Birthday Celebrations

IMG_0911Only back for a day from Switzerland and we are back to the airport to pick up our friends John & Deirdre who have been invited over to the Island by Mel, our youngest who is celebrating a significant birthday.

No car problems this time – we had a flat battery when we got back form Switzerland – but some inclement weather for the first day – not shorts weather at all.

First of all a visit to the Sound to seal watch then after dinner for a walk along Douglas head (weather had got better) but surprised John got a “Welcome to Guernsey” message on his phone.

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EE obviously has renamed the Isle of Man as Guernsey

The next day it was back to the airport to collect Sarah & Harry who had overnighted at Gatwick and caught an early EasyJet flight.

Having borrowed a car seat from a former colleague we were well equipped to take Harry and Sarah around the Island.

End of the line for the Horse Trams?



It was Harry’s 2nd visit and this time we were able to take in a walk along Douglas Prom and see the Horse trams.

Harry wasn’t sure they were running (that was us telling him) but as soon as he saw them his face lit up “They are running” were his excited words.

Douglas Horse trams

The locals love them but hate to go on them and would also hate to see them be stopped. The saga will continue.


Anyway, Harry had to go on them of course and one ride up and down the Prom before stopping to try and get a non dairy ice cream for him, unsuccessfully, sadly.

John asleep on the Electric Tram

The Isle of Man has more trams than this though and it was off to Laxey on the Electric Tram to watch the Laxey wheel and the 3rd type of tram on the island – the one that goes up to the top of the Mountain – but certain people couldn’t stand the pace!


Meal at Harbour Lights, Peel

The following day was the big day with a walk on Port Erin beach followed by a meal at the Harbour Lights in Peel. 

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Mel & Simon

A lovely meal for the birthday girl with lots of friends, colleagues and family but sadly missing ~ Flic who had to attend a work orientated course in the UK.


A tired Harry – as were the rest of us – and the following day Harry & Sarah had to leave for home in Jersey and for once EasyJet was on time(ish) but definitely not cancelled.

That’s it for significant birthdays for a while then, not sure whose is next but less of that – it is TT in a week’s time and we have Homestay guests arriving.



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