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.
Tuesday, 23 September 2014
20th - 21st September. Going southwards in Holland, near to the German border, to visit the fortified town of Bourtange.
We carried on locking ourselves up the Ruiten Aakanaal, meeting Cees and Sam at Vlagtwedder sluis. Their boat is already at Bourtange.
The tree lined canal leading to Bourtange from the Ruiten Aakanaal was very pretty.
Approaching Bourtange harbour. We are very near to the German border here.
In the harbour at Bourtange we found Cees and Sam on Sambucca, which was originally a Swedish Baltic rescue boat.
There is one windmill within the city moat, near to one of the six diamond shaped "corners" of the city.
Canons are still in place, ready to repel marauders.
Meanwhile Sally and Shannon are on lookout duty! Should they be looking the other way?
This weekend there was a market in the centre of the town, with musicians too.