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.
Sunday, 3 July 2016
18th - 30th June 2016. On up the river Oise. So many barges – we counted 32 on one day. Moving on to the Canal du Nord, we shared locks with a double barge.
The town of L'Isle Adam is very pretty.
Further on, we found a better mooring near to Ribecourt. The barges just keep on coming!
Shannon is doing her meerkat impression, to get a better view of things.
Moving on to the Canal du Nord, commercial traffic has priority, so we must wait.
At Panneterie tunnel there was a red light, but a touch on the intercom changed it to green, without Andy having to say a word!
This tunnel was 1.058 kilometres long. It is always good to see the light at the end of the tunnel!
Sadly the upper Canal de la Somme is now permanently closed, but we will join the Canal de la Somme tomorrow at Peronne.