'Have you ever been up Mountain River?' It's a question we've been asked on numerous occasions and, until very recently, one we could only reply 'not yet' to. Well we've now been up, and returned with more questions than answers.
The Hawthorn Blog
Liveaboard life and general wanderings on the Irish Inland Waterways.
The stretch of the River Shannon below Jamestown Bridge is one of its prettiest, but also one of its most dangerous. A few photos and some information for the curious.
We travel to Dublin to spend a weekend at the rally in Ringsend Basin. If we needed an excuse for going we might say the reason was to witness the handing over of the money raised by the HBA 'River Rats' project to the Irish Cancer Society, but we don't: we went for a bit of a party. And that's just what we had.
After a long delay, blog service is resumed and we go up the rivers Cappagh and Killcrow. This run, while short and reasonably simple, becomes ever more interesting the more I look at the landscape, and I'm indebted to Brian Goggin for helping me make sense of it.
Oh, and the reason for the long delay in blogs is that the site is now running on up to date software (thanks Colman!) all of which started because the 'subscribe to updates' link above wouldn't work. Well it bloody well does now - it's been one of those nightmares!
With a week long high pressure forecast we escape Athlone for a run on Ree and Barley Harbour proves ideal for some quiet time
As we're paused between the high jinks of Christmas and the coming new year, it seemed a good time to sum up 2012, and to consider what we're hoping 2013 might bring.
After years of dithering, we've bitten the bullet and gone for a solar set up.
Hawthorn's crew may have been reduced to two, but life goes on. I reflect on Hobbes's lifetime of boating, and eating.
What can I say? Hobbes, our beloved companion of over thirteen years, has stolen his last sausage. We suspect we're not going to be the only one's to miss him.