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, 2 April 2013

26th - 31st March. River life on the Erne and a trip to the Atlantic Coast.

The swans at the Round “O” are more active now that spring is in the air.
Big Red went up under Enniskillen Bridge earlier today, pushing an empty work barge and has returned with a large digger on board. Work is continuing everywhere in preparation for the G8 Conference.

This new weedcutter was launched at the Round “O” slipway this morning. After a few turns around the river, pretending to cut non-existent weed, he is coming out of the water again. Presumably everything is in working order!

We measured Shannon for a lifejacket, but she had outgrown it by the time it arrived! This replacement jacket is two sizes bigger, and should fit her for a while.

We are staying with Maurice and Janet for Easter. This waterfall on the Roogagh River is just above the village of Garrison.

A typical Irish cottage in County Leitrim.

The cliffs above Glencar are as spectacular as ever.

Across on the other side of Glencar, is the shamrock of deciduous trees, which were planted among the conifers.

At Rosses Point, this bronze sculpture of a girl, called Waiting on Shore, is reaching to those out at sea.

This plaque can be seen on the wall below the statue.

The statue of a boy on the rock in the bay is very lifelike. He is made of metal and has a light alongside him to warn ships of danger. The wrecks of some ships from the Spanish Armada were found near here.

Lord Mountbatten’s House stands high above us as we head for Mullaghmore.

The gates of the house still bear the insignia, M of B, for Mountbatten of Burma. It is quite poignant to see this.

The Atlantic rollers breaking over the rocks at Mullaghmore Head were really spectacular.

The wind was bitterly cold as we walked out along the breakwater outside Mullaghmore Harbour.

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