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.
Friday, 19 May 2017
6th - 14th May 2017 Games on the boats, then the Marché de Fleurs at Auxonne. Off the River Saône on to the Champagne à Burgundy canal, visiting various small villages on our way.
The cathedral in Auxonne is having a face-lift, and looks much lighter in colour than it did when we last saw it.
Moving on up the river, we visited Pontailler-sur-Saône.
The lavoir here is in working order, and Andy can be seen winding the chain, thus lifting the wooden platform which hangs over the river.
We stopped first in Maxilly village, where a fellow boater kindly gave me a spare marigold plant. Then it was on to Renève, where as usual nothing was open. We liked this house though.
With the flowers now quite happily back on the roof, the Viaduc d'Oisilly can be seen behind us. It is 293 metres long and was built in 1886-7.
Mooring near to Beaumont-sur-Vingeanne, we completed a circular walk through two villages, but the castle is only open to visitors in July and August.
These turrets in the farmhouses are most attractive, and we saw these in both Beaumont and in Dampierre-et Flée.
Our mooring here looked out over open fields. Yes, this is the towpath – most of them are of this quality in this part of France.
Shannon has a new place to travel, on top of the long coiled rope, on the bows of The Puzzler. This rope is used when going up locks.
The donkey on the left is as big as the horses, being a French Poitou donkey.
Some of the lock houses on this canal are uninhabited, so Andy is taking a quick look inside.
Another wild mooring – at least the bows are well in!