Blooming Bloomsday

A gentleman watering the garden at the Forty Foot Bathing Place in Sandycove, near the Martello tower in which James Joyce stayed, and Ulysses begins.

"Under the upswelling tide he saw the writhing weeds lift languidly and sway reluctant arms, hissing up their petticoats, in whispering water swaying and upturning coy silver fronds."

Joyce is of course talking about seaweeds rather than garden weeds. Amongst the seaweeds today were a few hardy locals.

And these people. No, I don't know who they are or what they are doing.

The Mortello, built to defend Ireland from Napolean, is today the home of the James Joyce Museum. Today (16 June, Dublin time), particularly, home to many people making the pilgrimage to Dublin to celebrate Bloomsday.

And finally, a bust of the man himself. It's a cast taken from the bronze sculpture by Milton Heband on Joyce's grave in Zurich. These are just a few images to celebrate 16 June 2010, beginning with a garden so that I can post them to Talkingplants...