Ireland day 1009. Wednesday 03 July 2024- Meetings

Ireland day 1009. Wednesday 03 July 2024- Meetings
Today’s summary I spent the morning joining a webinar on Hydrogen while Val went up to the Castle for a meeting to discuss the 2024 Wonderlights event. After lunch in the flat, we went into town to visit the library then relaxed on the beach for a few minutes until the weather became too inclement. A couple more episodes of the Wire in the evening.
Today’s weather Bright and breezy with just a light spot of drizzle late afternoon. Strong to gale force westerly wind. Appx 20c
Today’s overview location
(The grey mark shows the location of our route)
Close-up location
(The orange line shows where we walked)
(Click button below to download GPX of today’s walk as recorded, or see interactive map at bottom with elevations corrected):
To the beach and back

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

Val and I were both busy this morning. Val had a long standing appointment up at the Castle to discuss the imminent Wonderlights event, starting in November (I can’t believe this will be the fourth time she has done it!). Meanwhile, I had signed up to join an online webinar about hydrogen, starting at 11am.

The webinar was interesting – although as usual I had difficulty getting the Teams software to work properly. Then our internet connection temporarily became unstable, so I missed a bit in the middle of one of the talks. Nevertheless I learned quite a lot and it felt good to keep my brain ticking over.

Val’s meeting was also successful, so we were both in a good humour as we finished off the Piedmont peppers with some roast chicken for lunch.

After lunch, with the weather looking tempting outside, we ambled down into town, and made our first stop SuperValu, to do some recycling (and buy some edible treats). We crossed the road to the library, where Val ordered a book in the Georgians while I read the paper (very civilised).

We rounded off the excursion with a stroll to the beach, where we polished off our snacks and stayed there until the sun went in, the wind picked up and it started to drizzle. At that point, rather than getting cold and wet, we made our way back to the flat for a very welcome cup of tea.

The evening followed a familiar and comfortable pattern with salad for dinner then a couple of episodes of “The Wire” with “Szr” [pronounced “scissor” – and I’d never heard of them either] rumbling away up at the castle to finish off with.

Today’s photos (click to enlarge)

Details of today’s hydrogen webinar, organised by HydrogenIreland and hosted by Pinsent Masons In the library newspaper reading area.  A real oasis of tranquillity, open to all.   In today’s frenetic and turbulent world, I think there should be more oases like this.
Enjoying the breezy beach
Val by the estuary narrows, with Corballis beach (AKA “The Island”) and Lambay Island beyond.   Now the schools have broken up for the summer holidays, the lifeguards have reappeared in the red huts along the coast (you can just see the warning red flag in this photo; their red hut is in the banner image at the top)
Interactive map

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

Total distance: 4521 m
Max elevation: 14 m
Min elevation: 0 m
Total climbing: 59 m
Total descent: -59 m
Total time: 02:06:17
Download file: To-the-beach-and-back-compressed-corrected.gpx

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