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Not a lot in the way of holiday tales, so here goes...

23rd December 2010

We set off from home on the other coast, where the snow has been as deep as it was unexpected and unusual, just before 10am (on schedule!) – that would be myself,  husband SternMoor and the well-walked little terrier in the large red life vest, Miss Leigh. Last night we were still wondering whether to take the heavy-on-juice four wheel drive or the newer, more efficient, two wheel drive car and in the end, the car won, but we put a spade in just in case – and it turned out to be very useful indeed, though not for digging out the car.

Although the doom-sayers on the radio were giving this day as “the busiest traffic day of the holidays”, it wasn’t too bad.  SternMoor drove M61/M62/A1 and I took over when we got to the A47.  We arrived at about 16.00 and looked for Moonlight Shadow who had been moved to her winter berth.  She was easily found in front of her pal “Lightning”.

Togged up the little terrier in her lifevest for safety and moved all our kit onto the boat.  Heaven, Broom’s had started the Webasto for us!  The sloping part of the floating pontoon had been fully cleared for us, too, but the rest was covered in a couple of inches of snow which we cheerfully compressed into ice with our footfalls.  

Then it was a trip to visit Mr Sainsbury to stock up and I was very surprised that the Penny Lane shop wasn’t particularly busy, though some of the “Christmas” shelves were empty.  No bother, I’m not planning to cook a full Christmas meal on board.  Spent ten minutes trying to find my faithful friend the “fourbe” before I remembered I was in the car!  When I got back to MS, the temperature was lower and the uncleared part of the gangway was much slippier, so after an evening walk with Miss Leigh we decided on a meal onboard rather than a visit to the pub for dinner as originally intended.  Had an attempt at a dvd, but decided early to bed was the best policy.

As photographed by SuPine, the area around the boatlift (the only place water is still available) is heavily frozen as are all the boats EXCEPT Moonlight Shadow and perhaps one or two others, though turning would be a potential problem for MS to get out onto the river.

Barometer at 1009 at 19.00

Christmas Eve 24th December – basin still frozen hard

Darn!  Forgot to turn off my alarm.  06.30  roll over and go back to sleep until 08.00.  Coffee, dog walk.  I’m expecting Father Christmas to arrive a little early this morning in the person of the “fat bloke in yellow lifejacket” – GaryCantley -  so must expand items “to do” all morning so as not to leave the boat or spoil the surprise.  S.l.o.w.l.y made breakfast, SternMoor went off to get a paper, then a shower at shore facilities and the terrier is sleeping in front of the warm air heater.  

We discovered one boat problem last night on arrival.  The water flush pipe in the forward heads has either parted company with the fixing or split.  As this is only water, not effluent, we have decided not to use this lavatory rather than trouble anyone to fix it.  For only two people, use of the stern facilities only will be fine.

The sun is shining at 11.00 so I decide that the spade we brought “just in case” will be put into action to clear the walkway entirely of snow and ice.  This is not only for our safety and GaryCantley’s but also because we’re expecting the family on Boxing Day, who range in age from 2 to 84.

FATHER CHRISTMAS ARRIVES!  Alison (thank you) has wrapped the present in Christmas paper, and though I’m useless at patience and would have had SternMoor open his pressie there and then, GC counsels waiting until tomorrow, so we three sit and natter for a bit.  After saying goodbye to Gary, we set off for Oulton Broad by car to purchase my requested Christmas pressie, a new automatic lifejacket.  The traffic going in to Oulton Broad (not literally) was very, very heavy, presumably all those last minute purchases to be made by men for their loved ones!  Worse still, Jeckell’s was CLOSED!  Abort, abort!  We turned around and drove back in the direction of Brundall – thought about a visit to Beccles but again heavy traffic beat us - so we went for a late lunch/early tea at the Yare.  I asked if Miss Leigh could come with us into the dining lounge by the fireplace and was told “yes if she’s well behaved”.  Quite funny actually, as there was the loudest family party I’ve ever seen with five or six (no doubt normally very well behaved, but this is Christmas Eve) kids and a granddad who I swear could shout for England, whilst Leigh was silent beside us.  We ordered burgers, and despite the odd hour to start a meal they were certainly home made and the food was very plentiful.  After eating, Miss Leigh and I went in search of some grass for a comfort break – for her, not for me – and met a couple walking a large Lurcher and gi-normous Wolfhound!  Whilst Miss Leigh couldn’t make eye contact with this fearful 14 stone giant, the big chap himself was also a little nervous having in the past had unhappy experience with snappy JRTs.  

Back on the boat we put up our Christmas lights around the saloon windows, it looks very festive though there’s no one around to see them, had a read then watched a dvd.  A bit more snow fell early evening and the barometer has risen from 1009 at 11.00 to 1014 at 19.00.  Will we be able to cruise tomorrow?


Lisa

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Good start Lisa

I particularly like the part where Miss Leigh meets the wolfhound, was she wearing her little red life jacket with handy carrying handle? The hound could have carried her along for a bit...
As we were in Norfolk (up Norwich!!!) we saw the weather up until the 23rd and doubt you managed to get out, but wait with breath bated for the next installment.
What did you have for Christmas dinner and so on details please some details. Just to add some Yorkshire (Doncaster) where are the pics then???

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She was, indeed, Martin and when wearing any jacket she's in "perfect dog mode", harking (barking?) back to her training as a Hearing Dog. To get on and off the boat she wears her jacket and particularly before I cleared the walkway; for her safety and my convenience if she goes in, and her "handle" is well used so it stands up to be caught.  

There are pictures coming, but as I'm useless at taking them, the first one I took was on Christmas Day, so next installment.  I've tried to be less "menu" oriented this time, but of course Christmas dinner is different, and I mean really different this year!

Lis



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hello lis pleased to hear you had an intersting start to ur holiday Smile  whilst you were on moonlight shadow we were battling the cold weather which im really not a fan of.
hope you and kieth are well

callum

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a wonderful sayen when you get ur head around it

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Great, A winter Christmas tale afloat - My favourites.


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Hello Lisa.  I've been climbing out of my sick-bed each
morning to check on how your holiday went.  Happy day
today, I am enjoying reading of your brave adventures.  
Wendy and I wish you, Keith and Miss Leigh a happy new
year with many more escapades afloat.

Aubrey

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Hi Lisa, great story so far keep it coming I'm jealous already.

Dave

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Here we go!

CHRISTMAS DAY 25th December 2010
Barometer 1022

Usual coffee break and dog walk.  I love looking at the chalets and imagining having one and Miss Leigh ADORES chasing whatever there is to be chased on the grassy bit adjoining the woodland bit.  Overnight I think there’s been a bit more snow and certainly the icing has extended some, so I don’t think we’ll be cruising today!  

SternMoor opened his present, a new laptop just for him, his own settings and so on.  He suggested we should perhaps try watching a dvd on it this evening and seems really pleased, this is the first laptop he’s had for his sole use – do you think I should be contemplating “parental controls”????

After a wonderful hot shower and mushroom omelettes for breakfast, we played telephone tag with our son who was at a lavish “brunch” in a hotel in Dubai with all the other ex-pats who couldn’t get home for Christmas.  Thirty degrees Centigrade over there!  

As I write, SternMoor has gone for a shower and I’m eyeing the washing up but I think it’s more likely I’ll return to my book for a few pages.

Preparing Christmas lunch later, which very untraditionally featured fresh fish, carrots, spinach, steamed potatoes and parsley sauce with apple crumble and custard for afters (starter was the “traditional” prawn cocktail, how boring am I?) I said to SternMoor “I wish I’d brought some sherry – you should have sherry before Christmas lunch, shouldn’t you?”  He suggested we should substitute my sloe gin for sherry as an aperitif.  Looking around he added “with all these gin palaces round about it seems it’s only us drinking gin”.  And so it was, no one about, just us.  After lunch the sun came streaming through the windows like a searchlight!  What a pleasant way to spend Christmas Day!

The meal eaten, we returned to lethargy.  We had hoped to do some cruising but the ice became more widespread so we didn’t feel we could or should attempt it.  We’ve done nothing except relax and speak to family and friends on the telephone today and now, as I write much later in the day, it’s a dvd before bed.  Tomorrow we are expecting to welcome boarders!  Family aged between 2 and 84, including our younger niece who is expecting identical twins in February!  Only our son will be missing and there will be a long phone conversation as he speaks to each one.  Thankfully, with nine on board, the rest of the family pets will not be joining us – the Cairn Terrier, Staffie, Cane Corso and two cats will stay at their respective homes.  I’m busily working out in my mind how to serve lunch to six meat eaters and three veggies on a boat!

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Lisa

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And another taken on Christmas Day.  Much more ice than when we arrived on the 23rd.

Lisa

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Lisa,

This is a holiday tale?

You've already been there several days?

So when is the sunbathing going to come into it Wink

martin

how can such a sleepy paradise create such passion.

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