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.
Monday, 21 April 2014
14th - 19th April. To the North Sea at Katwijk, blue pottery at Delft, through the outskirts of Rotterdam and up the river Rotte to Rottemeren.
It is cherry blossom time, which brings back happy memories of Japan.
We cruised up to within half a mile of the North Sea at Katwijk, mooring opposite the marina there.
A dam at the end keeps this lagoon from flowing on into the sea.
Having cycled to the beach, we found miles of sand. It was very quiet here.
However, the North Sea rollers were quite impressive.
Shannon has taken to the bike basket like a duck to water, enjoying watching the scenery.
These houseboats were both a contrast to ones seen earlier.
Some of the lift bridges are very attractive. This is in Rijnsburg. So far only one bridge has had to be lifted for us, as The Puzzler is low enough to go under them.
The barges are getting bigger!
Many of the waterside properties are very stylish.
This lock in Leidschendam is our first on the Dutch waterways.
These sculptures are beside the lock. More research is needed to find out about them!
The cherry blossom in Leidschendam comes in different colours!
In Delft it was market day, with at least fifty stalls in the market square in front of the town hall.
There are bicycles parked everywhere!
Throughout the market could be heard organ music, and we eventually found the source of it.
While we were moored in Delft, this working barge found this quite a tight corner.
On leaving Delft we passed this container ship being loaded. He followed us along the canal for quite a long way, but did not catch up with us.
As we sail along the canals, all the landscape stretches away below us.
We even found a farm animal centre, where Shannon was allowed in too.