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, 28 February 2013

14th - 28th February. Tree Cutting and Zone bowls.

Sometimes boats go past quite fast on this stretch of the River Erne, ignoring all moored boats. We will certainly know about it when this wash reaches The Puzzler.


More trees are being felled behind the Police Station. Rumour has it that this is all in preparation for the G8 summit.
Another tree going down! Most people feel that this "tidying up" is being overdone, with so many mature trees being felled.
Compare this view, which was taken two weeks later, to the one directly above it, to see the number of trees which have now gone. They used to hide the fence of the Police Barracks.


However, we cannot complain about all this timber, which somehow finds its way on to The Puzzzler!
Short mat bowls is very strong throughout Ireland. Fermanagh forms the main part of the Western Area in the Zone Competitions, and Western has been very successful in the Shield competition this year. Both the Ladies and the Mens Western teams qualified for their respective finals, which were held simultaneously in the Union Hall in Enniskillen. They both won their matches! Janet's team are studying this close head of bowls, during the competition.

We moved back to the Round "O" after dark one night, passing the Police launch, moored outside the Police Station.


The Round "O" looks quite different after dark. Click on this picture to enlarge it and get the full effect!

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