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, 29 September 2013

17th - 20th Sept. In Belturbet, then back down Upper Lough Erne to Enniskillen.

The bridge at Belturbet has been there for many centuries as Belturbet's location is one of the best places for crossing the River Erne.
From the main town mooring it is well worth carrying on upstream to this mooring, located at the head of navigation, just below Belturbet bridge.
Immediately above the bridge lies Turbet Island, which is easily accessible for good walking from the north side of the bridge. There are the remains of an early 13th century motte-and-bailey on the island, which was built by Walter De Lacy, when the Anglo Saxons tried to conquer Cavan. The walk returns to Belturbet via another bridge further upstream, then back down the south bank.

We moved on to Geaglum later that day. This is always a pleasant mooring, with quiet neighbours, as there is no pub here!

It was a lovely journey down Upper Lough Erne the next morning, with the sun shining on the wind farm on the hill.
After stopping for lunch at Carrybridge, we carried on for a while, but then the engine decided that it had had enough, and stopped. As we were in midstream at the time, and it was quite windy, then Andy deployed the anchor, before we could drift on to the rocks by the bank. After a rest, the engine agreed that perhaps it could take us a bit further. We stopped to collect some handy wood, as the weather is becoming much colder. We put 20 litres of diesel into the tank, which temporarily sorted our fuel problem, and carried on to Enniskillen.
We went to the Erne mooring for shopping, and were then stuck there, with too much wind to move safely. This was partly due to the height of the wood on the roof, which was acting as a sail! Later we went over to Broadmeadow, beside the Forum, where it was much more sheltered, having a fire on for the first time this autumn.

After a pleasant evening of bowls at the Royal British Legion, we moved on past Enniskillen Castle to our favourite mooring at The Round "O". Shannon went to the vet to be spayed, so it is very quiet without her on The Puzzler.
Andy borrowed a jigsaw, and cut a new trapdoor, for better access to the engine. He could then fit the replacement fuel filter, which was certainly in need of changing!

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