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steve
Jan-15-2006 @ 11:58 AM                           Permalink
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hi all ,
at the end of the last boating season i asked how it was for you , all of us had or seemed to be a good season with good stories and laughs ,so i thought what do we have planned for the new season ?
for me and many other boat owners the yearly task of on going maitaince ,( painting , cleaning , engine maitainance etc ) ,also this year we would like to go back to some places that we have'nt been for a few years ( upton dyke , rockland broad , loddon , ) and try some new pubs ,( fur & feathers woodbastwick ,lion inn , the white horse )
so plenty to do and and places to revisit and new pubs to try !
so whats planned for you this new season ?
cheers

steve and vicky

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hi steve and vicky, well we have just had a mini break on the broads staying at one of those bargain travel lodges!
offical retirement for both of us started yesterday, so plenty of time now to roam around as we please.
we are off to see the welsh canals around llangollen at the end of feb,and touring around snowdonia afterwards.
the end of april we will be bringing my elderly dad to stay in the appartments at wroxham, with a day boat to explore in. shall be visiting some of his old favorite pubs, from his younger days, including the crown at haddiscoe, the bell inn, st olaves and the woods end, the places he used to visit back in the days of hiring from johnsons yacht station.

early june sees our main retirement celebrations with a cruise around the norwiegian fiords on a much bigger vessel!
its facinating to watch the captains moor those big ships, the mooring ropes are fired ashore by a mini rocket type launcher, a finer rope with a tennis type ball is fired first, then the stevadores haul over the thick ropes and attach them around the bollard mooring posts
and the whole ship is then hoisted in to the quay sideways by mechanical on board wynches. amazing stuff!
10 days after our return and we will just have had time to repack our cases for the meet, and bring our lastest family member for his first cruise on board brinks romany 1,
he will be about 10 weeks old by then  Smile
his aunties were last aboard romany when she was first launched in 1994, so it will be a trip down memory lane for them. for my eldest daughter and her partner it will be the first time living afloat, as her previous hubby was scared stiff of the water!
they prefared to land lubbit and join us at arranged times in the evening around the broadland pubs.
throughout july and august we will be out and about when the weather looks good, in our trailer tent, mostly on caravan and camping club sites, a firm favorite being sandringham. we often have a school holiday family jamboree at this time of year, with a convoy of 5 cars and 16 plus people attending,
thank goodness for my big catering cooker then, it really earns its keep!
strange how hostile some commercial sites can be though to larger parties, we often have to book as smaller family groups or we arnt accepted.

finally september will see just the 2 of us cruising the rivers again on a smaller boat, possibly the new rhapsody from brinks, if they ever get it launched!
it will be nice to see the broadland autumn splendor,
with quiter rivers and easier mooring outside of favorite old pubs.

so a fun filled year of leisure for us, after 50 years of hard work in the building trade.
next year we dont know what we will be up to, as one of my girls is planning a major renovation of a little derelict cottage she has just bought in derbyshire, and once she gets though the planning stage, she will be pressing her dads skills into full use once more!

                  julia  Smile

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Plans for the season?

1.  Try to get boat in water before it's time to take it out again.

2.  Don't sink.

Anything else will be a bonus (the glass is half full).

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Romany,

Staying in Wroxham thats a good hike by dayboat to St Olaves and Haddiscoe.

Wouldnt it be better taking the car?!?!?!?

Gary

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Jan-15-2006 @ 7:14 PM                           Permalink
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My plans for this year are my trip on Forth Bridge in April have a look down Loddon as I have'nt been there for 6 years and a look down Geldstone as I have'nt been there before and then see as much as possible on the broads seeing some favorite places along the way..
  Then Hopefully I should be on a boat in june for a short break so that will be more chilled out but I still want to see a bit though.
Also I will be taking as many pictures of boats and the place possible.

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Jan-15-2006 @ 7:17 PM                           Permalink
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On ebay now there is a boat like the new brinks boat for sale with inside pics but I can't the ebay page to show. up on the site.
Its on page 5 of the boat section

james

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Jan-15-2006 @ 7:20 PM                           Permalink
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I'm not so sure now if it is the same kind as brinks now.

james

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yes gary, thats what we plan to do when visiting that area, we would need to camp out to get there and back in a day, a bit to much for dad at his age!

the dayboat is a freebie with the apartment for a day, but we may well add to the hire period at a discounted rate, depending on the weather.

           julia  Smile

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Don’t forget Julia that a certain gentleman who consorts with large fish now has day boats at the Waveney River Centre but is probably too bashful to mention it himself  Playful

'There's nothing virtual about this you silly Twit we really are aground whatever your GPS says!'  Bill...

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I think for ourselves this year we will be spending most of our time on the boat again but I hope to have a few days on the motorbike going into France and riding down to see and go over The Millau viaduct.

http://www.fosterandpartners.com/internetsite/html/Project.asp?JobNo=0778#

I saw that being constructed  four years ago.  An inpressive sight.

I just hope I can bring the motorbike back in one piece this time !!!

Will see more of you all this summer and really looking forward to June.


Paul

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