Captain’s Log 2009 – Thursday

The day started bright and sunny again with a forecast force 2 to 3 to give us a bright St George’s day. BBC Radio Norwich were asking for blog entries about where you are in Norfolk and what you are dong. So we took a team photo and composed the blog on our way to Horning. Along the way we saw several cootes nesting in the reeds on the edge of the north bank.

We moored up outside the Swan which has also been refurbished since our last visit, and enjoyed a glass or two in the sunshine on the lawn overlooking the river. Here we met Chris, one of the skippers of the wherry Albion. Chris is a local man and told us about the high level of bookings for the wherry this year, a most heartening piece of news. A short walk along the road to the delicatessen to purchase a couple of “Hornish” pasties. Beautifully light flaky pastry encloses a generous portion of tasty chunky stew, excellent grub.

BBC Norfolk Blog

BBC Norfolk Blog

Time to say good bye to Danny who has to leave us this evening, Richard & Mike are to take him back to the yard on our way to Acle. The sail was really enjoyable in the excellent wind and on the wide river. Eventually I managed to submit the blog entry by email, the BBC website not being very usable on a mobile device.Click here to visit BBC Norfolk St George’s day blog and click the link near Horsey.

Acle Approach by Pete

Acle Approach by Pete

Landing at Acle was tricky as the stream was running with us and the wind against with the mooring being on a leeward bank. Chris did the sensible thing of landing on the windward bank and quanting across with the wind to help. The rest tried various manoeuvres but all landed safely.

2009 Acle View From Bridge

Acle View From Bridge

On the bank the Bridge Stores was already closed for the evening and has a For Sale notice.

The Bridge Hotel was another pleasant surprise. The whole interior presents a very pleasant environment with knowledgeable and thoroughly competent staff. The food was good to, with the steak and ale pie a real treat.

To see maps of this year’s voyage visit the Maps category.