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Lisabeth,I love the sunset pics,absolutely beautiful! Are you going to enter them in the calender comp if it's still going? Finding your holiday tale fascinating! Great storytelling!

Love from Pegs

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Thank you Pegs. Didn't know there was a calendar comp I shall investigate!

There you go Pegs entered just for you!

Everyone please vote for September Sunset at Stracey! Smile



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Pushed off from Yarmouth just before 10am, which I managed to do by myself as the other half was still in bed nursing a sore head from the night before! I think I'm getting the hang of this boating lark! Took a nice leisurely meander back up towards Acle, as it was a nice sunny day the roof was once again down. We couldn't stop at the Ferry Inn / Stokesby as it was full, so we carried on to Acle Bridge where we managed to get a spot right outside the Bridge Inn where we stopped and had some lunch. We then walked over the bridge to the store and bought a few gifts, had a nice chat with the lady behind the counter and met her lovely dog Tallulah.



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After lunch we decided to carry on up the Bure and head towards Horning as we really enjoyed the scenery and admiring all the waterfront houses the first time around, so thought we would have another mooch around. At the bend with the mouth of the Thurne we encountered a strange new roundabout system! Wasn't sure what to make of it at first??!!



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He seemed quite content with where he was and what he was doing it took me by surprise but made me giggle!


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We carried on towards Horning having a laugh and joke about our encounter with the new "roundabout" and decided to take a look at Ramworth as I'd heard good things about the Maltsters, unfortunately we couldn't get moored, we hung around for a short while but it was evident that no one had any intention of leaving so we mooched on to Horning, no room at the Ferry Inn or the Swan so we swung round and decided to head for South Walsham to see if there was any space there. As we were approaching the Ferry Inn I spotted a space right outside the front, we couldn't believe our luck, but we were now staying the night that's for sure. We moored up very gracefully according to someone sat outside the pub so I felt chuffed with that! Went in to enquire about mooring fees at the bar and were told that there was no charge for overnight mooring at this time of year. We then walked down to the village to have a nose around then settled into the The Ferry Inn for the night enjoying a few beers.


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exerlent story


kindest regards . malcolm wilkinson

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Friday
Our last full day and we had already decided the night before to make the most of it and go up to Wayford Bridge, it was a bit overcast, but it wasn't raining so jumpers on and roof down, we wanted to make the most of it. As we entered the mouth of the Ant there were two boats in front of us and at least three that we could see behind us, you could tell that there were a lot of boats getting ready to return to Stalham the next morning. Ludham Bridge was full, as we approached the bridge we remembered: screen! In one swift movement it was safely down and we passed through without incident. How Hill was full, Irstead Staithe full too. We were going to have a mooch around and a nosey at Neatishead, Barton Turf and Sutton, but decided against it because everywhere was filling up fast, so we stuck to the plan and continued on to Wayford. We passed San Fransico who had obviously just set out, full of young lads, music on, beers in hand having fun. The crossing of Barton Broad was nice, we were still following Executive at this time, but other than that there wasn't much else around, it was a bit cold and windy but we did pass an actual police boat (not BA) who looked like they were doing some sort of training, wondered if they might catch up to San Fancisco at some point??! Executive turned off at Sutton and we now found ourselves, for the first time since entering the Ant, with no one in front of us, we continued on to Wayford. There was one space at Wayford but it was tight and a chap was fishing off the back of his boat, we looked at the bridge, we checked the height board, we looked at the tight space, we looked at the bridge. I was feeling confident the board was reading 7ft our air draft was 6ft9, the roof and screen were already down, let's do this! I said. We approached dead dead slow, lined up the boat and then we both had to duck! I couldn't even remain in the driving position I had to step down to the side, the boat glided through very slowly without incident. The moorings on the other side were empty, we pondered for a while and decided that with our new found confidence we would continue to Dilham! We took a very slow meander through Dilham Dyke and Tyler's Cut through to the end at Dilham Staithe, there was one boat already moored up and the turning point was very tight but after a few shunts I managed to turn round and moor up. There was a lot of reed and apples in the water and midges were a plenty. The couple in the boat already moored appeared and took their dog for a quick walk then untied and left. We looked around, I didn't really like the fact that you were moored up right outside someone's house, the reed and apples in the water around you, the midges etc so we also decided to push off and go back down to the empty moorings at Wayford bridge. When we got there we pulled in just past the fisherman near to the bridge and before we had even put the first rope round the post a lady appeared with pad in hand announcing that as it was just after 2pm she would charge us £10 to stay the night and we would get a receipt, she was like Mrs Benn, she just appeared out of nowhere! We accepted her offer, paid and moored up. I then set about the very sad task of packing up and having a tidy round. We then went to the Wayford Bridge Hotel, had a few beers watched the rugby and went back to the boat and cooked our last meal.



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Thanks Malcolm

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Saturday
7am! Up and at 'em! Cleared out the fridge and packed away the last of our things. Pushed off at 7:30 the height board for the bridge was barely showing the 7ft mark, roof down, screen down and a big deep breath, slow slow slow and we once again squeezed through without incident. We slowly made our way back to Stalham, quietly and somewhat sad that it had all come to an end. As we turned into the Sutton / Stalham stretch we joined a long queue!! When we eventually reached the yard Swan Quay was full so we had to wait on Heron until we were called over. There was lots of rushing round and a man with a clip board waving his arms around. We went and fetched the car round and loaded up, took the life jackets back and got rid of the last of our rubbish. Then we hung around waiting for a space to be made. Another boat moored alongside us and we started exchanging holiday stories, unfortunately theirs included three breakdowns, so they were more than a little disappointed. Eventually we were called over to Swan Quay, where I had to stern moor on a bend in the quayside! Even though we got there well before 9am we were actually one of the last to be checked out. They filled the boat up with diesel and worked out that I was due a refund of £30 from a £125 deposit, which I was more than happy with. Went to reception,  handed in the manual and collected the cash refund. We had one last look around and with much sadness got in the car and started the drive home to Harpenden in Hertfordshire.



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