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.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

19th -21st May. Our visitors leave us in Migennes. We continue on the River Yonne to Joigny.

Elaine and Mary had to catch an earlier train on Thursday, due to strike action on the railways. The river lock in Migennes was also closed for most of the day, but we are not sure why that was. The water by our mooring got higher and higher, while the lock was out of use, making it very easy for Shannon to get a drink!
On Friday we were in the lock behind a cruiser, and beside a Dutch barge style narrowboat, Grand Dutchy. The lockkeeper was amazed when the three of us all fitted in together.
At Joigny we moored above the bridge, on the right bank of the Yonne. The water was flowing quite fast but, by going in upstream, it felt quite safe here. On Saturday, the large covered market beside The Puzzler was full of fruit, veg. and meat stalls, with clothing and everything else on outside stalls.
What a display of foxgloves!
There are several open squares in Joigny, which climbs up the hill from the river Yonne.
The narrow side streets have real character.
The house of the tree of Jesse represents the ancestral tree of Jesus.
This is the remaining town gate, right at the top of the town of Joigny.
These two were very interested in all that went on in the street below them.
The river Yonne is a long way down, seen between the houses.

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