Wednesday, 19 July 2017

And a very productive hour it was!

We said goodbye to Lough Key in glorious sunshine. Such a great spot. Especially good early morning and in the evening! 

A great cruise up to Battlebridge and the furst of the 3 UK style lock that take you to Lough Allen. All operated by lockies. 

Always a few gongoozlers (boat admirers) here. Busy at the moment as there is a festival of music this week in Drumshambo. We already knew the moorings there were full but we planned to stop before we got there. 

A cruiser already going up and a small barge to come down. Eva, our Lockkeeper, phone ahead so the next lock would be ready for the cruiser. We thought we might just make it before LLH (Lockkeeper Lunch Hour). 

The cruiser decided to stop after coming out of the lock to offer advice to some gongoozling prospective boat owners. 

Of course, he then pulled out in front of us as we came out so that he could keep 'his' lock. Hmmm ..we weren't so sure.

 Arriving at said lock at 1259 gates he goes. We moor on lock landing. We spend the next hour having lunch, walking LJ, taking on water, doing laundry, having showers, washing LJ.  They spend same  hour sitting on boat waiting for Lockkeeper to return from lunch!

Resupplied ar Drumshambo. Enough for us not to have to worry about weather on Lough Allen Nd now are here. There were five of us earlier but looks as if not enough on the lough to keep them overnight. Weather forecast is pretty dreadful but moorings on way back are in very short supply.

Naturally, we don't mind not sharing!

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