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, 22 July 2012

13th July. Crossing the River Liffey in Dublin.

We all set off from the secure mooring to be at the other end of Ringsend Basin for 11am. We have to lock out and cross the Liffey today, as the tide would be wrong tomorrow.

There are five boats in the first lockful at the sea lock, which lowers us from Ringsend Basin into the River Liffey. There will be seven boats altogether crossing today.

Out on to the Liffey with John and Chris ahead of us on Aisling. John is our leader, so we all do what he says!

The Puzzler is on the left of the convoy here, with Ashdown Girl, Feileachan and Misty Morning, all making good headway.
The Harp Bridge is ahead of us as we turn into the lock, on the other side of the Liffey. Feileachan and Aisling can be seen, carrying on under the bridge to see more of Dublin from the river.

We came up Spencer lock with O'Murchaoha, Misty Morning and Cheerful Lady, the three cruisers in our group.

Coming out of the lock we could see roof gardens high above us, on top of the apartment block on the opposite bank.
We all moored in Spencer Harbour, above the lock. As this is not a secure mooring, we then spent the rest of the day protecting our boats from the groups of young lads, who felt the need to climb on every boat, and proceeded to do so. They really wanted to see inside too, but we managed to avoid that pleasure! No harm was done and we parted with them amicably.

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