The Vintage Broadsman is one of the boats that cruise up and down the Broads. It was launched in 1988 and has some lovely patterns and lines, which really stands out against the blue sky.
This is the boat we took our cruise on, Queen of the Broads, launched in 1977. Originally a single deck passenger craft, an upper deck was added in 2002, and can now carry 120 passengers.
These are some of the self-drive day boats and holiday cruisers that can be hired through Broads Tours.
I have a love of the different types of weathervanes that you come across stretching up to the sky, this one is no exception. This one looks like a Viking Ship of some description.
During the cruise the Captain gave a running commentary of some of the items of interest, along this stretch of water it was the stunning properties and how much some of them are on the market for. A lot of them were thatched, which I guess is not surprising when you consider that a lot of the raw material used in thatching would have grown around here.
The gardens surrounding the properties were equally as stunning as the properties themselves.
This was a busy stretch of water with the sailing club being put through there paces, cutting through the glistening water.
I have to say that I was surprised at how little you could see along the route, considering we were on the Broads which is pretty flat, the views were blocked out with some quite dense areas of trees and vegetation.
There were several fishermen about, although not the quietest stretch of water for a bit of peaceful fishing.
I always think looking down at the ripples in the crystal clear water with the sun shining on it looks like an oil painting.
One of the old Windmills along this stretch of water that still remain standing, its new role is a holiday let with lots of character and a beautiful location.
Coming towards us was the Sky Lark 982X, a Farrington 30 river cruiser, a traditional Broadland yacht (gunter rig), built in 2015.
Even cruising down the broads you can find an ice cream seller, Aldous Ice Cream was founded in 1921 in Norwich and has been serving ice cream every since.
This Heron had found a lovely spot to stand watching the world go by in the afternoon sunshine.
This one had found an even better place to patiently wait, in the hope of getting a free meal. I wonder if the couple knew it was there?
If you get the chance put one of these trips on your list, a lovely relaxing trip.