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Arrived at brinks boatyard around 2pm on tuesday 20th, boarded the boat, and went through a few safety things with my newbie first timers, who were gobsmacked by romany's size, and the fact they could enjoy a bath onboard!
set of down the Bure and headed for ranworth, not expecting any space at the staithe, but we were lucky and managed to squeeze in. the whole of the river was very quiet for this time of year, and the sun was very warm and welcoming. after finishing unpacking, we headded for the maltsters, has a twisted ankle prevented us from trying the walk up to the ship.
we ordered fish and chips x2, lasagne x2, a kids meal, and a prawn cocktail and chips for claire as this is what she fancied. the food was fairly good and reasonably priced, and along the lines of 'you get what you pay for' not a bad deal, the prawn cocktail was huge, with a good helping of prawns.
Bill had a pint of guiness, kay cider, nick stella, and claire coke, i had a g&t. the football was a bit loud, but the match soon finished and the place quietened down.
We left Ranworth early morning wednesday, and headded south for the waveney. the crossing of breydon was very rough and windy, with waves over our bow, and sent our newbies scrambling for their life jackets, even though they were safely inside the cabin. Claire felt quite sick, and lay down for the crossing. on reaching the mouth of the yare, the BA patrol was starting to turn back boats wishing to cross from the southern side, and just as we passed, our mop was blown overboard, and the BA ranger kindly retrieved it for us, they seemed to have quite a collection of mops onboard!
the river remained choppy till around st. olaves, then although still windy, things slowly became calmer.
we continued down to beccles for the night, calling in at the waveney river centre for a drink and a meal on the way down. very nice place, and my girls now plan to return there for a camping/dayboat holiday in the near future.
Thursday morning claire and kay went shopping to morrisons, and returned by taxi, the driver was oh so miserable! kay asked him if he had heared the weather forcast, trying to make polite conversation, to which he replied, 'Dont believe in them, it will do what its gonna do!' he looked like someone had robbed him of his car he was so sad looking!
ah well, left beccles and cruised down to oulton broad for the night, arrived in time to watch the speedboat races, Nick was really enjoying it, and busy sending pics back to his mates back home. Then the trouble started with the yobs over on the dayboat quay, and continued till well past midnight,i wont go into details here, but it can be read on the 'broadland vandalism' tread.
Friday we left oulton in the afternoon, allowing my younger members some free beach time in the morning in lowestoft, sadly no donkey rides could be found though for my eightyear old grandaughter sammy, which was a bit dissapointing.
We cruised down to Lodden for the evening, and enjoyed a chinese takeaway, washed down with some local bottles of brew of various varieties purchased from the nearby bridge stores.
Saturday was Loddon's Fun Day, so we walked up to select meats, stocked up with BBq stuff, and emptied our pockets of loose change for sammy to spend on the attractions. left the staithe at around 5pm, and headded down to pyes mill, and started our BBq, Bill started chatting to some local fishermen, and soon we were sharing our meal and listening to 'tales of the one that got away!'
Sunday was an early start and a cruise back across breydon, this time in much calmer conditions. we stopped off at stokesby for icecream, then continued up the ant to richardsons for a while, to water up and dispose of our rubbish. Now in everyones cruise there always has to be one of those big mistake moments, and this was mine! returning down towards ludham, i allowed nick to take the helm, he had been learning and doing well all week, and as i was busy doing some food, i left him in charge. well round one of the bends in the opposite direction comes a full throttle freddy, right in front of us was a small dingy under power, who was having to keep to the centre of the river somewhat due to his mast and the trees over hanging. well Nick panicked, and managed to swing our stern right into the overhanging trees, to escape a bump from the freddy and miss the dingy infront, only to deposit the towels and swimming kit into the water that were hanging to dry across the stern. prompt action by Bill and Kay managed to drag the clothes line in still with most items attached, before it had chance to foul the prop, the only thing we couldnt reach was sammys waterproof bed sheet, which claire used on her bed,'just in case', which was well and truely revelled round the overhanging tree, with no chance of a retrieval.
cruised down to St Bennets for the night, moored on rhond anchors and took turns in ghost story telling from the 'Norfolk Ghost' book kay won on the tombola,whilst enjoying the rest of our boozy box which we had bought in Lodden, along with some nice crusty bread and cheeses.
Monday we headded off down to womack, and moored for lunch, had a look around St catherines at the screen that has been uncovered, and claire and kay spent some time chatting to the vicar. Left womack around 2.30pm, headded out onto main river and up towards potter bridge, but no moorings available so turned around, at this point, kay was at the helm, and we came across the boat of drunken yobs who were obviously not fit to be incharge of a boat, swearing, rude jestures, all over the river full throttle, and out to annoy young Kay by chasing our boat and comming within a few feet of our stern, there motives were something not fit to be said on a family forum, so we turned down once again to womack, and waited for them to go away, the helm was then manned by Bill and Nick, whilst the girls remained in the cabin. We were later informed they had rammed their boat full trhottle into another moored boat whilst trying to moor,and had been causing havoc all day.
The rest of our cruise back to wroxham was very peaceful, and we moored up and enjoyed a carvery at the kings head, before returning to the boat to pack ready for off tuesday morning.
My newbie crew have really fallen in love with the broads and hope to return next year, plus one extra, as claire is now expecting a new arrival early in 2007.
and Bill and I will be back again to enjoy the magic in the quieter times during september.  

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Jun-28-2006 @ 3:44 PM                           Permalink
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I'm glad you had a good time and coverted some newbies to the broads!

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Hi Julia

Overall sounds a great time and what the broads is about. Isn't it just a great shame that a small number of idiots seem bent on trying to upset those having a good time and minding their own business.

Perry

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Jun-29-2006 @ 9:46 PM                           Permalink
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Hi Romany. sorry to hear about your attempt as a chinese laundry dont let it get you down, these things are unfortunately very rare and i hpe it hasnt put you off returning to enjoy the beuty of the broads.
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Len Collins

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Hi Len, i have been enjoying the broads for over 40yrs now, so one small incident wont put me off!  Smile

Normally we are totally laundryless, but small grandaughter on board made the wash line a must for her swim kit and towels ect Playful Wink

think my newbies were facinated to find a dishwasher and washing machine onboard too, we certainly needed more water stops than normal, all part of the fun though  boat-power

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Glad you all enjoyed your holiday Julia.
The hooligans you mention 2 boats festooned with england flags past our mooring on Womack Dyke on Sunday chasing each other bow to stern, going like the clappers they were!

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hi nige, well we were lucky then, we only had one of them chase us, hurling rude suggestions at kay, wonder where the other one went to?  But certainly sounds like the same mob.
sorry to hear about your accident, hope your hands are ok now, its a wonder we didnt spot you moored when we came down to take refuge behind the island for a while till the yobs had gone away.
but who do you call when the rangers are out of hours?
At one point they rammed straight into the reeds, sending some fishermen jumping for cover, later a guy at st bennetts told us that they had rammed someones boat up near potter bridge moorings, causing some damage whilst trying to moor. they should be banned from the broads for good.

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hi romany,
          so they have done away with the washboard and mangle then what will my wife do with herself on our next trip? a bit more planning required i think.


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Len Collins


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