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Tied-up across Lough Ree

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This morning we crossed Lough Ree. We tied up with Zorgen, as there was a bit of a breeze on the lake and the flat-bottom barge isn't made for wind and waves, specially with the bike on the back.
I enjoyed the crossing on a boat, a catamaran, almost 3 times as big!
Now we're in Athlone, which feels like the beginning of home, as the Grand Canal starts on this stretch of the Shannon. And we're on the 'net! 3mobile is as best erratic, but it seems a little better here. Might try to catch up with a few old events.
28th Sep 2009, 17:16   | tags:,,comments (1)

Exploring an old estate

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Exploring the nooks and crannies of an old estate, on Lough Key. It's now a public forest park, but used to belong to a family who landscaped it all around 1825, with fake canals, bridges, folies... now it's overgrown, the place makes a great exploration playground. That's me exploring.
26th Sep 2009, 12:43   | tags:,,comments (3)

Won't start!

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Eric's engine won't start. It turns out to be a flat battery, but it gets a good looking over.
26th Sep 2009, 12:32   comments (0)

The Crannog

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On a small lough we stopped in, there was a crannog, a little artificial fortified island, in the middle of it. We went exploring it on the dinghy with Eric, who told us a thing or two: these were built in the 6th century, for a family group to live on. They were linked to the mainland by stepping stones, but those remained covered by water. The floor of this one was about a foot underwater. We went in with the dinghy and did a bit of dipping in the dark water and could feel a slab, where the fire place might have been. We found a little piece of pottery. But on the whole it remains a mysterious place.
26th Sep 2009, 12:27   | tags:,comments (2)

Going to the island

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We're on Lough Garadice, and two mysterious islands lie in the middle. Ted and I borrowed Jill and Giles's dinghy and went and explored.. the first island was quite wild, with a great ruin of a church. But today we went to the second, where a ram guards the ruin of a castle...
We found out later that the sheep had been frightened by dogs and swam to the island, where it now lives and scares unuspecting visitors.
10th Sep 2009, 21:02   | tags:comments (2)

Eric, vue from above

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Leaving the lake

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We're leaving Upper Lough Erne and sailing up river Woodford, narrow twists and turns... it's lovely.
10th Sep 2009, 20:54   comments (0)

The boat house

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Crom Castle
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