The King of DIY could become the overall DIY Champion with your help! I mentioned Fergal Butler and his fantastic boat building skills in a previous post. Well Fergal has just won the King of DIY award, and is looking for votes to become the overall DIY Champion. Voting is quick and easy and you… Continue reading DIY Champion – we need your help!
There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met. This quote from W. B. Yeats is particularly relevant to the Shannon and boating. We meet lots of people on the River. I suppose the relaxed nature of boating on the Shannon means it is easy to meet strangers, strike up a conversation, and… Continue reading Strangers Become Friends
Early September on Lough Ree. It is not late in the season, so the weather should be good. Right? Well, Monday was a beautiful day. Sunny, hot and dry. It was even warm overnight. Tuesday was the same. And Wednesday too. Thursday was warm with just a little rain shower. But Friday was different. On… Continue reading Early September on Lough Ree
St. Catherine’s Park, Lucan, on the banks of the River Liffey This is a stunning and beautifully kept Park, ideal for walking, cycling and with a host of other facilities as well. The Park straddles both Dublin and Kildare and can be accessed from Leixlip, from Lucan village opposite McDonald’s, and from the Lucan to… Continue reading St. Catherine’s Park, Lucan
Spiders. Those horrendous, eight legged, scary things that seem to think they have a right to inhabit boats. Big ones, little ones, fast ones, stripey ones and even ones with hairy legs. Ugly things that drop down on your face just as you are nodding off to sleep. You will notice that there are no… Continue reading Spiders
Made a stop (by car) at Thomastown Harbour, near Killucan on the Royal Canal. There is parking, a lovely canal walk, a quiet harbour with a lock and bridge, and a pub. I walked along the towpath, picking out lots of wildflowers, some bees and red dragonflies flitting about, and even a heron. He was… Continue reading Thomastown Harbour, Royal Canal