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    I have a Greenworks 24V cordless chainsaw with a...

    I have a Greenworks 24V cordless chainsaw with a 10 inch bar. I use it for felling (small - up to 5 inch diameter) trees and cutting firewood on my willow farm. It goes for about 2 hours on a...
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    Reminds me of my paddle on the Union in an...

    Reminds me of my paddle on the Union in an inflatable. Must be 7-8 years ago. Went out to the Almond aqueduct and back - that's a proper aqueduct! (420 feet long. 76 feet above Almond river)
  3. Masterly timing - very necessary when you're...

    Masterly timing - very necessary when you're mud-pluigging!
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    I have a Sevylor Colorado. Real cheap alternative...

    I have a Sevylor Colorado. Real cheap alternative but also good and solid and easily carried on the back anywhere.
    I've still got the plaited belt that I bought off you many years ago, Steve....
  5. Beautiful pictures! Always necessary to bring the...

    Beautiful pictures! Always necessary to bring the bar essentials (sic)
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    Excellent blog, Mr. Nick. I've just invested in...

    Excellent blog, Mr. Nick. I've just invested in an OS map of Strangford with all the reefs marked. Looking forward to a trip sometime.
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    Camped on Inishlirroo just after your trip in...

    Camped on Inishlirroo just after your trip in June, with Unk Tantor and his nephew, in our sailing canoes. We sailed over from the Share Centre, camped overnight and had a pint in the Knockninny...
  8. Fantastic achievement for a non-decked,...

    Fantastic achievement for a non-decked, non-outrigger "real" open canoe. Seating closer to the centre of the canoe might have reduced spillover from waves maybe?
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    Lovely relaxing blog :)

    Lovely relaxing blog :)
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    Seamus Heaney's poem about finding his cousin...

    Seamus Heaney's poem about finding his cousin shot dead by Protestant paramilitaries is here:
    http://www.magyarulbabelben.net/works/en/Heaney,_Seamus-1939/The_Strand_at_Lough_Beg?interfaceLang=en
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    Sailing in Norn Iron

    Headed off to Lough Beg today with Andy Carden. We met up at New Ferry (East Side - beside the waterski club). There is a new car park with a nice launching slipway.


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    Hi Blucanou, I'm in Portstewart. The Causeway...

    Hi Blucanou,
    I'm in Portstewart. The Causeway Coast Canoe and Kayak Association have lots of meets http://ccka.co.uk/newsite/.

    I tend to do my own thing as I usually sail with my Solway Dory...
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    Doxycycline is not usually unpleasant. I use it...

    Doxycycline is not usually unpleasant. I use it all the time when I go to malaria-prone countries. It occasionally causes me some heartburn but usually it doesn't cause any side effects.
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    Looks a bit ominous. Worth asking your GP for a...

    Looks a bit ominous. Worth asking your GP for a prescription of doxycycline 100mg twice a day for two weeks.

    Best Wishes

    Frank (canoe sailing GP)
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    Nice one Al - the delight of a canoe is you can...

    Nice one Al - the delight of a canoe is you can whip it out in a flash and make use of a short evening.
  16. Super video, Geoff I'm a real scaredy cat on...

    Super video, Geoff

    I'm a real scaredy cat on these small weirs, as I prefer sailing on lakes. It's very nice to see that you can survive them SMbigthumb
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    Lovely to see how it should be done. Scares me to...

    Lovely to see how it should be done. Scares me to death just looking at it, as a committed sailing canoeist*:sailing:*

    The video and the music are really excellent.
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    Hi wavecloud, It looks like the weirs were...

    Hi wavecloud,

    It looks like the weirs were probably lower in the past, when the bridges were built. Maybe the weirs reduce the risk of the bridges getting washed away though, so they don't need so...
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    Dear monkey_pork, You've got it wrong - it was...

    Dear monkey_pork,

    You've got it wrong - it was the failure of the anti-enclosures act of 1516 that was to blame. Here in Ireland we don't have access problems - but we do have a long memory :D
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    Try a Travois

    I wonder if a Travois would be a good way to slide a canoe across the moors:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Travois
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    Open canoeists do it in comfort

    Super blogg and TV coverage!

    Looks like the open canoeing was the enjoyable bit, though. Those sea kayaks are a bit wet.

    I'll stick to the open canoe sailing :)
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    Greetings from an ex-Ghanaian

    Hi norsch,

    I lived in Ghana up to age 6 as my father worked in local government. We were mostly up north in the northern territories, on the edge of the Sahara but I remember driving down to the...
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    We miss you, Lou

    I had a lovely day sailing down Strangford Lough with Lou and Alan, as she took photographs for the launch of the Strangford Canoe Trail. We ended up on Salt Island where they camped for the night.
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  24. Lough Beg and the Lower Bann - Paradise!

    Lough Beg is less wavey. I sail my Erne Tourer (made in Castlerock) there often. The best way to get there is downriver from Toome lock, and then continue on to New Ferry with a shuttle to pick up...
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    I'd say you could stack on a bit of deck cargo (a...

    I'd say you could stack on a bit of deck cargo (a couple of dry bags would keep the centre of gravity low). Or tow a body surfboard trailer?

    Lateral thinking is always my forte :sailing:

    Best...
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