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, 11 December 2012

2nd - 11th December. Birds and boat movement in Enniskillen.

The geese have come to The Puzzler to see if there is any chance of food. This is unusual as they are well fed by visitors to the Round "O" park, beside the mooring.

The seagulls are hungry too, but will not come any closer to the window of the boat.
There are contractors working at the Portora Boathouse. As they have been clearing wood, we persuaded them to let us help! This jetty normally only caters for rowing boats, but was perfectly adequate for The Puzzler.

A friend was moving his boat near to the Erne shopping centre, so Sally went to help.

The only access to this mooring is by canoe!

Big Red is pushing works machinery on a barge upstream past the Round "O".
On approaching Enniskillen Bridge he needed full power to make any progress at all against the current. We heard later that he came to a standstill between the old and the new bridges.
He must have got through eventually, as we saw him later on, near to the Erne shopping centre, opposite the Regal Pass mooring. It will be interesting to see what work is being done here.
Another barge leaves the Round "O" to go the quarter mile trip to Riverview. As long as he is away for four hours then the wardens will be happy!

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