A Passion for Buoys

The Metal Man from Tramore Beach, Co. Waterford.
The Metal Man from Tramore Beach, Co. Waterford.

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been fascinated by buoys and have a vast collection of a whole array of vibrant colours.

They make me think of an artist’s palette as well as the human hands that have touched them. In so many ways, they are like messages in bottles and one day, I hope to find one that has a real live message on it so that I can write back to the sender, wherever he or she may be.

Yesterday, I saw my precious Tramore Bay very much through the eyes of a buoy! I often wonder how it is that they never clash with their surroundings.

Brownstown Head from Tramore Beach, Co. Waterford.
Brownstown Head from Tramore Beach, Co. Waterford.


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.

10 thoughts on “A Passion for Buoys”

    1. Thanks for writing and for the link, WS. I just loved your post in the same topic. While I’ve never tied mine to a tree, I’ve brought them all round the country with me as we moved house and there is one life buoy from a well known ship that I still have (found in the 1970ss) that leaves me with a small sense of being a thief but I think (hope) the ship people would understand, if they knew the whole story.

  1. Sarah, your point about the mini-planet has been on my mind all day and you’re so right. They are or can be like mini-planets. I decided to leave that one where it was as it seemed so at home on the beach in Tramore. I wonder where it is today.

    1. Ah thanks, Lauren. I find stories about messages in bottles truly amazing ~ particularly the true life ones. The last one I heard had such an impact that it caused me to get out of my car and put in diesel instead of petrol! Talk about being away in some other world.

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