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Doenitz
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Aha! So that's why there were BBQs and gazebos replete with bearded chaps, non-bearded chaps, be-shorted chaps, non-be-shorted chaps, bearded be-shorted chaps, non......loads of chaps and lasses is what i mean.

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Great to have seen you all Paul and nice to know you enjoyed yourselves too.

With that crew I couldn't imagine you not having fun!!!

Look forward to seeing any photos and maybe meeting up with your crew again.

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DAY 2

Woke at 5:30am with a head like Birkenhead clutching an EMPTY Port bottle?
Rest of the crew began to stir around 6 ish and Jill & Wendy decided a full English would get the day off to a cracking start. Ernie banged his head leaving forward cabin much to the amusement of the ladies. I was not sure my stomach could handle food at that time of day due to the evening before but, it’s funny how the smell of bacon cooking soon perks you up. The sun came out and it looked like being a glorious day. So while the girls made breakfast the guys had a stroll around the island taking snaps and chatting to other forum members that were awake at that time of day. Dr. Diesel emerged from his boat and from the way he was struggling to get his socks on I can only imagine he too had a head similar to mine. You know how it is when you really don’t want to bend to far in case it drops off?...lol

Breakfast over dishes all done, everyone showered, time to say our farewells to the gang. Lots of handshaking and hugs, Karen was stood on her lovely boat Loughrigg when we hugged which made my head breast height. Karen darling. I’d just like to say, you made an old man very happy that day, I had a grin like a Cheshire cat for hours…lol  away we went 10am Capt Ernie at the wheel, his very first time steering a boat, next stop Wroxham.

Wroxham as usual was very busy, day boats all over the place and struggled to find a mooring. I decided to try mooring at Royals but there was no room, that’s when I discovered the beauty of bow thrusters on a 43 foot boat, so chugged into Summercraft for a nosy around and moored there. Nice pleasant walk into Wroxham and into Roys. Big mistake taking the ladies into Roys, what is it about women and shops?  The heavens opened while we were inside and there was quiet a downpour but it soon stopped, so the guys decided it was time for a hair of the dog while the girls browsed. Then fish & chips had by all as we sat by the river watching the fun and games of those trying to navigate the bridge.

Left Wroxham at 3pm Mick taking his first command, heading for the New Inn.
I decide it’s time to give the others a go at mooring so we make for Salhouse Broad, a great place to practice. Jill does not want to try, she is happy to let others do the mooring, Wendy, Mick and Carole make perfect stern moorings with use of the bow thrusters, time for Ernie to have a go. Now the thing about Ernie is this….he has hands like JCB shovels and does not comprehend the phase “just a slight touch”
He’s doing great reversing at just the right speed, I am by his side in the top steering position, beer in hand, Wendy & Mick sat behind Ernie. Ok mate I say, just a slight touch of forward to slow the boat. Nahhhh, Ernie moves to full forward throttle, boat lurches forward about 2 feet from the mooring…REVERSE! REVERSE! Ernie.
Yep you guessed it, Throttle full reverse, boat hits the mooring, contents of glass all over Wendy. Carole & Jill who are sat at the stern scream, Mick falls into hysterical laughter as Wendy jumps up dripping in beer and Ernie abandons ship convinced Jill as gone overboard from the impact. Me?, well it seems I am unable to keep beer or PORT to myself this trip.

No room at the Inn so decided to try Ranworth Staith. No room there either so we moored for the evening at St Benets. It was a lovely evening at that point and the crew decided to take a closer look at the ruins while I tried to grab an hours sleep. I had developed one of those tickly coughs that begins the moment your head touches the pillow so sleep was going to be at a minimum for the rest of the week. It never fails to amuse me how bad tempered and foul mouthed a crew can become when woken at 2am and again at 5am by some poor wretch with a bad cough.

Pizzas and jacket spuds for dinner,  Ernie decided to try a spot of fishing along with Mick, Wendy had brought along her embroidery so she got on with that. She is making a gorgeous 50th Wedding Anniversary plaque for Micks Aunty who lives in Australia. When’s the anniversary I ask?  2 years ago she replies, I am a little behind with it…lol. Ate dinner then headed for bed at 8:30 to try and grab some lost sleep, rest of the crew played cards until 10 ish.


Paul & Carole

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Big lols at our house when we read your account of day 2 Paul!

and I'll forgive you lot for waking us up at 5.30am! - did you do that to a few other unsuspecting folk during the week?!  Wink

Good to see you, hope you are planning another trip soon!

Karen

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Paul (ncls)

Hiya mate, yep we had a wonderful time thanks, was great to meet you all again Smile  many thanks for the gift, Lathams was next stop and it now takes pride of place in my computer room Smile

Karen,

You little tinker *wink* sorry if we woke you and Mike.
I did notice your boat rocking from side to side in the early hours but put that down to Mike's youthful exuberance..lol  Johns promised us a boat if his numbers come up so another trip may soon be on the cards, either that or we have to spend the kids inheritance Smile

Look forward to meeting you all again real soon...

Paul & Carole

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DAY 3

All up and having our second cuppa by 7:30am, breakfast on toast and cereals while we decide which way to head today. We were going to make our way back to Barton but decided as the crew had seen that Broad we would try and fit in as much of the Broads has we could. Carole & I have seen so much this past 12 months and we’d like to show the others as much as possible. So off we set for Potter Heigham 9am sharp.

Moored at Herbert Woods, day looks like being a nice day. Although we did have rain this trip I don’t think we actually got wet once, the weather was very kind to us and most of the bad weather came at night when we were tucked up safe onboard. Strolled around Lathams and bought bait, Jill considered buying a hard hat for Ernie who yet again had banged his head, then all sat eating an ice cream while watching day boats through the bridge. Such a nice peaceful setting, the new crew members loving every second of this trip.

Back to the boat for a meal of ham salad followed by jam sponge and custard, yummy! One things for sure, we are all going to gain weight this holiday. The girls had a G&T I managed to sneak a bottle of Cockburns Special Reserve on board which I found in Lathams, hid that under my bed away from prying eyes. Dishes all done we topped up with water and decided tomorrow it was time to introduce the new crew to the wonders of Breydon Water and the Southern Rivers, so off we set for the Stacey Arms. We passed Nigel ( Woodwose ) on the way down, he was stood talking to a neighbour at his riverside property. Quick wave and shouts of Hello and on we went, the girls marvelling at the gorgeous sights.

Moored at Stacey and had a walk around the shop, Micks getting worse than the women for browsing, then rods out for Ernie & Mick while Jill & Wendy start the BBQ. Chicken, Burgers, Sausage, jacket spuds & Salad tonight. I gave the chicken a miss ( see page one )  Carole decides to have a go at this fishing lark, unpacks a £9.99 rod my daughter bought me for this trip…lol   Ernie has to bait the hook cos she cant touch a maggot. Within 5 mins of casting in she had caught a fish much to her delight and the disgust of the two guys. The fact we had all seen bigger maggots did nothing to curb her delight and for the rest of the week she outshone the fellers catching fish every day..haha!  But Wendy had the best catch of the week last evening at Neatishead with a roach that must have been over a pound in weight. The scream she let out you’d have thought she’d invented fire…blesss!....
I love this mooring, you can catch some gorgeous sunsets at Stacey and tonight was no exception. We were treated to a lovely sun setting and a fabulous electrical storm over Yarmouth with fork and sheet lightening every 30 seconds or so. Nature at it’s finest. All in bed early to catch the tide in the morning....

To be continued


Paul & Carole

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Keep it coming Paul.

Love reading these stories.


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Great Stuff,
Smile

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DAY 4

Everyone up early to catch the tides this morning, we are going to head for Oulton Broad. Actually everyone was up at 3:10am as I woke with that darn cough and decided to throw back the canopy as quietly as possible to get some fresh air, and have a fag. Big mistake on my part, the canopy makes a sound like a Tornado taking off when alls quiet. Nearly had a riot on my hands from those that were not amused.
Specially Ernie who banged his head yet again.

Wendy at the wheel off we set at 7:30 am, Jill making beans on toast for all the crew.
Breydon was very busy with lots of boats travelling both ways. I think most were coming north from Oulton after the Monday bank holiday festivities. The forward toilet is ready for pump out so decide to get that sorted at St. Olaves
( I blame James ) but the place was deserted, so on we press to Oulton Broad. The weather today was quiet gusty but bright sunshine. Must have been at least 12 privately owned craft all with fly bridges waiting to get through Somerleyton swing bridge. Cant remember one of them waving to us. Wendy wanted to moon them but we all decided that was more than the average guy can take at that time of the day.
Ernie went a funny colour, then banged his head trying to get as far away from Wendy as possible on a 43 foot boat.

Arrived at Topcraft for the pump out, that guys a character isn’t he? Then over to the Wherry for a perfect stern moor. Got into a conversation with the couple in the boat next to ours while Jill tongued her hair?  All that way and now she decides to do her hair? Met said couple again later in the week at Horning, nice people, then off to explore Oulton. Micks in his element here, lots of shops to browse with the ladies, Ernie and I found a pub and sat waiting for the rest to join us. Few beers later it was decided fish & chips was the order of the day followed by a walk in the park and a visit to the small museum, then back to the boat as rain looked imminent.

Left Oulton around 3:30 for a steady chug up to Reedham for the evening hoping to moor at the quay for a night in the Nelson. We had just entered the New Cut when the heavens opened. Hail the size of golf balls and torrential rain to follow. The wiper was about as much use has a chocolate fire guard, something I’ve noticed on all boats we have hired. Plus with warm air heating, how come they never place a vent near to the windscreen?  Mike & Ernie had to stand each side of me wiping the windows with a leather so I could see and even then I could not see a great deal. Got quiet scary at one point, the cut not being that wide but, it soon eased and all was well again. Jill then discovered she had left the skylight open in her cabin, quilt was wet through, may have to sleep 4 to a bed this evening, top n tail she quips but the heating soon dried things out, much to Ernie’s dismay. Reedham Quay was packed solid, so thought we would try the Ferry which was surprisingly empty for that time of the day, although it did fill later.

Ferry always serves a good pint so after a few of those dinner was served back onboard and we watched in amazement as 2 young kids, maybe 6 and 9 years of age, all dressed up in new shorts, t-shirts and what looked like new trainers play in the mud and puddles that had formed in the grass. These 2 youngsters were having the time of their lives skidding in the mud, jumping in all the puddles and rolling down the grass bank. Within 5 minutes they were covered from head to toe in mud and were soaked to the skin and not a sign of their parents. I think Mum & Dad had got the boys ready for an evening out and they were getting ready themselves when the kids decided to play for a few mins…lol. Next thing we heard was mother screaming and the 2 lads vanished. Carole thinks they may have been grounded for the rest of their holiday.

Carole, Mick and Ernie then decided to fish for a while, I dug out the concealed port for a quick glass while Jill showered, but Wendy caught me and insisted I shared my booty. Not on your life mate!  Found another perfect hiding place, bag with my dirty washing, they will never look there. Another long day so all retired at around 9:30 pm
I woke at 11:15 though not through coughing this time, 2 boats passed at speed and rocked the boat quiet hard. Quick fag while listening to Ernie’s snoring and wondering how the hell Jill slept through that racket, then back to the land of nod.


Paul & Carole

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It's coming along nicely...

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