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YnysMon

Carried Away By A Moonlight Shadow...

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Saturday 8th Feb

We got on our way reasonably early, around 8.15, and dropped Harry off at IKEA before setting off to Brundall. Had our usual brekkie stop at La Hogue, which is just after the turn off A14 to the A11. We had another stop-off at the Sainsbury’s at Thorpe St Andrew before going to the boat.

As I was wandering around the store it occurred to me that I hadn’t checked that the keys for the boat were in the bag I thought I’d stored them in. Of course, when we got back to the car and checked, they weren’t. Goodness knows what we did with the keys at the end of our last stay! Graham suggested going home, but as I hadn’t a clue where else we might have put them, I opted to phone the BCBM agent instead. Thankfully, he let us borrow his set for the week.

We weren’t best pleased when we got to the boat. Although it wasn’t filthy, the person who had been on last clearly hadn’t cleaned the boat. Not a great start to the our holiday, having to clean the boat. We also started to worry whether the water had been topped up. Given the tap near our mooring was turned off, we wanted to check that we had plenty of water given that gales/high winds are forecast for the next three days. I don’t want to have to move the boat in high-winds in search of water. The friendly liveaboard guy on the mooring opposite us suggested that we could go to the Surlingham Ferry Inn for water, as an alternative to negotiating our way into the dyke where the Brooms boat lift is (the only place currently on site with a turned-on tap). He even phoned up the pub for us to check if their water was on.

I had been wanting to have a short trip up or down river this afternoon in any case. Our only opportunity before the gale. It turned out to be a beautiful afternoon and I really enjoyed our short trip. Exchanged waves with Mark (psychicsurveyor) as we passed his boat Whitey at its Brundall Garden mooring.

Seren enjoyed the trip too.

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There weren’t any other boats at the Surlingham Ferry, so we moored side on so that we could access the hose more easily. I’m glad we did get water, as it took us more than 10 minutes to fill her up. We had drinks at the pub as our ‘payment’ for the water. It’s a while since I had Little Sharpie, and Graham was happy that they had the low alcohol Ghostship. After our drinks we carried on up river almost as far as Bramerton, then returned to Brundall.

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We popped to Co-op to get a few more bits and pieces. Although there was washing-up liquid on board, we prefer to use the eco-friendly stuff when we are on the rivers. We also got ourselves some extra snacks.

We had a quiet night on board. Dinner was an easy option – some chilli I’d made last week and stored in the freezer, a rice pouch, guacamole, nacho chips and yogurt. We went to be reasonably early, anticipating being woken in the night.

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Hope you're all safe aboard MS. It's certainly a very different day to yesterday. Love seeing your photos, especially Seren with her front row seat. :)

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We are fine at present. Considering venturing out somewhere by car so that Seren can have a good run. She didn’t get much exercise yesterday.

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Ah, The Ferry House - great pub and with water and electric hook up, too.  The hose at Broom by the boat lift is a bit of a challenge even without the ‘breeze’.  Having the hose by the boat turned off makes cleaning the boat down externally more difficult too.  Good suggestion by Marty and a cheeky beer as well.:1310_thumbsup_tone1:

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Not a good start having no keys then having to clean up then needing to top up with water. Still, sounds as if you had a nice run up river, seems it was a good day for it. Stay safe today. 

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Not good to have to clean the boat after someone else. Has MS been aground this afternoon, if so at least she wouldn’t have been rocking and rolling as much.

Enjoy the rest of your week.

John

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Ouch, taking over a boat that's not been cleaned, I can't imagine anything worse. I take it there's a defined process in the syndicate for dealing with such situations?

I've been to the Ferry a few times but not spotted the water hose. Where exactly is it? 

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10 hours ago, YnysMon said:

 We weren’t best pleased when we got to the boat. Although it wasn’t filthy, the person who had been on last clearly hadn’t cleaned the boat. 

If that was us finding that, i`d be charging BCBM for failing to oversee that other members are sticking to the rules. It`s what you pay your management fee for. I know cleaning is down to the previous owner, but should it NOT be up to scratch, then it might be  under your contract, seeing as she`s a "managed boat", BCBM could hold some responsibilty. At least then they can levy a fee to the owners who left it dirty through their fee`s and discounting yours in return.  Either way, i`d definitely be letting them know it WAS`NT left in the condition as layed out in your rules.

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1 minute ago, Broads01 said:

Ouch, taking over a boat that's not been cleaned, I can't imagine anything worse. I take it there's a defined process in the syndicate for dealing with such situations?

I've been to the Ferry a few times but not spotted the water hose. Where exactly is it? 

We took over a boat that had`nt been cleaned, but that was because the boat we`d originally hired was`nt suitable for various reasons, and the one we eventually took over had only just come back in and not had a chance to be turned around properly. We agreed that we`d clean it, but they were prepared to do it for us, but we needed to get going. It was also a bit more expensive than the one we hired, so they did`nt charge us any more because we said we`d clean it. They did do the engine checks and fill up with water and fuel though.

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Well, in this case I’ll be giving them some leeway, as valeting arrangements were in place until three months ago, so it’s quite possible someone simply forgot that we now do the cleaning ourselves unless we have booked a valet. BCBM have been very quick to respond, and will be sending out a reminder to syndicate members once they have managed to speak to the individual who was on board for a short time last week.

Simon, the hose is on a red reel set back behind the picnic tables that are along the stern mooring area. It looks quite a distance from the key heading but the hose is long enough.

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1 minute ago, YnysMon said:

Well, in this case I’ll be giving them some leeway, as valeting arrangements were in place until three months ago, so it’s quite possible someone simply forgot that we now do the cleaning ourselves unless we have booked a valet. BCBM have been very quick to respond, and will be sending out a reminder to syndicate members once they have managed to speak to the individual who was on board for a short time last week.

Simon, the hose is on a red reel set back behind the picnic tables that are along the stern mooring area. It looks quite a distance from the key heading but the hose is long enough.

There's another hose on the front of the pub in the corner at the back of lazy breeze moored in the dyke .

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12 minutes ago, Broads01 said:

 . . . . . I've been to the Ferry a few times but not spotted the water hose. Where exactly is it? 

Simon, it’s towards the back of the beer garden, near the overspill car park on a red fire hose reel. 

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23 minutes ago, SPEEDTRIPLE said:

If that was us finding that, i`d be charging BCBM for failing to oversee that other members are sticking to the rules. It`s what you pay your management fee for. I know cleaning is down to the previous owner, but should it NOT be up to scratch, then it might be  under your contract, seeing as she`s a "managed boat", BCBM could hold some responsibilty. At least then they can levy a fee to the owners who left it dirty through their fee`s and discounting yours in return.  Either way, i`d definitely be letting them know it WAS`NT left in the condition as layed out in your rules.

Neil, I’m not certain that Moonlight Shadow has been used since winter maintenance was completed.  If it has been, then then owners should be reminded of the requirement to clean her thoroughly before leaving, bu if it hasn’t, it would explain it being left in a less than ideal state, with the water not filled.  MS has had work done to the sliding canopy to strengthen it and correct the roof spread that had caused a few issues over the past couple of years, which would potentially explain the condition, as I’m sure that Broom would not have valeted the boat to the required standard following the work.
 

Just guessing, perhaps Jay can answer.

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Hi Malcolm,

I’ve purposely not provided more detail on an open forum. I’m satisfied that it’s being addressed, that’s the main thing.

Helen

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1 hour ago, Mouldy said:

Neil, I’m not certain that Moonlight Shadow has been used since winter maintenance was completed.  If it has been, then then owners should be reminded of the requirement to clean her thoroughly before leaving, bu if it hasn’t, it would explain it being left in a less than ideal state, with the water not filled.  MS has had work done to the sliding canopy to strengthen it and correct the roof spread that had caused a few issues over the past couple of years, which would potentially explain the condition, as I’m sure that Broom would not have valeted the boat to the required standard following the work.
 

Just guessing, perhaps Jay can answer.

Hi Malcom,

I can`t say about Moonlight Shadow as i`m not an owner, but whenever we have Lightning taken out and maintained, they always valet her as part of the process. 

Helen has said she`s sorted the issue so i won`t comment any further.

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Sunday 9th Feb

On reflection, maybe I should have started off another thread for this trip entitled 'Not carried away by a Moonlight Shadow'! It's too late for that though...I've started, so I'll finish (well hopefully, if this crazy weather allows).

Woke just after 4 this morning, with the boat being buffeted by Storm Ciara and repeatedly banging against the key heading. Graham slept through it initially but woke when it got worse. He got up and adjusted the ropes, and it was a lot better after that, so much so that he managed to get back to sleep. I didn’t though. Seren started whining shortly after Graham had dropped off again, so I got up to let her out of her cage.

It is handy having wifi at our mooring in Brundall. Normally I don’t post much when I’m on holiday. We hadn’t realised about the wifi until almost the end of our previous week in November, but this week I'm making full use of it. I spent the time before Graham woke again writing up yesterday’s blog, loading up some photos onto my laptop, and then posting the blog.

We took our time getting ready this morning, and it was after 10 before we decided to take Seren out in the car so that she could have a good run. We weren’t that organised, and were still debating where to go whilst driving along toward Acle. Fairhaven Gardens got ruled out as we didn’t think a woodland walk would be wise during a gale. We considered a beach walk, but thought the sand would blow into Seren’s eyes (and ours!). In the end we went to Burgh Castle. The stretch between Acle and Gt Yarmouth was the worst bit to drive along; it’s so exposed there.  There was a lot of debris blowing across the road, and when I passed a double decker bus going in the opposite direction the effect was a bit like two express trains going past each other, with me hanging on to the steering wheel for dear life as the car lurched toward the side of the bus. Eek! When we finally got to Burgh Castle, I don’t suppose it was any windier there than anywhere else, but it was a bit of a struggle to walk against the wind.

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After having a look around the castle we went down toward the river. The effect of the wind on the reeds was pretty impressive.

After our walk I thought I would have a look around the church, especially as the information board near the gate gave some tantalising hints about its history and further information being available inside.

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Well, that was a welcoming church!

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By this time, it was late morning and we decided that we needed a Sunday roast. Yet again, we set off without having decided where we would stop off. We ended up at the Surlingham Ferry Inn again, but by land not river. We arrived not long after 12, and although it was clear that they had quite a lot of tables booked we were the first to arrive, so they managed to squeeze us in and we got served really quickly. It’s the first time that I’ve been served the food so quickly that I’ve hardly had time to take more than a few sips of my drink. We enjoyed our food very much, though the helping was a bit too big for me, and I found that I wasn’t that keen on having stuffing and chipolata with beef roast. I could have asked for a mixture of pork and beef though. It would have been fine with that. Very friendly service, and I would definitely go again – hopefully by river though, as it’s a lot easier to get there from Brundall by river compared to the car journey.

We had another visit to Sainsbury’s on the way back to the boat to get some new keys cut, so that we could return the set we’d borrowed. Unfortunately, while the new engine key turned out fine neither of the two new door keys that the lady at Timpson’s had attempted worked – she had warned us that she wasn’t sure they would be okay. We’ll be back to Sainsbury’s later in the week.

As several people have commented on other threads, the river levels were very low when we got back to the boat, and dropped further as the afternoon wore away. We started to wonder if we would need a ladder to get off the boat.

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I jest…one of the handy things about MS is the way the deck slopes downward from bow to stern, so you can usually find somewhere on deck that’s a good spot to embark/disembark. There’s also a handy set of steps near the mooring for use when the tide is particularly high.

Another quiet and lazy late afternoon/evening on board. There was a lovely sunset, which I thought was quite remarkable after all that stormy weather.

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I made us a non-dairy mac’n’cheese. Comfort food. That’s what you need when it’s stormy!

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Interesting day then Helen. That video of the reeds is very impressive. 

Hope you can get out for a cruise tomorrow perhaps. :)

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Thanks Jean. However, it looks like the wind is picking up again (I can hear some gusts already) so maybe not tomorrow. I have great hopes for Wednesday onwards though!

The hail that fell late afternoon and gathered at the stern well still hasn’t melted. The river is still very high too. I’m completely flummoxed by the tide. According to the tide tables I downloaded low tide was supposed to be about an hour and a half ago, but the river level doesn’t seem to have dropped at all since we arrived back around 4pm. I have no idea...does that mean it will rise even more with the incoming tide?

Although we have been reassured that the key heading here is normally above the flood, we have moved the car just in case. I’m a bit short on sleep since the last two nights, so the last thing I need is to stay awake worrying about the car.

At least we are fine on the boat. I’m thinking of those with riverside properties...and all those people in Yorkshire and other places who have been flooded out during the last few days or affected in other ways due to the weather. Graham got a call earlier from our parish council office to say that the polytunnel on our allotment ended up on a neighbour’s allotment. It was fairly new, and not cheap, but a tiny thing compared to what others are struggling with after the storm. We have so much to be thankful for.

 

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Monday 10th February

It was still pretty windy this morning. Unlike yesterday evening, the water levels were pretty high, with high tide not due until lunch time. The forecast was for a sunny morning and rainy afternoon, so we set off shortly after 9am, making our way to the north coast, but stopping off initially at Walsingham. Little Walsingham is quite quaint.

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The priority was coffee and cake, which we had in the Norton’s Café in the Anglican Shrine. Very nice cakes they had too. Graham had something called Norfolk shortcake, which seemed to be a cross between a shortcake and a scone. I had lemon cake. We had a look around the shine. It was very ‘high church’, unless you were paying attention you would think it was a Catholic church. I had also wanted to see around the grounds of the ruined Abbey, as I’d read that they have a good show of snowdrops this time of the year. However, it was now after 11am, it was £5.50 entry per person and we still hadn’t yet taken Seren for a walk. We decided to make our way to Wells-next-the-Sea instead.

Once we’d found a parking spot in Wells we walked from the harbour along the dyke that leads to the beach.

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It was a lovely walk but, as Graham had only paid for two hours parking, we couldn’t stay long at the beach once we got there. I loved the beach huts, especially the variety of designs and colours.

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This one was particularly lovely.

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Seren enjoyed herself.

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As the seafood restaurant that we had fancied visiting in Wells was shut on Mondays, we thought of going to Cromer for lunch instead. That didn’t quite work out either, as we found the coast road to Cromer was closed half way through Stiffkey, so we had to turn around (with difficulty). We had just passed a pub anyway, The Red Lion, so we had our lunch there instead: Graham had a very nice fish and chips with minty mushy peas and I had a crab salad.

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The sky was looking pretty gloomy when we left the pub, so we just drove back to the boat. Just as well as it rained most of the rest of the afternoon. The water level was even higher when we got back to the boat, and it was quite a step up to get on board.

Shortly before sunset the sky turned really black, we had some thunder and then a really heavy hail storm. The ‘scum’ on the water in the picture below is hail.

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It felt a lot colder this evening, I hadn’t needed a hot water bottle last night, but did this night. It’s cosy in the cabin with thick duvet, water bottle and dimplex heater.

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Thanks for sharing your photos Helen. Glad to hear you're keeping warm on board. :)

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We are warm this evening...despite continuing gusts of wind, low temperatures and a problem with the heating. In fact, the Webasto unit is not currently on board as we sent an email this morning reporting that it was cutting out due to overheating. Very impressed how quickly Brooms engineers arrived, literally with minutes of BCBM forwarding my email.
Luckily, Graham had checked out Aldi’s deals for this week and knew they included various heaters. We picked up a fan heater for £9.99 at their Gt Yarmouth store. They also had very reasonably priced convector heaters and oil filled radiators. 

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Oh, I should have mentioned that Brooms did offer to lend us some heaters. We just though it a good idea to take advantage of the Aldi offer.

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1 hour ago, YnysMon said:

  They also had very reasonably priced convector heaters and oil filled radiators. 

We took a couple of them up on Lightning about 3 years back, as we kept drawing November for our autumn week. Yes they are pretty good, but they hammer the nuts out of the leccy supply., so if we were to stay in the yard for the week with them on all the time, we`d end up owing the syndicate about £20 in leccy.

Glad you`re enjoying your week despite the weather Helen, did Merv and Pauling take Lightning out in the end?.

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12 hours ago, YnysMon said:

We are warm this evening...despite continuing gusts of wind, low temperatures and a problem with the heating. In fact, the Webasto unit is not currently on board as we sent an email this morning reporting that it was cutting out due to overheating. Very impressed how quickly Brooms engineers arrived, literally with minutes of BCBM forwarding my email.
Luckily, Graham had checked out Aldi’s deals for this week and knew they included various heaters. We picked up a fan heater for £9.99 at their Gt Yarmouth store. They also had very reasonably priced convector heaters and oil filled radiators. 

Hello Helen,

 

We have a couple of fan heaters aboard Ranworth Breeze also a small oil filled radiator that we use overnight in the galley for keeping the boat aired during the out of season weeks. 

A fleece on top of the bedding keeps the condensation at bay and this can be dried during the day.

Regards

Alan

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