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.
Thursday, 20 July 2017
11th - 17th July. From Sarreguemines into Germany, on foot, then we sailed to the current end of navigation, before returning up the canal de la Sarre.
Sarreguemines lies on the German border, so we walked over the bridge to buy a German plant for one of our flower pots.
Shannon has scratched a sore place under her chin, so has to wear her lampshade to keep it protected. She is not impressed!
There are some unusual boats about. Majesty of the Seas is 33.5 metres long, although she looks like a full size liner.
The church at Ketting is a very unusual shape, with a low 12th century nave and a higher chancel, which dates from the 15th century.
Unusually, for a village church, the door was open, so we were pleased to be able to see the stained glass from the 15th century. It is on the left of this picture. This is reputed to be one of the most beautiful examples in Lorraine.
The Roman round tower was a watchtower in the 9th century.
Ketting is a pretty village, with many different coloured shutters.
This ''blockhaus'', a part of the Aquatic Maginot line, was built between 1932 and 1935, but was used for defence during the Second World War.
The weather on Friday is threatening us with a mass of clouds, but the rain keeps off. We had a pleasant evening yesterday with Terry and Hilary at Saaralbe.
Saturday finds us moored below lock 16, with hotelboat Johanna. John is the captain of this ship, and does self-catering trips on his boat in this area.
Our last night on the Canal de la Sarre was spent just above lock 1, and so we saw Boathome coming up, filling the lock!