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.
Thursday, 21 April 2016
12th - 16th April. Debbie is with us on the Canal du Centre from Digoin, via Paray-le-Monial and Génelard to Montchanin.
Eglise Notre Dame de la Providence dominates the centre of Digoin. Look at the left top of the tower!
Yes, it is a real stork on her nest! She was still for so long that at first we thought she was a sculpture.
Inside, it is quite different to the church at Digoin.
There are cloisters within the Basilica. This reminded me of the race in the film “Chariots of Fire”.
From the other side of the building the varied levels make the Basilica look like a different church!
This laden donkey seems to be quite happy on his travels.
Two hours later, the weather had cleared, and we were delighted when Cassandra and Heidi joined us that evening.
The picture of the working boat in the cutting after Génelard, reminds us of times gone by too.
The black clouds arrive later in the day, bringing this hail storm!