to start , some very sad news . the Rising sun at coltishall is not as once it was , now on to some more interesting stuff . We hired our boat Majestic gem 2 from Richardsons and as normal everything was fine and dandy , we left the boatyard at about 2pm on the 22nd of September with high hopes of a fine week away , we we're not disappointed . the sun shone and shone. we headed for our first mooring , this time it was St BEnets abbey moorings , we had a grand evening on our boat , the following day we headed to Womack water , another fine clear day we saw a barn owl and managed to get a rather shaky video of him , we ate out at the Kings Arms in ludham , great food , friendly staff ,and a warm welcome . so thoroughly stuffed , we headed back to the boat .sunday morning and yet another fine warm day , we headed off to Salhouse broad , where the good lady cooked a fabulous sunday lunch of pork loin wrapped in stuffing and bacon with veg and mashed potatoes. one of our crew left us this evening , so that left 4 of us . Monday and off to Wroxham for passage to Coltishall , moored up here over night at Hoveton St John moorings , topped up on provisions from Roys , and then had a pint .Tuesday morning and things became incredible firstlyour other friends got caught in traffic on the A14 , so we were held up for an hour and a half , and our lad lost a pike , 3 times , he was not happy at all . our friends arrived just before mid day and we headed for Coltishall. it was here that the incredible happened , for some time I had been telling everybody about how wonderful the rising sun was and that its' fish and chips could not be beaten , sadly this is no longer the case we were rather disappointed , the chips were quite obviously of the frozen kind and the fish was quite boney , the once fabulous onion rings were over cooked and dripping with oil that had not been changed for some while , a very sad day indeed . Wednesday and we were off back to Wroxham where we saw out first , and second otters' , we took a whole bunch of photos and managed some video footage as well . topped up on provisions at Roys and after calling the pilot for passage , we headed off to Ranworth , we arrived just before 3pm to a full ( surprisingly ) staithe , so I threw caution to the wind and went down to see if there were any moorings anyway , , fortunately as we swung about to leave a gentleman on another boat was just leaving so ,with careful throttle control we squeezed ourselves onto the mooring .( second time this year ) . we ate at the Maltsters this evening and we were not disappointed at all there was steak and kidney puddings and veg , a hunters chicken dish , a lasagne that looked incredible , and a superb chicken and bacon salad , all good portions and very reasonably priced , still one of the top venues for food on the broads .
Thursday dawned grey and a little damp ,but not to worry it fitted our " last day " mood very well, we left Ranworth about 2 pm for the slow cruise back to Richardsons boat yard ,once moored up I had a glass of wine and reflected on the wonderful week that had been when , from the corner of my eye I saw a Fortune house Chinese takeaway menu , we finished our week with a feast that could have easily fed 10 , that was two meals for two and cost £40.
all in al a great time was had by all , and so our thoughts now turn to May and our next trip aboard the fine little ship Crown Gem 4 also from Richardsons .
if you have been thanks for reading , stay safe .