These are the adventures of Andy and Sally Rawnsley on their narrowboat "The Puzzler". We have been living on the boat for over eight 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, returning to Roanne for a second winter.
Saturday, 28 May 2016
22nd May - 28th May. Moving quickly on down the Yonne to Pont-sur-Yonne, then Montereau where we join the Seine, and continue downstream.
The barges seem to get bigger and bigger! We are waiting for him to exit the lock before we can go down.
This is a lovely rural mooring, just on the edge of the village of Cannes-Ecluse. We found some elderflowers for our annual elderflower cordial.
Some of the houses alongside the River Seine could have come straight out of a fairytale.
On this part of the Seine, there are many residential barges along the banks. Apparently many of these are the homes of retired barge owners.
This prison dominates the landscape on the approach to Melun.
We had to wait before lock 4 for barge Navis and double barge Enola Gay to enter the lock. There was plenty of room for The Puzzler too, as these locks are huge.
Tuesday, 24 May 2016
Sunday, 22 May 2016
16th - 18th May. Plenty of cycling, cruising on to Saint-Florentin, a meal out in Brienon, then delays at Cheny lock in Migennes. Elaine and Mary leave us.
Saturday, 21 May 2016
Way up above the pool, many steps up! is the church of St Peter. It dates back to the 13th century and is a fine building.
From the church it is possible to look out over the many and varied roofs of the town.
This stained glass window was made in 1541, and is noticeably different in its colouring to more modern ones. It is lovely.
From the church, this garden descends to the town. The path slaloms down the steep hill, between the trees, and is known as Parc Grippeau.
This main hall used to contain about 40 patients, with four altars too, for Catholic services.
There was a museum to tell us more about the hospital too, within the building. This model shows how the main roof of the hospital was supported.
The rest of the museum showed how surgical procedures were carried out, among other exhibits. This wooden statue of Marguerite of Burgundy was carved in the 13th century.
Friday, 20 May 2016
7th - 13th May. On to Pouilly, then down the other side of the Canal de Bourgogne, with our visitors joining us at Montbard.
Between the locks, as we descend, the Canal de Bourgogne is usually quite wide, with the landscape stretching away to the hills beyond.
We are in lock 49, which is near the end of a flight of 37 locks in just over 12 kilometres.
Narrows ahead! You would not want to meet another boat here.
As we passed Courcelles-les-Montbard the weather was threatening, but it did not rain.
This stork gave us an impressive aerial display, circling above The Puzzler.
At Nogent-le-Grand Shannon approved of the lavoir, finding the water really tasty.
This TGV has whisked our visitors, Elaine and Mary, directly from Paris in just 63 minutes!
Looking ahead, after lock 74, the cliffs and the Bois de Garle are ahead of us.
This has to be the oldest church which we have visited, with solid wooden pews.
There is so much detail in the carving of the Last Supper, above the altar.
I loved the way that this old barn wall had been "renovated" with thin stone, above the old original ones.
However, some of the houses are much more recent.
Moving on to Tanlay, this splendid natural tree stump has been transformed into an Easter Island sculpture.
The chateau at Tanlay is surrounded by this moat. We decided to look round the interior another time.
After a walk round the grounds of the chateau, we came to this bookshop cum café for a cup of tea.