These are the adventures of Andy and Sally Rawnsley on their narrowboat "The Puzzler". We have been living on the boat for over eight 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, returning to Roanne for a second winter.
Saturday, 22 March 2014
1st - 17th March. Lower water levels, Sports Relief dog walk , Hurling at Brewster Park and St Patrick's Day.
Shannon really enjoyed watching Crufts on television.
Although the level is down, the water is still running fast through Enniskillen bridge. The big work barge tried to go up on his own, but had to return to the Round "O" and call for Big Red to come and give him a tow.
We all enjoyed the walk through the woods.
John McVitty is in action on the touchline, for the Impartial Reporter. He is an award winning photographer.
In Enniskillen, on St Patrick's Day, the crowds on Broadmeadow waited eagerly by the River Erne for news of St Paddy.
The police launch and the two RNLI ribs set off very fast to rescue St Paddy from the Lough. A quick U-turn had them going in the right direction!
The police launch left St Patrick across the river on Castle Island, when they came back, so this time it was the Vikings to the rescue.
These are real leprechauns waterboarding, we were assured. They were NOT people dressed up!
There were many floats and lots of tractors in the procession.
Maurice, Andy, Shannon and Janet all enjoyed the parade.