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, 4 September 2012

28th - 31st August. Derryvunny again, then back to Carrick.

On our return down Lough Key to Derryvunny, we were again impressed with the remoteness of this jetty.

The evening view across Lough Key from Derryvunny is wonderful.
Next morning, however, the wind was getting up, so an early start seemed a good idea. The wind can increase very quickly on Lough Key, and The Puzzler was not built for high wind on open water. We sailed on to Clarendon Lock, to await the lockkeeper's arrival.
Further on, at Knockvicar, this strange vessel came past us, looking like an insect on the water! His floats are designed to help him when he is putting out new markers.

To get through Knockvicar Bridge he had to fold his floats up very high.

The next boat past was an extremely fast hire boat, which had obviously not realised what damage his wash can do to moored boats.

This time we were not the only boat to stick out past the end of the finger jetties in Carrick-on-Shannon.

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