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.
Wednesday, 26 September 2012
2nd - 7th September. Back down the Lough Allen Canal to Leitrim, then across the Shannon-Erne Waterway through Lough Garadice and on to Aghalane.
We turned left to go through Leitrim, and on to the Shannon Erne Waterway. The byflow below the Tirmactiernan lock (lock 15) is always an attractive spot.
At Lisconor lock (lock 12), we caught up with two penichette hire boats which were sharing the lock. It was quite a tight fit for them.
It was nice to meet John and Bill again on Celtic Duke at Keshcarrigan. We last met them on Lough Ree, over a year ago.
The sky was different yet again today.
The Shannon Erne is a waterway with many different parts, narrowing in places through the trees.
Just round the next corner it opens out again into St. John’s Lough.
The reflections are excellent by bridge 18.
The Shannon Erne is certainly scenic, here above Ballyduff Lock.
We are in luck! This isolated island mooring is one of our favourites.
When we were here last autumn, this jetty below Skelan Lock was completely under water.
This herd of Friesian cattle must be expecting rain.
By bridge 26 a cat is watching the world pass by. This mooring is now in use again.
The bottom walkway at Corraquil lock makes a good picture frame!