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.
Friday, 3 August 2012
20th - 25th July. From Mullingar on down The Royal Canal towards Abbeyshrule.
The Cathedral of Christ the King in Mullingar is a splendid building.
It is impressive inside too, with seating for over 1000 people.
Having a keen crew, we are now working the locks ourselves. Elaine is finding the paddles a bit stiffer than those in England, but it is not a problem.
Here at lock 31 is another attractive lock cottage. On The Royal Canal most of these cottages are inhabited, unlike The Grand Canal.
This developed into another lovely sunset.
On approaching Bog Bridge we were intrigued by the apparent lack of any access road to it.
I found the reason for this. The hump over the bridge is extremely steep!
Andy and Elaine waited patiently down below!
We sailed past Ballymaglavy Bog, where work was in full progress. The cut peat is being stacked and covered, to allow it to dry out.