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Debbie
Feb-04-2006 @ 2:39 PM                           Permalink
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I remember when my husband decided that we were going to go on a family holiday now that our two boys were a bit older.
All excited at the thought of going somewhere hot, sunbathing by a pool etc. THEN.... "I was thinking of taking you to the Norfolk Broads for two weeks". he said. "THE WHAT" I asked.
He then explained that it was a boating holiday."You have to be joking, I am sorry but I personally can't think of anything worse I said", "how boring is that going to be". Where is the excitement in that.I was out numbered as the boys liked the idea of it. Right I thought I will give it a go but this will be the first and last time after this we go where I want to go.We set off at 5.30am to get on yet another boat for the crossing from the Isle of Man to Liverpool down those motorways that scare the life out of me. Stop at Barton Mills for the night then head to Wroxham to see if the boat is ready still with a bit of a face on me. Not ready yet so off to Potter heigham to get.......... OH MY God! maggots. So now not only have I got to try and live on a cramped smelly boat for two weeks I now have to share it with maggots.
Now to Wroxham to get some shopping noticing that all the people I had met were so friendly chatting away wishing us a lovely holiday, so that was really nice and a good start. The boat was now ready, Okay it was bigger than I thought it was going to be, okay, okay it was really nice actually.
Off we go cruising along at 4mp thinking we are never going to get anywhere at this rate.As we were going along people waved and we waved back. My husband said this is where we will stay the night. "WHAT"? this was in the middle of nowhere surely he had to be joking. Although I have to admit it was beautiful. The boys set up their fishing equipment and settled down for the evening maggots and all. I started to cook a meal, it was a lovely feeling, very cosy and homely with my CD playing quietly in the back ground, which I wasn't expecting to find on a boat.We had a great evening playing some games and watching tv. Then to bed, this I was dreading, having to use the shower, but it was fine and I had a great nights sleep.To wake up in the morning to the peace and tranqility that faced me was amazing, swans swimming around the boat hoping for a piece of bread and a strange mist just hovering over the water. The boys fed the swans while I cooked them bacon, eggs, sausage etc.
My illusions had been proved wrong, very wrong. Over the next 2 weeks we had great weather, visited some lovely places, saw some of the most beautiful scenary, met the nicest people, started to identify birds, drove the boat, relaxed, had some great pub meals and my biggest achievement did some fishing using those maggots and found I really enjoyed it. The 2 weeks went far too quickly  and we were all quite upset that it was over, YES even me. We didn't want to leave.
Well it was over and come October we were starting to talk about our next holiday. "Right it's down to you this year" my husband said. " So where do you want to go"?
Well erm...  I would quite like to erm...... if possible go back to the Broads whilst biting my tongue. Needless to say I got alot some stick.

So don't knock it till you've tried it was what I learnt.

Belive it or not we haven't been anywhere else since we just get drawn back to the Broads time and time again. It's a Brill holiday.

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Hi Debbie
          My husband decided for us to take a boating holiday and I thought "oh my God" well that was 17 years ago and have been every year since then and sometimes twice,and last year we bought our own so looking forward to a few holidays to our favourite place,you are right about it drawing you back.

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And then Debbie, you found this place with it's dour old sea dogs and marigold infested mariners and you knew you had been right all along. Faith restored in human nature Playful

'You may only be going from Loddon to Reedham Ferry but I still don't think that the power lead you have connected will be long enough' Bill...

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Hi Debbie.
It was so nice to chat to you the other night,and you met some of our other ship mates in the chat room.
Would you do me a favour mate and post a few photos of your sea going boat,plus a couple of I O M.
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I lived in Castletown for six wonderful months back in 03. Loved the place but couldn't get a job so had to return.

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Hi Roya

It was great talking to you and the others the other night. I will try and work out how to send pictures and do that for you but don't hold your breath I'm useless with computers.

Maurice

I lived in Castletown for four years in Malew Street before we moved just 3 miles away to Colby. So when I work out how to get the pictures on to the site you will probably recognise the places.

Debbie  Smile


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