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, 13 December 2013

1st - 12th December 2013. Life goes on in Enniskillen.

When we are walking through the woods beside the river, Shannon loves to paddle. Today she found a fisherman, so waded out to help him. He was not very appreciative!
Having fitted the four new batteries, Andy found that they were slightly smaller than the last ones, and so a fifth one has been added. It has made such a difference as now we can last at least two days without running the engine at all.

This is the picture of Shannon, just fitting into the cup, at the end of March.
Hasn't she grown?
She is very good about being left on her own, while we continue to play bridge and go bowling, several times each week.

This winter there is not much flow on the River Erne, so it is possible to go up through the bridge at Enniskillen. Last year at this time the water was really flowing fast,  keeping us below the bridge.

Last Wednesday night the wind was very strong, so we were rocked to sleep! This small tree was blown over at the Round "O". It leans a bit further each day.
Shannon likes to see who is about. It is a good view from the roof of The Puzzler, outside the Forum in Enniskillen.

She now has a new bigger lifejacket, having outgrown her last one.
On Sunday we went to the Enniskillen combined carol service. The first half was in St Michael's Catholic Church, then we all proceeded across the road to St Macartin's Church of Ireland Cathedral, singing carols as we went. With over 400 people at the service, it was quite an experience.

1 comment:

  1. Shannon has grown so much! I look forward to seeing you all again soon. Love Debbie xx