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.
Saturday, 7 May 2016
5th - 6th May On up the valley of the river Ouche with a visit to Châteauneuf, then on through France's highest canal tunnel.
There have been a lot of cyclists all the way up the canal de Bourgogne, but this must be a tandem club, out for the day.
We spent Friday morning climbing up the steep road to the village of Châteauneuf, which gave us a splendid view over the Auxois plains.
We were hoping that Shannon would be allowed to view the castle from our rucksack. However, she wasn't, so we didn't either! This is as close as we got.
The village centre was very picturesque.
This tree was on the outskirts of the village, and looked as though it would speak to us at any moment!
Andy and Shannon went right inside the tree from behind. Shannon found a different exit!
He absolutely fills the lock.
We now have flowers on the roof, thanks to the garden centre in Pouilly, and SuperU is very handy too, for shopping.