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.
Tuesday, 29 April 2014
We walked the two miles to the far end of Marken to see Marken Vuurhuis, or lighthouse. This was as close as we were allowed to go though.
Shannon did the tourist bit, with the large clogs!
In the harbour, The Puzzler can just be seen on the right, under the bird, while the cruise ships are beyond the ferry, just outside the harbour wall.
It was a relief to see the entrance to Edam harbour ahead of us. There are always a few red and green markers to guide ships in, from the Meer.
Saturday, 26 April 2014
25th - 26th April. On past Hillegom and Halfweg to go through Amsterdam on King' Day, crossing the North Sea Canal.
This large hotel boat pulled in, briefly, in front of us to eject about 20 cyclists, who set off for Keukenhof, as fast as they could go.
Here is a car showroom with a difference!
On the waterway approaching Amsterdam, we were following this large barge, Adato, and wondering if we would fit into the lock with him.
Once in the lock he does not look quite so big!
The lock was big enough for this fleet of smaller boats behind us too.
There were certainly over 40 people on this boat, all having a great time.
Even the windmills are decorated with flags and orange bunting today.
These houses have the traditional Dutch shape.
The Monnickendam - Edam canal, to the north of Amsterdam, is a lovely contrast to the North Sea Canal.
Friday, 25 April 2014
We moved on to Lisse, then cycled to Keukenhof, which is described as The Most Beautiful Spring Garden in the World. Having seen it, we would agree. We will let the flowers speak for themselves!
Having left Alphen a/d Rijn, we took a cross country route, passing some lovely canalside properties.
The village of Hoogmade, is a quiet place, where we moored on a 48 hour mooring, alongside the road, just in front of the church. An old gentleman here remembered being near to a barge, which was accidentally shot at by British spitfires, on the Kagenplasser in 1942, and told us all about it. No-one was hurt, fortunately! We are finding the Dutch people very friendly.
Shannon has found a new place to recline, on top of the cratch cover. Is this safe, or will she fall in?
Near the end of the Does Canal was a railway bridge, with 2 metres air draft available. It was close, but it is good to know what is possible!
In Leiderdorp, nearly every house seems to have a boat.
This canal in Leiden is designated for Woonschapen, or liveaboards. What a contrast to Ireland!