On the River Shannon April / May 2012

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We follow later onto Banagher where we get some diesel. In the afternoon we drive to Victoria Lock.










Meelick Quay is unusually empty. The big white boat, which had moored here for several years, has finally been moved.

Empty Meelick Quay









Moored above the lock we get a surprise visit. Peter on 'Anois' arrives and we spend some hours talking. You are always welcome on board Peter!

Above Victoria LockTaking photos in the Callows









Also Inga and Holger come back from a downstream trip. Later Inga and Holger come on board and we spend a nice and relaxed evening together.

Violet arriving at Victoria LockIn the lock









Shannon Airport Max 12.6C Min -0.1C Rainfall 0.0 mm Sun hours 10.2 (We had less) Wind NE F4


Sunday 29/04/2012 Victoria Lock - Portumna Castle Harbour

Length of boat trip: 1.9 hours

Motto of the day: Storm gusts and shelter

Jack, the Assistant Lockkeeper, awaits us early in the lock. The wind is increasing this morning and Willi demonstrates in the lock how strong he will become today.

Jack awaiting us









Loose ropeStrong rope









We are going downstream and around Portland Island in bright sunshine and arrive at Portumna for the noon bridge lifting.

RipplesIncreasing wind









Behind Portland IslandBehind Portland Island









Sallow IslandPortumna Castle Harbour









To our surprise Portumna Castle Harbour is not busy. Im speaking about boats. The car park is lively as usual on a Sunday. It is a sunny and breezy day. We relax and Mags and Richard come by car with the Maxum on the trailer along for a quick tea/coffee break on their way back after boating the weekend. Richard is wondering how gusty it is in the harbour. Yes, it is gusty in the harbour but much more blustery on the lake.

Portumna Castle HarbourThe author of this block relaxes and writes









In the evening kayakers arrive by car. They had to cancel their crossing of Lough Derg today at Parker Point. But their mood is good while warming up around a camp fire later in the evening. Many bats are hunting between the trees.

Portumna Castle Harbour









Shannon Airport Max 13.3C Min 0.3C Rainfall 0.8 mm (We had 0.0) Sun hours 10.4 Wind NE F4 Gusts F8

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