Stone Age ~ Gatherings from Ireland # 332

Tramore Beach, Co. Waterford.
Tramore Beach, Co. Waterford.

I don’t know about you, but I managed to get beyond fifty years of age without ever building a tower with stones. I came upon one in my travels around the web a while back and finally got to create my own today.

It was one of those intensely natural experiences, not unlike collecting sticks in the woods or picking strawberries. The wondrous variety of stones which were waiting to be chosen on Tramore Beach made it all the more magical.

It got me thinking how easy it is to overlook,  just not see or do, life’s simplest pleasures.

Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and sense of place.

11 thoughts on “Stone Age ~ Gatherings from Ireland # 332”

  1. I have a collection from the summer sitting on my desk right now! The first time I saw stacks of rocks was in Sedona, Arizona. It’s thought to be a very mystical place and there were stacks and stacks of them at a spot called Buddha Beach. I’ll have to dig up the photo and post sometime. It’s a really neat scene!

    1. I won a trip to Sedona in 1997 and it was fantastic. I don’t recall seeing Buddha Beach, though. Hope you do post your photo. I’d be interested to see it. ~ Linne

  2. I like that you chose seven stones; no idea how you managed to choose only those, now that I look at the background in the photo. What a wonderful beach that must be! My Mum has collected small stones from many places all her life (she doesn’t have them all, of course). I do the same. I’ll open a box from my storage and there will be a stone or ten tucked in with the rest. I like colour, pattern and rhythm; your stones have all that. Thanks so much for sharing.

    In northern Canada, the Inuit people have built Inukshuk for as long as the people have lived in the north. They were used to guide travellers across what is often a plain white landscape with features often blurred by snow, ice, etc.

    Thanks again. ~ Linne

    1. Linne, thanks for you kind words. Have to say I’m a stone collector too and find it difficult to part with any of them!
      I’ll have to check out more about the Inuit people. They sound like my type!

  3. And Inukshuks are built all over the world now. We went hiking in Lake Placid and as we neared the top of Whiteface, we saw a couple!

    Such a lovely set of stones, Jean! Well chosen indeed….

  4. What a beautiful selection of stones; the ones you chose and the ones that lay in the background! I love to collect stones from the many places and beaches I have been to but I have never built a tower, either. You have inspired me to try!

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