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May-23-2007 @ 10:59 AM                           Permalink
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Hi thought I'd tell you about our holiday on the 12th May might not be as good as Davidh's he's is very good but I will try to not get too boring.
I was going to title it Me, the wife a mother in law ad a dog tounge-in-cheek. Only joking. We left Barnsley at about 7:00 on the 12 May and picked up the Mother in law from Doncaster on the way down we stopped for a bite to eat and arrived at Royalls Boatyard about 11:30 not a bad run I thought. The boat, we had originally booked Royall Stuart but as we might have visitors through the week, a few weeks earlier had changed to the Continental as it was just being finished cleaned we went for a cuppa and let the dog who is called Tina a cross Chiuahua Jack Russell who thinks she is a Rotweiler in diguise. At about 12:30 we took over the boat the people at the boatyard are so friendly especially as they have two rescue Greyhounds we have five at home being looked after by a step son while we were away. The boat which looked a lot bigger in real life biggest I'd hired before was 35ft this was 42ft was spotless and even a bottle of wine to welcome us aboard. After the what and what not to do's we were on our way with a big silly grin all over our faces. There was a bit of a breeze and an occasional shower but did that dampen our spirits NO WAY we were free.
We hadn't decided were we was going to moor up for the first night so we headed for Cockshoot broad which we enjoyed last year but found it was being worked on and there was only a few available moorings and these were taken so we continued cruising slowly savouring every moment eventually mooring at the Thurne Mouth Staithe.
Its also nice and wide for our first Mooring of the hols need not have worried with the newly fitted bow thrusters it was a breeze no bump no panic great it also helped there being no one else being there.;).
It seems to be a underused Staithe with only one other boat arriving later that evening,
After a light tea we settled down to a game of cards with a bottle or two of wine and wound down from the excitment of the day at 11:30 bed called.

Sunday 12th May
Woke surprisingley early at about 6:30 after taking the dog for her morning ablutions I forgot to take the little nappy sacks and had to go back to the boat for them after she kindly reminded me, ahem! we had our first cuppa of the day.
On holiday Michelle (the Wife) loves to cook a full english who am I to disapoint her on her holiday bacon eggs sausage mushrooms tomatoes yummy can smell it now.
While eating said breakfast we had the windows open and heard a Cuckoo Michelle looked aound and there it was pearched on one of the few trees at the Mouth of the Thurne Hopefully the photo I took will show it and will put on here tomorrow.
After tidying up we set off for Ludham Bridge
Will continue tomorrow

I wear the trousers in this house, my wife say's so !!!

Yours Dunk

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Full English, on a boat; nowhere better.

Keep it coming..........


Michael.

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Spot on so far mate,
keep it rolling.
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roya

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So There.

Grilled Cuckoo worth a try.

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Here, here (hear, hear?) keep the story coming Dunk.

Love these tales.

Mark

Is that an Aston on your picture

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Hi all, Mark yes it is Aston Apollo from last year very nice boat,
After topping up with water at Ludham Bridge which is an excellent spot for water we put the canopy back up as it had kindly stopped raining for us to lower it to go under the bridge it seemed to do this all week either mooring or lowering the canopy it stopped raining maybe somebody up there was watching but we never got wet. Our next mooring we decided was going to be Neatishead we had never been there so off we went the newish I think Nanni engine is so easy to start and very quiet you can hear the radio from the saloon with only a moderate volume. The River Ant is such a lovely river meandering past How Hill and then opening up to Barton Broad after passing Irstead. After turning into Lime Kiln Dyke We were hoping to more at Neatishead Staithe but best laid plans of mice and men it was full except for a place right at the end I didn't fancy reversing down there so I decided to turn around, As you probably know there is a turning point but with a 42ft boat I thought this is not going to be easy but again with the bow thruster I nearly turned it on a sixpence even getting a round of applause from the local residents. Next day was going to be Dilham Staithe so lets bring that forward off we went again thwarted the bridge at Wayford was showing only 7ft clearance it was a bit hard to read or is it me anyway we are 7ft 3 inch hum! It was raining hard so a little I mean a little despondent we sad lets go to How Hill we noticed on the way there were a lot of moorings there.
So we again set of across Barton which I didn't mind at all its so beautiful waving happily to the man in the River Authority Boat saw him at least 4 times that day.
We moored up at How Hill perfectly Rain stopped again fot he minute thinking to our self’s we are getting good at this (watch out pride before a fall). Jacket potatoes, Royall Continental has a Microwave First for me on a boat, salad and cooked meat for tea was prepared along with the obligatory bottle of wine (if we don't watch it we will run out of wine argh!) We were tucking in when something caught Michelle's eye it was an Otter bobbing up and down the other side of the river we grabbed the nearest camera which happened to be the Mother in Laws a film one and started to take photo's after the first click the Camera started rewinding it was the last one, dashed for my camera but the Otter was to far away by then but hopefully we got one piccy, That made all the days disappointments disappear seen Otters at wildlife parks but never int their natural environment it was great.
Then out with a good book a can or two (I know sounds boring but relaxing is the word on this holiday) a game or two of Uno and its time for bed, It's going too quick this Holiday!!!


I wear the trousers in this house, my wife say's so !!!

Yours Dunk

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Picture of Royall Continental having a drink with the canopy down at Ludham Bridge didn't realise it was so muddy.

I wear the trousers in this house, my wife say's so !!!

Yours Dunk


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The wife in charge (as usual) ouch!!

I wear the trousers in this house, my wife say's so !!!

Yours Dunk


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Hi Dunc,

You started your holiday just as we finished ours. Hope the weather was a little kinder than the previous week.

Going on holiday is great, but coming home again is depressing. I find writing the tale very therapeutic!
Makes you feel you are still there, so looking forward to reading your experiences.



REGARDS

DAVIDH

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We were out last week as well. We did not get wet either. Saw you as we headed up to Potter during the week.

Trevor & Deirdre

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great tale so far dunc keep it comming.
can i ask which part of Barnsley (tarn) are you from

cris

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