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.


Tuesday, 27 May 2014

24th May. Crossing the Amsterdam - Rijn Kanaal and on into Utrecht.


Tree surgery is a real art in The Netherlands, with many interesting shapes being created, by training the branches.
We have to cross the Amsterdam - Rijn Kanaal, a major waterway which is best avoided. A barge crosses ahead of us, but will be gone soon.


Now on the way across, we should have plenty of time to be clear before the next barge gets to us.



We are safely across before the barge passes, well behind us.
We thought The Puzzler was small to be crossing the Amsterdam - Rijn Kanaal, but this little boat crossed, just ahead of us! He has just bought this boat, his first boat, and is taking it back to Amsterdam. Not far beyond the lock, his engine failed. It was a good thing that this did not happen when that barge was coming, a couple of minutes ago on the crossing!

In Utrecht we moored to the south west of the city, on Singelgracht, where there is plenty of room for boats.

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