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.
Sunday, 13 September 2015
1st - 7th September. A detour to Nevers, then back on the Canal Latéral à la Loire to the aqueduct at Guétin.
Side streets in Nevers are lined with cobbles.
We are now returning along the Nevers branch, with two locks to rise us up to the Canal Latéral à la Loire.
There is a double lock, taking us down off the aqueduct. We are just leaving the second chamber, having dropped 9.23 metres in all. The top gates are high up, behind The Puzzler.
The cruiser here (red arrowed) is just entering the first chamber of the double lock, which is actually built as part of the aqueduct. It is a real engineering feat!
Having had an early start on Sunday, there was time for a wash day later on. Spreading clothes on the roof is the quickest way to dry them, but perhaps not in this case! Shannon was so comfortable that it seemed mean to move her.
Long sections of the Canal Latéral à la Loire are lined with trees so, as we will have been on this canal for 200 kilometres, we have seen a lot of trees!
It is not all trees though, and this field of ripe sunflowers will soon be harvested for cooking oil.