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, 28 February 2013
More trees are being felled behind the Police Station. Rumour has it that this is all in preparation for the G8 summit.
However, we cannot complain about all this timber, which somehow finds its way on to The Puzzzler!
We moved back to the Round "O" after dark one night, passing the Police launch, moored outside the Police Station.
The Round "O" looks quite different after dark. Click on this picture to enlarge it and get the full effect!
Friday, 15 February 2013
Not all the puzzles which occupy our time are flat ones! Andy is just putting the last piece into the globe.
Time to feed the birds!
Is there room for one more?
These two swans come and peck at The Puzzler every day, to ask for food from the galley window.
On February 5th we awoke to snow, our first of the winter!
The park at the Round "O" looked really pretty, but by the evening all the snow had gone.
Friday, 1 February 2013
When the seagulls and the pigeons are about, the ducks have to move quickly, to get any bread at all!
Other boats come and go at the Round "O". Beyond the mooring a Waterways Ireland working barge is going past.
Last December there was a lot of undergrowth in this area where we have been collecting wood.
Look at it now. What a difference!
Meanwhile we have been chainsawing and chopping our wood to make The Puzzler tidy again.
It is a good thing that we are not going sailing in rough waters, when the logs are stacked as high as this inside the cratch!