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  1. Before we first booked with Ferry Marina I made a comparison of the total cost of boats from a range of yards including fuel etc and was surprised to find that Ferry Marina was competitive in overall price. Of course, if you are planning not to cruise very far you would get a good refund on your fuel deposit from other yards. However, if you are planning to make the most of your cruising time, as we tend to do, it is a good deal. We like their very good customer service and excellent level of boat maintenance.
  2. I noticed that some place names like Candle Dyke were different in Arthur Ransome’s books (Kendle Dyke). Sometimes wondered if it was due to people from different parts of the country mishearing accents. You can’t claim that from Pennygate though!
  3. I’ve seen it referred to commonly as Pennygate Staithe too.
  4. We have used a small dimplex type radiator on our last two breaks on the Broads in early Spring and October, one on Fair Regent from NBD and more recently on Bronze Emblem from Ferry Marina. Both of these had shore power, though we also ran the dimplex for a time (not overnight) whilst on wild moorings. I would also recommend Turquise Emblem (another one with shore power) from Ferry Marina as that’s another very comfortable boat for two. Yes to warm air heating, but for really chilly nights it’s good to be able to keep a low wattage heater going overnight. Actually, on Bronze Emblem some evenings we used the dimplex in the evening in favour of the warm air heating just because it’s so much quieter!
  5. I've been catching up on episodes from the recent 'Bake off, an extra slice' over the weekend and noticed that Asda's christmas advert has started up already (and it seems soooo long! yawn!). Plus a very wierd Aldi one featuring a sort of cross between the scene with the lorry at the end of 'The Italian Job' and the Cola Christmas advert, but with a lorry driven by a carrot and containing a load of carrots. What's that about, huh? Bonkers or what! I'm not likely to find out, as I normally avoid watching catch-up TV channels that involve adverts. Helen
  6. Picking up on Griff’s comment about people fishing from boats...last month we were (briefly) behind a largish NDB boat going down the Bure on the stretch toward Horning. We thought they had probably just picked up the boat and there was a guy fishing off the back platform. Luckily they weren’t going that fast, and we were able to overtake them, as I was getting irritated. As we started to pull out to overtake the guy’s fishing line got snagged and snapped. Hope he learnt his lesson!
  7. Thanks Nigel, I love Ludham...such a lovely village with a great community spirit. I love the website too, Especially that it has captured people memories from the early 20th century. Look forward to reading the book. Helen
  8. Thanks Jean, I’ve been wanting to visit Somerlayton for ages so really appreciated your video. Helen
  9. Ohh, that Mornflake granola sounds yummy...must look out for that. You have also pursuaded me that a stop off at Yarmouth would be a good idea. You’ve no idea what a change that is! Previously I’ve thought..no way!
  10. Cooking them properly is worth it though...no comparison!
  11. Scrambled eggs just need to be cooked gently in a pan, over melted butter or marg, or even oil, the secret is to take it off the heat before it’s fully cooked.
  12. Noooo...you can’t microwave scambled eggs! That’s just egg abomination!
  13. At home I’ve got into the habit of wiping out the pan after frying everything else and using oil to fry the eggs that I then store in a jar for next time. Not so practical on a boat though, which is why I tend to scramble the eggs.
  14. Lovely! Mind you, I would have cooked the egg last...just a personal preference. ?
  15. I took a photo of a bird last year, which a forum member identified as a reed bunting. The photo was originally posted in my account of our trip on Lullaby July last year. Taken from the path that leads from Womack Dyke northward along the Thurne. Helen
  16. I was wondering what all the fuss was about with this road and assumed it was just people being unused to roundabouts (not like us lot in MK!...a colleague who lives in Cambridge once commented that she finds the way the people in MK approach and go around roundabouts really scary). However, when we were travelling to and from Horning the other week it did strike me that you somehow come across the roundabouts on the NDR a bit more quickly than expected. My theory is that they are too ‘flat’. Our MK roundabouts are mostly built up at least a foot or two and usually have trees or tall shrubbery on them...that helps when you are approaching them, though they are a bit of a death trap for joyriders. Helen
  17. Jay, Thanks for the shaving foam tip. Shame I recently threw out the old can of the foamy stuff that had been lurking unused in the back of a cupboard since Graham grew his beard. Keep those piccys coming! Helen
  18. Mmm, I was going to suggest..steady on there! Graham and I got together when we were sweet 16...1977. Seems like yesterday!
  19. Thanks very much Vanessan, will check that out. Here are a few more pics of inside the mill and the views from the top that Harry took with his phone. Helen
  20. I think Harry took some photos from the top of Hardley Mill. Will try to post some. The guy that has restored it is elderly, and they had a problem last year which is preventing the sails from turning at present (when we passed in May the year before last the sails were turning). He’s had quite serious health issues over the last year or two, but is intending to address the issues, so I hope they get some younger volunteers to help out.
  21. I wouldn’t say dab hand...wish I’d been able to practise first!
  22. Saturday 20th October Another dawn start this morning, as we had to get from Womack to Horning and arrive before 9. It was good not having to worry about disturbing others when we set off. One of the advantages of a wild mooring on the final night. The only snag was that there was a lot of mist on the Thurne and the Bure was pretty misty initially too, so Harry took it very slowly. I think we kept between 4 and 5mph all the way to Horning, and still made it there by about 8.30am. The distance charts that I'd printed off showing cruising times were certainly generous in their estimates. When we got to the yard I didn't do the best stern mooring ever, but at least I didn't panic. Once we had packed up the car we went off the Ludham. We left Seren in the car whilst we had a look around the church, waiting for Alfresco Tearooms to open at 10am. We normally take Seren in with us (it’s a very dog-friendly tearoom), but she was settled quite happily in the car. We all had their full-English breakfast. After our breakfast we went to the RAF Radar Museum just outside Horning (on the road to Neatishead). We really went there for Harry’s sake (with that looming RAF interview in mind), but it was a really interesting place to visit. They have talks at various times during the day and we caught two of them – one on air control operations and the development of radar technology during WW2 and another about the Cold War. By the time we’d finished there it was after 2pm. We were slightly peckish, and so thought we’d stop off in Wroxham for a snack before making our way home. Seren had a short walk from the car park behind Hoveton St John moorings and then we left her in the car in a shady spot. We found a table in a lovely warm sunny spot outside the Hotel Wroxham. Harry and I shared a crab sandwich and fries and Graham had a sausage and onion sandwich with fries. We found it difficult to tear ourselves away from the Broads and sat there with some drinks for most of the afternoon, until it started to get slightly chilly around 4pm. We had a good journey home, the only slight problem being the sun shining in our eyes as we travelled toward yet another stunning sunset. Got home around 6.30pm, stopping off at Waitrose to pick up a Chinese meal pack on the way. What a lovely week!
  23. Friday 19th October I always feel a little sad on our final full day – though not as sad as final handover morning. Yet again, we hadn’t intended getting up early this morning, but seem to have got into the habit of early starts. As dawn broke some more Richardson’s boats went past, returning to handover their boats. At least we have another day of cruising! I had intended to make a cooked breakfast before leaving the mooring, but we decided that as the river looked so inviting we would get on our way. We wanted to do a fair bit of cruising anyway, so that Harry could see the upper reaches of the Bure, as far as Wroxham, that are difficult to get to on sail without an engine (due to the trees). Barton Broad was exceptionally beautiful with early morning mist. The Ant was pretty quiet once the last few Richardson’s stragglers had passed us. We had a light breakfast underway, eating the last few Danish pastries that I’d bought in Roy’s. On the journey up to Wroxham we popped into Blackhorse Broad to have a peep at that. Seren has finally figured out how she can see ahead in relative comfort. Wroxham wasn’t too busy – in fact the River Bure was very quiet compared to the last few days. Obviously a lot of people had Friday handovers. We didn’t stay in Wroxham, just turned before the bridge and made our way back down river, with a detour around Wroxham Broad. We also went into Salhouse and paid £2 to moor there for up to two hours, taking the opportunity to also fill-up with water, which was included in the fee. I set to with making a brunch breakfast (oven baked sausage and tomatoes, fried bacon and scrambled egg, served with some slices from a spelt and honey loaf that we had bought in Roy’s), which we ate in the sunshine. After lunch we continued on down the Bure... and then up the Thurne as far as Womack Dyke, and were delighted to see that the wild mooring near the mouth of the dyke was available. The same wild mooring that Graham and I had used in April. It was around mid-afternoon when we got there, so we had plenty of time to walk up to the village and pick up some parmigiana cheese to go with the risotto I was planning to cook for our dinner (Thrower’s store in Ludham has a good little deli counter, with several local cheeses). On the way there we visited Hunter’s Yard. All their boats had been taken into the sheds earlier in the week and the place was a real hive of activity stripping down the boats for their winter overhaul. We popped in to the reception to see Vikki and buy a 2019 Calendar. The rest of the afternoon and early evening was spent relaxing. We had another lovely sunset. Some ducks that we had fed earlier were settling down for the night in some reeds near the boat. I did two silly things this evening. Firstly, I made a risotto (a mushroom one). This is a really super-excellent way of steaming up your boat, as a risotto is cooked gradually in an open pan. Secondly, I had an accident with the salt shaker. Because of the steam I was being a bit too vigorous in shaking salt onto the risotto – so much so that the top came off and dumped about two to three tablespoons of salt into the pan. The offending salt cellar... I scooped as much salt off as possible, but the dish still turned out a bit too salty, though it was edible. This evening we watched ‘A Little Chaos’ on DVD (Alan Rickman and Kate Winslet) before turning in for the night.
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