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.

Monday, 8 September 2014

3rd - 5th September. Coffee at Wehe-Den Hoorn, then on to Eenrum and Warffum, with its open air museum.

Passing through Wehe - Den Hoorn, we were delighted to be spontaneously invited in for a cup of coffee. As our hostesses had a long mooring by their garden, The Puzzler just managed to fit in. I am sure they will not mind me including this photo, as testament to their generosity.

Lunchtime found us at the northern end of the Kromme Raken canal, next to Merwede, an interesting conversion from an East German police patrol boat. This boat would have been used to shoot people who were trying to escape to West Berlin, at the time of The Berlin Wall.
We turned left on to Reitdiep, which is a much bigger waterway, then left again quite soon, on to Winsumerdiep. Another left took us on to Mensingerweerster Loopdiep, which was a charming waterway, not unlike the Shroppie, in England. It seems that the smaller the waterway, the longer its name!

After going through the village of Mensingerweer, we turned right, and stopped here by the wood. An evening walk through the wood took us to the village of Eenrum.

This weeping beech tree stands beside the church in Eenrum, and is really impressive.
Next morning we sailed on through Baflo, with a brief shopping stop, then turned north again, on Warffumermaar, to reach the village of Warffum, which is at the end of the line! If The Puzzler had been one foot longer, we could not have turned here!
In Warffum there is an open air museum, made up of fifteen cottages, houses and buildings in the centre of the village. The museum shows how the rural population of northwest Groningen lived, during the 19th century.

This small industrial windmill,"De David", can still  activate the bandsaw, which is situated in the base of the mill.

We passed these girls on our way out of Warffum.
On this route into Groningen, we had to wait to join a convoy of boats at Onderdendam. Who needs a horse, when a strong lady like this can pull your working barge!

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