Friday, September 11, 2009

In Search Of Silence

This is where three of my kids attend school, it is perched on a cliff overlooking the sea, at Castletown.

Coincidentally, my other son also goes to school in Castletown, so I find myself coming down here quite a lot, but it's usually only for a school run, not to linger.

It's a pretty little Town, steeped in history.

Last week, on impulse, despite the drizzling rain, I decided to take my camera out for a stroll around there. Truth was, I wanted to escape the builder and electrician camped out at home.

What began as a simple re-vamp of the top floor to give Beccy's bedroom a quick make-over, has kind of grown into a major project now, involving laying new floorboards and an almost completly new re-wire job (sigh).

Anyway, more about that another time, I mention it only because that was my reason to up and flee for a couple of hours.

On impulse, I decided to visit Castle Rushen for the first time, and to take the tour. It was mid-week and a school day, so I expected it to be fairly quiet.

Just my luck to turf up behind a coach load of pensioners!

Um, there's nothing much wrong with pensioners, I'll be one myself soon enough, but gathered en-mass they can prove to be quite a liability.

Well, they like to talk, don't they?

Bit like the builder and the electrician.

And like the builder and the electrician, they also take to following you about from room to room, asking all these daft questions.

Took the best part of half an hour to convince them I wasn't a tour guide.

Every time I took the camera out, some clever soul would grin and pose for me. Drove me demented.

Probably was a bit mean to lead them up all those steps to the tower.. but at least it shook them off.


Oh, quit your fretting, I helped them back down again on my way out. (Giggle.)


Carol @ TheWritersPorch said...

Shrink you are a mess! LOL! xoxo

Daryl said...

I'd have done the same .. LOL

Shrinky said...

Aw, Carol, don't I know it? (Sheepish grin) x

Hi five, Daryl!

mrsnesbitt said...

We called in at Casteltown last year! Love your perspective!

Anonymous said...

Up to the tower and... out the window! (tee-hee)

Akelamalu said...

You've really upset me now as I will be a pensioner come November! LOL only kidding I'm not upset. I may be retiring this year but I won't become one of the cauliflower heads believe me. When I was a child we used to come to the IOM for our holidays staying in a holiday camp near Douglas I think it was. I love it, such a lovely island.

B.T.Bear (esq.) said...

I like the foto's.
Come see my foto ov a goste!

SJ said...

Good job!

Mushy said...

Wonderful tour...I really enjoyed that. It's probably something I'll never get to see.

So, I'm a pensioner...I'll start using that instead of yelling out "I'm retired!" That should confuse the hell out of them!

San said...

Shrinky, I admit I share a bit of your sentiment towards retirees on tour, even though I'm even closer to that stage in my life than you. When a tour bus pulls up to the gallery, my heart sinks. I know that the premises will soon be teeming with well-meaning, highly inquisitive senior citizens. 'Do I have TOUR GUIDE stamped on my forehead?' I always wonder. And no, they never buy a thing.

Scott from Oregon said...

It must be cool having kids who know how to smelt bronze and shoot cross-bows...

Anna said...

Lol Shrinky, you don't look like you like quite places anyway, lol, but I know what you mean. I remember when I was on my honeymoon, and we had tour guide who told us no pictures, - and next thing about 5 old ladies - click, click and click etc.....Anna :)

Kit Courteney said...

You paint a very convincing picture!

Novice Writer said...

lol! It must have been really irritating when they kept talking and followed u around! Well, I wonder how I will be when I retire, years from now..maybe just as inquisitive!
Anyway nice post..loved the photographs..beautiful place..

CJ said...

I'm sitting here giggling. Thanks for starting my day off with a laugh. So, the blue-hairs took a liking to you huh? I think that's sweet. Great pics by the way.

Shrinky said...

Hi Denise, glad you enjoyed the place.

Chewy, as if (it wasn't me..)!

Akelamalu, it's wasn't called Summerland by any chance, was it? I actually live in Douglas, the horse trams are still running along the prom.

Hi Bob, thanks, I am on my way over.

Cheers, sj!

Mushy, you will always be thirty to me (smile).

Oh San, that made me laugh - I can only imagine the thunk of your heart into your boots when you view those coaches park up outside!

Scott, we raise 'em hardy around these parts.

Oh Anna, there are times I simply long for a little quiet - with the long summer school break, it felt like months since I had had a peaceful hour to myself!

Kit, you needed to be there..

Hey Novice Writer, welcome aboard! I am certain when my time rolls around, I shall make the most irritating of pensioners - I plan to work very hard on it.

Hi cj, yeah, that's me, a magnet for seniles, drunks and dodgy delinquents.

Seamus said...

LOL! ...follow me; I'm the Pied Piper... ;)

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Oh, you are brilliant!!!! Love this! ;-) Janine XO

~Babs said...

Great photos, Shrinky,,,I always love following you around, seeing what you see.
And you do LOOK like a tour guide, ya know!

simon said...

its like something I have only seen on a BBC movie or show! great shots. :o)

Shrinky said...

Janine, welcome back hon, so good to see you in here again, you've been missed! x

Hey bab's, cheeky monkey, tour guide, indeed - ha, as if (giggle)! Truth is, I'd never be able to hold down that job, I'd probably invent it all as I went along - and get sacked for my troubles.

Aw, cheers Simon, but um, well, I guess it IS a bit like what you see on the telly. This island is forever filming "English" scenes - we've had Johnny Dep, Madonna, you name it, over here shooting on location - virtually all of us on the island have served as an "extra" at some point. My eldest did a scene for "Tom Brown's School Days" a little while ago - they set it in his school.

jay said...

Poor Old People. LOL!

You are wicked - but very funny. And we loved Castletown! We did the castle tour, too, naturally - since we were tourists, if not quite pensioners.

Don't blame you for escaping the building and renovation work. We lived with that for nearly a year when we took this house on. It is miserable, and I get into such a bad temper when it all drags on. I hope that your workmen are nice, at least.

Shrinky said...

Oh Jay, you took the tour? (Big, wide grin) That's made my day! When are you next coming over?

Nancy said...

Reading your posts has me planning our next trip - England, of course.

PRH....... said...

That "School" looks like a prison....devious? :)

Thumbelina said...

What - didn't you throw any over the battlements?
Only kidding. ;0)
Sometimes we forget to visit the beauty and history right under our noses. I lived almost on top of Hadrian's Wall all my growing up life. Never appreciated it until I left home...

Destiny's child... said...

I am not fretting...I am admiring your patience!
Nice pics too... :)

Btw, please see our response to your offer of working part-time for 'over a cuppa copy'!
Cappuccino from the cuppa team.;)

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

on our doorsteps and we hardly see them sometimes.....great post and pics, POTD!!!

love your new look blog and your avatar!!

gaelikaa said...

Oh, thank God! You had me worried there for a minute! Seriously, I always enjoy coming here! Congrats on your POTD nomination!

Alix said...

Shrinky! What beautiful photos. No wonder you felt the need to leave construction hell for a kinder gentler location. I sometimes go walk along the ocean to escape and clear my head. The scenery is equally lovely, but so very different from yours. We are both so lucky to have beauty around us. Thank you for sharing yours, and congratulations on your POTD mention!

Daryl said...

Back to say brava for the POTD mention!

Leslie: said...

You do have a way with words! Love the photos as they make me think of adding your little isle to my list of places to visit.

btw, congrats on making David's POTD - along with me! lol

Brian Miller said...

ha. great post. love the pics of the castle! silence can be so hard to come by at times...but i am glad you helped them back down. smiles.

Suldog said...

Congratulations on your POTD mention over at David's! Well-deserved, of course.

Anonymous said...

Too funny! Congrats on the POD mention!

smiles4u said...

I enjoyed this post. Congrats on POTD mention!

Shrinky said...

Nancy, ooooh - do you really think you'll make it over??

Pat, erm, I believe it was modeled on Colditz.. (wink)

Thumbalina, you are so right, we never appreciate what is under our nose until it is gone. Not being indiginous to this island, I try very hard never to take it for granted - I thank my stars for being lucky enough to live here.

Destiny's Child, I laughed out loud when I popped back to your site to read your response!

FFF, hey, you noticed I've been tweaking - high five!

Gaelikka, thank you for making my day, I was thrilled at your kind comments over at David's! x

Thanks Alix, yes, sometimes it gets a bit much having your house invaded, doesn't it? All is done now, thank heavens.

Aw, cheers Daryl, thanks.

Congratulations Leslie, on making it into Post of the Day, a very worthy entry!

Oh Brian, my heart is not entirely made of stone (wink)!

Jim, I read the generous comment you left over at David's - thank you, my friend. x

Hi Merideth, hey, I was being serious, here!!