It’s been the half-term holiday here this week, so forgive me if things have been a little quiet on the blog.
On Tuesday we flew across to the Isle of Man to stay with James’ parents.
As soon as we stepped off the plane, the boys were keen to race down onto the beach near Granny and Grandad’s house in Castletown. They found their favourite buckets and spades waiting for them at the house, and flew out the door.
The next morning we started the day with a walk around Castletown, visiting the sweetie shop and walking along to the little Lighthouse.
In the afternoon, we drove over to Peel and visited the House of Mananan museum. They’ve opened a new Viking exhibit there, which was quite interesting. Of course, we all ended up with The Muppet’s ‘Mahna Mahna’ stuck in our heads. Does this happen to everyone who visits, or maybe it’s just us…?
On Thursday we paid our first visit to the Laxey Wheel – a famous Manx site, which we’ve somehow avoided until now. It’s the biggest working waterwheel in the world and is pretty impressive.
If you’re brave (and aged 6) you can climb right to the top…
Or, if you’re like me, you can get scared half way up and have to go back down. Tom decided to come with me, and we explored the mid-way section.
When safely back on the ground, there’s plenty of space to eat sandwiches and let off steam.
Then you can explore the nearby mine – still pretty drippy, in spite of the wheel being built to pump it out.
In the afternoon we headed back to Castletown and did our usual walk to Scarlett Point. The boys love it here as there’s such a fascinating mix of things to see – volcanic rocks, pebbly beaches and grassy banks.
And, of course, there’s usually some giant puddles in the car park!
We flew home on Friday, ready for a rest after all the fresh air!
I hope you’ve all had a great week too. Perhaps some of you have been on half-term too?