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.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

5th - 8th June. Back down the River Eem and across the Randmeren to Flevoland, dropping 20 feet below sea level!

We carried on down the River Eem, and enjoyed another lovely evening here. The cycle path makes very good walking, and we saw a spoonbill for the first time. He was the size of a heron, but with a different pattern of flight, and he also had the distinctive spoon shape on the end of his long bill.

From the Eem, we went back on to the Randmeren. Here the windmills are modern ones, alongside this wide water.

This barge looked as though it was too heavily laden to stay afloat. There must be about 12 feet of boat under the water here.
We left the Randmeren to enter Flevoland at Lovink Sluis, where we kept on going down and down! This sluis is over 5 metres deep, so with a further drop of another metre at the next lock, we are now nearly 20 feet below sea level. Let us hope that there is not a breach in the dyke!

The weather is very hot now so a spot of relaxation on the jetty seemed to be a good idea.
There is a great deal of woodland in Flevoland. This polder was made completely out of sand, which was piped here out of the Ijsselmeer, and under these trees this can be seen clearly.
This is Lage Knarsluis, which was used during the construction of Flevoland, and could still be used today, in an emergency, to control the water.
It is Whit Monday, or Tweede Pinksterdag, so it is quite busy. We found some new friends, who allowed us to moor alongside, and then later plied us with Irish coffe and wine, until after 1am! A good time was had by all.

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