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FranOnTheEdge
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We begin our week's holiday (our 1st for 10 years) on Friday coming, and after reading about boats cast adrift, or set on fire, and hundred pound parking fees.  To say nothing of eating out being too expensive to buy at the pubs & restaurants along The Broads, and NO MICROWAVE on the boat, so it's hard to cook... I'm not so sure we should be doing this.

Our idea was a nice gentle holiday away from all the usual agravations, no particular plans, a bit of painting maybe, read a book and relax... pootling!  Is it possible?

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Fran, welcome! Cheers

First of all, the negatives you've listed in your opening post are all extremely rare and are certainly not typical of a Broads holiday in my experience. No need to panic! You will not need to re-mortgage to eat and drink out either. Smile

What you WILL get is...a holiday away from the hustle and bustle, especially at this time of year. Look forward to it rather than dread it...you'll be fine. Pootling is not only possible, it's positively encouraged. Smile

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Fran - don't believe a word of it!!! I have been here years and never seen a boat cast adrift, never heard of a boat being set on fire by vandals, car park fees if you overstay are everywhere but you are on a boat and won't be parking in car parks and food is available for all ranges from haute cuisine to chippies!!!! Why do you need a micowave to cook with if you have a cooker and some boats do have them - you get what you pay for.

Post when you get back and I guarantee you will have a blast of a holiday - don't forget there are miserable 'ol gits everywhere who could not enjoy themselves if they were forced to FOC!!! Smile

And welcome to the Forum!!!

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Welcome to the forum, Fran.

No need to fear. Sometimes the forum reads like newspaper headlines. Take no notice.

People are helpful and friendly; from the boat yard people who will show you the ropes to the people you meet on the river, and when you moor. If you wish there will be many a helping hand to help you step ashore safely.

Great times; plenty to see; an otter, if your lucky. Kingfishers with their piping call. Quaint towns and villages, broad vistas.

Most people wear a smile, and wave. Why? because they are experiencing, what you are about to.

Clive

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quote:"......
Our idea was a nice gentle holiday away from all the usual agravations, no particular plans, a bit of painting maybe, read a book and relax... pootling!  Is it possible?
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All entirely possible. In fact a boating holiday is the best way of doing all of the above.

The only thing to fear is fear itself.

Steve. CM1

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Fran,
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Oh how friendly you all are, I feel much better already.

We are taking the dog, and that's something else to be uncertain of, but he makes such a fuss if I leave him for anything, less so if my husband is there, but he still frets.

2 more days to go! and we'll be sleeping on board on Friday.

I can't wait.

I doubt if the forum logo thingie will be printable before we go though.  I didn't know about it before today.

FranOnTheEdge

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Hi Fran

The only thing you are on the edge of is being "hooked" by the Broads experience. Your ideas for relaxation, reading etc are the perfect way to the enjoy The Broads.

We spend as much time as we possibly can on the river and have done for many years. It's our escape.

Have a look at the holiday tales section which reports many great trips and experiences from our members.

All the very best, Karen

"Wind up the elastic band Karen - we're setting off!!"

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Hi Fran and family
welcome to the forum.
Don't forget to bring your dog's favourite treats and toys . When they hear the engine for the first time they can think 'what was that' but if give a treat or a play with the favourite toy , they soon settle and enjoy. There are some lovely walk for you all .
Have a lovely holiday ,
you won't need a microwave . beans on toast sitting at the river edge is amazing .
Don't forget to pack a couple of folding chairs so you can sit off the boat and hot water bottle if a chilly evening ( nice to cuddle up too while watching the night sky)

Maggie
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Steve & Maggie.

Magellan (Westward 38)

Not quite an ancient mariner ..... though some say he was at sea before Pontius was a pilate !

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i have been on the broads for the last 5 years and never had any such problems, only helpfull new pals, you will have a great time. Smile

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