Posts tagged ‘Garrettstown’

June 21, 2012

House by the sea

Wouldn’t it be lovely to have a house by the sea?  The view as you ate your breakfast would be wonderful and imagine the morning strolls across the deserted sands (perhaps even with the occasional swim) and going to sleep at night to the sounds of the waves lapping against the shore.

The problem here though is that this house seems to have recently lost a big chunk of its front garden.  We’ve seen other houses along the coastline that have had to be abandoned as they have become unsafe to live in – sadly it looks as if this house might be heading the same way, but I hope not, I hope they are able to find some way to save it.

(Large version of the photo here).

June 18, 2012

From small beginnings

Looking again at this photo I took on Saturday, it brought to mind yesterday’s gospel reading, especially:

The Kingdom of God is like a farmer who scatters seed on the ground.  Night and day, while he’s asleep or awake, the seed sprouts and grows, but he does not understand how it happens.  The earth produces the crops on its own. First a leaf blade pushes through, then the heads of wheat are formed, and finally the grain ripens.

(Mark 4:26-28)

What a great encouragement these verses are to anyone involved in any kind of Christian ministry; it might seem that nothing is happening and yet (if it is of God) then there is much going on behind the scenes that we may be unaware of.  One day the harvest will come…

April 22, 2010

It was THIS big!

Olympus OM-1, G.Zuiko 50mm, Ilford HP5 plus, 400 ISO

Of course I have no idea what the conversation was between this faraway couple, but it may have been something along the lines of the above title post.  In the picture they are dwarfed by the expanse of sky above them, the vastness of the sea on one side and the dark rocks on the other.  Without getting too existential about it all, it makes me think of the smallness of us people.  We have all been given a humble reminder these past few days by a certain volcano with an unpronouceable name of just how powerless and small we all are in the grand scheme of things.  But then I listen to our two-year-old singing “My God is so Big, so strong and so mighty, there’s nothing that he cannot do!”  Yes we may be small, but we do matter to Someone, very much indeed…

October 21, 2008

Surfing at Garrettstown

Panasonic LX1, 1/500sec, f4.5, ISO 100, 6.3mm (Click to enlarge)

Garrettstown is a fantastic place for surfers of all ages and abilities. You get those who are clearly beginners mixing with those who make the whole thing look so easy that they might as well be walking on water! If you click on the photo to enlarge it, you can see a few more surfers in the background – there were at least 50 of them out there that day…

July 28, 2008

Pick up the stick and throw!


“Play with me!”
Nikon D70s 1/500 sec, f11, ISO 200, 18mm, RAW

We love going down to Garrettstown beach near Kinsale and it seemed that last Saturday, even though the weather wasn’t great many other people (and animals) had the same idea. There we were making sandcastles and digging holes when we had an unexpected (and uninvited) visitor in the shape of a very hairy, wet and sandy dog. Our canine companion had kindly brought a stick with him and kept coming a little closer and dropping the stick then coming closer still. No doubt he couldn’t believe how thick I was being, after all he was a dog and he was giving me a stick – go figure! Eventually he pestered me so much that I picked up the stick and threw it (not nearly far enough). The furry wet sandy mass came to life, bounded after the stick and hastily brought it back. I sort of was enjoying the game now so I went to pick up the stick again – but he grabbed it before me and wouldn’t let go! The game of ‘throw’ had now become a game of ‘tug’. I wasn’t a good playmate, he soon got bored and ran off to find someone else who could do better…

I’m reminded of what Jesus said about persistence in prayer. There was a man who had a late night visitor but not enough food to give him, so he went over to his friends house to borrow some food. But the friend shouted out from upstairs that the door was locked and his children were in bed and to come back in the morning. But the man kept on and on asking until eventually the friend gave him the three loaves of bread he was asking for (Luke 18). The point I suppose is that sometimes God wants to see just how much we really want what we are asking Him for, is it just a whim or is it something that we are heartfelt and passionate about? If we persist asking God will eventually pick up the stick and throw!

Jesus said:”So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Luke 11:9-10)