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.
Thursday, 27 April 2017
30th March - 16th April 2017. Our last few days in Roanne, followed by a pleasant weekend on the canal with Jean-Charles, Ghislaine and Escot.
The Puzzler has meanwhile been treated to some new LED strip lights, which are great fun.
We cruised halfway up the port to collect Jean-Charles, exchanging hoots with our friends as we left the port.
Further on, Jean-Charles took the tiller and we moored by the bridge before Melay.
Next morning we saw this stork, which showed no fear of us. Later on we saw one flying overhead – they are so graceful in flight.
It is cherry blossom time again, as we pass Artais.
Both Shannon and Escot like being with Ghislaine at the front.
Meanwhile Jean-Charles is helping to work the lock. Il est un éclusier nouveau!
We finished our week-end outing above the deep lock of Bourg-le-Comte, and walked up to the village.
The view is wonderful, looking back over the canal. C'était un bon weekend!