These are the adventures of Andy and Sally Rawnsley on their narrowboat "The Puzzler". We have been living on the boat for over eight 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, returning to Roanne for a second winter.
Thursday, 29 November 2012
There are 11 doves on the War Memorial, one for each person who died then. It is very moving to see it.
Walking again at Castle Coole, Andy paused for a rest. All the autumn leaves are on the ground now.
Castle Coole itself is as impressive as ever.
Having been back at the Round "O" mooring, we headed upstream again. It is harder each time to get up through Enniskillen Bridge, against the current.
We stop at the first part of the mooring at Broadmeadow, as this is the best place to chop the rest of our wood for the fire, with a short walkway to the jetty here.
Once again there is a tidy stack of logs in the cratch of The Puzzler.
On Mondays we bowl at the Forum, using three mats, and it can be taken seriously.
However, not everyone does this! Look at this pair.
The police launch is about again today.They always manage to look very busy.
We can bring the trolley right to the boat at this mooring, and can then use the side doors for unloading the shopping.
A sleepy heron watches us go past him.
Heading back across to the Round "O" in the morning, there are more reflections in the river.This stillness of water is more usually seen on canals, rather than here on the river.
Later in the day at the Round "O", the reflections move to the other side of the River Erne. A rowing eight is out for training, with their coach in attendance.
Finally, in the evening, the sun sets behind the trees of the Round "O" park.
Sunday, 4 November 2012
Autumn is here. We are back in Enniskillen again, looking across to the far side of the River Erne from the Riverside mooring near the library.
More Autumn colours can be found everywhere.
The geese are happily sleeping among the fallen leaves at the Round "O".
The underneath of our back fender is falling apart, so needs attention.
Renovated fender! Sally has been at work, using some old rope for the repair, followed by a coat of blacking.
Woodcuttting among the reeds! Low water levels in the River Erne have uncovered the last fallen tree trunk here, making this possible.
The early morning mist gives a ghostly look to the river.
An hour or so later clouds add character to the scene.
By Monday morning we are alone on the mooring. Those logs are coming in handy!
Sally held it too.
Rather larger than the spiders we normally find on The Puzzler, this is a Chilean Rose Tarantula.