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Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Chasms

The Chasms
After almost a full week of unrelenting rain, this morning suddenly the sun decided to grace us with her presence.  This, combined with the fact the kids are finally back at school, held too good an opportunity to pass up on.

Hubby and I packed up the camera and headed off for the day.  Sadly, the video voice-over fails a little as I try to explain the origins of “Spanish Head”.  It’s thought to take it’s name from when Francis Drake’s fleet (in Queen Elizabeth’s rein, 15-something-or-other) were chasing off the Spanish Armada. It is held the Spanish fleet split in two, half of which landed up on the shores of the Isle of Man. 

A very common Manx name is Juan (pronounced Jew-an), which is also a popular Spanish name (pronounced Whan).  Our island is approximately 30 x 15 miles, a very tiny place, and it’s rumoured our culture became strongly influenced by this reputed influx of Spaniards.

Even our tail-less cats are thought to have originated from one of those ships, – arriving with a genetic disorder, it bred,  and over generations of in-breeding, this is how we have our present day Manx cat.  (Though in truth, it’s all mostly all rumour and  supposition, no-one can  really say..)

39 comments:

Leslie: said...

Wonderful tour! It sure sounds like it was a windy day, though. Being of British ancestry, I'm always interested in all the non-touristy places that I will see next time I'm over.

Kate said...

Great job showing the lovely countryside. This landscape could not be more unlike my part of the U.S. with the exception of the....wind!! You inspire me to try my hand at posting a video in the future. We shall see.
Thanks.

Jocelyn said...

I'm lame enough about blog reading these days that I've just cottoned to the fact that you live on the IOM! My good pal Justine does, too; I was on the Isle in, em, '98 for her wedding, in fact. Loved the fuschia and racing cars.

The Irish explain their "black Irish" by way of an Armada tale, too, don't they?

chewy said...

I believe the fairies cut off the cats' tails.

chewy said...

The Dept. of Tourism should hire you for documenting the tourist attractions and natural beauty of the isle. ;-)

mythopolis said...

Fascinating, even though the wind was blowing the mike away at times. My son has a Manx...her name is Cindy Ella. She is real sweet. But, her hind legs seem bigger than the front ones. Thanks again for a glimpse into your world.

Kittie Howard said...

Great tour! I've never visited your part of England so really enjoyed the video. Thanks! And I loved The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society...makes me wonder how life was on all the islands in that area during WWII.

mrsnesbitt said...

Wey hey - what a two some - you and Al! Thinking back - Gerry & Sylvia? Anderson - yes I can see this working! lol! Great stuff - yes I must do more videos! lol!

~Babs said...

Just gorgeous!
Really enjoyed this tour, Shrink!
Windy as it was, I'd have thought you here on the prairie, but my what beauty you showed us!
I used to have a Manx, and he told me what Chewy said about their tails is completely true.Fairies,,,
and pixies.

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Such fun to see and hear you!!!! You look smashing in that hat!!!! You are so beautiful, and your voice is every bit as beautiful as you are!!! Love this!!! And the chasms are fascinating...such a lovely area!!! Sigh...someday, I'd like to visit you!!! ~Janine XO

YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

how beatiful

simon said...

well thats very interesting! I recall reading about the Spanish having problems with their fleet in those waters..somewhere in my long lost history lessons from school

Akelamalu said...

Interesting theory about the cats. The video wouldn't play for me unfortunately.

Bathwater said...

In breeding is never a good thing, very beautiful scenery.

Shrinky said...

Leslie, be sure to give me a shout if you ever make it over to my corner of the UK!

Kate, I have nil editing skills, and it's very ad hoc, but I had fun doing it, and would love to see my bloggie-friends on camera - I really hope you give it a go!

Ha, Jocelyn, what a small world! No, I didn't know that lore about the Irish Black, but I can see the logic behind it (smile).

Chewy, those blasted fairies, eh? I wouldn't put anything past them (giggle). Me, a tourist guide? I'd probably do far more damage than good on that front..!

Yes Denise, you should, with all the bonny places you and Jon visit, it would be lovely to see some of them more "up close"!

Hi Babs, how on earth did one of our Manxies end up in America? Maybe he left to escape the fairies..?

Hi Dan, sheesh, another one of our Manxies has escaped across the pond? Actually, what you say about the hind legs is true - and it is a genetic defect - Manx cats have two less vertbrae in their spine, than other cats, which often creates problems for them.

Kittie, I must write a post about the island's role during WW2 - it was turned into a huge internment camp for "ailen's" resident at the time in the UK. I believe it was pretty benign, as the sea provided an effective barrier from the mainland, and they were pretty much left to live and work alongside the locals. Interestingly enough, after we moved here, we learned my mother-in-law's uncle (of German decent) spent the war years interned here, and rumour has it he chose to settle here when the war ended.

Janine, this is all your fault, you know (smile). It was you who put the idea of vlogging into my head, after viewing your great movies! And I'll have the kettle on for when you decide to pop over, it would be a delight to see you!

It is, Jackie, I try not to ever take this place for granted.

Hi Simon, it's fun discovering these little snippets about the place where I live, I'm glad you think so too (smile).

Shrinky said...

Leslie, be sure to give me a shout if you ever make it over to my corner of the UK!

Kate, I have nil editing skills, and it's very ad hoc, but I had fun doing it, and would love to see my bloggie-friends on camera - I really hope you give it a go!

Ha, Jocelyn, what a small world! No, I didn't know that lore about the Irish Black, but I can see the logic behind it (smile).

Chewy, those blasted fairies, eh? I wouldn't put anything past them (giggle). Me, a tourist guide? I'd probably do far more damage than good on that front..!

Yes Denise, you should, with all the bonny places you and Jon visit, it would be lovely to see some of them more "up close"!

Hi Babs, how on earth did one of our Manxies end up in America? Maybe he left to escape the fairies..?

Hi Dan, sheesh, another one of our Manxies has escaped across the pond? Actually, what you say about the hind legs is true - and it is a genetic defect - Manx cats have two less vertbrae in their spine, than other cats, which often creates problems for them.

Kittie, I must write a post about the island's role during WW2 - it was turned into a huge internment camp for "ailen's" resident at the time in the UK. I believe it was pretty benign, as the sea provided an effective barrier from the mainland, and they were pretty much left to live and work alongside the locals. Interestingly enough, after we moved here, we learned my mother-in-law's uncle (of German decent) spent the war years interned here, and rumour has it he chose to settle here when the war ended.

Janine, this is all your fault, you know (smile). It was you who put the idea of vlogging into my head, after viewing your great movies! And I'll have the kettle on for when you decide to pop over, it would be a delight to see you!

It is, Jackie, I try not to ever take this place for granted.

Hi Simon, it's fun discovering these little snippets about the place where I live, I'm glad you think so too (smile).

Shrinky said...

Hi Akelamalu, oh poo, sorry about that!

No Bathwater, in-breeding is definitely not to be encouraged.. (smile)!

Suldog said...

You make a lovely presenter! Nice voice!

Shrinky said...

hey Jim, you couldn't put in a good word for me at your firm, could you, as a voice-over artiste??? (I'm open to bribery..)

Land of shimp said...

Oh how absolutely lovely! And so's the scenery, Shrinky.

I love the thought of a place called The Chasms. "Where you off to?" "The Chasms!" That'll get peoples attention, won't it. "The Abyss was already full!"

You live in a lovely area of the world, Shrinky. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Maybe the cats' tails fell into the Chasms. Mwhwhwhaha. I'm fine, really.

Lori said...

How absolutely gorgeous and fascinating is this! I love listening to your voice. Thank you for taking the time to show us this. I hope you and yours have a wonderful weekend without rain. XX

Shrinky said...

Hi Lori, I truly hate my voice, but it was fun making this! I am afraid it's raining today, just as my youngest has gone off for a hiking/camping weekend (sigh), but I am sure she will have a great time anyway. Hope your weekend weather is better.

Hello Alane, yeah, Chasm does sound wonderfully dramatic, doesn't it (grin)? After having spent most of my life surrounded by concrete, I do really love my adoptive home here, so lush, pretty and secluded!

TechnoBabe said...

I always like it when you and your husband have time together and go on an adventure. You look great in the video.

laughingwolf said...

love it all...

my folk scattered to the isle of lewis, back in the day, after choosing to swear fealty to the 'wrong' laird....

Shrinky said...

Hi TechnoBabe, ugh, I could have sorely used a hairbrush (grin), but thanks for the kind words.

Laughing Wolf, that sounds an intriguing tale.. any chance of you elaborating on it with a future blog-post?

Jude said...

GORGEOUS shots!

your cats have no tails? do you they have opposable thumbs too?

Shrinky said...

Hi Jude, how lovely of you to stop by, welcome aboard. Yup, our cat's are tail-less, but no, they don't have opposable thumbs - however, by a stange coincidence, I do happen to be tail-less AND have opposable thumbs (check it out, you can see them at the end of the vid as I give the "thumbs up"). Um, maybe I should put in a disclaimer here denying this is a result of my in-breeding?

BRUNO said...

You DO have a relaxing-kind of voice, indeed. I envy you for that, if for no other reason than I wish I had something more than the halting-"stutter" that I was left with, several years ago now.

But, with that having been said: You, sitting on a small bluff-like projection, at the edge of a small-creek. Such a temptress you are, by daring something like MYSELF, to sneak-up behind you with a long, wiggly stick, and scream, "SNAKE"!!!, while I flipped the tail of your jacket with it!(It always worked for my sisters!)

I'll bet that silky-smooth voice gets a LOT-more "rough-n'-ready", when conditions warrant...!!!

HulaBuns said...

Wow! Absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing the video and tour with us all. :)

Ami said...

Okay, LOVE the hat. :)

And yeah, I hate wind. HATE it.

I live in the mouth of nature's wind tunnel, the Columbia River Gorge.

Come visit... we'll make a video tour!

:)

Shrinky said...

Hi Bruno, aww, I'll bet you can still curse as fluently as ever you did before! And I'm not THAT daft, think I'd have perched my bum down there if I thought there was any fear of snakes? We don't get such critters over here (rumour has it we do get the odd grass snake, but I've yet to see one)!

Shrinky said...

Hi Hulabuns, thanks for taking the tour (grin)!

Haha, Ami, the hat and the wind are both directly related, believe it - I've acquired quite a collection of them now, since moving here 8yrs ago..!

BRUNO said...

Yeah, I still take cursing-lessons from my wife, though, since she's my main spokes-person.

You mean you don't have SNAKES???

Would you LIKE-some? I can have a few-hundred shipped there, if you like?

And, I can even ship-'em UPS-Air-Overnight, if you're in a hurry...!

Middle Child said...

Chewy is right - it had to be the faeries that cut the tails off - brilliant post - you have a lovely speaking voice

Parabolic Muse said...

oh, bother.
I can't hear this because I'm at work and can't turn it up much. AUGH! But you look lovely!

I love me a manx or two.

Shrinky said...

Gee Bruno, you are all heart, so's you are!

Middle Child, when did you last have your ears syringed? I sound like Minnie Mouse on speed (cringe), but thanks for the bald faced lie, anyways (grin)!

Shrinky said...

Ah Chrissie, you haven't missed much, like finger-nails scratching down chalk-board - my voice is hardly for any popular distribution!

Hang on.. a Manx OR TWO?? Now that's just what I call plain old greedy, so it is (flouncing out, with a right old Royal peeve on me..)

Parabolic Muse said...

HEY!

I saw a drawing of you in this hat!! It was on some other blog.

now to watch the vid.

Parabolic Muse said...

HA! I think I already watched this once because I remember the story and the manx's. But for some reason I don't remember the Chasms. This is beautiful stuff, girly! Thanks for showing me a place I may only dream to see.