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.
Sunday, 5 May 2013
1st - 2nd May. Continuing down the River Shannon, then on to the Grand Canal at Shannon Harbour.
Shannon Harbour, at the start of the Grand Canal, is still busy with a lot of boats about.
Of interest to our readers on the English waterways might be the 80p cost of this self pumpout. We hear that it has gone up above £10 in England.
While at the pumpout, the bows of The Puzzler are overlooking the dry dock. We just hoped that no-one decided to fill the dock while we were there!
Just beyond Shannon Harbour, and again before Belmont, much work has been done to create bankside moorings. The side of the canal has been dredged, and new mooring posts have been sunk into the bank.
We passed the Belmont House Stud where these mares were out on the spring grass, perhaps with a scattering of horse cubes to eat too!
Lock 33 is the double lock at Belmont, and does not look very inviting, with all these floating cut reeds. They did not create a problem though.