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, 21 September 2015
12th – 15th September. Up to the summit level of the Canal de Briare, then down again at Rogny-les-Sept-Ecluses, and on to Dammarie-sur-Loing, and Montbuoy.
This week has been wetter!
These were the original seven locks, which were a staircase. They were replaced because they created such a bottleneck on the canal.
Five kilometres further on we visited Dammarie-sur-Loing. The war memorial here is rather different as it features a grenadier, throwing a grenade.
The main street here is obviously expecting some boats to come along, considering the line of mooring bollards!
Shannon found a lavoire to be a good place for a paddle!
It is nice to see the sun shining again in Montbuoy by the attractive 11th century church.
Barge Sunny was a tight fit in the lock. He is on his way to Paris.