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, 12 July 2017
1st – 10th July 2017. On to the Canal de la Sarre, through Mittersheim, Harskirchen, Sarralbe, and on to Sarreguemines.
Continuing on, we cross the Etang du Stock on an aqueduct, where the canal is level with the lake, only separated from it by the towpath.
Twelve more locks lead us down the valley, with some lovely lock cottages.
Sometimes the canal runs through the woods.
A large extension makes this lock cottage rather special.
Here too, the canal runs alongside natural lakes.
Below the locks lies Mittersheim, the first village on the canal de la Sarre, and it is beautifully decorated with flowers.
The next part of the canal is much more open.
Shannon likes to travel on the roof of The Puzzler, but just now the heat is too much!
We had arranged to collect our post at the port of Harskirchen and arrived there on Wednesday morning. However, the capitaine had not told us they were closed midweek, and so we had to wait there until Friday.
Shannon has had a full trim, and is enjoying her new ''cool pool''.
At Sarralbe there is a splendid new mooring, with free electricity and water. A lot of money has been spent here!
The church is really impressive, but it was a very long walk to get to the supermarket at the other end of town.
This storks nest, on top of the church roof, is one of several in town. We must have seen eight nests in that area.
We arrived in Sarreguemine to find both Lazybones and Puddleduck, from Roanne, in the port. La Paradoxe, with our French friends, is here too. The port is full because the closed lock is still closed! It should perhaps be open in a week's time, but then again, perhaps not. On va voir!