Tuesday 31st July 1990

After breakfast, Diana took Daniel and Della to do some supermarket shopping and I took Debbie to the museum opposite the quay that was a merchant's house. Then we set off from Yarmouth in late morning and cruised off up the river Bure, stopping for lunch at Stokesby, before arriving at Horning and Heronshaw where we connected to the mains electricity. Cinema this evening as we heard news of Tory MP and Thatcher confident Ian Gow being killed by an IRA car bomb this morning.

We had breakfast on the Paxton Princess on and then Diana took Daniel and Della to do some supermarket shopping and I took Debbie to the museum opposite the quay that was a merchant's house. Then all of us (except Daniel) went on board the last remaining steam herring drifter which was also moored up for public exhibition and we found it an interesting old ship. We set off from Yarmouth in late morning and cruised off up the river Bure, stopping for lunch at Stokesby. I was annoyed with Daniel for not helping there which somewhat spoiled the experience.

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Monday 30th July 1990

A further day at Great Yarmouth and so I ran the boat engines for half an hour and then used the generator to make sure the fridge would be working as we breakfast in Tooks and then Di went shopping on her own as I took the girls and bought them gifts. After a lunch together at McDonalds, I taught the girls to catch crabs as I made up a better wire harness to support the inflatable tender. This weather continued very hot, sunny and dry

I woke up early and spent some time writing up my log as our morning routine was back to normal. We had planned to spend all day at Great Yarmouth and so I ran the boat engines for half an hour and then used the generator to make sure the fridge would be working while we were away. We went ashore for a fried breakfast of egg, sausages and bacon etc at Tooks and thoroughly enjoyed it and this was a great compensation to Diana who not only enjoyed the meal but also not having to do the clearing up afterwards. I then let her go shopping on her own as I looked after the girls.

I bought Della a "Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles" watch and Debbie a nice necklace with a crystal heart pendant which she was very pleased with. I managed to get myself a pair of jeans that fitted and also a pocket telescope. We then had lunch together at McDonalds and tea on the boat, after which I taught the girls to catch crabs and we got ten in all and even Della managed to get one on her own. I then made up a better wire harness to support the inflatable tender as I also ran the engines for a couple of hours to keep the battery up. I wrote up my journal later and then collapsed into my bunk very tired after our exertions. This weather continues very hot, sunny and dry as a very serious drought, but it is very good holiday weather.

Sunday 29th July 1990

After a disorganised morning routine, we did our chores and left for the beach as the calmness turned into a windy day that made a windbreak necessary and the antics of the Scroby Sands trip boats interesting. After lunch, we found that that "Java Moon" had followed us round from Wells and had tied up alongside, having had problems in their passage.

Later, we went for a ride in a landau and the children enjoyed the scary and gentle rides of Pleasurebeach. It was the Yarmouth Carnival Procession and we saw all of the floats and heard the music as we had a nice meal in one of the sea-front family restaurants. Another hot and humid night for which we were glad to be by the sea. 

We had a greatly dislocated routine today as Diana overslept and I got irritable that we were not getting on. Once our chores were done, we left the boat at the quay and I took all of the family to the beach for the morning. It started very still and calm and we struggled to find a place in the vicinity of the pier to get some shade. Then the in-shore breeze got up and soon we needed the shelter of a windbreak. We had brought the binoculars and were watching the trip boats leaving from the beach on a return trip to the Scroby Sands. At first their voyage was very gentle and then they had quite a sea to contend with in the end and had spray dodgers up to protect their passengers.

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Saturday 28th July 1990

Cruising from Wells-next-the-Sea to Great Yarmouth around the North Norfolk coast in much better conditions with some choppy water off Cromer and Sea Palling but slight seas in the Yarmouth Roads. We tied up at the Town Hall Quay and went ashore for tea at McDonalds which everybody enjoyed.

Today, we had a nice variable force 3 breeze and, with a warm day and clear skies, I made the decision that we should resume our voyage. I got the family up in good time and then pulled over to the pilot's quay for fuel and water before setting sail at 9.50am. Diana had decided to come on the next leg after her fright the other day, with me assuring her that this would be very much better. We left the harbour with Daniel at the helm and me about decks stowing ropes and other equipment and we emerged from the shelter and made our way to Wells bar. It was a bit choppy but nothing compared with what we had experienced the other day.