R is for Rhumsaa (Ramsey)
Rhumsaa is the Manx term for Ramsey which is located on the northern end of the Isle of Man. It was named by the Norse (hrams-á) as the “Wild Garlic River” due to all of the wild garlic that grows nearby. Ramsey is the second largest city only bested by Douglas. It is also where Donal and his mother have a home.
When I was looking for a destination for Kailtlin when she arrived to the Island I turned to Google Maps. I knew I wanted Ramsey in my book, but I wasn’t sure exactly where within the town she would be. I “virtually” wandered the streets of town looking for that perfect house. After torturing myself for a few hours I went back to my old friend Google Search.
“Homes for sale in Ramsey, Isle of Man” turned up the best results and then I found it! What a perfect place! The listing was complete with descriptions, footage, photographs, and, to top it off, a stunning location. Dare I show you what I found? I think not. Now, don’t get mad. This is not an easy decision. When you read The Manx I prefer you form your own vision of the house, rather than me just handing the keys over.
Now that I had the house that Kaitlin and her father would stay in, the rest was easy. Ramsey is a great coastal town that hugs the edge of a bay. It isn’t so big that Kailtlin would be lost in the bustle, but it is a nice size for a colorful backdrop in The Manx.
I wonder if anyone makes Queenies there?
This post inspired by – R
S is for Mt Snaefell
I have no idea what Queenies are and now I’m curious. I had to google where Isle of Man is because I’m constantly forgetting it’s near England and Wales. I’ve never really location scouted for my writing because most of it is either fantasy or a nebulous dream version of my hometown or it’s set in the distant past/future. I like the idea of using Google Maps to virtually ‘walk’ around to get a feel of a place, though.
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Have a look at my “Q” post and you’ll learn about Queenies too! 🙂
I started out only using the Isle of Man as a point of reference in what would be a purely fictional place, but the more I wrote the more I liked having it be a real place. I’m glad I did.