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, 3 August 2014

1st - 2nd August. Through Sneek and on up De Swette to Mantgum.

Another train swing bridge. We had to wait for two trains to pass before we could go through, along with seven other boats.

We are making our way to the north of Friesland, so it is past the Watergate in Sneek again.
We must be through Sneek by 4pm today as the town closes then to through traffic. The final skutje race takes place today on Sneekermeer, then everyone comes into town for the start of Sneek Week, with celebrations all evening followed by a big fireworks display.

Our route out of town was through the newer part of Sneek, where these roofs look like sails, out on the lake.
Following the De Swette waterway to the north of Sneek, we turned off down a side canal, and found horses in practically every field. We saw about 200 in all, with up to 30 in each field, including some mares and foals.

There were sheep too, although we do not yet know the name of this breed.

In Mantgum we visited Willem and Anke, for a very pleasant visit. Here they are in the old part of the village.
Mantgum church dates back to the middle ages. It is built on the terp, which is a raised mound created in a village to protect those buildings on it from potential flooding.

This church is famous for its wooden carvings, which are very impressive.

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