“By chance, I spotted an ad on the TV about the Isle of Man as a place to visit. It was the rst
time I’d even heard of the island, but within months I washed up on its shores for good...”
How long have you lived on the Isle of
Over seven years.
What made you decide to move there?
At the time I was feeling burned out and a bit
tired of living in London. I had grand dreams of
moving to the country and pursuing my interests
– gardening, beekeeping, and old-fashioned
country skills. By chance, I spotted an ad on the TV
about the Isle of Man as a place to visit. It was the
first time I’d even heard of the island, but within
months I washed up on its shores for good.
What were you doing before the move?
I designed graphical interfaces for a well-known
mobile phone company.
Why did you start Lovely Greens?
Lovely Greens is two parts and I started them
both out of my passion for gardening and DIY.The
physical side to the business is my line of handmade
soaps and beauty products, along with the natural
soap-making lessons I offer. I stock several local
shops and use local beeswax and honey from
both my own bees and from other beekeepers.The
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other side of Lovely Greens is my blog and YouTube
channel. I love showing people how to garden and
to make beautiful and useful things.
How much of your time does it take up?
It’s my full-time profession.
How popular has it been?
On social media and my newsletters, I have over
100,000 people who follow Lovely Greens, which
What do you love most about the Isle of
The beautiful landscapes and the sense of
How do you spend time off?
I don’t take much time off but when I do it’s for
a month or so. Most recently I spent a month
travelling through Portugal – there’s a video of my
trip on my YouTube channel.
What are your favourite places on the
island to eat and drink?
I love cooking at home but when I do go out, I
enjoy having coffee at Noa Bakehouse, afternoon
tea at Harbour Lights, and dinner at L’Expérience.
What three things would you recommend
visitors to the Isle of Man see and do?
My friend Clare Bettison MHK (Member of
the House of Keys For Douglas East), and I put
together not three but 15 quirky and unusual
things to do on the Isle of Man. The full article is
on my blog, but three of them include visiting the
Real Fairy Bridge (it’s not the one you’ll pass on
the road), the Meayll Hill Neolithic Stone Circle,
and Magnetic Hill. The last one is an optical illusion
that makes it seem that your car rolls very quickly
uphill while it’s in neutral.
What’s your best-kept secret about the
Isle of Man?
The long empty beaches at Blue Point and Smeale.
Even on a sunny day you won’t see more than a
handful of people walking along the sandy shore.www.lovelygreens.com FLY Flybe has flights to Isle of Man from Birmingham, Geneva (from 16th December), Liverpool and Manchester