Hockham Admiral Posted April 21, 2010 Share Posted April 21, 2010 Thursday, 15th April Planned to be away from home by 09.30 but make it by 09.15... good omen for the rest of the week? Alice, an 11 year old who adopted us as Grandparents two years ago, and Jim, our dog are coming too. Stop of for fuel en-route but arrive at Bells just before 10.00. It's 29 miles from home to boat. Load food and drinks, well alcoholic, actually, (the drinks) and make Friday Girl all ship-shape and ready to go. Alice very excited and happy to wear her life-jacket. Give her an extra Easter Egg we had and say â€œThat's your lot for today!â€. Slip our moorings at 10.15 (we don't hang around!) and set off against the flood for Oulton Broad. Very little traffic; all the pubs along the river to Reedham are deserted apart from the odd one or two hire-boats. Using revs for 5mph in still water we are making 4.3 mph GPS as we enter the New Cut and that then immediately goes up to 5.7mph so back a bit to stick to the 5mph limit... â€œBoat close asternâ€ from Mary-Jane and I look aft to see an old Broom cruiser, 'Nikerma', approaching rapidly. Move well over to starbd to let him pass and we are both surprised at the speed with which he does... 'Nikerma disappears ahead leaving a good wake and exits the cut long before we approach the canal boats/new road bridge. Not to worry as we then see what we believe to be a Marsh Harrier! With the flood now with us we make good time to Somerleyton where we find 'Nikerma' waiting for the bridge!!! Can't help but smile as we motor serenely by... At last approaching Oulton Yacht Station and again we see the big bow wave as the intrepid 'Nikerma' attempts to beat us to the moorings. Doesn't bother us as we have booked a stern-on mooring already. Stern to the pontoon takes two attempts as the NNE'ly is quite fresh and the gap's not much wider than we are! No-one to assist initially as Peter and Gerry are away in Lowestoft mending beach-huts... Waveney lost a couple of hire-boat customers who just couldn't cope with the wind and departed for pastures new! Moored up and electrics connected by 14.30 and it's tot-time! (Sorry, Barry). Well, glasses actually... cool wine for Mary-Jane, Juice for Alice, water for Jim and a large G & T for me! Later we walk up to the Red Herring to check our Saturday night booking is OK; well, that's my excuse... Nice tea which Mary-Jane pre-cooked at home, just the pasta to boil and the Bol Sauce to microwave up. After we'd all had enough Alice finishes the rest with gusto!! Mary-Jane and Alice settle down in front of the TV and Jim and I head off to the Lady of the Lake for further liquid refreshments........ (More to follow plus the pics.) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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