Monday, August 27, 2012

Tall Ships

Tomorrow is back to school!  Tonight I'm looking through my photos and looking back at a busy and funfilled summer, where the warmth of friends made up for the lack of sunny weather. And now we are just 2 going back to school! How did I suddenly become the mother of 2 college students?
This weekend, Dublin hosted the Tall Ships Race, and it was a very busy festival.
  I didn't go in on Friday to see it, and Saturday the weather was too miserable. Reminds me of that Irish saying "it would be a great country if you could put a roof on it!".

But yesterday was the farewell, and hubby and I went out to Dun Laoghaire. It was busy! Apparently there were 100,000 people watching from shore.

Those ships are so elegant!

 A photographer took our photo, and I thought "if you can take us, we can take you"- here's the result!
Lots of small boats were out in the bay, waving goodbye to the Tall Ships. And we got a blue sky!!

 It may be 15 years before they come back, so I'm kicking myself that I didn't go to the Docklands where I could have boarded. Lesson learned..grab the opportunity!
That will be my motto for this (school) year!

20 comments:

  1. How fun, I remember going to see the tall ships pass back in 1976, they'd come for America's bicentennial :).

    Love those blue skies, what a treat for you!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. a rare treat Robin! we did enjoy it!

      Delete
  2. FUN!! We saw a Tall Ships race in 2007 (i think) - I wonder if they are the same??

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Probably are Kerri. I understand you bid for them to come, I think it cost about €4 million, but brought in a multiple of that to the local economy. My view is we should bid again!! You too!

      Delete
  3. A great motto for the school year. Don't you just hate when you miss out on something that would have been fun? I think it's a common experience.

    Those boats look so bright and free on the water. With or without a sunny day.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I do indeed Stephanie, and I've learned my lesson!

      Delete
  4. I have never seen a tall ships race. But I feel a bit the same about volunteering for the olympics, I should have done it and can't see myself having the chance again!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Jenny, I thought of you when I wrote that, cos I know from your blog that you regret not volunteering, but maybe that's how we learn. I feel exactly the same about the tall ships..maybe will never have the chance again.

      Delete
  5. Occasionally we also get the tall ships visit our harbour. It is a lovely sight.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

    ReplyDelete
  6. Beautiful. About 35 years ago, I went sailing with friends on the Long Island Sound and we saw dozens of these beautiful ships. I wish I could find the photos of that trip.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Rudee, I'd have loved to be out on the water on this day (even though generally I prefer to stay on dry land!)

      Delete
  7. Many tall ships sailed into Norfolk, Virginia many years ago when we lived in the area. Awesome sight to see.
    Loved the 'roof' comment!

    ReplyDelete
  8. What a beautiful sight. I've been to Dun Laoghaire when my sister used to live in Dublin.

    CJ x

    ReplyDelete
  9. How spectacular! And I love the Irish saying about putting a roof on Ireland. Hilarious! I hope you have a wonderful school year! <3

    ReplyDelete
  10. What a lovely time. The good thing about opportunity in general is that another one comes along eventually. And we do learn to grab them.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Hi Mimi. There is something so exciting, exhilarating about the tall ships! I really do love seeing them...we have had them here in our port too. Thanks for sharing these gorgeous photos.

    ReplyDelete
  12. I like that thought - grab the opportunity. Something we all need to hang onto. Lovely photos Mimi

    ReplyDelete
  13. We have the tall ships come here from time to time and they are truly spectacular! I know what you mean about being the mother of college students- that darn time just keeps on passing by...quickly!

    ReplyDelete
  14. I love the ships picture. I don't recall seeing it. It reminds me of a giant pirate ship :). How gorgeous they all look!

    ReplyDelete