"Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats."
The rest of the family are on holiday this week as well, so we had a fabulous day together on Tuesday. Between us, Marion and I assembled a picnic, then we got to their house by 8.30am and set off for Wroxham. It was rather drizzly when we got there but our spirits were undaunted. The man at the boatyard said last week he was fully booked by 10am every day – this morning, there was just one other name besides ours on the board! We spent five hours, going up to Ranworth Broad where we moored and had lunch, then pootled back to the boatyard…
Nelson and Hardy up front
Three crazy ladies aft!
We saw lots of other interesting craft
an amphibious vehicle
a Mississippi Steamboat
and the Lady Marion [SIL liked that one]
Lucy did a lot of the driving. The Safety Boat came out. I am sure those two statements are not connected!
and we moored by an Ice Cream Boat [lovely cornets they were too!]
We stopped at Ranworth for lunch
Bob took his New Knife to slice my fruit cake
and we were mobbed by greedy swans [also by wasps!]
We passed some lovely properties en route
with great gardens and fanciful topiary
Lucy was quite tired after her hard work at the wheel –and Adrian enjoyed watching the world go by whilst Bob drove the boat
Then the Pastor had a rest too
And all too soon we were back at Wroxham Broad again
By this time, the sun was out – and almost all the boats at the yard had been hired for the afternoon. Boatyard Man much more cheerful!!
We drove to Potter Heigham and stopped to see the Albion – the last of the Norfolk Wherries still in working order. [Read all about her here] That was really fascinating stuff [and it was free entry!]
And then home to Cornerstones for tea.