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, 28 June 2017
12th - 21st June 2017. Shopping at Fains-les-Sources, then on to Tronville, Givrauval, Pagny-sur-Meuse, through Mauvages tunnel to Toul, where Andy fixed the engine.
The village of Tronville was a much more pleasant place to spend the night.
The fortified church has been there since the 12th century.
On the far side of the village there were several lovely properties.
For a couple of kilometres we battled our way through this thick weed. Andy says that it is the worst weed that he has seen in 50 years of boating, with the whole canal a solid mass of it
At Givrauval the word mansion comes to mind!
We found a long walk up through the woods behind the village.
It was an attractive place to stay, on our own privare jetty.
I know! I must try and remember to take photos before we are leaving!
Our walk took us to the other side of these woods.
Boats used to be towed through Mauvages tunnel, but now it is Monsieur on his bicycle!
At Pargny-sur-Meuse we had our own aquarium, with all sizes of fish. Andy ordered a new hose for the engine, to be collected at Lorraine Marine at Toul.
Most tunnels have lights, but we came through Foug tunnel before 9am, hoping that no-one was coming the other way! Luckily, no-one was.
In Toul our engine was again too hot to continue, so we drifted in to wait on the city walls.