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Winter Draws To A Close.

This time around the winter had been a lot more comfortable. It was still bitterly cold but having more facilities on board had been a quantum leap in boating comfort. Although this was now the second winter without heating and the novelty had worn off. We were going to get that sorted this season.
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Painting The Leisure 23SL.

I liked Loddon and it was very easy to keep cruising from mooring to mooring.

However, my dog had had a seizure onboard and dropped unconscious. In a moment of what I can only describe as a feeling of a total loss, I had managed to revive her by holding her under her rib cage and patting her back.

She was not too far off eighteen years old and it was inevitable that she was about to pass on.

Knowing what was coming I found it helped to keep busy. My father’s sailboat had spent the winter of its second-year on the Broads on dry land and it had to be prepared to go back in the water.

She was stored near the River Thurne and I travelled up there to fix her up.

I only had a few days to get her done so it was flat out for a good few days. The hull was primed, painted and antifouled. She is a good boat, ‘Iddly Diddly’, so economical and an absolutely trouble-free boat.

She was lifted back in and taken back to her mooring, ready for another season, which was on the horizon.

Also on the horizon was me having to say goodbye to my dog so I had to think where best to be.
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My Longest Day.

On returning to Loddon, the inevitable was to happen.

My friend for the best part of twenty years lost her ability to stand completely. She had lost so much weight and must have been in terrible pain. She looked at me in a way only a dog owner would know and it was a look to tell me she had had enough. I put her down that day and she was buried in a field behind a boatyard.

I don’t mind telling readers that it was my longest day and it was a huge loss to me.

The owner of a nearby boatyard was also the owner of the Berney Arms on Breydon Water. This is one of the most remote pubs in the British Isles. It was now derelict and had been vandalised and suffered three arson attempts.

I held a security licence so I went to guard the property for a couple of weeks. It was to do me good as I needed to recalibrate after losing my best pal.
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730 Days Later.

That’s right, 730 days had passed and it was now the end of my second year on the Broads.

It was time now to head back up the northern rivers and prepare for my third boating season. I was ready and wanted to go to another location or country now but making that happen is the real challenge.

It had been a year of challenging boating experiences, overcoming adversity and even online hostility.

The hardest part was the loss of my crew member and I can honestly say that boating without my dog was never to be the same ever again.

R.I.P. Stellar

To Be Continued…
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Continuous Cruiser.
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Liveaboard Lifestyle.
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Continuous cruising was now a way of life and every day was a new chapter.

One of the first changes that happen when you live on a boat is your perception of the seasons. They appear more like weeks by now. You become calibrated to seasonal changes and daylight hours like a swiss clock. You become synchronised in ways one never would have suspected


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Eerie Berney Arms.
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I was responsible for guarding the Berney Arms for a short while. It had suffered arson attempts, break-ins and had copper boilers pinched for scrap value. The place was a mess and badly needed development and full restoration.

There had been at least three arson attempts and one of which was directly in the old bar section itself, in fact the old clock stopped at a particular time with its now melted hands. I made this video to show just how bad the place was.



There is no doubt about it, the location is a spooky one and on a misty dark night, I found myself questioning what on Earth I was doing there.

I had never really felt any appreciation to Breydon Water and always felt it was part of a journey to get over quickly. That perception was about to change. Breydon Water would normally be rough as hell with grim weather and this left me feeling generally uncomfortable with the place.


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Fantastic Birdlife.
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I quickly discovered that Breydon Water had totally different birdlife to the rest of the Norfolk Broads. Sleeping on the boat I could hear this most amazing bird chorus which was really most remarkable.

In addition, I woke up one morning to see Breydon Water as I had never before. It was like a millpond all the way into Great Yarmouth.

I walked up and down the estuary riverbank for miles at a time and saw a vastness that really only exists in this area of the Norfolk Broads.

I came to appreciate the location in a totally different way that I had never predicted. Sitting on the river bank watching the fast-flowing waters rise and fall so swiftly with the outline of the old Roman garrison in the background, namely ‘Burgh Castle’.

Right next to the Berney Arms pub is the Berney Arms Mill which was first built to crush concrete and then later converted to pumping water. Behind this is the weirdest railway station I have ever seen and likely to ever see. Berney Arms station is something out of a Harry Potter movie and it is easy to miss it if you moor there but definitely worth the visit.


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Receivers Kick The Door In.
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One morning I did a run to Great Yarmouth Yacht Station to stock up on supplies and get a shower. Due to the aggressive tides, I spent the night there and returned to the Berney Arms the following morning.

To my total surprise, the front door had been booted in and three blokes came marching out. Wondering what the hell was going on, I quickly learned that they were receivers and had taken control of the premises.

Discovering that my time here was now at an end I disembarked and head back up the River Bure to go to the North Broads.


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Stokesby.

I have always found Stokesby to be the threshold between the north and south broads.

There is not an awful lot to see at this stop over and the mooring is small but it holds a special charm which is hard to describe.

The pub called the Ferry Inn, yes another one, does serve up some decent food but they charge boaters to moor in the high season even when they spend money in the establishment which I felt was unprofessional. It certainly bothered me to the point that I wouldn’t pay to moor there again.

There was indeed a ferry at some point in history but little is really recorded about it.
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The River Bure.
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Leaving Stokesby and staying on the River Bure for aa short while, I decided to take a pit stop on the River Ant. So passing through Ludham Bridge which is a no gone zone in the busy times I slowly cruise past How Hill.
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Also a busy place in the high season but none the less a great stop for all boaters.
Apart from the main building on the horizon and the secret garden, there exists a lot of history here including a museum.


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