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.
Thursday, 11 July 2013
4th - 7th July. The Barrow line from Athy to Lowtown
Back on The Puzzler, peace is temporarily destroyed by the motorway crossing overhead.
A couple of minutes later it is as though the road crossing had never been.
The Puzzler has a good reflection on Saturday, as the wonderful weather continues.
We had a queue of two boats at lock 23! This is our first queue at a lock on the whole canal system, as we follow Flying Hawk up this double lock.
The canal water always tastes sweeter, although sometimes it can be difficult to reach.
The canal is very straight in the stretch after Ratangan.
Another peaceful aqueduct mooring.
Sally and Shannon went swimming on the aqueduct. This was not Shannon's idea!
Shannon had no problem with hitching a ride.
However, as soon as she could, she swam for the shore!