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.
Friday, 16 September 2016
9th - 11th April. Back along the Canal de la Marne-au-Rhin to Lutzelbourg, where we climbed up to the castle. We explore the Valley of the Lockkeepers, then Andy and The Puzzler go up the inclined plane again at Arzviller.
The Château of Lutzelbourg stands high above the village.
We walked up from the village, on a marked track through the forest.
There is more to the château than appears from the canal. It still looks a long way to climb up there!
Looking back down to the canal from the chateau, but no boats there today.
At last we are seeing a busy canal, with a great many hireboats about too. The canals have been so quiet this year that this makes a nice change.
At lock 14 the lock cottage is now a gîte, overlooking this wide pound in the flight.
The top few locks hold water, but not enough to be used again.
It is time for The Puzzler to ascend the inclined plane again at Arzviller.
In the next caison, three boats are going down.
It has been all too much for Shannon!