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, 31 July 2011
27th July - 31st July Down the Shannon River and across Lough Ree
This boat has just enough headroom at Tarmonbarry road bridge.
Following markers to avoid these rocks and others lower than these is very important on these loughs! Rocks can be found a long way from the shores.
We shared the lough with both yachts and cruisers today.
This is the same yacht later on. We overtook him as the wind dropped!
There is a sailing school at Hodson Bay. The harbour is to the left of the wall in this picture. We only stayed one night here as the whole area was so busy. The hotel car park, which is huge, was practically full of cars, with several campervans near to the harbour area too.
This puppy, from one of the vans, took quite a shine to Andy. Catkin was unimpressed!
The harbour wall is designed to protect us in all weathers.