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.

Friday, 26 July 2013

12th - 15th July . To Shannon Harbour, then on to Lough Derg. Portumna Harbour and then Dromaan.

Time to update, as we have a new computer!

We think that the bridge at Pollagh is one of the most attractive on the Grand Canal.
Shannon enjoys sitting on the roof of The Puzzler, but is finding the weather extremely hot, as we are too! She is due for a trim, so decided to wear her red hair ribbon while she still can!

With all the racks up to fill lock 32, it does not take long to get down to Shannon Harbour.
The new long term moorings at Shannon Harbour have now been unchained, so that they can be used by boats in transit. We joined the barges from Graignamanagh, Aisling and Feileachan, there. We travelled out of Dublin together on the Royal Canal last summer, while doing the Green and Silver.

Shannon enjoyed the small park by the moorings there. Any wall is good for exploration.

In Portumna Harbour we found narrowboat Ashdown Girl, so with the rest of the gang arriving by camper van, it was just like last year.

We all got together for a barbeque, and a good time was had by all.

Shannon really enjoys swimming now and needs little encouragement to go into the water.

Later on it was time for a haircut and Shannon was not impressed! However, she is now appreciating being cooler.
We passed the barge 45M on our way down Lough Derg. 45M sank off Parker's Point in 1949 and lay at the bottom of Lough Derg for 29 years. She was raised from 80 feet of water by Donnacha Kennedy, with a thin crust of lime preserving her original paintwork. After drying out, her original Bolinder engine started again, and can be heard chugging along today. It is a great sound to hear!

The three Graignamanagh boats followed us down Lough Derg to Dromaan.

At Dromaan Harbour we caught up with other friends from last year too.

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