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, 14 August 2012
28th - 30th July. Richmond Harbour, Roosky, Dromod, Carnadoe, Kilglass, Jamestown and Carrick.
On leaving Richmond harbour we set off up the Camlin River, to rejoin the River Shannon and continue northwards. The Camlin River is as pretty as ever.
It is back to reality, as we reach Roosky Lock, going through with more boats than we met on the whole of the Royal Canal.
Dromod Harbour was busy when we arrived. However, friends of ours very kindly moved their cruiser out to let us moor inside them, against the wall.They could then use our roof for access to dry land.
Near to the harbour, our crew enjoyed the flowers.
The donkey carrying peat is very traditional.
On leaving Dromod, the weather is looking promising, with blue sky behind the clouds.
Half an hour later it was a glorious day again, as we left Lough Boderg to approach Carnadoe. This is so typical of Irish weather!
At Carnadoe Quay, a crew of about thirty sea scouts were preparing to leave. They had been camping overnight. It certainly would not have been a peaceful mooring here last night! A cruiser and several other small boats helped to transport those who were not canoeing today, on the next leg of their journey to Dromod.
On Kilglass Lough, the clouds were gathering again, but we kept dry this time.
Kilglass jetty is one of the most isolated moorings on the Shannon river system.
After a brief visit, it was back to the end of the Jamestown Canal for a game of boules.
The Irish skies continue to amaze us.
While the reflection is just as good.
Elaine has enjoyed taking the helm.
At Carrick once again, we are still longer than most other boats on the mooring.