Monday, 27 February 2017

Back on board but going nowhere

Back on QISMA after our winter ashore. Almost every day as I drove over the bridges crossing Lough Erne I  thought ...  flat ... calm.....we could be cruising.

So... we are ready to set off. Our departure delayed by Doris. We are sheltered on our mooring and know how wild it can be on the exposed Lough moorings in strong winds. The rains following have kept us alongside. Now the river is up at least 2 feet and the flow is very fast. It doesn't make sense to move. We are in no rush. The rest of the season ahead of us.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Braving the hill

As forecast, we had more snow last week. Pretty much stocked up so we didn't need to go down,the long steep hill that prett much in shadow all day. But...the sun came out on day 2 and the thought of another Sunday without an O'Doherty chicken got us into the car and on the way to Enniskillen. As before. The snow only ran for a few hundred yards. But on the steepest bit of the hill.

An artic was abandoned at the junction of our track and the road and a milk lorry plus trailer were pulled over. It didn't look promising. Walking past the milk wagon we found the local farmers with their tractors gritting the road and with only 5 minutes delay we were off. Fantastic. en y va!!

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Thanks to whoever arranged the weather

Despite a gloomy forecast and no better next week we decided to take a trip to the North coast. So glad we did. Great weather. Fantastic scenery and the best dog friendly hotel. We always call trips to the coast LJ's holiday and this one was pretty special. 

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Taking out the rubbish

The cottage we are renting is about a quarter of a Mike along a single lane track. The bin men do not visit. Our options are to take the bin to the end of the track or to put the sacks on the car and drive the 3 miles to the household waste site. We chose the latter. Today we just kept on going....getting back about 3 hours later after stopping for walks and to admire the views. Never more than 10 miles away. 95% we haven't seen before and had no idea how stunning it was. 

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Feeling Festive?

We've emerged from the West Wing long enough to put up a few decorations and order a goose. Oh..and buy the Christmas edition of the Radio Times. I think that is it for this year!
We wish you all health and happiness. Been an odd year all in all but more convinced than ever about our move to Ireland.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Time spent on QISMA is seldom wasted.

A few trips to QISMA this week to.....get things done. The winter job lust is starting to shrink. She is only 8 miles away so easy to pop over.

Other than that it has been a week of swimming, for me, up yo 2000 metres now in a pool that you think crowded if there are 5 swimmers in and some marathon sessions of.........

It finished on TV over 10 years ago but seems so current. A credit to the creator. Perfect winter afternoon viewing. Yes...we are vegging out... #official

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Above the snow line

we now know that's where we some 300 yards.

We're up here because it's quiet with fantastic views. The house is so warm .. even with the winds howling round us. Hey...we have one set of neighbours and the wind farms for company. And... and ...the postman can find us. He is our new best friend. 

For those who have asked about LJ and so many have been in touch to wish him well, thanks for all your messages. He is on the mend.