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, 21 March 2015
14th February - 21st March 2015. Winter nearly over. Change of mooring. Painting The Puzzler.
We have been storing our wood on the jetty beside The Puzzler, under our blue tarpaulin.
Two thirds of the wood is now on the roof, with all of the rest in the cratch.
We have been painting the yellow stripe, which is why it looks rather messy!
We are repainting the whole starboard side of The Puzzler, and move over to the other side of the harbour for this, as the jetty is lower there.
The puzzle picture was tricky to mask, ready for the red paint.
We apply the paint with a roller, before giving it a brush finish. It is now 11 years since this side was painted, so it has lasted well.
It hurts to see the signwriting disappearing, but it will be easy enough to redo it, in due course.
Shannon had to be tied out on the bank all day, while the red and green was painted. She found it very tiring!
Here are the first lambs of the year. From the width of the ewe, we think that these are probably Texel sheep.
The Dutch keep their trees trimmed, but this is a really short trim!