Early October seemed a little too early to be mooring up, plugging in, and contemplating the season past. So we were happy to make one last run down to Derg for a week of work and socialising.
The Hawthorn Blog
Liveaboard life and general wanderings on the Irish Inland Waterways.
We thought it unlikely that Lough Ree's levels would get any lower but, on returning to Lough Ree from our northern adventures, we found the level had indeed been dropped. And continues to fall.
It's been a while since we last bit the bullet and gave our hull the love and attention it deserves, and this time we didn't just bite the bullet: we swallowed a cannonball.
Apologies for the long delay in posting but we've had a few technology issues (having to replace the transformer for a relatively old Macbook in rural Leitrim... come to think of it where's not rural in Leitrim?) and the past fortnight has been excessively busy. Anyway, time to return to the high summer and Lough Allen.
I'm cautious about using exclamation marks - used to often they lose all meaning - but the unusual heat goes on, and it's hot! Which means we're keen to go to anchor so we can sleep with all the doors, windows and hatches wide open. Which, with the odd exception, we've managed to do.
Having been rather busy bunnies with lots of cloth to sew and covers to fit, I've not been blogging nearly as much as I'd wish. Not, with aforementioned commitments, that we've been boating much. That is with the exception of numerous and much needed mind resting dinghy runs with surveying kit and a fishing rod. I call this 'Survishing'. And I'm becoming an addict.
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.