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, 28 September 2014
24th - 25th September. On along the new Veenvaart canal, including the Koning Willem Alexander Kanaal.
We moored in the Hondsrug Geopark on Wednesday. This dates back 135,00 years, but surely these stones were polished more recently!
Not far from the canal was this eerie place, with the remains of trees in the sunken area, which is now filled with water.
Carrying on along the Scholtens canal, which is part of the new Veenvaart waterway, the oak trees, with the smaller silver birch trees behind, look lovely.
Having turned on to the Koning Willem Alexander kanaal through Trambrug, we moored and walked on to see Koppelsluis. This is a staircase lock with two chambers.
Our return route is through tracks and woods. This has to be one of our best walks since arriving in Holland in April.
Back with The Puzzler, we are now on our way into the bottom lock at Koppelsluis.
Hold your boat securely as the paddles are raised!
There is a viewing platform on top of the control tower, for a good view of the lock. This lock takes us up to the summit level. We have now come up 15 locks (sluizen) and are 20 metres above sea level.
This giraffe was keeping an eye on things near to Spaarsluis.