Sunday, 16 April 2017

Suddenly ...it's boating season!

We have made the most of our time on Lower Lough Erne. For the most part we've had the lough to ourselves. Unbelievable. Even this last few days on Inish Davar, with the bluebells out, there have only been one or two short stayers.

All change now. Easter is the start of boating season and the waters are suddenly busy. Enniskillen is always popular at the weekends and it was hectic. All the moorings were busy. Tens of millions of  ££ worth of boats. Most would not have looked out of place at any harbour on the Med. We had shopping to do and left a tidy sum behind us. Curry's did particularly well as we bought a new TV.

On the move this morning...well lunchtime... and had little hope of finding space on one of our favourite jetties. Delighted to round the bend to find it ...empty!!! No need to squeeze QISMA in. Lost a canal style fender as we moored but easily recovered.

And the sun just came out!!!

Happy days.












 Lots of boats....only one like this. I've named her Cafe au Lait.



Saturday, 8 April 2017

Evenings like this


We hadn't moved! A foggy old morning. But we had no plans to move either. A lot more action on the Lough today and... Because of the weather.....boats still moving around  until 8 ish. We are sharing a jetty overnight for  first time this year...not counting Enniskillen! 





 As the day wore on things got calmer.



 Until!







Makes the occasional choppy crossing well worth while just to be here.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Nothing new to offer you

Last week or so has been bimbling down to Enniskillen and back. Mostly using moorings we've already been on this year. There was one surprise....a boat was already moored on one of them! First time this year. They didn't overnight so not too bad!

These are the last few days we will have the luxury of the lough to ourselves. Schools breaks up for Easter and the waters, whilst not bring busy, will certainly be busier than they have been up to now. We've gone days and days without seeing anyone out but us and some fishermen.

Usual resupply in Enniskillen and our chicken bought at O'Doherty's. Last week's just did not compare. How we will manage when we head south...... Only for four months  Gulp.

Next week we start to slowly move back down towards the Woodford River. A trip that could be done in three long days but we are taking 12!  We don't like to rush and there are some favourite moorings from last year
The swamp at Castle Archdale



At their best

 



A bit rough on the way up...what else is new? 



Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Do not Disturb

Very little to disturb us at Castle Caldwell...once the passenger transfer from a local youth centre had happened. 








Great walks here and the first bluebell of 2017. Just where I thought it would be. No others
for company...not yet.





Then a great cruise back to Tom's Island. It is my favourite spot on the broad lough. Great walks again but it has the edge because of the far reaching views.









     







Monday, 27 March 2017

it's such a perfect day.......

2 hours 20 minutes. Perfik conditions. One jet ski on the water. Two para gliders in the air. And us.





And the sunset the night before. Just could not capture the 55 shades of pink!










Friday, 24 March 2017

A picture etc etc

Words ...well they almost fail me.

Best day since last summer and the broad lough all to ourselves. Perfik. Add to this a cab ride into Kesh for supplies and it's a ...doesn't get better than this sort of day. The sunset is going to be spectacular.


















This is the competition





Tuesday, 21 March 2017

The good...the bad...and the downright ugly!

Cold and clear and calm said the forecast. What could be better for a 65 minute cruise up to the wide, or 'big' section of Lough Erne.  (Quotation marks not intended to confuse). We needn't worry about the line on the chart warning of rough seas in strong winds.


 I feel you are all ahead of me. 

You could see the storm advancing and it wasn't a pretty sight. QISMA does so well but, hardly able to see the 20 yards ahead, we had no choice but to ride it out. 20 minutes behind schedule we arrived at Castle Archdale in flat sea and bright sunshine.

Alternative name for this post...never trust the forecasts.