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We think our new crew member is going to take to boating life.  He was a nervous wreck when we started the engine but very quickly settled down once it was running. We started it again a few times throughout the day and he was fine. We decided to stay in the marina and just get him used to getting on and off the boat, the general sights and sounds and moving around on board.  He wasn't  fussed about the geese thank goodness. We will probably go up next weekend and stay.  He’s a tired boy now we are home.  It’s been a busy day.
 

Meet Desmond, our two year old whippet 

 

 

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Oh Sam you brought back such happy memories to us of my daughter's cocker spaniel, now sadly departed. We were baby sitting Bertie and took him to the boat with us on our first trip of the new season. We were on board for a couple of days before we got round to starting the engine. 12 week old Bertie who had been snoozing on the cockpit floor beneath which was the engine leapt in the air and didn't touch the ground till he hit the saloon floor! He crept back up after a few minutes and from the safety of the stairs, gingerly felt the cockpit  floor with a very tentative paw, decided all was in order and came up and promptly went back to sleep .Your new  little man looks very laid back  I must say.  A new skipper in the making I think.

 

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He looks like a fully paid up member of the Ant Hill Mob! 

Ok, admitting that I'm old enough to remember them, along with Penelope Pitstop, Dick Dastardly and of course Mutley 

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If you do go to How Hill, remember to visit the Secret Gardens. They should be a riot of colour at this time of the year. Beautiful rhododendrons and azaleas. 

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8 minutes ago, YnysMon said:

If you do go to How Hill, remember to visit the Secret Gardens. They should be a riot of colour at this time of the year. Beautiful rhododendrons and azaleas. 

Will Desmond be allowed in the gardens?

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Graham and I took it in turns to go around the gardens (they aren’t that extensive) whilst the other waited around the entrance with Seren (our collie). She had a good run beforehand. The path down to the gardens runs through bluebell woods. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many bluebells clustered so thickly together.

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I remember the last time we visited with both beagles that dogs were made more than welcome as long as they were on a lead and owners cleaned up after them. There were even water bowls placed at intervals. I scraped my knees and cricked my neck getting down to them so I assumed they were intended for the dogs! :facepalm:

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Friday 30th April to 2nd May 2021

This weekend was a trial run for Desmond to prepare for our week on the boat in May. He settled really quickly and sleeping arrangements were finally sorted when he gave up trying to get in my sleeping bag and decided his cave bed was ok after all.  

The plan for Saturday was to go early to Acle but the weather was all over the place with the heavy showers.  Mid morning  the sun cane out and we decided to go to Barton Broad then moor up at Paddy’s Lane.  We put a plan in place that Desmond would always be locked in the saloon when we were either leaving a mooring or mooring up. This worked well.  I took him for a lovely walk were he peed on every mole hill he could find. He finds the geese fascinating but once they hissed, he lost interest.  We were tempted to stay there for the night but the cold temps forecast made us decide we would go back to the marina.   We left this morning as we felt we had achieved a lot and didnt fancy being onboard with the rubbish weather due soon and too much to do at home. Just a few pics from a very successful weekend.  There will be a proper log when we are away for a week and promise they wont be all of Desmond! 

 

 

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44 minutes ago, SwanR said:
44 minutes ago, SwanR said:

So glad to hear that it’s all going well. You must be really looking forward to that week aboard later in the month. 👍

Definitely and hopefully it will be warmer at night.  The plummeting temperatures each night recently,  does make us prefer to be hooked up to electric. We arent really fair weather boaters but just hate being cold. 

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