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Passed you on the Bure yesterday morn, on Evening Shadow, north of Salhouse. Exchanged a wave with Selsie. Boat is looking fab! 👍

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41 minutes ago, Londonlad1985 said:

Passed you on the Bure yesterday morn, on Evening Shadow, north of Salhouse. Exchanged a wave with Selsie. Boat is looking fab! 👍

Thank you!   I remember seeing Evening Shadow but wasnt sure who was on board.  I need new glasses lol

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1 hour ago, Londonlad1985 said:

Passed you on the Bure yesterday morn, on Evening Shadow, north of Salhouse. Exchanged a wave with Selsie. Boat is looking fab! 👍

Did we see you all sitting in the salloon of ES on Sunday at Potter Heigham ?. About 6pm ISH.

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8 hours ago, SPEEDTRIPLE said:

Did we see you all sitting in the salloon of ES on Sunday at Potter Heigham ?. About 6pm ISH.

You did indeed, we'd had a bit of excitement as the landlord of the Norada had been for an involuntary swim on the opposite bank. He was helped out but some chaps rigging a dinghy nearby. 

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9 hours ago, Londonlad1985 said:

You did indeed, we'd had a bit of excitement as the landlord of the Norada had been for an involuntary swim on the opposite bank. He was helped out but some chaps rigging a dinghy nearby. 

Had we have known it was you, we would have come and said hello. 

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On 21/09/2019 at 16:45, SPEEDTRIPLE said:

Had we have known it was you, we would have come and said hello. 

I think we saw you actually. Were walking along the B.A. moorings. Also is your facebook profile pic a wanted poster? (I was walking with Robin and a Mate from London)

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1 hour ago, Londonlad1985 said:

I think we saw you actually. Were walking along the B.A. moorings. Also is your facebook profile pic a wanted poster? (I was walking with Robin and a Mate from London)

Yes it is 😂. Yes, I saw Robin and someone behind carrying a load of bread rolls. There were 4 of you. Karen and I walked past you. We also saw Brooklyn Bridge on the rivers, though not sure if it was 1 or 2, or even both of them. 

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So this holiday was all about electric posts. Luna doesn’t  have any heating other than some excellent ceramic heaters we got off Amazon which obviously need shore power.   It has been very interesting reading Broads01 account of his November break being out at the same time as us. This was a holiday of lots of firsts for us and we have learned a huge amount with all the different weather that was thrown at us.
 

Saturday 9th Nov 


A short day. We left Horning with sunshine and blue sky at 12.30 and headed straight for Ranworth Staithe for the night. First tick. We havent moored their before.. We hooked up to the electric and met up with Cambridge Cabby. Thank you for the stickers!

I completely fell in love a little fluffy hound.

We went to the Maltsters in the evening (another first) and had a lovely meal of fish and chips before gingerly making our way back to the boat (note to self, take a torch next time as it was pitch black finding our way back). 

 

 

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The dodgy area was at the end of the dyke where the shop is and Selsie worrying i was just going to walk straight  into the dyke! 

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Such a shame that we were leaving Ranworth just as you were arriving. It would have been nice to meet you all. As we are so close to you in the marina, no doubt we will see you sometime. 

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Sunday 10th Nov

We woke up to a bit of ice covering the boat. The ceramic heaters set low over night worked really well as well as my fleecy jim jams from Roys. An absolute essential in my suitcase from now on.  We had double duvets and fleece blankets and not once during the holiday was I cold at night.  
 

We left Ranworth at 10.15 and made our way to The Ant.  We havent taken Luna through Ludham bridge before so we weren’t  certain how much height we would have. We had plenty so its nice to know we dont have to worry about lowering the canopy, just the mast.  As we made our way up the Ant, we cruised alongside an otter for a while. He was to be the only moving traffic we met from the bottom to the top of the Ant.  We had  hoped to aim for Irstead but a boat was moored there. Next electric post to aim for was Sutton Staithe.  We could see as we approached, the Staithe was full so we turned around, hoping by now Irstead would be free.  We literally missed it by nano second with a boat just crossing to moor up.  We knew we couldnt go back to Ranworth because of the 24hr rule so had no choice but to go back to our marina in Horning as time was ticking on. On the way back we passed Cerise Lady.  We arrived at our marina 3.30 and decided on a meal at TFI.  
 

 

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Lovely photos. Enjoying your write up. We were fortunate to get onto a mooring at Irstead in March as there were so few boats out, that was one place that I wanted to tick off my list.

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5 hours ago, Gunnerboy said:

Such a shame that we were leaving Ranworth just as you were arriving. It would have been nice to meet you all. As we are so close to you in the marina, no doubt we will see you sometime. 

Hopefully we will meet you soon. Your boat was tucked up safely as we left this morning :) 

10 minutes ago, SwanR said:

Lovely photos. Enjoying your write up. We were fortunate to get onto a mooring at Irstead in March as there were so few boats out, that was one place that I wanted to tick off my list.

Thank you. Our list is long having not done much cruising on the northern broads so far so it was good to start ticking things off our list this holiday :)

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7 hours ago, Lulu said:

It has been very interesting reading Broads01 account of his November break being out at the same time as us.

Thanks, glad you found it useful. It's good to read your tale also. Having not had the benefit of being able to plug in to electric myself I can understand your need to do so. It's interesting though, despite how quiet it was for you, you had to cruise further than you intended to find even a single post available. I'm guessing during the main season, on the Ant at least, you'd have no hope. 

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As regards electric posts on the Ant there are now posts at Neatishead which are good sheltered moorings and The White Horse close by.

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Monday 11th Nov

We left the marina at 10.00 in the rain. Selsie rigged up our little 12v fan to de mist the screen. It worked pretty well.  We went up to Womack where the colour of the trees were stunning then back past an empty Thurne Dyke (we so wished there was electric there) and a little pootle around South Walsham. We cruised through wind, rain and sun before mooring up at an empty Horning Staithe at about 2.15. Although only a few minutes from the marina it was nice to have a pretty view and as it had electric we decided to stay for the rest of the day.  


 


 

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Might be worth having a word with Rick at the Lion about electric posts. I suspect he will always be interested in improving the moorings and folks experience here.

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Tuesday 12th Nov


We left Horning Staithe at 8.45 in nice weather with another mission to try and moor at Irstead.  Again,  there was a boat already moored up but their engine was running so we thought as before we would try for Sutton Staithe and if that was full we may have a chance at Irstead. We were beginning to get a bit obsessed!
 

 As we started crossing Barton Broad the wind was really starting to pick up. We made our way up to Sutton in the gloom and then a bright blue flash flew in front of us. A kingfisher!  Ive never seen one before so yet another first.  He perched on a branch as I scrabbled around for my phone to take a photo but was too late as he flew off.  As we approached Sutton the wind was getting really quite strong. I was pretty certain the staithe was full again and we didnt want to risk a tricky about turn at the end with the strong gusts  so decided to turn in the wide part of the river.  We made our way back across Barton when the downpour suddenly started and the wind increased even more. Luna usually hardly rocks about as shes such a lump but wow were we rolling about.  The broad was really choppy and the steering needed constant input as we were being blown across as we made the turn back towards Irstead. We prepped in the vague hope Irstead was free. We rounded the corner......yes!!!  We moored up in torrential rain and wind at about midday. Got drenched and once settled, of course the wind and rain stopped.  Bonus, 40p had been left on the meter.  Obviously this is where we stayed for the rest of the day.  Another tick :)

 

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Glad you managed to finally moor at Irstead. It’s such a lovely mooring.

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3 minutes ago, YnysMon said:

Glad you managed to finally moor at Irstead. It’s such a lovely mooring.

We know the only chance of getting on there is out of season.  Very peaceful and a special place :)

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Wednesday 13th November

Woke up to a beautiful sunrise and now we had Irstead ticked off our list, Potter was the next aim.  We looked on the webcam and could see there only seemed to be Thunder there so we left at 9.00.  We had a lovely cruise down the Ant in the sunshine, passed an empty How Hill and Ludham Bridge moorings and also an empty St Benets.  As we approached Potter we passed Thunder leaving.  We had looked at the weather forecast and saw that bad weather was coming in overnight and would be really windy in the morning.  We turned around so we would have a hopefully easier departure the following day.   We hooked up to electric (70p left on the meter) and went to Bridgestones for a hot chocolate and  coffee. I resisted the cakes but next time.... We obviously had to visit Lathams where we got stuff we actually needed. We spent all afternoon up on the helm with the sun pouring in. It was really quite warm that we could actually sit there without coats on. In the evening we went and got fish and chips which we ate back on the boat. This was my favourite day.

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Loving seeing all your photos and reading about where you went. Glad you managed to get in at Irstead. Having experienced how busy it is in the summer months it always seems so strange to come past empty moorings but that really is the joy of being out of the main season. It's a toss up in the end between the daylight hours and the chance of warmer weather against the delight of having popular moorings to oneself.

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Thank you Swan.  The reduced daylight hours were never a problem, just the cold. We prefer to cruise in the mornings, moor up early and settle for the rest of the day with a nice view. It certainly is different from hiring where we all felt as a family to cruise as much as possible to get our monies worth! 

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57 minutes ago, Lulu said:

I resisted the cakes but next time....

A moment on the lips Mrs Lulu :default_eusa_naughty: As I am sure you will know, I never put rubbish into my body :default_smiley-angelic002:

Lovely pics and write up, I have made it a point to have an overnight stop at Irstead over Christmas sometime, a lovely spot and only a short walk to the pub :default_beerchug:

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