Visitors

Harry does the Isle of Man
Harry does the Isle of Man

Can we come back for next year’s Festival of Motorcycling (MGP) asked Elaine at the TT 2014? And, can we bring 4 others – my parents won’t be coming though so it would be 6 of us. Yes we said; we have opted into Homestay for both the TT and MGP so it shouldn’t be a problem and after all, we do have three bedrooms they could use.

Oh, and by the way, the other 4 are 3 single guys and one woman so we needed to accommodate the 3 guys in single beds in one room which did cause a bit of concern as I couldn’t locate the bolts for the one single bed we already have so had to buy a couple of 2nd hand beds locally, shame one of them was pink though.

Bikers bedroom
Bikers bedroom

The practice week of the MGP had been awful with unseasonally cold and windy weather but by the time our visitors had arrived it had improved and virtually no delays on racing days had occurred.

We think they enjoyed themselves although they weren’t really prepared for the crashes that occurred when they were marshalling at Creg Ny Baa especially as one competitor subsequently died of his injuries. A high price to pay.

Creg ny Baa Pub on a race day
Creg ny Baa Pub on a race day

The only complaint was the we had the utility room redecorated whilst they were there and took away their shelf!!

Overlapping by a day was Sarah and our grandson, Harry. Harry’s first visit to the Isle of Man and he was obviously a little confused as we nearly always meet up at our house in the UK in Clearwell and he also thinks that “Auntie Melwee” lives with us.

So, as our house was full, he and Sarah slept in Mel’s house in Peel for the first night using a spare single mattress.

Sarah & Harry watching bike racing
Sarah & Harry watching bike racing

First of all, Friday was race day so we took him to the Grandstand to watch the bikes whizz by – he was entranced!

Saturday, and after decamping to our house after our bikers had left for the ferry home, we had a morning in town. Mel as director of the Peel Panto had to be at the local theatre (the Gaiety) for a Panto competition that evening so we took Harry to see the last few minutes of the rehearsal.

Harry was mesmorised as Mel emerged upwards onto the stage from a trap door and begun to sing “bibbity bobbity boo” whilst other cast members danced.

Mel with trophy (with friends Sophie Killey and Michelle Cain)
Mel with trophy (with friends Sophie Killey and Michelle Cain)

Afterwards, when in a clothes shop in Douglas he asked his mum “Can I have a dress for when I dance on stage?” Oh the minds of toddlers!

Swimming followed – Harry is a good swimmer which is not surprising as his Mum runs a Lifesaving group in Jersey!

(Later the evening I watched Peel Panto win the competition against three other groups so Mel has a trophy for all her hard work.)

Penguins
Penguins

Sunday we take them to the wildlife park where there appears not to be too many animals on show at the moment, it was especially unfortunate the wallabies were no where to be seen.

Is that supposed to be a model of me?
Is that supposed to be a model of me?

Nevertheless, Harry enjoyed what was there in the way of animals, especially the penguins and meerkats.

Not sure who was more excited here?
Not sure who was more excited here?

However, Harry was really more interested in the train ride and the digger – that’s boys for you.

That was enough excitement for one day for a little boy and we returned to home for a mother good night’s sleep.

Monday and with the schools still on holiday, the trains were running a more or less full service so a trip on the steam train to Port Erin but we decided to let the “youngsters” travel by train and we took the car so that we could go elsewhere afterwards.

Steam train at Castletown
Steam train at Castletown

Harry was not overly impressed to start with but soon enjoyed the experience especially the playground at the end of the line at Port Erin and then it was off to the Sound to watch for seals.

Steam train arriving at Port Erin
Steam train arriving at Port Erin

Not easily spotted today but some were there if you had the right equipment to photograph them and then look at them on a computer.

Probably about 17 – 20 either in the water or on the rocks including a couple of young ones.

Seal near The Sound
Seal near The Sound

Sadly no basking sharks seen though.

Tuesday was Sarah & Harry’s last day before they had to back to Jersey and we started off up the mountain as the forecast had been good.

Sadly, the forecast was not so accurate and the top was covered in mist for most of the time.  We drove to Bungalow with Sarah, Mel & Harry taking the tram up from there and Sarah and I walking up.

Walking down Snaefell
Walking down Snaefell

It is a long time since I have walked up which might have been when Sarah was last on the Island.

Bikes awaiting the filming car on the Mountain Road
Bikes awaiting the filming car on the Mountain Road

Needless to say, Sarah, Mel & Harry beat us to the top for a warm drink albeit served very slowly before a slow but nice walk down in the mist to the car to watch a bit of the filming on the closed Mountain Road.

An evening meal at Barbary Coast tonight after another swimming session before packing up for an Easyjet flight to Gatwick Wednesday for Sarah and Harry and a ferry for us to the UK later that day.

Evening September sun over Douglas Marina
Evening September sun over Douglas Marina
Tea time at Barbary Coast
Tea time at Barbary Coast
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