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.
Wednesday, 5 April 2017
29th March 2017. A Bridge Club outing to the cattle market at Saint-Christophe-en-Brionnais, then on to visit the romanesque churches of Semur-en Brionnais, Anzy-le-Duc and Saint-Martin-du-lac.
We met beside the cattle market, and I think that Renée is checking that all 32 of us have arrived.
In the morning all the youngstock are gathered in the pens nearest to the sale ring.
Some of them are quite young, and they are all Charolais today.
Here the buyers can be seen, in the tiered seats, with buttons to push when they want to bid. There is no discrete nodding at the auctioneer here!
These solid beasts are patiently waiting for the afternoon session.
We walked up the high street to the Restaurant du Midi, where we all enjoyed a good meal.
Outside the restaurant, Andy is looking very serious!
Three cars, including ours, set off on a tour of three local villages, starting in Semur-en-Brionnais. The romanesque church here was built in the 12th century.
The western portal is very richly adorned with a lot of detail.
Everyone is admiring it.
We have really enjoyed our day out with the Bridge Club. They are a great crowd and know how to enjoy themselves!