Thursday, November 27, 2008

No. 50. Between Edenderry and Daingean, Ireland. Oils Study


My wife and I took a romantic long weekend trip on a canal barge some years ago. That's our barge just to the right of the study. The rain was continuous for much of the trip, and of course the barge still needed to have a man at the helm, so I learned what it is to be a seafarer. I also learned that you mustn't have the barge too near the lock gates when going downhill or it'll catch on them and end up nose down and stuck, with the added piquancy of panic in case the craft busts in half. If you close the gates quickly and refill the lock with water, it should be alright. That's all I'm saying. I shall go to sea no more...

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