13 hours ago
Monday, 3 October 2011
Dublin - interesting images and design inspirations...
We had breakfast at Bewleys Oriental Cafe on Grafton Street on Friday. I booked a table in advance, partly because I wanted to have a chance to see the Harry Clarke stained glass windows up close and figured we might get a good table that way - turned out I was right. We sat right next to the wall, in the Harry Clarke Room. These are the original windows installed in 1927.
Other interesting stained glass details at Bewleys -
Breakfast was delicious by the way. I especially liked the Irish black and white puddings, much nicer than the English black pudding, like a cross between that and haggis.
The wooden floor under the entrance gate at Trinity College suggested an English paper pieced project in woodgrain fabrics alone, or perhaps something in Japanese folded patchwork?
From old to new - the contemporary 'ironwork' at St Stephen's shopping centre, and the clock, was worth a look. The pattern formed by the kiosk roofs is interesting.
After the talk on Saturday, we went to Clontarf Castle for a late lunch with the quilters. I was impressed with the fantastic gothic interior (taking notes for my dollshouse pub project, which also has a gothic bar!)
Delicious ice cream indulgence -
Mariners' Compass variations in paving, underneath the monument 'Our Lady, Star of the Sea' -
The Bull Island, also shared with Raheny, is connected to Clontarf by an historic wooden bridge. While most of the island is city property, the (North) Bull Wall and breakwater, related road and path, and Bull (Wooden) Bridge belong to the Dublin Port Company, and are closed for a day each year to assert this. At the end of the breakwater is a statue of Our Lady, Star of the Sea (Realt na Mara), to watch over mariners and dockworkers.
While out on Bull Island late on Saturday afternoon, we watched as what appeared to be a tidal bore came in - fast - there were surfers waiting out in the bay to catch the wave, on the other side of the breakwater (tide table link here). I haven't been able to find any information specifically about tidal bores in Dublin Bay online, but it certainly looked like that and the surfers knew it was coming - should have raced down to the beach afterwards and asked them about it I guess. Fantastic strong wave patterns coming in.