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.
Wednesday, 5 August 2015
25th - 28th July. On along the Doubs to Novillars, Laissey, Fourbanne and Baume-le-Dames.
Mooring at Novillars, we were treated to the “Dutch light” on the far side of the Doubs river.
Carrying on upstream, the cliffs are even higher, and it is rather like the river Meuse in the Ardennes.
There are pastures here, to our right, as the valley opens out, and cows, with cow bells, which sound lovely.
Every so often we pass small villages, nestled below the wooded sides of the Doubs valley.
Above Baume-le-Dames the canal goes through a narrow wooded section.
Rejoining the river Doubs though, it is really wide again. It flows to the left, below the hill ahead.
There are very few moorings generally on this river, so we are on a lock mooring, above La Raie aux Chèvres lock. Literally translated, this is “the stripe on the goats”.