Hurricane Ophelia update

We’re ok, H managed to come home safe but not without delay. All train stations in Dublin closed, glad that there’s Uber who took him (& colleagues) to Park & Ride to pick up his car. Power is out, news say 360,000 homes affected and will remain so for 2 days, but we’re not worried as our self-contained campervan is in the drive so we can use solar power to charge our phones and gas cooker to cook our meals. Our neighbour doesn’t have a gas cooker, just electric stove so we offered her free access to the campervan kitchen. Now sitting infront of coal-fed roaring fire. Life is good :)

Sunday Walk: Ballyconnel, Ireland

We wanted to have a glimpse of the river Shannon, the longest river in Ireland, so we chose to do our Sunday Walk in Ballyconnel, not far from where we live and is close to the border of Northern Ireland.

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We found the best place to start, at the bridge just over the lock where boats pass through on their way to Northern Ireland or back.

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Right in time, a group of kayakers was just starting to get down into the river…

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Practicing with their roll-over stunt

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The mountain around here is rich with iron ore, hence the colour of the water…

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22496094_10207703072213362_6017271370822726114_oAfter getting entertained by the kayakers, we resumed  our walk with the intention of following the loop  route spanning 6kms..

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After the walk, we rewarded ourselves with Sunday lunch at the only-one-restaurant-open in town.
Roast beef (100% Irish as they always promote it) with generous serving of side veggies, floating in gravy (you can always ask for two ladleful of the sauce). Delightfully delicious!

22467564_10207703069213287_781172895285897371_oThe drive back home is just as pleasant.

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