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.
Monday, 6 July 2015
23rd June - 2nd July 2015. On the Champagne Burgundy Canal from Chamouilley and Joinville to Langres.
John and Brigitte joined us at Chamouilley, which was a charming village.
There is a new mooring here, with no charge, so long as you do not want water or electricity!
Andy and John cycled back along the towpath the next evening, moving the car to Joinville, ready for a train at the end of the week.
The town of Joinville lies below the ruined site of the old Chateau. which was a medieval stronghold, belonging to the House of Guise.
The next part of the canal after leaving Joinville, was extremely weedy. A central section had been cut away, to allow for passage of boats.
We have enjoyed finding country moorings and this one even had a private swimming pool for Shannon! We were jealous of this, as the weather is now extremely hot.
Le Pont Canal de Mussey was one of several aqueducts taking the canal over the river Marne, which is following this valley with us.
Continuing on, it is good to have shade from the trees by the canal. I have to water the flowers twice a day in this hot weather.
Here Andy and Brigitte are sailing on to the lock at Vouécourt.
This lock is particularly deep, at 3.9 metres, so it would have been difficult to put our front rope on to a bollard from the boat.
The canal continues to be lined with trees, and is lovely.
Next morning John and Brigitte set off on their long journey back to England.