Ireland day 0010. Friday 08 October 2021- Flathunting

Ireland day 0010. Friday 08 October 2021- Flathunting
Today’s summary Return visit to Malahide to view three possible flats, then walk along the sea front as far as Robswalls
Today’s weather Very mild again with westerly breeze, stronger on the coast.   Heavy rain all last night, but dry today.   About 17C
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Today’s overview location
(the red cross in a circle shows where Val and I are at the moment)
Close-up location
(Download gpx of today’s short walk below):
Malahide gpx

Today was Hard Work.

We had quite liked the look of Malahide when we had visited a couple of days ago, so had decided to meet a letting agent and view three flats which could be possible long term living options.   The reason why it was hard work for me in particular was because I had to wear smart clothes (something I normally associate with going to work) and because I had to be nice to people I don’t instinctively have much in common with.

Anyway, suitably spruced up – because it’s important to make a good impression – and armed with every possible piece of paper you could think of, we embarked on our property search.   Two of the flats we saw weren’t very nice but the third was much more acceptable, especially as it was practically on the platform of Malahide railway station so is afforded an excellent view of the nearby rail movements (only of interest if you are a trainspotter, obviously).   Anyway we have given our feedback to the agent and we will have to see what happens.

Drained by this experience, we retreated to the car and got changed back into our civvies and headed off for a shortish walk from Malahide town centre, east towards the sea.   It’s a very interesting coastline, famous for its lithostrotion fossils among other geological wonders.   It will definitely merit a more thorough exploration in the near future.

Reinvigorated by the walk, and conscious that flat-hunting is a time consuming experience and we were in need of refreshment, we treated ourselves to a trip to the Aldi in nearby Swords, and selected a bottle of their finest €3.99 wine, nestled in the centre aisle next to the chainsaw blade sharpening machine and the engraving drill.

So now we are sitting by the fire (or we would be if it hadn’t gone out), enjoying our chateau Aldi and felling somewhat physically and emotionally worn out.   Hoping for a couple of rather easier and hopefully paperwork-free days over the weekend.

Today’s photos (click to enlarge)

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Not your usual view.  The M1 motorway to Malahide.   Much quieter and less frenetic than its equivalent in the UK (NB Val was driving!) Buzzy Malahide at lunchtime today
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Lunchtime for the walkers on the Malahide promenade Malahide.   Sponsored by Coca-Cola
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Himalayan honeysuckle, apparently.  Still in full bloom in October Looking out to sea with Lambay Island in the distance
View back west from Robswalls towards Malahide
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