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, 29 May 2018
15th - 26th May 2018. A week at Mailly-le-Chåteau, then on to the end of the Vermenton branch of the canal and, later, a visit to the Caves of Bailly Lapierre.
Shannon found new friends nearby.
After a week, we left Mailly-le-Chåteau to continue on, and joined the Vermenton branch, which is quite narrow.
Back on the Nivernais Canal, the valley is quite wide here.
Now this is proper cultivated asparagus!
These caves are full of history, being the source of stone for the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. This was my favourite carving - there are several in the caves
Bailly's have made wine here since 1972 and we bought enough wine to merit a lift back to the mooring!
When we first arrived at the mooring, our deck was level with the stonework.