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.
Sunday, 31 August 2014
30th - 31st August. On into Groningen, the most northerly of the Dutch provinces.
An enormous grasshopper, which presumably was a locust, came in to sit on Shannon's bed. She was unimpressed!
There are a few boats about, but most seem to be heading south, away from the wide waters of Slenk, which leads on to the sea access at Lauwersoog.
The sea wall can be seen in the far distance, but we are soon turning to the east, following the Slenk waterway upstream. The weather ahead is improving all the time.
We moored further on, on Zoutkamperil, and were treated to a splendid rainbow.
Opposite our mooring were these Highland cattle, having a really good paddle in the river.
From Zoutkamp we retraced our steps briefly to get to Hunsingo sluis, which now stands open, but used to contain the incoming tide in the old sea wall.