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.
Friday, 5 October 2012
17th -24th September. A week back in England.
The weather was kind to us and we flew out from Dublin in the sun.
As we descended below the cloud to approach Birmingham, the fields looked much the same, but the weather was much worse in England!
We drove over to Norfolk, and visited Cantley Staithe, where these boats are moored. The sugar beet factory can be seen alongside the River Yare here, dominating the skyline.
We visited the Strumpshaw Steam Museum, which was fascinating. This steam engine, Marshall, was built in 1928, but is in superb order, having been renovated at Strumpshaw museum in 1952.
An enormous fair organ was playing music in the museum. On looking behind it, the music could be seen in card form, with holes punched for each note to be played.
Our walk took us through Wick Rissington, a small village lying a couple of miles further on, where we visited the church.
Cheltenham Pump Rooms are an impressive building in Pittville Park, but the rain was showing us what it could do today! We will be travelling back to Enniskillen tomorrow.