Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Lough Key Summer Solstice

We'd planned to go north up the Shannon-Erne Waterway at the weekend but we got stuck in Lough Key. We went there on Saturday after shopping at the great Farmer's Market in Boyle, thinking we'd have a sail and move on the next day. We tucked ourselves inside the jetty on Drummans Island with the open cockpit facing the sun. There was a stiff breeze from the north, but we were sheltered by the island. The sailing was exhilarating, we went for a cycle, walked the dogs and joined the jetty party of the people on Paws tied up opposite.

We decided we'd stay another day. On Sunday we sailed and cycled and walked and I had my first swim of the year (I'm a wimp and it has to be really hot) in the soft warm(ish) water of the lake. But no partying. On Monday we took the boat to Boyle, went shopping and filled up with water and persuaded our new friends on Bird on the Wire to join us at Drummans for the Summer Solstice. The sun was even hotter and the sailing even better. Can't think of a more glorious place to see the dawn of shortest night.

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