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.
Thursday, 9 August 2012
26th - 27th July. Along The Royal Canal to Richmond Harbour, to complete the Green and Silver!
There was a great deal of this pretty plant in the water, but we could not identify it. Any ideas, anyone?
Foigha Harbour was a lovely place to spend the night.
In lock 43 it was a case of "keep to the left" in the lock, as the right lock wall was extremely leaky.
At Benagh Bridge we had to call for the lockkeeper to open the lifting bridge. The old bridge can be seen behind it.
Soon after that comes the Bord Na Mona lifting machinery bridge, where peat from the bog is carried over the canal.
Once down lock 46, The Puzzler winded and backed downstream to moor below Richmond Harbour, half across the weir. The boom is a good place to tie the stern!