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16 hours ago, BroadAmbition said:

Arrived at Sutton Staithe last night at 2150. The place is chokka. Ended up with bow in  Boatyard's Dyke and then only just

Nice morning, sunny, mild, the tree tops are giving it plenty though and I can foresee Barton being a tad breezy

Griff

 

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Tight squeeze Griff. I've moored before where Gold Gem is but wouldn't have thought of going where you did. That's a good tip as the main moorings fill up so quickly. 

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Meandered from Potter Heigham then called in at Thurne Dyke, the wind pump was open and sails turning and my two male crew mates wanted a nosey inside.  The Dyke was proper busy, we had to go all the way up the dyke to the last available berthing spot on the Stbd bank.  Inside the wind pump, you are now only allowed up just to the first level, no longer can you go all the way up to the top.  I asked the man why this is, apparently the company that provide the public liability have put paid to that.  More 'Elf n Safety' restrictions as per the norm nowadays.  I went right up to the top and outside on one of my previous visits whilst the sails were turning so glad I have done it before now.

Then we sat for a couple of libations in The Lion garden, well it would have been rude not to.

Departed Thurne Dyke for LBBy for the normal pump out and diesel, (34 x Ltrs this weekend).  George at LBBy was telling me he is hearing more and more complaints from both private and hire crews regarding the lack of mooring spaces available.  The public moorings they have at LBBy are booked up solid days in advance and never used to be.  He stated it is getting so bad that it will put people off from coming in the future and I agreed with him.

It was then up the Ant, two senior Ladies in an ice cream boat came alongside us whilst underway at the start of Barton Broad and provided all of us with an ice cream, Macie dog too (Minus the flake of course), they said they had been very busy.  Alan earlier in the day said after the large FCE we had consumed that morning that he would not be eating till Wednesday, apparently Ice cream whilst afloat does not count

We arrived in the wet-shed, escorted in by one of the resident Kingfishers later than normal for a Sunday, this in itself was not a problem, but consequently I did not get to my local in Finningley for our weekly catch up till 2245, that was close, was nearly 'Absent from place of duty' there.

Yet another great weekend afloat, the weather was very kind to us and we kinda dropped on lucky once again.

Next is the big one, 17 - 28th August, (Which means yet again my B'day will be spent afloat) twelve days afloat, five days of which will be just me, MrsG and Macie dog.  Proper looking forward to this one we both are, and we get to see friends en-route to and over the weekend at Beccles too.  Then there will be 'B.A' Model #1 with us too for a couple of days. Daughter complete with her 'Bump' and partner will be with us on the last weekend as well

Before then I have to get my Shotguns used and the mighty Tiger exercised, no doubt work will get in the blasted way once again

Griff

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The journey times from our place outside Donny to the wet shed can vary considerably.  Thursday of last week, we managed to get away early for a change, so early we actually managed to get onboard before our guests did and that's unusual.  It's 162 miles each way, a decent time to do the journey is 3:5 x Hrs, a good time is 3 x Hrs, anything less than that and it means we are being very lucky or travelling silly early / late.  The mighty Tiger of course regularly does the trip in under 3 x Hrs no matter what time of day

Back to Thursday, it was one of those unlucky trips, over 2:5 x Hrs by the time we got to Kings Lynn.  I can put up with lorries / tractors and the like as they have a job to do and are generally doing their level best to get on with it.  What really lights my fire though is car drivers behind slow vehicles that refuse or are scared to death of overtaking said slow vehicle when an opportunity presents itsen, all this doe is back the moving queu up even further, and yes as much as I cringe to say it, those drivers that won't overtake in the majority are women!  Grrrrrrrr         Anyroadup as we got to Kings Lynn on the dual carriageway part after the bridge in an easterly direction, we all slowed up good and proper, 'Now What'???  I grumbled to mysen.  There it was about ten vehicles in front of us,  I could scarcely believe my port and stbd look-outs, yes a full size old railway carriage on the back of a huge lorry with  front and rear van escorts.   A Multitude of amber lights flashing merrily away.  'Dear me, just what is that relic doing on the road causing a tailback, I don't go on the tracks holding up the 0800 morning express so why is this here holding me up'?  - To be honest it was probably more colourful than that with the volume control turned up a notch too.

Nothing for it but to follow on in train fashion. I placed a bet with myself after 15 mins or so after some overtaking opportunities had been ignored that the car behind the escort van was yet again being driven by a female.  We were fair bowling along at a steady 30mph on 60mph rated roads.

Then if it couldn't get any worse - it did.  MrsG burst out laughing.  A combined harvester had pulled out in front of the train !! of course it just had to be travelling East to didn't it?  We were now down to an eye watering 20mph, and still the car following the van would not get past them.  MrsG's sound of merriment were replaced by mine as due to her guffawing she dropped her cable needle down the side of her seat and could not retrieve it without getting out, mind you, she could just have about managed that without me stopping

After another 15 mins or so I had enough.  Queue jumped up to behind the infuriating car driver then in a jiffy was past and clear.  (I should have placed my last dollar on that bet - Yes the driver was indeed female)  we now had to road to ourselves for miles n miles

 

Sunday evenings journey back home from the Wet-shed was in marked contrast as I got us home in under the three hour mark.  Mind you I had an appt in my local that just can't be missed

Griff

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I've had many journeys like that  on the A17 / A47 the record to Rotherham was just over 3 hours, the longest for the same journey 7 hours.  Once you get a couple of "will not overtakers" then you are stuffed. These days I tend to use to A47 all the way to the A1, It's a bit further, but with it generally straighter and more dual carriageway it's easier to overtake.

The railway carriage,

A,  probably wasn't passed for mainline running  ( in car terms, didn't have an M.O.T.)

B, Would have been vacuum Braked, which would have require a steam Locomotive or and Old Diesel, with a special train, as all modern railway stock is air braked.

C, Because Railway carriages are built to the maximum size to fit through Bridges and tunnels you can't put them on another wagon to transport them. There just isn't the room in the loading gauge, especially if you have overhead electric wires at 25Kv.

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Thanks for the carriage explanation.  All I know about it was:-

1)  It was old and need of a lot or repair work. 2)  I'm guessing it was on it's way to the heritage line near to East Dereham, I got past it way before then.  3)  Annoyingly it was in front of me (For a while)

Griff

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:default_biggrin:   it makes a change from a tractor or two...   :default_biggrin:

It certainly does, however a Combined Harvester in front of a train on the back of a huge lorry - That's just gotta be a first, not to be repeated in hurry, well not by me I hope

Griff

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Probably Not but one never should say never.  Although we are onboard for the NBN birthday party, we will have one very pregnant daughter and her partner with us (They arrive Thursday / Friday) and the stipulation form her was that we kept it low key and away from crowds etc.

'B.A' is open to public visitors during the Beccles carnival weekend  19/20th Aug as are all the woodies that are meeting there

You being a forumite are welcome onboard anytime we meet up, we should be back on the Northern side Tuesday / Wednesday 22/23rd.  Just mention your forum name

Griff

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5 hours ago, BroadAmbition said:

Probably Not but one never should say never.  Although we are onboard for the NBN birthday party, we will have one very pregnant daughter and her partner with us (They arrive Thursday / Friday) and the stipulation form her was that we kept it low key and away from crowds etc.

'B.A' is open to public visitors during the Beccles carnival weekend  19/20th Aug as are all the woodies that are meeting there

You being a forumite are welcome onboard anytime we meet up, we should be back on the Northern side Tuesday / Wednesday 22/23rd.  Just mention your forum name

Griff

Thank you Griff

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