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, 15 June 2016
8th - 15th June 2016. On from Varreddes to the head of the canal de L'Ourc, then back to Bondy, in the suburbs of Paris.
We found an interesting walk up through the woods, and feasted on wild strawberries!
Moving on through Bosse bridge, this could have been on an English canal, except for the lack of other boats.
A lorry was needed to clear the wood from the fallen trees. There were a few small branches still in the water, but nothing to worry about.
The canal de Clignon is a small feeder canal, and comes in near the head of the Canal de L'Ourcq.
Setting off to go back down the canal, Shannon is on a constant watch for coypu. She loves to see them, either on the bank, or diving to escape The Puzzler. Moorhens are nearly as good!
There is a great deal of urban art along this canal, and some of the artists are quite talented.