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.
Sunday, 6 April 2014
4th - 6th April. Lift Out and Blacking at Riversdale Marina.
Graham has arrived with the trailer. Are we going to be safe up there?
The boat having been steered forward over the trailer, it was a careful pull by the tractor to get it safely up the slipway.
What a relief! We are safely on to the trailer and up the slipway.
Our first job was for Andy to pressure wash the whole of the blacking, removing all green slime and any loose bits of paint.
Next it was time to touch up any bare metal with red oxide anti-rust paint.
The slipway here is also used for the ponies to have a paddle.