Loops Posted January 2, 2010 Share Posted January 2, 2010 It was Great! Set off reasonably early afternoon Tuesday 29th December (Col had to work the morning) and arrived at the boat with some day light left . Made up all the cabins and settled downed with a drink or two. However, as it was still fairly early, Col and I decided to leave the boys watching a DVD and wander over to the Wayford Bridge Inn for a night cap or two. Which was a very pleasant indeed start to our trip. On the Wednesday, we had arranged to meet our friends Terry and Sheila at the Wroxham Hotel for an afternoon and evening meal. So, after Col had cleaned Happy Jax II (To his exacting standards) we left the yard at Wayford at 11 oâ€™clock for our usual meander down the Ant. Weather wasnâ€™t great (raining ) and as a lot of you know, we have to drop the canopy to get through Ludham which made for a really great start to our break . Still, we weathered through and made our way onto Wroxham. Whilst passing through Horning we spotted Friday Girl moored outside the New Inn (no sign of life though, possibly in the pub ) and Sue, hank (EvenStar) and Pete (Petremela) moored on the Horning Staithe (no sign of life though, possibly in the pub ). On arriving in Wroxham, we wandered over to the Brinks Moorings (Old Moores yard) and moored up next to Terry and Sheila whilst they prepped their Boat for the long trip over the river to the Wroxham Hotel . About an hour later everyone was ready for the arduous 20 meter trip across the river, so off we set, to be immediately caught by a ferocious side wind which shoved us (at quite a speed) into the corner of quay heading opposite. This obviously resulted in lots of swearing and pontificating as to whose fault this may have been . So a stiff drink was needed once we had safely arrived at the hotel. Still, we had it easy, Terry had to come over on just one of his 7.4 litre petrol engines as the other one refused to start . Settled in and happily supping away, when we were joined by Mark (MBird), who had spotted HJII from the bridge (On his way back from Serenity). Anyway, as usual, we had an enjoyable afternoon and evening was spent at the Hotel. The following day (NYE) we set off for Horning (after Terry and Col got the other one of Terry's engine going) and passed John and Mary-Jane (heading for Wroxham) in the new Friday Girl (and very lovely she is too ). We planned to stop at Horning staithe to walk the dogs and then go onto the New Inn for the party but on arrival at Horning, the staithe was full so we moored outside Swan Inn with the intention of having a light lunch. Col phoned Rod (Flying Fortress) to let him know where we were and he and Shirley came down from the New Inn, with Treacle, to walk the dogs. Various menfolk (and Shirley), 3 golden retrievers, one Jack Russell and one black Lab set off for a long walk. On their return we all went into the Swan for our snack before the big party, only to find that they had no chips (Ohmigod, no chips ) and as 6 bowls of chips was the intended snack this was NO GOOD. Now the time was 13:30 NYE so a quick call was made to the New Inn and â€œyesâ€ they were serving until 14:30. So we sent the boys (Jay and Connor) by road to the New Inn, whilst we all jumped onto the boats for a quick dash up the river. Once we arrived at the New Inn (moored next to Rod and Shirley) and sorted out the leckie, we finally managed to order our food and settle in for a drink. Oh the relief! Now we had bought and paid for 10 tickets but unfortunately two of our party couldnâ€™t make it, so we handed back the two tickets to the pub (thinking they would pass them on, as there was a waiting list, but they decided that, this late in the day, they wouldnâ€™t bother). Whilst we were sat there (outstaying our welcome as usual ) Roy and Diane (Boaters) turned up (they had spotted HJII from the road) and popped into say hello. It turned out that they were at loose end (their NYE celebration having been cancelled) so with a quick bit of negotiating, our spare tickets were returned/recovered and Roy and Diane joined our party . And what a great Party it was! A really good evening (I think) was had by all. (Col will be posting piccies soon). On Friday (New Years Day) we set off for Ranworth (Hoping not for a repeat of last year) and settled in on the staithe and this turned into a mini reunion with Tobi (from Salhouse Broad), Bob and Sandy (Happy Days), Griff and Co (Broads Ambition) and Rod and shirley (and various dogs, Buddy, Hobbit, Treacle, Macie and Honey) all mooring at the staithe. An evening spent in the Maltsters (Rod was fire monitor ) with very pleasant company made for a great last night, for a very enjoyable boating break (one of our best yet). Woke up this morning to find the broad HAD frozen over again (but not nearly as bad as last year) and enjoyed a morning with our friends before heading home. Lou xx Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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