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.
Tuesday, 23 April 2013
19th - 22nd April. Plenty of water on the Shannon Erne Waterway.
There is a lovely way through the woods from Ballyconnell, and under the trees, at this time of year, is a carpet of celandine and wood anenomes.
Carrying on beyond Ballyconnell, the tree reflections remind me of pictures seen in an art gallery!
As we head towards Skelan lock, foam from the weir is swirling in front of The Puzzler.
Luckily lock 3 was ready for us, and it was possible to get off the boat, once inside the lock. The water level is so high that even the bollards on the jetty below the lock are under water. The jetty lies between the life belt and the wall. It could have been a paddle to the shore!
On the far side of Skelan lock, the natural mossy look has been left.
There is certainly plenty of water going over the weir, beyond the lock, to create the foam.
The sky over Ballymagauran Lough shows promise of good weather to come.
At Haughton's Shore we are floating high against the wall.
However, our favourite mooring on the far side, is completely under water.
Shannon found this boat, which is more her size, near to Kilclare Upper Lock.
The byflow below lock 15 is just waiting to catch The Puzzler unawares!
What a wet dog! Shannon is learning the hard way that she needs to jump, not step, on to the boat. Luckily she had her lifejacket on when she fell in at Leitrim. Tigerdog would have laughed!
An hour later, after a good towelling and brushing, she is as good as new.