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, 24 August 2017
11th - 15th August 2017. A wonderful French weekend at Mussey and Revigny-sur-Ornain. Un merveilleux weekend français à Mussey et Révigny-sur-Ornain.
Bernard organised a game of quilles on Saturday afternoon, especially for us, and fifteen people turned up! Bernard a organisé un jeu de quilles l'aprés-midi samedi, particuliarèment pour nous, et quinze joueurs sont arrivés!
Later on, Denis arrived at the boat, to take this photo for his newspaper, L'Est Républicain. His article was in the paper on Sunday morning! Plus tard, Denis est arrivée au bateau, pour prendre cet photo pour son journal, L'Est Républicain. Son article s'est trouvé dans le journal dimanche matin!
Meanwhile, Bernard et Romain are helping Andy with the steering. Pendant ce temps-là, Bernard et Romain aidaient Andy à diriger le cigare anglais – quelle entente cordiale!
Our trip has finished at Revigny-sur-Domain, perhaps too soon! La fin du voyage est arrivée à Revigny-sur-Domain, peut-être trôp tôt!
1st - 10th August 2017. On along the Canal de la Marne au Rhin (Ouest) via Void, the Mauvages tunnel and Demange-aux-Eaux to find lots of weed at Treveray. Moving on past Givrauval and Tronville to Bar-le-Duc.
Mauvages tunnel is 4,877 metres long, so we took turns to steer The Puzzler, doing 700 metre stints. Andy went first, so enjoyed an extra turn!
Many of the houses in the main street of Demange-aux-Eaux are similar to these, with a great depth back from the road.
We were able to walk down to the river L'Ornain here, and Shannon had great fun in the water.
As we reach Givrauval, there is a terrific thunderstorm, right overhead. Later in the evening though, the weather improves, and the view over the wider valley can be seen, still in the sun.
At Bar-le-Duc this placard shows the start of La Voie Sacrée which was of great importance during the battle of Verdun in 1916, being the only road out of range of enemy artillery. Day and night it was the scene of convoys of men and equipment which supplied the gigantic battle