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.
Thursday, 17 April 2014
7th - 10th April. Leaving Ireland and on to The Netherlands.
Our lorry from Hainsworths arrived last night, complete with a trombone trailer, which has been adjusted to fit the length of The Puzzler. Sleepers have been placed to hold the stern of the boat at the same height as the bows, which will rest on the raised platform, just behind the cab. When Gary first told us that the stern would rest on a pile of sleepers, we had visions of it being rather precarious! However it was quite stable. The crane arrived at 8am, but took until 8.45 to be ready for the lift. Graham has been extremely helpful throughout our time in his yard.
It is perfectly balanced this time, so the trailer has been driven away, leaving the boat in mid air.
Gary is taking the three of us to Dublin, and it is reassuring to be able to see The Puzzler behind us.
Gary dropped us off at Dublin ferry port and this is our last view of our home, disappearing on to the Irish freight ferry!
Once on board SS Ulysses, Shannon was confined to her kennel, below decks. She was the only dog in the kennels.
This time the walkway was brought to the ferry, very near to Shannon's exercise deck, so we were the first people to leave the ship.