20th April

Easter Sunday and if the posts you read on Facebook are anything to go by most people seem to be determined to eat their body weight in chocolate today! It’s like all the chocolate that was given up during Lent will be eaten today, any alien coming down from outer space would, at first sight, think Easter is a festival of chocolate!

Weather is disgusting – pissing it down! Typical!

18th April

Last day of the holiday and we’re up early to get everything packed as we have to be out by ten. We then head off for breakfast at McDonalds.  We have arranged to take a detour on our way home to visit an old friend of my Mum’s who lives in Norfolk.
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The last time I remember seeing her was back in the mid eighties when she was living in Whitburn. She’d first met my m when they’d both worked at a glass company in their teens and was with my mum when she met my Dad! We had lunch and chatted for a couple of hours before heading off home.

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My Mum (left), Nana (centre) and her friend (right) – Scarborough late 50s

17th April

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Today we decided to take a boat trip on the Broads. Once again it was Ben’s idea but once we’d found out the price we said ok. The boat left from Oulton Broad at 2pm so we went down early and had our lunch in the park.  Unfortunately by the time we boarded the boat the sun had disappeared but despite the chill it was still a nice hour and a half cruising slowly down the Broads.

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The last time I remember being on the Broads was when I was on a family holiday when I was about 12. My Dad owned a sailing dingy which we normally sailed in the sea off Sunderland. We’d camped on a site behind a pub right next to the river and one day we took the boat and put it in the water. No sooner has we done so than the river pilot turned up and told us we had to pay a fee to sail on the Broads. My Dad reluctantly paid up and was given some stick on numbers to put on the boat which my Dad struggled to do upside down!

Once we were done we all popped into the boat and off we went. Unfortunately we discovered that the waterway was a little too narrow and we found we couldn’t tack quickly enough which meant that we were constantly crashing into the banks. After a while my Mum and brother got off and walked back while my Dad and I took the boat slowly back up the river. We got it back onto trailwand slightly annoyed my Dad drove the thing back onto the campsite without putting the mast down and predictably hit a tree en route! Luckily the mast was undamaged but the supporting wires snapped!

It’s quite possible that this was the same trip that we got a puncture in one of the trailer tyres on the way home. It was a bank holiday and nowhere was open so we ended up having to find somewhere to leave the boat and continue the journey without it – we had to drive back down to collect it the following weekend.!

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16th April

Today was spent in Great Yarmouth – Ben has been wanting to go to a Sea Life Centre for quite a while so once we’d found somewhere to park we headed straight there.

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After we came out we caught the little train back along the sea front and had our lunch overlooking the sea. Afterwards Sarah had been itching to go on the snail ride as she’d been on it with her Grandad when she was little. Ben and I went on a couple of other rides including the kiddie roller coaster which he didn’t initially want to go on but we got a free ride when we bought a picture of them on the snails. It was that ride he later said was his favourite!

Ben also had a donkey ride on the beach and he enjoyed playing the compgain in the Eon windfarm exhibition centre. We were going to have fish & chips on the beach but it got so chilly we decided against it. After looking up all the local carveries and pubs we decided to head back and get fish & chips from the local place we’d gone to the other night.

15th April

Today we went to the East Anglia Transport Museum where you can ride on the trams and trolley buses.

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Ben wasn’t keen on going when we suggested it to him but we knew he’d love it once we got there amd he did! He also decided that he’d use my camera which I didn’t mind as I was using a couple of old cameras – my Conway box camera and a Kodak Brownie.

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There was a little train as well but it was the trams that I enjoyed the most.

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14th April

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Woke up early this morning and couldn’t get back to sleep so I got dressed and went for a walk along the beach. It was a lovely sunny morning and there was hardly anyone around. I walked along the water line dodging the water as the waves broke on the shore until I came to an outlet where my path was blocked by a fast flowing torrent of water.

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It was a pumping station that was pumping the water from a low lying river up over the sea defences into a channel that then flowed out to sea. I then headed back worried that Sarah would be wondering where I was but when I got back everyone was still asleep.

We spent the day at a camel park where there were llamas and alpacas as well as camels.

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13th April

Ben and I went swimming this morning but the pool was pretty standard without any water jets or wave machines and was soon declared boring so we were back at the chalet before Sarah had even finished getting ready!

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After lunch we went for a drive in the car to Caister. We had a walk along the beach and a paddle before going into a cafe and having a cream tea which, on this occasion, included some cucumber sandwiches! Very nice!

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12th April

Went into Norwich and had a mooch around the shops. Sarah wanted to try and get Ben some trousers. We parked under the forum and when we got to the top of the stairs we found a gaming demonstration in process – Ben could have quite happily spent all day in there playing Skylanders. At first we thought he might be annoying the guy who was playing the same machine but after a while we decided that Ben had more of a clue about how to play it!

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Ben found this greyhound with a cool jumper on one of the stalls outside. We had lunch near the outdoor market which had some great vintage clothes stalls but it waa in one of the charity shops that I found the thing I really wanted. It was a tail coat, in my size – something I’ve always wanted. But it was £35 and as it was the first day of the holiday I had to leave it – sigh!

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Went for a walk along the beach in the evening. Ben took his sword and threw himself around causing Sarah to panic about his recently broken arm.

11th April

Off on holiday and for once we’re away on time but as ever we only get as far as the M25 before we grind to a halt. Thankfully once we’re through the tunnel the rest of the journey to Norfolk is a smooth run.

As has become standard when we get to a Park Resorts site we’re unhappy with some aspect of the accommodation we’re given.  This time it’s because the chalet smells – I noticed it as soon as we walked in and I’ve got a really bad sense of smell so if I noticed it it must have been bad! We were offered a caravan but when we had a look it was small and pokey and the bed in the main room looked like it was about to collapse. Also Ben was quite upset about not staying in the chalet so we decide to stay put and buy some fabreze!

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The traditional first night fish and chips were bought on the way back from Asda.

And we saw Naarky!

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