Ireland day 0927. Friday 12 April 2024- Downtime *

Ireland day 0927. Friday 12 April 2024- Downtime
Today’s summary Spent the day decompressing from our travels.   A lazy morning then I met up with a colleague to talk about Carbon Caputre and Storage over lunch while Val went on another run.   I had a short walk later in the afternoon then spent the evening on a video call to family in Canada
Today’s weather Dry and bright (hooray) with some sun.   Light southerly wind.   Appx 14c
Today’s overview location
(The grey 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):
Floral demesne

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

We decided to spend the day catching our breath today, after our travels over the last few days.   It was good to be able to enjoy some downtime.

I had a lunch appointment with a colleague in Malahide, who wanted to talk about carbon capture and storage.   It was good to meet up, as we haven’t been in touch since last year, and good to keep current with the latest developments in the industry.

Aside from that one commitment, we were largely free so Val used the time to re-start her running programme, and after lunch I got a fairly radical haircut and went on a short walk round the demesne.   As a result of the mild weather and incessant rain, there was an abundance of spring flowers in bloom up there, and also some pretty spectacular fungi chomping their way through dead tree trunks.

In the evening, after a super healthy salad supper, we chatted to family in Canada, which was a lovely way to finish off a very relaxing day.

Today’s photos (click to enlarge)

Spanish bluebells (Hyacinthoides hispanica) – bigger and lighter in colour than the local Irish variety, and with no scent Native Irish bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) – hopefully they won’t be out-competed by the Spaniards
White viburnum (Viburnum tinus) Primroses are just about at their best now, too
Unusual creamy yellow magnolia – which has quite a delicate scent.   Looking nice at the moment, before they are battered by the wind and rain Arum coming into flower – spadices just popping out and getting ready to start generating heat to attract pollinating flies
Radical no.4 + no.2 – well I do like to get value for money, after all
Interactive map

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

Total distance: 5865 m
Max elevation: 30 m
Min elevation: 9 m
Total climbing: 82 m
Total descent: -81 m
Total time: 01:05:55
Download file: Floral-foray-compressed-corrected.gpx

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