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, 31 October 2011

28th - 30th October. From Aghalane, through Upper Lough Erne, to Ardhowen in the floods.

We stayed at Aghalane for a week, watching the water level rising in the river. However, by Sunday the river did not look so angry, and the level was down by a few inches. It was a lovely sunny morning too, so we decided to set off, along the last stretch of the Woodford River. Following the line of the river was quite tricky, as it was over its banks in several places.

The occasional marker was very useful, showing us the line of the river course.

Once we reached Upper Lough Erne, the markers were closer together. These markers are usually high out of the water.

Further on, our route took us to the right, round the island near to Knockninny, then a left-hand turn to follow the next line of markers. This was quite tricky, as some were only just visible!

Cloonatrig Jetty was completely under water as we cruised past.
The mooring at Tullyinishmore, on the other side of the River Erne, was also underwater. The end of the finger mooring can be seen, located below the ladder rungs on the left of this photograph.

We were relieved to reach the mooring at the Ardhowen Theatre safely.

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