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  1. That's lovely, great place to be when the weather is as good as that
  2. We managed to Moor there two years ago, just enough room between two private craft, then a huge hire boat arrived and wanted us to move as they wanted to Moor!! They then spent 15 minutes trying to turn around.... Sent from my iPhone using Norfolk Broads Network
  3. Thanks ChrisB, amazing that trip boats from the Broads cruised the Trent...
  4. This image was posted on a historical Nottingham Facebook page, supposedly of pleasure boats moored on the Trent adjacent to Trent Bridge at the turn of the century. There’s no further information for this image. Does the name of the boat suggest it started life elsewhere?
  5. I returned to the Broads last year after an absence of 31 years, we managed to buy a couple of guides & an OS map, and picked up a copy of Broadcaster from the tourist information office in Wroxham. I did also take my 1981 edition of the Broads Book, in glorious black & white and hand drawn maps. what was striking was how much was the same, The Bridge Inn, Acle still serves scampi & chips and the sandwiches at the Rising Sun, Coltishall, we’re so stale they could have been made 31 years previously. what had changed was the number of hire boats (we managed to moor everywhere we wanted to go). However, in what is true for most of society, we weren’t surprised with the rudeness and stupidity of some holidaymakers, especially all male and female crews... We’re looking at booking next year, we’re looking at the window between Easter and Springbank.
  6. I've used these people twice, great service and reasonable cost. You'll need to have the turbo removed from the engine and taken to them (I used a courier). They aren't local to the Broads but take in work from all over the UK. https://www.midlandturbo.com/
  7. I’ve just found an album of my late father’s photographs of the Broads, taken in the early 1950’s before he married my (not at the time) mother. I’ll scan and post some more images when I’m able. Sent from my iPhone using Norfolk Broads Network
  8. Is this what used to be Pearson's boatyard? If so, my affair with the Broads started here....
  9. I tried booking a week in early August to tack onto a week previously booked staying on the North Norfolk coast. To be honest there wasn't much of a choice available, starting in Wroxham, and being flexible with our start date (either Friday or Saturday). Brooms had something, but didn't really want Brundall as a start and didn't fancy waving goodbye to the thick end of £1600... We ended up with a second week inland near Holt and a promise of a day boat for the wife...
  10. There's the solution, turned a potential issue into an opportunity!!
  11. This was one of my favourite locations on the Broads as a kid, the shop sold just about everything a 10 year old would want. When I was much older my family hired a boat and my sister's fiancé came with us (he later was stupid enough to marry her). He had moored at the Bridge Inn overnight and decided that once cast off we would go under the bridge and moor up at the shop to get a morning paper. We had hired a dinghy and my sisters fiancé (we'll call him Gavin as that was his name) decided he'd row across the river to us. We duly set off and moored up at the shop, bought a newspaper and some other bits and pieces, and waited for Gavin... 10 minutes later and no sign of him, another 10 minutes and my sister was starting to get concerned so we headed downstream to find him. Surprising how far down the river the current had taken him, he was down near Stokesby by the time we caught him up...
  12. About 30 years ago my wife (at the time) and friends were visiting Oulton Broad one summer Sunday. We came across a family stood on the quay at the Yacht Station in some distress. Their little boy (about seven years old) had been feeding ducks with his sister and had lost his new glasses into the water. He'd only had them a week and wasn't used to them. They had simply slipped off his nose. Shoes, socks and jeans off, into the water, didn't realise it was so deep and cold!! About 10 minutes of diving in the filthy water with just about zero visibility returned a couple of cans, a spanner, several stones and finally a pair of blue NHS specs, none the worse for their dunking. By way of thanks we were treated to a pot of tea at the café on the corner of Bridge Road and the car park behind the Yacht Station (now closed).
  13. I very nearly booked the last remaining unit for a week at the beginning of August (Friday 2nd August) over the weekend but wasn't able to convince the wife that she'd be content to sit in the "dog run" at the front. Instead I opted for a cottage in a village a few miles south of Holt (used to live there so know it well)….
  14. I've not played church & pub cricket for about 40 years, memories of me and my dad...
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