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Aug-13-2015 @ 10:06 PM                           Permalink
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Hi Dave and Rob

Rob the space next to Richard is another 'resident' off Oulton, he popped out but is now back.

Dave you should be ok if you prebook now/very soon for Oulton 01502 574946, Becceles has the Wooden boats, Seamater club and Becceles Carnival so is already booked out so I've heard but might be worth a call anyway.

The powerboat racing was great, the big boys were outstanding, Supercat looked really fast and very smart.

After the powerboat racing we took Toby for a walk via the Chippy, mediocre chips to say the least Frown . Then onto The Lady of the Lake pub. But what a disappointment that turned out!!!!!!!! A very drunk female was winding up a bunch of equally drunk males, the language was appalling and it got physical with the female being manhandled out of the pub by some of the men!!!!

We rapidly downed our drinks and left, the night out ruined by the pubs lack of control of its customers. The last visit to that pub!!! Shame as it used to be a bit odd but now appears a rough house with no management present, visable or in control a very poor show indeed. At least two other families walked out and not a comment from the management.

Well here a photo of the powerboat slipway after the racing just to cheer things up a bit.

Tomorrow we're off to Cantley, will let you know more later.

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Aug-15-2015 @ 6:45 PM                           Permalink
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Hi

Well Cantley Readcutter was great as always, nice meal and drinks, Steve and Lyn are really good hosts. What a difference to Thursday night!

The weather overnight was not to good with rain and quite windy, it was at least dry this morning but cooler.

Just a short hop today to Rockland St Mary, only a couple of spaces left if anyone needs them. It's a bit shallow in the corner spot! had just over a foot beneath us and we only draw 2'6" Scared .

We are now in the pub here ( The New Inn), it's busy but looking at the food coming out that's not surprising. As a bonus the weather has perked up to make a pleasant end to the day.

Tomorrow off to Surlingham Ferry House for their great Sunday Lunch and music in the evening, should be good.

Photo of the moorings tonight.

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Hi

Here's a question, can you identify the flower in the photo???

Only noticed it in the Rocklands St Mary area, any ideas??

John.


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That is Himalayan Balsam, an extremely invasive species, which should be reported to the Broads Authority. They send teams out each year, to uproot it, but if it is allowed to seed, the seed pods explode, sending seeds for yards in all directions. It will blanket-cover the ground, effectively exterminating all competition.

Beautiful to look at, but, if any plant can be described as evil, this one is.

"..for the avoidance of any doubt, the broads are not legally a national park and do not come under the national park legislation, and nor will they."
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for DEFRA (Hansard 2015)

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The Himalayan Balsam should not be confused with its smaller, less agressive cousin, the Orange Balsam, which can also be found around the Broads (see pic).

The Himalayan Balsam can grow to 10 feet and shoot its seeds up to 12 feet or more. As it is an annual, having choked off all competing plants, it dies back each year, leaving bare banks, which are then very susceptible to erosion. It is in the interests of ALL Broads lovers to, at least, report ANY sightings to the BA. A phone call to Broads Control, giving the exact location, is sufficient.

"..for the avoidance of any doubt, the broads are not legally a national park and do not come under the national park legislation, and nor will they."
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Hi

Thanks for id of the flower, have now reported it to The BA river control. But guess they will know about as there are large areas of it all round Rockland St Mary  and it must have been spotted by a Ranger Patrol.

We moved onto The Ferry House Surlingham on Sunday morning so we could have Sunday roast at The Ferry House as it is soooo good, after lunch we had 'An afternoon/ evening with Bob'. Thanks to must go to Bob for posting his gigs on the NBF otherwise we may have missed it.

The Ferry House, Sonia and her Team, really have got it right as the place was packed out both with boats and cars etc, well done it was a great day and evening.

Today we are back at Cantley Readcutter for the waiting of the tide tomorrow for crossing back to the north, really early start to make the Yacht Station by 07:42!! well it's very early for me LOL. Being a 2 3/4 hr run from Cantley.

Stopped at Broom's for fuel its now £1.08 a litre.

John.


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.....and 93 p per litre for berth users

Mark

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Hi

Well despite the very early start in the rain and cold we made it across Breydon passing the Yacht Station exactly on time to the minute 07:42!!!  Smile , always try to do it exactly on time, silly as 10 or 20 minutes is hardly going to make much difference LOL. Today's tide prediction was a good one, the tide was just changing on Breydon as we came to turn in to the Bure and the tide coming out of the Bure was really quite slow and very near slack for a change. The trip up the Bure to The Stracey Windmill was very pleasant. The moorings were very busy when we arrived and still are ! The rain hadn't eased off so we got wet and cold mooring up at Stracey moorings. But the onboard warm air heating soon sorted that out, I'm really impressed by the Wallasey heater Braveheart has, very, very quite compared to our Webasto were had on Dawn Princess and that had a silencer fitted!!

Must recommend the food in the Stracey Mill Tea rooms, just had a full English Breakfast which was great.

Now back onboard with the Wallas keeping us toasty and it is only 14C outside, nice summers day tounge-in-cheek still at least it's stopped raining.

We are overnighting here and returning to our home moorings tomorrow at some point.

Photo of Stracey Mill moorings, the boat Broadlander having just pulled away.

John.


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John, we whole heartedly agree with you on the full English!
Had that there last year whilst waiting for the tide to
cross Breydon that morning.
Tides were early this year so we were away before the
cafe was open.  Mad

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We are back out again, yippee!!

Again we are headed straight down to the Southside, soon be quieter on the Northern Rivers as the schools are back soon Playful Wink . so we will then be out on the Northen side.

Please please let the rain stop!!!

We have just passed through a torrential downpour, just before mooring up at The Stracey Mill and we have gotten soaked through Frown , the very high winds with these squalls really makes mooring up a challenge  Scared .

Still now here for the night and most of tomorrow waiting on the afternoon tide to cross South.

Then overnight at The Berney Arms, haven't been there in years so should make a real change.

St. Olaves bridge is now a bit of a challenge with Braveheart bing 7' 8" so it's safer to go round and down the New Cut!

The aim of this week is to attend the Broom Owners Meet at Becceles along with 18 other Brooms!!

John.

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Joshie), Jo & Toby.
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