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.
Saturday, 17 August 2013
16th - 31st July. On Lough Derg to Mountshannon, Scarriff, Tuamgraney, Mountshannon again and Killaloe.
When I am steering on Lough Derg, Shannon enjoys lying along the handle of the tiller, under my arm. Our friends from Graiguenamanagh left yesterday, but we hope to see them again somewhere on the lough.
We found good walking in Wood Park Forest Park, which is just up the Scarriff road from Mountshannon. Shannon enjoyed the cool stream there the best.
The park is near to the harbour and Shannon's dribbling skills are improving.
Shannon found some friends on Playtime. They had a lot of fun together, especially playing in the maze in the park!
This sculpture is quite near to the harbour.
The harbour at Scarriff was very quiet. We went to the library to access the internet and they were extremely helpful there. "Oh, you need a computer each. There is no need for you to share!"
On our way back along Lough Derg the sky was threatening, but we returned to Mountshannon without getting wet.
Shannon swam at the slipway every day, but dogs were also allowed on the swimming beach after 6pm. Having swum, Shannon would begin her excavations!
This great earthworks began life as a ring fort and was used by Brian Boru. It can be found a mile or so out of Killaloe on the Scarriff road and is known as Beal Boru.
What a wonderful sunset over the River Shannon at Killaloe!
On leaving Killaloe, Beal Boru can be seen as a wooded hill to our left as we sail up the River Shannon.