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    Great write up, thanks for sharing! We’ve not managed to moor up at Ranworth yet on a cruiser, though we’ve overnighted on a Hunter’s yacht at Perci’s Island (lots of goose poop) and mud-weighted on the Broad during a thunderstorm last year, using a dinghy to get ashore. Mooring at Ranworth proper is on my ‘bucket list’. Helen
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    Hello Fellow Waterpeople

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    A Spring Tale

    Umm...ocassionally you lot remind me of the Fintstones...
  4. Hi Russell, a belated welcome. (Yep, I’m late to the party once again!). Glad to see you’re vlogging again. Helen
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    My Day

    Yep, it seems to be open for most of the year, from when snowdrops appear and through to October. The tea room is only open weekends though. They had some very yummy looking cakes! https://www.evenleywoodgarden.co.uk/
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    Brinks Jazz 14th May - New Direction

    David, I’ve so appreciated your write up. It’s really helpful (that’s probably not the word I was looking for, but forgive me) to read how others are trying to cope with loss of a dearly loved one. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to your next jaunt. Best wishes helen
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    My Day

    We went to Evenley Wood Gardens, near Bicester, today with our eldest son Harry and dog Seren. Caught the last blooms of their rhododendrons and azelias and had a lovely (and keenly priced) lunch there. It’s a lovely privately owned garden, so not that expensive to get in to. A bit off the beaten track. Bliss. Missing our youngest son Alec already...he flew out to Santa Clarita, California a couple of days ago and is staying with a friend there until the end of August. My baby (um...he’s 25!) left home!
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    Car Is Packed...

    Loving this write up! More please! You’ve persuaded us that we must visit The Galley, Horning for some goodies on our next visit. Thanks for the tip! Helen
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    Ellie Smells!

    Wowser! What a lot of smells!
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    Diy Sos (forum Style)

    Brilliant! So many wonderful people! We’ve just arrived back from our hols, but (ever so slightly) wishing we hadn’t booked this week. Sounds hard work, but I’m sure there was a lot of camaraderie over the weekend. Once people have recovered we want to hear more! Kudos to all involved! Helen
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    Go Western Light...

    Lovely vid, thanks Robin. The banter between you and Sheila cracks me up (in the sense of laughing along with you, I hasten to add). The affection you have for each other really shines through. Helen
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    No. 1 When You Were Born...

    I think I must be about the same age as Griff as the No. 1 for my birthday is also ‘Please don’t tease’ by Cliff and the Shadows. Anyway, at least it wasn’t ‘Shakin’ all over’, the following week’s No.1, or even worse, ‘My old man’s a dustman’ from March that year!
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    Boating And Drinking

    Jay is lucky that I won’t be at home whilst he slogs his way past it on the MK marathon after that comment!Tripping up springs to mind! Still, to run a marathon...respect! Hope it won’t be as hot as the London one Jay!
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    Diy Sos (forum Style)

    Wish we could join you. (Though Graham would be far more useful that me!) I do love the way so many people here want to help out. Friends indeed! Helen
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    Overstaying On 24 Hour Moorings

    Don’t worry about me...lots of us just love and respect our Timbo!
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    Basset Lowke

    Ooh, thanks Polly! How come I’ve not heard of Basset Lowke before given we’re fairly local to Northampton? Graham and I had a lovely time in Glasgow a while back exploring various Mackintosh linked places including House for an Art Lover, Hill House, Kelvingrove Galleries etc. The best was a Mackintosh tour around Glasgow School of Art led by students. I also have a cousin who is absolutely steam train and train model mad...so sounds a good place to visit. Helen p.s. Another visit to the wonderful shoe museum in Northampton is long overdue too!
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    Overstaying On 24 Hour Moorings

    The bit about Adam Ant (adamant) made me chuckle...nails those of us of a certain generation down firmly to the late 70’s!
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    Overstaying On 24 Hour Moorings

    Stream of consciousness...brill!
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    Overstaying On 24 Hour Moorings

    Timbo, you have surpassed yourself!
  20. Saturday 24th March Just me, my husband Graham and our collie-dog Seren on this trip. We set off from MK just before 8am on our way to Wroxham, having said goodbye to the boys (and made sure Harry, son No.1, had woken up properly as he had a morning shift at work). It was a drizzly start and though it soon dried up the sky remained pretty grey all day. Stopped at our usual Caxton Gibbet Costa’s coffee break. This time though we didn’t stuff ourselves with toasties as we normally do on our journeys to Norfolk (on the first day of our last trip I didn’t really want lunch due to still being full of toastie), instead Graham had cake and I had a teacake. Back on our way, getting to Wroxham shortly after 10am. Took Seren for a walk along the river bank but retreated quite quickly from path beside the Hoveton Viaduct moorings as Seren started barking at canoeists. There were no boats moored at the Hoveton St John moorings, and just one private boat outside the pub, but then there was less than 7’ clearance showing on the bridge. We left Seren in the car whilst we went to Roy’s for our fresh-food shop. By the time we’d done that (and wasted a lot of time dithering over what to buy at the meat counter) it was just after 12. We had a sandwich lunch in The Old Mill Café (very nice too, I like the way they give you the Marie-rose sauce in a little pot so that you can suit yourself how much you put on your prawn sandwich) and then made our way to NBD for our agreed pick up time of 1pm. As the season hadn’t really started yet, the usual NBD reception wasn’t yet open and we reported to the main Broads Tours reception, before going to the marina office to pick up buoyancy aids. We didn’t hang about once we were shown the boat, but quickly unpacked the car and then had our handover. This was thorough in terms of showing us the essentials, including engine checks, but not overly long. The guy doing the handover mentioned that he could take us under the bridge, which was a boon as (a) the official pilot service hadn’t yet started and (b) we hadn’t thought that there would be enough clearance. He advised us to phone the office when we returned down-river tomorrow morning, and that we should be okay to return through the bridge from around 10am onward. What a great way to start our holiday! We love the stretch up to Coltishall. We took it easy, ticking over at 3mph, getting used to the slower pace of life. Unlike Fair Regent 2, that we hired last September, we had no problems with the throttle on Fair Regent 1 and could go as slowly as we wished, even slower than 3mph. We had just passed the Wroxham Caen Meadow Staithe when Seren started to whine and we realised it was a while since she’d had a ‘comfort break’. Quickly turned around and moored up at Caen Meadow for the necessary before continuing on our way up-stream. There was one other boat at Coltishall Common when we arrived just before 4pm, and they soon left, leaving us the only boat near the electric point (good start - 41p credit left on the post). Another boat arrived later, but they moored the far end of the moorings downstream. Graham took Seren for a walk along the common while I walked to the Church. Unfortunately, it was locked, which is unusual for a Norfolk church during daylight hours. Mind you, it was after 4pm. Once back on the boat we unpacked and made the bed and then relaxed for a while before dinner. I spent some time watching a couple of swans that seemed to be doing some synchronised swimming ritual (courtship?). A really beautiful sight. We didn’t bother with eating out this evening. Yesterday Graham had an endoscopy examination to check out possible causes for the acid reflux he’s been suffering from. They advised that he’s got a small hernia, so he needs to be careful about what he eats and avoid eating very large meals and fatty food, especially in the evening, so we’ll probably self-cater on this holiday more than we have done in the past. I cooked some lamb steaks with some veg. It was a chilly evening, but we were quite cosy with the heating on. Watched some TV and had an early’ish night. The only snag about Coltishall was that the ground was pretty sticky, especially around the electric post, though the grass hadn’t been churned up fortunately. Good job we had brought our wellies. We had also brought a small 1kW oil-filled radiator with us, which we had on overnight in the cabin. We had it on a low setting the first night, not being sure how much electric credit it would draw down. It did help keep the chill off. Helen
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    Malanka Tales

    What a lovely blog. It has sharpened my appetite for this evening’s dinner. Shame we’re just having salad as the taste of roast beef is lingering just beyond my tastebuds after reading it. Mind you, it’s definitely salad weather today here!
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    Fair Regent - Easter 2018

    Thanks for the helpful suggestions, I’ll certainly try the beef tomato recipe. Graham is on Emozul now as Lansaprazole didn’t help him. Helen
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    Where's Timbo?

    Well, I like using products made of wood...it’s the technical detail that loses me on the way!
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    Fair Regent - Easter 2018

    Thanks Neil. Mine was similar, but I cut a few corners and ingredients. E.g I normally use cheapo canned chopped tomatoes and add basil, oregano and a pinch of chilli flakes but I bought the type of tomatoes that already have herbs and garlic added. I still added chilli flakes though. I don’t think I’ll be making it much in future. Graham has decided that tomatoes are aggravating his gastric problems. Hi hum. I love pasta but with tomatoey sauces out and me trying to avoid dairy products that rather cuts down the options.
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    Where's Timbo?

    Glad to hear the project is still in your thoughts Timbo, and I'm honoured to be mentioned along with Vaughan! Thursday is a long time to wait for some coffee! Helen

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