Saturday 17th February 1990

After a fairly early start, Daniela and I shared the helm as we cruised via Acle Bridge to Great Yarmouth, mooring up at the Yacht Station at close to low tide. lunch at McDonalds and then by taxi to the sea front where the girls enjoyed Wally's Windmill full of children’s' play equipment for wet-weather entertainment. This evening, Daniel and Diana went to the cinema to see another film whilst I stayed in the Paxton Princess to give my foot a rest and look after the girls as I also studied my equipment manuals                                        

It was a fairly early start on Saturday with me getting washed and dressed first and then taking the helm as the rest got ready and had breakfast and then Daniel taking over whilst I ate mine. The weather was quite reasonable, and the tide was with us and so we made good way. We tried stopping at Acle Bridge for water but the boat-yard owner there told us rather grumpily that his water was switched off, but we think that he was just trying to get rid of us. Onwards to Yarmouth, mooring up at the Yacht Station at close to low tide. We walked into the town centre and had lunch at McDonalds, exchanging a voucher we had won for a "Big-Mac Sandwich" and getting several more tickets. The idea is that you are given these "Trivial Pursuit" question cards and you have to scratch off the boxes to find the right answers and win more food. We keep the cards and look the answers up in a dictionary and so win every time which seems a bit of an obvious way to score, but we suppose most people cannot wait and do the puzzle there.

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Friday 16th February 1990

The slow routine to get washed and ready as we did so tentatively in the cold and then the family went shopping and I stayed behind at the boat servicing the engines and waiting for the sign-writers to visit after which we had changed "Rolyat Princess" into "Paxton Princess". We set off and went downstream to the Helska Leisure Centre where we moored and the family went swimming but I could not because of my foot and then back to the moorings again to arrive by dark.                      

I was the first awake on Friday morning and switched the heating up high and made the morning drinks so that things were warm for Diana. It was a slow routine to get washed and ready as we did so tentatively in the cold. After breakfast, the family went shopping and I stayed behind at the boat servicing the engines and waiting for the sign-writers to visit. I managed not only to change the engine oil on the Perkins 4108, but also to get at the oil filters and change them too. This involved squeezing under the floorboards to get to the port engine oil filter which was quite an achievement.

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Thursday 15th February 1990

We start our Norfolk holiday aboard Paxton Princess after a clear and frosty night, once I had just about recovered from my foot injury and visited a very full Hinchingbrooke casualty department on. My foot was a little sorer after having it re-dressed but I still managed to walk to the car and then drive home where the family loaded the car and we set off to drive to Norfolk, arriving at Heronshaw about mid-afternoon.

We decided to stay at the moorings overnight and, after some tea, we used our mobile telephone to check the cinema programmes in Norwich and then chose the late film "Honey, I've shrunk the kids" to watch together as a family. The 'fridge was working very well and we had the shore-power to provide our mains heaters left switched on low all night to keep the chill off the air                                         

Slept well again and I hardly notice my foot now. I was slow to rise after my late night and came down to breakfast in my dressing gown again. Fed the fish and then through the bathroom routine with Della missing it for once at Di's request to save time. I shaved etc and dressed so as to make my way to the hospital. I drove myself and found Hinchingbrooke casualty department very full. We had a clear and frosty night, leading to a wave of motoring accidents this morning. I had taken plenty to read which kept me occupied but a man next to me chatted about the unfairness of the government in its treatment of the ambulance drivers. I found out that he knew and respected Marion Woodbridge but did not know that she had been admitted to hospital with "a spot on her lung". He will now contact her and offer his sympathies. My foot was a little sorer after having it re-dressed but I still managed to walk to the car and then drive home.

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Wednesday 14th February 1990

Despite Di getting me a Valentine Card, I was not able to get out to reciprocate and Della did not want me to get out of the bath today although my foot is now healed so that I can get around with only discomfort rather than pain. Percy and Sally came over to progress our FOCUS advert campaign after which I laid out the newsletters before spending some down time watching TV sport. Thatcher is in a minority of one amongst international leaders with her views on reducing South African sanctions and Abbey National put their mortgage interest rates up by nearly 1% to 15.5%

Despite my late retirement, I had a good night and my foot is now healed so that I can get around with only discomfort rather than pain. Di got me a Valentine Card but I was not able to get out to reciprocate. The bath routine and today Della did not want me to get out. I am like a big dolly being washed for her! I spent the whole day on these advertisements now that my boat project was out of the way for the time being. I phoned Percy first thing and suggested that he collect Sally Guinee and then come over to see if the Eaton Socon ads page could help in securing adverts elsewhere. Sally had got conjunctivitis in her eyes and did not like to go out as she felt shy.

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