Monday 20/04/09 Garrykennedy - Terryglass
Length of boat trip: 3.7 hours
Motto of the day: Zigzag on the lake and "Lofty" or "Charlie"
A blue sky and a flat lake is inviting us in the morning.
We chug around Ryan's Point to Dromineer and then across to Dromaan. After that, we have a stop at Williamstown where we have a nice chat with Angus of 'Shannon Castle Line'.
On our way past Benjamin Rocks we pass a bust on a marker. Is it 'Lofty' or 'Charlie'? "In 1971, Geoffrey, his wife Ann Louise and his son John lived on the Venus while they were waiting for their house in Whitegate, Co Clare, to be renovated. During this time, the familiar marble busts were placed on the marks at Benjamin Rock and Horse Rock. The busts were of the owners’ ancestors ("Lofty" and "Charlie") and were surplus to family requirements. They were put in place on a dark and foggy night departing from and returning to Scarriff." Info of the Heritage Boat Association
After a side trip to Rossmore on the western shore where the River Woodford flows into the lake we drive on further north. The wind freshens and it is alternatively sunny and cloudy. We reach Terryglass.
The afternoon is sunny and quiet although the building workers are busy with building the new service block. They have to finish it within a month. A barge arrives and we help them to moor at the outside wall. They enjoy an hour there and come inside the securing wall just in time when the wind turns and freshens. We experience a sunset full of atmoshere.