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  1. 11 points
    Wednesday 27th September Woke later today – at the really late time of 6am! Got up shortly after that and I took off the blinds and wiped down the windows while Graham took Seren out. One thing we thought that we didn’t like about the boat the first day was having to put external blinds on the bow windows. However, we are now thinking that they seem to cut down on the condensation on those windows, and so are probably a good thing. Mind you, we hadn't had to put them on in the rain. By 7am we were ready to depart and did so as quietly as possible. We kept our speed down below the speed limit, partly because it was so misty. It didn’t help that the sloping windows to the fore of the boat kept misting up both inside and out. Graham ended up taking her down the Chet, the Yare and across Breydon as he was tall enough to stick his head above the roof line to see out. This one is taken later when we were on our way down the Yare. Anyway, it gave me the opportunity to stand on the side of the boat and take lots of photos of the misty landscape and the sun climbing above the mist. We struck lucky as we passed under the Reedham Swing Bridge, with a train passing over whilst we passed under. I'm not a train nut like my cousin, but do have a soft spot for them as my Dad was a train driver (don't remember Dad as he died when I was a baby and so have slightly idolised him). It was still pretty misty when we first turned onto the Yare but it had cleared by the time we got to Breydon. I took the opportunity to take more photos of birds, this time with my second camera that has a closer zoom (which had been out of battery going over on Sunday due my having used it to video). It's pretty difficult trying to capture birds on a close zoom whilst chugging along and hanging on to the side of the boat though! This was my best attempt, but I had to delete nearly all the shots I took. Unfortunately, we slightly mistimed things and ended up going through the Yarmouth bridges about quarter of an hour before the forecast slack water time, so we ended up chugging up the Bure against the last of the outgoing tide. It wasn’t very fierce fortunately, we kept our revs down as far as was reasonable and ended up taking nearly twice as long to get to Stracey Arms as the journey down on Sunday, so that can't have done much for our fuel usage! Stopped off at Stracey Arms to make a sandwich (pastrami with tomato, gherkin and mayo on Roys ‘Norfolk Crunch’ bread). I was a bit startled whilst we were there. I was busy tidying up stuff on the boat and when I raised my head to look up this was not far from our bows. At least we could be confident that he knew what he was doing! By the time we’d finished our lunch we could see that the tide had slackened off but not turned. We headed off again up the Bure and then the Ant making for Dilham, which we reached around 4pm. We knew we were chancing it by getting there fairly late in the afternoon and were actively looking out for alternative moorings on the way. But we struck lucky! There were two boats of a similar size to ours there, but room for one other just around the bend, next to an electric post. A small area of the key heading on the corner was taped off as the wood was rotten (hope they fix that!). I did find the stretch from the Stalham turn-off to Wayford Bridge slightly tedious, even though it’s so beautiful. As I've mentioned before, his boat doesn’t want to go any slower than about 3.4mph (judging by the GPS), try to go any slower and you just end up in neutral and drifting all over the place. A private boat turned up river from Stalham just before I got to the turn and proceeded up river just slightly slower than my minimum speed. I don’t mind going slow, and had intended to, especially on such a lovely quiet section, but it’s a bit of a pain to have to try to fall back now and again by going into reverse. We saw some more kingfishers and a small snake swimming in the river though, which more than made up for the slight frustration. By the way, I like the look of Hunsford Mill. (Yes, I know it’s a fraught subject!) It’s certainly striking, but at least its an improvement on the’ cottage’ with faux shutters that was pictured in the 60s/70s. Given I was a teenager in the ‘70s why do I find a lot about that decade a bit naff now? We had another bonus at Dilham. More than £1 credit on the electric post! Why on earth did I buy £5 of electric cards in April? I haven’t used one yet! The weather today has been very mild again, alternating sunny/cloudy spells with a fresh breeze on the lower Bure but not too windy. Once moored we took Seren for a walk along the lane opposite the Staithe then turned right, down Broad Fen Lane and then turned left onto a couple of footpaths back to the village. We then walked to the Cross Keys pub and both had Rib-Eye Steaks for our dinner. Very friendly welcome at the pub and a nice pint of Ghostship. Again though, we were the only ones there (okay, it was early). We do worry about the sustainability of some of these village pubs, whose landlords are obviously doing all they can to attract local custom. We were back at the boat by about 7pm. Watched some telly but by 9 we were both nodding off, so decided to call it a night.
  2. 10 points
    Like many members of the NBN, being a boater does not mean we don't have other interests based on, in and around Broadland. For example, I like boats and boating, woodwork, angling, as well as sketching and drawing. What I like to sketch are absurdities, insects, birds and botany. Like this. I'm not into taking commisions btw. I paint and draw for my own amusement when the fancy takes me. What it does mean is that I quite often get botanical news and reports in my newsfeed from various groups around the globe and on the Broads. One such was from a wildlife organisation pointing out research done in Papua New Guniea which may benefit the Peucedanum palustre or milkweed the food of the swallowtail butterfly. What got my goat was the claim by the wildlife organisation that Peucedanum palustre only grows in the Norfolk Broads. Now then, either the Norfolk Broads has expanded somewhat to include Peterborough, Scunthorpe (Mike will be glad) and Gainsborough (that's the Hell) as well as Hull, Halifax and Glastonbury to name just a few areas. After a bit of digging about I discovered the source of the article on the BBC. Checking back further I discovered the BBC had asked a well known Broads related organisation regarding the matter. I mean, come on, facts and straight and all that! Mind you, I'm just a boater!
  3. 10 points
    Tuesday 26th September Another 5am wake up this morning, both of us waking before Seren. She sleeps quite happily in her crate in the lounge area at night, with some blankets over the top and sides of her crate to keep out the light. We lazed around in bed until she woke and started to whine, then Graham took her out. When he came back I cooked bacon, egg, tomato and fried new potatoes for breakfast. By the time we had washed up we thought the tide might have dropped enough to allow us to get back under the bridge. It was now 7.30 and low tide wasn’t due until 11, but we were fine with quite a generous amount of clearance. We were hoping to get as far down the Waveney as possible before the tide turned, low tide at Reedham being forecast for 9.30’ish. The journey down the Waveney was lovely. It was so still for the first hour or so, with a mirror-like river. It was getting on for 10 by the time we were going along the New Cut and we didn’t think the tide had turned. We started to lose some speed just as we were reaching the end of the New Cut, so guessed that must be the start of the incoming tide, and we speeded up again (without adjusting our revs) once we turned onto the Yare. It didn’t take long to reach the Loddon turn-off. I took it easy up the Chet at the minimum speed possible, finally getting used to the throttle that I’ve been moaning about in previous instalments, though I still couldn’t go any slower than 3.4/3.5mph. Only passed about four boats going the other way, one of which was ‘Ranworth Breeze’. The Staithe at Loddon only had a couple of boats moored, so I had a hassle-free opportunity to do my first stern-on mooring without the aid of bow-thrusters, and it went fine. Loddon is obviously my lucky place as I did my first ever stern-on mooring there (with the aid of bow thrusters) last year. As we were passing the Pye’s Mill moorings we couldn’t help noticing a partially submerged boat called ‘Liberator’. What a shame, it had obviously once been someone’s pride and joy. We noticed later when we went for a walk that their patchwork quilt was still on the bed. We did feel for them. Once we were moored Graham went for a shower/bath, making the most of the lovely hot water. We then went to The White Horse, Chedgrave for lunch. The bar was really crowded when we got there, full of a party of retired gentlemen, but we had a warm welcome. One of the woman serving apologised for the noise, assuring me that the party would be going through to the restaurant shortly, but I commented back that it was so nice to see a village pub so busy. Yesterday we had found The Wherry at Geldeston a really lovely pub, but we were the only ones there apart from a rambler who just ordered a cup of tea. Today we both had Open Steak Sandwiches, and enjoyed them very much. The dish was medium-rare steak with enoki mushrooms and crumbled stilton on a bed of wilted spinach on onion sourdough bread and a side of chips (really nice home cooked chips with no peel on them!). The service was really friendly. We asked if we could have some extra mayo sachets, and instead the waitress brought us out a dish of home-made mayo which was delicious and really put the final touch on the meal. Graham finished off with a Raspberry Eaton Mess which was brought with two spoons (without our asking). I may have helped Graham out a bit, since it was such a generous serving. After lunch we went to Co-Op for a few bits and pieces, returned to the boat with them and then went back up the High Street and through the churchyard for a walk to Pye’s Mill and back. Really warm and sunny this afternoon. Tee-shirt weather. When we got back we just chilled. This evening we didn’t feel much like cooking (or eating) after our lovely lunch, so we just had some pasta again with jar of sauce. Watched ‘Bake-Off’ and turned in early after Seren’s evening walk.
  4. 8 points
    Thursday 28th September Okay, I've gone a bit mad with photos in this post. Didn’t wake until after 7 this morning. (Hurrah!) Even the dog didn’t seem to want to get up when I opened her cage. Is there something about the air in Dilham? We didn’t feel the need to hurry away this morning anyway. The plan was to head for Womack going down the Ant and Bure on an out-going tide but to reach the turn-off for the Thurne at the turn of the tide (around 12’ish?) and to get to Womack around 1pm. After Seren’s early walk we started the day with a fry-up (local sausage from Roys meat-counter, fried potatoes, tomato, egg) and left Dilham Staithe around 9.30’ish. We took it at our slowest speed down from Dilham to Wayford. No problem getting under the bridge again, despite the heavy rain that we heard in the early hours). It had started to drizzle again as we started off. Drat! Just beyond Wayford Bridge a boat very similar, if not the same, as the one we’d followed up stream yesterday turned out just before us and proceeded at the same pace as yesterday. The trouble was that this morning we met a few other craft going in the opposite direction, and seemingly each time coming around a corner just after I’d tried to slow down and was drifting a bit. When we got to Barton Broad we decided to have a nosey at Barton Turf and Paddy’s Lane moorings, not having been there before. We spotted a water hose on the Staithe and moored up to fill-up (our earlier plan had been to stop over at Gaye’s Staithe for water). White Emblem from Ferry Marina was at the Staithe and the chap hiring her called out to ask what part of Wales we were from (having seen our flag). Turned out he lives in a village in mid-Anglesey. We ended up having quite a natter (or in Norfolk speak – ‘mardle’) about Anglesey and the place that Graham and I grew up in. Saying farewell, we carried on across Barton Broad and down the Ant at a nice slow pace (luckily without boats wanting to go at a faster pace behind us). I find that having GPS does make me much more aware of how many people are speeding – which I’m sure we did too on our previous trips. By this time the weather had dried up and the sun was coming out as we made our way down the Bure. Graham got some nice shots of Thurne Church... ...and the cormorants on St Benet’s Level Drainage Mill opposite Thurne. We got to Womack Dyke just after 1pm as planned, but all the moorings on the BA moorings were taken. We wondered whether to continue to the Staithe, but it wasn’t somewhere we wanted to moor overnight as we’d been plagued with neighbours starting up their engine late in the evening last time we were there. We did want to visit the butchers and Thrower’s though. Luckily, we had spotted that the wild mooring between the BA moorings and the entrance to the dyke was free, so we turned around and bagged that. The ground was slightly squelchy after last night’s rain but it wasn’t too muddy. Once moored we walked up to the village and had lunch at Alfresco Tea Room. We visit the Tea Rooms at least once on each of our Broads holidays, sometimes more than once. Graham had Brie and Cranberry Sandwiches, which were served with a side-salad and crisps, followed by a Bakewell Cake. I had their Ham and Cheese Ploughman’s (cheddar, ham, warm bread roll, sliced apple, home-made coleslaw, salad-leaves, tomato, cucumber, sweetcorn and a side dish containing a pickled onion, piccalilli and chutney). I couldn’t finish it! The ham was particularly nice. We then visited the butchers for bacon and Thrower’s before returning to the boat, stopping off at Hunter’s Yard on the way to ask if it would be okay to drop in on their ‘Friend’s’ day on Saturday. We just lazed about the rest of the afternoon and evening, though Seren did have a couple of walks (runs off the lead) along the riverside path. It was pretty much the highlight of the holiday for me - just sitting on the front of the boat with a glass of wine, my holiday journal, a book, camera and a bag of swan food (proper stuff from the pet shop that doesn’t sink). The Waitrose bag at my feet contained the (large) bag of swan food that we’d brought with us. I didn’t do much reading as I was too busy watching other boats and wildlife. It was a lovely sunny warm late afternoon and evening, though the skies had a few ominous black clouds here and there. After 5pm there were fewer boats going past, so it was very peaceful. The sunset was lovely too. As soon as the sun had set a mist started to rise over the Bure and the surrounding fields, not so much on the dyke though. When I looked out later the mist had mostly cleared and the half-moon was just coming out from behind a cloud, perfectly reflected in the still water of the dyke. Spent some time looking at the stars. Having had a late lunch, we didn’t need much this evening. We just had half a Steak Slice each with a small salad. Turned in early again.
  5. 8 points
    You can see our....OW! Tramping with Watson at the Wayford Inn this time...comfort! I awoke in Lincolnshire on Saturday morning at ten minutes to five.I'm sure in some alternate dimension I awoke thinking 'I'm meeting Watson in Norfolk at 9 am, I'd better get moving!'. In this dimension, what I actually thought was 's*d this for a game of soldiers, it's Watson, he will be late!'. So with a very saw back and backside (I discovered this last week that strokes can occur not only in your brain but at the other end of your anatomy. Who knew? Well, I do now. Mind I suppose it could be that my brain retreated to where it feels an idiot like me should be keeping it!) I decided upon a leisurely hot shower, fussed the dogs, packed the car, then fussed the dogs some more before leaving for Norfolk at twelve minutes past six in the morning. One of the benefits of leaving later was that the local garage was open, so I popped in for some supplies for the journey including a fresh Costa Coffee. The journey to Lincoln was brisk, the roads empty. Even Lincoln itself seemed quiet and devoid of students wobbling home from a night on the town. The A15 was also very quiet and devoid of traffic. I set the cruise control to 60 mph and listened to the Sports Breakfast on the radio. Due to International matches, there was little news to keep me entertained. I can't stand international football. It's not something England does well. It just interferes with the real football. I know, I know, it's unpatriotic. I'm getting used to being called that this year and much worse. Onto the A17 and I increased speed to 70 mph and relaxed into the drive which was proving to be rather uneventful. At 8:59 am I pulled into the boatyard, signed myself into the sheds and started work. At 9:30 I gave Watson a call. "I'll be with you in twenty minutes!" he says as I can hear coffee cups clink and breakfast chatter in the background. "Bring some cups and milk please mate?" I asked realising I had left both items at home on the countertop. At 10: 15 I popped out to the car to bring the new stern doors I had made into the shed.As I opened the car door my phone chimed with a text alert. From Watson: Do you have the boatyard postcode? Reply To Watson: Yes! I carried the doors inside and gave them a final sanding and popped back outside ten minutes later to bring in the door frame after I'd nipped to the loo. Watson arrived at 10:30 with cups, milk and elevenses. As for progress with RT, I utilized Watson's strong points and we set to cleaning up around the boat and removing all of the timber and tools that had been stored on top of the boat. While Watson then set about finding all of the minuscule blips on the finish I had on the hull and filling them, I got on with glueing hardwood dowels I had cut at home into the screw holes in the cabin sides and then trimming them flat and giving a final sand. That evening we retired to the Wayford Inn for two 'chicken skillets'. This being a sizzling hot iron platter stacked full of spicy chicken, peppers, chillis, coriander and shallots all served with hand cut chips, tortilla wraps, homemade garlic mayonnaise and a side salad. Oh, the first course was Buffalo Wings for Watson, Garlic Mushrooms for me. We washed it down with a Rioja of distinction. Cheeky, but not impertinent! Finally, two Americanos to finish the meal. Then off to bed early as we were shattered. I was awake at 4 am. It must be all of the getting up early I've been doing this last week. I went for a stroll down by the river and to my surprise came across a boat, navigation lights gleaming, making its way upstream through the bridge. Very odd indeed! After a smoke and a catch up with my newsfeed on the phone, I headed back to bed to wait for Watson to emerge from his pit. I must have dropped off again as I woke up about 8:30 am. A quick wash and brush up and I headed down to breakfast, and several cups of strong coffee while I waited for Watson. A full English for me and poached eggs on toast for Watson and we mooched down to the river to take a look at the changes to the old boatyard. Finally, we made it to Martham and back to RT. I got on with sanding the handrails on RT's roof while Watson sanded back the areas where he had filled the previous day. A 'lucky calamity' then occurred. As I moved down the boat sanding the handrail, one section that I grasped came away in my hand. It was rotten. Watson pointed out the difference in my attitude and abilities from when RT was in the sheds at Wayford. Instead of worrying about what I was going to do, looking for a ready-made solution or reaching for hardener and filler, I simply decided to take the old rail off and I would machine a new one at home this week. I say a 'lucky calamity' as putting on a new handrail is going to disguise something I was not happy about. We were going to have to lay a new section of deck covering on the roof along the port side as the old deck covering had become worn and tattered along the edge usually covered with some 'half-round'. This would mean having a copper strip stuck to the roof where the new piece started. With a new handrail being fitted we can hide the seam under that rail so it will not be so noticeable. Standing on the roof of the boat I made to get myself down into the cockpit to fetch a saw to remove the rail. I missed my footing and fell into the cockpit. With the floor and engine removed that's about a big drop. All I could think of on the way down was 'if I land on the bottom planks I will go through the hull and that will cost me a fortune'! So I purposefully made sure I hit every beam and rib as I went through the floor and landed on the base of my spine over the keel. I'm bumped and bruised but...my back feels a lot better than what it did before I fell in the bilges! A bit shook up, but I was OK. This probably being RT's way of telling me not to use a saw to remove the rail. Watson volunteered to drill the old screws out that fixed the rail, so I nipped to the hardware store for some HSS bits. While I nipped to the shop Watson tidied up out tool bench. On the way I rang Doug to check in with him. I could hear the smile in Sensei's voice, patiently explaining and chiding me for being an idiot trying to drill out the handrail instead of using a chisel to chop the old rail off and remove the old screws with pliers. Doh! Running out of time I managed to remove the old rail and clean up the rest of the fitting and started sanding back the rest of the rails and fittings on the roof. Finally I helped Watson give all of the bare timber on the hull a good coat of underwater primer. At last the hull is ready to be painted! I bought Watson sausage rolls and sandwiches at Potter Heigham before we both headed home. Although we went our separate ways much earlier in the journey this time around, Watson heading for Telford instead of York, as usual, we stayed in touch along the way. Watson periodically telephones me along the journey to find out 'where are you now?'. Watson was making a good time but I'd hit a snag. The first time I've ever seen Sutton Bridge in operation. This was after being stuck behind a lorry doing only 50mph for a good way. Roles were reversed when Watson missed a turning, and then took a shortcut...only to find his shortcut lead to a closed road. I on the other hand, nipped past the lorry, over Sutton and was into Lincoln before Watson had retraced his steps. Although Watson's journey was only ten minutes longer than mine on the sat nav, I was home an hour before him! Overall a very enjoyable weekend and quite a bit done!
  6. 7 points
    Part of the problem Helen is that I tend to draw a lot of 'pin ups' in a Gil Elvgren style that I'm fairly sure would contravene more than a few forum rules! The other part of the problem is that my other half usually pinches my paintings and pastel drawings to hang on her walls before I get the chance to scan them but here are some of the images I've worked on that will get past the censor!
  7. 6 points
    The Beccles/Aldeby Swing Bridge in the 1950's.
  8. 6 points
    Lovely artwork, Tim. I used to do a bit of drawing earlier in life, but I stopped when mum tanned my backside for using the hall wall as my extended canvas. I was about three, I think. Put me off art for life, I could have been pickling sheep and displaying my unmade bed by now - and getting paid for it!
  9. 5 points
  10. 5 points
    Thanks, Lou, for your timely post. Yes, the Moderators are looking into it and will post when they have done so.
  11. 5 points
    we have had progress on this project, most of the bearers have been made and fitted, the hull has been scraped, hoovered, pressure washed 3 times and hoovered out a few more times, and most of it painted, there have been some nasty bits made to look better and we have replaced 2 frames which were a bit soft. the main engine bearer is being made and should be fitted this week..
  12. 4 points
    Well I for one am glad it's back to normal service. I understand admin are looking into the incident and I guess they will respond as, when and if there is anything to report.
  13. 4 points
    Congratulations Lori on your 1000th post.
  14. 3 points
    Did you know that Ludham has a connection with George Washington? Not only that, but with Royalty too. Just an odd bit of history. Not often we go back to the 15th Century. Details here: http://www.ludhamarchive.org.uk/sotherton.htm Hope this is of interest. Nigel Ludham Community Archive Group
  15. 3 points
    Too late for this year Helen, but next year watch out for Barnes Brinkcraft's brochure competition ... don't know why I'm telling people rather than keeping the chance of winning a holiday voucher to myself! :) Lovely photos - Womack Dyke is one of our favourite spots and we also prefer that to the stern-on mooring at the staithe.
  16. 3 points
    I meant to add that a small radiator is left on low as well. The boat is in a boatyard and is monitored so I think we are lucky to have that choice. It's been that way for 8 years now and no problems.
  17. 3 points
    Corig was a little further down from us. Sandra who used to run it with her family lives locally though I don't see her often now. Towards the end of their run, they built cruisers for the French systems AFAIK.
  18. 3 points
    Might be best if you approach him gingerly haha . Lori
  19. 2 points
    Well, the winter racing season will soon be upon us and Snowflake Sailing Club, based in Horning will start the season with the Tri-Icyicle race. This race is a mini 3 rivers but no short legs and no Bridges to go under. Tri-Icicle: Sponsored by Alan Boswell Insurance Briefing at 9.30 a.m. The start time and location will be advised on the morning. A long passage race with turning marks depending on conditions but around Oby Dyke and Womack Dyke. Trophies for Cruisers, Keelboats, Yeomans and Dinghies. SFSC pennant for first RCC. Cruisers are welcome to moor in front of the club until the autumn down river the following Saturday. Entry Fee: £20 and £12 for single handers. Minimum PY 1250 or less. The race is always timed to try and get everyone back before sunset.. If the wind is poor then we are often towed down to say the Horning water works and start / finish there. For non-competitors then viewing points are limited on land, the pubs in Horning if the wind is good, and the walk to any river bank on the course you can get to. By boat anywhere on the course you can find a mooring, Cockshoot Dyke and St Benets straight are good places. We would hope for 30 to 50 boats but that again depends on the weather!!!
  20. 2 points
  21. 2 points
    I think all yards are understandably a bit cautious initially. However my experience, particularly with the smaller yards, is that when they get to know you and see that you are sensible (ha ha) then they will be very accommodating. I think they just need to be satisfied that you know what you are doing. certainly Swancraft, and now Bridgecraft, have been very good to us and no reasonable request is refused. I never needed to ask Swancraft but I seem to recall they were fine with single hire if you were known to them. Herbert Woods are great but when Mrs N was in hospital I did offer to bring the boat (Freedom of Light) back single handed. They said no, they would pick it up from Wroxham themselves. I could have managed without any problem but if that's their policy that's fair enough. I struggling to think of a holiday without Mrs Nog...............
  22. 2 points
    I phoned Richardson's today and spoke to their booking office and asked if there had been a change in policy regarding single person hires. The person I spoke to sounded rather surprised at the question, replying that they had had no discussions or instructions from their management on the subject and as far as they were concerned, once they were satisfied that you can handle the boat you wanted to hire, then they would take the booking. They would 'obviously ask' the prospective hirer about any previous experience with hires from them and generally chat to the person and make a decision based on that conversation. She went on to say that the single person hirer may have to demonstrate on pick up day that they were capable of handling the boat if there were any concerns "at that time" that they couldn't. I didn't pick up on this comment until after the call had ended. It was only after the call had ended that I thought that perhaps making that call wasn't such a good idea. They were bound to talk about my call in the office, and offices being what they are, leak information like a sieve. Soon 'management', particularly 'senior management', get wind of the conversation, and 'senior managers' being what they are, be it in government, big, medium or small private sector, start thinking about something they hadn't thought about before. Then some idiot with an 'ology' wants to make a name for him or herself, or exert their authority because everyone treats them like 'an idiot with an ology', and stops something that has been running smoothly and without problems for ages. If that happens in this case - Sorry, my error! (Just re-read the last paragraph. I really must stop allowing my opinion of 'senior managers' coming to the surface all the time)
  23. 2 points
    Cracking photos - the swan one in particular is amazing
  24. 2 points
    I’m also loving your holiday tale Helen and agree with all that’s been said about your photos, they’re great and definitely worth entering into the calendar competition . your latest instalment came in as I was posting this. I love the last photo
  25. 2 points
    I've always known this as the Aldeby Swing Bridge but railways buffs tell me it is, or was, the Beccles Swing Bridge. Here is the original 1900's, single track bridge. The wherry is wearing the burgee of the Nobs & Snobs, Royal Norfolk & Suffolk Yacht Club. Was she the 'Gypsy', a wherry that crossed the North sea & toured Friesland & the Polders of Holland in the latter years of the 19th century? She was owned and sailed by a Lord, presumably as such he would have been an RNSYC member.
  26. 2 points
    Love the holiday tale Helen and as others have said, beautiful photos, there're a credit to you. Also pleased you are supporting the pubs, well done!
  27. 2 points
    Never fails to amaze me what hidden talents lie behind a name on a forum! With Tim and his artwork, and Grendel with his modelling skills, what other talents lie beneath the oikish exteriors of forum members? Come on, don't be shy, show us your secret talents. ( Mine involve loafing about, drinking tea and extreme procrastination).
  28. 2 points
    At one time driving used to be a pleasure, not so much these days, there is always some numpty that will spoil your day it would seem, usually within a few miles from home even after a 3 or 5 hour uneventful journey. Regards Alan
  29. 2 points
    I believe the proper term for this noise is "sleeping with a slapper".
  30. 2 points
    Do you know who gets my goat ( the person who has the right raffle ticket) sorry wrong post No really having taken some friends to Heathrow from the deepest darkness of Kent yesterday. It's the idiots who deem it correct to sit in lane three of a four lane motorway with absolutely nothing around them (apart from me who was in the inside lane) now having to negotiate around some numptie in either a 4x4, Van or a Chelsea tractor with the expression of, there are lights on but there is no-one at home. This happened quite a few times upon my journey so I thought i would take a poll of said numpties. 50% were White (or other colours of the Pantone spectrum) van man 50% were Chelsea tractors of which 80 percent were (sorry for ladies of this gender type who do drive responsibly) Blonde Women who looked worse than the horse they had just left in the field.
  31. 2 points
    Clive is that a Bluemells steering wheel ? There are companies in the vintage car world restoring these nowadays,you could try David Wall he would know. http://www.davidwall-wroxham.co.uk/
  32. 2 points
    All battery to battery connections must be at least 25mm. I would put a 70amp cable from a battery to a fuse panel or other distribution panel and then use cables of the appropriate size for each of the circuits you are running from there.
  33. 1 point
    Hello there, I aquired this lovely little launch early last year, the owner rang and asked if i could find a good home for her on the Broads as she didn't want her to go to the Thames.. I found the perfect person! She is a 1927 Brooke Empire launch Mk1, (the Mk2 had the engine vents in the combing) I think the original owner only had her a couple of years before selling her to Jack Powles of Wroxham who named her 'Baby Betty' after his daughter, they later sold it to a family friend who kept her for the next 50 years. the original Brooke empire engine was replaced in the 1930s with a 1936 ford engine, more recently a yanmar 1gm was installed which i immediately tore out! The plan was to replace a rotten engine bearer, and put a nice 4cylinder nanni diesel in her..
  34. 1 point
    Probably of interest to those who's home mooring is around the Ferry area of Horning: David
  35. 1 point
    It seems from the catalogue they were based at the now defunct Marina Keys site. I certainly never knew of this. Some companies I've never heard of, either.
  36. 1 point
    I will go and ask Jack Jenner who used to own Maidencraft if he remembers. My talk on Thorpe Boatyards is Feb. 15th 2018. It will be advertised on our website when the programme is published at www.thorpe-history-group.org and also on our Facebook page.
  37. 1 point
    In agreement with everyone else ... beautiful photos Helen and a lovely write-up. You certainly covered some miles.
  38. 1 point
    When I worked in the Executive Jet Centre at Heathrow we where very near the end of the runway and would often go outside to watch the morning flight to America, the sight and sound was truly amazing. Doug.
  39. 1 point
    Hi Richard, It not so much the fenders bumping that made us fit fender socks many years ago, it was the squeaking of the fenders in heavy wind. OK we do not get the fenders squeaking now but we still get it from the ropes, on the Tuesday night of the storm a few weeks ago now of our crew had any sleep that night. Our NBN burgee flies proud, we also have a wind indicator. Regards Alan
  40. 1 point
    Yep, the gingerbread man from the Shrek films was up at Wroxham this morning
  41. 1 point
    Bit of guess work here but Hough's did survive the reincarnation of Broads Holidays into the Helmsman Association and in 1974 the fleet was at Corig Cruisers yard. Assuming the Corig boatyard was that of Hough's then it was down Bungalow Lane, next to Jenner Bros. This yard was marketed by Blakes after Helmsmans demise, became Kingfisher Cruisers and is now Freedom. Fred
  42. 1 point
    Apart from that seems in pretty good condition
  43. 1 point
    If you have shore power go for an electric dehumidifier on a timer for 6 hours during the day, drained into a sink. Just make sure the dehumidifier can restart from a timer, not all can. Currys do one in the essentials range for about a hundred pounds but I don't know if it restarts on a timer, best to check. I have run heaters on plug in thermostats and a dehumidifier on a timer for the last 8 years with no problems at a cost of 50 to 60 pounds for the winter.
  44. 1 point
    What soggy bottoms Regards Alan
  45. 1 point
    Oh drat...I accidentally posted the above post about Sunday whilst only half way through copying and pasting it and I ran out of editing time whilst trying to add the rest and some photos. Here are photos that I was going to add to this first section: and the rest of the day went like this: It was fairly busy on Breydon. At the far end of Breydon we turned left down the Waveney. Most of the traffic seemed to be going the other way and we didn’t pass many other boats for the next stretch. It continued to be beautifully sunny as we stopped off at Somerlayton BA moorings. I had a brief chat with a couple on ‘Lightening’ who were on their first trip after joining that syndicate. We then took Seren along the footpath that leads to the Herringfleet drainage mill. She had a wonderful time as we were able to let her off the lead for a change (absolutely no risk of coming across any cars!). The mill was impressive, but it was a shame that a couple of its sails had broken off and were lying in the grass. We then went to the Duke’s Head for lunch. When we arrived, we decided to sit in the garden (they do allow dogs inside though) and found the music blaring from loudspeakers really intrusive – far too loud. I asked at the bar whether they could turn it down but the girl serving didn’t know how to operate the sound system, but said she would tell the manager when he returned. Fair play, they did turn it down later on though it was still mostly the ‘thumpy’ type of music that we both find annoying. We both had burgers, which were obviously home-made (very large patty, at least an inch thick, which I found quite difficult to get my gnashers around) with crispy lettuce, tomato and bacon jam in the bun and a tomato relish and gherkins on the side and thick home-made chips. All very nice. My only quibble is that I’m not keen on the current craze of leaving the skin on chips. After lunch we continued up the Waveney to Oulton Broad. I had phoned ahead and booked a stern-on mooring with shore power. When we got there the reserved mooring was in a fairly tight space with boats moored stern-on opposite. After one failed attempt at positioning the boat to reverse I decided to head instead for one of the side-on moorings on the other (outward) side of the pontoon. I still hadn’t got the hang of the throttle when trying to manoeuvre at slow speed, so although the side-on mooring was more expensive I decided it would be foolish to continue trying to reverse into a tight space when I didn’t feel I could fully control the boat. Since it was fairly early in the afternoon we thought we’d have a look at Lowestoft. The Harbour Master was very good at telling us where we could catch a train and the alternative walking route. The walk was interesting – quite an odd route across wasteland and behind boatyards. There was a pleasant bit along a lakeside before we hit a public park and then we followed the road that passes Morrison’s (which I popped into for a few bits and bobs) and the railway station. We strolled along the pier overlooking the harbour by the Yacht Club and stopped to watch a largish old sailing vessel being manoeuvred on ropes into the its berth. We were pretty tired by now, so took the train back. We nearly messed up by buying tickets for Oulton Broad North before finding out that the train to that station would be an hour later than the one to Oulton Broad South. Luckily the train guard/ticket collector said it would be okay to travel on those tickets. In the evening we just relaxed. Watched Countyfile’s ‘one man and his dog’ competition filmed from Hampstead Heath (Wales won!) and had some pasta with a jar of puttanesca sauce and then turned in quite early I was a warm night, so again no need for heating.
  46. 1 point
    He'd better not fall in. We all know what happens when gingerbread gets dunked.
  47. 1 point
    EDP reports of gingerbread men with soggy bottoms.
  48. 1 point
    I think we need to start a new topic on the terrible behaviour of gingerbreadmen/women on the Broads, it will make a welcome change from pirates, I can see the headlines now from a certain newspaper....... "Gngerbreadmen/women takeover the Broads" Coastguard and BA rangers were called out today to reports of gingerbreadmen/women on a hire boat dunking themselves in the river, urinating on their Garibaldis and having bbq's on the gas locker, a holiday maker said "This sort of behaviour is uncalled for, it really takes the biscuit, it really does" Grace
  49. 1 point
    Good to see he's wearing his life jacket though! clearly knew about the webcam as he was waving like mad as they went past
  50. 1 point
    NBN floating keyfob would be good , the fender style ?

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