Winter Barn Owl

Winter Barn Owl
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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Isle of Man - Retirment home for horses and another Glen

If you remember my post about the tram in Douglas, you would no doubt have seen the magnificent horse pulling the it.  As happens to all of us, there comes a time when we can no longer do as we have in the past.  It was heartwarming to see that the Isle has a 'retirement home' for all the Douglas work horses, as well as any other equines in need of  a green pasture and leisure time.  It is funded solely by donations and has been around since 1950.

 Even donkeys are invited to the party.  Everyone lines up at the fences waiting for the visitors to feed them treats!  

After our visit with the horses, we headed off to Peel, on the west coast.  Its main attraction is its castle, which now lays in ruins, but in its prime, protected the coast from marauders.  

The quaint city centre is a maze of narrow streets with an abandoned church that managed to salvage its headstones.

We ended the day by visiting our final Glen visit; Silverdale.  It is near Rushen Abbey (now a ruin), so naturally many of the attractions have a religious slant.

This bridge is called the 'Monk's bridge' (built in 1046).  I can just imagine the monks in quiet contemplation, as they walked through the forest and crossed the bridge to continue on their spiritual path.

Dinner was a simple pasta and salad.  We were too tired for anything more adventurous!  Too boring for a photo!

Tomorrow; the last day of racing and a 'special order dinner'!

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