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.
Tuesday, 29 May 2012
24th - 28th May. Down Lough Ree to Barley Harbour, Inny River and Quigleys' Marina
On leaving the mooring below Richmond Harbour, we have to back out and wind below the lock.
Below Clondra lock we rejoined the River Shannon and sailed on to Lanesborough, where the bridge leads us out on to Lough Ree.
On Lough Ree all the black markers have been painted green since we were here in the autumn. It certainly makes them much easier to see.
The lough is calm this afternoon, except when boats overtake us at this speed! It is amazing how much their wash throws us about.
Barley Harbour is a lovely mooring to visit on our way down the Lough Ree.
We set off early next morning, to beat the wind, which was forecast for later in the day. Despite early sunshine, it became quite misty on the lough, and we had to go from one marker to the next, as we could not see further than that.
We reached the Inny River and found that it was much wider than expected. We had been told that we would need to back down to the lough to turn! We carried on to wind just before Red Bridge, which is a couple of miles from Lough Ree.
This is just like a river mooring in England! There has been glorious sunshine all week but we were very glad not to be out on the lough with the winds we have had.
We inflated Mini Puzzle, our dinghy, and carried on upstream beyond Red Bridge, which is the limit of navigation.
We carried on up the Inny River for about three miles.
The yellow flag irises are in full bloom now.
These horses were surprised to see us going past.
The sun was nearly down by the time we returned to The Puzzler.
After we reached Quigleys' marina, the wind became quite strong, and it was not very comfortable, as the boat bounced up and down. However we were pinned to the jetty by the wind so had to ride it out.