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, 27 April 2017
30th March - 16th April 2017. Our last few days in Roanne, followed by a pleasant weekend on the canal with Jean-Charles, Ghislaine and Escot.
The Puzzler has meanwhile been treated to some new LED strip lights, which are great fun.
We cruised halfway up the port to collect Jean-Charles, exchanging hoots with our friends as we left the port.
Further on, Jean-Charles took the tiller and we moored by the bridge before Melay.
Next morning we saw this stork, which showed no fear of us. Later on we saw one flying overhead – they are so graceful in flight.
It is cherry blossom time again, as we pass Artais.
Both Shannon and Escot like being with Ghislaine at the front.
Meanwhile Jean-Charles is helping to work the lock. Il est un éclusier nouveau!
We finished our week-end outing above the deep lock of Bourg-le-Comte, and walked up to the village.
The view is wonderful, looking back over the canal. C'était un bon weekend!
Wednesday, 5 April 2017
29th March 2017. A Bridge Club outing to the cattle market at Saint-Christophe-en-Brionnais, then on to visit the romanesque churches of Semur-en Brionnais, Anzy-le-Duc and Saint-Martin-du-lac.
We met beside the cattle market, and I think that Renée is checking that all 32 of us have arrived.
In the morning all the youngstock are gathered in the pens nearest to the sale ring.
Some of them are quite young, and they are all Charolais today.
Here the buyers can be seen, in the tiered seats, with buttons to push when they want to bid. There is no discrete nodding at the auctioneer here!
These solid beasts are patiently waiting for the afternoon session.
We walked up the high street to the Restaurant du Midi, where we all enjoyed a good meal.
Outside the restaurant, Andy is looking very serious!
Three cars, including ours, set off on a tour of three local villages, starting in Semur-en-Brionnais. The romanesque church here was built in the 12th century.
The western portal is very richly adorned with a lot of detail.
Everyone is admiring it.
We have really enjoyed our day out with the Bridge Club. They are a great crowd and know how to enjoy themselves!
Saturday, 1 April 2017
Shannon is keeping her winter coat quite long for now.
When the pompiers bring their hosepipe down to the port for some practice, we make sure that all windows are closed on that side of The Puzzler!
Even the dogs are enjoying a trip in the dinghy with Jake and Rachel.
Shannon delights in looking cute, especially if food is involved.
On the other side of the port, Dave and Jane have started to prepare their peniche, Narwal, for her new colour scheme.
Dave is now hard at work with the red, or is it maroon, paint?
That is one side nearly finished.
The spring flowers are lovely beside the roundabout, at the other end of the port of Roanne.