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.
Saturday, 6 August 2011
!st - 4th August. Lough Ree and Athlone
Taking the first right, we went into Coosan Lough, which is very quiet. It is surrounded by reeds and we went into a small inlet at the far end to wind.
This is the exit from Coosan Lough, back on to Killinure Lough.
We returned to the narrows which led to Coosan Lough and moored on a peaceful bank mooring.
These cattle came to have a look at us on our mooring, from the far bank.
In the morning four of them set off in one of their dinghies at 8 am, looking dreadful. They had only gone about 20 yards when their engine stopped, so they had to row back, and transfer to the other dinghy. The tricky transfer completed, they set off again, looking even worse, if that were possible! Presumably they had to work that day, but could they?
We returned to moor at Quigley's boatyard, and had a peaceful night, although we rocked gently all night, as the wind blew up Lough Killinure, creating quite choppy water.
This kayak was out in the worst of it, with a very small passenger in the bows. They start them young here!
There has been a regatta on Lough Ree all of this week. The yachts made a beautiful scene as we passed them on our way to Athlone.
The Castle and Cathedral in Athlone look impressive, across The River Shannon.
This Dragon boat does River Trips, both up into Lough Ree and downriver to Clonmacnoise, where we are heading next.