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  1. Jayfire

    A Winters Tale

    Friday 15th December The ideal plan would have been for the family to all have been heading off to the boat today, kids finishing school and work a thing of the past for the next week or two. Sadly life never seems to allow for the most ideal plans so as it was I had to go into work for a final 11 hour day shift due to lack of staffing and people with response driving qualifications despite having saved my leave up till the end of the year, the OH was at home between night shifts and the kids at school not breaking up until next Tuesday. These things which don't work out do however allow for new plans, and so it was that I had the opportunity to head off to the boat alone (well with the dog) with the remains of the family heading up by train on Tuesday once school finishes. I shall spare the details of the final Friday at work, but needless to say it was long it seemed never-ending and I swear the clock kept going backwards at various points throughout the day. Nevertheless 7pm finally rolled around and I was able to set off for Brundall. The inevitability of the A47 being closed couldn't dampen my eagerness to arrive at the Bayard and when I did arrive I stepped out of the car just in time to unload as a downpour of rain hit. Soaking through and fumbling around in the dark I unloaded the car and loaded the boat, unpacked, made beds, you know the usual stuff, took the dog for a walk and finally at around 1a.m. got time for the first beer of the holiday Cor I went on a bit there didn't I (more to follow (sorry) with pics but please bear in mind I am alone so they they are 'action' shots)
  2. Jayfire

    A Winters Tale

    Glad you liked it HG. I'm going to head off to more boozers farther away from the waters edge, so I'll try and show what they are like and the routes and info etc. I intended on getting to The White Lion this week at Wheatacre for example but I got carried away enjoying my cruises and singing. Still, won't be long till I'm back
  3. Jayfire

    A Winters Tale

    I'll ensure when I am back on board in 2 weeks time that I start my work into getting the details together. Yes it's hard work, yes my liver begs me to have a fudging day off, but I'm just far too dedicated to stop. Dedicated to the forum I mean of course, not the pubs
  4. Jayfire

    A Winters Tale

    They did. And in my experience they were truly awful
  5. Jayfire

    A Winters Tale

    The Brundall Ram is hoping to start serving food, starting the second week in January. Regardless of food, if you can, have a look in and support them, it's really nice, and they have more plans in store. I haven't even bothered with The Yare pub this holiday.......yet
  6. Jayfire

    A Winters Tale

    I'd say thank you Mrs V, but I seriously think you are trying to wind up my little Grace aren't ya
  7. Jayfire

    A Winters Tale

    I'm so so surprised the pub experts didn't get this one. It's the Bell Inn at St Olaves You'll all be kicking yourselves now, I know
  8. Jayfire

    A Winters Tale

    Once again sat in what will always now be referred to as JF's corner after the day ended at a slightly unexpected location
  9. Jayfire

    A Winters Tale

    I did try and photo shoot their range of beers for you, to see if it was worth your efforts, but the pubs were nice Just do what i do with my wench, tell her she is going, like it or not, heels or not And before you all get on your high horse, just remember I am NBN equality champion. I also "allow" my lady to be carried over the sludgey soft bits. Because I choose to carry her
  10. Jayfire

    A Winters Tale

    Congestion along the New Cut
  11. Jayfire

    A Winters Tale

    The sun hasn't quite appeared today unlike yesterday, and there is a cool breeze making the 6° feel much colder, but we are still having fun along the River Waveney
  12. Jayfire

    A Winters Tale

    Aren't you emotionally obliged to say that though gorgeous?
  13. Jayfire

    A Winters Tale

    Just as an aside from the enthralling blog, if you wonder where the route to the pubs are that I took, (and other routes are available) Heading out from North Cove moorings you head down this track directly behind the right hand side of the mooring (looking from the river) After a short walk you'll meet the rail crossing, where the pedestrian gate is to the left (see picture) And move further on along the lane Shortly you will reach a junction Turning right leads straight to the The Three Horseshoes pub, just turn right, follow it to the end and then right (approx 30 minutes from the moorings) Look at the route map and you'll see the junction and route easily, where the return meets the outgoing part of my walk Turning left at the end near The Three Horseshoes would then lead to the Swan Inn (approx 30 mins) ... Back at the junction, turning left instead is the shorter walk to the Swan Inn (approx 30 minutes) and continues along a lane Past a house and driveway And you'll reach a farm where you will bear left And continue to follow the lane, and then around a right hand turn where you will find a white building. Turn right here after the building Well to the end to find the pub on the right Leaving the Swan Inn and continuing the way you were heading when you arrived you walk up a lane Which leads through a residential area (Barnby). Keep walking straight ahead on Swan Lane until you meet a T junction, and then turn right. Follow "The Street" all the way to the end which brings you to a footpath which you'll take (turning right before the footpath is the lane back to the moorings and where if you'd turned right at the original junction you would have come from). At the end of the footpath you took you'll find the welcoming sight of the pub From the Three Horseshoes retrace your steps back along the footpath, turn left at the end and follow the lane, turning left when you reach the junction you used originally Clear as mud?
  14. Jayfire

    A Winters Tale

    Wednesday 12th December Having arrived early this morning, I set about making a rather strong coffee and sitting enjoying just laying back and relaxing for a while. There was always the option of just laying and sleeping the day away and making up for the lack of sleep the night before, and watching the sunshine lighting the saloon it was very tempting, and after all, I am on holiday so do as you fancy, Yes??? No, never one to be able to settle, it wasn't long after my self made coffee that I was preparing my helm area and casting off the lines to head off along the river once more at 1000 hours. With time running out this week before I have to wait another couple of weeks to return for the new year I wasn't sure where I was going to go, but made the decision to head once more down the Yare towards the Waveney, purely because that was the direction the dregs of the ebbing tide were headed. I passed the usual landmarks on the main river in the sunshine, as I stuck my head out of the roof window as usual, giving my own unique brand of "singing" and I was intent on using the time I had left to the maximum and wasn't prepared to stop whilst I had daylight remaining. If anyone ever reads my wittering, you'll know I don't plan any stops or final destinations, but today I did have an idea of where I would like to try and moor whilst it was in the quiet season. Warning, invading fingers Along the way from Brundall I passed 2 boats. Well actually I passed one boat twice, once when he came steaming past me, and a second when he couldn't fit under Reedham Swing Bridge and I passed him once again After that it was off down the New Cut, always so much more pleasant in the sunshine And then a right turn to take me down the Waveney through Herringfleet and then Somerleyton Swing Bridge before venturing on towards Beccles. At around 1505 hours I reached an empty North Cove and gratefully moored up, only a slight slip on the slippery edge of the moorings nearly sent me towards the water, another reminder to always wear your lifejacket. Fortunately although I had mine on, it wasn't required as I regained my balance (gracefully of course) and tied the boat up. Once I had secured the boat it was time to head off to walk the dog, and having earned a few liquid rewards, also the pub. We walked to the Swan Inn at Barnby and had a very pleasant drink in a lovely pub. After the Swan Inn we continued our walk to The Three Horseshoes at North Cove, and I have to say I loved it. A small cosy friendly pub and so I sat and had a few good beers whilst the barmaid played with the dog, chatting away to me even though my voice was still hoarse and I couldn't really talk. Afterwards it was time to head off back to the boat along the dark lonely lanes and pathways. This is at 5:30pm approx 50m beside the A146 full of traffic with a camera flash It didnt bother me one bit, but it does cause others to cling to your arm rather tightly, which is nice, but it does restrict your movements somewhat..... If you are vulnerable, of a nervous disposition, or just can't find your way around very well at the best of times, do yourself a big favour and be back on board or moved from the mooring earlier on as it is really dark and secluded along the pathways. This one approx 400m from the North Cove moorings which are near......not a lot really, with a camera flash Just my little piece of advice to try and help. Once on board at the lovely moorings at approx 0830 it was time to settle in for some wine and general chit chat, before lights out and finally a chance to lay my (apparently) unwanted head down
  15. Jayfire

    A Winters Tale

    Erm....no-one yet
  16. Jayfire

    A Winters Tale

    That's a bit harsh Mrs V, at least I've put me ugly mug out there for debate, cririsicm and ridicule
  17. Jayfire

    A Winters Tale

    The Three Horseshoes at North Cove What a fantastic pub, loved it and it gets a great big from me. Cosy, friendly lovely fire burning and a great pint of San Miguel. And what is it with all these pubs, the barmaids are just so so friendly all the time? Great evening, give it a shot. Actually don't, leave it so I can go
  18. Jayfire

    A Winters Tale

    Are you saying you'll be joining the line for a share of me Jean if I were to consider sharing myself around? I must warn you, Grace has some very sharp claws Of course I would never do that to my gorgeous little Grace......
  19. Jayfire

    A Winters Tale

    So much more often Grace babe, there is a difference. You could practice though you know Well you are a woman (Jayfire. NBN equality champion) But It's cool outside, I like somewhere snug and warm
  20. Jayfire

    A Winters Tale

    Well I'm not one to settle for the same old thing or place. Not sure they have anything for Mr Nog or not
  21. Alan I wish you and all your family the best for tomorrow. I've never met either of you but will still raise a glass to you both tomorrow. I'm sure you will be in the thoughts of every member of the NBN
  22. Jayfire

    A Winters Tale

    Swan Inn, Barnby Very nice
  23. Jayfire

    A Winters Tale

    Good stuff, I'll see if I can have a pop in soon, cheers It's at North Cove. I've been desperate to get here for a while now.
  24. Jayfire

    A Winters Tale

    Moored up ready for the evening. I wish there was a bit of scenery
  25. Jayfire

    A Winters Tale

    Sorry VC no it isn't the Falgate
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