I hope you will forgive me for being a holiday bore. I know it's totally off topic but I thought it would be interesting to share a few more pictures of the island and a bit of chatter as so often people don't really know where I'm talking about when I mention the Isle of Man (unless they follow the TT or grew up in Liverpool...or remember the Manx 'telecommunications entrepreneur' from The Apprentice).
The Isle of Man is a small island in the middle of the Irish Sea, roughly half way between Great Britain and Ireland. The 2006 census recorded it's population as 80,058 and although it is part of the British Isles, it isn't part of the United Kingdom and has it's own government. The island is 33 miles long and 13 miles wide (at the widest point), the highest point is the summit of Snaefell. There is an electric railway which runs to the top of Snaefell moutain. I didn't go up on this visit as it was too misty and also, I'm a big chicken so I can usually find any excuse to get out of it!
I'm not a terribly outdoorsy person but I tend to make and exception when it comes to the Island as there are many scenic walks. My husband took us on a walk through Dhoon Glen down to the beach on one particularly sunny day. I confess to being terrified at various points on the walk as it is a steep decent but it was worth it for the spectacular views along the way.
Although we didn't go on the mountain train on this visit, we did spend a lot of time on both the Electric and Steam Railways. There was a steam festival on over the Easter weekend which pleased my eldest son enormously as he's a quite the little trainspotter. To be honest, it's a nice way to enjoy the scenery even if you're not a train buff.
Thank you for looking. I promise to be back with more makeup talk shortly.