Isle of Man

Yesterday we caught the ferry to the Isle of Man from Liverpool. Friday and Saturday were not the best days of our tour. We had spent a few days with our friend Val in Wiveliscombe Somerset and Val is coming with us to the Isle of Man. We had to catch the car ferry from Liverpool to Douglas on Saturday morning so we decided we would travel to Liverpool on Friday, stay overnight and catch the ferry Saturday.

We started out around 9am Friday in the rain. By the time we got to the M5 the rain was persisting down. About 11am we stopped at a services for coffee and the rain had stopped. Back on the motorway and onto the M6 there were warnings of delays ahead, then the M6 was closed between J18 and J19. This meant the traffic banked up for miles and miles. At J17 we left the Motorway to join all the other traffic trying to get around the closed section. We made it to our hotel at 8:30pm, a 12 hour journey that should have only taken 4 hours.

Checking into the hotel from hell didn’t calm us any and the shoebox of a room continued the downward spiral. Could only half open the bathroom door the get into the bathroom, the floor board creaked as did the bed. Outside our window all night were the smokers from the 24 hour bar and every time they went in and out the door banged, shaking our room above it.

We didn’t get much sleep so to be greeted by another day of rain didn’t improve matters next morning.

Once on the ferry the Captain announced that the trip should be reasonable with only a small patch of rough weather so the gloom continued. When we were within cooee of the island the sun was out and the afternoon looked to be promising.

Our accommodation was on the other side of the island which was 8 miles and yet again we were faced with road closures but this time there was no traffic and the island is so green and with such beautiful scenery that it didn’t matter. We have a self catering apartment in Port Erin and only a short walk to the Port. The day end with a lovely meal in a pub watching the sun set over the water.

Today didn’t hold a lot of promise but we headed out to Peel on the west coast. Here one of the delicacies of the island, the Manx Kippers, are produced. After walking around a ruined castle on a headland of the bay and being nearly blown away we headed for the smokery and a kipper bap washed down with a mug of coffee.

Heading further up the coast we went to the motor museum. Here they had a collection of cars and motorcycles from some very old to some odd more recent models

The day had brightened some what so we headed for Ramsey on the east coast. This took us along part of the TT circuit. WOW I don’t know how they can ride at speed on this track and I agree with the Late Barry Sheen that it certainly is a dangerous circuit, Even so I still want to be able to drive the whole circuit before we leave.

In Ramsey the sun was shining so we managed a walk in the sunshine.

The wind is still up so not sure what tomorrow will be like but that’s another day.

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Rye, East Sussex

DSC_0804The past few days we have been staying in East Sussex. We wanted a base to explore Kent and be able to stay in a Oast House. We stayed at the Playden Oast Inn Just outside the town of Rye.

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The cathedral Gates to the Cathedral

The first stop on the way to Rye was the cathedral City of Canterbury. Time was limited so it was a short stroll around the old town and a lunch in a small courtyard drinking Moroccan mint tea and eating fresh baguette.

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Canterbury St

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Crooked House

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Moroccan Tea

Next day wasn’t brilliant so we set off for the Dover coast. There wasn’t any improvment in to weather but we managed to find the coast at St Margarets on Cliff. At the bottom of the cliff we were able to view the white chalk cliffs. Returning to the clifftop we found a tea shop and have our first cream tea of this trip. Known as a Devonshire Tea in Australia and always the start of a disscussion as to wether the cream or the jam should be spread on the scone first.

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Next day started with a beautiful morning so we headed into Rye, an ancient town. The town has a castle an a wall around the town.

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Along the narrow streets we could see a bigger building which was the town hall but just to the back it a tower was visible.

Church of St. Mary’s at the end of a narrow street hidden by other buildings. Looking down to the town from the church.

Inside the Church

Just inside the main door I noticed a pendulum swinging to and fro, quick thinking me put 2 and 2 together and realised it was the pendulum for the clock in the tower. In the bottom photo you can see the bell pull as well.

The church also had a Western Australian connection as the plague shows.

Old Pub

Later we drove to Hastings but the weather closed in again so our visit was cut short.

White Cliffs of Dover

Rather miserable day today, nearly got to 30 yesterday but today only 15 and sort of raining. Managed to find a coffee in Folkestone and later a cream tea at St Margaret’s on Cliff. Got a glimpse of the White Cliffs of Dover at St. Margaret’s

South of DoverLooking towards DoverCliffs at St. MargaretAn almost decent coffee

Weather will be finer tomorrow