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, 12 October 2012

25th September - 8th October. Back in Enniskillen. Model railways and traction engines.

Back in Enniskillen, The Erne Model Railway exhibition took place at the Cathedral Hall, and we were very taken with this exhibit. The detail in it is fantastic.

Most people moor sideways on to the jetty! However this cruiser did have a good reason for being stern in, as he was waiting for a couple of newlyweds to arrive. He was to take them up the River Erne to the Killyhevlin Hotel for their wedding reception. It makes a change from a wedding car!

We were waiting on Jonhson Bridge to see the steam traction engines which were due to arrive at 2pm, but of course we are in Fermanagh here, using Fermanagh time! The bride arrived first, at about half past two. They were walking over to the little park over the road for their wedding photographs, before returning for their boat trip to the Killyhevlin.

The traction engines have spent the last three days following the route of the Great Northern Railway from Bundoran, on the Atlantic coast to Enniskillen. They have been stopping off at all the towns and villages once served by the railway. The first traction engine eventually arrived at a quarter to three, having come right through town, instead of over our bridge as expected.
This one was originally a threshing machine, and needed some manoeuvring to park it off the road by the Cathedral Hall. It was built in 1932 by Ransomes, Sims and Jefferies,and was one of the last engines built by the Ipswich maker.

This vintage fire engine was travelling with the steam traction engines, to keep them supplied with water.

Meave, a Garrett Showman Traction engine which was built in 1918, arrived next.
Star of the County Down is a McLaren scale model traction engine, and was built as an exact replica of a McLaren road locomotive. It travels quite quickly and, once the mayor was on board as a passenger, set off for a jolly around the town.

Back at the Round "O" the geese are moving in for the winter.

Off upstream to the Ardhowen Theatre.

This is still one of our favourite moorings.

On the way back to Enniskillen town The Puzzler was overtaken by two girls in a double scull!

After some more chopping, most of our wood is now inside the cratch.

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