Sunday 21/04/2013 Terryglass
Length of boat trip: 0 hours
Motto of the day: Relaxing
The clouds of the night have moved away and the morning starts bright and blue.
Fiona and Kevin visit us today and we enjoy their company. With a small rain front the wind changes from S to W and increases. The evening is overcast but dry.
Shannon Airport Max 11.7°C Min 6.7°C Rainfall 5.8 mm (We had some rain in the night and two short showers at daytime) Sun hours 5.8 Mean Wind F4
Monday 22/04/2013 Terryglass - Meelick - Fanning’s Lock - Shannonbridge
Length of boat trip: 5 hours
Motto of the day: Going upstream against current
We had some light rain overnight and the morning remains overcast. Drizzle accompanies us on our way to Meelick. We spot four deer on the callows but no signs of breeding waders and also the horses on the islands are missing.
After a short stop at Meelick we go on further upstream against a strong current. The water level is up because of the rain before the weekend. We have lunch break at the derelict Fanning’s Lock and drive in the afternoon on to Shannonbridge.
The water level at Banagher has risen a foot since Thursday and we pass slowly a breeding swan on her nest, which is nearly lost in the flooding. Initially only a few hire boats are moored at Shannonbridge but later more arrive and the jetty gets full. One boat moors at the quay at the bridge as the lower quay is closed by Waterways Ireland.
Willi fears that I will spend the evening with the boys on the boat in front of us but most members of the “Sauna Crew” are today covered in blankets. So I decide instead to go with Willi to Killeen ’s to have a Redbreast whiskey.
Shannon Airport Max 13.6°C Min 8.2°C Rainfall 2.4 mm Sun hours 6 Mean Wind F4
Tuesday 23/04/2013 Shannonbridge - Athlone - Lanesborough
Length of boat trip: 5.5 hours
Motto of the day: Sunny callows and fair winds on Lough Ree
We enjoy sunny spells on this mild day on our drive to Athlone. The Shannon Callows are flooded and we spot many flocks of swans.
After a break at Athlone with some shopping we cross Lough Ree in a moderate westerly.
At Lanesborough we are welcomed by a white duck, probably now missing on a farm. A school class from Switzerland is boating on four ESL-boats together with two teachers. They are celebrating in the evening with a Celtic party and barbeque.
Shannon Airport Max 15.9°C Min 9.6°C Rainfall 0.5 mm (we had a dry day) Sun hours 9.1 (we had less, the afternoon and evening had more clouds) Mean Wind F3