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.
Friday, 28 March 2014
Sally met Maud in the ladies singles finals at St Macartin's Bowling Club.
It was a very close game, with a measure to find the winner. Sally won by one shot.
Violet awarded the cups, with Gerry winning the men's singles competition.
This is the classic picture of Castle Coole! The grounds here are one of our favourite walks.
Shannon loves to paddle in the water among the reeds near to the Forum
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A last swim in the River Erne before leaving Enniskillen.
Shannon is saying goodbye to Louie. She is full of admiration for him, but he is much more laid back about it all.
It is sad to leave the Round "O" mooring for the last time. We have been here, on and off, for the last six months.
On our last night at the Royal British Legion we had our annual singles competition. Andy knocked Sally out in the first round, but lost eventually to Roly. This is during the final, where Dennis and Roly are keeping a very close eye on the adjudication of Raymond! Dennis eventually won the shield, again!
Here is the rogues' gallery at the Royal British Legion Bowls Club.
We have had many happy Thursdays here over the past three winters in Enniskillen.
Saturday, 22 March 2014
1st - 17th March. Lower water levels, Sports Relief dog walk , Hurling at Brewster Park and St Patrick's Day.
Shannon really enjoyed watching Crufts on television.
Although the level is down, the water is still running fast through Enniskillen bridge. The big work barge tried to go up on his own, but had to return to the Round "O" and call for Big Red to come and give him a tow.
We all enjoyed the walk through the woods.
John McVitty is in action on the touchline, for the Impartial Reporter. He is an award winning photographer.
In Enniskillen, on St Patrick's Day, the crowds on Broadmeadow waited eagerly by the River Erne for news of St Paddy.
The police launch and the two RNLI ribs set off very fast to rescue St Paddy from the Lough. A quick U-turn had them going in the right direction!
The police launch left St Patrick across the river on Castle Island, when they came back, so this time it was the Vikings to the rescue.
These are real leprechauns waterboarding, we were assured. They were NOT people dressed up!
There were many floats and lots of tractors in the procession.
Maurice, Andy, Shannon and Janet all enjoyed the parade.
Friday, 7 March 2014
Shannon loves to run through the mud on the way to her perch on the wall of Portora Castle.
On the way back down the track, there is now much less water, so she likes to run through the wet grass on the bank.
Back at The Puzzler, she has a bath, which she does not like at all. However, this is followed by a blow dry, which is much more to her liking.
Trim complete! Well, except for the odd hairs which I missed!
Shannon plays with the swans whenever we pass them. However, most of them tend to ignore her now, as being beneath their contempt.
By the end of February, spring seems to be upon us. It is months since Shannon could enjoy the freedom of the roof of The Puzzler.