Surfeit of Surfers

Take a windy autumnal day, an off-shore wind, some acceptable waves, a stoic bunch of people with surf boards and that’s Tramore Strand. Originally fronting a humble fishing village, it developed rapidly with the arrival of the railways in 1853 into a popular seaside resort, a place where the sea has always been a majorContinue reading “Surfeit of Surfers”


A solitary silhouetted figure wandering through the remaining ancient cloisters at the Benedictine monastery of Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France. Dating from between the 9th and 17th centuries, the missing columns and capitals featured carvings that recall Roman sculpture with acanthus leaves and grotesque heads peering out, including figures at the Presentation atContinue reading “Cloisters”

Big Brother is Watching…

A little way from Avignon’s Palais des Papes featured in my post of two weeks ago, are some Trompe L’oeil wall paintings of historic French people gazing out of what would-have-been blank windows. Realistic figures keeping a friendly “eye” on the passing young lad. While a 21st century street camera is also watching street activity…


The “Samson” was a floating crane-ship under tow from Liverpool to Valetta in Malta. On 11th December 1987, when the towline snapped in a south easterly gale just off the Welsh coast, the crew of two were rescued by R.A.F. helicopter and the vessel was left to drift.

Spiritual 1

Sunset falling over the Rock of Cashel, just like my first glimpse of it back in 1979 and still etched in one creative corner of my brain. It took a while, 30 years, before I could recreate that first impression. The Rock, also known as Cashel of the Kings or St. Patrick’s Rock, in CountyContinue reading “Spiritual 1”