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.
Sunday, 20 July 2014
14th - 20th July 2014. Still in Friesland. From Akkrum to Grou, Sneek, Heeg, Woudsend and Sloten again, then back to Heerenveen.
Saturday evening brought another lovely sunset, after an unremarkable day.
This stork, standing by the water's edge, was very regal.
This modern skutje was built just a few years ago. It is really beautiful.
The builder of the boat insisted we all sat in the stern for a photo opportunity!
As the chart shows, there is a great deal of water available for cruising in this park.
There are plenty of idyllic moorings to choose from too.
There are so many hydrangeas in this area. The Dutch are real flower gardeners, and it is lovely to see.
We cruised on across several different lakes and eventually reached Sneek. The houses in this part of town are very traditional.
This lift bridge in Sneek is very decorative.
Shannon is finding the weather almost too hot for comfort. It is good that she was trimmed last week.
On Heegermeer there were a great many sailing dinghies to be seen.
We moored on the long stretch, leading up to Sloten. There were at least forty boats of different types here.
It was a good place for a game of boules.
This was our best head so far, with all eight boules round the jack. On this length of grass we use a tennis ball for the jack, which does make it much easier to see.
This is our favourite view down the centre of Sloten, from the end bridge.
We cross the Prinses Margriet again, so once more it is "barge ahead!"