Sorry for delay been a "busy" few days.
Monday- Left Beccles, Stopped for Lunch at Langley Dyke, then pulled up briefly in Brooms boatyard for some supplies in Brundall where most of our group went to the shop leaving my dad and I on the boat. They got to the shop ok but some how got lost on the way back and ended up further down river, a phone call from my husband saying could we come rescue them, he seemed scared they were going to get shot or something! We spotted them in what appeared to be in someone's garden/boats he'd. Anyway once everyone on board (nobody scarier than an old man was about, who certainly didn't look like he was going to shoot anyone) we carried on towards Norwich, stopping for the night at Brammerton Common. Lovely Mooring Place.
Left Brammerton just before 9 and arrived in Norwich at about 1030. Gentleman at the yaucht station polite and helpful as always. Had a lovely walk round the shops and around the cathedral. Unscheduled stop at the NHS walkin as as my husband had a what was looking like an infected finger dealt with nice and promptly with some dressings. We then went and made use of the swimming pool (minus the husband who had been advised not to). Was then fish and chips for Tea apologies I can't remember the name of the place.
Left Norwich at about 9 for a leisurely trip to Yarmouth for a late tide at 1800. Made use of the showers before leaving very clean and tidy. Stopped at Rockland Broad short dyke for a few hours of fishing and leisurely lunch. Across Breydon which was much choppier than on the way through and through Yarmouth at pretty much bang 6. Initial plan had been to pull up for dinner and overnight at the Stracey Arms with the plan to pop to Potter in the morning to get a pump out free at the boatyard then on to Wroxham. My brother expressed he wasn't keen on mooring there could we get closer to Potter. So on we went taking it in turns to eat our dinner (Roast Gammon) and drive. In the end we carried all the way and pulled into Herbert Woods at 2120. We were all pretty tired having started in Norwich at 9 but we're glad of less to do the next day and the use of the toilets and showers.
Left Potter after Pump out and arrived into Wroxham at about 1300. Pretty busy around the bridge as usual, Pilot was definitely earning his keep. Through we went clearance looked to be about 7,2 on the sign we are 7foot and moored up for the night. Of to Roy's for supplies and a browse around for gifts. My dad got some more bait and then started fishing. He had a rather big surprise when pulling in a standard fish when a Pike decided it was his dinner and snatched it. After some effort and help from another boat with use of their landing net he managed to get it in. He had to take photographic evidence as none of us were around to see and would of course not believe him! However it became clear later when we were all fishing that either this particular Pike or more of them patrol the moorings as we had 2 further snatches (and line breakages) with the Pike jumping right out of the river on one occasion. My husband also had a very friendly Heron that was more than happy to get close to him and nick a fish which had fallen off onto the ground. We had dinner at the Station Smokehouse, that I would definitely recommend friendly service and lovely food. Then settled down to the football.
Headed to Coltishall as didn't get here last year as boat not able to go under the bridge. Definitely one of my favourite areas of the Broads. Kite flying and ice creams were on the agenda as again a very hot day. Also some drinks at the Rising Sun. Caught some small fish, though could see bigger and again a Pike lurking. Decided we would go back through the bridge and have moored up on Salhouse Island. Some Gigantic Pork Chops for tea that we had got from the butchers in Wroxham and another peaceful evening. Couple of Noisy stag dos out on the river but other than one group on Breydon is the first I've seen.
Plan for tomorrow is either Ranworth or a trip up the Ant as neither not yet done and will be heading back to the boatyard sun evening for handover on Monday.
Also just realised there is a holiday tales section which I hadn't spotted when I started this thread please feel free to move it there.