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  1. 10 points
    “Badger hates Society, and invitations, and dinner, and all that sort of thing.” Kenneth Grahame,The Wind in the Willows At home, I have neighbours and acquaintances. Just like badger, I'm not much of a social animal. But the rivers and broads make friends of us all and Grace was more than a little intrigued to discover I knew more people in, on and around The Broads than I did at home. After receiving a royal salute from Vaughan on board his new boat as we left Simpsons boatyard, Gracie was wearing her thoughtful expression. “Timbo?” “Yes?” “Do all of you friends live in Norfolk?” “Not all of them, but a lot do.” “Do they all have boats?” “Some of them do, but not all of them.” “Why do all your friends wear silly hats?” “To stop their heads exploding!” The boat was fuelled, the dogs walked, Dylan and I were medicated and Ellie was still feeling delicate from three glasses of wine and a five thirty wake up call. Potter Heigham would be our destination for Grace to buy gifts for Mummy, Daddy and her baby brother Arlo. So while Ellie went back to her bunk, Captain Gracie and I helmed Royal Tudor down the River Ant. After talking so much about Princess Grace and while my queen is snoozing in the forward cabin I should say something about the majesty that is Royal Tudor. Built in 1960 my grand lady turns sixty next year. Believe it or not, boats do have a personality. To me, RT's personality is somewhere between Margaret Rutherford and Joyce Grenfell with the looks of a young Jean Simmons. It must be well over four years ago since I last helmed Royal Tudor in near solitude. Her time off the water has changed her in some subtle and not so subtle ways. In the past Royal Tudor was deft at manoeuvring, she could turn on a sixpence with the lightest touch of the helm where it takes some effort to turn her wheel now. I'm going to have to take a look at that. In motion RT sets her own pace. There is no hurrying her unless she wants to or she needs to. There is no need for fancy instrumentation, Sat Navs or GPS systems, not that there ever is on the Broads, as the old girl will tell you if you are going too fast. If you take her above a walking pace she will groan and grumble, rattle, creak and complain. Hit the sweet spot, RT will guide you to it, and she glides through the water with barely a murmur. If you need to overtake Royal Tudor, then you are speeding. Having said that, Gracie, Royal Tudor and I took it especially slowly on our trip to Potter Heigham. Plenty of time for me to order my thoughts and reminisce on forty seven years of visiting The Broads. I retrieved the set of folding steps I used in the past for Uncle Albert to disembark and set them up in front of the helm so that Gracie could stand on them to see over the cockpit and reach the wheel. It took us the distance from Stalham to joining the Ant for Grace to master keeping Royal Tudor in a straight line. “I know what to do Timbo, I can do it!” That little girl was fascinated by everything she saw. Trees, birds, wild flowers, stoats, the names and history of the landscape that glided past us. We nosed into Barton Turf so she could see one of our favourites mooring spots and turn the boat. Around The Heater we discussed shields and sword fights. Across Barton we discussed different types of sail boats (I have to learn more), weather patterns, cloud shapes, fish nets and ecology. Gracie helmed RT all the way down the river Ant, across Barton Broad, and further down the Ant to Ludham bridge. Along the way we encountered the wherry Albion under full sail. As we were just bimbling along we were happy to sit a way upstream and follow along. But soon there was a backlog of boats behind us, many of them new helms, and Albion had slowed almost to a stop. Before we could make our move one of the boats behind us decided that it was OK to go flat out and overtake all the other boats as well as Albion through blind bends and into oncoming boats. I edged RT further out into the river to stop the rest following suit and waited for Albion's helm and lookout to look behind and give an indication. “You pillock! Give us a clue?” I muttered under my breath. The first at another hire boat trying to come around us without noticing the huge wherry in front then suddenly going into reverse, and the second at Albion's lookout. Eventually the lookout looked and waved us through. So now with clear water ahead we continued our bimble. Before Ludham I spotted a familiar and welcome sight. Listing to port, probably under the weight of her master who was looking decidedly 'piratey', was Nyx under the command of a certain Maurice Mynah. Nyx was still in the distance when Gracie started to chuckle. "This is one of your friends Timbo!" exclaimed Gracie. "How do you make that out?" "The hat!" Ellie surfaced just before we reached Ludham bridge. Gracie wanted to try the horn as we went under the bridge.The temporary air horn inflated by bicycle pump was feeble to say the least. Gracie was somewhat disappointed. “That sounds like a duck trump!” declared Gracie before erupting into giggles. A new horn is something we need to add to the growing shopping list of items Royal Tudor needs. To this list can be added two new mooring warps, without which mooring is decidedly difficult having to swap lines from various parts of the boat when coming into moor. Through Ludham we headed to the Ant mouth and turned to follow the River Bure downstream. That weekend the Three Rivers Yacht Race was taking place, so I put on some revs and got a wiggle on to Potter Heigham hoping to get a mooring. Gracie disappeared below decks with Grandma but they soon arrived back bearing cake, biscuits and a cup of tea. I have a new found enjoyment of cake. I blame my very best friend Doug for this. Call a tea break and I can guarantee Doug will ask 'Is there any cake?'. It's either Doug's fault or I admit I've entered that stage of life where cake features heavily, as do sheds. We made Potter Heigham before tea time, 4 pm proper tea time, moored in the only open space opposite Herbert Woods yard river entrance (not ideal) and took the boys and Gracie for a walk into 'town' to stretch legs, before I headed back to Royal Tudor for a well deserved nap! More later!
  2. 8 points
    Congratulations, you made it. Well done and see you tomorrow for a Birthday drink The big 40 eh? I’m amazed you made it past puberty Griff
  3. 5 points
    We are also away in August and have done so in August for the last two years. It's just the luck of the draw sometimes. Couldn't get moored at Horning, (but then we have never managed that at other times), but other than that not a problem really, just be prepared to be flexible. If you want a definite place then be prepared to go earlier. We like the wild mooring spots as we can then be away early in the morning. There is something magical about the 5am cup of coffee watching the mist slowly disappear and then being ready to set off before the rest of the world wakes up. We then moor up for breakfast and showers etc after lots of others have moved on.
  4. 4 points
    Good point JM The reciprocal moorings agreement is via the Hire Boat federation rather than Hoseasons not sure if Sandersons will continue with that. Otherwise it's pretty much Silverline, freedom or Pacific down South now. But as mentioned moorings are quieter anyway.
  5. 4 points
    Is that near Chuffin Heck, Griff?
  6. 3 points
    Well done to these two establishments for being mentioned in the first 25 Best Fish and Chips in East Anglia.
  7. 3 points
    I know of no reason not to name Edward William Marine Services. Copied from the last paragraph of their online proposal form:- "Edward William Marine Services SL is a Spanish Registered Insurance Agent and as such is not authorised or Regulated by the UK Financial Services Association and is not covered for compensation under the UK Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS)"
  8. 3 points
    so the teak was cut for the top rubbing strake across the transom (why did I say mahogany before) and its been fettled and fitted in place, glued and clamped.
  9. 2 points
    Yeah, 61 in years, but 16 in attitude and mentality .
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    40?, beat yah, i`m 61 today.
  12. 2 points
    Thanks for all the responses. If the people we meet when we're there are as friendly and helpful as on this forum I'm sure we'll have a great time. With two weeks to spend, we're definitely planning on coming South - it would be silly to miss out on it. I've not been put off getting there. We have (some) experience on Lough Erne having to keep to channels and stay between markers and managed pretty well. And we'll do it at slack tide. Potter Heigham. We'll probably be mostly cooking on board so being near a pub won't be a necessity, so long as we can stop at some point to top up water when we need to. Mud weighting sounds fun (do they really let you do that in a hire boat) but I'd be a bit nervous of doing it without a dinghy - no way of getting out in an emergency (though I suppose if the boat catches fire and you're the wrong side of it to the dinghy it's not much help). And we don't want the added hassle of having a dinghy to deal with - it will only be our second time hiring a cruiser. Fair point. Then again if we'd hired on the South we'd have to cope straight away. We'll have 2 or 3 adults to drive, and I get the impression that unlike Lough Erne we won't feel the need for a second person with binoculars to check marker numbers and work out where we are on the chart while the person at the helm avoids going off piste. Just curious...why is that? On the Herbert Woods web site they just say "Free mooring is available at any British Hire Boat Federation Boat Yards." without providing a list. Yes I didn't think it was as bad as the doomsayers make out. We should get through Wroxham, with a pilot (which is fine by me).
  13. 2 points
    Most of what I was going to post is covered above There are probably others which more informed members will add to but I've already booked two moorings for our first two nights We are hiring from Pacific at Loddon Surlingham Ferry for the first night, because I love that pub and it will mean I can have a stop of at the Beauchamp or Coldham Hall on the way (never been in either) and not worry about getting to the mooring quickly Reedham Ferry for the Saturday, again love the pub but I want to be arround Reedham to go north earlyish on the Sunday In answer to Grendel, I booked these two months ago The only other place I know you can book is the The New Inn Horning, they insist you eat there, which imo opinion is totally reasonable, we only eat in pubs when we are away We moored at The Waveney House Hotel Beccles last year, there was a sign saying you could book moorings, our intention was to only stay for a few hours to let the tide drop to be safe under the bridge but stayed the night after a chat with them I also think the Waveney River Centre takes bookings, but not totally sure We hire a dinghy, just as insurance to get to the pub, I barely cook and it's my wife's holiday too You can book at Yacht Stations
  14. 2 points
    The fore mentioned reciprocal mooring agreement where hire boats from one yard can moor at another hire yard is probably still good on the North Rivers but not so relevant down South due to the lack of hire yards. This is more relevant to those of you definitely coming South. Sandersons at Reedham is now no longer with Hoseasons, whether that will effect mooring availability only time will tell.
  15. 2 points
    if the next day is changeover day, then the yard may ask you to leave fairly early before all their boats arrive back and they get busy, but other than that its a good option.
  16. 2 points
    I thoght the crash test dummy WAS the Griff lookalike
  17. 1 point
    I’m sure some of you well travelled people have experience of natural lubricants and I’m hoping you can pass on some wisdom to someone who had a more sheltered upbringing: a friend of mine. This friend’s boat is moored on a floating finger next to where the bridge from terra firma sits (the "bridge" which connects to the fixed jetty). There are two steel plates on the upper side of the finger and the underside of the bridge is wood. My friend was wondering if there is a good lubricant available to stop the finger making a noise during movement? Smell is important: he doesn’t want it to smell like a pair of old lock gates (sorry for swearing on the forum), nor does he want to attract insects like the Hornets which seem to grow to the size of small dogs around Brundall. Any suggestions will be passed on discreetly. Thank you in anticipation.
  18. 1 point
    Back on topic!! I've just noticed that one of our sponsors - the Bridge Inn have updated their advertising panel over to the right. It has just reminded me that we popped in recently and were very impressed as always. Phil and Ness are now celebrating 12 years at the helm and what a transformation they have made in that time. If anyone needs a model of how to run a pub, this is it. As Phil says, they are a pub that does food. Very good food too. They have never pretended to be gastro but serve really good pub grub which is what customers on the Broads want. The pub does phenomenally well in summer but if you go in during the winter (which we often do) it does a roaring trade then too. The staff buzz around like a well oiled machine and are very friendly and helpful. A new menu has been launched for the season with many new tempting offerings ranging from light bites through to grills and some more spicy offerings. something for everyone yet not overloaded to with too many dishes. Good wine list too. The beer is always superbly kept (Cask Marque accreditation too) and I was delighted that Phil is continuing to offer a guest beer in the season often from the superb Humpty Dumpty brewery. Give it a try, I promise you will not be disappointed!
  19. 1 point
    And back to the 3RR. The things brought up by people in this thread. With answers from the committee. Ludham bridge, The turning point was sited where it was because the boat yard could and kindly did, move moored boats on both banks to give the biggest turning circle. They don't own the bank further down and couldnt do that there. All the competitors had been told where the turning point was some obviously didn't listen. Richardson's said they would put a notice on every boat about the race, also the club put warning notices up the other side of the bridge, some people obviously didn't bother to read. For both ludham and South walsham, the club will look at some thing like a flag pole and flag to give a better warning of the turning point. The south Walsham turning point was sited where a motor boat could be moored and get a site line to check boats had cleared the turning point. Another thing that came up. Lifejackets are not carried on ambulances, ambulance crew have been therefore told not to get onto boats. They must call the humber Coast Guard, who will call Hemsby lifeboat crew and the fire brigade and only with their presence and assistance are they allowed to go to and remove a casualty from a boat... Every guard ship has first aid crew, and luckily the club rescue boat attending the 999 casualty at the incident at Acle bridge had as one of its crew... A GP on board. Our people removed the casualty from the boat to dry land for the ambulance to take away.
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    Not sure about that Mark, I think where the hinge is penetrated it stays quiet most of the time. The problem is caused when the finger rubs underneath the bridge. My friend says.
  22. 1 point
    If that's what it's called!
  23. 1 point
    You will need it in spray form to get it in the concealed areas of the hinge.
  24. 1 point
    Not me, more likely Jayfire surely!
  25. 1 point
    Why not try olive oil or sunflower cooking oil? It works well for lubricating toilet pumps.
  26. 1 point
    Just the usual note that I have updated the "what's on" guide to include July now. Events to look out for are the Great Yarmouth Folk Group at the Dog at Ludham Bridge from the 21st to 23rd June (not just folk music - great night out!), a comedy night at the White Horse in Chedgrave on the 28th June. In July there's the opportunity to catch the Water Rats Jazz Band also at the White Horse on the 21st July, and there is a beer festival taking place between the 5th and 7th July at the White Horse in Upton. Five bands are booked to appear over the weekend. For more details on these and other events click HERE
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    That's very interesting, many thanks for posting. The first map shows the old M and GN railway which closed in the late 50's including Breydon Viaduct and the former Yarmouth Beach Station as well as Yarmouth South Town. I guess this would date it around the early fifties, maybe even earlier. The line from Yarmouth running up the coast and on to North Walsham via Potter Heigham and Stalham can just be seen at the far right of the map. I believe Breydon viaduct closed around 1954. Yarmouth Beach Station closed in 1959 although South Town didn't close until 1970. Its possible that you may have been to either of these - the Beach station site remained for a good few years and was used as a coach park although its quite likely some of the old track could still be seen. The railway bridge shown over the Bure was demolished in the 70's I believe - the existing girder bridge, now a footbridge was used for a tram system linking the docks. These old maps really do give a sense of how extensive the rail network was back in the day!
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    I thought this may be a place to show this scrap of paper. It must be from a very old Broads guide but how old, I don’t know. I have a vague memory of collecting a load of timber from a yard and having to be careful not to twist an ankle on the rails sunken into the yard's surface. It would have been in the early 90’s when I was driving articulated lorries for a living and I think it was GY.
  29. 1 point
    Thanks to Mike for stepping into the breech As I said last week on the chatroom I have had a very hectic week. 5 different committee meetings in 3 days. Then this morning I had to drive halfway across the county for an interview for a volunteer job. Heard in the last five minutes that I have been accepted for the position. I am to be a Member of the board of Directors for our local housing management company.
  30. 1 point
    Bloody kids !! Well happy birthday to the pair of you
  31. 1 point
    Happy birthday SPEEDTRIPLE
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    ‘Out of the wetshed that fast’ Really? onboard at 0330, photo taken 5 mins ago Griff
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    Best wishes to you as well
  34. 1 point
    The regulatory document consists of the regulations for each of which there are ACOP (codes of practice) and further explanation by way of guidelines. All are part of the Regulations, and all are law. But the Regulation doesn't cover BA, so carry on and keep calm.
  35. 1 point
    Anyroadup, I have just bubble tested ‘B.A’s onboard gas system. Passed Griff
  36. 1 point
    Ah that sounds great. Thanks. I see your point about tides.
  37. 1 point
    Spare a thought for the children of today. They will never have many of the opportunities which we had. Never will they know the joy of walking into a sweet shop with a thruppenny bit and buying two ounces of "mixed" …. Sherbet Lemons and Pear Drops. Never will they experience the thrill of the rattle of those little morsels of wonder as the shopkeeper shakes the glass jar to loosen them. Never will they know the suspense of waiting to see if the balance would tip, or if that last precious candy, teetering on the lip of the jar would make it in to your brown paper bag. Nor, I doubt would a pair of eight year olds be sent out for the day, to navigate alone along many miles of tidal river armed only with a bottle of pop, our bag of "mixed", lifejackets, three shillings, and our own common sense. Oh, don't forget the log book and pencil. The world was a safer place then, or so I am told. I am not entirely convinced of this, I just think that many of the dangers were not understood, or even imagined and so sent out on our voyage we were. Much happened between Saturday evening and Thursday morning, which turned out to be Wednesday. We rattled back to Billy's house boat and jumped on board to a chorus from below decks of "mind where your jumping, I have the kettle on the stove", from Aunt Mary of course. We headed down the companionway from the wheelhouse to the saloon with as much calm as we could muster before making the big announcement. Our big announcement was trumped immediately by the news that Aunt Mary had already spoken to my parents, to see if they approved of our journey, which thankfully they did, but that Thursday would not be possible as that day has already been earmarked for our visit to Potter Heigham then on to see family in Mundesley. I was not too upset, taking in the thought of going to see my Great Aunt which was always a highlight of the holiday, she was a lovely lady, but Billy looked like he was standing beneath a sky that was starting to fall around his ears. "But Aunt Mary", he responded, we have to go on Thursday, the tides will be right and everything. The look which Aunt Mary returned told us immediately that the matter was not open to debate. I have spoken with your parents and they have suggested Wednesday or Friday, but Uncle Jonny says the tide will suit better on Wednesday. It's later on Friday and we don't want you out too late. Remember too that you've to show to Uncle Jonny that you can navigate the Dyke before you go, you can do that on Monday. "That won't be a problem Aunt Mary", I sang out, "Billy says" … ouch! The kick to my left ankle was accurate and sharp. I stared at Billy and continued my somewhat revised statement, Billy says that he's sure he knows enough to get to the top of the dyke and back alright. "He should do, the number of times he's been fishing up at Buttler's, or Painter's Mill", Aunt Mary replied. Billy went white, the brightly glossed paintwork of the cabin roof was dull by comparison to his complexion right then. Do you think that Uncle Jonny doesn't know, well he does. There's not much happens on the water hereabouts that Uncle Jonny doesn't know. It'll pay you both well to remember that, especially on Wednesday. The warning was taken, and tucked away safely as a mental note. You can stay to tea, I've agreed it with your parents. Uncle Jonny won't be back until late today so we will eat down here.
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    Good job the race was't this weekend , forecast of gusting 40+mph .. it would have been cancelled. Most River sailers on the broads are used to this sort of argy bargy close quarter sailing. occasionally you get a newbie from wide open spaces who comes and joins in.. They get often get very uptight about the knocks and bangs and then go away .. they can't cope with it. It's very rare a broads sailor calls on their insurance or the other parties insurance in these matters. it would have to be something really major like a dismasting, or the other competitor deliberately ramming..
  39. 1 point
    I had wondered that, but then who knows when Brexit will actually happen! I suspect the BA will change the declaration, although I seem to remember it is part of The Broads Act as well!
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    Congrats on the birthday however the aches and pains will only become more frequent and last longer from now in
  41. 1 point
    Growing old is Mandatory. Growing up is Optional.
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    My 5 pennuth!! If you go South , it is a different ball game to up North with regard to bank mooring. My advice would be to stick to the 24hr moorings , yacht stations and hostelries. Up North you can bank moor where safe to do so (remember trees have roots that protrude into the water) and certainly not on someone's prize lawn. There are Augusts and Augusts, some are very busy and some are not. Weekends tend to be busier than in the week. There are some fabulous moorings down South, I am sure there is a list somewhere , and they are all safe together with a list of yards and the facilities they offer, ie pump outs , water etc. Mooring on Rhond anchors isnt a mystery and I am sure someone on here will give you some important pointers as to how to moor on Rhond anchors. The River Ant has some lovely informal moorings. How Hill has loads of moorings. St Bennett's Abbey has good moorings. As has been said sometimes it is purely the luck of the draw. You can pass a mooring and find it full up and if you had passed 5 minutes later there would have been space. Finally, I will shut up in a moment, bring with you a 'just in case meal' if you intend to eat at pubs. Otherwise bring food for a few days and take it slowly.
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    Hey, i have heard of her, though ive not been in the loop for a few years but i remember her being mentioned for the queens diamond jubilee, in the list my aunties brother had for attendance. Though will find out if she's still going. The name of the splendid little ship was called "minnehaha" though the wife didnt approce the name so she became Thamesa, last time i heard she was having a lot if work done, hopefully should be floating for henley boat rallying Thank you 😊
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    Fair point, probably best to get used to the boat first. Yarmouth will be busy - but Woods do provide good information folders including detailed advice on crossing Breydon. Also I'm sure we'll all be happy to give any advice on this subject if it would help. Another point I forgot to mention is that on a hire boat you can moor in just about any other hire boat yard. Most will be have the majority of their boats out in August so that is another option.
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    Hi folks, Coryton is new to the Broads, and DOES`NT have any experience of tides and how to use them. In his other post, i`ve recommended he stay North for the first week or so, and come south near the middle of their holiday. They`re starting from Potter Heigham, so as newbies, i believe it`s better to be safe than sorry.
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    “Here today, up and off to somewhere else tomorrow! Travel, change, interest, excitement! The whole world before you, and a horizon that's always changing!” Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows “Just look at it!” Gracie almost squealed. “Grandma! Timbo! Just look at it! How far does it go?” There is nothing as joyous in life as watching someone discover something new and exhilarating. I felt like a showman. 'And for my next fete of prestidigitation...' “How far are we going?” asked Gracie. “Around Pleasure Hill Island and back to find somewhere to moor for the night.” Gracie's brow furrowed. “No, we are not!” “Not what?” I asked a bit concerned. “Going to Pleasure Island.” “We are it's over there!” I said pointing out the hummocks marooned mid broad. “That's not Pleasure Island!” exclaimed Gracie. “Not that Pleasure Island sweetie. A different one,” said Grandma saving the day and realising Gracie was thinking of Cleethorpes. Satisfied I was not pulling her leg and we were not bound for the 'Costa del Cleggy' Gracie hopped onto the step beside me. “Do you want to drive?” I asked her. I didn't really need to ask as Gracie swarmed onto the stool and took the wheel. So, we bimbled across Barton Broad, rounded Pleasure Hill Island and headed back upriver into the Ant looking for a mooring for the night Gracie 'at the helm' as I remembered my very first experience of The Broads. The last day of our holiday aboard Captain XII singing 'we shall not be moved' with my brother. 'Old hands' will have to forgive me, but for many years I've been renaming parts of the Broads. There's 'Perch Corner' which is the downstream end of the moorings that separate Salhouse Broad from the main river. This is where Matty our youngest son caught his first ever fish, a 3lb perch. There's 'Telephone Corner' one of the wild moorings on the starboard bank of the River Ant above Barton Broad where my daughter Holly dropped her phone and, like a good Dad would, I stood up to my neck in the water trying to retrieve it while the Stalham Mafia sent their wash to engulf my head. So that night's mooring was named by Gracie. The wild mooring on the port bank on the last corner of the straight before Barton Broad is now named 'Gracie's First Night Sleeping On a Real Boat Corner'. I should have learned my lesson about letting kids name things, especially pets, having had to walk a dog named 'Spot' for seventeen years! After a tea of sausages, bacon, eggs, beans, bread and butter and cups of tea Gracie decided she needed to try Royal Tudor's shower. So while Ellie supervised and Dylan and Toby stood guard, I opened the fridge and reached for a beer. Contrary to popular belief, I very rarely drink at home and Ellie almost never. A cold beer is something I save for boating, and boy did I enjoy this one! RT's new fridge was working perfectly. The ice box was frozen and the beer was chilled. What more can you ask for? It was at this point that I realised I had forgotten my medication and had left it in the car along with Dylan's medication too. But Dylan was engrossed in chasing flies on the river bank and I was feeling decidedly relaxed so I decided I would retrieve them in the morning. Out of the shower and dressed in gym-jams Ellie and Gracie joined me in the saloon while I telephoned Doug to let him know how we were getting on and that nothing major had dropped off either me or the boat! Then it was Gracie's turn to phone her Mum and Dad. “It's amazing Mummy you would love it! It's like a floating house, well a floating bungalow, you can cook and sleep on it and go for a shower and go to the toilet and I have my own bed and there are ducks and geese and water and boats...I LOVE IT!” Job done I think! With Gracie in bed, Ellie and I sat and relaxed over a glass or three of chilled wine. We talked well into the night. Something that, with the rush and bother of daily life, we don't really make time for and we really should. And so to bed where I slept like a log. If logs snored. Being kicked in my stomach at 5:30 am was a bit of a rude awakening. Dylan was in full seizure. Shouting Ellie, who was feeling a little delicate, aid arrived just in time as the dinette bed collapsed. I crashed to the floor nursing the still fitting Dylan. He came out of his fit and I immediately went into one preparing to leave the mooring and return to the wet shed to fetch his tablets and mine I fired the engine and freed the warps. RT must have sensed my urgency and responded quickly as I headed back to the shed with some haste. A cruise that had taken an hour the evening before was done in ten minutes with the tide pushing behind us. I tied up outside the shed and shambled and jogged, 'shogged', to the car to fetch medication. Tablets, a cup of tea and multiple slices of toast down the both of us and Dylan and I were almost ready to face the day. I say 'almost' as Dylan required an extra tin of dog food. He's always ravenous but particularly so after a seizure. The shock of Dylan's medical episode and three glasses of wine meant Ellie was feeling, let's say, delicate? Laid on the cockpit floor, eyes closed while Gracie applied make-up. This is not as bad as it sounds. Gracie loves make-up, make-up brushes, palettes, bottles, jars and generally related goomph. Working where she does, Ellie has been teaching Grace the professional techniques of application and regularly acts as Gracie's test subject. Grace, although only six, knows her stuff and makes a better job of applying make-up than you will see on ninety per cent of wearers on any given Saturday night. “Where to now?” asked Ellie opening one eye. “Time for a dog walk, then fuel the boat and then it's up to you guys!” I said fetching dog leads. “Potter Heigham! Gracie wants to buy presents!” “Here today, up and off to somewhere else tomorrow! Travel, change, interest, excitement! The whole world before you, and a horizon that's always changing!”
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    I was last out cruising the rivers enjoying them and ''B.A' on 13th OCTOBER 2018, the last day of the lads week. It is now 20th May 2019. By my reckoning that is now over 6 months. SIX months! Now when one owns a boat (Well - Part thereof to be precise) and has the use of her 24 x 7 x 365, six months is plain and simple W A A A A A A Y too long. Yes of course I have been onboard since October but those visits have been upgrade / maintenance weekends. Then there was a ten day visit to Sutton staithe for her bi-annual AMP, spent all of 40 mins transiting her there and back to the wetshed on that one. However June 7th - that'll change. Four days afloat with MrsG, Son, his new partner (Just wait till you see her lads, proper stunner and top class deck totty) and hopefully at least one grandson, plus one if not two dogs. I intend to get 'B.A' out of the wetshed that fast after boarding we will probably still be plugged into shore power, wonder if I can get 10mph whilst still in the wetshed? No idea where we will be visiting / staying overnight, nor do I care. Counting down the days then once again Griff
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    Looks like it according to Google. Painted over history!
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