July 2019
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July 4th
Some pictures taken on a visit to Rushen Abby at Ballasalla yesterday morning. The abbey was established in 1134 and remained as such until the English King Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries in the 16th Century. From the early 1900s the abbey grounds were a popular tourist destination, with cream teas being served and a wooden dance hall being constructed in the grounds.  After WW2 the grounds were open to the public at least into the 1970s or 80s and up to the early 1990s the location was used by by nightclub 'The Academy'.  Subsequently it fell into a bad state of repair until acquired by Manx National Heritage in 1998 and was restored as a visitor and historical attraction.  Panasonic TZ200  3/7/19
A detour from the main road between Castletown and Port Erin along the narrow single track road at Pooil Vaaish.  Panasonic TZ200  3/7/19
July 5th
Some Aerial photography from Wednesday afternoon at the Calf Sound.   DJI Spark 3/7/19
July 6th
Catching up on pictures taken last week!  These were at Cregneash on Wednesday afternoon.  Panasonic TZ200  3/7/19
Aerial photography from Mull Hill.  DJI Spark  3/7/19
July 8th
Pictures taken on a walk in the hills to the east of Kirkmichael, taking the Phantom 4 drone in a rucksack to investigate three former industrial sites long abandoned.  My thanks to Peter Killey of Manx Scenes Photography for information on the Glion Kiark quarry site and to Don Smith, Peter Geddes and the Laxey Mines Research Group for information on the second and third sites.  DJI Phantom 4 Pro  4/7/19
Glion Kiark
This was a slate quarry cut into the north slopes of Sartfell.  There was a substantial office building that also contained a blacksmith, stables and accommodation for the quarrymen, many of whom were Welsh.  The remains of the building still stand, including a bell tower at one end giving it the appearance of a church.  The bell was in fact rung to indicate shift change time for the quarrymen.  The quarry was active until around 1874.
I wasn't sure if I would make all three sites in the afternoon, but it didn't take too long to reach the first flying location above the quarry site so I decided to press on the the others.
A fairly strenuous hike around Sartfell brought me to my second site of interest at the top end of Glion Kiark, between Sartfell and Slieau Freoaghane. It is another ruin that I had seen from a distance before and always assumed it was the remains of a sheepfold.  In fact it has an industrial history,  an unsuccessful attempt to find a north/south vein.  Little now remains of the buildings, but there does seem to be a water wheel case there.  I'm not sure quite where they would have obtained the water from as it's close to the ridgeline and there seems doubt that a wheel was actually installed.
Walking down the course of the old road initially and then skirting around Slieau Freoaghane brought me into the next valley where my final flying site was the Kirkmicheal Lead Mine, which was active from 1868 to 1883.  Downstream a bit from the mine is an now disused reservoir with a concrete dam.
On the walk back to the car, following the sheep tracks as they know the best places to cross the streams!  Some ground level photography
passing the buildings of the Glion Kiark Quarry.  Panasonic TZ200
July 10th
Another walk in the hills to the east of Kirkmicheal on Saturday afternoon.  It's a mix of ground level and aerial pictures.  The map shows the proximity of this walk and the one undertaken two days previously.   Panasonic TZ200 & DJI Spark  6/7/19
Finishing with a couple of aerial panoramas at Slieau Dhoo and Slieau Curn.
July 11th
A visit to the Curraghs Wildlife Park on Sunday afternoon.  Nikon D7100 7/7/19
Some of the wild wallabies were spotted out in the Curragh.
July 12th
A few pictures taken in the Douglas Harbour area on Tuesday afternoon after dropping a freind off to catch a boat.
Panasonic TZ200  9/7/19
July 14th
Some wildflower pictures taken in Onchan Centenary Park (at the top of our road) on my phone while walking there with our house guest.
Samsung Galaxy S8  11/7/19
A phone produced panorama at Onchan Harbour.  Samsung Galaxy S8  12/7/19
July 15th
A walk in the upper Cornaa Valley on Sunday to visit the tholtan of Park Lewellyn and the onwards to the old North Laxey and Glen Cherry mines
before returning.  I had the Spark drone with me to carry out some aerial photography so the pictures are a mixture of ground and aerial.  The walk was just under six miles long and took me about 3.25 hours, but that of course included the aerial flying time.
Panasonic TZ200 & DJI Spark  14/7/19
Park Lewellyn Aerial Pictures
The North Laxey Mine.  Operated between 1856 and 1897
The Glen Cherry Mine.
Some more ground level pictures on the walk back to the car.
July 19th
Some more aerial shots from the North Laxey Mines but with annotations.  These are based on information gleaned from Andrew Scarffe's excellent 'Great Laxey Mine' book, the Laxey Mines Research Group website and a couple of other sources, but are purely my take on how things were arranged and connected on the surface, so are in no way to taken as accurate! (But I hope they are reasonable).  DJI Spark 14/7/19
20th July
A few pictures taken on a walk in Conrhennie Plantation.  Panasonic TZ200 15/7/19
A walk in a damp and misty Molly Quirk's Glen with our houseguest yesterday afternoon.  Samsung Galaxy S8  19/7/19
21st July
Four pictures taken at Groudle yesterday afternoon.  Panasonic TZ200  20/7/19
22nd July
The Marine Drive natural arch on a rather dull afternoon yesterday.  Panasonic TZ200  21/7/19
24th July
Three aerial Panoramas take yesterday and today in the St John's area.   DJI Spark  23 & 24/7/19
31st July
Some more aerial pictures of upland areas on the island.  This time it's in the hills above Ballaugh and Sulby Glen, an area that was extensively farmed at one time with numerous 'Tholtans' or ruined farms dotting the hillsides.  These days it's mainly hill sheep farming with areas of commercial forestry and bracken and gorse taking over the land.  I've taken a particular look at the tholtan of Killabrega above Sulby Glen, probably named after a Keeil dedicated to Breaga, but there seems to be no trace of it now.  Inhabited until the 1940s.
DJI Phantom 4 Pro  29/7/19
Finishing with some scrollable panoramas taken from both locations.
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