I mentioned that we had an issue on Alexandra some time ago with the head gasket. This is an extract from her log at the time….. Well, it was a usual Friday afternoon – a mad helter-skelter dash to the boat to try to beat Bank Holiday weekend traffic. Our June Bank Holiday was promised… Continue reading Mike turns a disaster into a hiccup
Winter Update on the Boat Alexandra is laid up for the winter, but I still like to keep an eye on her even when she is not in use. So we dropped in before Christmas, set mouse traps, checked for leaks and damage, changed the ropes to older ones, took in some of the fenders… Continue reading Winter Update
In the autumn, we arrive in the dark, fling our bags on board, turn on the heat (and make sure it is working!), and then wonder what on earth we are doing on a cold uninviting boat when we could be sitting in comfort at home. Of course, we then sojourn for a pint, and… Continue reading 2016 Season Ends Abruptly
This is an extract from Alexandra’s Log book 01 October: Best of intentions, a bit of good luck, a surprise and some shenanigans… Unusually for us, we got to the boat very late on Friday – it was after 10pm. First job was to turn on the heat. It was the first really cold snap… Continue reading Alexandra’s Log Book 01 October
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
The Irish are supposed to be a friendly lot, but if it wasn’t for the weather, we wouldn’t have so much to talk about. Well, the last few weeks has seen some exceptionally bad August weather. We have had heavy rain, but much worse (on a boat anyway), are the unseasonal winds. Lough Ree can… Continue reading If it wasn’t for the weather…
We really don’t go looking for trouble. Honest! But if we see anyone in need of a bit of assistance, the spirit and camaraderie of the Shannon is something we feel strongly about. We have been rescued ourselves in the past (a story for another day). So when we saw a small open boat with… Continue reading Fisherman’s Blues
Catering at home and catering on a boat are just not the same! Expectations at home are much higher. So sometimes entertaining on board is actually easier. But on a boat, facilities can be limited, shops aren’t always within walking distance, your car is back at the marina, and sometimes you don’t know who is… Continue reading Dins for 5? No problem!