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Sunday 10th July

I wake up very early, but stayed in bed (so Leanne could sleep in) until around 6am when I just had to get up, the start of the day was overcast. Today we planned a short journey to Reedham, and hopefully get a mooring on Reedham quay.

We set off around 8.30am, no open air cruising as yet too cold for our liking. As we cruise down the river the geese swim out to meet us with the hope of receiving some food, but no luck.

We cruise on at a leisurely pace (around 1650 rpm in the 6mph zone) taking in the sites and sounds, the fisherman are out doing their Sunday morning fishing, we cruise well to the left to give them as much room as possible. As the morning goes by we start to encounter other river traffic going up and down the Yare, we pas the reedham Ferry with out having to stop, and on to Reedham quay where we secure a Mooring. All the moorings were taken by about 11am.

With the the water nice and hot it is off for a shower, the weather has improved and after the shower I am able to put shorts on again and enjoy the warm sunshine, with the canopy down, and the saloon acting as a sun trap.
Then Mark appears (I am gussing it is Goonermark) as he said he was from a syndicate boat, (and a forum member) he told me Buffalo Bill had posted on the forum about a meeting at Ranworth the following Saturday. As I had no internet access I did not know what Buffalo Bill had posted, but we had agreed to meet up for a BBQ.

A little later there is another knock on the boat, I am gobsmacked at who I see standing there it is Suzanne, and Peter also from a syndicate boat (Lightning I think) the reason I am so blown away is we met Suzanne, and Peter, exactly 3 years ago, at Reedham, on the same day. What are the odds of this happening again???

Suzanne is also an Aussie, she recognised our accents when we first met 3 years ago in the Ship, and is from a town only 100km away from where we live

We enjoyed the rest of the day in the sun watching the boats go up and down, and generally feeling happy with ourselves that we are on the Broads.

Later that night we went to tea with Suzanne, and Peter at the ship, and caught up on happenings over the past 3 years

Another good meal was had, and we enjoyed each other's company.

Monday 11th July
Our destination today is Acle

We departed Reedham around 8am, for the 10am slack water at Great Yarmouth. The wind was blowing strong this morning.

We arrived at Breydon early so we had a short stop at the Berney arms mill to have a coffee, and shower, then off across Breydon, again at around 1650rpm, no rush, plenty of boats going in both directions.
We arrive at the Bure which is still on the ebb
As we are passing through the the yacht station, the Harbour master tells me to pull over, as there is a barge coming down the river, after a 20 minute wait the barge arrives. From recollection this was 2 or 3 barges tied together with a Broads Authority escort and took up most of the rivers width through the yacht station. Once passed, we are clear to go, the tide has changed and we continue up the Bure with the flood.
The wind increases in strength, and rain comes along, no open air cruising for the moment, there are a number of cruisers heading down stream to Yarmouth, and I am passed by 2 cruisers and a yacht (motor power) as we cruise to the Stracey arms for lunch.

Incoming tide, strong wind, as I come in to moor. I am trying to work out which is the stronger so I can moor aginst it, but on my first attempt I get it wrong, and I am blown away from the bank, second attempt much better, and I tie up along side, not happy with my first performance.

The weather improves, so canopy down and we are off to Acle.
We have a booking at the Acle Bridge inn for tea so we are hoping to secure a mooring out the front, As I come round the bend all the pub moorings are taken, but just as I am passing a large Herbert Woods boat pulls out, through the bridge I go, spin around and come back to claim the mooring.

We now have good sunshine, shorts on. As it is approaching beer o'clock, I crack a cold tinnie from the fridge, life is good, particularly on the broads, in the sun.

Leanne, and I enjoyed a very good meal from the pub. Back to the boat, and some 18 year old Chivas regal was consumed.
So endeth another great day


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A good write up David.
I, and other's, are pleased you went with the suggestion  Playful  to write the blog.


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Tuesday 12th July

Another early morning, up at 6am, but this time the morning is distinctively warmer, I get the camera and go for a walk to take a few Broadland shots so we have more memory's to look back on.

I am waiting for Horizan Craft to open at 8am so I can call Silverline, we have had a fridge problem for the past 2 days, I spoke with Colin yesterday, and the technician today who came out to look at the fridge earlier.

Our destination today is Coltishall.
I agree with the technician to meetup in Wroxham so the fridge can ne fixed. Just after 8am and we are off cruising, canopy down, Leanne (keeping warm) still in bed, nice cruise up the Bure not as windy, plenty of sun, and by 8.30 we are putting on sunscreen. I like to start cruising early in the day, and also have an early finish, hopefully getting the mooring's of our choice. Nice to see other boats out and about, as we continue on the Bure at thurne mouth it gets decidedly busier, pretty windy now but still warm. Inthe distance I can see around 3-4 yachts that look like they are taking up river, something to encounter later, on we go towards Wroxham, the speedy boats go past forgetting they are on holiday, and obviously must get to where ever they are going as fast as possible.
Pass the yachts no problem, St Bennets is very busy, this stretch of water must be the busiest in broadland, there is a police boat on the Bure sitting opposite the Ant, (must be waiting for speeding boats?) on to Horning, and to my surprise no yachts to get past at the Horning yacht club.
Just on the outskirts of Wroxham, approaching the 4mph sign, 2 boats decide I am too slow and overtake, no problem, I am on holiday relaxing. Now to find a boatyard to Silverline can come and fix the fridge.
I see one in Barnes just outside their office, thank goodness for bow, and stern thrusters on this boat, as I make it in in one go.
In to the office and call Silverline, the Tech arrives and advise's there is a major problem with the fridge, it is drawing over 5amps instead of the 1-1.2amps it is supposed to, the tech calls Colin, and 40 minutes later the Tech is back with a brand new fridge.
While all this is happening, the temp is something like 24/25 degrees according to our thermometer, really nice warm weather, but there are storm cloudes brewing. I have a walk down to see the bridge pilot, I held little hope of getting under the bridge as the guage was showing 6'9" on the way in, Simoom need 7'3" clearance, the pilot also said thunderstorms, and heavy rain was due that afternoon, and we should not go through, disappointing, as we like the stretch between Wroxham, and Coltishall, but I did nat want to get trapped under the bridge.
After the fridge had been replaced we moored in the back basin of Faircraft, a little while later the heavy rain, and thunderstorms arrive, no more boating today.
The rain stopped so we could go to tea at the Kings Head, they had been flooded out in the entrance as thay had sand bags across the doorway, and buckets collecting water dripping from the ceiling.

Leanne had an enjoyable carvery, my choice was not the best, but not the worst of this holiday, the rain held off so we could get back to the boat, more rain arrived shortly after

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Dave Downunder

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The storm clouds approach

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Despite the impending rain that you were expecting , lovely photo and interesting holiday tale.  Keep it coming.   It is like a good book.

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Wednesday 13th July

We wake to a morning with a little blue sky and grey clouds. As some of the Faircraft workers walk to work I hear one lady say "nice day today" with a reply of "lets hope it stays this way". I know, I know, I am a visitor from a much warmer climate but the comments amuse me, as I did not think it was such a good start to the day, but the locals know better than me.
Well, when youu visit from overseas sometimes you need to do the washing and today was the day, so after breakfast, Leanne and I take our washing acoss the road to do the laundry. Despite what the Lady at Faircraft said about the weather, I am not convinced. refer to the attached photo

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I go into town to buy a few items while we wait for the drying to be completed.

Back on the boat and off we go to Salhouse for some mud weighting, there is a wind blowing, but I think we will be ok.
Once settled, and I am happy the mud weight is holding, out form the overhanging trees 2 mother ducks with their large brood of chicks arrive looking to be fed, there must have been around 13 chicks, then other ducks, geese, and swans arrive, we were able to feed the chicks before the others arrived but we did share with the other ducks.
We had lunch in the sunshine canopy down, wind blowing, I am starting to think we are drifting, as the trees seem to be getting closer. Although I did let out a long run of chain due to the slightly windy conditions.
The trip boats from NBD come around doing their trips with plenty of day trippers on board. Well I am now starting to feel a little more uncomfortable as I am sure we are getting closer to the trees, so I decide to pull the mud weight and head off for the New Inn at Horning where we have a table reserved.
We arrive slightly before 3pm so we cruise past, turn around and come back.
Guss points to where we need to moor, as he is busy bringing in another boat at the time, but as we pull in Guss is around to make us secure.
Over the past 2 trips I have been looking for a Norfolk Broads clock, not one of those mdf things which we bought some years ago, and eventually fall apart but a china, or pot clock, so into Horning to scour the shops (as with Hoveton yesterday) but no luck. Back at the boat we again enjoyed the sunny afternoon, canopy down, beer in hand, nothing better.
We enjoyed 2 good meals at the pub.
The end of another great day.

Photo Salhouse broad

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Dave Downunder


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Thursday 14the july

Up early as usual. A little later  (around 7.30am) the boat moored on our right takes off nice and slow, I now get a better view down river, at around 8am the boat to our left takes off, but not in the same manner as the other boat, he takes off with high revs, left hand down even before he has left the mooring, and side swipes our boat all the way out, some people do not understand how a boats steering works.

At 8.30 we take off. Leanne stays in bed as I have the canopy down, and leanne wants to stay warm. I am sure I look strange as I have a jumper on with the canopy down, the locals are in T shirts, brrrr.
Today we are going to Stalham to stay in the Richardsons yard. (I am sure you are wondering why I would want to do this) well we have not visited Stlaham since 2008, and I have never stayed in Richardsons yard, and I wanted to see what the biggets yard on broadland was like.
I never look forward to cruising the Ant for the simple fact I travel at the 4 mph limit (1200rpm on Simoom) and other boats back up behind me.
As we approached the bridge down comes the windscreen, and as the day is getting a little warmer we keep it down, up the Ant we go, water birds swim towards us loooking for food, the tree lined banks offer shade from time to time, this is a lovely part of broadland, we go through Irstead admiring the homes as we go through, and on to Gay's Staithe where we have lunch. The sun is out and it is starting to warm up, some of the ladies on the surrounding boats now have their bikini tops on, the men have removed their shirts, at least I have removed my jumper, and in shorts, the weather is great.

A new skipper arive in a 46' bathtub and makes a real hash of trying to moor up, it takes two of us to guide him out, I think he took off out of embarrassment.

Photo Gays staithe

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After lunch it is off across Barton Broad, and up the Ant to Stalham, a few boats are ahead of us, and stay that way, the weather stays warm, and we are now crusing with the windscreen and canopy down, we approach Stalham with the private yards on the left, they too look on the large side, we go on to check out if Stalham Staithe is free, but no it is full, so back to Richardsons, we stop in the first basin, but after about an hour we move to the second basin, as there are a large number of thursday start boats still to leave, and the new skippers are going through their tuition.
I had my walk around the yard as I wanted, and I thought what a size Richardsons is.
For tea tonight it was take away Chinese, Chinese is not one of my favourites but Leanne does like it, so off I go and in about 30 minutes I am back.
Oh yuck, not nice, I am glad we only have Chinese once, allthough Leanne did like hers. This was the worst meal of the holiday

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Know what you mean about The Ant.  There are a few that think it is a race track.  4 mph is the speed limit and 4 mph is what anyone should be doing tops.  The exception being when you are overtaking or getting past a yacht.    We have the attitude that we have paid our dollar and they can whistle if they don't like it.    You are on holiday.    

Sorry the Chinese meal was so awful.  Goodness me whatever did you order.   They are usually pretty good.

Keep the holiday tale coming it is really enjoyable.

        

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