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, 2017 and 2018, returning to Roanne each winter.
Friday, 8 January 2016
Dec 2015 - early Jan 2016. Festive celebrations in the Port de Roanne.
Shannon had a wonderful time at Christmas opening her presents. This one contained a soft duck which was already a favourite toy, rewrapped for the occasion!
At the other end of the table, again from the left, are Jill, Altz(again), Graham(again), mine hosts Pete and Jan, Frank and Mick(again). It was a great occasion.
Pete saw some French people outside, who were watching our celebrations, so they too were invited in for a glass of wine, and a good time was had by all!
After the meal it was time to relax. More dogs arrived, and we ended up with 7 of them on Rook too.
Sunset over the port of Roanne. This is the view from The Puzzler – aren't we lucky!
For New Year's Eve, we were all invited to the barge Highlander by Roger and Mary, who had been away for Christmas.
Here is the rest of the gang!
By New Year's Day it was all too much for Andy and Shannon!
Frederick, who lives next door to us on his cruiser, Willusty, is one of Shannon's best friends.