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Just got back and unpacked, had a great week and the weather was great too!!! Only 1 rainy day and we were able to have the roof down most days although one day was open/shut/open/shut lol!
Picked the boat up from Stalham got there around 12pm and was able to unload and unpack straight away. Our trial run commenced around 2pm and was very short and sweet, the driver got us out of the marina then let me take over, we went down just past the private moored boats, turned round and came back, put the boat back on the marina stern on and he hopped off. Before the trial run he showed us where the mop, boat hook and rond anchors were, showed us where the engine was and said but you won't need to go in there, showed us how to turn the boat on and off and where the water fill cap was. That was it, over and done with within 10-15 mins. So think on when you decide to chastise the "newbies" because it probably wasn't explained very well!
Pushed off and after a lot of weaving around started our way down towards Barton, luckily there was another boat entering the broad so we followed behind, got to How Hill which had plenty of space but we decided to push on and ended up mooring up at Ludham Bridge, had a couple in the Dog Inn then went back and cooked some dinner.
More to follow.

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Sunday
Left Ludham Bridge and decided to meander down to Wroxham.
Didn't do any turnoffs along the way, was hoping to maybe stop at the Ferry Inn or The Swan but no luck, they were both very busy.
Enjoyed the scenery and all the lovely houses along the way. As we rounded the corner heading towards Wroxham Broad we were faced with not two, not three but four boats across coming at us in the other direction. A cruiser was overtaking two day boats and another larger cruiser was overtaking them, end result I headed for the bank/trees and killed the power whilst we waited for the wacky races to pass!!! Well done to a certain family from Sheffield who pulled off the outstanding manoeuvre!!!! (You know who you are!)
Having finally reached Wroxham we moored up outside Barnes Brinkcraft and headed for Roy's, bought stuff we didn't really need, but it's Roy's - it's the law! Lol! From there we went to the Kings Head had a few beers and watched the Comeback Kings pull back a 2-0 deficit to beat Villa 3-2!!! (They almost did it again today against Stoke!!)  We then went into the Bar at the Wroxham Hotel and had a couple more before collecting chips from Ken's to go with our dinner.

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For a second day in a row I was woken up by tap-tap-tapping on the boat, got up and went to the back door, no-one there. Went back to bed, tap tap tap, bemused went back to the door still nothing, went to the raised seating area and looked out the window to find a Swan at the side of the boat tapping away! Where did they learn this from??!!!
Wasn't sure whether to feed it not - didn't want to encourage bad behaviour!!


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Shortly after the swan wake up call there was a proper tap at the back door, and a lovely young chap from Barnes Brinkcraft asked us to move on as they were about to get very busy with returning boats and they needed the space. He advised that there was space further on down by the horrible looking turquoise holiday cottages! lol!  
After a quick think we decided to push off and after a lot more weaving around started to make our way back down through Horning and onto Potter Heigham. Sun was shining so the roof was down the whole way. At the junction with Ramworth Dam we heard a couple of short sharp beeps and two large cruisers shot out and cut in front of us turning towards Wroxham, I cut the power and gave a quick burst of reverse to avoid a near collision followed by a few short bursts of expletives towards the drivers of the boats who nonchalantly waved and said thank you!!?? Surely they should have exercised more caution and given way??? Arrived at Potter Heigham and aimed for a space opposite the Herbert Woods yard - fail!!! It all went horribly wrong and I  had to abort and ended up heading for the bridge!! Managed to regain my composure and swung the boat round in front of the bridge to come back for another go. Made it this time and a very helpful chap jumped out from his boat and gave us a hand, he explained the art of quick bursts of forward and reverse throttle to bring the boat in to the side and keep it under control, most helpful. Having successfully moored up we had a quick bite to eat and went for a wander, ended up in the Falgate Inn, had a couple of beers and wandered back to the boat to find all sorts of chaos going on, a hire boat was attempting to get into a space, another was trying to get into or maybe out of the boat yard, you really couldn't be sure and then a very nice, brand new shiny and very big private boat turned up and nabbed the space that one of the hire boats was trying to get into who at this point had drifted off further down trying to turn round he seemed a bit perplexed when he came back around to find the space gone!!



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Tuesday
Spent a leisurely morning at Potter Heigham and then decided to go to Ludham via Womack Water. As it was a nice day we moored up at the first set of moorings and walked through to the Staithe and then onto the village went in the Kings Arms for a swift one then wandered back to the boat, found a lovely house for sale on the way back and pondered on what it might be like to live there. Decided to push on for Acle, as the sun was shining the roof went down. The weaving was now becoming less frequent and the boat was going in more of a straight line! Got down to Acle Bridge but it was full so pushed onto the Ferry Inn, that was full too and there were a couple of boats double moored. Fingers crossed for Stracey Arms then, otherwise we would have to turn round and double back on ourselves as we wouldn't have enough time to get to Yarmouth before dark. Fortunately Stracey Arms was virtually empty with only 3 boats, so we picked a spot towards the end and moored up, which we were also finding easier to do having picked up a trick the previous day watching an elderly couple using the boat hook to loop the rope round the post and then gently pull in a short distance from inside the back well, the task of mooring was now cool, calm and collected rather than a mad panic of trying to get off and tie up. We were soon joined by a few ponies, a couple of donkeys and a rather amorous goat who all escorted us to the shop to pay. The shop was nice and the couple were very friendly and helpful they offered to cook us dinner or order a takeaway for us from the local Indian (the Chinese was shut on Tuesday's). We asked for directions to the nearest pub but was told there was nothing within walking distance but they would get us a cab to take us to Acle. Unfortunately there was not a cab to be had for an hour and a half so we decided to stay put and have a couple of beers on the boat. The donkeys, ponies and goat followed us back and kept us amused and the donkeys demonstrated how loud they could be with their braying, we wondered if that would be our alarm call in the morning!!



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Had we have gone to the pub we would have probably missed one of the most stunning sunsets I have ever seen.....


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We were completely mesmerised by it for what seemed like at least an hour, we sat in the rear well with a couple of beers and watched the ever changing colourful display before us....


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Wednesday
We didn't get the wake-up call, the donkeys were all tucked up in their stable, so we had a little lie in then decided to indulge in a cooked breakfast before pushing off for Yarmouth. The sun was shining so once again the roof was down, we had a leisurely meander down to the Yacht Station which took about an hour and a half from Stracey and we arrived at the station just after 12pm and this was our one planned night for the entire week, as tonight was Derby night at the dogs!! The chaps at the Yacht Station were very helpful and appeared as soon as they saw boats coming alongside and took care of the ropes and mooring with the instruction of not to touch them. The facilities at the station were great with plenty of water points, rubbish disposal and toilets and showers, in the ladies showers there is an area where you can plug in your hairdryers and straighteners and do your hair properly!! lol! Unfortunately, as soon as we had arrived the rain started which changed our plans as we were going to walk into Yarmouth but we didn't fancy the idea of it so much in the rain. So we stayed on board and had some lunch and a little snooze instead, woke up around 5pm and started getting ready for the dogs only to realise that the boat was now 4 foot below the quayside, how the heck were we going to get off now??!! We were standing in the rear well working out well if you do this then I can do that then you can pull me up etc when a couple of the station chaps were walking along doing a quay check, we explained our situation and they offered to pull us back about 15 feet to the steps behind us so we could get off, no mean feat considering they were pulling the stern against the tide!!! Thank you chaps most helpful!!! The night at the dogs was excellent, being Derby night it was very busy and the Derby final was exhilarating, the favourite, Twiggy, left us all screaming as she just managed to get her head over the line! The cab driver dropped us back at the pub just outside the Yacht Station (The White Lion?) where we stayed until closing enjoying a few beers and a game of pool whilst we worked out how much money was won and lost over the evening!




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Hi lisabeth

Brilliant photos of the sunset.

I am enjoying reading your holiday posts.

I would not get too worried about others bad boat helming.  When driving a car we all come across idiotic drivers on a daily basis but normally they are so frequent and occur  at such a speed that our brains do not get the chance to log the events in our memory.

On the broads everything is in slow motion so events stand out more and last longer but it is just the same bad drivers as on the road.

The broads may be magical but they cannot cast a spell over absolutely everyone's behaviour.

My plea is to savour the wonderful and ignore the boorish.

Have fun

Graham

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Thanks Graham

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