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, 2017 and 2018, returning to Roanne each winter.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

25th - 27th July. On to Woudsend, across Slotermeer to Balk, then down the Luts canal to Wyldemerk Dragonfly reserve.

We are still in Friesland. We sailed on to Woudsend again, then went to the south west across Slotermeer. We have been lucky not to have too much wind on these lake crossings.
We liked Balk village very much. It was similar to Sloten, with the central canal, and traditional houses. However, we can cruise along the canal here and there are also two lift bridges.

The pretty canal to the south of Balk reminds us of the narrow English canals. We moored along this stretch and enjoyed a walk in the woods.

This is the only typical canal bridge that we have found in The Netherlands.
At the end of this canal lies a lovely lake, surrounded by woodland and the Wyldemerk Dragonfly reserve. Apparently sand was sucked from the bottom of this lake to create the major new road through this area, and the lake is now 60 metres deep.

In the dragonfly reserve we saw several frogs on the water lilies, but not many dragonflies!

We found really good walking in the woods here.

There were no streams in the woods so Shannon was delighted to be back at the lake.

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