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.
Monday, 11 April 2016
Early April 2016. Final week of Bridge. Last supper in Roanne! We leave the port with Debbie and Toad on 9th April.
We were given a lovely farewell speech and a present of some Champagne.
We like this view of The Puzzler from the other side of the port.
Toad drew one ticket in our sweepstake for the Grand National, but his horse did not win. He was most upset! Find Toad Rawnsley on facebook!
On Saturday we found time to play table tennis on the concrete tables in the park.
Debbie tested Dad with some sneaky shots, but he eventually beat her.
However, she now had her eye in, and beat Mum.
We are ready for departure at last.
We also had a farewell committee at the lock, as Cassandra, Mary and Brian joined us there.
Out of Roanne lock and off to the rest of France for seven months.