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A Spring Tale

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Loddon Swan:default_party0001: In fact me and Mrs N usually sit at that table  :default_beerchug:

Stuck with the other one though. Can only think of a couple of pubs with a double sided stove and its neither of them

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10 minutes ago, NorfolkNog said:

Loddon Swan:default_party0001: In fact me and Mrs N usually sit at that table 

Well done Sir, it certainly is the Swan at Loddon :default_trophy:Sorry LL

10 minutes ago, NorfolkNog said:

Stuck with the other one though. Can only think of a couple of pubs with a double sided stove and its neither of them

Well its definitely south side and closer to Brundall way... :default_smiley-angelic002:

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6 minutes ago, Jayfire said:

Well its definitely south side and closer to Brundall way

the only pub I've not been in for ages is the Beauchamp as its been closed whenever I've passed but it doesn't look right anyway. Looks very old brickwork with a archway type fireplace and a barrel to rest your beer on. Assume its not one away from the river? It had better not be 'that pub' as I certainly wont be darkening Basil Fawltys door again!

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12 minutes ago, NorfolkNog said:

the only pub I've not been in for ages is the Beauchamp as its been closed whenever I've passed but it doesn't look right anyway. Looks very old brickwork with a archway type fireplace and a barrel to rest your beer on. Assume its not one away from the river? It had better not be 'that pub' as I certainly wont be darkening Basil Fawltys door again!

Nah my friend, it was simply Coldham Hall :default_biggrin:

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13 hours ago, Jayfire said:

Can ya tell where I am yet??? :default_biggrin:

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Is it on the main river side/local town or one of your hike for miles find that non of us know about lol, I do feel like I know it though like you LL.

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20 minutes ago, hazelgirl said:

Is it on the main river side/local town or one of your hike for miles find that non of us know about lol, I do feel like I know it though like you LL.

Do keep up Lyindzsey Mr Nog got it hours ago :default_biggrin:

10 hours ago, NorfolkNog said:

Loddon Swan:default_party0001:

 

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Hahahaha I know I didn't realise I wasn't at the end of the tale, too early, too busy, but but but......................amazing news is, we've finally booked a boat for a week in September whoop whoop.

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1 hour ago, Jayfire said:

Do keep up Lyindzsey Mr Nog got it hours ago :default_biggrin:

 

And don't think that I am not noticing what you are doing here Mr Fire lol do you know people are doing this in the quiz now on a Friday hahahaha started something haven't you :default_tongue:

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11 minutes ago, hazelgirl said:

Hahahaha I know I didn't realise I wasn't at the end of the tale, too early, too busy, but but but......................amazing news is, we've finally booked a boat for a week in September whoop whoop.

Ooh wonderful. Which boat are you on? After this week I've unfortunately got to wait 3 weeks until I'm back again :default_sad:

12 minutes ago, hazelgirl said:

And don't think that I am not noticing what you are doing here Mr Fire lol do you know people are doing this in the quiz now on a Friday hahahaha started something haven't you :default_tongue:

I lead others follow Lyindsaey, what can I say :default_smiley-angelic002:

One thing I'm sure they dont say in the quiz very often is "well done Liyynndseay, you are correct" :default_rofl:

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11 minutes ago, Jayfire said:

Ooh wonderful. Which boat are you on? After this week I've unfortunately got to wait 3 weeks until I'm back again :default_sad:

We have San Marino from Richardsons and hopefully going to meet up with a lot of old friends that week, dragging the mother along too which is always a pleasure hahaha.

A whole 3 weeks eh how will you cope lol

 

11 minutes ago, Jayfire said:

I lead others follow Lyindsaey, what can I say :default_smiley-angelic002:

One thing I'm sure they dont say in the quiz very often is "well done Liyynndseay, you are correct" :default_rofl:

Oh now that's just plain nasty :default_2gunsfiring_v1: :default_drinks:

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16 minutes ago, hazelgirl said:

We have San Marino from Richardsons 

Nice one :default_beerchug: reports forthcoming hopefully :default_biggrin: 

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8 minutes ago, NorfolkNog said:

Nice one :default_beerchug: reports forthcoming hopefully :default_biggrin: 

I will certainly try, I used to do holiday blogs years ago but kind of stopped, we will be afloat from Friday (yes friday) the 13th of September for a week.

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15 minutes ago, Jayfire said:

Even on a cloudy grey day, The Chet is such a lovely, peaceful river to cruise

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Yeah we love to slowly meander down there whenever we are on the South side :default_wub:

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Love the Chet. Haven’t been there for years. Maybe we will have to look at the boats hiring on the south side next year. 

We’re making our way up the Ant this morning and it’s a bit chilly and breezy. 

Three weeks until you’re back? Must be a lovely feeling. We should get the caravan open next week. :)

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1 hour ago, SwanR said:

Love the Chet. Haven’t been there for years. Maybe we will have to look at the boats hiring on the south side next year. 

We’re making our way up the Ant this morning and it’s a bit chilly and breezy. 

Three weeks until you’re back? Must be a lovely feeling. We should get the caravan open next week. :)

Sorry Mrs SR busy moving at the mo but the South side is lovely, just keep it quiet we dont want everyone coming down here :default_biggrin:

It is chilly and breezy, I'm even thinking of putting the roof back up for a while. Have a great and safe journey, it must be Wayford or Dilham for you today is it? :default_biggrin:

Cant wait until I'm back in April. And then May. 

Take Care Jean :default_icon_wave:

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Sorry mate you took me by surprise there, I saw the NBN Pennant but didn't realise who it was sorry.

Hope you're enjoying yourself too :default_icon_wave:

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15 minutes ago, Jayfire said:

Sorry mate you took me by surprise there, I saw the NBN Pennant but didn't realise who it was sorry.

Hope you're enjoying yourself too :default_icon_wave:

Solo boat cleaning weekend,  so not much fun :default_winko:

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On 21/03/2019 at 21:28, NorfolkNog said:

the only pub I've not been in for ages is the Beauchamp as its been closed whenever I've passed but it doesn't look right anyway. Looks very old brickwork with a archway type fireplace and a barrel to rest your beer on. Assume its not one away from the river? It had better not be 'that pub' as I certainly wont be darkening Basil Fawltys door again!

We went there today. 12.30 ish for a pint and a snack, it was closed. Thank goodness  really, the place is a dire tip, if the outside is anything to go by. Other than the location I can see nothing whatsoever to recommend it. Undeniably uninviting. We carried on up tp the New Inn at Rockland, that is such a nice pub, they certainly know how to keep their beers, the Adnams Ghost Ship was nectar!

Is the Beauchamp the worst kept pub on the Broads? Quite possibly, in my humble opinion.

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Got to agree JM. Given the owner, it's probably not surprising. The ultimate aim could  be holiday lets and the oldest trick in the book to try to make out a pub is not viable is by running it down. 

I agree the New Inn is superb. 

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On 22/03/2019 at 09:43, hazelgirl said:

We have San Marino from Richardsons and hopefully going to meet up with a lot of old friends that week, dragging the mother along too which is always a pleasure hahaha.

A whole 3 weeks eh how will you cope lol

 

Oh now that's just plain nasty :default_2gunsfiring_v1: :default_drinks:

We have Ibiza from Richardsons 7 to 17 Sept

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On 30/03/2019 at 21:37, Seagypsy said:

We have Ibiza from Richardsons 7 to 17 Sept

Well we may just see you on the water then :1311_thumbsup_tone2:

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Saturday 25th May

Waking up at 0600 I set about making the preparations ready for departure. The classic game of car boot tetris as I tried to fit everything into the enclosed space.

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Once I had finally achieved the seemingly obvious it was time to head off upstairs to shower and get myself dressed ready to set off. 

Once scrubbed up to look and feel as good as this mug gets I headed off out to get in the car, only to find another collection of bags and belongings had accumulated in the hallway from the kids.

Further bursting the cars welds and suspension to their limits to ram them in we finally set off to the boat at 0815. The 150 mile journey usually takes around 2¾ to 3 hours, today however with the bank holiday weekend in full swing, a larger number of caravans were slowing down progress along with the usual tractors, lorries, horse drawn gypsy caravans and the like.

Fortunately however whilst slower, we weren't stuck stationary for any length of time and finally arrived at Brundall after 3½ hours. Only seemed one thing to do after all of that trauma, so we headed into The Yare for a quick bite to eat for the kids and a beer or two for myself.

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After the kids had fed their faces, a few glasses of wine enjoyed and I'd managed to savour a couple of pints of fine Kronenbourg we was off to unload the car and give it's well worked suspension a break for the next week.

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Once all the bags were thrown into the middle of the saloon (that's what unpacking is right?) And the essentials (beer, wine) were in the fridge chilling, we were ready to head off down the river Yare, after pouring another cold one to keep my whistle wet.

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I had a good idea where I wanted to end up that evening, and spent the next few hours convincing the kids that we didn't have to stop at Somerleyton on the first night, every time we were on the boat.

So at 1350 (ish) we set off and cruised along the river in a lovely afternoon sunshine, the odd bit of cloud not hiding the sun away for too long each time.

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As expected for the bank holiday weekend the rivers and moorings were busy as we passed along with people enjoying the water and weather.

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After an hour we had wound our way to Cantley, which was also busy, but as we were continuing on anyway it didn't matter at all

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Our continuing cruise took us past the chain ferry and through Reedham and down the Haddiscoe New Cut, where we turned right to head down the River Waveney.

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By 1630 we had reached Somerleyton and having won the discussion on where to stay, I continued through the open swing bridge and down the river

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By approximately 1715, I had reached the junction of Oulton Dyke and turned to head past the refurbished Dutch Tea Garden moorings and out onto Oulton Broad.

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By around 1745 I was all moored up outside The Wherry hotel, which were completely empty with my exception and remained to be all night. No mooring mishaps occurred which is always fortunate when you don't know who is watching you on the hotel webcam.

After a brief 45 minute relax and chill on and around the boat with the roof down..

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We set out to the Commodore pub to enjoy the early evening sunshine looking out over the water from the beer garden. If my memory serves me correct, I remember the Commodore moorings being in a bit if a state, however they seem to have been refurbished and look very good once more now though, or maybe my mind is playing tricks on me and they never were the mess I thought

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Anyway, later we moved back to sitting outside The Wherry hotel for a few more beers (or wine for those that prefer) being warmed by the outdoor heater and generally talking about nothing in particular, but enjoying the company we had.

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Later in the evening the kids enjoyed a takeaway (not the best it seems) back on the boat, before everyone had a fairly early night as they were tired, it must be exhausting watching me do all the loading/driving/helming/mooring/work :default_biggrin:

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I stayed up a little longer and took the dog for her final days walk, before I joined everyone else in the land of dreams, happy to be back on the boat enjoying the rivers.

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Awwww it looks like you've all had an idyllic first day afloat, keep the tale coming as we have all missed it, lifts my spirits as I sit at my desk facing the most miserable guy on the planet lol. 

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