These are the adventures of Andy and Sally Rawnsley on their narrowboat "The Puzzler". We have been living on the boat for over eight 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, returning to Roanne for a second winter.


Friday, 20 April 2012

17th - 19th April. Enniskillen and Derry. (Also known as Londonderry)



The cherry blossom has been lovely to see all over Fermanagh. This tree is in the park at the Round "O" mooring.



Looking across the River Erne, this is a different view of the Round "O" mooring.



The Puzzler can just be seen on the far side of the river  at Riverview mooring, in front of the Library. We have made full use of the library throughout the winter.




We went to Derry to visit a friend in hospital there. The Peace Bridge was opened last year and is a footbridge which curves across the River Foyle.


Shipquay Gate was one of the four original 17th century gates to the city. It used to have a watch tower, battlements, and a portcullis. We walked right round the old city walls.






Customs House is under renovation, but is spectacular to see from the city walls, guarded (or perhaps threatened!) by one of many cannons.



Derry stretches away up the hillside from the walled  city.


Bogside can be seen just below the old city walls, with the distinctive murals on the ends of the houses.







These murals attract quite a lot of attention.





The cherry blossom is out in Derry too!





St Columbs Cathedral is a splendid edifice which was built during 1628 - 33. It dominates the skyline of the walled city.





The streets of Derry can be seen from the old walls of the town.

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