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  2. I saw a vid on the BBC showing that 3 of the 4 eggs have hatched. A little late for Easter but they look and sound healthy and hungry! https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-norfolk-48057493/norwich-cathedral-peregrine-falcons-chicks-hatch Good luck to them!
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  4. As they used to be when.We used to pay £30.00, that would be great.
  5. I am a sucker for having something small and cute curled up in my lap, but mine doesn't want me
  6. Sorry to disappoint Jay, but other people clearly have lovely dogs too. Am a sucker for a cute doggie pic! I know, I know- I should probably get off and find a whole different kind of forum really....
  7. That sounds like a good way to get rid of all hire boats Griff Tony
  8. I have to say Katie, that was disappointing
  9. Looking at remarks on this and other topics like :- seeing on F/book and another forum better order another set of fenders, the silly season, I didn't get hit once, the likely hood of being hit by an inexperienced hire boater, I've come to the conclusion that all hire boaters, to quote an old adage are all tarred with the same brush and are incompetent and private owners are experts. I have watched many private owners perform on the canals ,rivers and Broads and have come to the opinion that if thats the best you can do sell it. I also wonder if any one thought that a hire boater might have a lot more experience at boat handling than them, finally to refer back to the remarks is there any ruling that you can't use a different name on another forum. I await to be HD&Q
  10. Grendel, if you do upgrades and fix bits of issues in the course of lads week, I'm sure you don't need to hire from anywhere, there may be a queue of us offering our boats up for you - now, where did I put the to do list.....
  11. Another cutie- those eyes!
  12. Maybe another idea would be for the hire yards to still cream in the damage waiver AND take a £500 per boat security deposit refundable if no damage incurred just an idea Griff
  13. Fine idea BUT the hire yards make a pretty penny out of damage waivers, that penny they won’t want to lose Griff
  14. Hi Everyone, It's been a long time and a lot of water has passed under a lot of bridges. A bit of a health scare didn't help progress. I've been unable to change the mystery tank so it's been cleaned and lined with epoxy. So having flushed it through and got pressure into the system once more the latest problem minifested itself in the form of a jittery pump. At the same time the flow control on the water heater has become jammed. My first thought is that because I must have been the first person in years to winterise the water system, it's dried out and chunks of limescale have come loose and moved around the pipework. Investigating it is the first job, next visit. Main priorities have changed since the Mrs Raser and I visited the Owl on Easter Saturday. We went over to see what we need to do to make the boat habitable for a couple nights stay. There doesn't seem to be much to do but having chosen a design with large windows for the greenhouse effect, we were cooking in there! I was leaving the renovation of the sliding canopy until after the deck was sorted but we really need to have the front windows opening for the Summer. The trouble is: the windscreens need to open before the side windows can open, but the windscreens won't open until the canopy has opened! So to this end I could really do with making contact with any owner of another HE37. A while ago someone here said Seraphina was berthed down at Potter Heigham, does anyone know if that is still the case? I'll stick a note on the main forum too I think. Thanks again in anticipation. I hope you all enjoyed a great Easter; it was certainly busy on the water! Floyd.
  15. Any of them! The holiday was great thanks. I will get around to a tale shortly. It was good that the weather got better as the week went on and not the other way around. That way you remember the sunshine more than the chilly wind. The tour operator questionnaires they used to hand out on the aircraft going home asking if you had a good holiday would always ask what the weather was like for a reason!
  16. My next boat will be prefixed Mistress to denote ‘the other woman’... Mistress Loyal of course.
  17. Bring back deposits of the cost of the break as they used to be. Then see
  18. John. P,P,P,P,P,P. Everything in this thread is possible, just like the Green Party manifesto it’s all possible. Problem is society has got used to where we are. e.g. I remember as a child chicken was a luxury dish to be savored and then made into soup and stock (which we still do) but nowadays some folks eat the breasts and buck the rest. Everything has become a commodity and traded and developed so as to reduce costs. Without throwing entire countries economies into a downward spiral that would make 2008 look like a minor blip we tinker too much at our peril. Too late is not the time to find out. When I was under ten there was no such thing as a plastic straw, or a prefilled syringe for vaccinations. Cans were for motor oil and if it wasn’t in a bottle you couldn’t have it. Meat came wrapped in brown paper, no plastic bags of any sort. I would happily return to those days but whole generations don’t have the culinary skill to do without their ready meals. In those days 3% of my cohort nationally went to university, now its 30 and the standards are the same.... agggggghhhhh on that one I call BS. In buckets
  19. “A ship is called a she because there is always a great deal of bustle around her; there is usually a gang of men about; she has a waist and stays; it takes a lot of paint to keep her good-looking; it is not the initial expense that breaks you, it is the upkeep; she can be all decked out; it takes an experienced man to handle her correctly; and without a man at the helm, she is absolutely uncontrollable. She shows her topsides, hides her bottom and, when coming into port, always heads for the buoys.”
  20. When we moored on the Cambridge Great Ouse we were hesitant to come to the Broads because we saw the likely hood of being hit by inexperienced hire boaters and were assured by Sheer line Boats that they could sort out any damage caused as hire boat companies on the whole were good to deal with in such circumstances which was fine by us as wouldn't want anyone else to work on our boat other than Sheerline . They do work on other makes of boat other than they're own and the standard of work is consistently first-class, likewise the standard of service. Carole
  21. well when you compare it to the current grumpy old gits Lads week in october, what do we do, we head from pub to pub, play darts , shove ha'penny etc etc, we take great care of the boats most of them are returned better than they left the yard, upgrades such as led lighting courtesy of Robin, and a complete snagging list of faults we didnt get round to fixing on our return (sticky door handles and the like), we have a good time, but are courteous to other boaters and apart from minor things (such as the dinghys rudder breaking in our hands last year - to be fair the previous screws into rotten wood and gaffer tape repair the boat yard sent it out with - failed)) we treat the boats well too.
  22. Arrived on the boat at lunchtime to find during our absence something flying over the boat which had to be the size of a camel I should think had dumped a message onto our front screen which has actually "burnt" into the vinyl window and it's not even the soft fruit season. Carole
  23. Are you saying you are hairy and lay around on the settee all day like your dog?
  24. Nope, good old fashioned film, 36 exposures and the excitement of picking them up from the chemists when they have been processed!
  25. Davydine's post rolled back the years to July 1987 and a holiday on the Broads after graduating before six of us (three couples) went our separate ways. We booked a six berth centre cockpit cruiser from Aston in Beccles. I had been on the Broads about a dozen times with my parents prior to then so I was put in charge... I was allowed to borrow my dad's car (Volvo 340GL in metallic brown) for the journey down from Nottingham, me, the girlfriend and a car full of her luggage, despite warnings of lack of storage. We successfully arrived in Beccles after five fraught hours on the road, the others in the party having taken the train to Norwich and then Beccles. The first problem was that the boat had a twin cabin and a double cabin, the second double being a converted sofa in the centre cockpit / lounge. We drew lots, I ended up with the fore twin cabin, not the worst place to be... Guess what? about 75% of the clothes that my girlfriend brought with her stayed in the car. We had a week of glorious weather, however, the couple who slept in the lounge didn't get up until late so we missed every early morning that week. The boat was well past its prime, however, it was cheap. We didn't hit anything or break anything. We took it through Wroxham Bridge without a pilot and managed to see most of everywhere. Memories are like old Polaroid photo's, somewhat faded around the edges but reflective of a gentler time...
  26. Got to be some truth in that statement Jay! Our little Lottie
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