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.
Friday, 25 October 2013
We had to mask the jigsaw picture while painting, but the red and green are all finished now.
The moment of truth has arrived! Will this delicate frog tape peel properly? This is looking good!
The tape has peeled very well to leave a nice clear yellow line.
Shannon has a new friend, Padi, and they have exhausted each other. Padi is also a Shih Tzu, and is a week older than Shannon.
We have our own clippers now so Shannon is looking quite tidy again.
The water level is still quite low in the River Erne, as we pass Enniskillen Castle. There has been very little rain for a long time.
Thursday, 24 October 2013
Andy has completed the new trap door access to the engine, so that the engine filter, which was the cause of our problems last week, can be easily replaced.
Shannon thinks nothing of having to wear a lampshade! She should wear it for ten days until her stitches have dissolved.
Shannon is now much happier about her fancy collar.
The walk, from the Round "O", up through the woods to Portora Castle, is as good as ever. Andy and Shannon are playing follow-my leader along the ruined wall there.
Going back upstream from Enniskillen, the hills to the west are rather misty.
The Ardhowen Theatre is always impressive as we approach.
By Saturday evening the mooring was quite full.