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A most enjoyable read

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You are correct Charlie, I forgot to mention that. Probably due to you badgering me to write this up..

The kingfisher was impressive too. I saw another one on the way back on Monday afternoon too.

What exactly is bimbling btw??? Not sure I knnow how to bimble.....

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Yes, Charlie, that was us. Not the most peaceful night I've ever spent on the Broads!

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Bimble:  
     
To amble without real aim, yet in a friendly and harmless manner. You are not required achieve anything in so doing, and it is often a frequent side effect of Bimbling.

Bimbling can be made a little more business like with a slight hunch of the shoulders.

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Love it Robin...

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Spider,
Did you see them running about on the decks? at one point Charlie commented that she knew the music was too loud when she could sing along to it. Ok it was more like make more noise along with it rather than sing but you get the general idea.

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The noise started long before you came in, when a boat moored on the spit, probably around 7pm. We retreated below to eat and listen to I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue at a somewhat higher volume than usual! Didn't really notice anything until your nav lights loomed over us - with no night vision you gave the impression of being much bigger than you are. Turned off our lights until I could see you, worked out it was Malanka (we'd seen you moored at Horning earlier). Then went back to Rumpole of the Bailey and another bottle of Chateau Thames Embankment (sorry, in-joke) and did our best to ignore the rest of the world.

So the short answer is no, didn't see anything. I wonder whether it was the same boat from the spit?

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I spoke with Holly and she told me she had problems with a loud boat on the spit earlier in the day and that they refused to pay and told her they were leaving then returned much later and made noises on the spit after she had left, then went to the other moorings which I believe was much later still and the point at which we noticed them screaming and shouting in the dark. She took their number and was intending to report it to Herbert Woods, I am not sure if she did but she did tell me she had the boat registration. I assume it was the same boat that Holly described but I can't be sure as I couldn't see the registration in the dark and forgot to note it down the next morning.  

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Uhmmm, bimbling, that's a new word to me as well, faskinating! Smile

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Ok slight change of tale, OK after seeing the Herby Woods boat turn off the light and witnessing the seething hot bed of Lurv, that is a night floating on Salhouse Broad  emanating  from somewhere to our starboard side we decided to leave the Grebes to it and went off to bed too.

Any better? Hands up all you naughty people who thought I was referring to something else!!

Sunday morning started quite early as the sun was streaming in through Malanka’s windows and painting pretty ripples on the ceiling of the cabin, the ducks, geese and the amorous Grebes from last night had been hard at the squawking and honking for two hours by this time. Now with the sun fully up and beaming away they had fallen silent and the smaller flying creatures had started their more genteel version of “get up and get outside”.  

We got up, went outside and immediately dropped the wheelhouse roof as the day was glorious and the wheelhouse was suitable for tomatoes, or any other hot house plant you care to mention.

Today the plan was to bimble over to Acle and enjoy a fine dinner in the restaurant. We intended also to pay a quick visit to the festival on the shore and see if Boris the magnificent wanted to have a swim as he hadn’t had one since his last visit in November.

After heaving the mudweight over the side last night and sitting still and then gently swinging on it for the next 10 hours or so the plug was well and truly deeply rooted in the gelatinous mud on the bottom of the broad. This called for the deployment of the windlass and so windlass lever in hand (now with added waterbouy just in case) I attached the rope to the capstan thingy and off I went jerking back and forth and having no effect whatsoever on the mudweight, which was still stuck fast into the gloop.
Instead of the plug it was the ten ton Malanka that moved and the rope got tighter and tighter, then wet rope started to appear and still no bubbles, after what seemed like hours but was probably less than 20 seconds (this I feel is a manifestation of the time dilation effect of being in Norfolk and helps explain Norfolk time to the skeptical science crowd back at work) bubbles began to appear and suddenly the rope was moving much more quickly and the absolutely huge gob of sticky brown goo on the end of the rope where the mudweight should be showed me that I was going to have to leave that in the water while we move over to the mooring and wash it off on the way over.

I started the engine and we moved over to the left hand side stern on mooring and moored up courtesy of a very neat step off by Charlie and a good rope fling by Fiona who was more reticent to step off than our guest.

I spent a few moments locating the Boris tennis ball and then made sure I had my shoes on and jacket fastened before going anywhere near his lead. Once Boris hears the jingle jangle of his lead that’s it, its constant, mewling, woofling, bum waggling and all round mayhem until he gets off the boat. I for-shortened the entire pantomime by the simple expedient of opening the rear doors and letting him jump off. This he did very smartly then sat there wagging his tail and encouraging me to hurry up with that soppy great black nose and intelligent “get a move on” doggy eyes.  
Boris and I moved off to the beach and we were followed a few moments later by Charlie and Fiona. Justin was still snoozing and enjoying a lie in.

I threw the ball into the water until my arm got sore and Boris enjoyed going further and further out and swimming to retrieve the ball. Eventually he just wouldn’t drop the ball for me anymore which is his usual sign that playtime is over. We then decided to go look at some of the exhibits and wander up and down and say hi to Toby and Holly.
Boris really enjoys this kind of thing and he regally accepted the pats, cuddles and approbation that he feels is his due.

I lost sight of the ladies and only met up with them after they had seen the Alpacas, I am not quite sure of the relevance to green boating but hey ho each to their own. They also returned with reports of a rather attractive BA ranger with whom they had found an excuse to chat for quite some time. Funny how normally this wouldn’t have been top priority but throw in a tall dark and handsome man and suddenly BA policy is all the rage with the ladies. There were dark conspiratorial whispers about “accidentally seeking assistance” and other such foolishness. We wouldn’t do that would we guys??? Naa of course we wouldn’t …

We made sure all crewmembers including the four legged variety were on board then slipped the lines and headed off for Acle. We intended to stop at Ranworth to get rid of some rubbish and buy a newspaper and some trashy magazines for the ladies to peruse at their leisure later on. As we left the broad the sun was blazing down on us and the two ladies began the process of applying the sun screen. In retrospect this was quite fun for me to watch for the simple reason that later that evening we were to be provided with ample evidence that the application of the sunscreen was not as thorough as it appeared to be at the time of application.

With sun screen applied to all crew members and radio 2 playing in the background we headed slowly downriver  accompanied by glorious sunshine to Ranworth. When we arrived there were a few spaces left and we inched into one of the spaces on the far left hand side and tied up, shut down and I took Boris for another little stroll round the village.
Unfortunately Ranworth being Ranworth Justin met me half way back across the green with the news that no-one wants to hear. “We just got whacked and Charlie and mum told the man the boat wouldn’t fit and he just ignored them and hit us very hard, come quickly”.
Long story short the oxygen thief helm of Tobago 1 had tried to fit 12ft6 into 10ft and had deposited considerable amounts of gelcoat/paint and other stuff onto us with the impact. Luckily for us he had actually struck the strongest part of the boat and hit the edge of the very heavy indeed stem of the boat. Had he hit us a foot or so further back it would have been a very different story. Fiona took photographs of the now rounded edges of the stem that five minutes before had been sharp right angles and I knew it was simple to fix but it had been too close to being a disaster for me to “let this one go”.
I stood on the bow of Malanka and watched with complete despair as the guy continued to get in the way of other boats leaving, some others trying to moor up. In short he was a complete disaster. Several boats were leaving and asked the guy to move out of their way, his response was to treat it like the car park at Tesco and move perhaps twenty feet, that’s it twenty feet. The horrible part of the whole thing is that he only avoided hitting us again when I shouted at him to go forwards and do it now when he was reversing into us again. He was undoubtedly flummoxed and intimidated and completely out of his depth, the sensible amongst us when confronted with issues like this move away, calm down and come again later. This person just sat there sawing at the wheel revving the engine and generally getting in everyone’s way to such a degree that the exodus of people due to his inept boat handling and disregard for property damage got him exactly what he wanted, which was space on the staithe.  
I remarked to the helm’s lady wife who was looking on in horror at the debacle unfolding in front of her that, “your husband doesn’t take instruction very well does he”? The look of resignation on her face said everything anyone needed to know, the observation was very obviously not news to her.

Heading back to the wheelhouse I started the engine, slipped the lines and left as quickly as possible before any more damage could be done, either to my peace of mind or to Malanka.

More to follow.

Including, dancing and singing in the wheelhouse, taxi search and early morning getaways..


Life is too short

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