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OK so a little typo there!

I will get THE flag on the mast somehow!

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Here is the next instalment of THE Malanka tales..

Warning this tale has graphic descriptions of the application of.... wait for it..... SUN SCREEN.... eeeek run a mile, the sun came out..... YIPPEEEEEE...

  Friday 19th April

At last the day had arrived and Malanka was again back in the water and eagerly anticipating our arrival. Malanka has been primped and primed for her 60th Birthday season by the lovely chaps at Moonfleet. She was back in the wet stuff as of Thursday 18th and tonight Fiona and I will be heading to see her again and see all the new shiny bits and pieces the guys have added during her extended maintenance this winter.
Arrangements had been made with different folks to make sure the kids got home from school after their university fair and info session. I had been dropped outside my office at silly o’clock this morning and now I am counting down the hours in eager anticipation of the off. The only down side is that the weather doesn’t seem to be cooperating in any meaningful fashion. Every day this week I have been gazing out of my office window looking at the blue sky without a cloud in it and hoping for it to last until the weekend. No such luck as Mr, Mrs, and even auntie Murphy are all in it together and it is persisting down, it’s cold and grey and horrible. Not the start I wanted.

Fiona had arranged to pick me up a little early from work so I am finishing everything off as best I can and making sure I don’t leave anyone in the lurch. The sky is still dark grey and it’s raining even more heavily now. When I had left this morning it was of course sunny and I did not have a coat and so the prospect of walking to the main entrance in the rain wasn’t filling me with joy and happiness.

A few words to the man upstairs along the lines of “sort out the Murphy’s will you” and lo and behold a small patch of blue appears, it quickly spreads and suddenly everything is steaming and the temperature reaches a fairly balmy (this is Belgium remember) 17 degrees. An opportunity not to be missed and so I turn off the computer, close the door, run outside and head to the main gate to wait for the love of my life for the past twenty years to come get me. Our Anniversary trip can start.

OK so we had agreed on half past the hour and it was now just gone twenty to the hour, but twenty years teaches one to be accepting of the occasional tardy arrival, ok then so it’s now quarter to and no sign of the big black bus. At a tad before 5 minutes to the hour,  the big black bus arrives and the happy smiling face of Mrs Fidear looks at me as I gather my things and head for the drivers door.

I decide not to mention the twenty five minute wait, which was alright as I had never imagined that Fiona would in fact be on time and had instead come to reception at twenty to the hour, so I couldn’t really complain about her being even later than I anticipated now could I?
Fiona saved me the trouble and explained that things just got on top of her and next time she would start earlier, what a champion…

Seat height, seat belt, wheel height and distance from the pedals adjusted we set off with Patricia telling us what to do in that fairly posh accent all sat-nav ladies have.

We will have to be careful this trip as the lovely men from the Belgian traffic agency have recently (last week) installed average speed check cameras on all the bridges on our proposed route and 16000 motorists had found out in the first seven days of operation. One loon spectacularly so with an average speed of 205 kph. Which for the imperially minded is 127.39mph. So with cruise control set at a modest 120kph (the limit) we pass the time to the French border in peaceful contemplation of the weekend to come.

We make our way to the Eurotunnel terminal without fuss or bother and the next thing we know we are in Kent and it’s just after 5pm. We select the M11 route (forgetting about the Elveden road-works) and off we go. Fiona is surprised to find out the QEII bridge toll is now 2 pounds but apart from that surprise nothing else of interest happens until we get to Elveden and we queued for about ten minutes or so and then we started to move, so we eventually get to Stalham at 8:15 pm.  

A quick call to our weekend guest who is up to his arms in well-deck varnishing and the arrangements are made to meet up at Moonfleet where the object of our affection lies in wait for us.
Fiona and I unload the car with all the start of season essential items, clean towels, rugs mats and everything we didn’t seal in vacuum bags and load up the old lady.

The first thing we notice are the new canvases for the well-deck and the cockpit, mainly because they are clean and the old ones were somewhat weather stained.  The next revelation is the deck which is now a lovely pale chocolate brown whereas before it was white. Walking on the new decking is a revelation as there is no bouncing up and down or creaking or booming sounds as I move about. Good job guys great result.
Boat loaded Fiona and I hear Charlie and Laureen approaching and jump off to eagerly greet our guests for the weekend with appropriate hugs, kisses, handshakes and back slaps.

Griff and Laureen being who they are they insist on helping us put up curtains, fill duvets and make up beds so in very short order it’s time to open a beer and decide on next steps.  Two seconds later we are on our way to the Oasis.

After a lovely meal where we shared all the mains so a nice taste of everything was the order of the day, we were escorted out of the establishment at 23:45. The lovely guys there had stayed open while we finished our meal and didn’t hassle us once to  hurry up. What a nice bunch they are.
After that it was quickly to bed in eager anticipation of tomorrows cruising and meeting up with the Corsicans for a brunch in Salhouse, before ending up in Ranworth to try out the revamped Maltsters.
Sleep took us quickly as the feeling of floating transported us away to dreamland with consummate ease.

Saturday morning intruded very early into our cosy world of duvet snuggling as the sun was up, bright, and the rejuvenating effect of its work was streaming in through the windows and telling me to “GET UP NOW!!!!”  

After tea and coffee we decided to miss out the breakfast as we were still full of last nights lovely curry and as we were meeting with Sonia and Simon for brunch we anticipated a lovely meal in Salhouse, we were of course not to be disappointed.

The weather was glorious and we immediately took the top down and decided to travel alfresco for the day. Griff had some things to pop into Wroxham to buy and so I walked through the maintenance that the guys had done with Phil whilst we waited for him to return. When Griff returned we went to retrieve MiniMal from her storage location and Griff decided she couldn’t go out looking like that and so proceeded to remove six months of accumulated Goose and duck appreciation for a good perching spot from the hull.   Faecal detritus removed we were ready to head off down to Ludham where Griff and Laureen needed to stop for a few minutes to help support the local businesses by paying the bill.

On a lovely sunny spring morning with the sun shining and the water sparkling we gently edged away from the quay heading and slowly set off for Barton, the gentle hissing of the water setting the tone for a very cathartic, gentle and uneventful passage down river, the slowly emerging from winter buds and wildlife screaming “look at me, look at me” as we glided gently past.

More to follow…..With pictures courtesy of Charlie Griffin….
    

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Hi Martin & Fiona, belated best wishes for your anniversary and happy birthday Malanka.  Hope to see you sometime this year.  Smile

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Thanks for the update Martin.

We've been in Stalham all week and were wondering when Malanka would put in an appearance.  We noted Corsica was out on Friday evening and now we know why.

Keep it coming.

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Next bit. Saturday 20th April.


As we gently floated down the Ant, we came across a few boats here and there all enjoying the absolutely clear blue skies and vivid sunshine splashing over us all as we made our way to Ludham Bridge.

Charlie took Malanka through the bridge without any worries as the bridge height fantasy board (I say this as it so very rarely refers to any actual clearance height figure) was saying over 9ft 6 inches, well above the 8ft top up we require. I had of course taken down the masthead or as Charlie (Charlotte) calls it the silly mast thing, before we got to the bridge.
The plan was to stop briefly whilst Charlie (Griff) paid a bill, so once through the bridge we pulled over moored up (with some help from the LBBY crew) and had a sit. I must admit it was nice to see George / Jason and the crew all busy as little bees, sanding this polishing that and generally looking like a boatyard engaged in good, healthy and hopefully profitable business.    
Of course once we had stopped it then became time for cake and wine, it would have been tea and cake but the cake was still there looking at me and the tea had been consumed so wine it was. The aforementioned cake was a delicious fruit cake made by Laureen and it was simply superb…..No more words are needed the lady is a genius cake maker…So we sat and watched the world go by whilst eating cake and sipping wine in the glorious and, out of the stiff cool breeze, warm sunshine.

We stayed perhaps a tad longer than we anticipated as we had arranged to meet the Corsicans for a brunch in Salhouse (See Mal we knew where they were all the time). Unfortunately the sun the wine and saying hi to everyone took a long-long-long time.

Not to disappoint me Jason of course asked me if I would like to look at the engine in Braveheart, a particularly fine looking boat with, funnily enough, a Bata 60HP engine fitted. This debate is an ongoing funny between Jason, myself and the currently fitted and perfectly working BMC 3.8L diesel power unit. Its heavy, a bit clunky, very powerful, ok not as quiet as the Beta, but it works and its ours. In fact if you listen to the first few minutes of the MTB 102 CinC video from Lord Paul you can hear what a proper broads boat engine sounds like …

After spending an hour or so doing not much in the lovely sunshine, at 12:45 we decided we had better set off for Salhouse and the brunch with Simon and Sonia that was waiting for us.  
So as luck would have it brunch turned into lunch and the journey from LBBY to Salhouse was beautiful, smooth, and uneventful. There were more boats out in Horning and some pyjama dangler things taking advantage of the rather pleasant if a little chilly breeze.
We arrived in Salhouse, moored up and said hello to the Corsicans, who had patiently waited well past an acceptable brunch time for us to arrive. But as we all know this is Norfolk and Norfolk time is what we use, so 2:15 became 11:30 and off we went.
Sonia had prepared a lovely Pastrami (sorry Griff) and Chicken Salad, with coleslaw,  tomatoes with mozzarella cheese and a pesto with pine nuts dressing.

All of course washed down with some more Pinot. Currently the French side of the Eurotunnel is offering 6 bottles for 16 Euro which is very reasonable. I am not sure the French have got Mr Cameron’s message on wine pricing.

So we sat about, ate the lovely spread prepared by Sonia, of particular note was the date and walnut bread which was superb. Then we packed up had some more pinot and headed off to our destination for the evening which was to be the Malsters for us to investigate the pub post the renovations.

A completely uneventful trip through Horning later we arrived at Ranworth and headed for the Staithe. We were not particularly concerned regarding mooring as we had Mini with us so mudweighting in the Broad was always an option for us. We didn’t need to bother as there was one mooring space left on the RHS which Simon slipped into with ease (ok he did use the thrusters as I heard him…..Grrr). We just slipped alongside and moored onto Corsica with the help of several forum types who had of course seen us coming and welcomed us with the jovial banter that is the benefit of being a forum member.  I would like to point out that no thrusters were used in the mooring of Malanka, basically this would be because we don’t have any.
Joking aside the help from everyone on the staithe was very welcome thank you!~

All that was left to do was to sit back, sip some more pinot and soak up the gorgeous sunshine beating down on the decks of Corsica and Malanka. It was a perfect late afternoon and of course we greeted every departure and subsequent arrival with the customary banter regarding the use of thrusters. We even provided applause when one very talented helm reversed all the way in without using them once . Well done that man.
Bollysnighe arrived to a chorus of greetings, some of which we can print, but completely let the side down with considerable use of thrusters, for which of course they were roundly ribbed. There followed two hours or so of complete merriment, chit chat, catch up and the usual haven’t seen you in a while type chats that Ranworth is famous for.
Then it was time for the pub, a brief get changed involving new shirts for the boys and complete make overs for the ladies followed and we were ready to eat.

I have to say the new décor in the Maltsters with lots of little private spaces and eye pleasing colour scheme, is very easy on the eye and altogether an huge improvement on the old interior. I would highly recommend it.

The food was equally impressive, as was the service and the entire experience is one we will repeat anytime we are in the area, a good night was had by all.

We had a good meal then retired to Corsica to celebrate our anniversary in style with a chilled Magnum of Martel Champagne. We put the entire universe to rights, sorted all the worlds problems and for good measure ensured world peace for decades to come and then decided we had better go to bed.  

All in all a great night…

More to come….


Life is too short

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Hi M & F
Malanka's looking good there. Good to see the roof down.
I read your out again this weekend. I will be about on Tobago Light from Herbert Woods with the eldest son so hope to bump into you somewhere.
Looking forward to the rest of the tale and more pictures.

Garry

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It's just me and a friend but would love to see you. How did his exams go and presuming success which hospital is lucky enough to have his services.

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All exams passed so now a junior doctor in Liverpool for the next 2 years

Garry

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Wow that's good. Please pass on my very best wishes for his future.

I am only about Saturday and Sunday, do you know where you are going to be?
I haven't decided where we are going to go we really intend to go with the flow.

M

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Will leave Potter Heigham Friday pm and back there early Monday and between that as you say we will go with the flow.

Garry

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