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, 1 April 2016

Spring at the Port of Roanne in the second half of March 2016.

Now that the weather is improving, Shannon likes to sit out by the fence and watch the world go by. The stone building is the Capitainerie, where Hervé, our harbour master, is based. He has been very helpful this winter. There is a function room at the far end of the building, where functions of various sorts take place on Fridays and Saturdays. They are usually finished by 4 am!

Much to her disgust, Shannon has had a bath, prior to being clipped, so is all fluffy. However the weather turned cold again, so I only trimmed her legs and tummy.
Raymond and Renée kindly gave us a lift to Michelle's house for a bridge party. She lives in the pretty village of Jarnosse, which lies about 16 kilometres to the east of Roanne. C'est un très jolie maison!

At the bottom of the garden there is a fishing lake, which looked lovely.

Back at the port, some boats are leaving for their summer cruising. This big peniche is a hotel boat, and they had several excited guests on board.

We have continued to finish off the painting, Andy is just masking for the last white line on the diamonds by the bows of The Puzzler.
On the roof the mushrooms have been off for a complete refurbishment, but are now going back on. The bases have been polished, then lacquered, while the tops are polished regularly. They were much easier to repolish to a high shine here in Roanne after the winter, presumably as the air is cleaner.

The Puzzler is now ready to go, with the fenders back on and all the painting finished.
On 31st March we had 70th birthday celebrations  for Jane at L' Authentique . We all brought food and a good time was had by all! Halfway through the party, Andy and I both remembered that it was also our 43rd wedding anniversary today!

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