Wordless Wednesday : Sand Sculpture

The Sagrada Familia

Sand sculpture of La Sagrada Familia

To writers and my readers… I’m looking for your help please.

Any advice for Tric on publishing?

My thoughts on a page.

Okay, deep breath.

It’s not easy to write this without a glass of wine in me but I’m going to (and hope I then press publish). Over a year ago a blog buddy of mine, Duncan,from Madhatters, suggested I put some of my posts together and publish a small ebook for Christmas. He said he would buy it, so that’s one sold anyway. At the time I felt it was way out of my depth and I did nothing.

However a year or more has passed and I’m beginning to wonder if I could. My reasons for doing so are: 1. To learn about the process of self publishing, without putting a precious book I may write some day into the future at risk, and 2. The enjoyment of editing old posts and gathering them together under different titles; possibly parenting, humour, inspiration and stories.

My problem is… where do…

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Enjoying the Sunshine on a Saturday

Garrettstown Beach

Garrettstown Beach

Linked to Six Word Saturdayhttp://www.showmyface.com/2015/09/six-word-saturday_12.html

Sunday Stills : Clouds

A perfect sight

A perfect sight

Clouds at sunset or sunrise turn an ordinary glow into something far more interesting, don’t you agree?

Garrettstown beach, Co. Cork

Garrettstown beach, Co. Cork

And on a warm summer’s day, a few white fluffy clouds are always welcome!

Check out Sunday Stills for more clouds.

Weekly Photo Challenge : Dreamy

admiring the view

admiring the view

I enjoy getting out on the hills at the weekends, well maybe that is a bit of an exaggeration, what I enjoy is being at the top of the hill and sitting down for a well earned packed lunch, while admiring the view and chatting to friends and fellow hikers.    And as the only way to get to the top is to climb, then it has to be done!

A little blue sky and sunshine

A little blue sky and sunshine

even when the weather is dull, the view is always worth it.

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What could be better than being on the beach, admiring the boats, and dreaming in the sunshine.

Reflections

Reflections

Oslo Opera House is a real ‘flight of fancy’ with its marble steps that lead to the roof of the building, and we can admire our reflection in the glass walls, as we stroll along.

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Wordless Wednesday

All by myself

All by myself

The Old Head of Kinsale

We had a pleasant, long, rain-free, walk from Ballinspittle to the Old Head of Kinsale, and back again on Sunday, a round trip of about 14 km, and boy were  my feet feeling the pain at the end!    We walked from Ballinspittle, mainly on road, and it was a welcome relief to come to Garrettstown and White Strand beaches, and walk along the sand and see the windsurfers having a great time with the strong winds.

After leaving the beach we walked as far as the old Signal Tower at the Old Head.   Unfortunately we could not go in to view the lighthouse, as all the land surrounding it is owned by the Old Head Golf Club, and walkers are not encouraged  allowed to go beyond the gates.    There are only a few days a year when access to this area is allowed for us normal folk who are not members of this private elite golf club!

The history of light keeping at the Old Head goes back to the 1600′s and the current lighthouse was built in 1846, it stands 30 metre’s tall and roughly 76 metre’s above the water. The lighthouse became automated on the 1st of April 1987.

It also witnessed the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915, when the ship was torpedoed and sunk by a German U-boat, and of the 1900 people on board, more than 1200 people were drowned, including over 100 Americans.    This action is said to have encouraged America to enter World War 1, as the Lusitania was mainly used for ferrying goods and people between England and America, and was not involved in the war.

On an Irish Beach

On the beach

Getting their feet wet!

washed up after the storm

Anyone who lives in Ireland, or who has visited, knows that the weather can change – very suddenly!  As I write this the wind is howling outside and the rain is lashing against the windows.  As a contrast, these photos were taken this morning, at Harbour View near Kilbrittain, west Cork.    We were on our way back from a wedding in Rosscarbery, and even though I was feeling a bit under the weather delicate (maybe from the dancing /drinking till the early hours) the walk along the beach, watching the horses,and a few people walking their dogs,  soon brightened up the day!   There was even a bench conveniently close by to have a rest and admire the view.

A seat to enjoy the view

Garretstown in Winter

Garretstown beach, beyond Kinsale, is a very long sandy beach, perfect for a brisk walk at any time of the year, and is a favourite place for surfing.  There is a surf school there, and always kite surfers in the water, or on the beach, preparing to get on the water.   Today was quite windy, perfect for the kite surfers, and there were a few of them making the most of the weather, as well as plenty people walking the kilometre long beach.     Here are some photos from today.

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And the sun came out for a while

Time for a brisk walk

Getting dark and dreary again

Irish Beaches on a Windy Saturday: A Word a Week Challenge : Wind

These photos were taken a few months ago on Clonea Strand near Dungarvan in Co Waterford.   As you see the beach was fairly deserted, may have had something to do with the fact that the wind was blowing straight in from the sea, and it looked like it was about to rain.

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I like being by the sea, but prefer it on a calm day, when the sun is shining!

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These ball players were not too worried by the threat of bad weather

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Some seaweed left behind when the tide went out

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The wind starting to pick up

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