Let There Be Light

We’ve had very little pure light here in the South-East of Ireland in recent weeks. It’s been as if the ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’ has been seeking to have it all her own way.

The country woke in a state of dejection this morning trying to shake off the effects of the horrible defeat by the the flowing Argentinians in the Rugby World Cup. (I knew nothing whatsoever about Argentina before this week except the  overwhelming natural  brilliance of Gabriella Sabatini and Diego Maradona ~ magical duo that should have been enough to forewarn me.)

So it started as a ‘one foot in front of the other’ kind of day:


But, as the new day unfolded, there were signs that nature was striving to lighten our spirits. I simply had to follow the opening sky and it brought me to the Anne Valley in Dunhill for my morning run. As I got out of the car, I was greeted by the clatter of horses hooves on the road beneath Dunhill Castle. Instinctive thoughts of The Highwayman, The Listeners …..

Dunhill Castle, Co. Waterford
Dunhill Castle, Co. Waterford

The light danced on the cinder path of the Anne Valley Walk and there was a softness that made running seem like the most natural thing in the world.

The Anne Valley Trail
The Anne Valley Trail

Dunhill Village called at noon where the Church bells rang out and the local dogs sang along:

Dunhill Church, Co. Waterford.
Dunhill Church, Co. Waterford.

No possibility of resisting a call to Harney’s Shop

Harney's, Dunhill, Co. Waterford
Harney’s, Dunhill, Co. Waterford

for a blaa (Co. Waterford bread roll) and some of  their home-cooked ham:

Ham Blaa
Ham Blaa

Perfect day for a swim at Annestown Beach in the heat of the midday sun:

Annestown Beach, Co. Waterford.
Annestown Beach, Co. Waterford.

‘One foot in front of the other’ took on a whole new meaning on the golden sands of the Co. Waterford Coast.

Happiness is ...
Happiness is …

The clarity and magnificence of the day lasted right up to sunset and beyond.

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.

24 thoughts on “Let There Be Light”

  1. Beautiful Jean. So much history and nature all around.Here the predominant scenery is concrete, pavement, brick and steel.

    1. Paul, the mere thought of being away from the countryside makes me shudder now but I must confess to loving a year that I spent living in the very centre of Dublin with traffic roaring all day and night.

  2. What a wonderful day you had from start to finish. I too am a lover of Ham sandwiches especially on a roll or bun. Thank You for the treat of taking us on your trip…

    1. Val, I’ve had a serious crush on Argentinians since witnessing Maradonna Magic in that World Cup of yore. He was the epitome of poetry in motion and the rugby guys showed similar touches.

        1. And the facial expressions, especially determination and the smile. (I wouldn’t have thought of stallion in relation to him, though, more of a mixture between a squirrel and a lion!

  3. Hi there
    Yes I was sorry that Ireland lost and a bit unsure of whether to celebrate Australia’s win coming as it did on the back of a bad decision. But…I do love your post, the photos and the journey we can all take from here:):)

      1. It was my very first rugby match that I watched from beginning to end… It so sucked for them to lose by one point following a bad decision… oh well…

  4. Lovely post Jean, reminding us to move on and hopefully things get better. The Anne Valley looks very runnable – must bring my gear when I’m next over.
    I’m almost glad now England got dumped early on seeing the heartache the other home countries have gone through.

    1. Thanks Roy. What a weekend!
      Sport can certainly affect the mood of a nation. Poor Scotland indeed.
      And meanwhile Ballygunner beat Tallow in the Waterford hurling club final. You could pick a Gunner supporter out with absolute ease in around Waterford yesterday!

  5. Lovely journey and photos, Jean, and that ham blaa looks delicious! The motto, ‘one foot in front of the other’ is profound and resonates personally and that last photo is stunning…

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