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.
Wednesday, 8 June 2016
1st - 9th June 2016. On the Canal de L'Ourcq
So far there has been a good towpath all the way along this canal.
Even the insects have a fancy hotel here!
On the way out of town, this clever mural was painted on two sides of the small building, with the join being difficult to spot.
Two coypu on the opposite bank fascinated Shannon. We watched them grazing for ages.
Shannon and I have walked along the towpath on most mornings.
We have a good view over the Marne valley, as this is a contour canal. We are well above the villages.
The town of Meaux can be visited from both the canal de L'Ourcq and the river Marne. There is still a lot of water in the Marne. Despite it being Sunday, the cathedral was very closed.
Just round the corner at Poincy, we moored above this wonderful garden.
The 76 year old owner invited us to come and look round, and we were certainly impressed by it. The Puzzler can just be seen, arrowed, on the canal up above the garden.
As it was a very hot day, Shannon found a cool muddy puddle, created by the immense thunder storm last night.