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 June 2018
13th - 21st June 2018. The Canal de Bourgogne, from Montbard via Pouilly-en-Auxois to St-Jean-de Losne.
At Venarey-les-Laumes, 8 locks and 12 kilometres further on, there is a fine French cockerel by the church.
At Marigny-le Cahouët, this was one of several unique gîtes. We went up 29 locks today, covering 10.5 kilometres in just 5 hours.
The valley here is quite wide, and most of the cattle are charolais.
Sadly, several of the lock cottages are empty.
Others, however, are in lovely condition.
It is quite pleasant to be out in the sunshine again.
A few locks further on brings us to this unique lock cottage.
It is amazing how many different tools and implements can be found here on the walls.
The locks are so close together, that it is no hardship to walk from one to the next.
The next few locks follow the canal, as it curves round the hill, on which Châteauneuf sits.
This would be an interesting house to have, in la Bussière-sur-Ouche
Moving on, on Monday, this is a really pretty part of the canal.
When Andy went to Roanne for the car, two weeks ago, he travelled over this viaduct.
It is such a contrast, seeing the high-rise buildings in Dijon. We did not stop there this time, but went on to Longecourt-en-Plaine, to be further out in the country.
This was the high point of Shannon's day, as a water rat shared a lock with us!
The mushrooms by the lock in St-Jean-de-Losne are very distinctive, as we descend on to the river Saône.
After filling up with fuel, from the floating pontoon, we moved on to moor on the steps. It was good to find 1000 Rivers there, with John and Karen.