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, 19 August 2012
6th - 17th August. From Jamestown up the River Shannon past Carrick. Up the River Boyle to Lough Key.
We left Jamestown first thing on Monday, as we were moored on the outside of a line of boats. All boats are to leave Jamestown by lunchtime.
It was lovely to see the castle again on its island as we approached the moorings by Lough Key Forest Park.
We were lucky enough to be able to fit The Puzzler in on the front of the mooring, so we can look out over the lough.
Boats keep on coming! They say that friends are strangers that you haven't met yet!
The breakwater here is another great facility for the general public, as well as for boaters. It is very popular for swimming.
The mooring is now filling up, and Donna's cruiser is alongside The Puzzler.
Sunset behind The Puzzler.
On Friday we took Mini Puzzle out. Going behind the Castle island, we carried on to Sally Island, further out in the lough.
Sally Island is covered with deciduous woodland.
It is possible to walk right round Sally Island. The trees seem to grow very tall at the other side of the island.
Apart from one family in a rowing boat from Lough Key Forest Park, we had the island to ourselves.
Sally took the opportunity for a quick dip. The weather has been fantastic all week.
Sally steered the dinghy back to The Puzzler safely.
Sno Cat, Victor's catamaran, is also in full sail.
Another barge is approaching the harbour
at speed. Look at that bow wave!
The barges are now moored five out from the jetty.
We were lucky enough to be invited to a special birthday party on the jetty. A good time was had by all!
By Saturday evening there were 53 boats in the harbour.
Papillon sets off out of harbour, with Mick and Diana on board. Papillon is a Tjalk, which is a smart type of Dutch Barge.
The castle beyond the breakwater makes a good backdrop for the resident family of swans.
Although the weather has been kind to us this week, there have been moments when people were caught out. At least they came prepared with umbrellas!