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, 8 November 2015
27th Oct - 4th Nov 2015. We arrive in Roanne with the Puzzler, and settle into our winter mooring.
The lock ahead of us leads into the port of Roanne. It is good to be here at last.
However, as it is now the end of the season, and no more visiting boats are expected, we have been allocated a permanent place on the jetty by the Capitainerie.
This is a very good place to be, as it has a small secure fenced area for Shannon, and for our bikes too.
Within the week, the leaves are being collected from the park beside the moorings. From this gate by our jetty, we can look across to the bank which separates us from the River Loire.
The Loire is quite an impressive river, even though we are a long way from the sea.
Back by The Puzzler, this is our view of the west side of the port by day. We are having fantastic weather this week.
And the view by night!
This coypu swims right past the boat. There are three of them living at this end of the port.
The young one is eating a piece of apple, his favourite snack.
Everyone is very friendly in the harbour, with the ladies meeting for “Stitch and Bitch” every Wednesday.