Thursday, 31 May 2018
So Plan C is the Norfolk Broads. It will be strange for us turning up by road and not by sea. So first up is choosing the slipway. We think we have settled on the slipway at Sutton Staithe. Ideal for nipping around to Stalham to stock up the boat from the very handily located Tesco supermarket and the excellent butchers on the high street.
We don't need to plan too much more for this break really. We know the Broads fairly well and we will just potter around for the two weeks. We know it will be super busy at it is the school holidays so we won't make any concrete plans and will just amble along until we find somewhere nice to stop for the afternoon or evening.
Wednesday, 30 May 2018
We don't feel that it would be fair to subject him to the four to five hour sea trip just yet and this way we can get to spend the whole two weeks on the Broads rather than our usual seven day whistle stop tour.
We know that the Broads is very dog friendly so we think it will be a nice place to take him for his first real holiday onboard Naughty-Cal.
Tuesday, 29 May 2018
Monday, 28 May 2018
Sadly today we have to head back for home. We have had a great couple of days in West Stockwith.
The narrowboats are already firing up and heading out onto the river. We can have a more leisurely start to the day as we don't need to be on the river until 8am otherwise we will outrun the tide.
Sunday, 27 May 2018
Saturday, 26 May 2018
We arrived at Torksey with plenty of time to get through the lock last night but the cut moorings bottom side were packed so we opted to stay in the basin for the night and lock through this morning. Which meant an early start but it is a lovely morning on the river.
Our ETA at West Stockwith is around 9am so we will have all day to play with in and around the village.
Friday, 25 May 2018
Next up was trying out the new 240v vacuum cleaner. The little handheld rechargable unit we had was of now not up to the job with four extra furry feet onboard. So we have found a small 835w 240v unit which will slot in a cupboard just nicely and work on the inverter when we are out and about. I would show a picture of that but the amount of dust it picked up was embarassing considering we only vacced up last weekend!
Lastly we had to make sure that Sydney's new life jacket was a snug fit and that he was comfortable wearing it. It took a bit of adjusting to get all of the straps right but in the end we got there and he seemed happy enough stutting around on the pontoon showing off his new jacket.
So now we are back in Sheffield but after work we just have to dump the shopping onboard and then we can get away and hopefully catch Torksey Lock before it shuts for the evening at 9pm.
Thursday, 24 May 2018
We need to head across there tonight to refit the transom gate which broke a couple of weekends back. We had attempted to refit it last weekend but the new stainless steel bolts that we had welded to the hinge were not long enough when it came to time to refit the gate.
So it was off with the new bolts and the old ones have been cleaned up and welded back on again so this time they are certainly long enough to do the job.
It means we will have an early start tomorrow morning as we need to be back at work but it also means that we can have the boat ready to rock for tomorrow evening so that we can hopefully catch the late evening locking at Torksey and then have a bit of a lie in on Saturday morning before catching the morning tide to West Stockwith.
Wednesday, 23 May 2018
We believe they are chicken of the woods bracket fungus but perhaps someone more in the know could help with this identification?
Tuesday, 22 May 2018
First up we refitted the bathing platform which Liam had repaired. You may remember there was a small accident a few months back when we towed Huwey Louis back from West Stockwith and his anchor ran into the platform. Well that is all repaired and back on the boat now.
Unfortunately the new bolts fitted to the transom gate hinge were not long enough so we will have to head back to the boat on Thursday evening to get that fitted back on the boat ready for our bank holiday trip to West Stockwith this coming weekend.
We also put on some fresh bedding, had a tidy up in the cabin and refilled the fuel tank. 146 litres this time so we had not run it down as far as last time. We will now have plenty of fuel for our trip to West Stockwith and probably won't need to fill up again until we are ready to head up the Trent in July.
Monday, 21 May 2018
Sunday, 20 May 2018
Saturday, 19 May 2018
What a beautiful it is. We have done a few odd jobs this morning, filled up with diesel and are now on our way to Saxilby for a BBQ in the sunshine.
While waiting for diesel we decided to see if Sydney would swim from the slipway. He has now gotten over his fear of water and loves swimming. In fact he didn't want to get out when it was time to go!
Friday, 18 May 2018
We will have a steady run to Saxilby, we will really have no rush, provided we can get moored up somewhere, which we always can, then we will have somewhere to BBQ and relax.
Thursday, 17 May 2018
Whenever we visit with Naughty-Cal it always seems such a rush job. Our two week holiday always entails a two day rush down to the Broads followed by a seven day whistle stop tour of the Broads and then a battle to get back home by sea again, which almost always decides it is going to rough up for us on the home leg and make life interesting for us.
We have been discussing this and have decided that the next time we visit Norfolk, we will do so on the trailer. This way we can get the full two weeks down there and have no worries about sea conditions for getting back home. It will take all of the stress out of the time on the Broads and give us plenty of chance to visit all of the places that usually only get a fleeting fly by on our whistle stop tours of the area.
Now to decide when we will go again.
Wednesday, 16 May 2018
Tuesday, 15 May 2018
We have just not been on the boat yet this year for any weekend nice enough to crack out the gear. Hopefully this coming weekend will be different.
Who know's, we might even break the BBQ out at home this week when we get an evening to ourselves. Mind you that is easier said then done at the moment with a young, energetic dog around the house!