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Ok I am going to bring this tale to a close as tonight we venture forth again for a weekend afloat.

We awoke Sunday 29th to dull skies and a little casual drizzle. We were at Moonfleet to pick up Diane and Phil for as part of our anniversary celebrations we had offered to take them both out for a leisurely trip down the river. They work very hard and hardly ever get to actually just float about and enjoy what is on their doorstep. So we get up and start to do all those things that you do first thing in the morning on a boat… Yup absolutely nothing more than make the tea…Start the sausages and bacon sizzling and just sit, listen, sip and enjoy the lovely aromas emanating from the galley area.
After a lovely breakfast courtesy of the high street butcher in Stalham (they are very good) we sat back to await the arrival of our guests for the day. This being Norfolk this of course could take a long time. As we sat sipping yet more tea the skies rapidly darkened and the temperature dropped a huge amount in a  very short time. Ok what are we going to get now I thought.
We didn’t have to wait long as the sound of hissing that was coming down the river towards us sort of gave it away. Wave after wave of hail assaulted us from the direction of the staithe, the skies lightened but the inundation with hail did not abate one little bit. In what seemed just a few moments the deck and coach house roof of Malanka were covered in at least and inch and a half of icy slush. Then as the light improved and amazingly the sun appeared and the whole lot started to gently steam! So camera to the front fiona recorded the event for posterity (it will be posted later griff).

Immediately the moment was recorded of course normal service was resumed and the lazy drizzle was with us once more. Diane and Phil arrived and after brief greeting with our other guest and resident Aston expert, we set off on our trip to nowhere in particular. Actually we were going to Acle bridge and some pre- booked mooring thanks to Vanessa at the pub…   We decided to take all day to get there and so set off at a very leisurely pace.
The trip down river was fun for me as I got to sit back and let the guests do the driving, of course sitting back also included benefitting from some particularly fine Grand Cru  that was the product of my birthday visit to Reihms with Fiona. The snacks to accompany the Grand Cru were produced locally and came in the form of the most lovely warmed pork and Onion Jam, and pork and chilli jam pies from the butcher. We thought that was a very British touch. Vintage French Champagne and pork pies… Yummmm  
After the usual amusement of watching Phils face as we went through Ludham bridge with the top up we turned left and headed towards Acle. The rain was lashing by this point and the pub with the reserved places would be available from 3pm onwards so we headed there through dark skies, misted up windows, and heavy rain. We didn’t care, we had pies, we had champagne, we had good company, so what more could we wish for. Well actually we had some members of our merry band missing and so a brief excursion into fleet dyke was required to rendezvous (sounds so much better than meet or pick up!!) with the Corsicans and their recently repainted / re-worked and much modified pride and joy.   The rain slackened as we approached Corsica just in time to see Sonia return from a walk with Dillon the Dawg  and then Simons head appeared out of the cockpit window, greetings exchanged, Sonia cast off and  we set off ! Destination Acle  in line astern with Corsica in the lead.    
With skies brightening although there was still some rain blowing in the wind the prospect of a typical Norfolk resurrection of a horrible morning into a beautiful afternoon was tantalizingly close. OK it had stopped raining but I am an optimist.
With Corsica in the lead Phil took the helm of Malanka and I sat back to watch the fun. Fiona was snapping picture after picture of Corscia, the new paint job is really superb and she looked absolutely magnificent. We decided on some bow shots with the bow-wave in evidence so Phil moved to overtake.. He did seem to be enjoying this bit as we surged past a slow moving Corsica, you can’t ask an old lady like Corsica to lift up her skirts and run when she is looking beautiful and being photographed, so she was dawdling along. We pulled in front and Simon increased speed to keep up. The overall effect was magnificent, with wind against us the bow wave was streaming with foam flecked water surging past, it was a beautiful moment and we didn’t break the speed limit to do it either.
After much position changing and some fun on the 6mph sections we were approaching Acle in patchy sunshine with the very real prospect of a glorious Norfolk evening very firmly in our minds.
We had spoken with Vanessa and we knew she had made a special case for us and reserved the moorings near the pub. As we approached under the bridge we could see the signs indicating reservations for both Malanka and Corsica and there sitting across both of them were two small bathtubs of the gem variety. With Phil at the helm he executed some very fancy reversing and got us alongside long enough to moor temporarily whilst I went forward to ask the occupants to “relocate themselves to an alternative mooring spot”. After an initial misunderstanding the guys moved off in very skillfull fashion and relocated nearer the bridge, and we moved Malanka and Corsica with ropes to their home for the night.
Dinner was booked for 19:30 and so we settled down to some serious chat in the Malankan wheelhouse, more champagne and this time glorious  sunshine with not a cloud in sight. Ah the promised classic Norfolk evening had arrived.
We had decided to dress for dinner. i.e. smart(ish) slacks for the guys (giving my age away there) and skirts for the ladies. This would be a first for me as I had prior to this moment only ever seen Charlie wearing jeans and despite protestations to the contrary did not believe she actually possessed a skirt. Needless to say I was wrong and all the ladies, Fiona, Charlie, Diane and Sonia, looked magnificent. I was very proud to walk behind them into the restaurant..
Suffice it so say the meal was fantastic, the service was excellent as usual, and the company superb. Thank you to everyone the Acle Bridge pub  for the best wedding anniversary of our 19 years!
The evening was drawing to a close, we fired up the Ebber and decided to call it a night. Charlie was to be leaving us at silly oclock the next morning to return to the day job and we, Fiona, me and Justin would be heading up to Womack for a lazy day in the sun. Which is precisely what we did.
On Monday 30th the sun shone all day, Corsica departed back to the wet-shed and the Malankans had a leisurely breakfast. It was windy but the sun was out and after a brief pootle up the river from Acle we sat in Womack Water and did nothing all day! It was glorious, a lovely end to a lovely weekend. We stayed at Womack over- night then had a very reluctant return to Stalham and the wet- shed on Tuesday morning. A bit of an anti-climax but nothing can take away the memories we have of that weekend.

THANK YOU ALL……….


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Excellent tale and the sun even shined in the end.
Its going to be different this weekend with plenty of sunshine. You might even get the roof down.

Garry

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A lovely tale fidear, I really enjoyed it!

Presumably Grand Crut is the Belgian spelling of Grand Cru?????  (When you read it outloud, Grand Crut - to rhyme with rut - conjurs up something not quite so pleasant as the reality!) Evil Grin   I would only ever tease you for your spelling Martin!

And I note you were walking BEHIND the ladies Martin!  I imagine it was a smashing view, with them beautifully dolled up.

Have a wonderful weekend this weekend and ta for the birthday text!



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Grrrr there are times when I hate autospell check. I am on my work PC and its the standard fit for word from where I copied and pasted it. Oh well never mind think of it as nice tasty stuff with or without the t.

Walking behind them into the pub means I was holding the door open...Honestly........

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Perhaps take the roof down? Errm will have to talk with Fiona about that. Normally it takes three of us!
We will probably take the sides in and leave roof overhead so as not to get burned.

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Well done for the write up and thank you all for a fab weekend.  Leaving you guys at 5.20 on the Monday morning was really hard, not just because it was ridiculously early.  


At least you now believe me that I do have a girly side!

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I can't remember if I waved but sometimes don't if I have the camera pressed to my eye!!

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Thanks Sue, what a lovely picture, sun shining, sides down, top up to prevent us being frazzled,3.5mph and no wake.. That was a lovely day....

We returned home last night at ten pm after a lovely weekend.
One thing that did concern us though was the number of people we saw who were really badly sunburned. I think people forget just how long they are out in it when they are on a boat, the deliciously cool breeze lures people into a false sense of security.  

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A nice advert! Anka Keys?


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Hi Turnoar,You've lost me with the picture caption I'm afraid.

That's us in October 2010 5 minutes before a green Calypso from Richos tried to use us as bumper bars on their quest to moor in Horning. We had just had her painted so I was not best pleased. The write up is Malankas Shakedown cruise and is a bit of a tale of woe. Thats when all the electric systems fell over and prompted some major rennovation of the systems that are only now completed (thanks to Carl).

We had a lovely lunch outside the Swan shortly after the photo was taken then the next days were disaster after disaster.

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