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.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

20th - 31st October. Autumn in Enniskillen. Snakes too!

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.
We came to the Ardhowen Theatre this weekend to see The Three Irish Tenors. They were extremely good.
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!
On Tuesday there was great interest at the Erne Shopping Centre in a live display by the Reptile Village Conservation Zoo. Andy is getting friendly with a Californian Kingsnake.

Sally held it too.
We had to be rather more careful with this Burmese Python. She is four years old now, but can eventually grow to a length of 20 feet, with a weight of 14 stone.

Rather larger than the spiders we normally find on The Puzzler, this is a Chilean Rose Tarantula.

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