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.

Friday, 31 October 2014

26th - 31st October. On to the Noord Holland kanaal, then on to Schagen, our winter mooring.

We are heading northwards on the Noord Holland Kanaal. It is wide and straight for a long way here, but is our most direct route to Schagen, our ultimate destination.
Passing through Alkmaar, this tall ship adds a touch of history to the canalside.
We like the unusual thatching on the houses on this part of the Noord Holland Canal.
This strange structure is a litter bin for passing cyclists!
It is a good thing that we are turning off the Noord Holland Kanaal here as the bridge ahead does not look too inviting! We could possibly have squeezed through to the left side of the bridge.
Turning off on to the Stolpen - Schagen canal, there is also work going on here, but it is no problem.
At last we have reached our winter mooring in Schagen. Everyone is very helpful and there are all the facilities which we might need here.

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