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.
Tuesday, 19 May 2015
12th- 18th May 2015. South towards Belgium on the Maas, Zuid Willemsvaart, and Juliana Kanaal.
We moored in the first marina at Heusden, which is an old town built in a star shape.
There are few moorings on this waterway, but this grassy bank above lock 11 was perfect for us.
We pulled into this small harbour at Nederweert to go shopping, but this was a bad decision!
Walking is good here, with stepping stones to add interest.
Shannon and Cheetah had some great games together.
Beavers have been very active here. Even Shannon could not believe the size of this tree which they had felled.
It was time for Sam and Cees to leave us, so Ollie kindly provided the water taxi to get them to a bus in Maasbracht. Andy went along for the ride.
The dinghy, Origami, is groaning under the weight!