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.
Monday, 24 June 2013
20th - 23rd June. Graiguenamanagh and Duiske Abbey.
On Thursday it was off down to the stretch above St Mullins again, with American friends, Virginia and Maureen. We had a great day out.
On the approach back upstream to Carriglead lock, the lock cut goes off to the right, while the weir can be seen straight ahead.
Andy has spent the day in the dinghy, cleaning the weed off The Puzzler, under the waterline. Over half way now!.
Freebird has beeen out of the water for 18 months, but was quite watertight once the launch was completed, to everyone's relief!
Duiske Abbey dates from the earl;y years of the 13th century and dominates the skyline in Graignamanagh. The swimming area by the river is quiet this morning.
Once inside Duiske abbey there is a great sense of peace. It is a lovely building.
In Duiske Abbey is found the most highly decorated and typical thirteenth century Processional Doorway to survive the reformation.
Walking down below the weir gives another view of Graignamanagh. There is very little water flowing over the weir just now.
Going upstream from the bridge is Shannon's favourite swimming place. She loves to retreive a stick from the river here.
You would have to look a long way to find more attractive woods than those found on this stretch of the River Barrow.
The sun celebrated our last evening in Graig with a pink glow over Brandon Hill.