15 April 2011

M is for

Today's word (or words is) Isle of Man which in Cornish is Enys Manow while in Welsh it is Ynys Manaw.

I have long wanted to visit the Isle of Man, not just because of the motor cycling racing or TT week as that always looks as though it is heaving. I think it appeals for a number of reasons like the fact that it is part of the British Isles, yet separate. It also had a mine for mining zinc ore of which Laxey Mines is perhaps the most famous, and has the the largest water wheel in the world - The Lady Isabella - stood over the mine continually pumping out the water. You can now retrace the steps the miners once took into the mouth of the mine when you visit Laxey, whilst the most adventurous even go caving deep down within the mine.

Even my fear of confined spaces could get me down this mine, similar to the Copper Mines on Great Orme.. I am fascinated rather than fearful.

And of course, we have lots of engine houses down here in Cornwall. Poldark Mine is a tourist attraction near Helston and Geevor is open to visitors while South Crofty has just been found to contain rare elements used in electronic equipment. I can see Carn Brae from the upstairs and down to Portreath at the front of the house. So all three places have mining in common.

1 comment:

Bz said...

Nice to meet you through the A-Z challenge! Hope to see you around!