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An Autumnal Tale

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57 minutes ago, Jayfire said:

Hi LL, I most certainly am moored beside you in Wroxham, or should I say was as I am about to leave now (hope I don't wake you) at 0540, heading back down South 

I noticed Evening Shadow as I came in, if I had known it was you on board I would most certainly come and said hi when I arrived.

I got back in from the pub last night and after sorting the kids I thought it was a little late to come knocking so I do apologise and i didn't think you'd appreciate a 0530 wake up call.

Hope to bump into you again soon though (not literally), we still need to give you that Southern drinker lesson don't we :default_biggrin:

Have a great time for the remains of your holiday mate :default_smile:

Cheers mate, yes it was an early night I'd been out in Norwich all day with my sisters young family enoying the Haloween festivities! (And a few pints with a another forum Rascal while they went shopping). I dare say our paths will cross again soon! And yes we've got to see if you northerners can drink lager like a southern softie.:default_rolleyes:

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6 minutes ago, Londonlad1985 said:

if you northerners can drink lager

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Morning Jay ... when you next get online as you're already underway! Dark and wet here but I love those early mornings on the rivers. I've already told hubby that if I'm brave enough when we're out next year, he may just find I've got up and undone the ropes (which I never do) and left before he's up!! Not likely to happen as he'll wake up once I'm up but you never know ... except of course I'll have to wait for daylight on a hire boat!

Have a great day wherever it leads you. :)

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8 minutes ago, SwanR said:

Morning Jay ... when you next get online as you're already underway! Dark and wet here but I love those early mornings on the rivers. I've already told hubby that if I'm brave enough when we're out next year, he may just find I've got up and undone the ropes (which I never do) and left before he's up!! Not likely to happen as he'll wake up once I'm up but you never know ... except of course I'll have to wait for daylight on a hire boat!

Have a great day wherever it leads you. :)

Good morning Mrs SwanR 

Its wet and grey here too today but the rest of my stay is forecast for good weather as far as I have seen, but whatever comes, comes

The mornings are lovely on the rivers, pitch black when I set off (did LL sound grumpy? If so maybe I woke him :default_sad: ) the light has come now as I pass Horning

You get them ropes off and head off first thing, you can't waste a broads holiday in bed all day. Well not sleeping anyway :default_wink:

Thanks SwanR, you have a great day too 

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14 minutes ago, Jayfire said:

The mornings are lovely on the rivers, pitch black when I set off (did LL sound grumpy? If so maybe I woke him :default_sad: )

I think i woke up Grace too, she's very grumpy this morning  :default_icon_kiss:

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Better English innit

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14 minutes ago, Jayfire said:

, you can't waste a broads holiday in bed all day. 

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3 hours ago, Jayfire said:

I think i woke up Grace too, she's very grumpy this morning  :default_icon_kiss:

Well what do you expect starting the ruddy engine at silly 0 clock :facepalm:

Grace :default_icon_kiss:

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3 hours ago, Jayfire said:

did LL sound grumpy? If so maybe I woke him :default_sad: )

Haha nope you didn't! I and I'm never grumpy when I'm afloat! I was awake listening to the rain. I did hear the whine of a bow thruster but it was nothing compared to the vans over the bridge! :default_badday:I hope you had a safe journey back south and enjoy your 2nd week!! :default_icon_mrgreen:

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Cheers LL, yes I did commit the cardinal sin of the thruster just this once, mainly because i couldnt ruddy see a thing to clear the mooring at that time of the morning :default_biggrin:

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16 minutes ago, Londonlad1985 said:

Use them! That's what they are there for! :default_biggrin:

You should be feeling the burn as a thousand salty sea dogs stare fiercely in your direction.

The shame :default_biggrin:

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Wednesday 31st October

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It was a beautiful morning in Potter Heigham, up early and after walking the dog I enjoyed several coffees as I sat watching the boats pass by and the sun over the fields.20181031_064236.thumb.jpg.a583902ae437f85156548d3738862078.jpg20181031_064257.thumb.jpg.9c2f3426749e6257e1d2d1533df8b9ff.jpg20181031_064309.thumb.jpg.ac928358e00e2346d943cb86593b3d82.jpg

I gave the exterior of the boat a little attention, whilst I waited for the kids to rise and shower. 20181031_075350.thumb.jpg.359fe6fb9b96c3b97bb8cecfc559806a.jpg

And then we set off, once again at a delayed time of 1030ish.20181031_080953.thumb.jpg.f2d194ca61bcd26820da710ad1877476.jpg20181031_103103.thumb.jpg.73ceafc7fec97e120591267301812acb.jpg20181031_103618.thumb.jpg.74498a29f80f5f3eba2c206b3e8b12b0.jpg20181031_103657.thumb.jpg.dd37a797976dc080938320e45ff45e65.jpg

Slowly winding down the Thurne, the sun had given everyone a refreshed mood and waves were aplenty from passing boats, Thurne Dyke was empty and I'm so tempted to head back up after Saturday to stop for a shandy in the Lion, so many options, so little time.20181031_104529.thumb.jpg.abc7159989065d530f22c87425532716.jpg20181031_105241.thumb.jpg.79824305ae0af4817fab08a891dd2b37.jpg20181031_110805.thumb.jpg.698f1b9b0e0e85e4f00410bc7b900aeb.jpg

Back out on the Bure the rivers were fairly quiet, mooring spaces available in the popular spots I passed, although I did end up being caught in a swarm of boats at on point, they were all in far more of a hurry than I was and most ended up taking the turn off for Ranworth as we reached it.20181031_112709.thumb.jpg.e15bc2a6fed4bd1a0f794ed034ee3794.jpg20181031_113719.thumb.jpg.e893cff9fa47c2876bed3f644d76f46f.jpg20181031_114325.thumb.jpg.0f510f85407725a7ff8472782a83588d.jpg20181031_114446.thumb.jpg.295876f3c95870a345bdf61231f8d443.jpg20181031_114523.thumb.jpg.da1bc42824728c843bfc05f79ae3cade.jpg20181031_114807.thumb.jpg.b25f0f6213df0ce320f8a1708de82b11.jpg20181031_115932.thumb.jpg.ccca65116aabc993d6a1de7f695b4401.jpg20181031_120240.thumb.jpg.09ad64c714b3b316b815fcc194fc62ab.jpg

I continued on and arrived in Horning to find the Ferry Inn (oops sorry its rebranded isn't it, TFI Horning) had lots of free spaces and after the hours and hours of cruising I reckoned I deserved a fine dinnertime drop of Stella/Kronenbourg/Export etc.

We sat and had a few beers (well not the kids obviously, I may be many things but not someone who plies his children with alcohol, I'd never waste the stuff like that) as the kids pulled out exploding ruddy kittens again and so we played for a while, before they had pestered me enough to convince me to let them but the mobile app of the game for when I can't play it with them.20181031_131145.thumb.jpg.a80cc47ed5e530487ed40f2631b9113f.jpg20181031_145211.thumb.jpg.4a2270fb4107e1f680ee82f80b564e39.jpg

Anyway beers drunk, a warm sunshine glow in my head and the sun on it's way down in the sky, we had a slow trundle up to Wroxham. 20181031_150858.thumb.jpg.35c0e3e82509214f384ec9529739dfe5.jpg20181031_151153.thumb.jpg.fa0b8900447742176d0f5cec385a6774.jpg20181031_151631.thumb.jpg.27dee99ae522b94d46be2ba72e724798.jpg

(My boat below, it's got my name on it twice just to confirm it (unedited picture this time Grace, sorry) I do love the balcony behind the boat too, what a time you can have up there as the boats pass by beside you)

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I hoped to moor at the Hotel moorings but unfortunately they were full, and so nipped into Faircrafts boatyard. The fine fellows there kindly waited until I had finished mooring in the most awkward spot available, and avoiding the man fishing from his boat at the side of me to then tell me they did not allow private boats to moor in there yard.

A fake look of surprise on my face like I didn't already know that, and I apologised and headed back out of the yard, with the kids giggling in the background. The bridge pilot mooring was available though and so I backed up towards the bridge to position myself with my bow heading back towards Horning ready for departure.

Meerkats appeared in the windows of the bars and shops as I presume everyone thought I was going to attempt to travel through the bridge backwards, now what sort of person would do that?????

I moored up, completely disappointing the public of witnessing the destruction they had built themselves up for in the process, beside Moonlight Shadow's sister Evening Shadow, helmed (unbeknown to me at the time) by our own Londonlad198520181031_171431.thumb.jpg.b666708c425a167af3e0bbb2229db1c2.jpg

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I took out the dog once more and yes, well done Roy's, Halloween my eye, Christmas is coming :default_xmas2:20181031_170645.thumb.jpg.b9dec9ca25087901c118e00fe2b91da6.jpg

 I then hit the bars for another few beers. 

The kids brought ruddy exploding kittens along.

We returned to the boat and went to bed, after setting my alarm for 5 o'clock in the morning. 20181031_180823.thumb.jpg.93b2db2d25676e4d148fcdd0e2a35369.jpg20181031_180900.thumb.jpg.ac7b7d58c8b9a0123f1585345d7bc82b.jpg

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Jay, in that first shot, I dont believe you are so ugly you have to hide under a sheet!

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5 minutes ago, grendel said:

Jay, in that first shot, I dont believe you are so ugly you have to hide under a sheet!

I wondered who would be the one to say it :default_biggrin:

Many people would disagree G, in fact some insist I wear the sheet before stepping out

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19 minutes ago, grendel said:

Jay, in that first shot, I dont believe you are so ugly you have to hide under a sheet!

Trust me he's not ugly :default_icon_luvlove:

Grace

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7 minutes ago, Gracie said:

Trust me he's not ugly :default_icon_luvlove:

Thank you gorgeous.

Erm...The eye test didn't go too well did it?

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Intrigued, I've just looked on Google play to see exactly what "Exploding Kittens" actually is. 

I'm tempted to get it on my tablet...looks like fun :default_norty:

BTW, only 7 weeks to Christmas :594c04f570582_default_happyparty::55c8f94983015_default_happyparty:

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7 minutes ago, Delilah said:

Intrigued, I've just looked on Google play to see exactly what "Exploding Kittens" actually is. 

I'm tempted to get it on my tablet...looks like fun :default_norty:

BTW, only 7 weeks to Christmas :594c04f570582_default_happyparty::55c8f94983015_default_happyparty:

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Mr Nog, Mrs Nog is hinting mate

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Waters Edge!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Only joking, currently conferring with Mrs Nog................

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Well done JF - some tough cookies there

however............me and Mrs Nog have put our collective thinking caps on.....

 

 

 

 

 

 

and

 

 

 

 

 

No1

 

 

 

 

 

is the Lady of the Lake (or the BITD) :default_beerchug:

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8 minutes ago, NorfolkNog said:

Well done JF - some tough cookies there

however............me and Mrs Nog have put our collective thinking caps on.....

 

 

 

 

 

 

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No1

 

 

 

 

 

is the Lady of the Lake (or the BITD) :default_beerchug:

Well done Nogs, I thought you was struggling there :default_biggrin:

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