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.
Saturday, 6 September 2014
1st - 2nd September. Map of Holland. On to Borg Verhildersum, and the Seal creche at Pieterburen.
We are now in the province of Groningen, which is the most northerly part of The Netherlands. The orange dot shows where The Puzzler is.
We walked round all of these gardens, but could not visit the house as it was a Monday, when little opens in Holland.
The box hedges were wider than any we had ever seen, and everything was perfectly kept.
Continuing northwards, we joined the Pieterbuurster-maar, which was a big name for a very small canal!
This net mountain has been made from fishing nets which have been removed from the necks or bodies of seals brought here to the sanctuary over the years.
The seals are all kept in small groups, once they are out of intensive care. This group has been here since June.
Time for a snooze!
Hanging in there!
This seal has eyes just like Shannon. He is very thoughtful.
This is certainly a twisty canal, and makes a nice change from canals like the Prinses Margriet!