Winter Barn Owl

Winter Barn Owl
Life's a Hoot !

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

A lazy day

After spending time with the Mann Sanctuary cats, we thought a visit with the horses at their 'retirement home' would be a perfect end to the day.  After giving years of their life pulling trams on Douglas promenade, filled with island visitors,
 they finally get a lovely pasture to live out their final days.
You can buy buckets of feed for them and
 they certainly appreciate the extra treats.


The next day it was raining, so a visit to The Manx Museum 
was a perfect way to stay dry.
We have visited many times before, 
but each year they have special exhibits.
As this year we are staying close to Peel, at Knockaloe Beg Farm, we were fascinated to find out that this land was used as a WW1 Internment Camp, which is what the current exhibit is about.

A painting of how it looked
 This gives an account of what took place 


I feel very fortune that I was born during a time where I didn't have to live through a war in my home land.

Continuing through the museum, 
I did enjoy a few more local paintings.....

We finished off the evening by enjoying a hearty homemade (by me) pasta bolognese....yummy!
Off to Peel for the day tomorrow.

Monday, August 21, 2017

A return visit to the Mann Cat Sanctuary

A must for all animal lovers (especially of cats),
 is a visit to the very unique 
Their motto is a quote from Albert Schweitzer:
"Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace"

They are only open on Wednesday and Sunday afternoons and are especially busy when the island fills up with many visitors attending the motorcycle festivals.  Today was no exception, as all the kitties were out in full force greeting everyone and waiting for their treats.
David giving some love

Napping on the blankets for sale

Looks like he had a pretty rough start in life
Everywhere you go, kitties are either sleeping
 or getting tons of attention.


I even witnessed a little hissy fit between 2 of the pussies
It was a lovely visit.....I will return before too long!

Thanks to Sue Critchley and all her volunteers, for making this sanctuary a place of peace and love for so many unwanted cats.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Jurby Transport Museum

After a fitful night's sleep, we started thinking about what we had not visited on the island, so decided to head up the west coast to the 
The pictures speak for themselves...enjoy!








Check out the old fire truck and hose they pulled behind!
This is the cutest child's motorcycle and sidecar I have ever seen

Coming up tomorrow,
another visit with the cats at the Manx Cat Sanctuary.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Journey begins

We embarked on our annual pilgrimage to the Isle of Man, starting with a bon voyage dinner at Toronto airport.


Last chance for my Poutine fix
After travelling for 24 hours straight, We finally arrived in the IOM
Name all the animal clouds....:)

Douglas Promenade
Our BnB for the first night (green one - top window)
Even though exhausted, we walked to the Marina for a bite of supper


Our first Fish & Chips
A visitor at our window

After a much needed night of sleep, we were treated to a
'proper Manx breakfast'
More IOM tales coming up

Monday, August 14, 2017

The last few days of the visit

As Christine and David's visit was coming to an end, we spent a few more days visiting Kingston and surroundings.
We started with a stroll around Chaffey's Lock and stopped for an ice cream (eaten too fast for a photo op)
The porch of the newly renovated Opinicon Resort
Our friends have beautiful properties and many of them graciously invited us to their homes for food and libations.

David giving Ernie some love
 It was a wet afternoon and their coy pond was breathtaking, with the rain drops creating perfect little rings.
On a visit to the Gananoque Playhouse, the flooding was evident
perfect day for just sitting around :)
A trip to Jones Falls elicited a bit of affection
"how cute are they!!"
The last visit before they headed home was a 'historic' one...
.....a trip to Fort Henry
beautiful view of downtown Kingston

I think a fitting end to their visit
 was a perfect patio lunch at Le Chien Noir Bistro

Thank you Christine and David for coming 'over the pond' for a visit....you are welcome back anytime!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Come visit Kingston & Wolfe Island

After our visit to 'The County', it was time to show off our little slice of heaven, Kingston, to Christine and David.  There is so much history here, we tried to see as much as we could.
Although Kingston Prison does offer tours, (worth taking), 
we opted for a photo instead.
(Check out my previous blog on it)
 http://bitesoflifeandfood.blogspot.ca/2013/12/crime-does-not-pay.html
We enjoyed the Pen Museum, but given the nature of certain exhibits, I decided not to take any photos.  It is a big part of our history, 
so I highly recommend a visit.
We did make a stop at Bellevue House which was the home of our first Prime Minister, Sir John A. MacDonald, for a year.
Take advantage of Canada's 150th birthday to get a pass from Parks Canada, so you can visit this stately home for free!

Our next junket was a ferry ride across to Wolfe Island.
 Anyone living in this area knows that we have been inundated with an overabundance of rain this year, 
resulting in severe flooding everywhere.

Our friend's front lawn under water!

This tree does not normally sit in the water!
The last stop was a visit to Bedford Mills which was a tiny Mill Town.
We are friends with the current owners of the Mill, 
who have renovated it into a lovely home.

The run off that used to power the mill still rages.
They even have taken a couple families of geese
under 'their wing' and feed them daily.
More Kingston and surroundings coming up next!