These are the adventures of Andy and Sally Rawnsley on their narrowboat "The Puzzler". We have been living on the boat for over eight 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, returning to Roanne for a second winter.
Sunday, 19 October 2014
11th - 14th October. Past Gouda, Boskoop and Gouwsluis, to Zwammerdam and Nieuwkoop, then back to Woerden.
It was nice to see so many boats about on the Gouw canal, as we headed north from Gouda. Now that it is nearing the end of the season, the waterways are quieter.
Boskoop is a pretty village, with car parking dangerously close to the water's edge.
At Gouwsluis, this is an active container depot, just off the main canal.
We turned on to the Oude Rijn, and into the chickweed! However, as our engine has a sealed cooling system, this is no problem for The Puzzzler
Soon it was a left turn in Zwammerdam, and through Ziende bridge on to this smaller waterway going through Nieuwkoopse Plassen.
This area is well worth a visit, for a small license fee, with narrow canals between the lakes. It is like a mini version of Friesland.
There are many wonderful properties all along the water's edge.
We are heading in to the centre of Nieuwkoop village.
We had to have a coffee stop here!
There are several moorings through this area, overlooking the lakes.
Back on the Grecht, we decided to cross over the canal on the ferry for a walk on the far side.
The cathedral in Woerden is a very fine building.
I think that this is the best canalside mural we have ever seen! There is so much detail in it.