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.

Sunday, 16 June 2013

10th - 11th June. Duncannon Beach and Hook Lighthouse in County Wexford. Climbing Brandon Hill near Graiguenamanagh.

On Sunday we drove to Waterford, where the tide was out.

It was then on to Passage East to catch the ferry to Ballyhack. This is always a tricky ferry for the skipper to manoeuvre, being on a tidal stretch of water.
We parked on the beach at Duncannon, along with literally hundreds of other cars, and made our way across the ridges on the sand to find the sea. This was most uncomfortable on the feet! The line of parked cars can be seen behind Sally's head, stretching right across the beach. This is the hottest day so far this year.

Andy and Shannon had a great game in the waves.

Carrying on to the south, we eventually reached Hook Lighthouse at the end of the peninsula.

We went up the lighthouse and looked back up the estuary, towards Passage East.

The other side of the peninsula, facing the Atlantic Ocean, is much more spectacular.

The pinks were everywhere on the clifftops, and make good camouflage for Shannon.
This was the view of Brandon Hill from last Thursday. The weather on Monday was dull, but we thought it would be adequate for a hill climb. We were looking forward to the views from the top.

As we left the car part of the way up, and looked back down to Graigue, the view did not look promising.

We all stopped for a drink at Freney's well.

Having paddled in the muddy pool by the road, far below the well, Shannon is modelling the latest style in black boots!

The cross at the top of Brandon Hill is impressive, despite the lack of any view at all.

Sally and Shannon are by the cairn at the top.

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