Thursday Doors this week comes from the marina where our boat is moored, in county Cavan. This little beauty is tiny and if you can call a boat ‘cute’ that’s definitely what she is.
She’s moored alongside a houseboat and in the background you can get a glimpse of the river as it winds its way into Belturbet, the nearest town.
Some of the boats there have no doors – just oars. The water was so calm on our last evening there, it amplified the quietness of the place.
All around the banks of the marina there are Brandy Bottles aka Yellow Water Lilies (Nuphar lutea) They flower from June to September and are native to temperate regions of Europe, western Asia and north west Africa. Later in the year, the flower will be replaced by a bottle shaped, green fruit. Pollination takes place by flies, which are attracted to its alcoholic scent. I wonder if this plant would make a nice wine – after all, it already smells like one.
Swans are also attracted to the marina, by the duckweed which grows in abundance. I didn’t get too close to take this shot, so I had to zoom in on my phone and the quality isn’t too good. Can you see him hissing at me? He was just doing his job, warning me to stay away from his young cygnets in the background. There were six of them with their mother, munching away on their greens, while Big Daddy stood guard.
With a mix of cloud and sunshine, the colours and shadows changed every few seconds as we sat on our deck watching nature’s wonderful display. Of course, the rain eventually fell, forcing us to retreat behind the deck cover.
That’s our little Megan, with the view behind us. She looks a bit like a cross between an old truck and a boat, with that top and it’s big square windows. It’s not the usual feature on a Freeman (or any boat) but was added later. Normally it would have a slant, like the one to the left of the image, making it more aerodynamic. The headroom inside is great, though, and makes it feel a lot more spacious, especially when the deck is covered in by the canvas. As always, it was great to have your company and thanks for coming on board. If you sail on over to Norm’s blog you’ll discover a lot of unusual, sometimes amusing but always interesting, doors from various parts of the globe.