These are the adventures of Andy and Sally Rawnsley on their narrowboat "The Puzzler". We have been living on the boat for over eight 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, returning to Roanne for a second winter.


Friday, 22 August 2014

19th - 21st August. We are filmed for Omrop Fryslan television! Different houses in Leeuwarden

On Tuesday, the wind had dropped and we had to make an early start, as we are to be filmed by Omrop Fryslan today for a television programme.
Back on the Prinses Margriet kanaal, we passed this barge, which was unloading sand into a lorry. There would be enough sand here for at least 50 lorry loads. When the barge is full, the water will reach the waterline seen at the bows, halfway across the anchor.

Further on, we passed this fully laden barge, Graveland. The canal here is 4.2 metres deep to cater for these barges.
We met our film crew, Klarina and Dirk, from Omrop Fryslan television, in Warten, and we were filmed both inside and outside The Puzzler. Apparently they have been trying to locate us for the past fortnight, having heard of the Engelsboat in Friesland! We do not know yet when the programme is to be shown on TV.


We also sailed with them through the village of Warten, which is very attractive.


This weird light combination reminded us of Derryvore, in Ireland.



Most people only use one yacht at once, but this lad had four of them!


Revisiting one of the smaller canals in the Alde Feanen National park, this was a typical Dutch canal scene.


Passing to the north of Grou, these are a good example of Dutch houseboats.

There is a new waterway which bypasses Wergea, but we took the old route through the centre of the village.


Approaching Leeuwarden, we took a circular route round the city, and saw different houses there.


Further on, the housing became even more unusual!


This has to be the best houseboat of all, with its thatched roof.
Grote Wielen is a secluded lake to the north east of Leeuwarden, with several individual Marrekrite moorings. There are 3500 of these free moorings in Friesland, and we have really appreciated them. There is good walking here for Shannon, and we managed to pick 2 kg of ripe hazelnuts, as well as some delicious blackberries.

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