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Last year I titled as a breezy week, this year was again the same, but a family holiday with daughter, son in law, and Edward who is now 6 1/2, and Harriet 19 months, so we knew it was going to be an 'interesting' week!  Arriving at Brundall at 12.30, parked at the 'Yare' for lunch, asked for the bar menu which was the sort of lunch we all wanted.  An essential train watching session from the bridge.
Getting to the boatyard at 2 p.m. remembering from 4 years ago when we hired Silver Eclipse, that this was the time cars were let into the yard, soon we were unloaded and busy stowing things on board.  Silver Spirit is as usual for Silverline is a well kept and prepared boat, at 42ft the longest we have hired. A walk around the boat showed us how everything worked, a trial run was not deemed necessary as we had hired from them before, and we were on the river by 3.30. I had envisaged stopping at Reedham and visiting 'The Ship'for eating, but although not that many boats were moored, they were rather well spaced so no room, next was to be Berney arms, as we wanted to cross Breydon in the morning,  however there was room at the Polkeys Mill mooring at 6.15 which proved to be a good place. this mooring has quite long vertical posts which prevents any problems with getting hooked over or under the top woodwork. From necessity we ate on board, a bit of a disturbed night, as Children not used to their new quarters. (photo, Harriet trying on life jacket)

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Sunday morning, explored the Polkeys Mill site, a lot of restoration work has ben going on, and it looks as if the restored buildings are sometimes open.  After breakfast set off at 9a.m. fairly choppy on Breydon,but with the tide ebbing we were a bit earlier than intended at Gt Yarmouth. 10 a.m. with 9ft showing on the bridge gauge, plenty of room for Silver Spirit. The plan was to have the incoming tide going up the Bure, but being a bit early finished up with being against it.  At Stokesby there was just room on the farm mooring, and a visit was made to the tea room for lunch, always a good place to go whatever time of the day!   Then it was a visit to the village playground for the children to let off a bit of steam.
     After Acle the river Bure became rather busy with sailing craft taking part in the Thurne regatta, and the wind having become very strong, there were a few 'interesting' moments! around Thurne mouth.
     Horning was very busy, with a loud band playing outside the Ferry Inn, and boats moored stern on, also the same at the village mooring. Saw the Wymondham young farmers in their Pedallo collecting for charity. Salhouse was to be our destination for the night, but the main mooring was full by 4.50, but there was plenty of room on the island.  After eating young Edward had some rowing lessons in the dinghy.

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Getting very behind with this tale, but here goes, it is now Monday morning, and our goal is to get through Wroxham bridge, moor up and visit the model Railway exhibition.  Arriving close to the Bridge, it was very busy, with boats seemingly 'hovering' about waiting. I am pleased that Silver Spirit has a bow thruster to help in the strong wind.  Eventually a space became vacant in the short dyke adjacent to the Hotel Wroxham, and one of the pilots had just left the official Pilot mooring.  I noted that the bridge gauge was reading 6' 9", and our boat said it needed 7' 2".the pilot soon came aboard, and didn't seem too worried about the height difference! and there were several inches to spare, we moored up just through the railway bridge, and walked to the Railway exhibition, first visit for the family crew, but two of us had been two years previous.  Spent a fair time there, including Coffee and cake.  The new extension that was just starting to be built 2 years ago, is quite advanced in the woodworking stages, but will be a while before it is ready to run.  Next a visit to the Broads information shop to buy a copy of Chris Crowthers new book, and some inevitable shopping at Roys.  Lunch on board followed.
     A steady run up to Coltishall, arriving at 3.30.
and a visit to the well stocked shop.  Daughter and Son in law decided they needed some exercise, and ran as far as the old Coltishall aerodrome, finding out on their way back that the footpath alongside the Bure Valley railway was better than the road.
     Eating for this evening was undecided, and eventually just two of us went to the Kings Head, we ate from the 'bar menu' and made a welcome change to our usual visit to the Rising Sun.  The Kings Head became very busy, and I feel that booking a table would be a good idea.
     That night there was a vey heavy rain storm .
  

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Tuesday dawned rather cold and windy. leaving Coltishall at 8.50 and arriving at the Kings head mooring in Hoveton at 10.10. It had ben an idea to get a taxi to the Bewilderwood to keep the young ones entertained, but with the rain and wind we had to abandon the idea.  So it was just another visit to Roys (more food!) and lunch on board. The pilot took us through the bridge at 1.05, saying it was going to be 'a bit tight' this time the gauge said 6.7". so 5" lower than the boat!   so it was just a cruising along day, passing through a much quieter Horning and on up the river Ant. seeing the Pleasure Wherry  'Harthor' looking good moored at How Hill.
     Neatishead was a possibility for tonight, but having navigated Lime Kiln dyke noting that there has been a lot of tree clearance since last year, the mooring was full.  Once again the bow thruster made turning Silver Spirit in the limited room available quite easy.  Gays Staithe had spaces, and water available too, this was our first visit to this mooring, we walked to the village shop, there is always something needed!   eating on board tonight.

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I have Silver Spirit booked for the week 13th august, taking my two daughters and 2 grand children. Its a treat from me. Apart from the fact I love the broads.

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Wednesday the 1st of June, Not quite the first day of Summer!
     Left Gays Staithe after filling up the water tank (the only time) at 8.40  again very windy on Barton Broad but no rain, a stop was planned at Ludham Bridge, and although the shop side was full, there was room opposite.  Coffee and cake were taken in the café. which has quite a large menu. We left at 11, making for Potter Heigham.  where we were able to get a side on mooring in Herbert Woods yard.  Lunch at Lathams, and a few purchases in the shop.  With all the wind, Womack seemed to be a good option for the night, but even then all spaces were taken, and a couple weighted out. next plan was Thurne dyke, this was quite busy, but there were spaces towards the top.
deciding on the farm mooring as it is better kept, £4.
Facing up the dyke, rather than turning round as more boats were following. however this turned out to be a bad idea, as another large cruiser moored a bit further up on the opposite side, causing a very narrow gap between it and another on the same side as us. So stopping any other boat from reaching the turning area. With the wind blowing straight from the side I could getting out next morning was going to be 'interesting'.
(photo of Polkeys Mill, that should have been with day one)
    

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Thursday2nd June,
     The very strong wind continued throughout the night, and after breakfast began to think up a campaign to get out of the dyke, but just as the engine was started, another cruiser came up the dyke and successfully wedged itself between the two at the top of the dyke, this had a desired effect of getting the boats crew on deck, and they eventually pulled it forward, but had to hold it against the strong wind on the ropes, as there are no rings or posts.  So the newly arrived boat got through and turned around, so we quickly followed, again thank goodness for the bow thruster, even now it was difficult to keep straight going back out. time 8.30.
     Today was going to be a long one, as Beccles was the intended night stop, going down the Bure there were quite good sized waves! and this feature continues over much of the journey down to Great Yarmouth. we passed Stokesby at 9.30. Great Yarmouth 10.55.
Really quite rough on Breydon, but we have crossed in worse conditions. Burgh Castle 11.50. StOlaves 12.35.
bridge height 8' 5" . Somerleyton 8'.and the wind was at last quietening down! past Oulton Dyke 1.40. and arrived at Beccles 3.15. the water level was quite high, with a while to go to high tide. A walk up to the town, and a purchase of fruit from a good shop in the town. The children visited the play ground.
     Beccles HAS to be visited, mainly for a visit to the 'Restorante Piatto' at 23 Southgate,  Do make a point of going there, a real Italian restaurant. between us we had Pizzas, Pasta, and Risotto dishes, all the best.
     By 10p.m. the water was 2" from the top, so fendoffs were re positioned, a quiet night
(picture 'Tumblehome' from Martham Boats, on Breydon)
  

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Last full day, Friday 3rd June,  weather still rather grey, but at least no raining, our two running enthusiasts went running, I had a walk up to the town for some milk, and to find the post office, (it is in the back of W.H. Smiths) noted there was a market setting up in the town. Back to the boat, and we all had coffee and cake from the 'Quay' next to the yacht station. (Very good).
Leaving at 10 a.m. our next stop was to be the Waveney river centre so that the children could be taken swimming. I am told that the water was warmer than a previous visit!  saw 'Broad Ambition' leaving.  Lunch on board, we left at 2.15. The afternoon was a steady cruise back to Brundall at 5.30.  Fetched Fish and chips from the shop at the top of Station road.
     We all enjoyed our week on Silver Spirit would definitely hire from Silverline again. One year we will get good weather I am sure?


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An interesting sailing boat seen at the Waveney river centre, a Wivenhoe one design, in superb restored condition.

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