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

1st - 7th August. Up Lough Derg from Killaloe to Garrykennedy, Dromineer, Rossmore and the Woodford river, then Terryglass.

We left Killaloe before 7am, in fine weather, but within half an hour we could see this rain approaching from the west. Again it was an extremely wet journey up the lough.
However, it cleared before we reached Parker's Point, which is notorious in bad weather. This is where the M barge 45M sank. Once we were round Parker's Point we had a very smooth passage.
The inner harbour at Garrykennedy is a private marina, but there is plenty of room for visiting boats on the finger jetties further out. Again there is good walking in the woods here.

We tend to stick out on these finger jetties, but there is plenty of room behind us for passing boats.
All the black markers on Lough Derg are now green, which makes navigation much easier. It is important to go to the correct side of markers, as there are many rocks and reefs lurking close under the surface, just waiting to catch us! Again it was quite a rough passage.

Dromineer is a picturescue harbour.

It was a superb morning on 4th of August as we sailed across Lough Derg to Rossmore.

By the evening the clouds were threatening at Rossmore, but it stayed fine.

Next day Shannon and I swam out to a rock, near to the harbour. A local retriever decided to swim out to join us, but three is a crowd, so we left him to it!
We took The Puzzler up the Woodford River, wending our way through the reeds to find it. We did this two years ago in the dinghy, but this was much more exciting. We pulled in at the mooring, which was quite tricky, as a lake boat had been left there, chained to the jetty. There was only just room enough to turn The Puzzler, and we also met a cruiser, part way back to Lough Derg. Breathe in, everyone!

Carrying on up the lough to Terryglass, there were high clouds behind us.

At Terryglass there is a mini stone circle, but we suspect that it is not medieval!

The Harbour at Terryglass was very busy.

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