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  1. Thanks Jean. The Ferry House is our favourite watering hole on the southern broads which is fortunate as it is only a short cruise from where both Norfolk Lady and Moonlight Shadow are based. If you go in the summer, it does get very busy, especially if the weather is good, so it is always advisable to book a table and be hungry, as the portions are generous.
  2. Saturday 7th December Quiet day on the rivers yesterday. We had to go into Norwich on the way to Brundall so didn't arrive at the boat until about 11:30. The car was unloaded and we had a cuppa before eventually casting off at at about 13:00 heading for Bramerton. We saw Warren (Tempest) and Julie casting off for their first cruise since buying into the Moonlight Shadow syndicate as we passed through Brundall and exchanged friendly greetings. There was plenty of time and about 45 minutes later we were mooring up to have a light lunch. It had been our 39th wedding anniversary on Friday so had booked a mooring and table at The Ferry House, Surlingham for a celebratory meal. Allowing about 20 minutes to cruise back to the pub, we set off again just after 15:00 to head back the way we'd come earlier and moored. With the electric hooked up and heating on, the wife did some knitting and I did a couple of crosswords to while away the time until dinner. Our table was booked for 19:00 but by 18:30, we were both feeling hungry, so headed to the pub and found our table. The food had been pre ordered from the Christmas menu, asparagus wrapped in Parma ham with cheese sauce for me, home made pate with toast for the wife and traditional Norfolk turkey Christmas dinners for both of us. Needless to say, the food didn't disappoint, fantastic and plentiful. The service was friendly and the pub, warm and welcoming. There was no room for dessert, sadly so we had a glass of port each to finish the meal and returned to the boat for a cheeky gin and tonic. We chilled out for a while, watching tv, before retiring at the end of another day on our boat.
  3. We haven't had to change either bottle since we bought Norfolk Lady, but now I know we have two full bottles, keeping track of what we've used will be easy. Whever we finish one bottle and switch to the second one, I will get the depleted one replaced.
  4. We are, Jean. It has been a long held ambition and I still can't quite believe that it eventually became reality. As you say, it is a wonderful feeling to know that we can visit whenever we have the opportunity. Thanks Helen.
  5. Not exactly. In my twenties, so best leave it there, I think. Thanks JM! 👍
  6. No worries. Taken in the spirit in which it was posted!
  7. Eh, with a name like Malcolm?????😉😁
  8. Hi Warren. May see you around over the weekend as we’ll be up on Norfolk Lady. It was our 39th wedding anniversary yesterday (yeah, I know!! I don’t look old enough, do I?), so are heading for a meal at The Ferry House tonight. Have a good week if we don’t see you.
  9. To be honest, we haven't. Worktop space in the galley is limited, so we just use a conventional kettle on the cooker, which has reminded me that we do have an electric travel kettle somewhere that we'd completely forgotten about, that could be utilised in an emergency. Good point, thanks for the reminder. 👍
  10. Saturday 23rd November I felt much better when I woke on Saturday and the sausages that I couldn’t resist hadn’t caused any reactions overnight. To say I was relieved was an understatement. Deb took Harley for a walk, I made a cup of black tea with honey and had a light breakfast of scrambled egg on toast while I waited for the immersion to heat the water. Debbie returned with Harley, so I made her some tea and toast before going for a shower and to get ready. It was about 09:30 when I left to go to Broom for a snoop round. It had been raining overnight and it was still raining as I walked the short distance to their yard. I bought a couple of chrome light switches and a chrome aerial socket to replace some of the plastic ones still fitted on Norfolk Lady. There were a few other bits that caught my eye, but I resisted temptation, not knowing whether they’d be suitable. The wife hadn’t accompanied me as we weren’t sure whether we could take dogs in, but there were a few people there with their pooches, so I rang her and she wandered round too. We were approached by someone who said ’Are you Malcolm?’ It turned out it was Old Berkshire Boy and he’d recognised our dog from my Forum avatar and thought it might be me, so we had a chat. We were met by the owner of our marina who was also there looking round for anything useful. Fat chewed, we went our separate ways, the wife heading for the boat with Harley and I went to Brian Ward. I’d managed to avoid temptation for a couple of visits, but this time wanted to have a look for a new steering wheel. One thing that had become apparent during the week was that a stainless steel wheel in cold weather gets very cold, so I wanted to have a look at one with a soft rim that would be easier on the hands. Yeah, I know, but I’m getting old and beginning to feel the cold!! They had one that was very suitable, so selection made and paid for, I returned to Norfolk Lady. One job I particularly hate, is applying silicone sealant. Whether at home or on the boat, I know that I will get in a mess and try to avoid it at all costs. However, the sealant in places in around the wash basin and shower, was beginning to look shabby, so I started to strip it out, clean all of the joints, and prepare them for the application of new sealant. It took quite a long time before I was satisfied that it was done, so having wiped the areas down with some isopropyl alcohol, I had some lunch before applying the new silicone. As it turned out, it wasn’t too bad, looks a lot better than it did and I didn’t get covered in the stuff for a change. We had thought about staying for an extra night, but the weather forecast for Sunday was poor, so we decided to go home that evening. We packed up our things, changed the bed linen, ready for our next visit, loaded the car, turned off the gas, heating, water pump and set up our newly acquired dehumidifier before leaving for home at about 17:00. The journey home was uneventful and we arrived back at Northampton at about 19:20. On the whole, it had been a good week. A couple of things had gone wrong, we’d run out of gas (valuable lesson there), but we’d learnt much about the boat and identified some things still to do to get her how we want her. We’d had some rain, but we’d had a couple of gloriously sunny days, too, possibly more than we could have expected for the time of year. What was perhaps most important was that despite a few problems we’d experienced since buying Norfolk Lady and the additional costs that we incurred as a result, we are still happy and proud to say she is ours.
  11. Friday 22nd November I woke early on Friday morning and felt needed to go to the loo and discovered to my dismay that (without going into too much detail) I apparently hadn’t fully recovered from the stomach bug that had affected me before we went away. I went back to bed and woke again at about 06:30. We both got up and Debbie got ready to take the dog for her walk. I turned on the immersion and heating and watched the morning news whilst the water heated, before taking a shower. Before we bought into Moonlight Shadow, I hadn’t realised that there were such things as immersion heaters on boats and it was one of the things we looked for when we searched for a boat to buy. It’s a real benefit to be able to heat water without running the engine when hooked up to the mains. I was in the shower when the wife and Harley returned. They’d walked along the river bank to the Stracey Arms and back. I decided that it would be best not to eat, in view of what happened earlier, so Debbie made a sandwich for breakfast – not what one would normally have, but no gas meant no toast. We set off for Yarmouth at about 10:00. There was no real rush as I knew we would be early for slack water, but I was also aware that we would have about three hours of cruising when we had crossed Breydon to get to Brundall. We were helped along by the ebbing current and with the engine set at little more than tickover, we were maintaining a steady 4.5 – 5 mph. The cloud was initially patchy, with beams of sunlight spearing through the breaks in the cloud, which quickly thickened before the rain started. A spectacular rainbow appeared to our port side, at one point creating the full arc. No boats passed us coming from Yarmouth, but we were passed by one of Silverline’s Alpha 35 flybridge craft, who was tied to the side of a new mould of a similar craft. Although we were keeping to the correct side of the river, they actually brushed the side of our boat with the new moulding as they passed. Fortunately the fenders did their job and no damage was caused, but the helmsman didn’t seem to notice or care as they rushed past and disappeared around the next bend. A small aft cockpit cruiser also overtook us as we approached Yarmouth, but this time, kept well clear of the side of our boat. We cruised through Yarmouth, easily went under the bridges, which were showing close to eleven feet clearance and turned right by the yellow post onto Breydon . . . . . . . .and stopped. The outgoing current was strong and we had to increase the engine revs considerably to make any decent progress. Punching the tide, it seemed to take forever to cross the expanse of Breydon, but cross it we did and turned right to follow the Yare towards Reedham. I was becoming concerned that we may run out of light before we reached Brundall. When we bought Norfolk Lady, we had LED nav lights fitted which were comparatively inexpensive, but during the week one of them had failed, so I really didn’t want to be cruising at night without the necessary lighting working. I had also decided that I would be asking Paul to fit some conventional nav lights, too. We chugged on, noting each waypoint as we went – the mouth of the Chet, Cantley, Langley Dyke, The Beauchamp Arms (how uninviting can a pub look?), Short Dyke and Fleet Dyke. Eventually, we could see the building at the end of the dyke leading to our moorings and breathed a sigh of relief. It was about 15:30, ten minutes before sunset. The wife managed to boil the kettle, filling it with hot water and completely draining the last of the gas, just as we arrived at the yard and moored. I had already called Paul, who had left two new gas bottles by our mooring, so they were quickly installed and the wife began to prepare dinner. I wasn’t sure I was ready for sausage casserole as I was still feeling slightly fragile, but I was hungry having not eaten all day, so a little later prepared myself some scrambled egg on toast, after which I began to feel a bit more human. I had just finished my food when Debbie took the casserole out of the oven. It smelt delicious, so I gave into temptation and had a couple of sausages and hoped that there would be no implications the following day. We settled down for the evening, with the tv and heating on. It had been a good week – there had been one or two issues and an extended time on the boat had revealed a couple of things that still needed attention, however Norfolk Lady had provided a comfortable home for our holiday and we were both pleased to say she is ours. There was to be a boat jumble at Broom the following day and I wanted to have a look round, not that I would know about much that would be on sale, but there may be something recognisable and useful that I could buy. There was something on tv that the wife wanted to see, so I went to bed, hoping that I wouldn’t have a disturbed sleep as I had the previous night and drifted off to sleep.
  12. Same for us. Being in villages like Ludham reminds me of how things used to be when I was much younger. I hope that it does continue as a shop. It has that wonderful atmosphere that bigger supermarkets lack.
  13. Thursday 21st November It was another chilly morning when I got up on Thursday and a quick look outside revealed that it was a pretty grey day. As ever, the heating, immersion and kettle went on and the morning followed the usual pattern. Debbie took the dog for her walk and I had a cuppa and some toast. Being a kind soul, I made the wife tea and toast when she returned, too. When the water was hot enough, I went to shower and dress. When we’d both finished getting ready, I topped up the water from the nearby hose and had a chat with one of the people on a Herbert Woods boat moored nearby. They had been down for two weeks and were only about half way through their break. It was probably about 10:30 when we cast off and set off across Malthouse Broad. We wanted to go to Lathams, after all there had to be some tat that we didn’t know we wanted or needed until we saw it and I fancied a cake. We were in no great hurry, so I guess it must have been about 11:30 – 11:45 before we arrived and moored. I decided that it was too cold to wait outside the shops whilst the wife had a mooch round, so she went off to do the shopping and I stayed on the boat, washed up our coffee mugs, vacuumed the carpet and did a couple more chores before she returned. Fortunately, not much had caught her eye, so she hadn’t bought anything to speak of, but she had remembered my cake. She also mentioned that the chippy was open, which sounded tempting, so she wandered back to get fish and chips for us both for lunch. I buttered a couple of slices of bread and got the condiments out of the cupboard, ready. Although they were cooked fresh, it wasn’t long before she returned, so we tucked in before they got cold. They weren’t the best I’ve had, but they were far from the worst, but we enjoyed them all the same. We washed up before casting off and heading for Stokesby. Once again, there were a few hire boats out, predominantly from Herbert Woods as we headed down the Thurne and turning left onto the Bure. The weather had remained cloudy, but there was a real edge in the breeze which made it feel cold and cheerless. I noticed just three boats in the Broads Boating Company’s basin as we passed, which contrasted with the sizeable fleet moored at Bridgecraft. It wasn’t long before we arrived at Stokesby and moored in the same place as we had on Tuesday morning, when we were heading north. How the week had flown by. With the electric hooked up and the heating on, we settled down for the evening. Deb was knitting, anxious to finish a jumper for our grandson for Christmas and I had a go at a couple of crosswords. Dinner time was approaching and we had some pork chops to cook. I started to get the food ready, the chops were in the oven and the potatoes were cooking nicely when we had a disaster. The gas ran out, so I went to change the bottle over, only to find that the other bottle was empty too. What a mistake to make? As it turned out, the chops were cooked and the spuds were done. There was enough hot water in the kettle to make some gravy, so it could have been worse, but the prospect of no tea the following morning was harrowing. With the food eaten and the washing up done, we watched tv for a while and went to bed. As there was no way to heat water for a hot nightcap, we settled for a cheeky gin and tonic instead!! By about 21:30 I was tired, so headed for bed. I was aware that we would have to arrive before slack water at Yarmouth the following day, to allow enough time to get back to Brundall before nightfall, so fell asleep working out when to leave Stokesby.
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