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  2. Seems they (and at least one other yard) have let a few boats out today! Sneaky!
  3. In my younger days I would call at my local, meet up with friends, put the world to rights, decide who was going to win the league (This would be in August !) and generally just whileaway a few hours a couple of nights a week. Happy days ! I survived the plasticisation of the pubs, the gastro-pubs and applauded the efforts of CAMRA and others. I haven't quite yet lost the will to live but this article on what amounts to the death of the long cherished pub traditions in this country is quite devastating. Good, bad or indifferent is neither here or there, it will not be the same. Is this what we have all been waiting for ? I have a mental picture of dressing up like a hospital doctor but going to a pub instead. The comment from a member of the Moss & Co management team says it all: “There definitely will be plenty of changes and it won’t be the pub as you used to know it.” Given the choice between paying over the odds to sit at a table (Inside or out, preferably out) on a lawn or deck, looking over my shoulder lest anyone gets too close, shivering at the sound of a cough, applying sanitiser every time I pick up my glass (Or maybe plastic beaker)..............or sitting moored away, in the cockpit or roof, with a bittern booming in the distance (If i'm lucky), geese flying overhead, water lapping at the hul, watching Tom Cobbley et al with glass to hand, I know where I'll be. I can see no reason for public houses anymore except for those genuinely providing local services like the Ferry at Stokesby with their new shop. You might think it would be useful to have all the yobs under one roof so as to keep an eye on them, but no-one does. Maybe it's the time of night but I haven't been this low since all this business started, roll on 10th. July, maybe the Broads breezes will blow the cobwebs away. But it won't be inside, or outside, a pub. Keith
  4. Hi everyone, long time lurker here! We'll be on the broads next week (along with the rest of the world by all accounts ). We've been countless times but there's one thing I can't get my head round... On the southern rivers, where there's a rise and fall, how does it work with mooring stern on to a fixed point? Side on is fine, you just leave enough slack in the ropes. Floating pontoons obviously move with you so there's no problem there. But there are a couple of spots where it's stern on to a fixed position, can't think exactly where, outside a pub if I remember rightly. Do you need to leave slack in the ropes, or can someone explain it to me? One other thing, are there safe wild moorings on the southern rivers anywhere? Thanks all!
  5. Watched everyone including the "baking" specials and Julie and I take our hat off to Dave for his endeavours. We loved every minute and they gave us many memories and laughs.. Also they gave us hope for the 4th July... The day the lockdown is eased and the Broads is available again for those who love the area Thanks Dave!!
  6. We love that stretch up to Geldeston. Special!
  7. We do, but we have an American couple who own a share and can only get ‘over the pond’ once a year for a fortnight. So, as our summer allocation in June was the week adjoining theirs we swopped our summer week for an autumn one and, through another swop, ended up with a fortnight’s allocation toward the end of September. Everyone happy, or would have been had this Covid crisis not intervened. Unless we have another lockdown in September, it will work out rather well for us. We prefer out of season anyway.
  8. Dave, as I've already said, your videos have consistently lifted me during lock down. Anyone who, for the sheer love of it, lock down or not, takes the sustained time and effort to post videos for 100 days in a row deserves a special medal. I haven't watched the 100 special yet but very much looking forward to doing so this weekend.
  9. I thought you automatically had a summer week Helen?
  10. Well Dave if you decide the walk isn't on you'll have to make do with going to Geldeston by boat instead. Such a plain stretch of river as well, a terrible hardship 😊
  11. https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/lowestoft-lockdown-easing-pubs-reopening-1-6727829
  12. Like at all times we need balance to ensure that situations are not exploited, but this broken record is getting very petty.
  13. Our Marina at St Olaves is busy. There are more boats moored there than there have been in the past three years. If you look at the boats that were displayed for sale then many have been sold and are not there anymore. It looks like people are keen to get back onto the water. Looking forward to tomorrow when we can use our boat and stay on her for a few nights.
  14. Was a time when three out of four Broads holiday makers wore a bobble {Benny) hat!
  15. Thanks to all who joined in with tonight's quiz. Third was NikO, second was Bern and the winner was SteveO. Well done Steve.
  16. It seems on here the BA could offer 10 years free tolls and 2 gold bars each and someone would find fault!
  17. That takes me back. The papoose, or whatever you call it, got a lot of use when our kids were little. This one's from May 1991. Yes, my eldest is almost 30! Eeek!
  18. My inclination is to back up Regulo’s advice. Although perfectly doable once you’ve gained some experience and confidence, I wouldn’t advise that a novice moor at Burgh Castle. Barney Arms has similar strong tide, but there’s normally a bit more room there.
  19. Some information for anyone going out on the Broads this weekend ... in case you haven't got time to listen to the news ... and why would you once you're afloat! I have just been reading that this Sunday 5th July, the birthday of the NHS, there is to be one final Clap for Carers at 5pm. And ahead of that, tomorrow, July 4th is to be considered a time of remembrance and reflection for all those lives lost during this pandemic. Sunday could create quite an atmosphere for people at the most popular moorings.
  20. Nooo! Well, not in strong winds anyway. We had been thinking that sometime Sunday morning would be an ideal time, low water being around 7.30. We’ll have to see what the wind is like. I’m thinking strong wind, low narrow bridge, not good combination. Going through on the Torqeedo is pretty boring anyway, from an ‘audience’ perspective. From an ‘on board’ perspective it’s a lot easier than quanting through the bridge. That can be quite hard work, especially as you have to get under two bridges before mooring and raising the sails. Just taking down the mast and raising it again is quite a palaver. We love it though.
  21. I don't think it's fair that personal comments are posted against John Packman. Whether right or wrong, criticism against an organisation maybe, but things always seem to turn personal. And we've heard it so many times.
  22. I don't think that fully excuses some of your comments on here. You would be better challenging him directly of "cow-towing" rather than trying to justify your words here. You don't come over as being very brave.
  23. Heron

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