Captains Log 2012 – Wednesday

Horning - The Swan Hotel under a grey sky

Horning - The Swan Hotel under a grey sky

The day started with the forecast low clouds and the outlook for the day was F6 and lots of rain. So Danny set off on the bus as planned. We checked with the radar museum near Horning, but they are only open on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It does sound like an excellent visit of you are at all interested in that field.

On Danny’s return we set out for Wroxham and the Norfolk marine chandlery. What a great place! If you need a bit for a dinghy or broads sized yacht, or marine type clothing, then that’s the place for you to visit. We remembered to purchase a replacement shackle for the one so clumsily lost on Sunday morning. Then to “Royland” (if you’ve been to Wroxham you will get the reference) for a coffee to decide whether to head for the Fur & Feather at Woodbastwick or to try the Cross Keys at Dilham, not visited for many years as it is beyond the limit of navigation at the top of Barton Broad. We selected the latter and found a country pub that had been partly gentrified and was very quiet and a bit cold. Beer was good.

After lunch there we headed for Caister to visit the only lifeboat station in the country that’s not part of the RNLI, but all of Caister seems to shut at 3pm. So we found ourselves on a very windswept beach as another heavy rain shower headed for us. In fact the only things in the picture that were happy are the windmills in the background spinning in the wind.

Rollesby Broad

Rollesby Broad

We dashed for the car and began heading back stopping off for tea at Rollesby Broad where there’s a fine tea shop – with a great sounding electric piano. Lovely location and great staff – and cakes! Overlooking the broad. Rollesby & Ormesby broads are quite large but are only joined to the Bure below Acle by a very narrow channel that is not navigable. The on over Ludham bridge, noting the improvements in moorings for yachts next to the bridge for mast lowering, and via a small diversion past Horning Parish church.

Horning Steak & Kidney Pudding

Horning Steak & Kidney Pudding

Once back at Horning we bade farewell to Danny. We also noted that the wind has gone round to the east and so was blowing into the rear of our tent. We decided, therefore, to turn the boat round so she was facing the wind. This reduces the noise from wavelets splashing against the underside of the counter at night as well. Mike and I decided to eat out at the ‘Staithe & Willows’ restaurant on the green, and excellent it was too. Mike had the 1lb steak & kidney suet pudding and I had smoked haddock. Both were excellent.