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Saturday 16th May

We woke up to a lovely clear blue sky and after packing our suitcases we began our journey from Walsall to Brundall. Our route took us along the M6, A14, A11 and A47 - the A11 is a lot better now that they have finished dualling it. We arrived at the yard at 1:30pm and it wasn't long before we were on the River Yare after our tutorial. We decided to head for Thorpe St Andrew as we had never been that far up the River Yare before and thought it would be nice to try somewhere different. After a steady cruise we came to the railway bridge at Thorpe - let's just say that we judged it better than what Mustang did! After mooring up outside the Rushcutters pub we decided to head for the Town House (Crown Carveries) just up the road. The food was excellent and filled us up nicely after a long day travelling on road and water. After a few drinks and a bit of Match Of The Day we called it a day with an early start needed the following morning.

Next time... A tight squeeze, a city visit and a superb sundae.

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Sunday 17th May

After a bit of breakfast an early start was needed so that we could get under the railway bridge at Thorpe. Our air draft was 6 feet 10 inches and the height of the bridge was barely 7 feet, a real close shave but we got through unscathed. We decided to head for Norwich for a few hours and were helped into our mooring by a nice chap called Keith who was making his debut at the yacht station. After a wander around the city we decided to have some lunch in Morrisons café. The fish and chips were very nice and I have never seen such a huge queue in a Morrisons café before! We made our way back to the boat, ready to head off to our destination for the evening which was the Ferry House at Surlingham. Having already eaten earlier in the day we decided to try one of the pub's desserts - the ice cream sundae. This was one of the best sundaes I have ever had, you had to see it to believe it. We had a longer jaunt in mind for the next day so we finished our drinks and headed straight to bed when returning to the boat.

Next time... A change of route, a tropical downpour and a bit of cue action.

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Thank you for your holiday tale thus far.      Today is a bit of a shocker isnt it.     I need to do the Morrison run in the car at Beccles and I am not going out till this horrible lot has gone over.   A really big strike this morning here and all the lights went momentarily but came back on thank goodness.

Take care and we look forward to your next episode.

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Keep it coming, sounds good so far.

Dave

:cheers:

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Cheers for the replies!
Fortunately the weather gods were smiling here in Walsall earlier today.
I hear you lot had it quite bad!
On with the holiday tale...

Monday 18th May

We woke this morning to the sound of rain falling on the deck so we had our coats at the ready as we set off down the River Yare. The original plan for today was to have a day out in Great Yarmouth but because of the inclement conditions we decided to give it a visit later in the week instead. Therefore with our plans altered we looked at our maps and thought of a new destination for the evening - Beccles. After a few hours cruising and improving weather conditions we had just passed Waveney River Centre when a huge dark cloud appeared above us. Eventually the heavens opened but this time if absolutely chucked it down, proper tropical stuff. By the time we arrived at the Yacht Station in Beccles the sun had resurfaced and we were able to enjoy our walk up to the Wetherspoon pub at the top of the village. The food was really good and excellent value - my burger filled me up so much that I was too full to try a dessert this time. We spent the evening in the snooker club just a few yards from the Yacht Station. The snooker tables weren't as good as the ones we are used to playing on but we still had a good time. It was soon time to head back to the boat and retire to our comfy beds for the night.

Next time... A shopping trip, a tidal surge and a quiz night.

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Tuesday 19th May

We woke this morning to beautiful sunshine and clear blue skies as we enjoyed some breakfast whilst moored up in Beccles. As we had reached the halfway point of our holiday we decided that we needed some more shopping for the rest of the week and duly headed in the direction of Morrisons. This store isn't as big as the one in Norwich but there were plenty of items on the shelves for us to stock up the fridge for the days ahead. Just before we got back to the boat we decided to have an ice cream from the little quay side cafe as the weather was beginning to warm up. It was now time for us to leave Beccles and make the relatively short trip back up the River Waveney to Oulton Broad. As we got towards the Yacht Station we noticed there was no room for us to moor there so we decided to moor outside the Wherry Hotel instead. The choppy tide was so strong that we were really struggling to moor stern on and the wind kept pushing the boat around sideways. It was at this time when we noticed a space had become available in the Yacht Station so without hesitation we started the engine and moored over in the Yacht Station. After we had settled down and paid our mooring fee we headed in the direction of the Wherry for a carvery. The meat was good and there was a very good selection of vegetables, all of which were nicely cooked and fresh. I had picked up way too much food so once again there was no room for dessert. A little bit later we decided to have a go at the Waveney Quiz and it was fair to say we didn't do very good (we finished last)! However we did win Play Your Cards Right and a bottle of wine so it wasn't all bad. The time had come to return to our boat, have a little supper and head to bed as we looked forward to visiting our favourite place on the Broads the next day.

Next time... A prod, a takeaway and a dog.

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Wednesday 20th May

The morning skies were once again clear blue as we pulled the anchor up and got moving back up the River Waveney. Our destination today would be our favourite place to visit on the whole of the Broads - Loddon. After a gentle cruise along the New Cut we found ourselves on the River Yare passing Reedham and the Chain Ferry before heading onto the River Chet. Around 45 minutes later we were moored up at the Staithe in Loddon as the heavens opened. After the rain had stopped we decided to have some tea and toast in Rosy Lees - easily the best tea room on the Broads. After returning to our boat we noticed a Herbert Woods boat trying to moor next to us with great difficulty. Suddenly a bloke appeared from this boat and proceeded to use his prod to push their boat away from ours - a little bit naughty but no damage done. For our evening meal we decided to try the Happy Buddha Chinese Takeaway and we were glad we did. The food was excellent, cooked nicely and left us feeling full once again. Later that evening we decided to watch the Arsenal v Sunderland game in the King's Head pub and we were rewarded with a 0-0 draw! Also in the pub was a very friendly dog who ended up being more entertaining than the footy and that's saying something! After a few games of cards we retired to our boat for the night with the rain continuing to lash down.

Next time... A train trip, a day out at the seaside and a missed quiz.

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Thursday 21st May

Once again we were greeted to a beautiful clear blue sky to start the day as we untied the ropes, pulled the anchor up and headed back up the River Chet. Today's destination was Cantley and we arrived in plenty of time so that we could catch the train to Great Yarmouth. The 20 minute train ride took in some pleasant views as we passed through Reedham and Berney Arms before we reached Great Yarmouth for our day out at the seaside. The weather was perfect and the hottest it had been all week as we had a mooch in the shops, spent a few pennies in the arcades and had some fish and chips near the seafront. It was soon time for us to head back to Cantley (again by train) where we watched a bit of telly before heading off to the Reedcutter pub. Unfortunately we arrived a little too late for the quiz which contained a very large number of questions and lasted at least 2 hours but well worth a go if you arrive before 8:30pm. After finishing our drinks and a few attempts on the quiz machine we headed back to the boat where we had our final sleep on board as we awaited our cruise back to base the next morning.

Next time... A final cruise, a meal in the Yare and a fuel deposit query.

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Friday 22nd May

Our final day of our holiday had come around as we started the engine and headed back to base in the morning sunshine. When we arrived in the boatyard we let the owners know that we were planning to leave just after we had our lunch in the Yare restaurant. Our meals were excellent - my steak was cooked very nicely indeed and the portions were of a decent size. The time had come to say goodbye to the Broads for another year as we packed away our luggage and gave the boat a quick clean and tidy up. Just before we left we were given a fuel deposit return of £62.50 but we didn't think this was correct as we hadn't done much travelling during the week (we only stayed on the south side). After a double check we were given an extra £25 as the original deposit was for £150, not £125 which they thought it was. All in all it had been another fabulous week on the Broads - standby for some photos of the boat which I will upload shortly.


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