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.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

11th - 17th September 2017. Off to Northumberland for my niece, Emily and David's wedding.

A couple of days cruising took us to Souppes-sur-Loing, where Andy and Shannon were to wait for me.
On Friday I was off to the north of  Northumberland, where the scenery is wonderful. I am here for my niece's wedding tomorrow. This is the superb view from my bedroom window, where I am staying with my cousins.

Here is my niece, Emily, and her new husband, David, in the Threshing Barn at Doxford Barns. These barns have been renovated and make a great place for a wedding, being full of character.

The bridegroom's family photo just beat the rain.

However, the bride and her family kept dry, here in the Great Hall!

Cousin Oliver watches my brother, John, with his daughters Emily, the bride and Harriet, her chief bridesmaid.

Back at Doddington, the three cousins, Oliver, Sally and Jonathan are in the orchard. It has been such a good weekend, catching up on family news.

A long-time family friend, Susan, was staying at the house too, which was great fun.

Meanwhile Shannon is working on her best photographic smile, as she and Andy have spent a quiet few days at Souppes.


  1. Seems like you had fun being with your family in North Northumberland. The wedding of your niece Emily has been wonderful despite the rain. Congratulations to the newly wed.

    Gretta Hewson
    Veritable Top Austin Towing website

  2. Oh so lovely photos fromEmily and David's wedding. I am sure everyone enjoyed it a lot. Even it was an inspirational post for me as well. Actually we are marrying soon and would be having an outdoor wedding. Trying to find the best garden wedding venues in New York City. Do you have any suggestions?