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.
Monday, 11 August 2014
9th - 10th August. Our location in Holland. Horse driving competition. On to Franeker, to visit the Planetarium.
The orange dot shows where we are now in the north west of Friesland, the Lakeland of Holland.
The teams come in all shapes and sizes.
On Sunday we moved on to Franeker. This was an important University town from 1585 until 1811, when it closed due to a shortage of students.
The Planetarium in Franeker attracts 44,000 visitors each year. It was made by Eise Eisinga on the ceiling of his living room, showing the movement of the sun, the moon, the stars, and the seven planets which were known at that time, 1774 - 1781.
Once out of town we turned on to Franekervaart, and moored in a field just before the first low railway bridge.
This sailing boat arrived with their mast up, but are now lowering it, for the 2.4 metre bridges on this waterway.
Shannon decided to practise her meerkat impression, as she watched sails passing by on a nearby canal.