Bloom 2016 open from Thursday 2nd – Monday 6th June
The evolution of plants, the war in Syria and international gardens from Chicago, China and Chile are just some of the themes and inspirations for this year’s Bloom festival. Bord Bia launched its 10th annual Bloom event and according to the organisers, this year’s show will have something for all ages and interests. Bloom 2016 Phoenix Park, Dublin from Thursday, 2nd to Monday 6th.
Early start from Abbeyfeale at 7am. Meet the usual travellers, some of them are always there tripping on the free card. Arriving in Limerick on a sunny morning, toilets and train, arriving in Dublin, with delayed full train, huge queue waiting for women’s toilets and they in a rush to look well at the bloom festival. Free bus just up over bridge to Phoenix Park. By the way on the train which was late a person believed to be a woman held up one of the toilets for it is said half an hour and still did not come out. Some believed she stayed in toilet for various reasons, vulgar reasons, but the real reason may have been, unable to face the hostile waiters.
Bloom Festival was a day of walking and more walking to exhibitions both inside and out, most trying to sell something, or publicise their name. Anyone who went to the ploughing Match would know the outline of the bloom festival. Details can be found on youtube and facebook.
We were warned to be back to bus stop at least an hour before train departure to be sure of getting back to a full train. Others said that a fast 25 minutes’ walk would take you to train station. There was to Red carpark man at the gate giving directions, but omitted to mention the red car park bus was not in the red carpark.
Way home met on train ex-army man and another who travelled abroad, and was lucky to be alive as he was in Iran at the time the Shaw was deposed. Walking down a street an Indian man, said to him, I will show you’re burned embassy, which he did, but being the British Embassy it did not have the upsetting effect which an Englishman would have. But his guide urged him to leave immediately to anyplace and he did not have a place to go, but was told to go to India which he did and it turned out he was just gone before the airport was closed. Now back home, small things could affect him, like bi focal glasses, you could miss the pedal as you tried to mount the bike, which would cause bike to mind of its own. We talked of politics and the removal of several tyrants leaving the people more vulnerable than when they were lorded over. The middle east is in constant turmoil so the army man was there in Lebanon and on other peace keeping forces. He recalled Congo and we all had our say as to what happened since Niemba and name calling Baluba to local blackguards. How Ghana troops interacted with Irish. Recalling westerners bringing whiskey to Arabs and the profit to be made, by chancers. Army man remembers how lucky he was when he has locked up a store at night and walked away only to have an Israel shell hit and smash building behind him, leaving only the key of the place in his hand. Plenty of small talk about the fine flowers in the white thorn this year. Waste of food in establishments, due to regulations. Great men who had the curse of demon drink. Falling asleep in train and carried on to another destination and encounters on way back.
How drink can be cheap in army, and army men working in bars and as cooks.
Also discussed cheap flights for employees of airlines and the different terms and conditions.
In the background each man had his own personal circumstances and life which was only barely touched on, even deep hurts, could be suspected which still influences the view of present.
Suddenly the train stops and passengers exit in a hurry to meet other modes of transport to take them home. Memories of the encounter will last, but never again will we meet.