I was awake very early yesterday morning and had one of those pre-dawn walks with puppy Stan before the birds were even chirping.
Just as we were coming home I could see that there was the prospect of a glorious sunrise out at Dunmore East. I haven’t said much before about how Co. Waterford is very much divided into the East and West for all sorts of things, including sport. But I suspect the division may have started with the sun, like so many other traditions.
I knew I just had to get to the Coastal Walk in Dunmore ~ a place that is fast becoming very special to me because of the magnificent vistas it presents and, of course, its view across the Waterford Estuary to the Hook Head Lighthouse in Co. Wexford, the oldest operational lighthouse in the world.
I didn’t meet a soul on my travels; just as well really as I felt like a character in Wuthering Heights and only realised when I got home that I was wearing odd shoes and the raggediest jacket in the place ~ one that served as Stan’s emergency bedding for a while.
Here’s the drama that unfolded before my very eyes out on that glorious Coastal Walk high up on the cliffs.
Back at Dunmore East Harbour, the boats were swaying as the gulls screeched. And there among the fishing boats was this one:
I caught this glimpse of Tramore on my way home, taking a few of the lovely by-roads on the eight mile trip. The tide was almost fully in so the sand dunes were surrounded by water with the Back Strand sky blue and I suspected the gentle waves lapping up on to my beloved beach. I always feel gleeful when I can see the Comeragh Mountains standing tall behind Tramore and think Waterford is a county that has everything I could ever want.
20 thoughts on “Running East”
What a beautiful dawn. I haven’t seen the sunrise on the sea for longer than I can remember.
Hi Sue, I know that inland sunrises can be absolutely gorgeous too but somehow the sea adds a whole new dimension,
Hope Ani is feeling better?
I agree, though few things beat sunrise over mountains… except the sea.
The chicken helped, apparently. Ani is trying to convince me she needs it daily… 😉
That’s good news. Tell her she can have it for the rest of the year!
I’ll need a mortgage 🙂 She can get through a lo of chicken 🙂
Jean, your photos of the sunrise are amazing.. 😉 Like yourself I also love to catch the sunrises, from a county road I walk daily. Gorgeous, gorgeous….<3
Hi Jean. Thanks for writing. It was pretty much beyond amazing. Almost impossible to take in.
Just gorgeous. I’m not usually up for sunrise, so I really appreciate the beautiful photos.
Many thanks, Sandy. It’s well worth getting up for it, if possible. Delighted to be able to bring you these photos.
You had me at “Co. Waterford.” I automatically like you :-D.
My husband’s father’s family is all from Ireland, and a large portion of both my mother’s and father’s sides are also from Ireland. I have gotten quite a bit into genealogy and have really enjoyed digging into our roots – but getting into the ancestors prior to immigration proves to be a difficult animal to tackle, particularly from this side of the ocean! 🙂
Hubby and I hope to make a trip to the Mother Country sometime in the next couple of years (we’d like to bring the children, thus a bit more of a wait while we save up the required funds!)
Anyway, I look forward to reading more of your blog, and I’m so glad we “met” on OM’s blog :-D.
Forgot to mention that I love the beautiful pictures!!
Great photos! I love the sunrise!
That was a grand walk, Jean. Eight miles! And you probably went back for a swim in the evening. Lovely pics, reminding me to perhaps brave the frosty roads these mornings and catch a glimpse of sunrise on the sea myself.
Wow what a beautiful sunrise Jean, over some beautiful scenery. You make me sigh in pleasure accompanying you on your walks.
Aw, thanks Andrea. Such a lovely comment.
Stunningly beautiful Jean. Thank you so much for sharing.
My pleasure, Paul.
Morning or night, the painted skies are one of my favourite sites. And what a great name for a ship! You’ve captured a real jewel with this one, Jean 🙂 ♥ ❤
oops… sights 😉 ♥ ❤
Yeah, I just loved the name of the boat too. Seemed so perfect.