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Tuesday dawned quite sunny with a few clouds, left Wayford at 9.15 heading for Stalham and another visit to the Broads Museum. and to get their book about Broads railways. moored on their mooring and after Coffee and cake, watched the 'Falcon' getting steam up and there always seems to be some new exhibits. left at 12.05, heading for Neatishead, thought that maybe a sandwich at the White Horse would be a good idea, but settled for Soup and bread with our drinks. (a very long wait!) could have done better on the boat with a tine opener! then bought some bread from the shop. Back on the river Bure the wind was very strong, and it was very pleasant to find a mooring at Womack for the night. Of course eating had to be at the Kings Arms, where some alterations to the seating area have taken place, but the train still runs around the walls.

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Lovely photos.   The boat looks really cosy.    

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It is now Wednesday, leaving Womack water at 9.05. and hoping to get through Potter Heigham bridge. arrived at the pilots mooring at 10. he is out helping with a craning out job, the level in the office shows 6'6"  Melody is said to need 6'6", pilot arrives at 10.15, and the level has gone up 2". and the bridge gauge says 6'. however we get through and even the pilot says "that was a bit tight".
tied up now and its coffee and cake time at Lathams, leaving at 11/30 we make our way to Hickling and tie up at the Pleasure boat inn at 12.39, plenty of room.
Lunch here of jacket potatoes, and get under way again at 2. next stop is horsey, to see how the Wind pump restoration is progressing, you can now go up inside, and it is just about ready for trial sailing (this happened the following week)


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going through the bridge

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At Horsey

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After climbing the windpump tea and cake were called for at the tea hut, now making for West Somerton where we had not been for a few years. The water is quite clear and a lot of large green leaves can be seen, the mooring is empty, and we turn around easily and tie up for the night, noting that there is a water pipe available. That evening we made our way to 'The Lion' (10 minute walk at the most) quite a large menu to chose from, food was well cooked and presented, there are no doubt times when the sports television is pulling in the locals, but if that is the case there is another quieter bar. This pub deserves more visitors if you can get through that bridge. A lovely sunset this evening.

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Thursday, bright sunshine, not too sure where wi will finish up, but heading South. Left West Somerton at 8.10 to be sure of being at 'the bridge' in time, we are early and find our way to Lathams for coffee, Pilot through the bridge at 10.30, bridge gauge 6'6"so plenty of room today. By Stokesby we are against the tide and its quite windy 12.08, we reach Great Yarmouth yacht station by 1.54, and the bridge gauge shows 7' so enough clearance for Melody. Had a snack lunch going over Breydon, some sort of pasta in a mug on to which you pour boiling water! it didnt seem to mix too well so a dish worked better!
     Thought about stopping at St Olaves, time about 3.20, but as it was Thursday Oulton seemed like a good idea. Arriving at the Yacht station at 5pm, surprised to find plenty of room, only 8 hire boats in. Pleased to find that the Fish and Chip shop had re opened, after eating this on the boat, watched the power boat racing, a really nice evening.
     Photo, another boat coming through the bridge.

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After out 7 1/2 hours yesterday, today was going to be a bit quieter. Sunshine! We had planned to go into Lowestoft on the Ferry, but it is no longer running. so walked around just to see if there was a food shop, I dont think we walked far enough. it seems that there may be one opening in Bridge road. Watehed a couple of boats coming through the lock, and then it was Coffee and cake time at the 'quays' cafe.
     left Oulton at 11.09, there seems to be still lots of building work going on opposite the yacht station.
     A brief stop at the Waveney cantre to get some milk and bread, and moved on towards Beccles. Tied up for lunch at Worlingham 24 hour mooring.
     At Beccles We did think about trying to moor up at the swimming pool, but it had reserved signs, it looked as if there was a youth group there. so back to the yacht station the bridge showing 6'6". The Freeman boat club had there gathering there, but was plenty of room on the other side. time now 3.05.
     We were successful in booking a table at the 'Pizza Piatto' restaurant, which was excellent as usual.
photo Oulton at night.

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Saturday dawned cloudy but the sun soon came out. Leaving Beccles at 9.20 to have a slow cruise up to Geldeston lock, road bridge 8 ft. Met a swimmer, fortunately towing a bright yellow float. Back at Beccles by 11, bridge now 8ft 6in. called in back at the yacht station for coffee. and then headed for the Waveny river centre for lunch, leaving at 2.12. our destination for tonight being Loddon arriving at 5.07. For exercise walked up to the village, and ate on the boat tonight.
photo of Silver Melody with the canopy up.

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Sunday, so last full day, left Loddon at 9.10, heading towards Norwich, called in at Rockland staithe to have our morning coffee, leaving there at 11.47. lots of swans on Rockland broad. At Thorpe the bridge was showing 7'3", moored at the green and headed across the road to 'Harleys' cafe, interesting decor, and worth a visit if you can get under the bridge. How nice Thorpe used to be long ago, with Hearts, Jenners, and Wards, all with their tidy waterfront yards. With either of the bridges to contend there must have been delays on changeover days, waiting for clearance?
     Had not been into Norwich for a few years, and it has certainly changed, with lots of new buildings and more to come. Turned around at the end of the Yacht Station and headed back downstream towards Brundall.
     Diverted through Bargate broad, and back to Silverline boatyard at 4.55.
     The weather today had been mostly fine, but with a rain shower going into Norwich.
     Sunday evening we ate at 'The Yare' which was excellent, met up with an old car enthusiast with a wonderful Stanley Steam car.
     Total fuel used for the 9 days amounted to £96. and the engine hours indicator was reading 47 hours running time.  We had travelled a long way! and visited the limits of navigation on all rivers. Oh we did not go as far as Dilham, or visit Sutton, Upton or  Catfield staithes, or South Walsham broad.
     Silver Melody behaved perfectly, and was turned out to Silverlines high standards.

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