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The next morning was again blessed with the most gorgeous sunshine
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Those of you who know me, will know that it has to be pretty hot for me to consider sunbathing. I am the original lizard!

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Friday 11th April
Fleet Dyke to Ranworth for sailing then to Stalham, off to Sea Palling and then Oasis for tea.

Friday was to be our last day in Norfolk and we intended to make the most of it. The early morning sunshine had once more completely recharged the batteries of MD and so the little green tell tales were flashing away on the dash. As the boat had a huge capacity for hot water there was plenty available for showers and washing up alike. We had a fairly light breakfast and let Boris out of the boat for a quick walk about and to let him once more visit Texas. With the sun high in the sky, the top down and the wildlife twittering overhead we set off in the direction of Ranworth for one last sail before we gave the boat back to Phil and his boys.

The plan was to stay in Ranworth for a few hours, have some lunch and then drop off the rubbish at the rubbish skip and then head back up to Moonfleet in time to get to the beach at sea Palling mid-afternoon. The forecast said the weather was going to be superb all day and for once it looked like someone had actually looked out of the window instead of a computer screen.
When we arrived in Ranworth, we quickly dropped the mud weight over to the left of the staithe and prepared mini to be the MD garbage scow for a few minutes as we removed the rubbish from the last couple of days. Charlie and I were designated as the garbage guys as Fiona and Justin started on the packing thing. As we sailed about the broad with the garbage in the boat, the thought struck us that if we did the garbage run first then we could enjoy the sail without smelling like a dustbin for the rest of the day.  As we approached the dinghy dyke there were several motor cruisers in close attendance, kind of hanging about the entrance. The reason for this soon became clear as we glided gently into the dyke trying to judge the timing to drop the sail early enough to not be travelling too fast and late enough that we were travelling fast enough. As we past the entrance we saw one of the motor cruisers approach the end of the dinghy dyke and moor up to use the water hoses to fill their water tanks. This struck us as a little odd as there were many spaces available on the other side of the mooring, but hey ho each to their own I suppose.
Charlie made the dinghy fast and then we each walked over to the bins carrying bags of rubbish in each hand. Our industrial task completed it was time to enjoy our last minutes left sailing and so with some pushing and quite a few curses we edged Mini past the still moored cruiser and into the broad. There was a fairly brisk breeze and Mini sails very well in anything above very light winds, so we skipped across the broad just enjoying the freedom to go where we wanted with the wind in our hair and the sun on our faces. Too soon it was time to head back to MD and so it was with a heavy heart that we moored back alongside MD and took down the rigging and then tied and stowed all her sailing gear for next time. It was time to say goodbye to Ranworth and head back up the Ant to Stalham and our appointment with Boris and the beach.
The journey up the river was quiet, calm and simply wonderful, the sun was high in the sky at midday and with the top down and sunscreen applied we loved every minute of it. One moment of mirth was being hailed by Paul (Richardson) as he took out one of the new Carrousel boats on a trip to horning. It was ammusing because we sort of both realised who the other person was as we waved at and then looked at each other more closely. Paul was accompanied on the new boat by what I will describe as a suite in a pink shirt and tie, we assumed (later confirmed) this was a big cheese from Richardson’s group. Well he couldn’t have had a better day to see what boating was all about than that one, well done Paul.  
Too soon we were pulling up at Phil’s place and tying up the boat. Tying up when you know you’re not going to be untying it again is a kind of bitter sweet poignant moment for me, only lightened by the prospect of having some fun on the beach with Boris the magnificent. We closed up the boat, had a quick chat with the guys in the boatyard and then got into Svetlana (car) and headed off to Sea Palling. We parked the car in the car park by the chip shop and resisted the glorious smells emanating from the establishment. It wasn’t that we didn’t fancy the idea of some chips but later that evening we had arranged to go out to the Oasis with Diane and Phil for a good old chinwag.
Boris by now could of course smell the sea and he was keen to be off. He hadn’t seen the sea since we stayed at Lound Cottage when he was less than a year old and so we were looking forward expectantly to his next briny encounter. We had the ubiquitous tennis ball, poo bags and harness and so we set off in the beautiful sunshine heading for the gap in the flood defences and the beach beyond.
Was we crested the ramp in the defences we could see that the tide was in and the beach was fairly busy with holiday makers all as intent as us in enjoying themselves. It was a lovely sight and one that was probably repeated on any beach anywhere in the UK on such a fantastic day. Boris and I headed straight for the firmer sand nearer the water as he danced about on his hind legs wagging his tail enthusiastically wanting to run but not yet receiving the approval to go. I retrieved the ball from my pocket and launched it into the air over Boris and into the sea. Boris hesitated for almost three milliseconds before he charged straight into the gently churning surf in search of his ball. This was a little “taster throw” and didn’t require any swimming, but Boris was soon running back towards us as we headed down the beach away from where he was emerging from the waves. Boris liked this game and suddenly decided that this was much more fun than Salhouse, and so he ran up, dropped the ball onto the sand, and then waited for it to be tossed into the waves. This toss, run, retrieve drop routine continued for most of the next two hours as we walked up and down the beach in the warm afternoon sunshine. We had an amazing afternoon with Boris on the beach and we will definitely be doing that again, although restrictions on dogs do apply to the beach in the summer months.
Boris met lots of doggie friends on the beach and made a few more human ones, once people had got over the fact that he is so big. Gentle he is! Careful where he puts his head and paws he is not! Soon it was time to go and so we headed back to the gap in the flood defences and decided to stop at the ice cream place for several 99’s with flake and a packet of bacon flavour dog treats for Boris.
By the time we returned to Svetlana, Boris was damp but not soaking wet, however he was covered in sand. Some remedial action would be required when we returned to Moonfleet.
We sat in the glorious sunshine eating our ices for a few minutes more before it was time to head back to the boatyard, wash Boris and prepare to head out to the Oasis with Phil and Diane.
When we arrived back it was clear that a few minutes under the hose was not going to remove all the sand that Boris had brought back from the beach with him. So decision made I casually tossed the tennis ball into the river just by the wetshed. Nothing, Boris didn’t even move or look vaguely in the direction of the tossed ball, he just sat down and closed his eyes, obviously this was one sleepy tired pups.
OK, taking my life in my hands I grabbed Boris by the harness, lifted him off the ground and then heaved him into the water where he landed with a huge splash and a completely indignant look upon his sad, puppy eyed face. When he scrambled out of the river, I again grabbed him by the harness and guided him towards the hose where Fiona and Charlie were waiting to help me wash him down. Some minutes followed in which profanity may have been used on more than one occasion as Boris wriggled, squirmed and generally disagreed with the chosen course of action in any way he could that involved moving, shaking, wriggling and generally trying to get away.
After this we knew he would sleep like a baby when we left him to go for dinner. Boris stayed awake long enough to eat his dinner then he collapsed onto his place of honour on the sofa, he only smelled a little bit like a dirty wet dish rag, but still enough to notice.
We headed out to the Oasis where we had the most wonderful Indian meal once more. We chewed the fat with Phil and Diane and generally passed a very pleasant three hours in their very relaxed company.
Back at the boat we slept the sleep of the exhausted knowing that tomorrow we had to finish packing and leave MD for the last time. In the morning the ladies arrived to clean the boat so after breakfast we cleared all our stuff off the boat and packed Svetlana for the journey home. The top was down as the sun was again shining brightly in a clear blue sky. As we walked away for the last time we almost left the CD in the player but Charlie sent me to go get her CD and soon we were on our way back to Essex for a brief shopping interlude and a meal at Charlie’s before we headed back to Belgium on Sunday afternoon.
All in all it was a marvellous week, on a great boat from Moonfleet, and the weather was brilliant. It doesn’t get better than this.


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My last early morning walk with Boris

Fiona's pictures of Sea Palling will be much better
than mine. I'm sure she will be along shortly to
illustrate the last section of 'Five go adventuring on
Moon Discovery'

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Just thought those who are interested May like to know that Malanka is back in the water after her restoration. She had a few days in the straps to enable her taking up,but now she is floating by herself with minimal seepage.
I will be down to have a look see next week and anyone is welcome to pop along and say hello.

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I did notice her in the background on Richardson's Facebook page with another good looking broom captain.

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Said pic ....Ok its only half a Pic! Playful Wink

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