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  1. Jono

    River Bure

    I will take all that as “Burr” then cos’ that is what I prefer. Learn’t so much though! J
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    Tv Panic!!

    One in each hand! I know!!
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    River Bure

    All right. Not so simples. My ribs are sore!!
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    River Bure

    We just call it Lathams! Simples!!
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    Tv Panic!!

    Hi Vanessan While dining it seems we had a little drizzle, of rain that is, which was next to nothing but enough to make the timber edging very slippy indeed. I stepped onto it trying to put the dogs down safely and my right foot went from under me as my left leg was making the next step. Could have been worse I suppose but I certainly don't want another broken rib! (or 2 or 3) Coughing is a killer!! Thank goodness for the comfy car we have to get us the 250 miles home. Thanks J
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    Tv Panic!!

    Just to let you all know we collected Silver Serenade from Brundall on the 6th April and cruised up river to Bramerton and moored at the common. Very nice boat for us. Took the dogs for a run and when I returned I was ordered to tune the TV. Surprise Surprise. Good picture within seconds. That was the good news. We had evening meal on board feasting on a ready cooked chicken from Lidl and after I decided to take the dogs for another walk. Put their life jackets on so I could carry them off together like handbags, a Mini Schnauzer and a Pug, and stepped onto the timber edged bank, my right foot went from under me, as I was bent over the dogs dropped on dry land , my left leg went between the boat and bank into the water and I crashed down onto my left side on to the gunnels. Ouch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! or something similar. The following pain meant there was no escape from The Voice so I drowned my sorrows and tried to numb the pain on board. Next morning I could hardly move and the pain was immense so we returned home. A long no stops journey. Doc found a couple or three cracked ribs. That hurt ! So it has been pain killers and no drink along with too much rest. The second boating holiday on the trot abandoned and this one after only 16 hours and to add to the misery my annual insurance policy ran out in February. There is a lesson there. Take care out there J
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    River Bure

    Hello Folks Please help settle a disagreement, shall we say. We returned from our wonderful holiday at Box End cottage last Sunday and whilst there I asked Caro, the owner, l about the pronunciation of River Bure. This is all Robins fault. I was perfectly happy with my own pronunciation from 1965 of "Burr" and then Robin comes up with Bure as in "pure". Carol, whoo has lived in Horning over 20 years confirmed Robins pronunciation. A few days later following a meal at the Ferry we were chatting about the days when the "ferry" ran across the river so I looked up its history only to find this: "Horning is situated on the River Bure (pronounced locally "Burr") between Wroxham and Ludham. A ferry plied across the river for more than 1,000 years." Anymore views on this before moving on to St Olaves? J
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    Tv Panic!!

    That is why I need the pub!!! J
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    Tv Panic!!

    The art of conversation?? Hmmmm!! Sounds interesting. We just play bones, have a laugh, get annoyed, drink and sleep! J
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    Tv Panic!!

    We tend to avoid the pub at Brammerton since they ruined it and we got dreadful service but the common is great moorings. Surlingham ferry sounds good. We have had a couple of lunch time stops in the past. I will record the programme at home just to be safe and try to extend my life expectancy a couple of years! J
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    Tv Panic!!

    If it is the only answer then that will be it. I know my place and I haven't been in the Coldham Hall for many years. J
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    Tv Panic!!

    Val has just offered to help!!
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    Tv Panic!!

    Oh yes! A pub would be handy as well!!! J
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    Tv Panic!!

    Hello wise people I have an emergency!!!! Last night Val worked out that the final of The Voice is on Sat 6th of April, 10 weeks from tonight. That is the day we pick up Silver Serenade from Brundall so I need to find a mooring within an hour or so that guarantee's Digital reception of ITV. Is there any such thing or do I just top myself now? J
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    Hoseasons

    Thanks for the comments folks. You are generally right about TripAdvisor and I have used them for good and bad feedback. The quandary I have is they were very nice people and was I just unlucky and that is why I have not named them on this forum. However the more I think about it maybe some form of feedback on both the boatyard and Hoseasons is required on somewhere like TripAdvisor as long as it is fair and balanced I class myself as fair it is just the balanced bit I have trouble with!!!!!!!! J
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    Hoseasons

    Yes Jeff and they have my deposits for 2 boats in 2019 unfortunately. One in April and one in September. That will teach me to book early. J
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    Hoseasons

    Hadn't thought of ABTA! We will discuss if it is worth the trouble. After writing to Hoseasons about the state of the boat I had to email the CEO to get any response at all. It was several days later that customer services emailed me and told me to contact the boatyard. I replied telling them I had already done that and advised them on the conversation and offer but have had no response since. That was 31 October.
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    Hoseasons

    Thanks for all the responses on the boatyards. We will definitely give one a try next year. Regarding the Hoseasons issue, in the few years we have been visiting the broads they have always been very good but they just ignore you now. Shame!
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    Hoseasons

    Hello again Following our disaster of a boat on the canals I have to ask if Hoseasons have made all there customer service staff redundant? In the past they have always been excellent when we had a rare problem with the hire boats, or should I say a problem worth digging them up about, but in this instance they have just not been there. I will certainly avoid booking through them in future and go direct. I would like to settle with a yard and spend our twice yearly holidays with them. Trouble is I like different boats and our funds are not a bottomless pit so I will need to budget more after next year, our 50th wedding anniversary. Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a New Year you wish for. Regards John & Val
  20. Thanks for the comments. I have to add that the boatyard staff were very nice and I have not been dealt with better on any of our very many boating holidays. Even when stating that the boat had too many faults to continue they were still very polite. No doubt Hoseasons will be contacting me in the coming days so we will see what happens there. The reason we picked the original boat was it was almost new when we booked also Val will not do locks at any cost so the location close to the Ashby was perfect. The locks in France were wide and remote controlled or manned and the locks we went through in the Southern Shannon area were wide and manned so these didn't seem to upset her too much. If all locks were like the Hawkesbury Junction lock it would be no problem but at 1 foot drop it must be almost unique. I suppose the other problem I didn't mention was the overall state of the North Oxford Canal we cruised. What a terrible state it is in generally and as Breydon says above there isn't much chance it will get better. I now know how all the cabin paintwork on the starboard side was so scratched. The overgrown bushes and trees really narrow the the canal so cannot be avoided. David of Cruising The Cut fame agrees it is the section of the system he most dislikes. Going back to the rudder problem in my defence there was absolutely no problem turning to port. It turned like a boat with a rudder smoothly and under control. Starboard turns were pot luck. Cheers John
  21. Our first canal holiday after a lovely week in Winterton-on-Sea. We had a great week at Winterton with little or no rain and the dogs didn't find any adders on the beach which I must admit to worrying about somewhat. Had a couple of really good meals in the Fishermans Retreat. Had a sandwich for lunch one day and got enough salad to feed all the rabbits in Winterton-on-sea me thinks! This was followed by our first ever canal holiday which was booked for a week but lasted 2 full days or 3 nights. See attached but it does go on a bit. Comments on the rudder/tiller problem would be welcome. The first canal trip after a lovely week in Winterton on sea.docx
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    Norfolk Men

    Didn't even know it existed never mind it has a Picnic boat. Now we are home and sick about that.
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    Norfolk Men

    I get most of this even being from Cheshire but was it a Norfolk or Suffolk, let’s not be sexist, person who designed a picnic boat you can hire from Potter Heigham that won’t go under the bridge???? Another day out to Hickling scuppered!!!! Apart from that enjoying Norfolk as normal.
  24. Didn't think you were and although I think about this, do we really want everybody being able to get North of the bridge? We haven't managed it for a long, long time so we are hiring a picnic boat in September to take a day up there. Talking of which is the lunch time menu at the Pleasure Boat up to much? Very limited when we were last there a couple of years ago.
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