Monday, 4 September 2017

TRACHT - BEACH FLOWERS

TRACHT is the name of the strand or beach that I have taken you to before, perhaps this the third time and this might be our last visit, unless of course something spectacular occurs that needs telling.

The weather forecast wasn’t promising very much other than fine rain with a warm temperature - but then they do tend to exaggerate one way or another and are rarely accurate; for generalities is their game these meteorologists.

On our journey blue sky was appearing on our lefthand side enough to keep us living in hopes. Whilst directly ahead there were grey clouds  some looked ominous and yet they seemed to me not low enough to
weep on us.

All along the route we saw lots of county Galway flags flying high in the wind, on almost every house, though not all. I said to Mrs H 
“You know there must be a match on with all of those flags showing and those without are probably blow ins or those who don’t support the GAA”
[I should tell you that ‘blow ins’ is the phrase that is used to describe
people who come from another county or even a different country and that GAA stands for the Gaelic Athletic Association]

Kinavara, another favourite place was busy and the harbour car park was full, so we carried on to Tracht without stopping. I did though notice that the pubs seemed to be busy rather early, it not yet being much more than midday.

Tracht though was virtually empty with only half a dozen cars parked facing the sea and nobody was in swimming because the red flag was flying - a warning to swimmers and yet it was virtually calm - I heard later that there was a particularly virulent type of jelly fish about, although I can say that I saw no sign of any at all.


Mrs H inspecting some gem or other



One of the many piles of seaweed that came in with the tide,
one excellent thing that was fortunately missing from the
beach was plastic debris !




This gentle bouquet  caught my eye.



A miniature harbour amongst the rocks.



A line of flowers nicely litters fore shore.



Two other flowers stand chatting amongst their many sisters!



Are they Daisies ?



Yachts also catch my eye too and it has been many a year since I head the slap of water against the hull and the very buoyant sensation of being onboard in a wind driven yacht.



I was correct it was a Championship Hurling match
against Cork












20 comments:

  1. That has solved something for me Heron. Many years ago the farmer and I drove through Galway and almost every house had a flag waving in the breeze - we never found out why.

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    1. Am very glad to oblige you Pat and furthermore if your drive through Galway was in 1987 (?) then that was the last time that Galway played in the final and won !
      Now let me say this, that at that time I too was touring Ireland and was able to ring an ex-Cork man living in England to give him the news.

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  2. That looks like a nice place to be. I like the photograph of the daisies.

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    1. Yes, Sue I am sure you would enjoy walking on that beach in view of the distant mountains. Just as you would no doubt take pleasure in meeting and having long conversations with other women who you had never met before. For that is something that people do in places like Tracht...

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  3. A walk at the beach is always a treat regardless of the weather.

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    1. I will take your word for that Janet because some of our Atlantic storms are very violent!

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  4. A wonderful beach. Perfect place for beach combing. I thought those daisies were chamomile but probably a little too big for that.
    Looks rain the rain held off

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    1. Thanks LA yes it is an interesting beach to visit. I too thought of chamomile but I never thought of sniffing to find out [gulp !] We drove into some very fine wet stuff on the way home but nothing to complain about!

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  5. Hi Mel - well how wonderful it was deserted ... I'm fairly certain they're daisies - they're low to the ground. Hurling match - I'd like to watch one of those one day ... flags certainly announce things are happening - does look a lovely day out - nothing like a walk by the sea - cheers Hilary

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    1. Thank you Hilary for your comments, Daisies ok , yes and variety unknown and along with them un photographed was Sea Cabbage too and we has a very enjoyable walk.

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  6. How beautiful, especially under the dramatic skies. So funny how you can immediately tell when there's a "game on."

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    1. Every county has its own unique flag Mitchell and from some houses you will see two different flags flying
      especially, these days when couples originate from different counties and remain loyal to to their origins.

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  7. JACK L said:
    I was meaning to write a few days ago on your latest blog and the nice collection of your photos. I looked up the location of Kinavara on theGoogle map to see where it was located in relation to Galway City, also I noted your comment that you found seaweed washed up but no plastic..that's good to hear. Reminds me of sitting on the little beach on Inish Mor...all the time I was there never seen one piece of plastic junk on the beach! Hail to the fastidious islanders !!

    One picture really made me think and that was the gorgeous sailboat....and for some inexplicable reason I have always wanted to sail..!! Anyway I really enjoyed the pictures you took..and of the 'two lovely flowers'...a nice Irish scene for sure.

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    1. Thank you for the comments Jack and for your keen awareness in knowing which particular "flowers" I was referring to in the blog post title; so full marks for that !

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  8. A lovely place to bide your time, Mel, and boats always do it for me too! I also think those are daisies. Lovely photos!

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    1. Thank you Val!
      Just to take a look at the sea and get a whiff of salt laden air is all that I need sometimes and if a yacht under sail comes along then that is a bonus.

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  9. Hello Melvyn!
    Your Picture and travelposts are Always a treat for the Eye. This time of year, you can still find so much of Beauty. A friend of mine returned from Dublin this sunday, but he wasn't there for the flowers, so to speak.....

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    1. Thank you for the comment Solveig.
      Ah' Dublin yes, not very far from us but far enough away not to be visible and not a place that attracts me unless it is to buy a new pipe from Peterson's !

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    2. Pipe??? Oh my, I should have known....well, my friend was probably not in Dublin to buy himself a pipe, I'm quite sure of that. I have other friends however, with roots on the island, that keep telling me that there is such Beauty to be discovered and I tell them that I know because Heron keeps showing me!!!

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    3. Ha' ha' ha' Solveig ! I did not even dream that your friend was over here to buy a pipe and I will refrain from enquiring further. Am glad that you find it within your heart to inform your friends about the blog though and it is most kind of you to do so. Have you visited my current blog post yet ?
      Very best wishes Mel.

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