I have to find a new mooring for my boat by the 1st of August, so time is running out. We get up reasonably early (for a Sunday), and I’m on the case – scanning the waterways of the Norfolk Broads on Google Maps (satellite view) to see where all of the tucked away marinas are, and printing out “Wanted” cards to put on noticeboards and post through doors. My wife and I plan out our day – where we are going to go looking, and the order in which we will do so.
And we’re off! First stop is Dilham – picturesque and quiet, but at the end of the navigation, meaning it takes 45 minutes to actually get down the river to Barton Broad whereas currently we are only 10 minutes away. We find a host of private moorings tucked away in a gorgeous location, and get talking to a couple of the local residents. There’s also a noticeboard there with an advertisement for 2 moorings to let. Seems quite promising, but we are probably going to struggle to get anything sorted by next weekend. The locals are very helpful and give us a phone number to try. We return to the car, attaching “Wanted” cards to anything that doesn’t move.
Next stop, Wayford Bridge. We pop in to see Tony at Bank Boats. I had him do some work on my boat last year, and he remembers me. Amazingly, there is a possibility of a mooring coming up, and he will find out this week and let me know. There’s another boatyard nearby, and we pop our heads in to take a look. There are three possible moorings coming up, and in the meantime the owner can accommodate us on the main riverbank – so that’s one in the back pocket if nothing else comes up. Rates are reasonable, too, which is a real bonus!
We decide to call it a day – we have achieved what we needed to achieve, so we drop in to see my mum in Stalham before heading home.
Home, email the Dilham moorings advertiser, phone the number we were given (no luck there, unfortunately) and take the dog for a walk. I’m getting bucketloads of tremor and my voice is getting very weak – probably because I’m getting very tired by now. I try turning my device off completely for 10 minutes, just to see if my voice improves. I think that it does, but certainly not by very much. Tremor is through the roof, and my dystonia is curling my right foot in a really uncomfortable fashion! I power myself up again, and then switch over to Group ‘B’ settings. Things are a little better, but still have plenty of tremor, especially in my left leg. Dyskinesia is in my right arm, but it’s manageable so I’ll leave things be for a little while.
We have dinner, and I self-medicate with a Hobgoblin and follow that up a little later with some cannabis. Much calmer now, and much more likely to be able to sleep easily tonight (last night wasn’t as bad as the night before, but I took a long time to drop off, and I then woke up several times in the night).