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    Default Good for the Heart & Soul

    I haven't paddled for a couple of months as in mid December a combination of events resulted in me experiencing a mild heart attack. Royal Papworth Hospital did their stuff, identified a longstanding and probably genetic issue which was resolved with a stent. I was then on a rehabilitation programme for a month to let everything settle down and to get my strength back.

    2019 is my 60th year and so my partner decided to rent one of my favourite riverside houses for us and some close friends to celebrate my birthday. Hunsett Mill on the River Ant within the Norfolk Broads was to be our home for a week. Strength having returned and feeling the need to get back on the water I "packed" my kevlar Bell Prospector with the aim of paddling on my birthday which is what I aim to do every year. In fact I ended up paddling nearly every day either up towards Dilham or down towards Barton Broad.

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    The setting of the mill on the river is just fantastic. I appreciate that the building won't be everyones cup of tea but for me as a property surveyor it ticked the box with a mix of old and new and its great that someone had the money to throw at a building that was in a poor initial state to create what was voted the best new home in the UK for 2010

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    Sunrise and sunsets in Norfolk never fail to disappoint . I was on the water most mornings before 7am

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    I paddled down to Barton Broad with a guest to watch the sunrise

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    We were surrounded by wildlife which came to us; Chinese Water deer were in the garden, I watched Cranes fly over in the morning, Marsh harriers, Kingfishers were numerous and in the evening large herds of deer would arrive. `Of course otters featured too and I saw otters on every paddle I did and this year they were accommodating for the camera.

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    On walking days we went to Horsey to see the seals and on another day I went and checked out the upper reaches of the North Walsham & Dilham Canal which is slowly being restored and re-watered.

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    The week soon came to an end but its been great for the heart and the soul to be back on the water in a glorious location within Britains Magical Waterland which is the Norfolk Broads.

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    If this has whetted your appetite for the Norfolk Broads why not come and join the OCA for the Easter Weekend where we will be based out of Barton Turf Adventure Centre. You know it makes sense!
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    Blott

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    Congratulations on your recovery and thank you for sharing the beautifully captured wildlife and scenery of the Broads. Thanks for a very peaceful few minutes.
    Jim

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    Keep well sir, nice blogg, some cracking photos!
    Cheers,

    Alan


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    Lovely pics Nick. Good to see you out and about and on the mend
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    I hope the excitement of seeing those otters didn’t put undue stain on your recuperating heart


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    All the best for a complete recovery
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    Glad you are on the mend Nick, stunning photography, someone needs to tell that deer that smoking is banned in public places
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    Happy Birthday Nick, and glad the recuperation is going well. That's certainly the right sort of place to bring peace and happiness.

    Some fantastic images too, some of your best. Love the wildlife shots too, though some of those otters are looking a bit fat. Oh no, those are the seals...
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    Hi Nick,
    Glad to hear you are recovering well. We paddled down from Honing Lock to the Wayford Bridge Inn Hotel just this afternoon. A fine trip. (Though it took us much longer than I was expecting as my youngest and my mother chose to switch kayaks a couple of times which involved much faffing.) A great day out, and felt nothing like a normal February day. Also managed to paddle out to the seals at Blakeney last weekend, which was a great restorative. Not sure I'll be available at Easter (though if that changes I would love to be out at Barton Turf again). Will think of you all out there enviously.
    All the best,
    Ian

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    Stunning photos Nick. You've really captured a little of the magic of that part of the broads.

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    So, it very much now looks like the rumours of your departure have been very much greatly exaggerated then!
    Keep yer paddles wet, and powder dry....

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    Awesome photos - especially like the close up of that seal's claws - reminds me of Wolverine.

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    Some great photos there Nick, looks like a lovely paddle.
    Glad you are recovering well, long may it continue and Happy 60th Birthday for whenever it is.
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    Delighted to hear you are on the mend. Looking forward to seeing your superb bloggs for many years to come.
    John

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    Great stuff Nick. A lovely place to stay and some top photos. That stent seems to be working well.

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    Glad your on the mend Nick, looks a lovely stress free place to go. Nice pics.

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    What they said!

    .......nice photos.
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    Well blogged that man. Some great photos too.

    Glad you are well on the mend.
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    Glad to hear you are on the mend Nick,
    We were out on the broads this weekend in a slightly bigger boat, but it was as beautiful as ever.
    We are so lucky to have it on the doorstep, and have access to much of it.
    I know I say this every time but I do hope to join you at BTAC next time

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