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  1. To get round the file size limits on email, upload it to this site which stores it for you for 7 days. At the same time it will create a link which you send to someone (with Shazam - or just display it here) who can then download and play it to identify it. I have used it many times to send files which are too large for email and it works well.

    Bridgestones Potter Heigham

    Bridgestones - absolute must visit and as Grace says - cakes to die for. No point in recommending them anyway as you will not get past the display case without ordering one. Norada I have visited twice. I want it to do well and the chap that runs it has great ideas for a roof terrace which would have great views of the river. The food was OK to good without being spectacular. The only thing I have against it is the blackness of it all. It's black outside and when you go inside it is all black - you feel as though you have one of those travelling eye-masks on until your eyes adjust to the lack of light.

    Reedham Ferry

    The ferry pulls itself over the river by the chains, and I have always noticed that the chain behind it seems to enter the water at a steep angle. So is it safe to assume that the chain "probably" submerges to such a level that passing the ferry astern is "relatively" safe. (Note all the abbreviated words!)
  4. Thanks Kron, Funnily enough, I have found that keeping the same routine, revisiting places Doreen and I have been to in the past, has helped me stay close to her as I feel her around me, if that makes sense. The first time of anything was very difficult but getting over that first hurdle is almost like the investment you have to make to get the comfort from going back to places we shared together. So not strong. Just reaching out for her I suppose.

    Electric Boat

    Hoseasons are owned by the same group which owns Cottages.com, and indeed all of their "stock" is searchable from the Hoseasons site, so it would certainly be worth having a conversation about transferring the deposit.

    Return To Boating 2019

    Hi David, Russell was on Sonnet in spring time when the weather was wet and windy so the draughty canopy was more a problem then than it should be when you go. Also its best not to focus on the micro faults someone else may have found with a boat. They are just that - micro faults and will not spoil your enjoyment of the boat. There will be plenty of other highlights on Sonnet which you will come back enthusing over.

    When Did The First Grp Boats Arrive?.

    Where does the Dawncraft DC30 come in all of this. One of the earliest Blakes brochures I have - I think 1974 or 75 has DC30s with lots of boatyards. I assumed they came out before the Wilds boats as they were so numerous.

    Return To Boating 2019

    Hi David, I regularly hire this type of cruiser and have just returned from a week on Silver Symphony which although a little older than Brinks Encore, is essentially the same. It is a good boat for the less mobile with a single level inside. I would recommend you buy a small collapsing step if you have not aleady got one. The step down into the cabin both front and rear are a little steep and a foldaway step like this will really help your access. It can of course also be used to get you onto the deck from the shore, so doubly useful. You will have a great time.

    On Me Wall Again

    Ee by gum, you do talk funny in Norfolk
  10. It's been a scorcher up here in Leeds today as well and my lawn is brown in patches also. But don't worry about the grass, it will recover as soon as it gets some sustained rainfall. Regarding sleeping at night, I have a pedestal fan in the room on a timer which turns itself off after a few hours, when hopefully I have fallen asleep. It is very effective. As Kingfisher666 says, this weather will soon be gone and we will all be looking at up to six months of winter darkness and cold, so perhaps now is the time to appreciate the warm temperatures. Us Brits don't half moan. When it's hot we want it cooler and when it's cold we can't wait for the summer to arrive. Won't be long before we are having four seasons in one day again!
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    If all else fails, look at Summercraft's moorings. They usually have space when all the others are full.
  12. Thanks for the kind words Lulu. I do sometimes think I do go on a bit. Broads01 I take my first week on Goosander on the 6th October. Just hope them pesky hirers keep away from my boatOops i feel myself turning into something else!
  13. Friday 29th June I had set the alarm for 7.15am as I needed 15 minutes to cruise back to Silverline. Breakfast was a healthy granola (had to be healthy sometime) with cold milk on this hot morning. I scuttled around the boat preparing things and at the allotted time, I untied the ropes and slipped the moorings, which by the way were still empty so not sure if Brooms have any returnees on a Friday morning. A slow cruise down the river brought me to the dyke where Silverline are situated. At an even slower pace, I continued down the dyke until my home boatyard moorings could be seen. A chap on the quayside signalled where he wanted me to moor so I swung the boat around again and used the bow thrusters to place the stern gently against the mooring. I expected the yard to be a hive of activity with returning boaters but I was the first. Shortly after, another two boats arrived and both required staff members to go aboard to moor them stern on. See years of training had not gone to waste said a rather smug I. I transferred everything from boat to car and went around to the office to received refund of £32 against the £100 fuel deposit I had paid. Not a bad result. I didn’t like to say I would not be returning as I had bought into a syndicate boat, as I like Silverline and that they gave me the opportunity to continue hiring from them even though I was single handed now. I started the car and the journey home had begun. Observations I had a really good time on Symphony. The memories of being with Doreen two years ago were all around but I am glad I chose the same boat none-the-less as many of the memories brought me comfort. I am becoming more used to solo sailing now. It was never about the physical side of it as I had more or less moored and driven the boat single handed for a few years now. It was more how I would feel in a small space on my own. The Broads has ever changing scenery and the weather conditions are so unpredictable, so there was plenty to keep me interested and I ended up liking the space and was sorry to have to leave it. I left feeling I had done the right thing by buying into the boat syndicate. Even though the World Cup was underway, it seemed as though the rivers became busier day by day That is unusual as an event such as the World Cup, suppresses demand both here and in Europe until it is over. I guess people were seeing the weather forecast and plumping to be on the rivers while the going was good. Another thing you could not help but notice was the number of the high-end hire craft which were out. There seemed an inordinate number of big white flybridge cruisers around, together with the sliding wheelhouse Broadsman types. It struck me that so many of the dual steer boats were based on the Bolero type mould, which I am guessing were developed by Alpha craft and wondered in their demise, if some licensing agreement was still in force. Not sure how that works. As a solo sailor, handling a 28ft cruiser, I wondered at how many people had hired large 40ft plus cruisers with a crew of just two people. I’m sure if you are used to it then it’s no problem but many of these crews seemed to be first timers. I assisted an elderly couple aboard a Broadsman, leave the moorings at Potter Heigham, and the chap was having trouble even climbing back onto the deck of his boat. Perhaps it’s all part of the same thing. They see the big shiny cruisers advertised and want one irrespective of how they will be able to control it. The failure of the drone was infuriating as the weather and therefore the conditions were so good. The long days meant I could be out at 7.15am, before people generally were about. I may have to wait until next year to repeat those conditions. Anyway, I have included a few more aerial shots which I could not include earlier. By the way, the drone was returned to the retailer and has been deemed not repairable, and a replacement is on it’s way to me. And finally, here is a link to the song named in the title of the thread, in the event you have not heard it and were wondering where it came from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aatr_2MstrI Potter Heigham Reedham Yarmouth
  14. DAVIDH

    Night Navigation.

    I remember out first time on the Broads back in 1973 aboard Sanderling from Sandersons in Reedham. It was early March so it did get dark early and we also ran out of daylight. We were heading down the Bure making for Acle. I mistook the Thurne for the continuation of the Bure and went that way. By the time I realised I had it wrong it was already dark enough for those moored to have their lights on and it seemed everyone looked out to see this mad fool still looking for a mooring. Not knowing anything about the Thurne, whether there were indeed any public moorings, I turned around realising my mistake and continued on down the Bure thinking I might just make it before it became too dark. By the time I had reached Upton Dyke, it was almost black so I decided to go into the dyke and moor there for the night. It was a stormy night and I remember jumping ashore and finding no mooring posts. Scrambled back on the boat to get the rhond anchors out and did my best in the driving rain to secure the boat. It felt like we had moored in the middle of nowhere. We stayed on the boat as I did not realise that civiisation (in the form of a pub) was actually just a few hundred yards away, and distinctly remember the clink of the lines on the moored yacht metal masts keeping me awake for most of the night. Lesson learned.
  15. Thursday 28th June It was the last full day before hand back tomorrow so the plan was to cruise on up to Reedham for lunch then on to Brundall, possible to the home yard for the last night. Away from the breeze of the east coast, the morning was already warm without a cloud in the sky. Breakfast was making use of the last of the sausages together with egg, bacon, beans and a fried tomato which had gone all soft in the fridge. By 9.30am I was ready to make my move. If you have stayed overnight at Yarmouth you will know that the rangers use all four ropes to secure the boat. The tide was flowing in so I decided I would reposition the ropes to make it easier to depart. You will recall I had to turn before the bridges so I was facing the wrong way. I started by removing the off side ropes, then repositioned the nearside stern rope so that it was holding Symphony against the current, but with only a couple of turns on the mooring post to make it easy to remove when needed. The nearside forward rope was positioned in a similar fashion. I planned to let the stern rope go free and allow the current to turn the boat around. However before I could get to that phase, the next boat along cast off and instead of reversing out into the stream, slowly drifted with the current along the quayside. He managed to turn his boat out as it got closer to Symphony but not enough to stop his broadside hitting my stern corner. All hands were then on deck to try to push it off Symphony while the current was doing it’s best to keep it in place. Eventually we got it clear but the weight of his boat against mine, pulled my stern rope from the post and Symphony swung around 180 degrees coming to rest facing the bridges. I was concerned that damage may have been done as I heard a horrible creaking when the two boats met, but as it hit the corner of Symphony no damage was evident. I suspect that might not have been the case for my adversary. Pretty soon after that a ranger saw that I was about to leave and came over to me to offer assistance. Of course now I was facing the right way so it was just a case of him removing the forward (as it was now) rope so I could “thrust” into the stream. The current assisted my journey over Breydon and I arrived at Reedham around 11.45am. Again, space was tight but I managed to come alongside in the Lord Nelson moorings. I had not used the tinned red salmon I had brought so I made sandwiches with fresh bread for lunch. It was really hot so I decided to have a beer on the Lord Nelson patio overlooking the river which was just what the doctor ordered. Don’t know who this doctor is but he is clearly an order giver not an order taker. England was playing Belgium at 7pm so what time I should leave Reedham was a consideration. If all else failed I was guaranteed a mooring at Silverline, my home boatyard so I planned to see if I could get a mooring at Brooms on the river front, which would be much nicer than being crammed in to the stern on moorings at Silverline. There was no rush and the cruising was really relaxing so I took my time to get to Brundall. I went past the dyke which leads to Silverline and made my way around to Brooms moorings. It was a Thursday afternoon so I expected they would have returning boats for turnaround also. The fuel hut came into sight and from what I could see, there were no boats where I wanted to be. So I cruised up to the moorings, and swung the back around so I could reverse Symphony into and alongside the head of the moorings. So I was moored up at the head, facing out onto the river. One of my favourite moorings! With the football beginning at 7pm, I needed to eat earlier than usual to I made my way to the Yare at about 5.45pm. By the way, has anyone else ever noticed the big pile of receipts and paperwork which always seems to reside on those two tables at 90 degrees to bar? I imagine someone sits down to do the company accounts there perhaps once per week. God help them if a strong draught somehow managed to blow the lot off the tables and around the bar. My last meal on the Broads for now was the 8oz Burger with salad and chips. It’s one of my favourites at the Yare so I was not going to miss it this time. Then it was back to the boat to make a few preparations for my flit the next morning, before watching England take on Belgium. (I think?). The view from my window again - sort of. The Lord Nelson waiting on Breydon Outside the Lord Nelson at Reedham This is from my "outward" visit to Yarmouth. It was taken into the sun so the image has needed to be processed a little.

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