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Monday 2nd

Arrived at City boats nice and early in anticipation of a nice relaxing break. As we pulled up in the car park we saw a boat being pumped out and with horror realised that it was the one we were booked on for the week, nothing like the pictures used on the web site to advertise it at all. The outside was filthy and in dire need of some TLC.
After a quick discussion about weather to go ahead with it we decided we would try and make the most of it as finding another boat at such short notice would not be easy, or so I thought.
So everything on board and a quick, very quick, run through from the boat yard we were told we could get straight off as we had hired 3 boats since sept last year.
We headed out of the boatyard at Thorpe and down the Yare towards our first planned stop over at Rockland. Safely moored in the basin we sat and enjoyed the late afternoon sun on the grass and got chatting to a lovely family moored next to us. We shared a glass of wine with them a had a real good couple of hours by the end of which we had agreed to have a beer or 3 in the new Inn that evening.
We had a meal at the New Inn which was very nice as far as pub grub goes, we both had the haddock & chips which was priced in the usual bracket of around £10 a head.
We were joined shortly after by our neighbours and spent a pleasant evening sat outside enjoying each others company and the lovely taste of ghost ship which I had never tried before but am glad I did tonight Wink
As we returned to the boat I said to my lovely lady "maybe this won't be the disaster we thought after the disappointment of the boat"

Steve & Deb

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Tuesday 3rd

Woke up to a lovely sunny morning. Breakfast on the boat then we decided to head up to Norwich Yacht Station with the intention of walking around the market.
We moored up at the yacht station and set off towards the market. Having just crossed the bridge and already heard 3 sirens and noticed the blood on the pavement we quickly agreed that we could get our fill of this sort of mayhem any day at home so we made for Budgens to get a few basic supplies and headed back to the boat and out of Norwich to the peace and tranquility of the quiet river.
A few hours of gentle cruising and we found ourselves moored up at the Reedcutters at Cantley. Having read many comments on here and other places about the food here we decided we would see for ourselves. I'm so glad we did. Deb opted for the Lasagne and I went for the BBQ Ribs and Fiery chicken wings. The food was absolutely lovely and very well priced in comparison to the previous evening as was the liquid refreshment that was taken.
Earlier in the day we had been in contact with the boat yard and the company we booked through and had decided to return the 'not as advertised' boat the next morning. The booking company were excellent and were going to contact other boatyards first thing in the morning to try and get us another one.
So off to bed we went not knowing if that was our holiday finished or what boat we would be on the next day.

Steve & Deb

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Wednesday 4th

We woke to thick fog / mist and knew we wouldn't be heading anywhere for at least a couple of hours. Chatting over breakfast we made the final decision to stay on the boat we were on and just enjoy the ambience of the whole broads experience. A few calls to the boat yard and the booking company and everything was ironed out, for now!
During the call to the boat yard and the booking firm all of our issues were logged and recorded and photos will be mailed to the booking firm when we return home so on with enjoying our holiday the best we can.
Now every time we've been on a boat it has become tradition to moor at the Stracey windmill and order a takeaway curry from the Indian in Acle who deliver to the car park. So off we went along the Yare, over Braydon and up the Bure. We arrived mid to late afternoon and the weather was lovely and warm. Moored up I decided to do a bit of fishing while Deb read her kindle and enjoyed the sunshine.
Having been using the shower and being very impressed with the pressure it had I decided after my couple of hours fishing that I would try out the whirlpool bath - Guess what? - it didn't 'whirl', the pump made a lot of noise but not one of the jets sprang in to life. Oh well another one to add to the ever growing list.
So showered and shaved we ordered our meal and settled down for a pleasant evening.

Steve & Deb

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Thursday 5th

The plan today was to head up to Acle for water and a pump out as we'd been told to pump out every 3rd day due to the full flush toilet system and the bath then head back down South.
Pump out done and water topped up ( the guys at Acle were really helpful and friendly ) we headed back towards Great Yarmouth. As we approached the Stracey Windmill again we were informed by shouts from the bank that the river was shut at Great Yarmouth due to a fire so we moored up and waited on an update. At approx 13:00 the message relayed down the line of boats moored up that the river was now open so in line everyone started off on their journey South.
We decided to head for Somerleyton and try the Dukes head for our evening meal. It was another lovely evening so we opted to have our meal al-fresco. We had the steak off of the daily specials board, cooked exactly as requested and all in all a very pleasant meal. Again the beer was excellent as was the wine according to the good Lady.
Back to the boat for another good nights sleep. After highlighting the faults with Bel Air I must say the bed is one of the most comfortable I have experienced on the few boats we have hired.

Steve & Deb

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Friday 6th

Woke early to a damp, overcast morning. Got all the morning rituals out of the way and headed down towards Beccles. Neither of us have ever been to Beccles or indeed past Oulton Broad on the Waveney so it was all new. Arrived at an almost empty Beccles Yacht Station by mid to late morning and decided on a walk around the town. What a lovely place it is to visit. We went for lunch in the Kings Head and then for a stroll around a few of the shops.  Back to the boat for a lazy afternoon and some more fishing. Unfortunately this was cut short by the weather so a chilled out and relaxed evening on the boat was the order of the day. Friday was also the day the fridge packed up, you gotta laugh or else you'll cry. Boatyard called and someone will attend to look at the fridge tomorrow afternoon / evening when we get to Loddon, our destination for tomorrow night.

Steve & Deb

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Saturday 7th

Very nice man in Beccles took a look at the fridge and got it running again, and then explained they can be very temperamental these gas fridges. All working and back on the river we headed for Reedham. Quick stop for some odd bits and then decided we would spend the night at Reedham Ferry and not venture down the river Chet to Loddon. The food was ok but it didn't seem the most welcoming of pubs, although they were very busy so that may have had something to do with it.

Steve & Deb

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Not sounding so good to begin this - waits with baited breath to read the next installment.

At least the food drink and company you met along the way have saved the say so to speak otherwise.


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Sunday 8th

The plan today was to go back to the Reedcutters at Cantley for Sunday lunch. As we approached the bend in the river and the pub came in to view it was clear we were never going to get moored up. It looked like there was some kind of sail boat get together, boats were moored 3 abreast at some points along the moorings so we decided to carry on towards Brundall. At around 11:30 we had made it all the way to the Waters Edge Bramerton. Again we have read a few reports about this pub, a mixed bag to tell the truth, some good and some not so good. The moorings outside were empty so we decided to give it a go. The new decking outside the pub was well inhabited with folk sat in the sun enjoying coffee. As we approached the mooring it seemed like the world and his wife was watching us, just waiting for us to make a right mess of things. Fortunately we managed a 1st class approach and had the boat secured within seconds or so it seemed. Casually we stepped back inside the boat, gave each other a high 5 and had a chuckle - yeah the A team Smile
Washed up and changed we went over for a Sunday roast. Deb had the lamb and I opted for the beef. The meal was fantastic, a little more than the other pubs we've visited but still good value for money. We decided to stay our final night here, the beer and wine were good.
I would just like to point out that we saw a fantastic bit of customer service / care here. An older gent had sat on his boat after deciding to have his main meal in the evening, not realising that they only do food up to 7pm on Sundays. When he asked for the menu the member of staff advised him that food had finished for the day. Said member of staff then spoke to the manager and they managed to put together a reasonable meal for the old boy. Excellent service  in my opinion.

Steve & Deb

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Monday 9th

Up early to finish off the packing, a basic breakfast and a nice cup of coffee. Everything sorted and we were on the short trip to return the boat to Thorpe.
The air was a little 'frosty' when we arrived at the boatyard following the phone calls earlier in the week but I must say that after a polite, almost pleasant conversation all the issues were sorted out to the satisfaction of both parties.

All in all we had a fantastic week, making memories is what it's all about and we've already started laughing about the not so good bits Wink

Steve & Deb

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All turned out ok in the end Robin. Once Deb had got past the disappointment of the boat not being as advertised we tried to enjoy it the best we could, and we did Wink

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