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.

Saturday, 25 July 2015

14th - 21st July 2015. Bastille Day fireworks at Choisey, then back to Dole in hot weather. Rochefort-sur-Nenon.

From Dole we went back downstream to Choisey, and had fireworks again, but across the canal this time. Some boys had fun later on, near to our mooring, throwing fireworks down into the park below. They then made a small bonfire on the picnic table, for all their failed fireworks! Luckily, only one landed on The Puzzler.
The lock cottages on this part of the Rhone to Rhine Canal are built very close to the locks. Most of these cottages are now privately owned. All houses keep their shutters closed, to keep the sun out.

We managed to find a canalside mooring with some shade. This is quite important when the temperature reaches 36 degrees!
We returned to Dole on Thursday, and bought a swimming ladder, but were then chased off the town mooring as The Puzzler is over 15 metres long! This was definitely a good thing, as we ended up on a wall mooring by the slipway, which was in the shade. The temperature reached 44 degrees before that! I have never been so hot before.

That evening the Rockin' Blues Guitars gave a free concert in the park. We were treated to three hours of 60's, 70's and 80's music, which was excellent.

Leaving Dole, the canal goes through an avenue of very old plane trees.
Mooring can be a problem on this canal, so we were pleased to find a space at Rochfort-sur-Nenon, and stayed there for a couple of days. We are beside the trees, below the cliffs. This is a popular picnic place, and we saw rock climbing lessons going on too.

Shannon is quite happy to swim out to Andy, before returning to the boat, for a safe lift-out!

Climbing to the top of the cliff, it is possible to see how little water there is is the weir, which is opposite to our mooring.
Moving on above the lock at Saint Vit, we manage to find two convenient trees, for a shaded mooring, as the hot weather continues.

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