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, 31 May 2017
26th - 27th May 2017. A visit to the laverie at Vouécourt and a thunderstorm, with hailstones the size of marbles at Villiers-sur-Marne.
The lock cottages are very pleasant on this stretch of the canal, with all of them in use.
Most trees have straight trunks, but this one was really different!
Vouécourt is an attractive village.
In Vouécourt there were bells on the outside of the church tower. However, having waited ages to see them ring, they didn't move at all, with the sound coming from inside the tower.
The laverie at Vouécourt is one of the best preserved that we have seen.
Inside, it probably looks the same as it did when the ladies of the village used to do their laundry, many years ago.
A frog joined us in a lock, next morning. These frogs are not enormous, but do make a loud noise at all rural moorings.
At Viliers-sur-Marne a thunderstorm began, pelting us with hailstones. It continued for nearly an hour.
It was as though we had been in a snow storm.
These are a few of the hailstones which Andy collected over an hour after the storm.
They weren't very happy!
Next morning it was as though the storm had never been!