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.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

11th - 14th August. On along the Middelsee Route.

The weather has been very windy, but eventually we could move on along the Middelsee route to moor near to the village of Wjelsryp. Dutch pronunciation is difficult, but we could not even try this one!
The Middelsee route winds its way through the old salt marsh area of the former Middelsee. There are a great many Friesian cattle in this part of Friesland.

This part of the route was only opened up in 2005, by raising or replacing bridges, such as this one.

Often it is difficult to see which way the canal goes, as we approach a corner.

This bridge on the corner was one to be taken very slowly indeed!
We followed the Middelsee route to Scharnegoutum, near Sneek, finding new friends there, in this sheltered harbour.
Butterflies are still about!

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