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.


Monday, 13 April 2015

22nd - 31st March. More painting. Easter Cattle show in Schagen.



Peeling the tape off makes the recently painted red and green paint look really sharp.

The next job was painting the side decking, with rubberised non-slip paint. This paint includes chopped up rubber tyres!
It is time for the annual Easter cattle show in Schagen, known as Schagen Paasvee Tentoonstelling. The most important feature of these special cattle is their rump steak.

This beast has done well in the show ring. He certainly looks the part, with a back end like that!

The whole town centre, in front of the church, was taken over by the cattle. It was a very wet morning, hence the coats.


Nearby is the display of vintage tractors.
Meanwhile, in the other direction, can be found the modern farm machines. This show is like a British county show, but in the centre of Schagen.
Outside the Albert Hein supermarket, the trees have been trimmed very neatly. No branches are allowed here!
Early in the morning, at the end of March, the view across the harbour from The Puzzler was really calm.
However,four days later, the waves are rolling in, as Andy takes Shannon for her morning walk.

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