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, 23 October 2012

14th - 19th October. Bowls break in Westport. Part 2.

While at the Castlecourt Hotel in Westport, all of our bowling takes place in the Dome Suite. The dome in the ceiling changes colour, so look out for it later. As the bowling mats here are laid on top of carpet then they are very slow. This means that each bowl has to be sent down the mat much faster than usual, to get it to the other end. It takes some getting used to, but is the same for everyone.
We were drawn in teams of four at the meeting on the first night. Andy is in team P in the green section, while Sally is in Red J. Sally's first game is at 9.30am on Monday. No lie-in this morning!

Andy is in action too, but not until later on.
Team Red J were pleased as this head of bowls began to develop. At this point we are holding three bowls, with the jack hidden in the middle of them, between Sally's second bowl and Marjorie's two orange ones.
Team Red J was made up of Ronnie, Marjorie, Sally and Jim Joe, our skip. We won three of our seven games this week, so we were pleased with that.

Meanwhile, Andy's team are fighting for a place in the Green finals. It all depends on this game.
With only the skips to deliver their bowls, this last end is crucial. Susan and Andrew are counting shot possibilities here for Team Green P, while Andy watches the shot. Sadly it was a drawn end, but they came a creditable second in their group.

Andrew, Marlene and Andy get together in the evening to celebrate their success.
We all enjoyed the Gala Dinner on the last evening. It has been good to get to know so many new bowling friends, as well as being with all those from Enniskillen.

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