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Luna’s Log

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Selsie and I had the great honour of being invited to the Beccles Wooden Boat Show despite being plastic, but we had a task to do as photographer boat.  Having only bought Luna in November and working on her most weekends, we had only been to Salhouse for the spring meet and Ranworth a couple of times so this to us was a massive adventure, and I will admit I was nervous but having completed the week, it was the best thing we could have done and now full of confidence. Thank you Janet Anne for always being so positive about our abilities!  (Im not sure the photos will load in order as i struggle with the ipad) 

7th August 2019

Departed Horning at 11.30 and arrived at Stracey Arms at 2.15. Perfect side on mooring which of course as we were first to arrive, no one could marvel at the skill.  We met up with quite a few other boats going to the show and had had lovely evening getting to know everyone and catching up with old friends.

We all waited in anticipation for the newlyweds to arrive. Royal Tudor and Finale duly arrived with the romantic sunset behind them.  We then retired for the night to prepare for a 10.00 am start in the morning.

 

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Come on girl, you can't stop there!

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3 hours ago, Lulu said:

We all waited in anticipation for the newlyweds to arrive. Royal Tudor and Finale duly arrived with the romantic sunset behind them.  We then retired for the night to prepare for a 10.00 am start in the morning.

 

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If there was a wedding where was the cake 🎂

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8th August 

Around 12 (unsure of the exact number as I think others joined us as we got going) of us set off in convoy at 10.00am.  We decided to tuck in near the back behind Chameleon.  Now I know a lot of people say the lower Bure to Yarmouth is a bit of a drudge but I have to say I really liked this part of the river. I sat high up on my ‘perch’ and could see over the reeds and thought it a stunning part of the river. 

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We headed over Breydon. This was Selsie’s first time. It was glorious weather and this is the moment we both realised all the work we had done for months was worth it. 

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Somewhere on the Waveney we spotted a little woodie with someone very familiar at the helm, Its Grendel! 

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part 2 of this day to follow.......

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33 minutes ago, brundallNavy said:

If there was a wedding where was the cake 🎂

Timbo and Gracie ate it all

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We arrived at Oulton Broad at 14.15.  It was a lovely afternoon watching the marina gradually fill up with all the stunning woodies. I was particularly pleased to see Emily B coming through the lock on what I believe was her maiden voyage having seen her a few times  when Selsie and I were helping at RT’s restoration, and then again when we assisted with Chloe Jayne.  Ive taken lots of Chloe Jayne because ‘ Selsie’s plank’ he fitted is in there somewhere along with some of my puttying so it was reassuring she was still floating :default_biggrin:

 

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Enjoying your write up and seeing your photos. Must have been great fun to be part of a group of that many boats cruising together. 

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1 hour ago, grendel said:

Timbo and Gracie ate it all

Thought Gracie only liked chocolate and wine:default_beerchug:

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6 minutes ago, Chelsea14Ian said:

Thought Gracie only liked chocolate and wine:default_beerchug:

Nope :default_smiley-angelic002:

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3 minutes ago, OldBerkshireBoy said:

Aren`t shoes in there somewhere?

Oh yes I forgot the shoes.Mind you dont think she drinks and drives,she dont want to spill any.Think I better hide now:default_hiding::default_smiley-char054:

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1 hour ago, SwanR said:

Enjoying your write up and seeing your photos. Must have been great fun to be part of a group of that many boats cruising together. 

Thank you Swan. It was fun but also quite stressful at times.  More on that tomorrow....

2 minutes ago, Chelsea14Ian said:

Lulu,great pics.Must go one year.

Thank you,  I definitely recommend attending this event. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming.

We had a lovely evening at Oulton Broad where we were ferried across to a stunning property by the water for a cheese and wine party. Kingfisher, Georgia and Chloe Jane were the ‘ferries’.  Kingfisher was another boat we had seen in the shed a few months ago being restored so yet again, fantastic to see another woodie back in the water. 

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47 minutes ago, Chelsea14Ian said:

Thought Gracie only liked chocolate and wine:default_beerchug:

I meant Timbos grandaughter Gracie

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Lovely photos, Very atmospheric skies and beautiful boats. Thanks for sharing.

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The confusion between the two Gracie’s made me smile. At work we currently have three Helens and two Jos on the same corridor and in the same team - confusion reigns supreme! We’ll have to start calling each other by surnames or something.

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Maybe we should adopt the old Welsh standby of adopting nicknames to get around the proliferation of Joneses with the same names.

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Gracie is collecting ducks rather than shoes. :)

Ive just spent ages on the next part and somehow managed to delete the whole lot argghhh! 

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9th August

We started the day with a stroll to the lock and was lucky enough to see a boat going through. Ive never seen the lock in action before.

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10th August

Show day!  Wow the gales and I think everyone was pleased they didnt have to move out of the marina. The marquees were held down with mud weights (which did a better job than ours on Luna at Oulton Broad....)

We had a lovely day looking at the woodies.  We were asked if we wanted to open our boat for visitors, which as we are plastic, (but oodles of wood on the inside ) I wasnt sure it was quite the thing to do but there was quite a bit of interest and we realised many people are fond of Skippers. 

After the show there was some very nice aromas coming from the boats as everyone started preparing food for the meal share party that evening. Selsie cooked curry and I produced a chocolate cake (RT and Finale’s wedding cake?) someone asked if i had cooked it myself. I was very tempted to say I’d cooked it on the boat with my fair hands but confessed it was from Mr Tesco. 

A lovely evening, great company, lovely food and a relief that the gales had finally died down.  We had a fairly early night as we wanted to be fully refreshed for our trip back north the following day. 

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11th August

At 10.00am we left Beccles to aim to get to Yarmouth for 3.15. It was still very blustery and overcast so we kept the canopy up.  We left in a massive convoy of ..... two, later to grow to four.  We pootled along and had to go slower and slower as the wind and tide were obviously going to get us to Breydon way too soon. We ended up mooring near Goodchilds at 1.15 for an hour.  It was nice to have a break and a bite to eat and a chat with the three others who had all got there too early.  

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Great photos and Luna looks fantastic!

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