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  1. Mouldy

    Rascal's Learning to Drive

    Not sure if I would say I'm comfortable with 'er indoors driving, but at least if my eyes are closed I can't see what she's doing!!😁😁😯
  2. Mouldy

    BA In Planning Dispute

    No axe to grind with the BA and I don't want to discuss the issues of the boarding and relevant planning permissions, but as the building in question is not by the river's edge and in no way 'iconic,' why all the fuss? To my eyes (at least), the visual abomination that is Hunsett Mill is much more worthy of comment.
  3. Mouldy

    A Week On Bronze Emblem October 2018

    In all of the times Ive passed that mill, Ive never noticed that it is leaning. Senility, stupidity or blind - not sure which one applies. I though I'd held my camera on the skew when I looked at the pictures I took of it a few weeks ago and saw the mill leaning!!!! Doh!!!!!!!? Nice write up and photos Helen, glad you had a good time!
  4. Mouldy

    Lion Thurne Update

    We visited in September 2017 and were slightly underwhelmed with the decor and menu, but went back a few weeks ago when we were on Gainsborough Girl . The menu has been transformed, with far more choice and the lighting didn't seem as gloomy. Coupled with attentive staff and a great selection of beer, our opinions were reversed to the extent that I would be disappointed to be on the Northern Broads and not visit. Probably my favourite pub on the rivers north of Great Yarmouth.
  5. Mouldy

    Brinks Serenade

    I haven't hired Serenade, but have hired Gardenia Girl in the past. It was comfortable and convenient, but I personally found the visibility through the windscreen to be restricted with the roof closed and preferred to helm with one side of the roof open and my head sticking out. This was okay when the weather was clement, but not ideal when it was raining. Purely my opinion, of course.
  6. Googled Newman Thompson and found the same printers you suggested and was going to post on here, but you beat me to it! Have forwarded the file and it hasn't bounced back this time, so hopefully it's the right one!
  7. Mouldy

    A Week On Gainsborough Girl

    I'm sure we will, Alan. Thank you. Our syndicate AGM was held on 13th October, where we met most of the other owners and now know our allocated weeks until May 2020. The Broads remain a special place to me, almost 50 years after my first holiday today there and this ensures that we will be able to keep on visiting as long as we are able to get on and off the boat. Thanks each for your positive comments about our tale. It was a pleasure for me to relive a wonderful week and to share some of the hundreds of photos I took whilst there.
  8. Just tried to send the file twice, but it bounced back on both occasions with the message 'domain name newmanthompson.co.uk not found' Now somewhat bemused.?
  9. Mouldy

    Gainsborough Girl - My Thoughts

    Thanks JF. Appreciate that. Always read and enjoy your ramblings and photos, although I will miss the banter with Gracie?. As you can imagine, we are looking forward to our first trip on MS - don't even know whether the keys fit yet!! Enjoy your trip and look after yourselves (and Moonlight, too). Mouldy
  10. For the three years prior to this, we have hired Grand Girl 1 from Summercraft, as our son, daughter-in-law and latterly, grandson have accompanied us. This year, they came to France with us in June instead, so we were able to choose a different style of boat. In the past we’ve been on Grenada Girl and Grecian Girl from the same yard, as well as various other styles and designs prior to that. We have never been on a dual steer, or fly bridge before, so had a quick look over Gainsborough Girl at the end of our holiday last year, liked it so booked it. My wife had some degree of trepidation over the height of the freeboard and it looked high when we arrived at the boatyard at the start of our holiday, moored in the boatyard. During the week of our holiday, in reality this didn’t really present a problem when moored side on, but generally high water levels did exacerbate it at a couple of places. Stern on was different, as the deck height rises towards the back making it even higher. Climbing aboard wasn’t a problem for us, but the wife was nervous jumping off when mooring stern on and we had to help the dog on and off, especially following the injury to her paw. Once aboard, there were a few steep steps to descend into the saloon, but once there, the boat was very comfortable with ample seating to both sides with drawers beneath. There was a sizeable cupboard under the inner helm seat and one to the left of the steps leading to the aft cabin with a larger that average LCD TV on top. Further storage for drinking glasses in a cupboard with a lift-up lid could be found under the radio and the table was accommodated under the steps. Although the windows were tinted all round, the space was light and airy, aided by two opening lights in the roof. The aft cabin was well appointed, with a double bed under the upper helm position with drawers under, which in reality had plenty of headroom when seated on the bed and was in no way claustrophobic. There was a dressing table at the stern end, with more drawers and a large wardrobe. The door to the starboard side led into the en-suite heads and shower compartment – not particularly spacious, but fine for us. Returning through the saloon to the front of the boat, there were a couple more steps down to the galley, with a four burner cooker with grill and oven, sink, microwave and fridge. There wasn’t a great deal of worktop, with some occupied by the microwave, but it suited our needs and as not segregated from the living area, you didn’t feel isolated when preparing food. As usual from Summercraft, the galley was comprehensively equipped with good quality utensils, crockery and cutlery. The forward heads were off the galley to the port side and were slightly smaller than the ones aft. We didn’t use them for showering and they might be a squeeze for anyone of a larger stature to use comfortably. The fore cabin had the usual arrangement of V berths, both with drawers under and a cupboard to each side, one of which configured as hanging space and the other with several shelves. The wife helmed a couple of times from the inner helm, both for relatively short periods, but sitting in the seat, visibility looked to be okay, certainly no worse than any centre cockpit style cruiser we’ve hired before and with the usual comprehensive instrumentation. The digital thermostat for the powerful heating was mounted to the side of the helm position and warmed the boat quickly on the couple of occasions we used it. The only issue we found was that the hot water did not stay hot overnight, perhaps because the tank was small. The fact that it only took about half an hour with the engine running to produce hot water may confirm that. I didn’t take any photos of the upper helm, but there was basic instrumentation, under a Perspex cover and aside from a recalcitrant throttle, that seemed to nothing for much of its travel before increasing the revs, everything worked as it should. The visibility was fantastic, affording views across the surrounding marshlands that would otherwise remain hidden from a lower position. Stern mooring was a breeze, even without a bow thruster and the pushpit rails that surrounded the stern deck, extending along the sides and the pulpit rail at the bow were a good safety feature. As ever with Summercraft, the boat was in stunning condition, especially considering we hired her towards the end of the season and immaculately presented inside and out. She drew some positive, admiring comments from people we had moored near to on more than one occasion. If we were in the market to hire again, I would certainly consider Gainsborough Girl, as long as our mobility wasn’t impaired and affect our ability to get on and off and to tackle the steep steps to the saloon.
  11. Mouldy

    Cleaning Up The Lego

    Certainly can (I think). If my memory serves me correctly, Bayko comprised thin metal rods to stick in a base board and patterned sections of walls or windows to slide between.
  12. Mouldy

    Cleaning Up The Lego

    Green and red, with leaded paint?
  13. Mouldy

    A Week On Gainsborough Girl

    Saturday 6th October 2018 I set my alarm to get up early and it duly went off. I climbed out of bed with a heavy heart. The holiday had been booked at the end of our Broads break the previous year, had taken what seemed like forever to arrive and had passed in a flash. I put the kettle on, peered out of the windows and the weather matched my mood – gloomy! Debbie got up shortly after, got ready and took Harley for a walk. Fortunately, her injured paw (the dog’s, not the wife’s), seemed to be troubling her less each day that passed and we had already arranged an appointment to visit our usual vet that afternoon, when we had returned home. I stripped the bed, as we usually do, folded the linen, duvet and pillows and piled them neatly on the bed, folded the blankets that we cover the seating with, except one and moved various bags that were already packed into the saloon and onto the seats that I had removed the blankets from. Debbie returned with the dog and we had a cuppa. Harley, somewhat confused by all the other activity, made herself comfy on the still covered seating. By now it was about 07:00 and I started the engine to heat the water. It was early, I know, but there were no other boats moored near us and we needed to shower. We did some more packing, tidied the kitchen, collected the rubbish together and I vacuumed the fore cabin, using the handheld rechargeable Dyson that we have taken with us since buying it a few years ago. So much easier that a dustpan and brush. I headed for the shower, dressed and was ready before 08:00, so sadly cast off while Debbie headed to get ready. I chugged slowly across the broad, taking a lingering look back as I turned left onto the Bure, heading for Wroxham and Summercraft’s yard. No boats passed us in the opposite direction, but we found ourselves in a convoy of three as we cruised past Wroxham Broad, a Barnes behind and one from NBD in front. The weather was grim, damp in the air, but not raining and quite dark. Heavy rain was forecast for later in the day, though. We were soon at the turning for the boatyard, so I turned right off the main river and right again into the basin that forms their yard. There were already two Gala Girls under the canopy, so I spotted a suitable space and reversed in under the watchful stare of one of the staff. Good job Gainsborough Girl handles so well! Safely moored, our diesel was dipped and we started unloading and packing the car. With the last of our belongings off the boat, we had a quick tidy round, the saloon and aft cabin were vacuumed and had a last check of the cupboards, then collected the rubbish as we jumped off for the last time and said goodbye to Gainsborough Girl. She had been a wonderful home for the last seven nights and provided us with some great memories. I will post a few internal pictures of her and a short review soon. The wife sat in the car with Harley, whilst I dropped the rubbish in the bins, before going to see Sue in the office. It was not a meeting that I had been looking forward to, after so many happy holidays with Summercraft. Telling Sue that we would not be back (due to buying into the Moonlight Shadow syndicate) would not be easy. I needn’t have worried, though. She wished us well and said that we needed to do what was best for us and that we would be welcome to call in whenever we were in the area. I collected my refund against the £100 fuel deposit, which meant that we had used £92 in fuel over the week and was refunded the cost of the replacement bulb purchased from Brian Wards. I offered her some money to get the lads a beer and she said it would go in the pot towards their Christmas party, said my goodbyes and left. I have read some negative comments and reviews about her and her boatyard, but have never received anything but a warm welcome, courtesy and great service. Their boats are not new, but are immaculately presented and amongst the best kept and maintained on The Broads (in my opinion, obviously). Over eight years hiring, faults and breakdowns have amounted to a hair dryer not working, a blown light bulb and flat batteries in a TV remote – not bad compared to some of the horror stories I have read about on forums and seen on YouTube. Should the need to hire again in the future ever arise, Summercraft will be the first yard I go to. We drove the short distance to park in Roys car park for breakfast. Debbie headed for the St Johns moorings to find a bench with the dog and I went to McDonalds, bought something to eat and joined the wife. The weather was becoming increasingly gloomy and it started to rain as we finished eating, so returned to the car and headed for a brief stop at Wroxham Barns to buy a couple of small gifts for Debbie’s mum and dad for looking after our cockatiel whilst we had been away (and a cheeky bottle of gin, from a Norfolk based distillery for us), before setting off for home. The journey was fortunately uneventful, other than the rain becoming heavier as we headed back along the familiar route to Northampton, arriving home just after 13:00. As a footnote, Harley was taken to the vets, where they found that her wound had become infected, so prescribed a course of antibiotics and she is now fully recovered, aside from missing a toe-nail. We were due to be back on The Broads in early February on Moonlight Shadow, which will be a novel experience for us both, having only visited in spring or autumn before, however we have bagged a short break on her in November, so not long to wait before we are there again, if only for a few days.
  14. Mouldy

    A Week On Gainsborough Girl

    Certainly can - my main camera is a Fuji X-T2 and I currently use the following Fujinon XF lenses: 14mm, 23mm, 10-24mm, 18-55mm, 55-200mm and 100-400mm with a 1.4x teleconverter. I also have a Panasonic TZ60 zoom compact, that is used as a point and shoot, although it does have a very good lens and a lot of available manual overrides.
  15. Mouldy

    A Week On Gainsborough Girl

    Friday 5thOctober 2018 Friday morning dawned much the same as Thursday. It was dull, slightly misty and a little gloomy, although the weather forecast predicted that it would brighten up and be warmer than it was the previous day. I made my usual ‘wake-me up’ cuppa and Debbie took Harley for a walk. I sliced some bread for toast which we had when they returned. I waited until 08:00 again and started the engine for hot water before going for my shower. The water was not really hot enough, but it sufficed – I was anxious to get underway and see whether my fears about the clearance under the bridge were well founded, or whether we would get under. We cast off at about 08:45 and chugged slowly back down the Ant. I spotted a heron standing on one of the advance marker boards for the bridge and reached for my compact camera (which has a zoom lens with a great reach) and managed to get a couple of photos before putting it down. As I did, I looked to the starboard bank and in the reeds, watching me cruise slowly by was a kingfisher. I was so stunned at seeing one so close up I stood at the helm, open mouthed in amazement before reaching for the camera. Obviously, by then, it was too late and it flew off, a bright blue flash disappearing along the river. If only . . . . . . Never mind, perhaps one day I will be lucky enough to get a photo of those elusive, shy birds. We drew closer to the bridge and the markers showed 8ft 3, the same height as was indicated on same board on Wednesday afternoon, so I hastily dropped the screens and squeezed under, thankful that our last day would not be spent worrying about how to tell Summercraft that we couldn’t get back. I planned to go to Ranworth, so turned right onto the Bure and headed towards Horning before turning left onto Ranworth Dam. There is always a degree of doubt as to whether there will be space to moor, but as I entered Malthouse Broad and looked across the staithe, it was clear that there were several spaces available. I headed for a spot on the front of the moorings and moored easily. I had found over the week that stern moorings were particularly easy on Gainsborough Girl, even without the benefit of a bow thruster. Debbie, by this time, had showered and changed, so I topped up the water for the last time and we got ready to walk to the church. I gathered a camera, putting my wide angle zoom lens in a separate case to strap to my belt. The confines of the stairs to the top of the tower made ascending and descending the stairs far too difficult to try to negotiate with a cumbersome camera bag. By now the weather had brightened up considerably and it was becoming quite warm. We set off across the green and onto the boardwalk, where there was an impressive display of fungi, between it and the road. I stopped to take a couple of pictures before carrying on up the hill to the church. The wife said she was happy to wait outside with Harley while I went in and found a bench, just inside and to the left of the gate to sit on. I never tire of visiting St Helen’s, although not spectacular or particularly impressive in its architecture, it has a unique atmosphere and I always look forward to looking round it every time we are on The Broads. I rested the lens of my camera flat against the glass lid of the case containing the magnificent Antiphoner and sneaked a shot – no flash, as it would have caused reflections, which came out better than I expected, before climbing the stairs to the top of the tower. Another couple followed me and we chatted for a few minutes at the top. It turned out that they lived near Barton Broad and had never visited the church before. I took in the views. Although it was a little hazy, the view was still special, looking out over Ranworth and Malthouse Broads and the surrounding rivers and marshlands. It was time to return to ground level and I was halfway down the stairs when a voice called up to ask if anyone was coming down. I replied that I was and they waited until I had reached the bottom before commencing the climb. One of them asked me if it was worth it and I assured her that it was. I went outside to meet the others and we headed past the coffee shop, which I discovered is closed on Fridays (much to my disappointment as their cakes are excellent) and we walked round the back of the church and onto Broad Lane, following it past the unusual thatched village hall and back to Woodbastwick Road and the staithe. I fancied a cake, so called in to the shop and bought a pack of Eccles cakes and some crisps for the wife. We had a coffee on the boat, Debbie had her crisps, whilst reading her book and I munched through a couple of cakes (well, they were small). It was quite warm, so I changed into shorts and a T shirt that I had taken, but not expected to have the chance to wear – after all, it was October!! After attaching my long lens to the camera, I sat on the bow for a while, watching and photographing the wildlife, steadying the lens on the pulpit rail and bagging a few good photos, before we had lunch. There was some pork, sage and onion pie left from the previous day, which made a tasty snack. We intended to visit The Fur and Feather that night for dinner and didn’t want to spoil our appetites. We stayed there until about 14:00, by which time the moorings were full and several boats were cruising back and forth waiting to see if anyone was leaving. Reluctantly, I pulled up the mudweight, started the engine and cast off, heading for Salhouse Broad and our overnight moorings. I looked sadly back across the Broad, looking forward to our next visit sometime next year. The journey to Salhouse was uneventful. There were plenty of people afloat on day-boats, hire and private cruisers. The moorings outside The Ferry Inn were full, although surprisingly there were spaces at The New Inn. It wasn’t long before we arrived at Salhouse Broad, where I headed for the middle quay, away from the end of the path to the village and canoe hire. We had taken a couple of bags of flaked maize, to feed the ducks and I spread some on the bank. Before long, there were some twenty or more fighting for their share, accompanied by much quacking and splashing. Debbie sat and did some knitting and I watched what was happening across the broad, boats coming and going and the wildlife. Sometime later there was an accident between two hire boats, one heading onto the broad, which was hit squarely amidships by one leaving. They both headed across to moor near us, the one that had been hit mooring easily, but the helmsman of the other seemed to have absolutely no idea what he was doing, going backwards and forwards, to the extent that the owner of a private cruiser moored nearby cast off to get out of the way, fearing that he too would be hit. Eventually, the second boat moored and details were exchanged. Fortunately, no-one was injured and there was no apparent damage to either craft. It was getting cooler, so we went in and managed to get a picture on the TV, something of an achievement with terrestrial telly at Salhouse, that we watched for about half an hour or so before getting ready to go for dinner. We had not visited The Fur and Feather for several years, as I understood that they were not dog friendly, but recently had read that dogs were now permitted. The walk didn’t seem to take as long as I remembered and we were soon there, seated and reading the menu. Debbie chose mushroom bhajis as a starter followed by pork loin, whilst I chose bruschetta, with steak and kidney pud to follow. The food was as good as the last time we were there, piping hot, very tasty and generous portions. I had a beer, Woodforde’s Norada, which was quite drinkable and the wife had a wine as usual. We were too full for dessert, but shared a double gin and aromatic tonic before paying the bill. With our powerful torch lighting the way, we walked briskly back along the road and through the woods to the boat. We did some packing, always a sad time at the end of a great holiday, stowing our bags in the unused fore cabin, before calling it a night, having a hot drink and going to bed.
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