Monday, 16 July 2018


Naughty-Cal is now packed up and ready to head to Norfolk on Friday morning.

We got most of the little jobs finished, anything that is left is only minor and can be done as and when we get a few minutes tinkering time whilst we are out and about.

The most important job for the weekend was checking the engine and systems were all working as they should be with no leaks or other problems which we are glad to report was very much the case. She seems in very fine fettle for this point in the season.

Now we just need to get the next four days at work out of the way.

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Another Fine Day

It was another fine day yesterday and after a quick pit stop at the marina we headed to Saxilby for a few beers.

Today it is back to the marina to do a few final jobs on the boat before the off next week.

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Early Start

It is an early start for us this morning. Already we have cruised the length of the Fossdyke.

We met up last night with very good friends in the Swan at Torksey who were in passing on the Trent. But I have to be in Lincoln for 9.30am for a hair appointment so it was a 6.30am alarm and up and on our way.

Still the river is beautiful at this time in the morning m

Friday, 13 July 2018

Waters New

Despite having been to the Norfolk Broads many times now there are still parts that we have yet to see and visit, either in our own boat or on hire boats.

Take the River Wensum in Norwich for example. We have visited on the hire boats as far as the limit of navigation for hire boats goes at the yacht station, yet we have never taken Naughty-Cal up there. This year we plan to remedy that but not only go that far. In our own private boat we still have a section of river up stream of the yacht station to explore. A section of river we will never have seen before and it does look very pretty in places.

As we will have a whole two weeks to play with this year we will take our time and explore the less well known sections of the Broads system and the extremeties of the rivers and hopefully fill in some of the gaps of the places we have not yet visited.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Rediscovering Pastures Old

Since becoming Sydney's custodians we have been busy exploring Sheffield's green spaces. Last night it was the turn of the Bole Hills park, a place where Liam spent a lot of his youth as he lived just a stones throw away.

We had not visited for a long time and there were parts of this park that I had not seen before. Liam was in his element exploring his old stomping ground and seeing how it had changed over the years.The BMX track was where he had the most tales to tell.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Booking In

Whilst in Norfolk last year on the hire boat we discovered a brilliant restaurant by the riverside at Acle called Pedro's. It had not been open that long but the food was excellent and we had a really good time in there.

We were a little bit sad then that since getting Sydney and him still suffering terribly with separation anxiety that we would not be able to visit again.

So imagine our surprise when we found out that the place is super dog friendly. We were to put it politely over the moon and decided straight away to book in. So next Friday evening, the day that we are launched into the Broads at Sutton we will be heading straight for Pedro's to enjoy our first meal of the holiday.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Edging Closer

With a few more jobs crossed off the lost last weekend we are edging ever closer to our holiday on the Broads now.

Just one more weekend to go and one more batch of little jobs to tackle.

We have decided to leave Fabsiling the canopies until we get back from Norfolk. Whilst the Wet and Forget is doing a sterling job on the hoods it is no quick process. So we want to give it as much chance as possible to work before we reproof the hoods. There is no pressing need to reproof them just yet.

Other little jobs on the list include pulling out the stereo to get at the wiring to the USB charging socket in the saloon, this has a dodgy connection that needs some attention, checking the bilges for water, I can't imagine there will be any down there but we need to double check and lastly carrying out a set of engine checks to ensure that all is as it should be with the big green lump.

Oh no, sorry there is one last little job and that will be removing the hoods and packing them away neatly so as to take up as little room as possible and then fitting the tonneau cover ready for transport by road to Norfolk next Friday.

We are counting down the days now.