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.


Saturday, 31 May 2014

26th - 31st May. Passing the Amsterdam-Rijn Kanaal on the way to Breukelen. On down the River Vecht, then a detour to an island mooring on the Wijde Blik, for three sunny days.

From Maarsen on the River Vecht, we walked across to see barges on the Amsterdam Rijn Kanaal, which runs quite near to the Vecht at this point. We were glad not to be in the way of this barge, Elise!
We spent a couple of extremely wet days in Breukelen, which is the namesake of Brooklyn in New York. On the outskirts of town are houses such as this, which date from earlier times, when the very rich of Amsterdam had homes here too.

Moving on down the River Vecht in better weather, we took a detour into the Wijde Blik lake and found our own island. We have had three glorious days here.


Shannon was delighted to have her own swimming pool.



She retrieves well from the water.


Andy spent Saturday washing The Puzzler. It gleams now!


Sally made time to repair the back fender. This job was long overdue!


A white heron came near to The Puzzler, and caught a fish too. He was much bigger than an egret.
There have been some wonderful sunsets.

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