Time to update, as we have a new computer!
We think that the bridge at Pollagh is one of the most attractive on the Grand Canal.
With all the racks up to fill lock 32, it does not take long to get down to Shannon Harbour.
Shannon enjoyed the small park by the moorings there. Any wall is good for exploration.
In Portumna Harbour we found narrowboat Ashdown Girl, so with the rest of the gang arriving by camper van, it was just like last year.
We all got together for a barbeque, and a good time was had by all.
Shannon really enjoys swimming now and needs little encouragement to go into the water.
Later on it was time for a haircut and Shannon was not impressed! However, she is now appreciating being cooler.
The three Graignamanagh boats followed us down Lough Derg to Dromaan.
At Dromaan Harbour we caught up with other friends from last year too.
These are the adventures of Andy and Sally Rawnsley on their narrowboat "The Puzzler". We have been living on the boat for over nine years now and are still loving it. Our Ulster born Shih Tzu, Shannon, has grown up, and has taken over the boat! After three wonderful years in Ireland, we transported The Puzzler to The Netherlands, and spent a year there. In 2015 we went southwards, to reach the north of France by June. After glorious weather throughout the summer, we arrived in Roanne in late October, and enjoyed our winter in this friendly port. We cruised extensively in France in 2016 and 2017, returning to Roanne each winter.
Friday, 26 July 2013
Progress is being made with the back hatch. Having masked the black club and red edges, there is now only one coat of paint to do.
Wild moorings are just that on this canal!
It is still a luxury to have lockkeepers to work us through the locks.
This is a ford for the cattle to cross the canal, but these ones are just cooling down.
This Church of Ireland at Rahan has been here for centuries, and is still in regular use.
When we were here last year this public house, The Thatch, was closed, but looks to be in full working order now!
Thursday, 11 July 2013
Back on The Puzzler, peace is temporarily destroyed by the motorway crossing overhead.
A couple of minutes later it is as though the road crossing had never been.
The Puzzler has a good reflection on Saturday, as the wonderful weather continues.
We had a queue of two boats at lock 23! This is our first queue at a lock on the whole canal system, as we follow Flying Hawk up this double lock.
The canal water always tastes sweeter, although sometimes it can be difficult to reach.
The canal is very straight in the stretch after Ratangan.
Another peaceful aqueduct mooring.
Sally and Shannon went swimming on the aqueduct. This was not Shannon's idea!
Shannon had no problem with hitching a ride.
However, as soon as she could, she swam for the shore!
Wednesday, 10 July 2013
The hanging baskets on the town bridge at Leighlinbridge are impressive.
There is now very little water in the weir at Milford, but that does not make it any the less attractive.
Having come through Carlow lock, we sail safely across the top of Carlow weir, to reach the bridge.
This egret followed us for a while. They are usually rather nervous, but we came quite close to him.
We are sorry to be going up Athy lock, and leaving the River Barrow. We have had a great month down here, with such friendly people all the way down the river.