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.
Sunday, 30 December 2012
Our Christmas tree is up again, with the angel over it this year.
Boxing Day was extremely wet later on, creating an interesting combination of rain and lights on the windows of The Puzzler.
Every night there are ducks sleeping on the jetty. They wake up before dawn, and chat loudly to each other, making sure that we are awake too!
The geese never come on to the jetty, but keep to themselves. We were glad to see them all present after Christmas. Last year there were two less!
We found this interesting signpost, when walking on the other side of the River Erne.
It is a different view as we look back across the River Erne to the Round "O" mooring.
Monday, 24 December 2012
Christmas decorations are now up in Enniskillen. This artificial tree looks better at night.
Here we are looking down the High Street in Enniskillen.
These trees are along the river beyond the library.
The most impressive sight is Enniskillen Castle at night, reflected in the River Erne.
However at night the cottage becomes much more visible, with a sailing boat on the right of the island.
Bowling continues, with Andy winning first prize at The Forum on Monday.
A week before Christmas, we headed off upstream, passing the Ardhowen Theatre on the way.
Reflections today are wonderful.
We are here for the St Michael's Bridge Club Christmas dinner.
The mist was clear by Wednesday, but there is still a lot of water in the river.
We mustn't forget the rest of the club.
Everyone was there.
And a good time was had by all.
After the meal it was down to the serious game of bridge, with prizes for all again. We could get used to this!
The Puzzler did not want to be left out, so has some new lights.
Tuesday, 11 December 2012
The seagulls are hungry too, but will not come any closer to the window of the boat.
A friend was moving his boat near to the Erne shopping centre, so Sally went to help.
The only access to this mooring is by canoe!
Big Red is pushing works machinery on a barge upstream past the Round "O".
Friday, 7 December 2012
We drove through Donegal Town and out along Donegal Bay. The views across the bay are stunning.
We carried on to the viewpoint at Carrigan Head, to see the cliffs below Slieve League.There is nothing but The Atlantic Ocean to the west of this headland before you reach North America.
It is lovely to have friends with us to take our photo, with Slieve League in the background.
When we arrived the cliffs were impressive, with a cloud sitting on top of them.
There were several sheep along the narrow cliff top road. There does not seem to be much for them to eat up here.
There are some lovely sandy beaches along the Donegal coast, but they are deserted at this time of year.
This is one of the few traditional thatched cottages which remain in Donegal.