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, 30 September 2015
23rd - 27th September. Better weather, more walnuts, a great Gothic cathedral in Sens, then on through more locks to Cézy.
We continue to collect walnuts from the boat. This is our best “bunch” of eight!
However, we felt that the most impressive part of the cathedral was the 18 metre Great Rose window.
The sun was shining through this window, and the colour was reflected on the huge pillars.
Our own flowers are still quite colourful, as is Andy, as he counts walnuts, which are on the roof of the boat to dry!
The gate paddles here are unusual, as the éclusier (lockkeeper) just pulls a lever to operate them, instead of winding a handle.
Beside each lock, the weir is guarded. There does not seem to be much flow on the river Yonne at present, but this shows that still waters run deep!
We took a detour off the main river to go to this delightful secluded mooring, near to the small village of Cézy.
We sailed past Joigny, but will visit here when we pass this way next spring. It looks to be an attractive town.