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.


Friday, 15 February 2013

1st - 13th February. Winter in Fermanagh.




Not all the puzzles which occupy our time are flat ones! Andy is just putting the last piece into the globe.



Time to feed the birds!

Is there room for one more?

At this point the River Erne becomes one again, having separated to go on both sides of the island of Enniskillen. The Puzzler, moored at the Round "O", is just visible on the right of the river.



These two swans come and peck at The Puzzler every day, to ask for food from the galley window.



On February 5th we awoke to snow, our first of the winter!



The park at the Round "O" looked really pretty, but by the evening all the snow had gone.
There are very few boats moving this week. Waves are breaking in the centre of the river, as the strong winds try to halt the flow of the water. Our satellite dish blew over, and had to be set up on the jetty, where there was a little shelter from the wind.
Five days later, the water was calm enough here for a flotilla of canoes to set off safely. There have been few dry days this year so far. There is a well known saying here that for half the year Fermanagh is in the lough, but for the other half, the lough is in Fermanagh!
We went to a tea dance at The British Legion with Gerry, Violet, Dessie and Angela. There was live music, with plenty of dancing and good craic. It was a great afternoon.

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