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, 26 February 2012

5th - 25th February 2012. Moorings in Enniskillen

We returned to The Ardhowen Theatre to see The Winslow Boy. It was an excellent performance by the local amateur dramatic group.

Outside the theatre this interesting sculpture of a boat can be seen.

In the grounds of Castle Coole, snowdrops are looking wonderful. Spring is certainly getting nearer.

Further on in the woods here we found the old Ice House. In winter these buildings were filled with ice, brought up from the river below, to act as a cool food store for the big house.

At the Round "O" it seems that love is in the air!

All boats are on the move every 48 hours. As one boater called across to us, "It's like a game of Chess, or Tiddlywinks, more like!"
The river bank, seen opposite Riverview mooring, is not currently under the jurisdiction of Waterways Ireland, but is a risky place to be if the water level rises.

Back at the Round "O" with The Puzzler, we find that all the usual suspects are here too!

There now seem to be more seagulls than ducks, in the fight for any bread available.

A sunny day allowed Sally to get the first coat of gloss paint on the new taff rail. If you remember, the old one was taken out by a speedy hire boat last year, and was replaced in the autumn.

At Portora Bridge, the sluices under the arches are closed, and the lock is in use. This keeps the water level up in Enniskillen.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Sally and Andy you kept me alive and sane over the winter. tiger and I met you in Leitrim village mid October has you headed north for the winter and I moved Anjile's delight a little south in preparation for our long migration to Turkey. Now preparing for the return journey and looking forward to be back on water.
    The real reason for this comment is to send you condolences and sorrow for your loss. I really feel for you both. Take care.