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  1. 21 points
    Let's start a thread about all the wonderful things the Broads has to offer, the happy times we've all experienced, the help and support we all offer each other because we have the Broads and boating in our blood, two things we all definitely have in common Romantic times like when Jay and I sat on the bow of the boat late at night cuddled under a duvet having a glass of wine, watching the stars and listening to the water The helpful people like my Dad who once helped an elderly couple (novices) who were terrified, he climbed aboard with permission and took them back to the boat yard for extra tuition. I'm sure we've all helped someone out at some point or been on the receiving end of a helpful hand It's not all crashes, bumps and drunks Don't forget all the friendly waves as boats pass each other whether private, hire or even one of those ruddy flappy things The gorgeous pubs you can visit along the way for a few drinks or a bite to eat and not forgetting the absolutely beautiful scenery along the way too. It's summer time, here's to happy boating everyone Jay and I are kayaking soon, god help the lot of you Grace
  2. 18 points
    Finally, at last, and those that know will tell you there were times we thought this would never happen. Then again it's all part of the ritual that is wooden boat ownership. Just got to finish the 200 or so little jobs that crave my attention, like fit the galley
  3. 15 points
    Well, we arrived at Richardsons boatyard at 1pm on Friday 28th June via taxi from Norwich airport (Goldstar taxis, thankyou Robin). Swan Rapture was ready to go and Richardson's staff were super efficient. First impressions of the boat? She is a little frayed around the edges but well fitted out and very comfortable. I don't think i have ever had a more responsive helm. A joy to drive. First night at Ludham Bridge. A bit of a shaky first mooring but we made it ( with a bit of bow thrusters) then an evening at the Dog Inn. Saturday morning found us at Womack Staithe (we love that place) and then on to Ranworth for a special family occasion tomorrow. Evening meal at the Maltsters (steak and kidney suet pudding, or a well disguised mudweight). Now for an evening fish and a good red wine. So far the fishing has been high in quantity but a tad low in quality, apart from a huge eel which would have brought a pretty price gack home. I have my NBN stickers on my windows but my attempts to fly my New Zealand flag have come to nought. We are here for almost three weeks so give us a wave if you see us or say hello. So glad to be back. Chris.
  4. 14 points
    yes I have joined the ranks of wooden boat owners, now dont start worrying, I will still be hiring as its only a little pram dinghy, it came complete with a seagull featherlite outboard, so will enable me to potter around those areas that would otherwise not be accessible, one of the sides needs reattaching to the seat, but its transportable on top of my car, and storeable in the garden.
  5. 13 points
    Saturday 29th June On this holiday me, hubby Graham, eldest son Harry and dog Seren. Almost two years since we sailed Lustre’s sister-ship Lullaby (see holiday tales July 2017). We did miss sailing last year! We started off around 9am. Had a couple of traffic delays on the way, and also stopped off for coffee at Caxton Gibbet Costas. I had suggested to Graham that we could skip the coffee break and get to Norfolk quicker, so when Harry asked his Dad if we would be stopping off for coffee, he got the response ‘Well I am, but Mum isn’t’. A signal that I’m going to be well and truly teased this week. (More than usual, that is!) We didn’t get to Ludham until almost mid-day. Made a bee-line for Alfresco Tearooms, where we always get a good meal and it's handy that they allow dogs inside as it was too hot to leave Seren in the car. Just a sandwich lunch today, but up to their usual high standard. After lunch I popped into Throwers for some bread and salad ingredients and into the butchers for some BBQ meats and bacon. We got to Hunter’s Yard just after 1pm, (a little early). The reason we had booked Lustre this year was in response to Harry’s discovering that she had been fitted with an ‘electric quant’, i.e. an battery powered ‘Torqeedo’ engine. On our previous holidays with Hunter’s Yard boats we’ve had to quant (use a very long pole to push ourselves along with) when the wind has failed us. There's been quite a lot of controversy about fitting the Torqeedo engines to three of the boats. Some people view it as sacrilege and think Percy Hunter would have been turning in his grave. We thought it was a really good aid though. We had heard that some older sailors had regretfully stopped hiring from Hunter's Yard as they found the manual quanting was too difficult. Hopefully, this will mean that more people will hire these wonderful old boats. The Yard Foreman, Ian, showed us how to use the Torqeedo. I asked whether we should buy some cards for topping up the electric charge (I have some that we bought for our last holiday on a Ferry Marina boat but forgot to bring them with us), but Ian reassured us that they haven’t yet had a battery run-out over a week’s hire. This year we just dumped all out stuff on board without bothering to unpack and got on our way as quickly as possible as we wanted to make sure to get to Potter Heigham for low tide (forecast for 4.50pm). First though, we removed one of the mattresses from forward cabin and put Seren's doggy bed in its place. Whilst Harry and Graham were taking off the awning and readying the boat for setting-off I spotted a small white bird with black markings (possibly a Little Tern?) suddenly drop down into the water of the dyke and fly off with a fish in its beak. The electric quant came into use immediately to get to the area at the end of Hunter’s Yard to set sail, and even after that we used it a little to help us down Womack Dyke, given that a SW wind was blowing down the dyke. We mostly sailed up to and through Potter Heigham, though we did use the engine once or twice when bungalows/trees ‘stole’ our wind. Seren loves it when she's allowed on deck. Mast down, ready for the bridge passage. It was getting on for 4pm by now, and since we had the electric quant, we thought we would go through the bridge without waiting for the turn of the tide. First though, Graham wanted to pop to Latham’s to get a blanket as he’d forgotten to pack the fleece blankets that we usually use to cover furnishings. It wasn’t long before we got on our way again. Harry took us though the bridges on the engine. A lot easier (and quicker) than quanting though manually! Sails back up, we continued with a fair wind up the Thurne and through Candle Dyke. We had thought we’d moor at the Deep-Go-Dyke BA moorings, but they and the Whiteslee mooring were full. We managed to find a space on the Deep Dyke moorings though, near the entrance to Hickling Broad. I put some new potatoes on the boil and Graham fired up the BBQ. We had Ludham butcher’s minted lamb chops and their soy, garlic and ginger chicken skewers with the potatoes and salad for our dinner. Yum! The chicken was especially tasty. We sat with a beer or two enjoying the late evening sunshine until sundown. A beautiful warm and still evening. Can’t believe how lucky we are…the weather has turned so favourably for us, after a fairly rainy June. A few mozzies were starting to come out, so we put the awning up and lit the paraffin lamps as they tend to deter the mozzies. A few other mod-cons have been fitted to the boat since we last sailed with Hunter’s. Some battery lights, fitted to ceiling magnets, fire-alarm and CO alarm. Harry managed to set off the fire alarm by letting his paraffin lamp smoke. We settled down for the night around 10pm, just as the light was failing. Harry and Seren (both in the forward cabin) took a while to settle as there were several flies worrying them. A lot of banging went on for a while as Harry swatted the flies. Seren settled for the night.
  6. 13 points
    Last weekend Broad Ambition got her first real outing since a bunch of work had been done during her bi-annual out of water works. Friday 21st June: Shiela and I would crew up on Friday, cruise to Wroxham in the evening and the following afternoon I was expecting 4 guests to arrive who would be staying onboard until Sunday afternoon, plus possibly 1 or 2 others who were coming for the day. Just as well Broad Ambition is 40ft long, because what actually turned out was including Shiela and I, we had 12 people onboard - 4 of whom were children. Firstly we left Stalham and I helmed, while Shiela did a through clean through - this meant every glass and mug got a wash, all surfaces wipe down, all berths and seating vacuumed - once se gets stuck in if you stand still long enough you will be dusted! Then she mad the beds, then she cleaned all the exterior windows and then she finally got around to sitting down - were passing Salhouse by then! The funny thing is I have not been on the rivers for a good while either, so being on Broad Ambition and not just out for a bit testing a new aerial, or making checks on things was nice. However there was that little issue that I had to get her under Wroxham Bridge and I have not done that for - hmm perhaps 8 or more months and as fate would have it we would be arriving at almost the top of the tide. As we were passing Barnes Brinkcraft I got the binoculars out and spied the height gauge - just on 6' 6" - this was going to be a tad tight. In fact I (and someone else I've since spoken to) now feel the height gauge at Wroxham is very much 'spot on' where for years before it was on the conservative side - a bit like Ludham Bridge's height gauge. Well we went under fine but I'd not want to be going under at what out safe minimum air draft is (6' 4") because I am pretty sure our mast would get crazed. We have a new one, and the 'tear drop' at the top is slightly longer, this causes it to lay slightly higher - just a tad - but let's just say be nice to keep it looking new for as long as possible. Once through the bridge (and hitting my head on one of the chains) it was fenders down and my Bowlady was off doing her things, straight into a very public stern mooring while people sat on their boats sipping wine and beers. Those on Gold Gem must have rolled their eyes when at gone 8:00pm we turn up. Still, we moored up flawlessly, shut down and having put the wheelhouse canopy up was straight off to the Kings Head for food. Now, I am not here to 'bash anywhere' but to have run out of clean wine glasses, and to have produce the food they did was very poor. The veg was the left overs from the carvery - minus being heated up. Long story short we ate half of the food, drunk our drinks and literally headed over to McDonalds. Back onboard we opened up the locker - Shiela's new love I introduced her to is Malibu and Coke, the issue is 'coconut flavored coke' can go down a little too easily lol. We had an early start the following day so it was off to bed pretyt early all things considered. Saturday 22nd June: We had guests coming from London who had never been further than away from the capital than Hatfield so getting them to change trains and get to a little station called Hoveton & Wroxham was not going to be a smooth process, especially when their connecting train broke down and they were sent onward from Norwich in a Taxi. We moved the boat back under Wroxham Bridge to the Hotel, this was a mistake on my part. I did it because I was anxious to be the 'correct side' of the bridge for our little tour we had planned and thought we could all meet in the Hotel, have a drink and introduce everyone and then move to the Boat. However by mid day, it was clear this was peak bridge shooting time and the Pilot had his work cut out. It also meant that everyone who were wanting to go under the bridge would arrive, find the Pilot collection mooring full and then expect their boat to stop and sit like they had stopped a car. The breeze gentle brought them alongside Broad Ambition - a few wise words from me got them on their way without incident, until a 42ft forward steer arrived. It had 5 or 6 chaps onboard, but they were all inside the boat and as they went to move forward it was a case of full throttle, left hand down a bit. The stern and the galvanized steel rubbing strake came right for our stern quarter, doing what you are not meant to, I fended off best I could with my right foot and though they squeezed our fender flat, thankfully the hard edge of the metal avoided our delicate wooden hull. Phew, I thought, where is everyone? Shiela arrives telling me there was a change of plan, we had 4 kids coming, and a couple who had only been together a short time and would be their first outing together with all their kids - oh and nobody had ever been on the Broads before.. Slowly they came, picnic items, booze, bluetooth speakers, cameras you name it - what a scene this was causing outside the Hotel. All aboard I calmed everyone down and spoke about safety and what to and not to do and let Shiela cast off and deal with the ropes and fenders while I spun Broad Ambition around and headed off to Salhouse. We past the big trips boats, numerous day boats who were all behaving themselves, even if they drove as if in a car on the left for a while until they figured why is everyone on the right hand side of the river..The suneshine was glorious, but we had a nice breeze so it was not too hot. We arrived at Salhouse, public stern mooring number 2 complete the kids went exploring in the 'forest', the girls sat on the grass and gossiped and drunk some Pimms and the men talked boats as I showed them the restoration book, and talked through all the upgrades and changes since that had been produced. It was a lovely time to be on the water. A couple of hours later we were back underway to Wroxham to drop our day trippers off - outside the Cafe were several hire boats stern moored, we were almost stern to when we were told we could not moor. Baffled I asked why - dropping off point is down there' came the reply, I said that was the Pilot's moorings, and the reply of "yes" came back. I asked again why we could not moor here - "Dropping off point is down there". Well we could have played this game all day, so I proffered money - ah now we might be able to moor. Simon, a chap I had only met hours before told the chap in no uncertain terms we were not going to negotiate to drop off 4 kids and two adults and we'd head down to the 'dropping off point' for free. So I did. Having dropped off the day trippers it was now 6 onboard and all adults - but not a bit quit - it was party time, though I was 'on duty' so declined in the dancing and drinking too much. Now where were we going to go now? Thurne, Acle? Acle there was bound to be a mooring somewhere - we headed off around 3:45pm from Wroxham. Arriving at Acle I was shocked to find everything taken - the moorings which have been improved along ther grass bank on the Pedro's side, the moorings on the opposite side and of course outside the Bridge Inn. We carried on for Stokesby. Upon arrival, it too was all full. Not good. We spun around and then I hear "Robin..Robin" and a couple on their Alpha 35 were asking if we wished to come alongside them? Oh what a generous offer. I came in against what was now a very fast running current and we tied up. I had never met them, but they had followed me on You Tube for years, and it was a chance to get to talk to me and Shiela. In more recent times I have had some rather unkind comments made among comments on You Tube and Facebook Groups. The amount of people I met and chatted to - and this couple and their kindness made me see what a small minority negative comments and people are, and what the Broads is really about is an open mind, being kind and helpful. The food at the Ferry Inn was not only good value, but first class. Even if there was some oddities like get your own cutlery and sauces, but the staff were great and we all had a lovely evening. We got back to Broad Ambition and the rest of the party went onboard to watch a DVD while I was collared again and spent ages chatting to Mal, a former National Express coach driver and his wife about everything boat..and life..Proper good folks they are. I was pooched and hit my sack, we had to be up and away before 6:30am the following morning as our neighbors were off over Breydon Water with three other boats to catch the early tide - if we were not gone we would be off to Yarmouth too lol. Sunday 23rd June: Another cracking morning, warm and sunny - we were up and underway before 7:00am and made for St. Bennets. When we arrived we got breakfast on the go, very posh it was too - smoked Salmon, toast, scrambled egg, fresh fruits and juices and I had to do nothing but enjoy. After we ate, it was off for a tour of the ruin's and we walked to the Cross. I never knew, or had seen before, the amount of coins - many clearly hammered into the cracks in the wood of the Cross. It was beautiful, and as ever so quiet here. Back onboard we took a slow cruise with everyone having their times on the helm - Mohamed who works for BA driving a tug - moving planes - was able to pick up the delicate art of boat steering as if he had done it all his life, his wife on the other hand had no idea what hand, eye and boat was doing so try as we might it was always a zig zag - the other ladies were as bad, but since Shiela is good and as I now say 'qualified helmsmadam' I cannot be sexist and say women cannot drive boats lol. We arrived at Wroxham in very jovial moods, and once again under the bridge. Dropping off our guests for them to explore Wroxham in their own time before they train, Shiela and I took Broad Ambition back under the bridge and headed for Stalham. It was strangely quiet onboard - but nice to be just us on the rivers and taking out turns at the helm. Back to the Wet Shed, clean through and off for home it all seemed to have gone so quickly.
  7. 12 points
    Sunday morning see's us up and about by about 8,15 we get showered, and out chatting to the people who are moored in Pacific next to us, they're on Silver Reflection. Igo to pay for our overnight mooring, but Richard and Fiona are not there, so Karen and I walk into Loddon for breakfast at Rosie Lee's. Caroline is her usual cheerful and bubbly self and makes both a sizeable cheese topped toastie each, very moreish, but my waistline says no. We say our goodbye's and walk up to the Co. op for some shopping and find out we still have to go to work on Monday week, as our Thunder ball numbers didn't come up. Back aboard and our nice neighbours had already left, so we pay Richard and Fiona our mooring fee, fill up with water and get going. We keep the revs down as we're going down the Chet with the tide, and reach the Yare. We're still with the tide as we pass Reedham, but as we enter the new cut we slow down, as from here on, we're punching the tide, so it's throttle up. We turn up towards Beccles and decide on WRC so pull in and Moor, only to see our friendly neighbours from the night before, but they were only there for lunch and soon departed. It's clear WRC is under reconstruction, so the place looks a bit messy, and when we go to pay our mooring fee, we're shocked at being told it was £20 for overnight with hook up, time for plan B. We decide to leave and make for Beccles under broken clouds and a fresh breeze. We arrive at Beccles, and who do we moor next to, our friendly neighbours. We have a nice chat and Robbie (their skipper) thanked me for the advice about cruising through the bridge and enjoying that beautiful stretch of river, when in comes a flotilla of boats, all with rowdy youngsters, but to be fair, they quieten down after a while. Karen prepared a nice chicken salad, which we enjoy with the roof open and the sun shining, it doesn't get much better than this, we'll, not unless it involves 2 wheels anyway. We're now relaxing with roof open, Karen with a glass of wine, me with a glass of water, and will probably be in bed early again. Good night all.
  8. 11 points
    Sunday 30th June As usual on Broads holidays I woke really early at 5am, not long after dawn. Seren had been whining quietly since it started to get light, but as she didn’t sound distressed, I ignored her (getting her in training for sleeping later as the week progresses). Graham was sleeping soundly. There was quite a bit of ‘bow-slap’ as an early Westerly breeze had sprung up as forecast. Graham woke around 7am, but no sign of Harry getting up. It was another beautiful morning with a cloudless sky. We eventually woke Harry up after 8am with a cup of tea. We put two reefs in this morning, as the breeze seemed quite strong - we could see that the water at the end of Hickling Broad was pretty choppy. We started off by sailing across Hickling Broad until we were nearing the Sailing Club, then we turned back, sailed past the Deep Dyke moorings and made our way through Meadow Dyke, the wind being just right to take us though on sail. There was a fair wind on Horsey Mere, but not as strong as we had expected. We took out sails down on the far side of the Mere, using the electric quant to keep our bow to the wind and then motored into the Dyke, arriving late morning. Graham went off down the end of the dyke to check out where to pay for the mooring (£5 for an overnight mooring). However, it turns out that the guy that runs the Ross’ Wildlife Tours now takes the mooring fees. I asked him if he had space for two for an afternoon wildlife tour and booked for the 3.15pm tour, as I had won a free ticket for two for the tour from the Friends of Hunter’s Yard photo competition a couple of years ago (3rd prize). First though we had brunch (fried new potatoes, Ludham butcher’s smoked bacon and beans). We whiled away the afternoon sitting in the very warm sunshine until it was time for the Wildlife Trip. Graham made sure that Seren wasn’t getting too hot, he had brought a cloth and neck cloth with him which he dampened to help cool her down. Graham stayed with Seren whilst Harry and I took the trip. This took us across Horsey Mere, the guide (Ross?) explaining some of the history and techniques of thatching (use of sedge for the ridge of the roof and reeds on the main parts of the roof). We went down Meadow Dyke, spotting Norfolk Hawker Dragonflies and another brown Dragonfly whose name I forget. We also saw (briefly) a Swallowtail Butterfly zooming across the dyke on the strong breeze. Then into Heigham Sound to see a pair of Swans with cygnets, Avocets flying by, a Marsh Harrier and some Common Terns. On the return cruise back through Meadow Dyke the guide turned off the engine and drew our attention to the song of a Reed Warbler and a Sedge Warbler. We relaxed a bit more after our tour, before walking across the fields to the Nelson Head for an early dinner. As it was such a beautiful warm evening we sat outside to eat. Seren found a shady spot! Crab salad for me off their specials board. It was okay but I would have preferred to have had it with potato salad or coleslaw rather than hot new potatoes and side salad. It was a very small crab, the smallest I’ve seen, though plenty enough for my appetite. Hope the size is not due to overfishing! Annoyed on our return to the boat to find that my Kindle wouldn’t work. Ended up borrowing ‘Persuasion’ from Harry, who had brought three ‘real’ books with him. A re-read for me, but it is one of my favourite Jane Austin novels. Watched the sun setting over Horsey Mere, then turned in for the night. Nice to be able to use real loos! We were a bit bothered by flies again this evening, though not as badly as last night. No mozzies though, thankfully.
  9. 11 points
    When I was in my mid/late twenties I was rather over confident! After all I drove a bright blue Subaru Impreza which at the time was about the most hated car on the road! One summer afternoon I pulled into the supermarket, straight into the last child/parent space. Bingo! Before I had half of myself out of the car a mum with kids in the car had pulled up behind shouting and screaming, calling me things that no child should hear. I said nothing but kept eye contact with her during this torrent of verbal whilst getting my baby Daughter out of the back seat....
  10. 11 points
    The Pasta Amatriciana turned out very well and was all gobbled up, and very enjoyable it was too. I usually wash up as I go, and all that was left was the plates and glasses which Karen did. I got changed into some old clothes especially brought along for sweetcorn drowning a got my tackle out and got set up by Lightnings bow. Karen was watching things on YouTube when I called her to look at my monster Roach which must have weighed in at a massive 6-8............. oz. She was going to take a photo, but the poor little thing wriggled out of my hand and fell on the ground. I quickly picked him up and placed him back in the briny deep. I kept fishing for a couple of hours, and caught another three monsters, the the light faded. By this time the breeze had settled, and Langley dyke was flat calm and looked absolutely still and tranquil. I don't know what it is about this place, but for us, in the sun, with flat cam water, and the sight of a Marsh Harrier swooping low over the marshes, it's truly awesome, mind blowing even, but whatever it is, it's one of the most beautiful and relaxing places to be on the Broads. Maybe that explains why I love this little piece of Broadland paradise so much. It's been a fantastic day, not only cruising, but enjoying breakfast with friends, both old and new, making a friend from a stranger who we really hope to see again, enjoying a home cooked meal, and an evenings fishing. It couldn't get any better, but then, that's just another day on the Broads. Good night all.
  11. 11 points
    I've managed to retrieve some photos from the previous Mrs Nog so I thought I'd post a couple. Apologies about the quality as they are scanned from slides. First up is the superb Bridge Inn at Potter Heigham. Sadly burnt down in the early 80's I believe. Nothing remains of the original building although some tile work from the floors can still be seen in what is now a car park. Carol has some information on her web site and I think Ex Pilot provided some history as I recall but I'm not sure where it is. I think the blaze started due to a fire being lit in a fireplace which hadn't been used for a long time. The pub was pretty much destroyed although the remains were supported with scaffolding for a while. I also seem to think the insurance didn't cover the rebuilding costs. Such a shame, a lovely pub and a location to die for. Happy memories!
  12. 11 points
    Another lost pub is the Eagle at Neatishead. Well not strictly gone in a sense, as it's now a private house. It has been altered a fair bit but is still recognisable. A cracking little pub. I seem to recall it frequently won in the small pub category in a best pub competition which was run by Blakes.
  13. 11 points
    Well, we kept an eye on each other, travelled at the advised time, kept between the posts and really enjoyed the crossing. In our week on the Broads (finished this Monday) almost everyone we met was very helpful and we made sure we returned the help to others. A shout out to Richardsons as on the third day the engine wouldn't start, they were on the scene within the hour and fixed the fault, a short circuit on the battery. We enjoyed our week so much that earlier today we booked for next year!
  14. 10 points
    I know that a number of members on here knew Roy Abrahams (Roya), I heard just now from his wife Gill that he sadly passed away in hospital yesterday evening. I don't know that he was active on the NBF but was a stalwart contributor to the NBF in its day and has more recently been involved with several Facebook-based sites focused on the Norfolk Broads. From my point of view he was a great character, an enthusiastic Broadsman and a friend and he will be missed.
  15. 10 points
    Well, we"ve been waiting for this day to come for what seems like an eternity. It"s 07,00, the alarm has just gone off, and we're in a hotel bed in Gravesend about to get up for breakfast and hit the Dartford tunnel. We've decided to do things a bit differently this time, and break the journey up by splitting it into two halves. The first half saw Karen and I setting off from a very warm and sunny East Dorset and head for Gravesend to visit my Brother (and usual first mate, though not this time) for dinner, then overnight in our regular hotel. It looks like It"s going to be another lovely day, here's hoping.
  16. 10 points
    Ditto , and I hope that a mutually beneficial dialogue can spring forth from this . Please can other forum members regard the BA joining us as a positive move by them and not use it as an excuse to harass or insult them relentlessly. Obviously in no way should we cease to voice our complaints and criticisms as we have always done , and we have always known the BA read this forum but let’s not lose their direct contributions , hopefully in this way we can avoid some of the speculative rumours that have happened in the past and get direct input from “the horse mouth”. should say the above is IMHO but honestly believe direct input from the BA can only be beneficial to us
  17. 10 points
    Hi all, Thank you for pointing this out. We already have CCTV coverage at our Yacht Stations which has proved useful so far in recording and following up on incidents on the river. Following the recent speeding vessel on the River Yare at Reedham, we felt it would be a sensible idea going forwards if we could install CCTV at Reedham. Tom
  18. 10 points
    Dawn over Ranworth. Ah, but (those paying attention may say), that should be dawn over Upton Dyke. True, but whilst cruising slowly down the Thurne, we had a conversation. We agreed we must have one last night at Ranworth as it is such a special place and the weekend will be manic and we have to meet friends at Coltishall early next week. So we turned right instead of left and on such decisions, the fate of nations can rest. Though not in this case, obviously. So i spent a happy afternoon fishing and watching reversing 101. Not as a critic, take away my bowthrusters and i can be as cack handed as the next Johnny, but interested. More interesting was watching the people watching the reversing. There were those who will offer words of advice "tell him to shove it hard over and boot it love", those who get involved and offer to take a rope, and those who, regardless of the drama unfolding next door to them, just stay on their duffs sipping Prosecco or something. Fortunately they are in the minority. Anyroad up it looks like the rain is easing so i am off to dangle a few more maggots before we head for Upton. Or we have another conversation. Cheers Chris
  19. 10 points
    I just want to say in the words of the TV presenters when someone has said the name of a brand on air. Other brands of angler are also available! I have met many of them.
  20. 10 points
    About 30 years ago my wife (at the time) and friends were visiting Oulton Broad one summer Sunday. We came across a family stood on the quay at the Yacht Station in some distress. Their little boy (about seven years old) had been feeding ducks with his sister and had lost his new glasses into the water. He'd only had them a week and wasn't used to them. They had simply slipped off his nose. Shoes, socks and jeans off, into the water, didn't realise it was so deep and cold!! About 10 minutes of diving in the filthy water with just about zero visibility returned a couple of cans, a spanner, several stones and finally a pair of blue NHS specs, none the worse for their dunking. By way of thanks we were treated to a pot of tea at the café on the corner of Bridge Road and the car park behind the Yacht Station (now closed).
  21. 9 points
    This is the BBC Home Service. Hold it up to the light – not a brain in sight. Some of you will know by now that I tend to see the world through 'Goon' tinted glasses. Not just The Goons but programming such as 'the Navy lark', 'Hancock's Half Hour', 'The Men From The Ministry', 'Round the Horne' and the panoply of what is now referred to as 'vintage radio comedy'. As I say my vision is tinted by classic humour, I can't help but see the world as a comedy on the 'Light Programme'. I mean, take today's news report on the changes in personnel in charge of fashion at Marks & Sparks. The chief executive Steve Rowe noting failings such as not buying enough jeans for a promotion. He then comes out with a pure gem worthy of Julian and Sandy. "That led to us having some of the worst availability in casual trousers I've seen in my life,". Ooh, ain't 'ee bold! But today has brought a joy far greater than scarcity in the trouser department at M&S. Today, on the drive back from Sheffield, granddaughter Gracie and her best friend Lola discovered 'The Goons'. Explosions of belly laughs erupted from the back seat of the car as they listened to Quatermass OBE on the radio. "Put Bluebottle on again!" Gracie pleaded crying with laughter when Peter Sellers as Bluebottle said 'chips and brown gravy' while I explained you can't rewind radio. But fortunately, I had my recordings on MP3 so we got to listen to my favourite 'Tales of Men's Shirts'. "Can we listen to Bluebottle on the radio on the boat?" asked Gracie. "Oh no!" exclaimed Grandma. "Oh Yes!" said Timbo. First, Grace gets hooked on boats and now The Goons. Today has been a good day! Or is that a Goon day? Thynne!
  22. 9 points
    I want to talk to you all about a very serious illness that affects thousands of children all over the United Kingdom - Visibility Deficiency Syndrome. While normal children can be seen by fellow members of society, children with VDS struggle with a cloak of invisibility that makes it impossible for others to acknowledge their existence. The owner of this car just parked in this parent and child space and walked off with his children close behind. It was clear that they all suffered from this terrible illness. People are always so quick to judge, but until you have walked a mile in his shoes you’ll never know their pain or agony. There are no common genetic factors for parents who end up having children with VDS. For some reason, it often happens to adults who own Audis, BMWs, Land Rovers, or souped-up, sporty Ford w**kwagons like the one pictured here. So the next time that you spot someone walking away from a car that is parked in a parent and toddler space, seemingly without any children, just stop for a minute before giving them any abuse. Let’s raise VDS awareness.
  23. 9 points
  24. 9 points
    Should you happen to be navigating the River Waveney during the long glorious days of summer ahead, then take time to moor at Cove Staithe, midway between WRC and Beccles on the south bank of the river. From here you are a very pleasant thirty minute walk from two of Broadland's finest public houses which you might not have heard of, let alone visited. A green road, known as Cove Dam leads from the staithe across the marshes to Marsh lane and in to North Cove. Take care crossing the railway line, a hundred yards or so after which the lane bears left ignoring the farm track to alder carr to the right. At the end of the lane turn right still Marsh Lane and follow this road past Covehall Farm until you reach the entrance to North Cove Hall on your right next to which there is a footpath which leads on to a closed section of the Old Lowestoft Road where you will find the Three Horseshoes. A delightful pub which caters to all tastes and a real example to anyone modernising a pub on how to do it properly. The interior is very smart without being "sterilised" as other pubs in the area have been. Always several real ales available on hand pump, good range of bottled beers and ciders and a decent wine list. Food is excellent with Thai cuisine on selected nights, but you can still get a fishfinger sandwich or cheesy chips if you prefer and prices are very reasonable. Occasionally have live music especially on Sunday Afternoons and if you are lucky enough to be in the vicinity on August 18th then the wonderful Tosh Ewins will be along to entertain you, between 4 and 7. Leaving the Horseshoes retrace your steps along the footpath to Marsh Lane which you cross and proceed along The Street opposite which will take you into Barnby. As the road turns right to join the bypass take a left turn into Swan Lane, past the garden centre and the farm and you will find the Swan on your left hand side as you come to The Green. This is more of a diner's establishment with occasional Thai Nights (must be a poplar cuisine in these parts) but the highlight here is afternoon tea, available in three forms. Cream, Savoury or High Tea but must be booked 24 hours ahead, and the excellent seafood restaurant. There is a full menu for those who prefer something a little less fishy and whilst prices are higher than the Horseshoes they are still good value. From the Swan, turn left along the Green and onto Sidings Lane which becomes Wadehall Lane, past Fairfield Farm (two lovely holiday cottages here btw) then turn right down a track marked Public Footpath, Wadehall Old Dam. Again, take care crossing the railway line then a footpath takes you back across the marshes to Six Mile Corner on the river 400 yards or so down stream of the staithe. Turn left along the river bank back to your boat. Distances? From the river to the Three Horseshoes about a mile and a half along well laid green roads, lanes and footpath. From the Horshoes to the Swan about a mile and a quarter along footpath and village lanes. From the Swan to the staithe around a mile and a half along country lanes, farm track and river bank. The walking is generally flat and quite easy, just the section along the riverbank can be a bit squishy in place during wet weather. Allow thirty minutes for each section. http://www.thethreehorseshoesnorthcove.co.uk/index.html https://thebarnbyswan.co.uk/ ma1_pmw.pdf
  25. 9 points
    Well what a shame. We haven't moored at Langley for a few years, and when we got to the Abbey, we found out it was closed to the public about four years ago. We walked back to Lightning and got underway. Our plan was to go to Rockland for the 240 hook up, but wile en-route, I suggested we carry on up the Yare to our home mooring at Brooms, where we could jump in the car and get the last few supplies for the last few days. We got home so to speak, and shopping bought, along with some rope hangers for Lightnings stern ropes, which either live on the side decks, or in the aft well. We're back aboard, and Karen has a shower. We wanted the 240 for her hair dryer, and straighteners, plus our home mooring hook up is meter read so we didn't us a card. I fill up with water, fit the rope hangers, and we're back under way. We have lovely cruise down the Yare, where our plan is to Moor at Hardley Mill, somewhere we've never moored at. We pass the sugar factory and find the mill moorings (or should that be pump?) with three boats on them, one at either end, and the smallest boat there moored slap bang in the middle, allowing only small boats in between. Oh well, time for plan B, we carry on to Reedham. As we approach Reedham, we're following two other boats, the second of which took the only mooring space big enough. Thinking we may have to opt for plan C, which was Loddon for two nights, Karen see's someone pulling out, leaving a massive gap, sorted. Things didn't go too plan when mooring up, I didn't realise the tide was running so fast, and as I turned the bow into the mooring, the tide pushed our stern into the boat behind. It was only a slight tap.,but it is still someone's pride and joy. We tied Lightning up with springs, and I went back to apologise and take all blame, it was me on the hel, and I should have taken a few seconds extra to check the tidal flow. I've moored at Reedham in fast tides before, and have mostly shown a clean pair of heals. Oh well, I asked the other owners aboard to inspect their boat, but all was well, with only my pride taking a bashing. We get chatting to the other owners, who start complementing us on the good condition of Lightning, and saying how spacious she is. Just as they depart, our new found friends Martin and Jane come upriver just in time to see another boat leave, so they pull in and Moor. Again, we get chatting, over a cuppa. Karen and I have already decided to use up what food we have left, and agree to meet up with M and J for a drink in the Ship. We use up the last of the potato's so kindly given to us by the Admiral, along with some cold pork and salad, me?, healthy eating, whatever next?. We get to the Ship, meet our friends, only to hear they could only get fish n chips as that was all they had, and at 7.00pm. Not good for a pub with a supposed good reputation. We sit chatting til 10.30, and make our way back to our boats, where as typing this post, I'm listening to Owls calling in the distance. It's one of Mother nature's wonderful night time sounds, and a sound that will hopefully help me drift off in bed. But that's just another normal night time sound on the Broads. Good night all.
  26. 9 points
    ok, I will chip in with the lovely gentleman in may, who helped me walk my boat past his from the moorings in cockshoot dyke when i didnt have the space to turn at the end and was struggling to get steerage way in reverse in the space available.
  27. 9 points
    What a good night's sleep, I slept like a log. We awake to a bright but cloudy breezy morning. We got chatting to guy called Martin on one of Brooms boats yesterday, and he and his good lady (Jane) were up and sitting in their cockpit taking in the air. We get chatting again when Rod returns with their trusty companion "Treacle". We all discuss where to have breakfast. We went to a little place called 142 Cafe and Bar, in Bridge road, soon to be joined by Rod and Shirley, and shortly after by our new found friends Martin and Jane. We all have bacon sandwiches of some kind along with a healthy dose of conversation, so much so that we realised it had gone 11, we'd been in there for over an hour and a half, but had to leave as we were heading towards either Langley dyke or Rockland. With water tank filled we're on our way. We round the corner from Oulton, only to see Peters Joy moored at "The Dutch Tea Gardens", so we quickly Moor up to go and say hello, but we're surprised to find Paul was not aboard, it was daughter Sam and her family, and Paul was later to join them in the week. We get underway again, and enjoy a cruise down the Waveney under changing skies and a fresh breeze, so different to Saturday, yet still dry. We had advance warning that there a couple of rangers moored around the bend with a speed gun, shame they didn't have any interest in the young guys speeding side by side and throwing beers cans around while going past them. As we pass them, they set off and followed us up the new cut, yet turned around after Hadisco Bridge. While cruising up the New Cut, I start to feel the chill of the breeze, so when we reached the wider Yare, I shut down the upper helm controls and carried on from inside, much warmer down here. We cruise up the Yare punching a hard tide, and eventually come to the mouth of Langley dyke. Up to this point Karen had been driving from Reedham, but isn't confident in confined spaces, so I took over from up top. It's much easier from up top, better views, and a better view for navigation. As we turned into Langley dyke, we're following a dinghy with 4 people sailing under head sail alone, along with a paddle, so in and out of drive trying to steer in neutral and ahead on tickover. Eventually, they pulled over to more, but never once said thank you for our patience. We turn before the mooring and reverse in with the kind help from a kind gentleman called Keith, who owns an Aqua fibre Lowliner 38. He knows a few people on syndicate boats, so we get chatting, and invite him aboard to show him around and have a quick chat. He'off at 6 to get back to their mooring ready to go home tomorrow. Now the clouds have lessened, and I'm about to cook my version of pasta amatraciana, and No, it's NOT out of a can. It's looking a bit brighter now, so after dinner, I may settle down do a bit of sweetcorn drowning. I wonder what the evening will bring, could it be yet another record catch, I wonder?.
  28. 8 points
    We've been asked about streaming CCTV online before (à la the various boatyard webcams in the Broads) however we're unable/reluctant to do this considering the data protection implications we could face, especially regarding people's faces being in the shots etc. The driver behind getting CCTV at Reedham and at our other locations was one of security and helping in the event of incidents or crime. Thanks, Tom
  29. 8 points
    Thank you all for the warm welcome, we're looking forward to getting more involved on here. We have got a fairly small and busy comms team but we'll try and respond to things as and when we get a chance, so please bear with us if you don't get a response as quickly as we'd like. Thanks again! Tom
  30. 8 points
    And in my experience, it is the totally callous attitude of the HR departments towards their own employees that is largely responsible for the high rate of attrition.
  31. 8 points
    And yet the approach to Norwich from Postwick was considered at one time, through the village of Thorpe St Andrew, was considered a delight. The garden of the east. Visited by the people of Norwich. Visited by tourists who visited our wonderful city. Where did it all go wrong?l Why did it all go wrong? And why have our generation allowed it to happen? Is this the legacy we will leave behind us, a disgrace that which we will be remembered. Andrew.
  32. 8 points
    Are you fed up with your mooring ropes fraying at the ends, even though you have melted them? The best solution is a sailmaker's whipping. I use No 8 Telylene whipping twine, which is great for all sorts of jobs on the boat. Unlay about 1.5 inches of the rope, cut off about 1.5 metres of the twine, make a bight in the end and pass it between the strands, so that it loops over the strand which is furthest away from you, and passes between the other two strands. Lay up the rope again by twisting the strands in your fingers as you turn them in together, and leave the whipping twine hanging out between each of the three strands. With the long end of the whipping twine, you "serve" it onto the rope, making sure you are doing it "against the lay". The length of the whipped portion should be about the same as the diameter of the rope. Pass the bight of the twine up the same strand that it is looped around and pass it over the end of the strand. Using the short end of the twine, pull the loop as tight as possible. Pass the short end of the twine up the remaining groove between the strands and tie it to the long end, with a reef knot, in the centre of the rope. Cut the two ends off short and there you have it! You can now burn the end of the rope in the usual way. Get it good and molten and then roll it into shape against a dirty metal surface, such as my old tool box. If you do it against a new clean piece of metal, the plastic will stick to it. You now have a rope end which will not fray or come apart, but will still pass easily through a mooring ring, or the sheave of a pulley, without snagging. I always make the eye splice so that it is a tight push fit over the deck cleat. This avoids the loop coming off the cleat on the boat, while you are standing on the bank with the other end of the rope!
  33. 8 points
    Because you have a disability though right? I mean you must have in order to save the 3 metre walk from a space opposite right? I mean as long as you're alright, why help out a mum who can perfectly well struggle to get a baby out of the rear door through a 12 inch gap between the car next door with a changing bag the size of a suitcase. You talk about problems in society, I see different problems in society to the ones you are looking at.
  34. 8 points
    I understand the Lake District National Park are interesting in acquiring it as a patrol and Rescue vessel for use on Derwent Water, as there current vessel is deemed too big. I guess it would be renamed Spirit of Derwent II, or perhaps even Little SOD.
  35. 8 points
  36. 8 points
    We woke up this morning, and it was actually bloody cold, more like late autumn, that was a shock to the system, so much so, we actually put the heating for an hour. It soon warms up, with patchy cloud in the distance. We have breakfast, then get Lightning squared away, and water tank filled, disconnect the 240, and we`re ready for a long trek this morning, all the way to ............... Loddon again. Before we set off, we say cheerio to our new found friends Martin and Jane, and off we go. We`re off to Loddon because we want to go to the Chet Vinyard for a look around, and for Karen to taste some wine. Our cruise up the short stretch of the Yare was even shorter, as we`re going with the tide. We enter the Chet, and i`m sure the river is getting narrower, and a bit more twisty. We`re following one of Richo`s Gems (an Alpha 32), and he `s taking it really slow. I know it`s 3 mph at Loddon, but all the way up the whole river?. We arrive at the staithe, this time with plenty of space, and get moored up in front of a pylon which still had some credit. All hooked up, we have a cuppa in Rosie Lee`s, wher Caroline orders a taxi for us. The vinyard is only about 3 miles away, yet still costmore than £25 return, are taxi`s really that expensive, or did we get ripped off (bloody tourists comes to mind ). The vinyard is really well worth a vist, though in the near future, it will be much better, as it is still being developed. They do make some stunning locally made wines from their own home grown grapes, and YES, they`re grown a couple of miles from Loddon. You can have a look at the vines, and taste the wines, even though i`m allergic to alcahol (or alcahol intolerant), i did have a taste, but only a tiny amount, which did`nt seem to affect me, as when we got back, i drank plenty of fluids, well, tea anyway, to water it down. We got back to Lightning, where i started to do a bit of repair / refurbishment of her central shower compartment. The oak trim was coming away, which was allowing water to get into the edge of the laminate under deck skin. I`d already bought the oak capping down her at home, and shaped and varnished it, so i all i had to do was the remove the old, clean and re-prep the surface, stick it on, and re-bead the edges. I took a good 3 hours, but ended up ding a lot more that i`d noticed when doing this piece. After i`d done the first stage of the work, i decided to do an hours fishing. result, one tiny silver Bream, hardly worth the effort, but i suppose they`re all worth it in the end. Karen and i wanted to go to the White Horse, but heard earlier in the weak that one of their ovens had gone bang, so also considered the Raj again. When we got there, all was ok, as they had a new oven fitted the day before. We had a superb meal (as is usual from The White Horse), and settled in for a quiet evening back aboard. I did a bit more refurbishment, and finally hit the sack at around 11pm, i was watching re-runs of Porridge but started to nod off, so gave in and joined Karen. It`s been a great day, and doing something different made the day something special, even though Karen did spend a fortune on wine that i liked the taste of, yet i dare not drink. I did tell her i`l have my own treat by spending the same amount or the restoration of the Daytona 1000. Good night all.
  37. 8 points
    Not the view of the NBN, just views of individual posters who are happy to share. We are happy for others to share opposing views as some have. The key part is that the NBN is happy to see different points of view and have them debated in a mature and non confrontational way.
  38. 8 points
    We have many many happy memories of holidaying on the Broads, starting our adventures in 2008 and sometimes managing 3 holidays a year trying out different hire boats. But our best memory has to be our honeymoon, we have met so many beautiful life long friends over the years and we had a 2nd wedding reception at Salhouse on the middle weekend of the fortnight, yes GRIFF I still have a bit of confetti left in my tiara box from your antics on board our boat while we helmed the beautifully decorated Boards Ambition in a convoy from St Bennets to Salhouse, guys honestly he hid it everywhere, even our tub of butter in the fridge got it lol all amazing fun though. We always make a point to meet up with friends whenever we are in the area, unfortunately we only managed one holiday last year and had to miss the year before completely but this year we have a Camping visit next month for 6 nights at Beccles so be involved in the Wooden Boat Show and then a week booked on board Richos Classic San Marino in September where we are meeting with friends for a jolly get together again and our wedding anniversary, canny wait I tell ya
  39. 8 points
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  40. 8 points
    When Tan & I married we spent our honeymoon on Narrow Boat run by Mr Dye from Dycraft. On the run through of the boat Mr Dye went for ages about the shaver socket in the bathroom and eventually looked at me and commented but you may not need that. We opened our case which had been docketed with some form of confetti bomb that shot confetti all over the boat. Regards Alan
  41. 8 points
    I wonder how much dredging could be done for that sort of money, or how much bankside foliage cleared, or 24 hour moorings re-instated, or Broadside refuse sites replaced?. Or am I just being too synical?.
  42. 8 points
    I’m sure we all have moorings we’re proud of and those that weren’t quite so perfect. I’ll always remember my first two moorings at Bramerton Common and Reedham. Private owners helped me out with advice and wisdom that I have long remembered. And in turn we have always tried to offer help to fellow boaters. My best ever mooring? Slotting Fair Prince perfectly into a space between two boats at a crowded Ranworth Staithe! Best overnight mooring? Hard to pick but Womack Water all to ourselves in March was very special.
  43. 8 points
    When I first came to the Broads I was trying to cope with a tricky mooring and it took a while. An very old gentleman had watched the whole thing and as I tied up he came over and in the broadest Norfolk accent I've ever heard complimented me on "making haste slowly" I was ridiculously proud and learned that I had accidentally done the right thing. There was the time a swan rescue chap was working alone in a very small boat. He'd caught a big brute of a swan (I'm from the city) but couldn't get to the fishing line and weights hanging from it's beak without 3 hands and a stable platform. We invited him onboard our craft and held the swan while he gently pulled out a good length of line and weights with no damage. Swan released and another magical memory. Twice we've watched an owl hunting at dusk. We've sat out in the dark while bats swooped around us. We made a silly mistake once and had to call BA for help, the ranger's launch was luckily not far away and was soon with us. Nicer guys you couldn't wish to meet helped us and we were good to go. They easily could have had a chuckle at our situation or given us lectures on helming but they could see we already knew better and it was just one of those lapses of a moment that had consequences this time. I could write a book.. the lovely meals, the sunsets and the amount of genuine and friendly boaters from whom I have learnt so much. Great idea for a thread Grace!
  44. 8 points
    Well the Indian didn't happen. My brother and sister in law arrived at 6pm. They're immediately impressed with the size and space of Lightning, but they're sailing folk who like the more traditional kind of boat, that's why they bought a Hillyard 12 tonner. After a while I walk up to the chippie and get our order, back to the boat and we stuff ourselves on some very healthy food. We sit and chat for a couple of hours, when they depart back to the campsite, so Karen and I get Lightning squared away and settle down watching Who Dares Wins (great film), and will no doubt be in bed early again tonight. It's been another thoroughly enjoyable day, but then, isn't any day boating on the Broads a lovely day?. Good night all.
  45. 8 points
    Well the tide didn't play ball, so we had a relaxing short run to Oulton Broad. The run was a really pleasant one and under changeable skies, one minute cloudy and cool, the next warm sunshine, but all the time we had a steady breeze. We phoned Oulton Broad yacht station to reserve a mooring, which was to be stern on on the inside finger. We arrived at the yacht station earlier than expected and took a mooring, but the board said reserved for someone else. I walked round to the office, but nobody was there, so I ran back to Lightning as I saw anther boat coming in, and didn't want to lose the chance of side on along with views over the broad. We brought Lightning around and managed to get our chosen spot, got tied up, and noticed Sally B tied up on the other side of the jetty. I knocked on the door and out came Rod and Shirley, where we stood and had a chat, but I thought we'd all be more comfortable sitting on Lightning having a nice cup of tea. It's the first time we've had good long chat with Rod and Shirley. After a while we parted company, and Karen and I went across to pay our mooring fee which was £18.50 side on with hook up. OK, it was,nt much less than WRC, but at least the surroundings and local facilities are much better. We then went to find an Indian restaurant we'd been told about, and decided if my brother and sister in law don't turn up, it's Indian for us tonight we walk back to Lightning where I have to make some phone calls and are now just chilling out. I must admit, the idea of a Ruby is very tempting.
  46. 8 points
    Yesterday would have been Tan's 62 Birthday, we as a family had a celebration barbi for family and friends at Stuart's house which is a couple of roads below our road. It was cooler yesterday but at least there was no rain. A good time was had by all in their garden with Stuart doing the barbi, I had spent Saturday morning making cheese scones, cheese tartlets and a large chocolate cake, caramel and apple pie and a strawberry and blackberry flan. Joanne did all the other food. A good time was had by all from 2.00pm until 10.30pm with tales from the past. Regards Alan
  47. 8 points
    This is their new Sedan cruiser - Waveney Pegasus. Is it just me or does this boat look like it's taken part in a magicians sawn in half trick that's gone wrong? It looks dangerous without any rails at the back.
  48. 8 points
    Sailed from The Swan , Horning to South Walsham on Norada via Malthouse where we mud weighted for lunch. As we were ahead of schedule we also moored up at Cockshoot and walked around the boardwalk.
  49. 8 points
    Can’t wait! We have booked Hunters Yard’s ‘Lustre’ from 29th June. We have sailed Hunters boats the same week every year since 2015, except last year when we went to Anglesey instead. Really missed the sailing last year (though Anglesey was wonderful...right in the middle of the heat wave...account in Members Out and About section). Last time we sailed in July 2017 we hired Lustre’s sister boat Lullaby (account in this Holiday Tales section) which had been used in the BBC series of Arthur Ransome’s ‘The Coot Club’. This year we’re even more excited as Lustre has been fitted with an electric Torqeedo engine (Hunters Yard boats are a heritage 1930s fleet, so most have been kept as original as possible apart from a modern pump out sea toilet). So this year we hopefully won’t have to quant when the wind fails or trees or Potter bungalows get in the way. Eldest son Harry and our collie dog Seren are coming with us. All the positive emojis! and this... and this...
  50. 7 points
    Things to do on the southern Broads and where to go?, simple answer, "Everywhere". Places to go, Loddon a must go, with a visit to Rosie Lee:s Tee Shop, Caroline is an absolute treasure. Also some great pubs, plus many good shops for provisions etc. Reedham for some excellent Broadland sunset (clear skies permitting), and some good pubs. Beccles for all facilities (just don't use the yacht station showers), plus one of the prettiest stretches of river on the Broads (bridge clearance permitting), Geldeston, very pretty cruise up to and a great pub for food, or peaceful mooring before the boatyard. Oulton Broad is always popular. Langley Dyke, very peaceful and pretty, excellent for watching birds over the marshes, look over the Abbey ruins (cafe still open?) but no facilities. Rockland, quite and peaceful, with a great pub but no facilities. Brundall is a lovely place with all facilities but not many places (only Brooms if hiring) to Moor, Surlingham ferry is a great pub with peaceful moorings. Bramerton Common, very peaceful, great pub, but no facilities. Thorpe, good pubs, good moorings, very pretty through and between the railway bridges, and boatyard facilities at Freedom Cruisers. Norwich, for the castle, cathedral, beautiful Riverside walk, shopping, and all usual city facilities. There's always lots of places to go and see, moorings are less busy but the tides are stronger with higher rise and fall and faster flowing, so try to plan your itinery with this in mind. That way, journey times and fuel consumption will be cut dramatically. Enjoy the southern rivers.
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