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24

SEPTEMBER

INSPIRATION TIME

“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...”

CONCIERGE

How long have you lived on the Isle of

Man?

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

Tanya Anderson

Founder of Lovely Greens

ISLE OF MAN

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

is great.

What do you love most about the Isle of

Man?

The beautiful landscapes and the sense of

community.

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