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, 31 May 2015
23rd - 31st May 2015. On up the river Meuse to les Jardins d'Annevoie, Le Chateau de Poilvache, and then the town of Dinant.
This is certainly an impressive church.
Adolph Sax was born here in Dinant and colourful saxophones adorn the town bridge.
Andy relaxes with him outside his house.
Wednesday, 27 May 2015
We found free wifi in Huy town square.
While waiting below Ecluse (lock) d'Andenne – Seilles, Shannon is concerned about access to the land!
On up the Meuse, which is now lined with picturesque wooded cliffs. This river was used for transportation of goods as early as Roman times.
The city of Namur lies at the confluence of the rivers Meuse and Sambre. The 17th century citadel guards this junction.
The snail is the symbol of Namur, so Shannon is checking these ones out.
This fine building started by being a meat market, but has had many other uses since then. It is now a town museum.
Going on up the Meuse the cliffs alongside the river are spectacular. Look at the top of the left peak.
There are three climbers near to the top. It is a perfect place for rock climbing.
This was the most impressive house along this stretch of the Meuse, with copper beech trees to both sides of it.
The evening light at Profondeville was lovely.
Monday, 25 May 2015
19th - 22nd May. From Maastricht, into Belgium on the Albert canal, and then on the River Meuse to Huy.
The old town walls are hidden among the back streets of the town.
We retreated behind the wall, tying up behind a work barge there. We could hear barges going up and down Lanaye all night.
We passed through Liege, which is a big city, but we did not stop there.
At the next lock we had to wait on a dolphin, which is built for big boats too.
Is it a house or a castle up there? No doubt we will see more of these.
Tuesday, 19 May 2015
We moored in the first marina at Heusden, which is an old town built in a star shape.
There are few moorings on this waterway, but this grassy bank above lock 11 was perfect for us.
We pulled into this small harbour at Nederweert to go shopping, but this was a bad decision!
Walking is good here, with stepping stones to add interest.
Shannon and Cheetah had some great games together.
Beavers have been very active here. Even Shannon could not believe the size of this tree which they had felled.
It was time for Sam and Cees to leave us, so Ollie kindly provided the water taxi to get them to a bus in Maasbracht. Andy went along for the ride.
The dinghy, Origami, is groaning under the weight!