So the memory of the Devizes to westminister is fading into the distance and as it does I start to look forward to the next challenge, which is as yet undefined. I am keeping my options open and will hopefully do some planning over the summer to facilitate a trip abroad.
Life in Killary
seems a to be getting busier as more staff arrive in from all over the world the centre takes on a more international feel. We have our resident Chilean along with English, Czech, Polish, French, Spanish and even Irish. It is great as after the long Winter of quiet it is nice to see the life coming back into Leenane again, Friday nights are getting more interesting. As we come into May the season kicks into gear as this month brings with it the Leenane Mountain Walking festival, The Connemara Adventure Challenge and lots of Kids on their school tours.
Last week the instructors took advantage of their free time to paddle out to Inish Boffin a 30 km paddle from Killary which ended up taking 9 hours. However they were cheered along their way by the dolphins following them out the harbour. They enjoyed the night on Boffin and then returned the next in only 8 hours tired but very happy to have done it. They are now planning their next trip out to Inish Turk although closer it is a more off-shore paddle and we are awaiting better weather.
We are also in the final stages of installing a wood boiler which will be used to heat all the hot water in the centre. This is old technology with a modern twist as it will involve a lot more work than a push button gas system but should reduce our carbon Footprint as we will be using locally sourced timber. It will hopefully be installed in the next few weeks and will be an interesting experiment and I will keep you updated in the results