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Aug-18-2017 @ 8:25 AM                           Permalink
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Yes, we've just dashed into the garden, as they were right overhead, but there was too much cloud cover   Frown

"..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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More later as when I can on this tale.

Alas though today's destination is Womack Staithe where we have little/no mobile signal so I'm not at all hopeful of providing an update today.

As I type the better half believes I am paying wages (for our pub).  I am also to make a decision on whether we apply for a late night extension to show the McGregor/Mayweather fight next Sunday morning as it is live in America.  Not to everyone's taste I accept totally but being a sports led pub we have had many enquiries.  We will admit by advance ticket sale only at £10 and will limit numbers to around 50% of our capacity.  

Our neighbouring licensing authority have declined license extension applications in Preston City centre on Police advice that boxing raises spirits and this mixed fight of boxing and martial arts (held under boxing rules) will result in drunken brawls between partisan supporters of each code.

I believe being village based and able to vet who the tickets are sold to will be a different scenario but interesting all the same

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Aug-18-2017 @ 9:03 AM                           Permalink
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Foresters, what is the address of your pub, we have a stag do on next weekend and an all nighter in your pub would save us the price of hotel rooms.
Would we get a discount for 20 tickets?
Do you do breakfast?
Have you got a pond we can throw the groom in?

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Bella

You'd be most welcome!

When I said neighbouring Preston I meant Preston in North Shields.  We have a pond and will remove the weld mesh protection from over it for the groom dunking.  You can even use the garden furniture to gain a vantage point for the ritual urinating session.

I've attached a photo and hope the vista meets with your approval

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What a nice clean area, too nice for a ritual.
Thanks for your invite but 20 mouthy southerners may not mix with your customers.

I am just going to phone Barnes, a quiet weekend on the Broads may suit us better.

See you on the river, you will recognise me, I'm the small one!

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Currently sat at Womack Staithe with a flaky WIFI connection so let's see if this works.

Tuesday 8th August

Up and off with the incoming tide heading towards Norwich.  The last and only time we were in Norwich was around 6 years ago so the memory is a bit dim.  We moor at the yacht station deciding to pay the day fee and leave before 6pm as we weren't keen to be in the city centre overnight.

We took a walk into the city and stopped for a coffee.  We needed a few random bits, a halti and a scart lead and were delighted to discover the covered market.  What a gem this is and we also enjoyed some crayfish in a small tub.  Norwich is a beautiful city and well worth a visit.

We left just after 5pm after taking on water.  From our recollection we think there has been a fair bit of development by the river with restaurants etc and certainly seems a lot smarter than our last visit.

Heading past Thorpe St Andrew, the offending basin is hidden from view from the river by the treeline alongside the railway track.  We saw the low bridges at both ends adjoin the river but with an air draft of around 8 feet we of course couldn’t enter.  We decided to take the first mooring we could find for the night which we found just after the Thorpe bridges.  I believe this is Commissioner’s Cut but happy to be corrected.

We moored on the right with only one other vessel on the left and let the dogs off without their leads on as there was nobody around.  BIG mistake as our 5 month old golden lab decided to jump in the river.  He had to be coaxed down to the bottom and hauled up the stairs – needless to say the same mistake was not made again!!
I took the dogs on the track along the river  which was a nice walk and set them and I up nicely for tea.  Afterwards I walked into the village via a bridge over the railway lines and was bowled over.  It is really pretty by the river and such a shame there’s no moorings and limited access.  That night the rain came down heralding our weather for the next 36 hours.  The following morning we took a trip to the butchers in Thorpe this time turning right at the main road.

In the weeks leading to our holiday we had started our dogs on the “BARF” diet which for some is an entirely apt description – Bones And Raw Food.  Back home we have a local butcher with a plentiful supply of cheap fatty mince and liver.  We managed to get what we needed from the butcher in Thorpe but struggled for the rest of holiday returning them to their former diet of dried food.
We set off back down river with the outgoing tide.  Destination unknown


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Hi Forresters, regarding the problem you had feeding the dogs have you heard of Pure Pet Food.  It's a dehydrated raw and used by a lot of raw feeders for holidays.  Enjoying you holiday tale.



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