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Jun-20-2014 @ 11:16 AM                           Permalink
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7th to 13th June was our second week on the Broads this year, this time on Gala Girl II.  As usual we had decided to go round our usual favourite spots mainly on the Ant and this time it was virtually wall to wall sunshine for the week, a bit too hot at times.

After running through an horrendous rain storm around Eleveden we arrived in Wroxham at about 10:30.  As usual we phoned the yard at about 11:30 to be told that the boat was ready for us.

After departing the yard we proceeded down the Bure intending to make How Hill for the night but, after passing idiots in two day boats playing with an inflatable downstream of Horning (see video), just as we were coming up to Ranworth Dam the Rev. Count dropped to zero, ignition light came on and the engine temperature started to climb.  After calling the yard we limped into Malthouse Broad as slowly as possible and found a mooring on Ranworth Staithe.  Within about half an hour the yard engineer was with us and replaced a shredded fan belt.  Since it was a beautiful afternoon and we were facing the broad we then decided to stay for the night.

Sunday dawned as a lovely sunny day so after bacon sarnies we headed to Gays Staithe and got one of the two side-on moorings.  Plenty of Damselflies about but none would settle long enough for photographs or video.  By the evening we were the only hire boat on the moorings with two private ones (one of which was the old gentleman with the greyhound that we often see).

Monday again dawned with glorious weather so we decided on Womack for the afternoon/night since we needed to visit Throwers.  A pair of Coots were around with two small chicks and the Grebe chick that we had seen in April was also there, but with only one parent, still being fed with fish by the adult.

After rain overnight Tuesday began as another lovely day.  Trip to Neatishead was the order of the morning, a visit to the shop for some fudge and then a relaxing afternoon, in the sunshine again.  Didn’t get to the pub, must make that a definite next time.

Wednesday called for a trip to Dilham and then the night at Sutton Staithe.  Saw plenty of Kingfishers on the way up to Dilham but the river was quite weedy, stopped at Dilham for a short time and then turned the boat on the ropes before departing for Sutton Staithe and another afternoon in the sun.

Checking the weed filter on Thursday morning showed how weedy the river had been up to Dilham.  Headed to How Hill for a wander around and then decided to try for Irstead.  Lucky at Irstead and managed to moor on the inlet section, saw plenty of Swallow Tails but again no chance of photographs unfortunately and we saw a Grass Snake swimming across the river but again by the time I had grabbed the camera it had reached the shore on our side and disappeared.

Friday proved to be another glorious day so a it was a slow cruise back to the yard and depart for home as it is our usual practice to go home late on the Friday afternoon.

All in all the best weather we have had for years and the bonus of seeing the Swallow Tails.


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Thank you Bryan, enjoyed your blog and upload on youtube. You were very lucky with the weather.  Cheers

Paul & Jenny

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