The first sunny day for an age so it was time to hit the water. A brisk paddle on the Grand Canal near Killeen Bridge in County Offaly.
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The canal barge ’77M’ cruising West on the Grand Canal.
The canal barge ‘Glenbarrow’ cruising on the Grand Canal.
Leisurely and calming, cruising the Grand Canal in a barge is the epitome of Slow Travel.
There is always time for reflection; an inspection of our day, week, or life. Then there are other reflections………of the Grand Canal type.
Natures Bounty, perfectly placed by Mother Nature Herself. A Rustic Feast like no other. Enjoy.
They always look well. That early dash of vibrant colour after the winter. They’re in their twilight. Soon they’ll be gone. Until next year.
It is just a repair, they said. Only a little hole, they said……
Is it a smile? Could be. I will say it is. The rope is old, rustic, worn but Happy. It smiles.
Look carefully. Stubborn little yoke. There is always one.
On an old cottage in Lismore, Ireland there lay bundles of reed; them ready to be dressed into coat-work, then scalloped (fixed) to the base-coat. A new coat of thatch is a transformation to behold. It becomes a beacon. And a magnet to the inquisitive.