Friday, 10 June 2016

Where is the Log Burner!!!


A very dull day so we thought  a trip to St Martin. Perfect timing. Just back in the car when the heavens opened.  It is still at it!!

We learnt that the Spanish national football team are staying on the island. The Ile de Re have already adopted them ....... as their second option...Spamish flags everywhere. Though not in this pic!! 





Now tucked up inside and hoping it stops before LJ's next walk. I may be doing my 100 in the pool in the rain.... or maybe not!! 





Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Eric is our new BF!


Eric....the pool man is,officially,our new best friend. Not sure what was wrong.. But. It only did he get it sorted on Monday...he,popped back last evening to make sure all was well and will be here at least every Saturday for our stay. Oh...and I have his mobile number!! 







After so many visits to Bois we just slip back into the groove and never tire of it.  Our holiday home is 90 seconds from the market and 5 min walk to the main beach. The beach just a bit further along is almost empty and it goes on .... for what seems like forever,  Bit too far for LJ to walk these days but he made pals there last year at the evening dog session so we will be back once the car is sorted. For now we can make do with this!!




Friday, 27 May 2016

En y va....or do we?

Three nights on our mooring to check the car is in full running order before we set off for France on 4 June. Or do I mean IF we set off for France? That will not be happening unless the fuel depot blockade is over. Our ferry to  Roscoff is still operating. We think we can get to Il de Re on one tank but...can we? If we do get there can we get fuel? Too big a risk to take. The ferry only operates once a week, and we have to book the largest kennel for LJ, it is unlikely that we can just sit it out and go a week later.






Last year the worry was could we get back ...with Calais being blockaded. We brought our return forward by one day... to the Sunday of the weekend the French schools broke up for the summer. You can work out why! Could not have been smoother. We were even boarded onto an earlier Shuttle. Next day, we saw on the news, was chaos. 25 mile tail back into Calais.

Not so easy to fix this trip.

Perhaps we should have timed it for when Euro 2016 had actually started and the French government were not being held to ransom!!

We have no plans on France next year. Don't want to lose a month of the boating season here. But...  if we did they would now be in the bin.



Sunday, 22 May 2016

Behind the curve again


Into Enniskillen on Tuesday. Leaving Lower Loch Erne behind for ...well a good while. 
The moorings in town couldn't have looked more different!


 We were here for LJ to have his hair cut. All his lovely curls gone. Then we started our journey back down Upper Loch Erne to our mooring. Had Alf from First Lady drop by to see if we needed any shopping. What a good chap he is and so interesting.



Back on the mooring. A sandbank has built up a bit so Alistair volunteered to try and shift it.
We did manage to get moored without grounding after he finished. More than we did on Saturday!


Whilst he was at work La Salle came along. Janet and Maurice friends of NB PUZZLER our...is mentor the right word? We were on the look out for each other and nice to chat till rain stopped play!




It was like that all day....sunshine and heavy shower. We are now not bad  at dodging the latter.





Saturday, 14 May 2016

Am I boring you?


Sorry but I can't quite move on from the beauty of Innish Davar. We know exactly the right time to visit next year! 




 Then, in perfect conditions it was down to Devenish Island. Several boat trips of tourists visiting the historic remains of the monestary.We felt a bit like a tourist attraction ourselves. More conversations on the go than we've had in weeks!! Our neighbours for the night were English. Hiring a boat for a week. Ex narrowboatees!! Can you believe it! Had two shared ownerships. Now caravaning.




 Into Enniskillen this morning Sunday chicken from O'Docherties. Better even than from Paddy Sweeny on Brecon market! Quick visit from our Killynick hosts Colin, Anne, Holly and Tom then Asda and out we went. It very much San Tropez like on the water today. We were hopeful of a mooring at Ardhowen and plenty of room. WhT a stunning spot for a theatre. And...if you don't mind my saying...an ideal venue for The Marvellous Mr Curtis Stigers!







Wednesday, 11 May 2016

What did we know?



We thought it was stunning here two weeks ago....what did we know? The entire island is now carpeted by bluebells and cow parsley. And we have a Cuckoo!