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.
Saturday, 30 April 2016
22nd - 29th April. A week spent at Fragnes, waiting for the flooded Saône to go down, then up the Saône to Chazelle, which lies to the south of Seurre.
There are a lot of floating logs, wedged to the right hand end of the jetty, here at Gergy.
This fine house overlooks the river, upstream of Gergy.
Spring has suddenly arrived, and all the trees are green!
Ecuelles lock would hold about 50 narrowboats, but we are the only one today!
After 36km on the river, we had had enough, and found a friendly bank for the night, near to the hamlet of Chazelle, just to the south of Seurre.
Friday, 22 April 2016
At lock 1 the mural on the control house fascinated Shannon. “ Are we going along that canal?”
We found this little lizard sunning himself on the bench there. His fingers are extremely long!
Thursday, 21 April 2016
12th - 16th April. Debbie is with us on the Canal du Centre from Digoin, via Paray-le-Monial and Génelard to Montchanin.
Eglise Notre Dame de la Providence dominates the centre of Digoin. Look at the left top of the tower!
Yes, it is a real stork on her nest! She was still for so long that at first we thought she was a sculpture.
Inside, it is quite different to the church at Digoin.
There are cloisters within the Basilica. This reminded me of the race in the film “Chariots of Fire”.
From the other side of the building the varied levels make the Basilica look like a different church!
This laden donkey seems to be quite happy on his travels.
Two hours later, the weather had cleared, and we were delighted when Cassandra and Heidi joined us that evening.
The picture of the working boat in the cutting after Génelard, reminds us of times gone by too.
The black clouds arrive later in the day, bringing this hail storm!
Wednesday, 20 April 2016
It is good to be on the move again, after five enjoyable months in Roanne.
In Briennon it was blossom time for Mum and Debbie.
Briennon Church is a typical French church, nestling behind the bushes.
Moving on, we can look right across the valley of The Loire.
The magnolias are in full bloom now, but they do have a short season.
The stitching on the zip of the cratch cover needs attention, yet again, so Mum is a seamstress today.
Our second night was a wild mooring. There was no moon so it was a really dark night here.
On Monday we went down the lock Bourg le Comte, which has a drop of 7.19 metres, and is the deepest on this canal.
This creature was exploring the bank. We thought at first that he was a coypu, but on looking at his tail, he is probably a beaver.
This was the closest that we have been to a stork. Perhaps he was pretending to be a heron!
Off he goes!
The reflections are impressive this evening, especially when seen on Debbie's camera!
This is one of our favourite walks, below the aqueduct down by The Loire. We have all caught the sun today!