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Thursday 14th February

The forecast was spot on - we woke to a milder temperature and the snow had gone overnight.  So pack the car and set off for Norfolk in the sun at 0940hrs.  Fly along the A57/A1/A17 in lovely sunshine.  Nearing Kings Lynn we hear that the A47 is closed both ways at Dereham so decide stay on the A47 to Necton and then head north to Litcham to pick up the B1145 and head for Reapham, Aylsham and Stalham that way.  It works fine as always even if a bit slower than a 'good' A47.

Unload at the flat and then off to Acle for lunch.  Then to the boat to get the covers off ready for a trip tomorrow.  At the wetshed bump into PhilR. This is a result as we have some 2D lamps for him and this saves us having to 'hide' them for him to recover.  Fire the fridge up, put the domestic batteries on charge and retire to read, watch tv etc.

Friday 15th February

Decide 1000hrs will be a good time to set sail once the air is warmer.  So into Tesco for milk, sandwiches and a big bottle of water (boat still winterized) and off we go.  Six eighths clound but sun is in the gaps, heating on, hob on, kettle singing.  Two of us singing.  Barton is looking beautiful and we have it to ourselves.  Spot a big flock of tufted ducks by Wood End dyke.  'Earth has not anything to show more fair'...he should have been on Barton instead of Westminster Bridge!  We pass a Nancy Oldfield boat near Pleasure Island.

Through Irstead and past How Hill passing only a HW hireboat with crew on the flying bridge. The river all looks the same but below How Hill to Brown Hills cottage the West Bank has been sorted out by BESL. Wooden piling removed, banks cleared of reeds and reprofiled.  It looks just as the east bank did a couple of years ago but np steel posts or floating buoys.  Further downstream it is the same tale from just above Neave's Mill, all the way to the BA moorings at Horning Marshes.  Piling removed - the last bits of the steel stuff above Horning Marshes was being attacked on Friday, banks cleared and reprofiled.  The most noticeable of all these changes was the cutting down of the mature willow trees on the corner halfway between Ludham Bridge and Neave's Mill that has really changed the view.
The clould was now full cover and the breeze was up so decide Ludham Bridge is the place to moor for lunch.  Empty moorings choice of spots.  Sandwiches, acuppa and a chat before retracing our outward trip.  As we leave a picnic boat comes under the bridge and turns then as we start a small Butifant yacht without mast comes through the bridge with a well-wrapped crew in the welldeck.  They follow us all the way to Barton where they take the Neatishead branch.  A cruiser is now on Irstead staithe - fishing.  On up Barton and see the two Nancy Oldfield boats tripping and inwardly say our thanks for sound minds and bodies.  Back to Stalham for a rest and fish and chips.

Saturday 16th February

A repeat of Friday's trip.  Pop into Barton Turf for a look.  Barton even better.  Bright sun beautiful sky. Marsh Harriers cruising above the marshes.  They must be some of the residents. Party of canoeists having a cuppa at How Hill.  Target of the day is St Bennets for lunch.  Nice wave from LBBY as we pass the workshop.  Lower west banks and Bure banks look well manicured with a good view across Horning Hall and the corner.  Three boats on the BA moorings all spread out.  We increase the spread by mooring at the west end.  Sit in the sun with sandwiches and a drink and read the papers.  Skylarks singing over the fields. A few boats about.  A HW bathtub comes upstream and moors on the Bure just above Ant Mouth, must be a fishing holiday.  Clouds are gathering in the south west so time to retrace the trip.  Football on TV this evening.

Sunday 17th February

Wake up to thick fog.  No boating this morning.  Have a walk on Stalham High Street.  Visit the boat and next door says they went out earlier and encountered ice on the dyke.  Decide to close the boat down and put the cover back on. Back to flat to watch the lunchtime match on the tv and then have a pm trip to the seaside at Walcott.  Walcott is busy with cafe and chippy open.  Visibility now about three miles.  Drive back to Stalham via Mundesley and North Walsham and spot some daffodils in flower near Bacton Mill.  Home on Monday.

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After 7 years and 100,000 miles we decided to get a new car. We like our new cars to have an easy beginning and always look for a round trip of of 300/400 miles easy driving before we begin to work the car up to full potential. So after picking it up on 1st March where else could we head but Norfolk when a weather window was on offer for the early part of the following week.

Sunday 3rd March.

Get all the stuff in the car.  We always have a couple of boxes at home which gradually accumulate stuff to take with us.  Set off just after 0930 and head down a quiet A57/A1/A17/A47 stopping at Boston for an early lunch.  Passing the old Little Chef at West Lynn we see it is now a McDonalds.  As we pass the Brundall roundabout we note that McDonalds have also taken over the old LC at that site and the builders are in.

Arrive in Stalham and unload the car, then off to the wetshed to get Grebe opened up and on charge.  Note that the boats are still sqeezed together because Richos have a big cruiser in the shed taking up more than one space. Note to get it sorted on Monday.  All other boats in the shed look fine, Malanka is still away getting TLC at Moonfleet. Very cold easterly wind blowing so decide that if it is still blowing on Monday we will probably not go out.  Back to flat for the evening.


Monday 4th March.

Foggy plus east wind.  Not nice.  See Richos about their boat and the potential for damage it is creating and they agree to sort it. Find out that this is Richos first day for hiring and 8 boats are due out with more on Tuesday. We have got missions such as lunch with friends and some chnadlery shopping at 'Nearest and Dearest' so coffee break and a read of the papers.  At 1100hrs the mist lifts and the sky brightens so off to Walcot to see the sea and perhaps a walk.  It is just after high water, the sea is all confused because of the easterly and big sprays are still affecting the apron so no walk just a watch and wonder.  Afternoon missions accomplished and back to base for the evening.  About 1700 hrs the wind moves into the south and it feels warmer.


Tuesday 5th March

Off to the boat, find Richos have not sorted their boat out, seek the man who promises to come straight away, which he does with a matey to help him, job soon sorted.  Wetshed very cold only 3c, outside sun is shining so covers off and quickly away.  Heating on, hob on.  Original plan was to be a trip to Dilham but decide Barton Turf or Paddy's Lane in the sun will be better.  So Barton Turf is empty so moor up and then sit outside in the sun drinking tea and chatting. This goes on until we decide it is sandwich time.  After lunch we decide on a walk into the village and off we go, just round the block and back chatting with locals as we go.  As we descend the hill to the Staithe we can hear an engine on the river, spot the boat and an friendly arm waves to us from the wheelhouse, Lord Paul has spotted us.  Nip down to the quay to take his forward line and he tells me he has brought the drone to take some pictures - do we wnt to play?  YES, so we did.  After playing we depart for Stalham, following Paul at a respectable distance.  Very few boats about.  Moor up and sort out the mooring of our neigbour who was also sqeezed.  Hear a motor and spot Zephyr (Y885) a Broom Captain, being returned from Moonfleet.  She has had a major renovation and looks a picture with white hull, dark cabin sides and white coach roofs.  I remember very pale cabin sides and possibly yellow on the coach roofs. Applaud Toby's excellent boat handling into a tight space. Back to base for fish and chips and champions league on the telly.  Set the robot vacuum cleaner working to do the bedroom and hall.


Wednesday 6th March

Wake early and bring a cupa to bed.  Set the robot to do the lounge while we lay-in.  Get up, pack, visit wetshed to put boat to bed and final checks before setting off at 0900hrs.  Try new McDonalds at West Lynn for a snack then on up the A17 which is very busy in both directions but we make reasonably good time anyway.  Home for 1245.

Oh and the car was fine 52 mpg cannot be bad.

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When the cold spell with strong easterly winds started in March, we saw an experimental long-range weather forecast that predicted a change on April 12th - so we made a note and an eye out for the weather changeing.  Sure enough it did so latest Norfolk plan is hatched.

Sunday 14th April 2013.

Warmer air has arrived but still a strong breeze.  Load the car up and off along the usual A57, A1, A17, A47 route.  Three hour and ten minutes later we are sitting in Stalham before we unpack and then get off to the boat to open up.  Down to Richo's where it is very windy.  Speak to the owners of Loch Ryan who have just back back in.  'Worst conditions they have ever seen on Barton'  not very happy.  Take the covers off Grebe and put the shore-power on to top the domestic batteries up and run the fridge.  Drive to Walcott to see the sea but it is hazy/misty, return via Mundesley and North Walsham. Then it is food and the Chinese Grand Prix on the telly.

Monday 15th April 2013.

Boating today.  The plan for the day is motor to Barton Turf.  Recommision the winterized domestic water system. i.e. connect up the domestic water system, fill the water tank and calorifier and then test for leaks.  Fit the new toll stickers.  Followed by a motor to Wayford Bridge or Dilham to do battery maintenance.  (Not done them for at least two years).  However, it is so loveley at Barton Turf that after doing the water we decide to stay - sod the batteries and toll stickers left at flat.  Have lovely day chatting to a couple of visiting HW hire boat crews.  Then see the local police in action checking out a dodgy looking man in a van.  Hear snippets...boat thefts...checking vehicles...can I look inside...  In the end he got a document written out for something and he left.

Back to the flat to change before going to friends for dinner.


Tuesday 16th April 2013.

Dull and cold.  Have a walk up Stalham High Street. Decide to go shopping in Hoveton.  Roys get our cash for groceries.  Walk down to the bridge, check out that the Granary Staithe is now owned by the parish.  Help a hire boat come in for the pilot.  Fish and chips from Stalham High Street.

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Living the dream Mal  Smile  iam as green as my jacket with envy Smile

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Wednesday 17th April 2013.

We've never seen a ceremonial funeral and may not get another chance.  So off on the 0705 from Norwich to London to watch the Thatcher event from Ludgate Hill.  Followed by an 'All my yesterdays' walk with Chris (SWMBO) who worked for both The Bank of England and the Midland Bank, in the streets around St Pauls and the Tower.


Thursday 18th April 2013.

We're on airport meeting duty today so after a late rise it is off to Gatwick via the fancy new station at Blackfriars.  Two days on London trains, now shattered.


Friday 19th April 2013.

Wind still blowing strong.  Visit Grebe in the wetshed.  Spot NBF Don (Clive) and family arrive.  Excange health notes with Clive and Kathy.  She looks very well considering she needs furthe treatment.  A bit of shopping plus a trip to Walcott for coffee.  Quiet day, visit friends.  Keel over early.


Saturday 20th April 2013.

A perfect day for boating.  Take a bottle of molasses based medcine for Clive.  A litre of rum should clear his chest infection.  Off down the Ant, destination St Benets.  Have a lovely cruise on a quiet river.  9 feet under Ludham.  Spot Brilliant still on the bank at LBBY.  Turn into the Bure and make ready to moor up.  Spot a day boat in the river just off the mooring and wait for it to move..and wait..and wait, then realise he has cast off before starting the engine and is now drifting.  So in we go tom rescue Brinklet 13.  Boat hook to grab his bow line and then a quick tug ashore.  Check to obvious - stop button still out cause -and then come up against the customer proofing system - the boat is equipped with an engine protection ststem and has an automated staring system if all the sensors say ok - it will not start so advise customer to ring BB.  We get on with our relax.

Note that the engineer turns up with a bottle of coolant plus a raw-water impeller.  He does a thorough check of the closed-loop engine side of the cooling system and tops it up before doing a check of the raw-water filter and impeller.  After all the checking he sets the auto-start system to heat and after a while the engine turns and fires.  Check under no load, check under drive load all seems ok.  Switches off and it will not restart.  More fiddling and eventually achieve a rewstart.  Customer sent off with advice.  Engineer suspects that when engine is turned off, a 'hot spot' develops near the temperature sensor and this inhibits the start process.  Sensor and related controls need to be checked and calibrated at base.

After lunch the wind begins to rise so we decide to head back to Stalham and have a lovely return run.  We spot Don in Dungraftin just leaving Barton as we enter.


Sunday 21st April 2013.

Windy and dull.  Our 34th wedding anniversary. Decide batteries will be checked today.  Job done in less than half an hour, all cells are ok, just a minor top up for them all.  Hopefully good for this season despite being 7 years old.   Aswe are going home on Monday we decide to put Grebe under her covers and then we can have an easy day on Monday.  After lunch we drive to Yarmite for a walk on what is a sunny but blowey afternoon before back to base for the Grand Prix.  Chinese take-away for dinner.

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Having been in S Yorks for weeks what with book orders that need stock producing, doctors, decorators and carpet

fitters, not forgetting the cold easterlies that seem to have affect Norfolk for weeks,  SWMBO spotted an imminent

change in the weather so the plan was laid.

Thursday 13th June 2013.

Stay in for a toner delivery.  Only 75 quid a throw for these, now tell me inkjets are expensive.  Get away about

100 hrs and have a reasonably charmed run down A57/A1/A17/A47.  Stopoff at Long Sutton for a comfort break and

fries.  Still very windy on arrival.  Unload car and chill out at the flat for an hour.  Then a trip to see the sea

at Walcot. Have a walk on the apron and then watch the sea from the car,  Walcot never fails.  Back to flat for M&S

food we brought with us.  These loyalty vouchers from M&S finance and SSE provide our treats.

Friday 14th June 2013.

Bit of a lay in but the sun is out.  Decide Walcot is the place so off for walks, coffees, ship spotting and then

lunch at the Kingfisher Cafe.  Afteroon at the wetshed getting the covers off Grebe.  This trip is the annual

polishing trip.  Notice that all the various covers hanging from the wetshed roof are still being blown by the

strongish wind.  That's why they are failing too much flapping about.  Also see our roof dust sheet almost take off

and figure out a tethering method.

Saturday 15th June 2013.

Roof polishing day.  Down to the wetshed, say hi the NBF member DON and his wife.  Watch DON leave.  Strip all our

gear off the roof and polish away.  This includes stopping for a snack.  Back to the flat for a shower - then off

to Hoveton for lunch at our friends.  Lazy evening.

Sunday 16th June 2013.

It's boating day.  Long distance Stalham to Barton Turf.  Sandwiches packed and off we go.  Tootle down to Barton

Turf, plenty of fishing underway from boats in the usual holes but the river is very quiet. We want to be on the

main staithe not Paddy's Lane, when we arrive staithe fullin the bay and round the back of the Black shed, front

quay with the water point empty but do not want to b there all day.  Notice that the river cruiser on the back

mooring is getting ready so go for a lap of the Heater and when we get back the space is free.

Spend all day on the mooring, cuppas, chatting to people, polishing the port side, lunch, snooze etc.  Spot Lord

Paul arriving for water and exchange our usual waves.  Only about four boats visit the water point all day.  Order

chinese from Stalham for 1730 hrs and motor up to Stalham to collect.  Spend evening in front of tv.

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Monday 17th June 2013.

Shopping day.  Roy's emporium for a microwave oven and 'Nearest and Dearest' for some fender lanyards for our

mooring fenders that protect Grebe's port side when we leave her at the moorings.  A walk in Hoveton to see the old

place, a quick chat with Debbie at Fineways then a walk to the bridge to see if anyone is about - no - the river is

very quiet.  Lunch at base and then we drive to Horing Staithe to 'gongoozle' for the afternoon.  En route we sneak

a peak in Haines' shed to see what is in production - the shed is full of work to our eyes.  Stoll about Horning,

buy ice creams and spot Maurice Mynahs boat on the staithe but no MM about. Back to base for a cuppa and then off

to B&Q at Yarmite for the bits to modify our dust cover.  Home for fish and chips.


Tuesday 18th June 2013.

Boating day again.  Decide on Neatishead for today's epic trip.  At the bottom of Stalham dyke we catch up with

Silver Gem which is running on tick-over and clinging to the edge.  Out with the binoculars and read the logo, NBF

memeber sadie (John and Di), sit behind them to the junction and then cut the corner and pass them. John confesses

later to beinga Speedfreak.  Carry on down to Neatishead. Limekiln Dyke is getting very overgrown and narrow for

the wider boats.  Only a couple of boats in the staithe so find a nice spot and moor starboard side to.  Give an

overhanging tree a quick prune to give headroom and polishing commences.  Play at mooring attendant help boats into

the staithe, have plenty of chats and luaghs.  Glint of Light turns up with a gang of about eight 'seniors' aboard.

They are all musical and have guitars, fiddles, some sort of recorder, one of those'Irish' drums, a washboard etc.

We get a medley of folk, country and shanties from them.  BLISS.

Wednesday 19th June 2013.

It is 14 years today since we took delivery of Grebe.  Happy birthday good friend.

We had planner for a 7 to 10 day break but know Thursday is a grim forecast and the weekend is forecast is looking

like strong southwest winds.  Original plan was to visit friends on Thursday and then hang around and see what

develops.  However the bed-based morning conference decides we are going home today.  So get up, put Grebe to bed

incorporating our new fixings on the dust cover.  Give the flat a quick (very quick) clean and off we go.  SWMBO

drives the first bit and has a charmed run until we get near to Long Sutton when the trucks start to build up.  We

stick it as far as Sutterton and then dive into Little Chef for lunch.  Very good it was too.  I take over and have

a charmed run north.  The A1 is closed at Grantham because of a fatal accident and the northbound side is patchy as

traffic comes on from various diversion routes.  Home for 1530.

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I've been a bit temiss with this but here we go.

We do not boat much in the July and August period. We were busy at home decorating, new carpet and new recliners to deal with.

We used to do the St Benets service but have now missed a few.  However we did come down for that weekend.

Saturday 3rd August 2013.

A late start from home and a steady drive down.  A bit of shopping and then to the wet-shed to take the dust covers off Grebe. A number of boats are out including our neighbourTradition.  We've not seen Roger and Sheila all year. Spent the afternoon chilling.


Sunday 4th August 2013.

Boating day.  A run down to Ludham bridge.  We turn back before we reach 'mayhen' corner.  Return to Paddy's Lane for lunch and snooze time.

Arrive back to find Tradition and Roger and Sheila back in.  They are busy cleaning ship, so a quick chat and goodbyes.


Monday 5th August 2013.

We start the day with an early morning stroll at Walcott.  Only 5 minutes drive from Stalham.  Take some items to Poppy Charity Shop.  Then off to visit friends in Hoveton for an extended morning coffee.  Hear that the 'raiders' are on Barton on Tuesday.  Back to Stalham for lunch, then Walcott for ice creams and a stroll.  Give me the high life.

Tuesday 6th August 2013.

Boat down to Barton and mudweight to watch the raiders have their sailing and rowing event.  Local boat Blue

Marlin, skippered by Peter Howe and crewed by Rob Den Engelse joins in.  Rob taught us how to sail years ago.  

After the race they join us for coffee and a chat.  They do not enter the rowing event.

Wednesday 7th August 2013.

Meet friends at Barton Turf and motor down to Barton for a picnic whilst mudweighted.  Great grub, great company.
Back to the wet-shed and put Grebe to bed.  Home tomorrow.

Thursday 8th August 2013.

Have a bad night's sleep and start out early.  Try the A47 Peterborough route as there are still resurfacing works

on the A17.  Catch a bit of 0830/0900 traffic to the East of Peterborough but make good time home.  20 miles further but not too costly in time.

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Late August and early September saw me in hospital but they mended me and we are not going to discuss the issue any further.  It meant howver that we missed our September visit.

Wednesday 18th September 2013.

We have decided we need to check our assetts in Norfolk.  I'm not feeling up to boating. A short visit is called for. So a steady drive down.  We visit friends on the way and then go to see the sea at Walcott.

Thursday 19th September 2013.

Early morning visit to Walcott.  Spectacular waves splashing over sea wall in places.  No chance of walking on the apron, so high level it is.  Check on Grebe in the wet-shed, see the new panels and door on the shed, then a shopping trip to B&Q in Gorleston for a refund and then a drive home.



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