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As some may know I am back on board and heading along the Norfolk and Suffolk waters currently.

Full blog to follow shortly, but for a quick easy starter to those knowledgeable forum pub experts....

Which pub???

Simples....

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Yep, Dukes Head. In the garden at the side of the pub furthest from the road. Lovely spot in summer :default_beerchug:

Chuffed to see the great man afloat again  and look forward to more piccies and pubs!! :default_biggrin:

Not sure about the San Miguel though....:default_norty:

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2 hours ago, NorfolkNog said:

Not sure about the San Miguel though....:default_norty:

My thoughts exactly Howard. Especially when there is normally such a good choice of "proper" beer in there.

I did wonder why the jokes thread had gone so good, err sorry quiet :default_norty: Now I know.

Summers coming back again. Enjoy the time afloat, and even more the time ashore in beer gardens. :default_beerchug: 

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6 hours ago, EastCoastIPA said:

My thoughts exactly Howard. Especially when there is normally such a good choice of "proper" beer in there

Agreed! :default_beerchug:

I think there is a degree of wind up from our  gallant, fire fighting super hero. :default_norty:

Looking forward to more

Yes, jokes thread bit quiet, good job Pops is back! 

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11 hours ago, Regulo said:

Is it the Dukes Head, Somerleyton?

 

10 hours ago, NorfolkNog said:

Yep, Dukes Head. In the garden at the side of the pub furthest from the road. Lovely spot in summer :default_beerchug:

It certainly is guys well done :default_biggrin:

10 hours ago, NorfolkNog said:

Chuffed to see the great man afloat again and look forward to more piccies and pubs!! :default_biggrin:

Thanks Mr Nog, you are too kind :default_smile:

10 hours ago, NorfolkNog said:

Not sure about the San Miguel though....:default_norty:

 

8 hours ago, EastCoastIPA said:

My thoughts exactly Howard. Especially when there is normally such a good choice of "proper" beer in there.

 

1 hour ago, NorfolkNog said:

I think there is a degree of wind up from our  gallant, fire fighting super hero. :default_norty:

:default_rofl:

Thanks guys

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Tuesday 31st July

Two weeks that should have begun on Saturday, was unfortunately delayed due to lack of staffing at work, leading me to lose my leave and have to impatiently wait until Tuesday morning to be able to begin to travel to Norfolk.

So finishing at 8 a.m. it was time to head home to collect the car which was sat bursting at the welds loading up the last few bits and eventually getting to set off to Brundall at around 1020.

The simple fact that the exhaust had decided now was the right time for it to snap on its bracket as I began to pull out of the workyard (something goes wrong with the car ever single time i head to the boat) wasn't going to put me off.

A quick temporary repair with a couple of jubilee clips and some cable wires was sorted and in the now warming sunshine it was time to set off.

The journey was slow and uneventful, the later departure meaning the traffic was busy but we arrived at 1330 to beautiful Norfolk sunshine.

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After unloading the car, talking to our neighbours for a short while and then unpacking our things we finally was able to set off at 1445 heading down the Yare river towards Reedham with a pint of Ghost Ship at hand.

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There was a number of boats, both motor and those weird flappy things, along the river as expected in July and August and the mooring were all very busy, spaces at Cantley and a single space at the Reedham Ferry.

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Speaking of the ferry when we were approaching the chain ferry which had just docked, there was a hire boat heading towards us, despite travelling with the tide I held station as they slowly fought the water and crossed over the chains just as the ferry raised it's ramp and prepared for departure.

A cheery wave and thanks from the hire boat was returned whilst I looked for a signal from the ferry attendant, nothing was shown, did I hold my position and wait to see if he started his crossing? Did I decide to head across the chains, risking the embarrassment and potential boat damage we have seen recently, surely two boats in one week taking on the ferry and it's chains couldn't happen could it?

Could it??? 

No. Not yet anyway :default_biggrin:

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I set off, and crossed with no issue and looking back the ferry began his journey across river shortly after. The pub looked nice and had one spot left but I hadn't been moving long enough to be really tempted so continued on through Reedham, which did tempt me to stop as there was one space left for me.

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Travelling with a strong tide however I needed to travel through the bridge (loads of room) turn around and return back, as I prepared to do so a lucky Richardson's boat coming in the correct direction already stole my intended mooring and so I continued on down the New Cut instead.

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With the sun being out and enjoying being back on the water the cut didn't seem as long or mundane as usual, passing a few boats along the way and enjoying another pint too. When I reached the River Waveney we took a right turn and fought the tide towards Beccles.

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As I passed the Herringfleet moorings, spaces we available between the 3 boats already there but I continued on planning on returning if Somerleyton staithe was full.

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Whilst it was fairly busy at Somerleyton there were numerous moorings left and so I moored up and tied off at around 1735 

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Before I headed off up the lane

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to the Dukes Head for a well earned (in my opinion anyway) pint or four.

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As the sun set I headed back to the boat for a quick easy pizza and then headed off to bed for a much needed early night after a wonderful day back on the broads.

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25 minutes ago, Jayfire said:

After unloading the car, talking to our neighbours for a short while and then unpacking our things we finally was able to set off at 1445 heading down the Yare river towards Reedham with a pint of Ghost Ship at hand.

I knew you were only joking, you do drink proper beer as well :default_beerchug:

Looks like you should have good weather for the rest of the trip. Enjoy. :default_beerchug:

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6 minutes ago, Broads01 said:

Great photos indeed Jay, looking forward to the rest of your tale. Are you going to go north this time? 

I certainly am.

Maybe after Saturday as I have some guests joining us on Friday till Sunday 

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9 minutes ago, NorfolkNog said:

Ya, boo slip out for a few minutes and get gazumped :default_biggrin:

Never Mr Nog I'm working on another one for you already

9 minutes ago, NorfolkNog said:

Yep Kings Head, Ok but not quite up to the Caxton Club!!! :default_beerchug:

I'm only allowed in certain establishments, Mrs Nog told me so :default_sad:

9 minutes ago, NorfolkNog said:

Looks a bit red JF! 

You should see some of the women around here. The sun has turned them into a bright red beacon, not that I am paying them any attention my @Gracie

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2 minutes ago, NorfolkNog said:

Much to my shame I'm struggling here JF 

Thought for a minute it might be the back yard of the Bear and Bells but it doesn't look right. 

Might have to consult Mrs Nog :default_norty: 

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Come on guys, seriously a pink building that serves beer???

Is Mrs Nog not helping you sir??? :default_biggrin:

Oh I am so proud I have the great Mr Nog stumped on a pub. For the second time today I am pulling this one out :default_trophy:

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