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At last, a few minutes to spare to jot down some general thoughts and memories of the fortnight – not a detailed log, as it was in general a remarkably smooth and incident-free holiday. We went to all the places we’d hoped to get to with no problems and no trouble finding a mooring when needed - we anchor quite often in calm conditions. A couple of items will get special mention, and pub reviews will be posted separately.

First, a very trouble-free journey via lunch at the Hare Arms, Stow Bardolph (Pat is addicted to their pints of prawns) to the Swan at Ingham, where the greeting was as friendly as ever, the room excellent, the Woodforde’s well on form and the food as ever superb. Two nights there and a relaxing day in the sun set us up perfectly for the rest of the break.

General impressions:

We picked the right fortnight for the weather – even a couple of days with a chill wind did not matter as it was sunny and dry, and apart from a couple of very minor showers such rain as fell did so overnight. Courier’s folding hood was down when we loaded our gear aboard and we never touched it once, and as soon as we were on the river we folded the screen down and there it stayed.

Traffic was heavier than expected - many people seemed to have booked at short notice because of the weather – and a fair number of first-timers, judging from the buoyancy aids being worn while under a closed canopy and the frantic consultation of maps on each bend.

Speeding: very little that was more than marginal. It is not always easy to gauge the rate of progress against the land but almost all were doing pretty well, with only the odd clown still clogging his BMW up the motorway.

Anglers – fewer than expected, and while most as usual pretended we were not there a higher proportion than normal were cheerful, waving and even chatting.

Yachts – no problems at all, and a higher than usual proportion waved acknowledgement when I got past them correctly. Perhaps the sight of the sailing dinghy reassured them that I had half an idea. I have years of Broads experience, so was able to use my judgement of their speed and leeway and estimate whether their next tack would bring them sharply back across the stream or put them on a long reach and so decide in good time which side of the river to go for – in other words I guessed right every time!

Private owners also were friendlier on average than is often the case – very few pointedly gazed away from us, the great majority giving a wave and greeting.

Tides: as so often happens, the tides were experimenting. We got up through Potter  bridge three hours before estimated low tide and the current had already stopped, and we came back three days later more than five hours before estimated low tide! OK, Courier is quite low and usually gets through but that is crazy. Water levels had been low, as reported on other threads, and remained so throughout.

Wildlife: mainly on Herbert Woods boats. Seriously though, almost no real rowdiness, just happy yelling forgetful of how sound carries over water.

Other wildlife: the breeding season was well in progress, so many birds were busy with nests out of the way, but more and more families emerged and it seems to have been a successful year so far. More tufted duck than expected, and not many pochard. There was an isolated pair of tufted duck on Salhouse Broad, and completely out of character the drake peacefully joined the mallard and geese and coot and ate bread. Can anyone tell me whether mallard and pochard interbreed? I ask because on Salhouse (it is always Salhouse where something new turns up) was a creature perfectly pochard-shaped if a little larger than normal, but with patchy brown-and-white body colouring like many mallard and most of the head was perfect mallard drake fugitive blue-green-purple.

Low spot: three large Martham cruisers at Horsey staithe, occupied by a mob from The King Alfred School (which one? There seem to be several) with minimal supervision and no thought for their own safety, no consideration for others, no appreciation of the peace and the wildlife. So noisy we eventually departed and went to Deep Go Dyke for a quiet night. Apparently they misbehaved quite thoroughly at the Nelson Head later. We are not surprised that the Thurne Lion now bars such parties unless prior arrangements are made.

High spots: all of it really, but especially sighting another bittern on Sunday 25th as we approached Sutton Broad. There were other good moments, such as being assisted to moor at Potter by someone who turned out to be Cap’n Joshie (I had been concentrating too hard to notice Blue Skies moored a few yards away), and encountering a few other forum members at Ranworth. Also at Coltishall, when a river inspector (as I still think of them) abandoned his wheelhouse to stand and give an elaborate salute and hail ”greetings to a fellow member!” Then again, at Gay’s Staithe after a good evening at Neatishead White Horse we were shanghai’d aboard a small yacht by a well-known local potter and forced to drink large glasses of red diesel in celebration.


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Funny: at Hickling, a dayboat towing a 90% sunken dinghy (never did discover what was wrong) in short bursts with pauses (why?), with the predictable result that a few seconds after the photo was taken the tow-rope wrapped itself round the dayboat’s screw. The boiler-suited chap (boatyard engineer?) then had to go fetch another dayboat to tow the disabled pair home. A good twenty minutes’ puzzlement and entertainment.

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Photo of a pike....after the otter family had done with it. Apparently it had been about seven years old and around twenty-five pounds – a good meal for a young family.

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Dear old "Death and Glory" at Belaugh, always good to see her.

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That school mob blocking Horsey Dyke...

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