Saturday, 14 December 2013

Autumn turns to winter
on the seafront in Bray

Winter comes to the seafront in Bray, Co Wicklow, this afternoon (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2013)

Patrick Comerford

The lengthy stretch in autumn on the east coast of Ireland has come to an end.

There were string storms throughout the night, and it has been raining all day.

The bright, red-and-pink-streaked mornings and the blue skies during the rest of the day appear to have come to an end, with these strong winds and heavy rains likely to stay around for the next few days.

But the temperatures have only dropped a little, and I still thought it was a good idea to for a walk on the beach this afternoon before darkness closed in, despite the high winds, the storm clouds and the heavy rains.

The seafront at Bray was quiet this afternoon, but despite the choppy waves and strong sea breezes and sprays, at least half a dozen people had braved it all and were in the water with their surfboards trying to catch the swell and the waves.

The waves changed in shape and colour and height at every moment, the spray rose, faded and returned again, and the water thundered against the pebbles on the shore.

Stormy clouds and winter waters in Bray this afternoon (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2013)

It is amazing how in just eight days, the blue skies and waters had changed completely from autumn to winter.

As darkness began to close in, two of us headed back to the centre of the town, and enjoyed authentic Italian doppios or double espressos in Gusto Italiano in Goldsmith Terrace, a genuine Italian café, owned and run by Italians.

After picking up the Guardian and the Economist in a long-established local newsagent, the Gem, I returned to the seafront in the dark, where an almost full moon was shimmering across the now still water.

Winter darkness closes in on the seafront in Bray this evening (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2013)

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