Messing About on Boats

This was a weekend I’d been looking forward to for ages.

It was our annual Norwich reunion weekender with my 3 oldest friends. Despite growing up in Switzerland, I was born in Norwich and spent the first 6 years of my life in a little village called Surlingham. Here I met Charlie, Helen & Will – amazingly we kept in touch and spent many a happy summer holiday and skiing trip together.

Here’s the gang at our first reunion in YEARS. After this one we decided we had to do an annual get-together.

(this post is totally snap happy – so you may want to grab a cuppa before you start scrolling!)

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In recent years we’re started a new tradition – all meeting up in Norfolk, hiring a little boat and taking it out for an afternoon on the Broads. It’s a wonderful chance to catch up and spend a few hours on the water and out of busy London.

We jumped on a train in Norwich and sped through to Wroxham. It was a baking day and it turned out we weren’t the only ones who thought a day on the Broads was a good idea. Wroxham was all out of boats. Luckily we stumbled upon the very helpful Wroxham Tourist Office who called around for us and located 1 last boat at Sutton Staithe Boat Yard.

With our day boat sorted, we popped to Roy’s  and picked up a picnic of cheese, ham, bread and olives and waited for Will to pick us up.

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We arrived in Sutton and were greeted with blue, cloudless skies and our lovely day boat.

Here she is in all her glory.

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After a quick safety and boat driving brief we were ready to set off.

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And off we chugged out into the open water.

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Once you get out the leafy covered water ‘roads’ you end up in big open spaces, surrounded by long grasses and reeds. It seemed like the perfect time to toast to good friends and sunny Saturday’s!

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Denim Jeans – similar

White Lace & Crochet Top – Mango (sold out!) similar

Turtleshell Ray-Ban’s – similar

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If you haven’t been to Norfolk before, GO. And when you go, take a boat out on the Broads. There’s something so wonderful about being out on the water, and it’s the perfect way to explore the area. You’ll be given a map – but there are so many little hidden waterways, swimming areas (careful though the water is a bit murky), free mooring where you can hop off and have a picnic, or tie up to a pub’s mooring and have a pub lunch.

We all enjoyed exploring the water without a map. If you get lost, there are loads of friendly boating folk around who will happily point you in the right direction.

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These two crazy cats jumped in!

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We remained safely on board (secretly upset we’d forgotten our bikini’s) and instead treated ourselves to a glass of fizz with a flamingo straw.

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After a few of us had dried off, we went off in search of a picnic area and a place to sun-soak.

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We found the perfect afternoon spot. Made Will a daisy-chain crown and then picnic’d in the shade.

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After lunch we decided it was time for ice-cream. I was put in charge of boat-driving duty and off we went…

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What’s better than a Mr. Whippy Van?…..

A Mr Whippy Boat!

We called them over and stocked up.

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You’ll get the boat for a 4hour hire, so post ice-cream it was time to head back to shore and get ready for an evening out in Norwich.

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We ducked into Sutton Staithe Hotel on the way back for a sunshine drink and sat in their lovely leafy garden.

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A perfect Saturday afternoon spent with some of my favourite people.

You can find all the boat hire information, including prices here:

http://www.suttonstaitheboatyard.co.uk

Be sure to book in advance!

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