25 March 2016

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Snaefell Mountain Railway (1895)
Thirty six extra hours on The Isle of Man. Fingers crossed we should be on the Saturday morning ferry to Heysham. When we came over a week ago, The Irish Sea was like a millpond but now the wind is up and the waves are whitecapped. We are expecting the ferry to be packed to the gunnels and have seasickness tablets at the ready.

Today we climbed up Snaefell a second time but on this occasion we were aboard The Snaefell Mountain Railway which recommenced carrying passengers to the top on Thursday. It doesn't run in the winter season. We stayed at the summit for half an hour and had hot drinks and scones in The Summit Hotel which also reopened on Thursday.

After the railway trip, I walked a couple of miles to the redundant Snaefell Lead Mine while Shirley pottered about in Laxey. Then we went down to Laxey Harbour before visiting the site of the original Lanan parish church which is dedicated to St Adamnan and sits in splendid isolation high above the coast.

For our evening meal we visited The Terrace Fish and Chip Restaurant on Prospect Terrace. Often I think that a traditional British fish and chip dinner is the best meal known to mankind. A crispy battered piece of seafresh cod, a fistful of  golden chips cooked in good quality oil, mushy peas, a slice of bread and butter and a mug of tea. Add a splash of malt vinegar and a sprinkling of salt and you have heaven on a plate.

Afterwards - drinks in the down to earth Rosemount pub and then home to our lovely holiday apartment for a good night's sleep. Surely we will be home tomorrow. Watch this space.
In The Snaefell Summit Hotel

28 comments:

  1. It sounds and looks like you're making the most of your unexpected longer stay on the Isle, Yorkie.

    I love a good feed of battered fish and chips. I like mushy peas, but not with my fish and chips (with a meat pie and mashed spuds, yes, but not with the former). But I will have my fish and chips with vinegar, thank you...the only way to go! :)

    Only last night I was thinking I must buy myself a feed of F& C very soon..your post is confirming my thought!

    I hope the crossing is smooth. Rough seas are no fun. Take care.

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    1. You Aussies have some curious food preferences! No mushy peas with your fish and chips? That is outrageous young woman!

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  2. This kind of delay doesn't happen very often in today's world. The Arctic gave me all kinds of these delays.

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    1. Were you teaching Inuit people Red?

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  3. Sounds like you are enjoying your bonus time. English fish and chips ? Not fussed on all that batter. I prefer my fish in breadcrumbs but ok with the mushy peas though as Lee says we have ours with a meat pie here in Oz.
    My recommendation for avoiding seasickness? Go where you will be cold ( and possibly wet ) out in the wind with it blowing in your face. Nothing like cold wet fresh air to combat seasickness !

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    1. Okay Helen, the rain is siling down now and it is windy outside. If I slide off the deck into The Irish Sea I shall blame you.

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  4. Fish and chips with vinegar sounds delicious....but not with mushy peas!

    It sounds like you're both along the most of your extended visit. I hope you're having fun!

    Good luck getting home.

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    1. You are not a mushy pea woman? Hell, you have never lived girl!

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  5. How smashing!! Extra time on the Isle of man - and look a little person walking along the window ledge.

    Ms Soup

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  6. Well as I write this I hope you are about to be on your way home. That'll larn you to go travelling to exotic places in the depths of spring.

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    1. Yes - compared with New Zealand I guess that The Isle of Man is rather exotic.

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  7. 'Heaven on a plate'...yep fish'n'chips hits the spot sometimes...glad you have enjoyed your trip....you must be ready for your own bed now and did your daughter arrive home safely?

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    1. Home in Blighty now Liberace. Daughter safely ensconced at home.

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  8. Have a safe journey. It's Lancashire I would be worried about not the Irish Sea.

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    1. From Heysham we crawled to Lancaster in bucketing rain and then later there were more hold-ups at bloody Mottram and bloody Glossop.

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  9. I do hope so YP because storm Katie is on her way.

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    1. Home now Mrs Weevil. Thanks for your concern.

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  10. Safe journey and calm seas.

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    1. The Benn-my-Chree was packed with islanders and holidaymakers. It was like one of those Atlantic slave galleys I learnt about in history lessons. But home now.

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  11. Great day out it seems, and nice photos. Warm Easter greetings!

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    1. Don't scoff too much chocolate this Eastertime Blogoratti.

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  12. Loving your description of your extended stay on the Isle of Man but not loving the thought of mushy peas with anything. I once watched a friend from High Wycombe smush his peas into his mashed potatoes on the back of his fork and it looked positively uncivilized. But I have always preferred fish and chips with vinegar, thank you, having been introduced to that delight as a tyke in Rhode Island (which is in, note, New England). When we moved to Texas, the Texans looked at us as though we were the strange ones; they didn't say "chips", they said "French fries", and they poured catsup over everything on their plate. Eventually Arthur Treacher opened his chain of fish eateries and showed the Americans outside of New England how to do it properly.

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    1. I wonder what happened to good old Arthur Treacher. I heard he met a nightclub dancer in Atlantic City and they headed to The Yukon River prospecting for gold. Maybe they are still out there.

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  13. A favorite lunch cafe here always confuses the menu...they serve fish & chips (french fries) but also serve chips (potato) with sandwich orders. When you order fish, you must always specify FRENCH FRIES not POTATO CHIPS if you expect your order to be correct. I wasn't so stuck on the mushy peas as I was on your title....SPACE. What has space got to do with it? Or am I being dense this morning? Safe travels, by the way!

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    1. The post ended with "Watch this space" so that's where I took the title from. In England we call your chips crisps and French fries are always chips. Confusing huh?

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  14. Wait, you're still there?! Obviously I missed something! I'll keep reading -- meanwhile it seems like you're continuing to have fun and it's just as well you stayed to ride the railway and experience the Summit hotel. I love mushy peas, for what it's worth.

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    1. Love of mushy peas means that you could become the MP for Croydon!

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