Skip to main content

Push the Boat Out: Don't Be Afraid of the Norfolk Broads

We used to live by the Thames when we lived in Berkshire.  Less than a 2 minute walk away was a beautiful lock and when my Dad was alive we used to go and sit by the lock, grab an ice cream from the lock keep and just watch the boats float past.

My Dad used to reminisce about many a boating holiday on the Norfolk Broads.  Now I have to admit that they never appealed to me then, but now with two boys who I am trying to wean off electronics, they sound fab.

I grew up on caravan holidays and for me the thought of a boating holiday is something similar.  I love the idea of no electronics and making our own fun.

So for me the real positives of a boating holiday are the following:

  • No driving - Do not get me wrong, but the thought of a week without the car just really appeals to me.  I would love to take our bikes with us and just explore and make it a real adventure.
  • Cooking simple nutritious meals on the boat, but also docking up at one of the many canalside pubs and grabbing a pub lunch or dinner with the boys and being able to have a real break from the "mumotony" of cooking and cleaning.
  • Sightseeing.  I have to say the thought of the slower pace of life really appeals to me.  Windmills, pebble beaches and picnics in parks reading a book whilst watching the boys having fun.
  • Teaching the boys to steer the boat and watching them help their Dad with the locks.  I know that my Dad would have loved to take the boys on a holiday to the Norfolk Broads.  He had so many happy memories of the place and the holidays there with his Dad as a child.  It is one of my regrets that he is not around to do this with the boys.
  • Some boats are pet friendly, so you can take your dog with you.  Not only does this save on boarding costs, but it is a great excuse to have a walk.
  • For me it would be great to learn a new skill, such as parking and maneuvering the boat.  
  • It would be a great place to teach the boys to fish.
  • Both my boys love spotting wildlife and the Norfolk broads are a great place to do this, so make sure you pack binoculars and a bird book, ph and some pencils so they can draw their own wildlife too.

We love the Miles Kelly Handbooks, as they have a space for pictures and notes (which are only £4.99) and the British Wildlife handbook  and British Birds handbook would be perfect for spotting whilst on the broads.


Popular posts from this blog

Win a XXL'MAN SIZE' Faux Leather Bean Bag for Fathers Day

I have a fab competition for you to win a  Man Sized Bean Bag just in time for Fathers Day from Bean Bag Bazaar , which is worth £69.99. We are big fans of bean bags as they make perfect additional seating and can be popped in the garage when not in use and we are looking forward to reviewing one in Maxi's new bedroom . a Rafflecopter giveaway

Win A Cineworld Family Ticket

It is half term for us next week and we will be off to our local Cineworld to See Turbo thanks to a complimentary family ticket.  We were blown away at how much effort Cineworld had put into making cinema going better value for families the last time we went.   In addition to Turbo and Cloudy with a chance of meatballs 2 ,  Cineworld are also  running their popular Movies For Juniors screenings throughout half term. They are showing ‘The Smurfs 2’ every morning and tickets for kids and their folks will be just £1.50 (or £1 if people book online with mycineworld). To win a family ticket (4 x tickets) to any film at your local Cineworld just complete the rafflecopter below – Good Luck x a Rafflecopter giveaway

Dumping the tumble dryer and Ecoforce giveaway

We have a tumble dryer, but it broke before christmas and we  couldn't afford to get it repaired, so I have been managing with an old fashioned wooden clothes rail and hanging bedding over the doors to dry, This last would of weeks however, I have been hanging the washing outside and it has been drying much quicker and with less creases, so I am going to take the plunge and instead of getting the dryer replaced I am going to give it away. Ecoforce heard me on twitter bemoaning the fact that I was chasing laundry round the garden as my pegs were not working and very kindly sent me some of their Ecoforce pegs to try and they have been fab. So in conjunction with Ecoforce I have a year's supply of green cleaning and washing up wonder products worth £50 comprising the following: EcoForce Peg Basket x 1 EcoForce Clothes Line x1 EcoForce Pegs x 2 packs Several of each of: EcoForce sponges, scourers, cloths, duster and bag grips Dishmatic Dishmatic Refills x