We left Leitrim to travel on down the River Shannon. This herd of horses set off at full gallop at the sight of The Puzzler.
However the donkeys were much more laid back about it all.
We left Slieve Aneurin on the far side of Lough Allen, but can still see it, having turned right on to The Shannon, as we turn right again to sail up the River Boyle.
As we approach Cootehall village, the name is written on the river bank in hedging.
The mooring at Cootehall is against a high wall, before the bridge.
Although Cootehall is not a very large village, there have been a great many new houses built here. However we can see from the prices being asked that they are not selling very fast!
Once on Lough Key we can see a lot of gorse on the further hillside.
Sean and Katherine then managed to get their cruiser off the jetty, and they ran for cover to another mooring round the corner of the bay, where they would be more sheltered from the wind, which was now probably force 5.
Castle Island, lying out in the bay, is as attractive as ever when the sun shines. Weather here in Ireland can change so quickly.
On Saturday we continued to the head of Lough Key and on up the Boyle River to the harbour at Boyle. The renovation of Boyle Abbey seems to be nearly complete now.
After our return to the mooring at Lough Key, the weather deteriorated. On Sunday the cloud came very low beyond the breakwater, covering all the hills on the far side of the lough.
Later in the day the clouds cleared as the wind got up. It was coming from the north-west and waves were breaking over the breakwater.
In Lough Key Forest Park there are so many different natural phenomena.
Sally is by the rhodedendrons in the Bog garden.
An overgrown canal runs through the park.
There has been some serious logging done in this part of the forest, allowing Andy to have a rest.
We liked the shape of this maple tree in the grassy part of the park.