As the morning went on other boaters had departed and the Staithe began to empty, what is rather odd is how tidal the river Chet is, and now being high water the stern of Belmore was well above the quay making it possible to simple ‘walk off’ an almost level platform. Time for a top up of water and a walk into the village.
I popped into the small store and got some bits and had a wander and wondered what a place this may have been in the late 70’s and 80’s when of course there was a lot more boatyard’s here trading - but these days it seems to be smart homes and moorings, but if you wish to begin a holiday from this quiet and beautiful location Maffets and Princess Cruisers are two very nice yards to consider.
I had a late breakfast and before long it was time to plan my day – I knew I had to go over Breydon, but where should I be headed? I ‘pencilled in’ Acle and thought it would be nice if I was able to pop into the Bridge Inn – now here is an honest point for you, I am only now …
about 2 hours of unrestful actual sleep due to feeling so unwell with my
cold, by the time morning came at Bramerton I was all up for staying in
bed and leaving the day to come and pass without me doing very much at
all. However, two things got me up and ready:
1. I wanted to
explore more of the places I have not been to before on the Southern
Broads - Surlingham Broad, Rockjland Broad, Langley Dyke and the River
Chet to Loddon .
2. I had a Blog to film.
So it was
that I took my time getting ready and after some toast and coffee I was
feeling somewhat with it - truth be known I did a piece to camera but
sounded and looked so awful It never made it past the edit - and so
around 9:00am I left the moorings and headed towards Brundall.
the Northern Broads these rivers - in this case the Yare - despite
their width and length seem so peaceful, such little actual moving
traffic it was a lovely morning and after another coffee I was feeling a
lot better and …
Sometimes you get in a muddle with times and distances – well I do anyway. I arrived in Norwich a bit later than I had planned, spent longer looking around and shopping and got into a terrible panic that I would not be able to make it to Loddon before sunset.
However it is the journey that counts and it was a truly amazing April day – deep blue skies, not a cloud in sight and lovely and warm it also happened to be one of those days where I talked – a lot.
In many ways this, to me is what the Blog really is all about cruising, talking and sharing it all as if a couple of thousand people are along with me in the boat. While some might concentrate on the pretty, and make a story narrated after the event, I really like the ‘as it happens’ aspect of the Captain’s Blog and so I began to talk about boatyards having only the evening before learnt that Royalls would be shutting up in 2017.
From my point of view the journey towards Reedham really went very well, to begin I had an ebbing tide …