On Sunday we took Siv's family over to Valentine's Park to feed the squirrels and birds. As its spring, there were lots of very cute chicks, including a swan family right at the edge of the lake...while the mother and father made sure that nobody should get too close by hissing loudly!
Saturday morning was an early start. Just enough time for breakfast, before taking the boat back to the Richardson's boatyard, before the taxi came to take us home. This time people weren't as lively as they were on the way up a week earlier!
For our last full day, we had a brief look at the Berney Arms Windmill before breakfast (where a duck outside kept tapping on the window looking for scraps!). We then headed back through Yarmouth at low tide and started the long haul back towards Stalham. We stayed the night in Sutton Staithe, and with the hotel restaurant there overcroded, we went for the HUGE meals at The Harnser in nearby Stalham Green.
We left Surlingham, and headed for Burgh Castle, where we got out and had a look round at the impressive ruins. We walked onto the Farm House pub for lunch before setting off for the Berney Arms pub to moor up for the night, awaiting the low tide at Yarmouth. We took time to play some table football while in the pub.
We had the day in Norwich, looking around the churches, the Castle and the Cathedral (though it was closed due to filming of Bryan Singer's "Jack the Giant Killer"). We also wandered around the market, before having lunch at La Tasca. We then headed off back out of Norwich mooring up and having dinner at The Ferry House in Surlingham, where Cousin Siw brought the pub to a standstill by looking at the menu and announcing in a loud voice 'what is spotted dick?' She tried it anyway!
We left Yarmouth in windy weather, and hit high waves as well crossing Breydon Water. This caused the boat to crash into one of the poles that defined the path the boat should stick to to avoid hitting the shallows. Fortunately the damage was above the water line. We called Richardson's who quickly sent some guys out to repair the fibre glass when we moored at Reedham. We had lunch in The Ship before setting off for Norwich, passing the Reedham chain ferry.
As we were moored up at Great Yarmouth Yacht station, awaiting the next good low tide to set off for the South Broads, we spent the day in town. We went to the Britannia Pier to see the typically tacky attractions, saw the Cathedral as well as having a foot pedicure courtesy of small Garra Rufa fish, at the Sole Sensation foot spa!