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.
Sunday, 18 August 2013
9th - 13th August. Heritage Boat Rally at Athlone 2013. Day trip to Galway.
On Sunday we cruised up beyond the motorway bridge to join the procession of Heritage boats down into Athlone.
The boats all moored below the town bridge on the wall, with the barges on the inside. The boats were all tied together to make a solid raft.
We were in the fourth line, and were the fourth boat out. It gets you fit, climbing over three boats, every time you want to leave the boat! There was great craic at every opportunity.
The water levels are down at the moment, and it is possible to walk across the weir. Irish boaters will recognise this couple!
Shannon had a day out on 57M, while we took the train to Galway. We passed the Fields of Athenry on the way.
Sally chose to relax beside the River Corrib.
It is a pleasant harbour in Galway.