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.
Saturday, 5 July 2014
19th - 24th June. Debbie and Matt came to visit us in Holland. We went to Guithoorn, Blokzijl and Kuinre.
In Giethoorn we hired a fluister (whisper) boat, with a silent electric engine, to cruise through the narrow one-way canal system.
Several other people seemed to have trouble with their steering too!
It was very exciting to see storks nesting as we passed through the hamlet of Nederland.
The whole herd of shetlands are out today. Dad is the appaloosa on the right.
Here we are in the lock at Kuinre, which is a very unusual shape, near the turn.
On this waterway after Kuinre there are not so many moorings, but we found a campsite, where the short grass was perfect for boules.