A break away from writing yesterday as I traded laptops for life jackets and headed on out for fun and frolics on the Norfolk Broads.
Now this is why I love Norfolk. Yes, we might have a lot of people with webbed hands and feet and yes we might be the world capital of wolf fleeces and yes we might have more tractors and beet lorries on our roads than cars, but we also have the fantastic broads.
Seventeen of us headed out in three boats, armed with water pistols, alcoholic picnics, captain hats (because you have to wear a captain’s hat if you’re gonna drive a boat, right?), two umbrellas (brought by the pessimists) and one bikini (worn by the wildly optimistic member of our gang).
We left Wroxham under grey skies, and in true Brit style, smiled through gritted teeth, as we shivered and drank coffee/Bacardi/beer (depending on which boat you were on) and speculated about what a wonderful day we were going to have, despite the weather. By the time we made our first pub stop, ominous spits of rain were falling from the sky, but we were hardcore and remained out in the beer garden.
And then the sun came out.
I managed to burn my nose again and now resemble the reindeer who wasn’t allowed to join in any reindeer games, we had a man overboard incident after one of our party tripped on the dock while untying the boat (and it wasn’t clumsy old me), the umbrellas disappeared and Caroline’s bikini came out, Dave got carried away during the water pistol fight and chucked Caroline’s muffins in the water and we had fantastic conversations, the kind only Norfolk friends can have.
Jody to Dave who has just ordered tomato and mozzarella salad: Are you vegetarian?
Dave: Um, well, I suppose… Well I guess I am during the daytime.
Yup, we had a daytime vegetarian with us. At night I expect he is out there stalking deer and sheep.
All in all a fabulous day out with good friends and a great chance to recharge the batteries; and I was reminded yet again of the great opportunities for setting one of my book plots on the Norfolk Broads. There are so many good places to hide the bodies.