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.

Thursday, 7 June 2018

27th - 31st May, 2018. On to Auxerre, as the Canal du Nivernais is open at last. We are untied at Monéteau, then leave the river Yonne at Migennes, going on to the Canal de Bourgogne.

After 7 weeks on the Canal du Nivernais, we can at last continue on to Auxerre. The problem was a weir, which had somehow gone wrong, but there was little evidence of this, except for the line of sand bags alongside the river in Vaux.

Auxerre cathedral is always imposing, as we approach the town.

Inside, it is noted for its height.

Also for all the stained glass, particularly that which surrounds the whole chancel.

However, this one of Joan of Arc, on one of the side windows, is much more modern.

Auxerre is an attractive town, with many old timbered buildings.

The clock bridge is another memorable building.

Our flowers have been better this year and here they are enhancing the cathedral, as we leave the town!
Moving on from Auxerre, we came down Boisseaux lock. As we came past this lock mooring it began to rain, and by the time that we were round the next corner, at Monéteau, it was extremely wet. We pulled in to the mooring bollards there, with difficulty as it was very shallow, and managed to loop ropes on, without getting too wet. Half an hour later the rain had stopped, and two young lads walked past, saying bonjour very politely. We did not realise it at the time, but they had also unlooped our ropes from the bollards, and we found ourselves floating away downstream! Which is why we are pointing upstream, towards a lock which we have just come down!

This section of the river Yonne is very pleasant in good weather.

Leaving the river Yonne at Migennes, to join the canal de Bourgogne. We found Mick above the lock, and caught up on the misdeeds of Meg and Billy!

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