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, 21 September 2014
17th - 19th September. De Blauwe Stad, and on to the German border.
Below the lookout tower, in the middle of the island, is an outdoor theatre, which would make a superb setting for a play.
Moving round to the harbour and visitor centre on Thursday, we found several intricate sand sculptures.
Going back to the main canal system, this imposing structure takes the motorway over our canal, and also over the railway to our left. Through our "tunnel" there are built-in fenders on the walls, to protect passing boats.
Travelling to the east, the Westerwoldse Aa canal is long and straight. I think my remark last time about interesting waterways was premature!
We sailed as far as Nieuwestans, which seems to be the most easterly town in The Netherlands. It is very industrial.
We paused by one bridge to have a look at Germany. It does not look very different here to The Netherlands.
At intervals along this canal there are still pillboxes to be seen, dating back to more troubled times along the border.