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.
Saturday, 5 April 2014
1st - 4th April. Spring on the Shannon Erne Waterway
The spring lambs are growing up, in this field alongside the water. We are on the Woodford River here, which is part of the Shannon Erne Waterway.
Andy is waiting below Ballyconnell lock, while Shannon and I prepare the lock for him.
This is one of the deeper locks on this waterway. Once the gates are shut, water is let in to lift the boat about twelve feet, before we can carry on above the lock.
There is a lovely walk from Ballyconnell, down by the river and through the woods. This canoeist tried in vain to go up the rapids towards the weir.
These cute donkeys watched us pass by. Well, two of them did. The grey one seems to be asleep!
At last we reach Haughton's Shore. This will be our last mooring in Ireland, as The Puzzler is to come out of the water tomorrow.
Our favourite spot at Haughton's Shore is the jetty on the right, but the water level is too high for this to be comfortable.
We left Haughton's Shore soon after seven on Friday. The reflections on Garadice Lough were as impressive as ever.
On arrival at Riversdale, we tied up to two other barges, until the trailer was ready for us.