Beachcombing​ for mauve in Mayo

We spent a too short weekend in lovely County Mayo. Got the chance to beach comb and discovered some beautiful seaweed.

I was amazed by the colours of rocks so different from where I live.

There’s this lovely mauve “Old Red Sandstone.” Apparently, under lots of pressure, this becomes quartz. Quartz is usually white to grey but when exposed to iron, it becomes pink! There was lots of pink quartz too.

There was lots of iron in the fresh water which spilled out onto the beach. Iron maybe coming from the bogs. There apparently used to be ochre mines?

I realised it’s quite a lot like the yarn I’m knitting with. Lyonesse by Blacker Yarns in Ruby.