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, 7 June 2017
28th May - 6th June 2017. On through weed to Joinville and Vitry-le-Françoise, then a right turn on to la Marne au Rhin canal (Ouest) to Bignicourt.
There are a great many dragonflies about.
It was a little tricky, getting near enough to the water tap. We did not have the correct hose fitting, so could not use our long hose, but luckily no other boats came along, while we blocked the canal.
We operate the locks with this telecommand, and Shannon is trying to help.
We spent the rest of that day playing games, and had a very pleasant barbeque beside the boats.
Bignicourt was an interesting village, with many different styles in the houses.
Their letter boxes are in groups, instead of each being beside individual houses.
The weather was threatening, but we enjoyed exploring the village.
Shannon made friends with a sheep. Neither of them was really sure what to make of each other!
The grounds of Bignicourt Château were open to the public for the weekend. As this only happens once each year, we are lucky to have come now.
As we are not in a hurry, we have stayed at Bignicourt for six nights, which is our longest stay anywhere, during the summer months, since arriving in mainland Europe. It is a lovely mooring.