of Mourne can be seen on the horizon. The first time I saw them I was surprised how close they seemed to be, rising up almost like a mirage.
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