Saturday, 1 March 2014

Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell They're Not!

I love this even though it is an advert but I watched it with great trepidation the first time. 

I kept waiting for the cat to pounce but don't you just love a happy ending!

Saturday, 18 January 2014

I'm going to the Isle of Man!

            The Sound, Isle of Man         Source:Wiki Commons

I was disappointed at not being able to do the Elbe river cruise I was allocated but I've got a lovely one on the vintage railways of the Isle of Man.

I've wanted to go there for a while after seeing films made there but have to admit I don't know a lot about the island. So I've started a bit of research.

It's a British Crown Dependency and like Jersey & Guernsey it's self governing but they are not part of the UK, The Commonwealth of Nations or the EU. Facts I didn't know. It even has its own flag!

The Isle of Man is situated in the Irish Sea between Ireland and the British Isles and is 33 miles long and 13 miles wide. In 2012 its population was 85,284.

Legend has it that the Irish Giant Finn MacCooill in a battle threw a chunk of earth towards Scotland. It landed in the Irish Sea & it became the Isle of Man.

Now I'm not sure about the legend but it looks a lovely island with a very varied landscape. Its coastline is about 100 miles with some long sandy beaches in the north of the island and rocky cliffs with sheltered bays around the rest of it.

There are lots of things to see and do around the island. With over 10,000 years of history there are ancient monuments, lots of heritage sites, castles, forts, mines as well as parks, nature reserves and wildlife attractions. We'll have a Heritage Pass included in our tour so it will mean we can visit as many places as we like, if we have the time! 

I also found that there are Dark Sky Sites for stargazing. Due to the natural tranquility of the Island there is little light pollution and on occasions you can see the Northern Lights!

Apart from all those things & the lovely scenery there's the railways! We are going on their horse drawn trams which are apparently known locally as Toast Racks! Now when we go on holiday I'm very reuctant to use transport provided by horses as I always worry about how they are treated. Well I checked this one out and it looks like they are very well cared for. They even have a sanctuary, the Home of Rest for Old Horses, where when they retire, usually after about 15 years, the horses are looked after.

Next we go on the Snaefell Mountain Railway which dates from 1895 and is the only electric mountain railway in the British Isles. It takes us to the summit of Snaefell, 2036 feet!

We also travel on a 17 mile journey on the Manx Electric Railway from Douglas to the harbour town of Ramsey in the north east of the island. It's the longest narrow gauge vintage railway in the British Isles and we'll be travelling in the oldest working tramcars in the world!

Another railway we'll be travelling on is the Isle of Man Steam Railway, the island's oldest Victorian rail system which uses restored heritage carriages. Well it all sounds great to me and I hope to get lots of photos. I'll let you know how I get on in May. 

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Scotland Here I Come!

Princes Street Gardens & Edinburgh Castle (Source-Wiki Commons-AD Weskens)

In my last post I mentioned that I have got a new job. It's as a tour manager for a rail travel company and I've been allocated a tour of Edinburgh and the Scottish Highlands and the Islands of Skye and Mull. 

All I can say is wow! It's many years since I was in Edinburgh but I've never been to the Highlands or any of the Scottish islands so I'm really looking forward to it. Just hope the weather is good in June.

I was also allocated a river cruise from Prague to Berlin which I was delighted about but unfortunately it hit right on my granddaughter's First Holy Communion so sadly I couldn't do it. Never mind I'll wait to see what else I've been allocated.

Meanwhile I've completed the training, absorbed mountains of information and now I have to start my own research for the tour. Seems a long time to wait until June I just hope I get an earlier tour allocated as I feel like a child who can hardly wait for Christmas!

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Happy New Year! I'm Hoping to do Better in 2014!

I haven't been posting much this year although I have been keeping an eye on people's blogs but not as much as I used to. My lap top isn't connected to the Internet now. McAfee doesn't support Windows XP any longer (even though they  tell you they do, it just doesn't work) and neither does Microsoft so I've had to disconnect the laptop from the Internet. Now I rely on getting access to my husband's computer which limits the time I have on it.

Santa didn't bring me a Mac which I was hoping for but maybe next year. I just don't like tablets or iPads and I really need a laptop with real computer programmes & a printer.

One nice thing I hope will motivate me & that I'll be able to blog about is after 6 years in retirement I have a job! I'm starting work next year as a travel tour manager for a rail holiday company. I'll be accompanying passengers on rail journeys in the UK & Europe and I'll need to research the tour itinerarys so that's a good excuse for a new laptop. 

I'm hoping to see places I've never travelled to before & take lots of photographs. So I'm hoping to do a lot better with blogging next year.

Meanwhile here's a few photographs from our last cruise holiday.

A very modern Christmas Tree in Paradise Island, Nassau

Now I have no idea how the twinkling was added. It just popped up on my Google+ page. Magic! 

Paradise Island again

 I thought these shops looked a lot like Disney World. The pastel colours were lovely.

I really liked these pastel coloured buildings near the dock at Paradise Island. Not sure whether they were holiday homes.

Celebrity Eclipse

We left the ship after our transatlantic crossing form Southampton. This is the Eclipse leaving Fort Lauderdale for her first Caribbean cruise of the season. We were surprised to be able to watch it from our hotel room balcony. We had an amazing view of the harbour & could see all the cruise ships leaving. Didn't see many arrive as they were usually docking very early morning.

St Sebastian's Church, Fort Lauderdale

Went to a lovely service here where they very kindly offered visitors a lift back to their hotels. Enjoyed the art & craft fair too where they had a pancake brakfast.

 St Maarten

I took quite a few pictures of the many lovely houses we saw on the river ferry at Fort Lauderdale. Would quite like a bit of that lovely sunshine at the moment. It's very damp and grey!

I won't bore you with any more! For the moment anyway.

Have a great year everyone in 2014!

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Why Do I Never Hear This in ALDI?

Because this is no ordinary supermarket. 

It's John Lewis foodhall in London so I'll never see it.