Ireland day 0827. Wednesday 03 January 2024- Daylight? *

Ireland day 0827. Wednesday 03 January 2024- Daylight?
Today’s summary Took Val to the airport first thing for a short visit to London.   Then I came back to the flat, went into the office, and came home about 5pm.   Spent a bit of the evening trying to plan possible holidays.   Short walk and a light snack for dinner in the evening
Today’s weather From indoors it appeared mostly dull and gloomy today though I am reliably informed that the sun shone a little.   Mostly dry though some drizzle in the evening.   Moderate westerly wind.   Appx 9c
Today’s overview location
(The green mark shows the location of my  route)
Close-up location
(The orange line shows where I walked)
(Click button below to download GPX of today’s walk as recorded, or see interactive map at bottom with elevations corrected):
Coast road by night

(Summary blog only.   Last full blog was Day 0368).

No sooner had she finished her last shift at “Wonderlights” for the season, than Val was off to the airport jetting to London for a short visit to one of her friends.   I delivered her in good time for her 9am flight then came back to the flat, did some admin, then went over to the office mid morning.

I had a productive day today – a couple of useful meetings and some time spent setting things up for a big workshop I’m running next week.   I even managed to get the projector to work, which is always a bit of a relief in events like these.

But the disadvantage of being office-bound is that you get no daylight hours at all and you become completely disconnected from the real world.  Especially in winter when it’s dark when you drive to work and dark when you come home again in the evening.   A friend texted during the day to say what a nice day it was on Howth but I had literally no idea that the sun was shining at that point.   Still, I keep reminding myself that agreeing to do this work was purely my decision so I should stop complaining.   It’s not for ever.

Once back in the flat after work, I spent a bit of time trying to plan out a holiday, then chatted with Val and went out on a short walk.   I really do miss being out in daylight but at least there are some reasonable short night-time walks accessible from where we live.

Well now I’m going to stop.   I had a really nice roast salmon lunch in the staff canteen, but that was a long time ago and I’m hungry again.   Luckily I found time to stop off in SuperValu towards the end of my walk this evening and I’ve got some light snacks which will do perfectly at this late hour.   Over and out for now!

Today’s photos (click to enlarge)

Texas Lane in the evening gloom.   It’s always pretty quiet down there Decorated cedar tree halfway down Texas Lane.   It always looks attractive, even at night in the depths of winter
The imposing if slightly unnecessary entrance arch to the Marina Village housing estate I’m perpetually fascinated by this curved metal building down by the railway line.   It looks like half a can of beans
Illuminated anchor next to White’s Laundry in the Marina Trusty Supervalue – open till 10 every night and it’s a godsend for late night snacking
He pops up everywhere!   But not for much longer.   It’s twelfth night in 3 days
Interactive map

(Elevations corrected at  GPS Visualizer: Assign DEM elevation data to coordinates )

Total distance: 4103 m
Max elevation: 16 m
Min elevation: 1 m
Total climbing: 50 m
Total descent: -50 m
Total time: 00:59:11
Download file: Coast road by night compressed corrected.gpx

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