Back at home after a wonderful weekend afloat , left Cambridge Friday morning after just over a hour and a half we arrived in Hoveton .
Quick bite to eat from “O Crumbs” sitting on Granary Staithe then into Roy’s for our grocery shopping , quick visit to the department store to try and find a photo frame . Kate’s late brother was ex Royal Navy and served aboard The Ark Royal as a CPO it was due to his legacy to his sister that we were able to purchase Cerise Lady and we feel it is only fitting to have a photo of him in uniform aboard , sadly none available in Roy’s were the correct size so Robert Sayles later this week will be our next option.
Leaving Hoveton destination Ludham butchers to get sausages , bacon , local eggs ,pork chops and their wonderful Lamb kebabs for a barbecue , then on to the wet shed at Stalham.
Loaded up Cerise Lady , replenishing the beer and wine supplies as I wouldn’t have to drive home the same day meant I could finally savour a glass or two afloat.
After the necessary checks we cast off at about 14:00 looking forward to our weekend , deciding to just pop into our usual haunts as we are afloat for a week beginning the 13th to explore (well revisit)further .
A gentle slow cruise listening to the mandatory Pink Floyd supping copious mugs of tea we arrived at an empty Gayes staithe and moored up in the side dyke , shortly a couple more boats arrived .
The weather was warm but overcast but still glorious , the two boats departed by about 18:00 and for the next hour and a bit we were once again all alone except for a solitary angler who had set up at the end of the stern on (usually) moorings he was later replaced by a group of three young anglers .
Pork chops under the grill , vegetables on the stove and bottle of red wine uncorked life was certainly blissful. Come 19:00 the moorings started to fill , by 21:00 the stern moorings were full , occupied by a fleet of six privateers enjoying the freedom afloat .
Dinner consumed , washing up done and wine drunk we sat outside enjoying our surroundings myself enjoying a glass or few of Ricard to end our evening .
We went to bed at 00:00 so as to be technically legal and were soon asleep .
Up bright and early by 07:30 as is usual whilst afloat we decided to set off by 08:00 , destination ...................yep Ranworth , well today being the fourth it meant I could get a draught Ghost Ship , taste buds all a tingle!!
Again a slow cruise down the Ant , mast dropped for Ludham Bridge (we need 8ft with mast up is 8ft10) approached the bridge horn sounded just entering the bridge when a sheerline “bathtub” appears heading upstream travelling at a good 5 to 6 mph with no intention of stopping , I had to quickly go astern and prudently yielded backing out to prevent a collision , Katie’s description of the helm is best left unsaid.
Through the bridge and mast again resplendent we continued onto Ranworth , we arrived at about 10:00 to find many spaces available , sadly “The taxi rank” was unsurprisingly occupied so we moored stern on !!!!!!!! alongside the Fairline that was moored there .
Todays weather was once again overcast with little showers of rain but undaunted i set up the table and chairs on the green and settled in .
Spent a wonderful day watching the staithe gradually fill up with smiling hirers and excited youngsters thrilled to be afloat , supping the Adnams beers my daughter so kindly gave me for Father’s Day , early dinner today saw the barbecue sparked up at 17:30 and the lamb kebabs sizzling , Katie prepared her as usual wonderful salad to accompany them and of course I had to open a bottle of red wine , well it would be wrong not to.
After our hearty meal we rounded it off with an expresso coffee as Katie had purchased a new pod machine for the boat , again bliss.
Table and chairs stowed I wandered over to fellow NBN members Jemanki to introduce ourselves and supply them with a NBN flag decal , if any other member wants one if they see me afloat just ask , they’re foc but a donation to NBN funds would always be appreciated .
The lure of the Maltsters was calling so after a shower and brush up we wandered over , filled in the covid-19 track and search form , antibac gelled the hands and into the bar to get my pint of heaven ;we sat outside and chatted to the landlady (Roy’s ex wife) keeping socially distanced of course. A few pints later it was time for sleep and Ghost Ship assisted I slept well.
Up this morning at 07:30 , breakfast cooked and coffee drunk I emptied and cleaned the barbecue we set off by 10:00 to head off up the Ant again , a slow cruise saw us arrive at Irstead , where we would spend the next three hours cleaning the boat and watching the world go by , a very windy day but the sun was very hot .
I cleaned Cerise Lady using a Worx battery powered jet washer we had just purchased and I was very impressed , an excellent bit of kit extremely useful cleaning around all my side railings where dirt likes to build up despite frequent mopping .
Back to the wet shed , arriving at 16:30 and after a quick catch up with the ever industrious Griff we were ready to set off by 17:30 already looking forward to the week of the 13th with childlike anticipation.
Home by 20:00 , with a stop off at the Mildenhall Burger King for a take away .
The photos are random , taken by Katie over the weekend