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.
Saturday, 31 January 2015
Shannon is not so sure about Cheetah! She is a boxer / padenko cross and is a lovely dog.
Further north it is possible to walk on the beach, but it is very cold today!
Nearby is an old wooden minesweeper, which we think would have been used in World War 11.
Further on is the newer part of the harbour, with modern yachts resting for the winter.
Cheetah approves of Shannon's basket, although she does not quite fit!
The next day, when our visitors have gone, Shannon is pleased to have her bed back. It is just the right size for a shih-tzu!
Friday, 30 January 2015
The weather has been windy, but not too cold, for the first week of the year in The Netherlands.
Sally went to England for a visit, going by ferry on the Hook of Holland / Harwich route to Norfolk. Here are Elaine and Mary in Wayland Wood, with Louis, a cute Padenko hound.
The Shard is on the south bank of the river.
Next to see were the Houses of Parliament, but there was little traffic on the river here.
On past the Tower of London, back among the older buildings.
We could buy grain to feed the birds, and these geese were most appreciative!
These flamingos are in the African section of the sanctuary. The cold does not seem to bother them.
In the end I was moved to a seat on a KLM flight, which was also delayed. This was a much bigger plane though, which was reassuring. It was early evening by now. We eventually boarded, then waited on the ground for ages until there was room for us to take off. Once over Schipol airport, we had to circle three times, because we were late, until there was room for us to land safely. We could not see the landing lights on the ground until we landed! We taxied for a long way to reach the airport buildings, then walked for ever to get to the main building. By the time I had found my case and then the station, it was quite late. At Amsterdam Sloterdijk I caught the last train of the day at 1.23 am, which took me to Heerhugoward, where ongoing passengers had to catch a bus to Schagen. Andy and Shannon met me at the station, and we eventually reached The Puzzler at 2 am.
Tuesday, 6 January 2015
20th - 31st December 2014. Christmas in Schagen. Skating and curling on the portable ice rink. A New Year's party at the harbour.
We had a quiet Christmas on The Puzzler. Shannon really enjoyed wearing her tinsel collar, and then opening her presents.
"That did taste good!"
The portable ice rink arrived in the middle of Schagen in early December, and will be here for a whole month.
Inside the marquee they are ready for business, with plenty of skates for hire!
After each end the stone or stones nearest to the centre of the house belonged to the winning team, who went on to the next round.
There are a few resident boaters in Recreativiehaven Schagen, and we were all delighted to be included in the harbour celebrations.