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.


Message in a Bottle ~ Gatherings from Ireland # 175

Message in a Bottle Photo: Biblicalmen.com
Message in a Bottle
Photo: Biblicalmen.com

Having just been writing about messages in bottles over the last few days, http://wp.me/p1ip9d-1xf, I was rather taken with this story from the Huffington Post today.


It reminded me, too, of a brilliant documentary on RTE Radio 1 some months back about a young woman, Breda O’Sullivan from Dingle in Co.Kerry, who began corresponding with an American Serviceman, Frank Hayostek, as a result of finding a message in a bottle washed up on a local beach.

The pair went on to meet, and the romantic in everyone wished for a happy outcome …..

Here is the link to the Docmentary and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


The Roller-Coaster of Blogging ~ Gatherings from Ireland # 173

I see blogging as a real adventure.  It reminds me of  messages in bottles that I used to cast out to sea, as a child ~ never knowing where the bottle would land; who would open the bottle and what he/she would do with my message?

There are people who are into messages in bottles and who recognise them the minute they see them tossed up on a beach ~ because they too have probably flung bottles into ebbing tides in the hope that magic would happen.

Blogging is like a ‘grown-up’ version of all that. I never have a notion when I post a blog where it will end up. Will anyone read it? Will anyone respond? And I’d have to say that I’m still amazed by the posts that draw comments and those that don’t.

I’m wondering am I alone in this or have the rest of you got to grips with what ‘rocks readers’ boats?’

I’d be delighted to hear about your experiences! Meanwhile, I think I’ll  head to the beach and launch a message in a bottle and see what happens. I wonder does the type of bottle matter and presumably ‘childish’ writing would be more likely to garner a response, or would it?

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