Friday, 3 October 2008

Fantastic Pilot!

We awoke to rain today and made our way up to Stalham.

There are only a couple of moorings at Stalham Staithe and we always approach it with great trepidation as there is very little room for manoeuvre. However our pilot (alias Jamie) was in his element and he brought us to a stop with consummate ease. When the boat behind us moved off the boys walked us back so that we were facing the right way when the time came to leave. Unfortunately it was raining hard by now and they got pretty wet! …


Tesco is just across the main road from the Staithe and it was time to re-stock the fridge and cupboards. Mike and I went over to the Museum of the Broads to look for souvenirs …

and then went for a wander around the town.

After lunch we left Stalham and went to Sutton …

where we moored at the boatyard to get a pump-out. It was blowing a hooley and when the owner of the yard said how surprised he was that Jamie had managed to reverse and moor us at the first attempt and without help – well you can imagine how Jamie’s head was suddenly very enlarged! A pilot extraordinaire! After the pump-out and also filling with water we moved away from the yard to the Staithe and while we enjoyed a cuppa we watched the novices attempt to moor up. It was hilarious!

The final mooring today was to be somewhere that Jamie, Phill and Pam had never visited before and it was many years since Mike and I had been there – Wayford Bridge.

Passing Hunsett Mill on the way ...

There are only spaces for three boats at the free moorings but we were lucky and managed to tie up …


The Wayford Bridge Hotel is very close so we took the dogs and went for a drink. Very nice place and highly recommended.

Very friendly ducks up here …

2 comments:

Melody-Jane Symonds said...

I grew up in Stalham, and I was thinking of asking my friends to visit England with me and go on a boating trip in the broads sometime in the next two years.

I may send them this blog to convince them! Lovely stuff.

sally-ann said...

Many thanks. Glad you like the blog and I hope you manage to convince your friends to visit the Broads.