Sunday 25th August 2019
It was almost 30 degrees and we had to leave our simmering garden for somewhere cooler.
Instead of heading to the beach (our nearest being about a mile away) to join the masses we went to our closest river, The Thurne, and took a slow stroll along it. Here we found a gentle breeze.
Yes its been a warm couple of days and we really shouldn’t complain about that but it’s what happens in this country isn’t it? We’ve always got the weather to talk about.
In full flow of the school summer holidays the population of Norfolk swells as the holiday makers come to enjoy beaches, waterways and open countryside. It was certainly busy busy on the river bank at Potter Heigham.
Hire boats and privately owned boats of all shapes and sizes with assorted passengers are a fairly normal sight on the waterways in this part of the world but it was the bigger sailing yachts and their crews (just beyond the red sailed boat) that really caught my eye.
On board were several groups of teenagers who were probably doing something they had never done before – experiencing a bygone era when telephones were a luxury. These wonderful wooden boats were from Hunters Yard, Ludham which is about 2 miles from this spot. I’ve had a quick look at their website and they promote youth sailing which I think is fantastic.
Here they are a little closer before raising the sails.
A few set off from their moorings, heading in the same direction as us. I couldn’t help but take a few photos as we travelled along.
The Thurne heads north to a large broad called Hickling. The first of the large sailing yacht with the youngesters onboard, legs over the edge in the water, headed that way and we watched them disappear while sitting on the bank near the footpath.
Another came along shortly afterwards but the teacher (skipper) wasn’t sure whether to go straight on or left. A frantic radio message finally had a reply that he needed which was just before I was about to shout out ‘left’. They circled and headed away…
How strange that he didn’t know the route. Was he a teacher or a hired skipper I wondered.
The last to come past us before we left this spot was a small sail boat with a couple on board. They appeared in the first photo. They sailed straight on – to a quieter waterway with an air of experience.
Their boat was called ‘Serene’.
When comparing these boats which is best and which would you prefer, the large yachts or the smaller boat?