29.09.2006 Quivvy Waters - Belturbet
Length of boat trip: 1.5 hours
Logbook of my mother:
"Sunny day, delicious cheese, had a look to old boats, then went to Belturbet, big bridge, small town, two churches, beautiful river, great walking along the Erne, singing of the birds in the evening, pub."
This describes nearly everything. We relax in the morning at the Quivvy Marina and have a look at the "Seagull", an old steam boat, and 71M. Both boats are very interesting.
I phone to the Corleggy Farm - I had mail contact to them before our trip - and they are so friendly that they deliver some delicious cheese to us in the Marina. We drive to the Galloon Bridge but the water level is too high for our 10’5’’ airdraft boat at high water. We turn and go to Belturbet. Willi takes a shower at the friendly ESL Marina. Thanks to Mark for this service! After that, we change over to the other side of the river and Willi visits Gerry for a hair cut. After midday my parents explore Belturbet. In the evening we have some pints in the Seven Horse Shoes.
30.09.2006 Belturbet - Tully Inishmore
Length of boat trip: 3.2 hours
In the morning I shop at the butcher. Then we go downstream through Foalis Cut to the Upper Lough Erne. The oil spill is still there and has reached a large area of the water left and right. We leave it beyond Inish Rath. The water level is high and we cannot see the boughs and trees, which lay here in the low water where the Colebrook River flows into the Upper. The weather is unsettled, shower after shower reaching us. It becomes drier as we reach Tully Inishmore. We spend the afternoon with angling and “Stoffel” the dog of the farmer accompanies Willi.
01.10.2006 Tully Inishmore - Lusty Beg
Length of boat trip: 3.8 hours
October begins with a bright blue sky. We drive to Bellanaleck and have a short break there. We meet the two barges 68M and 76M on their way back to the Shannon.
Further on it goes to the north and we enjoy a calm and blue Lower Lough Erne.
A front is coming from the east with a rainbow. Ten minutes after we have moored at Lusty Beg the front arrives and after we get a double rainbow.
We have walk on the island and a pint in the pub.