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.
Sunday, 27 November 2016
It was raining in Norfolk, but that did not deter this squirrrel, as he ran along the fence. He is just to the right of the gatepost. All is well here, after the flood in June.
On the River Yare there were a few cruisers on the move, near to the sugar beet factory.
Back in Roanne, most of the leaves are down. Shannon loves to walk here, alongside the canal. She had a lovely holiday with her friend, Escot, while we were in England.
In the port, it is time for the final leaf collection. At one point, there were five men with blowers, organising the leaves, ready for the leaf lorry to arrive.
Meanwhile it has been raining! On Tuesday the River Loire was rising, after a great deal of rain.
By Wednesday 23rd Nov the river was right around the HEP plant. We have never seen it as high before.
What power there is here, coming through the bridge!
Monday, 7 November 2016
26th October - 5th November 2016. Back in the port of Roanne, for bridge, stitch and bitch, happy hour and walks by the River Loire.
On into Roanne lock.
As we go on out into the port, we feel as though we have come home!
Looking to the left, the port looks as full as ever.
That same afternoon, we went to the Roanne Bridge Club, where it was nice to see all of our French friends again.
Cedric arrived by The Puzzler very soon for his piece of apple.
On Wednesday I went to Stitch and Bitch which, of course, is ladies only and again, it was good to catch up with everyone. We continued to do this at L'Authentique Happy Hour on Thursday. There are a lot of new people in the port, so we started to learn the new faces, and who is on which boat.
The circus arrived in town on Wednesday, and is on the car park at the far end of the port.
We went to the show on Friday, not having been to a circus with wild animals for many, many years.
The River Loire looks as good as ever.
Further on, the stepping stones are clear of the stream today.