As I sit here on my boat writing this, outside the rain is chucking it down in buckets full. All around me people are complaining about the rain. “Not a day for boating” I hear someone say. Yet without rain, we would not have this river and all its magnificent lakes. Every plant, every animal, in fact, every single living thing on this planet depends on this life-giving water. Even our own bodies are made up of 60% water. It’s in us as well as all around us, it’s part of us.
I’m fascinated by its captivating spell on us. Boaters, fishermen, and canal bank walkers are all drawn to it. And its magical powers hypnotises us and gently relaxes us. Water is not just food, it’s not just a giver of life, water is medicine for our souls too.
So let it rain. Let the skies pour down this most essential ingredient for life and happiness. It won’t stop me boating. Actually, when you think about it, only lack of it could stop me boating.
Well if you want to go boating in Ireland you should check out this cruise into Scarriff Harbour. Scarriff is a mid-sized town in Co Clare. It has a super harbour a short distance up the Scarriff river that links the town to Lough Derg.
Hope you’ll join us for this cruise in great weather across Lough Derg and into the Scarriff River. Ta
The sun shows its face for our river Shannon cruise across Lough Ree and the bit of sunshine always makes a difference. Mar gets upset when we have to go broadside to a few waves but all in all it’s a great trip. Hope you enjoy it too.
I’ve mixed emotions about bringing Driftwood home to Ireland, but we had to make a decision one way or another. We’re both in Ireland full time and only getting out to the boat for two weeks twice a year if we’re lucky. Driftwood was becoming very neglected. Looking after a boat is expensive at the best of times but when it’s hundreds of miles away in another country it becomes even more difficult.
After over 1,300 Klm of French canals and Rivers and over 750 locks we are nearing our winter moorings in Roanne.
Well do you know what? this year has been a fantastic experience we have cruised all over central France, up the Rhine as far as Basel in Switzerland and lots and lots in-between. Sadly now we are in the first week of October and we
When we left Auxerre we left the Nivernais canal behind and joined the Yonne river fully. (although occasionally there are some short lateral canals) Almost immediately you notice that the locks have grown. Grown quite a bit really from 38 metres long to just over 107 meters long. This is to cater for the barge
The river Yonne is at the northern end of the Nivernais canal. We left Clemecy behind and continued our descent towards the Yonne. The canal here is exceptionally beautiful and the lock keepers go to great lengths to make their
After Chateau Thierry we headed to Epernay where I finally collected my bicycle trailer. Before entering the canal lateral a la Marne we stayed a night at Epernay because I wanted to continued up the river as far as the next bridge. This bridge marks the limit of navigation on this beautiful river.
The river Marne is without doubt a beautiful cruising river. You can get to the river Marne just below Paris where the river Seine and the river Marne meet. The trip from Ferté sous Jouarre to Nogent l’Artaud on the River Marne is a lovely one and here is our account of it.
We have been in Meaux for over a week now waiting for a bicycle trailer! That is very out of character for us as we are normally randomly ambling around the canals & rivers. However there is a reason for this, because all French filling stations are strategically situated away from waterways boaters have to walk for miles with jerrycans of diesel. This forces them to buy the overpriced diesel from marinas where the diesel has been stored in a damp underground tank since last season. I’m
Our two sons Ben & David as well as Ben’s girlfriend Tara flew over to meet us in Paris and spend a few days on the boat. This was to celebrate Marion 50th but also David’s 21st. It was wonderful to see them and we had a great weekend. We took a trip from the Port de l’Arsanel on the Canal St Martin in the centre of Paris out onto the Seine and down as far as the Statue of Liberty (the original one!)