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May 22nd, 2016

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Bit of a problem with the site

I’ve been off on holiday in Northern Ireland, cruising round Lough Erne.  Inevitably, the web server behind all my sites picked the moment we left to pack in, and us being super security conscious people (well R is anyway…), we didn’t leave ourselves a back door to get in and fix it.  So if anyone […]

May 21st, 2016

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Two Cathedrals and Home

We left the boat at Manor Marine after the Galley Slave (me) had given it a good clean.  It was rather amusing that the guy from the boat company had just as much trouble parking it as N had had during the course of the week.  I used the on-share ‘facilities’ one more time, with […]

May 20th, 2016

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Waiting for de lunch dat never arrive

This was our last full day in NI, and again the weather was a bit changeable.  I was struck again as we pootled back towards Enniskillen what a beautiful, green and unspoiled area this really is.  Myself, I prefer the ruggedness of Argyll, but this place definitely has its charms too (and I must say […]

May 19th, 2016

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In which we nearly have a falling out….

Today we set off to explore the ‘Upper Lough’ – this is much narrower and twistier than where we have been up to now – and there are many small wooded islands.  These all look very like each other – so thank goodness for View Ranger. At one point going through a channel that was […]

May 18th, 2016

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Two castles, “one mile”

Today was a bit grey again but at least not raining.  In the morning we went to see Enniskillen castle which was moderately interesting.  There was a regimental museum with one feature that amused me – one of the maps had a diagram (relating to fleet movements) with a label of “Orkney Isles” slap over […]

May 17th, 2016

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Pots and Islands

We woke up to discover that against all expectations, the forecast was correct and it was now grey and drizzling.  We walked over to see the famous pottery and on our way we made a short detour to cross the international border into the Republic of Ireland.  Apparently by intention, there was no indication that […]

May 16th, 2016

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One man’s mile

Anyway, we were fixed again by 10am the next day (with no real explanation for what had happened though) and set off  to catch up with where we should have reached the following day.  It was now Monday and the Lough was even emptier than at the weekend.  Against the forecast, the weather was still […]

May 15th, 2016

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In which we have good weather and a mishap

Our first full day dawned with beautiful weather (which according to the forecast would be the last sun we would see all week).  We cruised down the “Upper Lough” which is very wide and very empty.  Comparing it to the Norfolk broads which we visited a few years ago, not crashing into things was very […]

May 14th, 2016

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Under Stone, Over Water

We had a giant “Full Irish” breakfast in the hotel.  These are before and after pictures of J’s plate. Then we went to see the Marble Arch caves which are part of a huge Unesco Geopark (I’d never heard of one of these before).  Apparently they were where the Beric Dondarion scenes in Game of Thrones were […]

May 13th, 2016

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Off on our travels

We set off today to go cruising round Lough Erne in Northern Ireland for a week.  Of course with the weather having been beautiful last week – we are expecting it will pour down all the time we are away.  In the confined quarters of the boat I can’t help imagining it will be like […]