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.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

22nd - 27th August. On up Lough Key to Boyle Harbour. Circular trip to Derryvunny, Droman's Island and back to Boyle.

The weather has been getting into the pigeon loft so Andy has been catching up with the varnishing. We have moved back to Lough Key to take Palo Alto's place, and more importantly, electric point!

Sally has been rubbing the boat with baby oil, to renovate the paintwork. One boater, who shall remain nameless, suggested that he could be next!
On Thursday we sailed, in fine weather, on up Lough Key to Boyle Harbour. Both the washing machine and tumble drier in the service block were very useful today, as the weather worsened during the afternoon. Friday was a bike trip to Boyle for shopping. While at the Lough Key moorings we have been overwhelmed by the kindness of other boaters, who either took us shopping, or else bought us anything when we were short of essential food. We are so grateful to them all.

70M arrived at Boyle. She is another lovely barge, professionally fitted out by the skipper.
Our friends, James and Teresa, arrived on Saturday. We received a bad weather warning, by phone, from another thoughtful boater, so delayed our trip for a while. It was then a case of sailing slowly, close to the North shore of Lough Key, with a sharp lookout for rocks which might be lurking below the surface. We reached the new mooring of Derryvunny jetty safely, to join two cruisers from Knockninny there. One of them kindly moved across to tie to his friend's boat, leaving us the other side of the jetty. This is a very sheltered spot, with a lovely outlook across Lough Key.

The pirate ship turned near our mooring to sail back across Lough Key. She is a wonderful sight when in sail, only needing the jib today.
From Derryvunny we can see boats at the Lough Key Forest Park mooring, in the distance, behind the trip boat, on the right. The pirate ship is still sailing, to the left of Castle Island.


Next morning it was nice to see Teresa  keeping a close eye on things!
After a sail down to Clarendon Lock to watch boats using the lock, we returned to Druman's Island to pull in behind De Eems. A walk past the bridge to Druman's Island was good exercise for the day.

Further on we saw some unusual fungus quite high on a tree trunk.

Having completed our circuit of the island, it was back to The Puzzler.

Looking back as we sail up Lough Key to Boyle again.The weather has been kind to us today.

Back at Boyle Harbour, with 68M behind us.

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