These are the adventures of Andy and Sally Rawnsley on their narrowboat "The Puzzler". We have been living on the boat for over nine years now and are still loving it. Our Ulster born Shih Tzu, Shannon, has grown up, and has taken over the boat! After three wonderful years in Ireland, we transported The Puzzler to The Netherlands, and spent a year there. In 2015 we went southwards, to reach the north of France by June. After glorious weather throughout the summer, we arrived in Roanne in late October, and enjoyed our winter in this friendly port. We cruised extensively in France in 2016 and 2017, returning to Roanne each winter.

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Up Lough Ree to Ballyleague 10th April 2011

Sunday. No wind today, but it is rather overcast. We returned to Lough Ree and headed first across the lough, south of Quaker Island. There are many ruins of monasterys and other houses on the island and we could see cows too. However it has been uninhabited since the 1950s. It is accessible by dinghy only.

We are becoming more confident at finding our way round these vast expanses of water, using the red and black bouys.

After rounding Quaker island the bouys led us north up the Lough, leaving most islands to our port side. On one small island there were rare breed type sheep, each with four horns, and on Inch Macdermot we saw cormorants nesting.

We exited the main lough at Ballyclare point and moored in Ballyleague Harbour.
It is pleasant to be in calm water inside the harbour wall. The wind really got up during the evening, and the water outside, in the lough, was very rough.

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