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.


Saturday, 31 March 2018

1st February - 15th March 2018. Snow, bridge and tenpin bowling. A haircut for Shannon and a port concert.


This is our view of the port of Roanne, taken from our kitchen window. We would have to look a long way to improve on this!


A few days later, the snow arrived.


Shannon really enjoyed destroying our snowman.


The next snow was so fine that even our bikes were covered.


We play bridge at the club in Roanne two or three times a week, but we also enjoyed a pleasant social evening of bridge at Simone's house.


In February we had a port outing to the Tenpin bowling rink at Riorges, not far from Roanne. You can see that it is a serious game!


Here is Andy in action.


That was such hard work that we all needed a coffee to help us to recover.


The 1st of March brought another cold spell, with the port icing over, near to The Puzzler.


Shannon has grown her hair long for the winter.


However, it is too long now, and the weather is warmer, so she has had a bath, prior to a haircut. She does not like her bath!


With her new smarter look, Shannon is thinking about rescuing her clean toys from the washing line.


15th of March was an eagerly awaited treat for everyone in the port as the day of the concert arrived!


All the musicians in the band live on their boats in the port, and were really professional.

Dave and Aileen were the main singers, though everyone sang too. Are they sharing a joke that we are missing? We certainly all had a fantastic time that evening at L'Authentic.

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