Monday, June 23, 2008

ODD SHOTS MONDAY- BATTLE OF SKYHILL


Viking Week, the mini series!

This is skyhill. Nothing particualry odd about the shot except perhaps it could have been a skywatch shot. What's odd to me is, that people here seem to confuse the mountain and hill names and hardly anyone can name this particular place correctly. Why so important? It's the site of the most important battle in the history of the Isle of Man, and yes those Vikings are involved again.


The photo was once again taken from the nature reserve looking onto the mountains and hills, apparently under the watchful eye of King Orry's Vikings. It seems the Norse people and the relationship with the island is ever present.

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41 comments:

George Townboy said...

That's a beautiful photo! And thanks once again for the history. I love this stuff.

Olivier said...

et le vainqueur sera le beau temps qui fera fuir le mauvais. Bravo, belle photo, et superbe couleur

and the winner will be the weather that will flee the bad. Bravo, beautiful photography and superb color

archiearchive said...

Thank you for the history lesson - and a great photo to go with it.

evlahos said...

very educational. nice shot too

Wilma said...

How interesting! We have a hill which I see when we go for a walk. people say some monks were burried there but an excavation proved them wrong. Now just the sheep graze there. It is called Freebrough Hill.

hannah b said...

I get them mixed up all the time and I'm Manx. Nice sky.

Louis la Vache said...

Very good, Babooshska! Ah! The classic difficulty of amphibious assault! In World War II, one of General Patton's favorite tactics was finding a way to assault from the enemy's rear areas while simultaneously having his attention engaged at the front and then envelope the enemy. Patton was the General the Germans most feared. So all of this was going on in your area about the time one of "Louis's" Norman ancestors was fighting with Guilliaume le conquérant at Hastings! A lot of fighting in those days....

Steven and Aisha said...

This place is full of history. I enjoyed reading your post. :)

Dragonstar said...

I love that photo. Looks like Skyhill is an excellent name for the place.
Thanks for more of the history.

Aileni said...

It is a bit Odd to think that one's ancestors may have been involved via the Dublin connection.

jacqui said...

Fascinating history. The archaelogical digs are obviously my bag. Just got back from dig in Cairo.
Got to do the Celts remember!

Jacqui x

Hyde DP said...

I'm a bit confused now (not difficult). At first I wondered if Scacafell was meant to be Scafell (and then I realised that I was confusing it with the one in the Lake District).

Is this Snaefell? My little atlas marks a couple of peaks south of Ramsey - North Barrule and Slieau Lhian.

So which is Skyhill?

KylieM said...

beautiful photo and a fantastic story (and history lesson) .. Mine is up as well :) K

Steven (Cavite Daily Photo) said...

I love your photo AGAIN! I just soooo love your blog babooshka! I hope you're never tired of my compliments because I really mean everything i say! Especially the sky! Just look how serene it is!

Your second photo looks alike the Chocolate hills here in the PHilippines. It is a nominee in the new7wonders.com and I think inside the top seven.

I just read your comment and thank you so much for it! Your photos are the one that really inspired me to take part at skywatch and I really enjoy it! I would like to join many many more entries^^

The weather's very much OK now but about the ferry, it's really sad. God BLess you always and schools on again tomorrow! Have a great week and Mabuhay from the Philippines!

Steven^^

babooshka said...

Hello Gerald,

This one is Skyhill.It overlooks Ramsey along with the Barrule I posted earler. Snaefell (Manx: Sniaull) is nearer Laxey, but can be viewed in the distance from Ramsey. Easy to recognise, the tallest and the one with the mast on. onfusing isn't it. I have a photo from the nature reserve than shows all 3 which I will have to upload.

Old Wom Tigley said...

Excellent Post.. loved every word of it.. and the pictures of course..

JAMJARSUPERSTAR said...

I'm lapping up the history babs! I wish some exciting stuff happened here so that I could go and do this kind of thing!
Ciao

Scarlet x

Me & my puppies said...

Lovely photo ~ thanks for the background history on it. Interesting

dot said...

A very beautiful an interesting place. Mine is HERE

JC said...

Thoroughly enjoyed this post :-)

Knoxville Girl said...

What I find intriguing is how an innocent looking bucolic little hill can have so much turmoil attached to it. Good shots, and thanks for the history lesson.

Tanya said...

I love the way you photographed it. Amazing history!

the teach said...

Irish and Isle of Man history overlapping or is it the same? I'm of Irish ancestry and know very little of real early Irish history. Lovely photos, babooshka!

babooshka said...

The Teach,

Funny you should mention the Irish connection. I'm actually going to do the Irish/Scots/Celts connection at some stage by request of a Scots friend.That's when it gets really tricky separating the myth from the fact, especially as the Norse and Celts inter married. For this week it's the Viking posts which can stand alone.

imac said...

Most interesting reading, also the photo is great.

pop and see my Odd Shot.

reader Wil said...

Again a very interesting piece of history highlighted by you! Thanks!

Daryl said...

What a fascinating place ... and its an excellent photo .. odd or not!



:-Daryl

Kim said...

Great story to go with your Odd Shot. I really enjoyed reading it.

RuneE said...

Thank you for another very interesting and informative post. You have taught much that I didn't know about this period and area.

I am looking forward to tomorrow!

quinttarantino said...

A perfect walk down History Lane!

marcia said...

Good clarification and pretty hill/mountain:)

Dusty Lens said...

I thoroughly enjoy these history lessons! Thank you for this.

diane said...

What an intrguing story behind the picture. I loved it~Thanks!
O, yes, great odd shot!

Gattina said...

This time I also have a battle, the one from Waterloo !

Hyde DP said...

If I'd clicked on the little photo and followed the link I would have realised - found it later in a roundabout way.

Luke said...

very interesting!

lingovise said...

skyhill is very fitting! lovely shot & super interesting history.

thanks so much for sharing - really enjoyed it!

Christina said...

All this history on one's doorsetp. You must be proud.

Jackie said...

What fascinating history! I was in the Hebrides at the start of the year (for my honeymoon, no less) and had no idea it was linked to the Isle of Man historically. Wow - you learn something new every day!

For The People said...

This is always so good. Keep it up.

John said...

Thanks for another very interesting history lesson, I really enjoyed it!.
I`m looking forward for next lesson:-)

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