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YnysMon

Carried Away By A Moonlight Shadow...

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Friday 30th August

Last day. (Sob!)

We got on our way before 8am this morning, making our way from Hardley Mill on the incoming tide to Bargate where we mud-weighted. I think we only passed one other boat on the way there, and there was only one other boat mud-weighted on Bargate when we got there (plus the boat moored in one corner that has been mentioned on other threads). A bit different to earlier in the week!

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I made a cooked breakfast (oven baked sausage, mushrooms and tomato plus lightly fried potatoes and black pudding). After breakfast I had a shower, before we headed off again upriver without much clue where we were heading for, except that we wanted to stop off somewhere for Seren to have a run around. Just as we were preparing to leave Bargate a flotilla of little boats came along, like little ducklings all in a row. Hope the kids had a lovely time learning to sail.

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We ended up going all the way up to Norwich, getting there around about high tide (more by luck than good management), and under Trowse Railway Bridge with about a foot to spare with canopy up. We didn’t want to moor there, just to check out where the moorings outside the Yacht Station railed area were exactly (as mentioned in someone else’s out-of-season holiday blog). We might consider mooring there during one day in February. Probably not overnight though, as I think we’d feel a bit vulnerable being the only ones moored there.

We turned around and headed back down river, thinking that we would stop at Bramerton Common. On the way we had a sandwich lunch. Unfortunately, Bramerton moorings had filled up whilst we’d been up to Norwich and back, so we continued on past Surlingham Ferry and Brundall to Short Dyke (leading to Rockland Broad). Moored there and went for a walk down the dyke and along the bank of the Yare whilst Seren had a manic run up-and-down. I say manic, because she got all hyped up every time a motor boat went past on the river. She also likes to try to pick up 'sticks' that are far too large for her.

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Short Dyke.

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It was getting on for 4.30pm by the time we returned to the boat and we headed back to our home mooring in Brundall, passing through Rockland Broad on the way.

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Back in Brundall.

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We had pasta carbonara for dinner (not out of a jar this time) and started to pack our stuff ready for vacating the boat in the morning. Watched a bit of telly before turning in for the night. Alarm set for 7am.

What a lovely week it has been.

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Indeed Alan, though February seems a long way away!

Saturday 31st August

Although we got up plenty early enough and got our stuff off the boat before 8.30, we had to wait around for ages to get a re-fuel and pump-out. I guess we should have realised that Brooms would prioritise their hire fleet over us. Oh well. They did a thorough job of the pump-out, and I was pleased that we only had to pay just over £58 for fuel.

So, it was just after 10 when we left (we were supposed to be off the boat by 9.30).

We had considered going to East Hills Bistro again, but weren't that hungry and, in any case, we fancied returning to the La Hogue Farm Shop and Café that we'd stopped at on the way for lunch, so we headed for the A47. Before turning off to the A11 though, we had a bit of a detour to Caister St Edmund, which is just off the A47. It was the site of a Roman town and the Caister St Edmund Church is located within the walls of the town. There isn't much to see, but it was a pleasant walk around the perimeter and there were some interesting information boards scattered around. The church was pleasant too. Shame we weren't there the following day, as they were putting on cream-teas Sunday afternoon.

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We were disappointed not to be able to turn off to La Hogue Farm going westward along the A11, so our lunch plans were scuppered. Ended up stopping off at Caxton Gibbet McDonalds, so that was a bit of a let-down. 

Got home mid-afternoon. Just as we drove up to the house it started to rain. Good timing eh! 

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I have seen La Hogue farm shop signposted and wondered what it was like. We would be unlikely to use the cafe but I would be interested to know how the farm shop compares with others. 

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1 hour ago, YnysMon said:

 . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . She also likes to try to pick up 'sticks' that are far too large for her.

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We know a dog with similar habits:

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Just a twig to our son’s fruit-loop!

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i like the visits and pictures of churches, rather than pubs, it makes a change

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Hi Vanessan,

Not sure about the comparison with other Farm Shops to be honest, as they aren’t places I go to very often. They do tend to be a bit expensive and, at heart, I tend to be a bit of a Scrooge. I must say that it looked good though. Good selection of veg, and a lovely looking meat counter. I did fancy their home-cured bacon. Also, lots of baked goods, preserves and gifts. 

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Hi Helen,

We`ve often stopped at Le Hogue and had lunch there, and on the way back down the A11. You have to take the turn off immediately AFTER the A11/14 split, then back over the road and back UP the A11. It sounds a long way, but is in fact only a mile or so. 

Many thanks for the write up, absolutely enjoyable, and with some stunning pics. 

We`re back on Lightning in March next year, so will not be bumping into you, so we hope you have a really enjoyable week.

As for us, we should have been on Lightning from this Saturday, but Karens niece arranged her daughters Christening for this Sunday, so we swapped weeks for the following week. At least it`s less than 2 weeks away.

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Thanks for the detail on how to get to La Hogue from the ‘other way’ Speedtrple. We were certainly smitten with the place.

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3 hours ago, YnysMon said:

The galley, though compact, was really well stocked

Not with bottles of San Miguel hopefully - from a previous occupant......:default_norty:

 

3 hours ago, YnysMon said:

I had popped in to the Humpty Dumpty Brewery shop

My favourite!! I'm not jealous of course.....spent some happy hours there on open days!! :default_beerchug:

Cracking photos again Helen, many thanks for sharing  

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Hi Mr NN,

You really think he would have left any?

nah!

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Great write up. Loved hearing how you got on with your first week aboard. You sound very settled and I’m sure your future trips will therefore feel even more relaxed. 

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19 minutes ago, SwanR said:

I’m sure your future trips will therefore feel even more relaxed. 

Hi Jean,

Yes, that’s something that I hadn’t anticipated as I thought we had been pretty much ‘chilled’ and relaxed when we had hired. Somehow, being on Moonlight Shadow felt different. I hadn’t ever felt pressurised to get anywhere previously, but somehow it felt that we had all the time in the world. We spent a lot of time travelling very slowly and, as a result, taking more in somehow. It’s a bit difficult to explain.

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But...

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8 hours ago, YnysMon said:

We spent a lot of time travelling very slowly and, as a result, taking more in somehow. It’s a bit difficult to explain.

I know exactly what you mean!

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Whoopie, doopie, doopie (sorry, getting slightly carried away there...).

We have managed to get an ‘extra’ week on Moonlight Shadow next week (thanks Malcolm! :default_arms:). It gets even better...got an email earlier today from the couple who are on the boat this week. They have to leave tomorrow, so have very kindly arranged for the usual weekly engineer’s check to be done Friday morning instead of Saturday, so we can pick the boat up a whole day earlier than planned. How good is that!

Need to start packing!

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Hello Helen,

I have just phoned one of our new owners who should be on the boat from next Tuesday, I have told him he can now be on the boat from Friday being as the owner this week con not attend.

Regards

Alan

 

 

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That’s just great Alan, syndicate boating is lovely!

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Have good one Helen, lots of piccies please!

Watch out for the San Miguel bottles :default_norty:

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3 minutes ago, NorfolkNog said:

Watch out for the San Miguel bottles :default_norty:

There'll only be empties, nobody could be stupid enough to leave any remaining amber nectar lying around :default_beerchug:

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