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.

Monday, 11 July 2011

Keshcarrigan to Leitrim 5th - 7th July

The markers have changed to red and black for the Shannon, so this black barrel came in handy as a seagull perch.
We moved on to Keshcarrigan, a pleasant mooring a little further along the Shannon-Erne Waterway. We made sure to moor alongside the harbour wall this time, so that Catkin did not have to walk up the metal walkway. She either has to be carried, or else has to wear her boots, neither of which are much fun!

This family of swans came to see us. They were not put off by the rain!

Part of the summit level, beyond Lough Scur, had to be hewn out of the rock for this cutting.

After the summit level, there are eight locks on the descent to the River Shannon at Leitrim. Here The Puzzler is descending Dumdruff Lock. Not too much water leaking through the top gates!

Below Tirmactiernan Lock there is quite a strong by-flow.

However, it did not cause Andy and The Puzzler any problems!

We stayed in Leitrim for two nights, due to heavy rain. We had been expecting a county town of some size here, but it was smaller than Hingham, in Norfolk. We were pleased to meet Sean Murphy, who wrote The Shannon Skipper, which is a very informative book about the river.

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