Wednesday we were up and at the train station for the 9.15 to Lancaster where we then had to catch our second train of the day to Heysham Port and finally the ferry over to the Isle of Man.
All started well and I worked on one of my Halloween stitches until we got to Crewe when our train came to a standstill and we were asked to leave the train and it was then cancelled. There was a line side fire just north of Crewe which then caused numerous trains to be cancelled or delayed. Our ferry was due to leave at 14.15 and it was 11.00. We were 87 miles away. It then became necessary to find a taxi company that was prepared to drive us there as the train operators were unable to tell us when trains would likely to be going north again. Thankfully a company called Rainbow Cars and a lovely driver named Simon came to our rescue and got us there for just after 13.30. An unexpected cost but we were just thankful to get to the ferryport.
My progress on Halloween understandably came to a halt but here is where I left it.
Once at the Ferryport we were supposed to collect our tickets from the tour rep but he too was delayed due to the line side fire. Fortunately he had rung the ferry company and we were able to collect our boarding passes from the ticket desk and finally we got on board and set sail. We could finally relax and enjoy the three hour crossing.
We finally arrived in Douglas, Isle of Man just before 18.00 and then it was just a short walk along the promenade to our hotel. After unpacking it was time to freshen up and go down for the first evening meal of the week. The menu was fantastic each evening and catered for all tastes. We decided to take an evening stroll to properly unwind and enjoy the beginning of our holiday.
The view from our hotel dining rooms. The Tower of Refuge.
The beach and promenade Douglas.
Yesterday evening when it was finally a little cooler I picked up my Tinsel Tuesday project and added a few more stitches while enjoying the tennis.