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.
Wednesday, 9 May 2012
4th - 8th May 2012. Lough Allen.
The Lough Allen canal is lovely, and is rather like the Shropshire Union Canal in England.
Drumleague Lock is next. It is a shorter lock and has a leaky top left gate paddle. These locks are also much narrower than those on the Shannon - Erne Waterway.
With a shorter boat, like this cruiser, the paddles are no problem, so long as the engine keeps on running! However, it didn't, so ropes were rapidly deployed, and Sally helped Angela pull the boat out of the lock safely.
We ended up on the right of the lock, with the other gate paddle splashing across our bows, once it was opened. No harm was done though.
We carry on up Lough Allen, which is surrounded by hills. Lough Allen is roughly triangular in shape, with only two moorings on it.
Spencer Harbour, at the north west corner of Lough Allen, is quite sheltered, lying behind Corrie Island.
Angela and Tiger had already arrived in their boat and, as usual, Tiger told us all that he was in charge. They have had no more trouble with their engine.
We turned to moor again at the far end of the long jetty above Drumshanbo lock, looking out towards Lough Allen.
Later in the day we saw fire engines heading out towards this gorse fire on the hillside.
Bank Holiday Monday brought the heaviest rain we have seen so far this year. Hopefully this made sure that the gorse fire was out.
Returning down the Lough Allen Canal, Andy got rather wet from the leaky top paddle in Drumleague lock!
The bottom paddle in Battlebridge lock is unusual in that you can see the whole paddle gear, once the lock is empty. As we exit this lock we are once again on to the Shannon River.