Wild life and wildlife observation on the River Shannon
Saturday 16/04/2011 Banagher
Motto of the day: A warm welcome
We arrive with sun in the afternoon at Banagher and board Silver Spray 36L of Silverline. At 6 pm Paul and Mary on ‘Arthur’ moor at the jetty. They invite us to a delicious seafood dinner onboard. Paul is fine-tuning the preparations for the CIC to Ballinasloe and we are invited to give him our opinions on the wine he has to choose for Easter. It is late when we leave ‘Arthur’; the coming full moon must have something to do with that.
Shannon Airport Max 14.2°C Min 5.1°C Rainfall 0.2 mm (must have been in the morning) Sun hours 6.3
Sunday 17/04/2011 Banagher - Clonmacnoise
Motto of the day: In the Shannon Callows
We relax in the morning. The sky is gloriously blue and the water surface glassy; later only a few fair weather clouds arrive.
We say goodbye to Paul and Mary at noon and start to go upstream.
The surrounding landscape is flat and gives us some broad views.
We pass Shannonbridge (water level a little below 2.6 m) and reach Clonmacnoise.
The weather forecast has predicted only light winds coming from southeast so we stay there the first time overnight.
A group of young people come along and swim at the jetty in the really cold water. Not every jump succeeds!