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, 22 May 2014
17th - 21st May. To Halfweg, to see a steam powered pumping station., and on past Schipol Airport. A visit to Aalsmeer flower auction.
Out in the country, we found a lovely quiet mooring near some woods. Unfortunately Shannon fell into a drainage ditch!
We moored opposite Schipol Airport that night.
Continuing southeastwards, we reached Aalsmeer, where there are very many marinas.
We cycled to the Aalsmeer Flower Auction, which was fascinating. The flowers for sale are moved about in these trolleys.
In the auction room the flowers can be seen, moving across below the bidding screens. Each buyer has his own computer, linked in to the screen.
On the other side of the hall it is rather like organised chaos, as all the different orders are collated.