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, 18 September 2011
12th - 18th September 2011 Banagher, Shannonbridge and the River Suck
After four windy nights at Meelick, we sailed on to Banagher, and moored in the corner of the harbour, to have some protection from the wind, which was still quite strong.
Catkin is not impressed by the height of the harbour walls. It is a two-person lift to get her to the shore here.
On the far side of Banagher bridge there is a Pitch and Putt course, which was a good place to walk in this windy weather. There were no golfers in sight!
Beside the Pitch and Putt course, a swimming pool has been built into the River Shannon. No-one was swimming there today, but it would be nice on a lovely summer's day.
From Banagher we carried on upstream. A very young donkey foal viewed us with interest, as we passed by on the river.
At Shannonbridge there is wallside mooring below the bridge. However, we went on to moor on the outside of the long jetty, above the bridge. There are electric hookup points and water taps available right along the jetty.
From Shannonbridge we sailed back downstream and on to the River Suck. This river is a large tributary of the River Shannon, joining it just below Shannonbridge. All black markers are green instead of black on the Suck, which makes them easier to see.
Even near to the junction, the flow of water on the Suck is quite noticeable. As the river narrows further on, it becomes even more interesting on the corners.
On the approach to Pollboy Lock, we pass close to the weir stream. Our channel ahead lies to the right of the red marker, round the corner into the unknown!
The town of Ballinasloe lies near to the harbour, with many resident ducks.
The famous Ballinasloe Horse Fair is held in the town every year in October. This statue, in the centre of the town, is extremely lifelike.
This boat in the harbour belonged to Winston Churchill at one time.
Cruising on down the Suck, the clouds behind are gathering.
However, in front of us, it looks like a lovely day. During the morning the clouds cleared, and then closed in again, several times.
We were five minutes from Shannonbridge when the heavens opened and Andy got soaked! We returned to the jetty mooring again, after the rain.
On the other side of the river, some swan fury was unleashed, as an intruder was chased away.