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.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Early February through to late March 2017. Spring is on the way in the Port of Roanne.

The skies in February have been threatening over the port. This winter has been much colder than at this time last year, with little table tennis in the park! When not suffering from the local bad throat, which we took turns to do, we have played quite a lot of bridge, where everyone continues to be very friendly at the Bridge Club du Roannais.

Shannon is keeping her winter coat quite long for now.

When the pompiers bring their hosepipe down to the port for some practice, we make sure that all windows are closed on that side of The Puzzler!

Even the dogs are enjoying a trip in the dinghy with Jake and Rachel.

Shannon delights in looking cute, especially if food is involved.

On the other side of the port, Dave and Jane have started to prepare their peniche, Narwal, for her new colour scheme.

Dave is now hard at work with the red, or is it maroon, paint?

That is one side nearly finished.

The spring flowers are lovely beside the roundabout, at the other end of the port of Roanne.

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