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.
Tuesday, 26 August 2014
22nd - 25th August. Still in Friesland in The Netherlands. Visits to Leeuwarden and Dokkum.
A tall ship came in behind us, as we moved through town, but we did not find out its name.
We were moving through to the prettiest part of the town moorings, near to the Oldehove Tower.
Construction of this leaning, curved and unfinished tower began in 1529. It began to sink during construction so, to compensate for the tilt, they continued to build perpendicular on top of the leaning bottom. Because of this, the tower is also curved, so they stopped building in 1533, and the
tower was never finished. However, inhabitants of Leeuwarden are still proud of their Oldehove.
Our next visit was the Princesshof Ceramic Museum, which specialises in Chinese pottery. Most of this was made for export to The Netherlands by the Dutch East India Company.
Meanwhile Sally and Shannon worked hard to clean the roof!
Later on Liquenda, a sailing ship, arrived behind us, making The Puzzler look small. It was lucky that Andy had finished with the orbital sander by then, as it is really noisy. Liquenda was built in 1909, and used to carry 150 tons of cargo in its working days. They are on their way to sail in the Wadden Sea.
Dokkum is a typical Dutch town, with canals along practically every street.
We were on our way to the shops, but looked back to see this yellow box going up and down above The Puzzler. It is a lawn mower!
There are moorings all along the waterfront, as we make our way back round the other windmill to the main route through town.