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  1. 23 points
    Now look here! I can see us getting into a lot of trouble over this topic, especially as we know Timbo is watching! I think we should agree without further ado, that it is NOT a Great Estuary. But it may be considered, for marketing purposes, as a member of the Estuary Family.
  2. 21 points
    Reading this thread really does get me down. I love the broads, the boats, the people, the area and most importantly those who wish to discuss or post photos or videos I subscribe to a number of forums, Facebook groups, websites and YouTube channels run by Captains, Admirals and Whitworths! I do it because it keeps me close to the place I love. I used to post regularly to what some call "the other forum" but stopped because it became nothing more than a site full of the same people bickering and regurgitating the same arguments until people sided with them or turned off. I turned off myself and stayed away from forums dropping into this one to read up on items of interest, and more recently dipping my toe in to add the odd comment again, but I now see this also going the same way with bickering being the norm and turning the likes of me away from what should be a site full of interesting articles, adventures and opinion. I therefore welcome moderators, administrators or whoever trying to take the forum back to some semblance of order before it's too late and it becomes a forum only used by a small group of members bickering with each other, oblivious to the world around them. This is my final comment on this particular thread and look forward to reading and adding value to many more threads in the future.
  3. 18 points
    I would like to say a big thank you to Old Berkshire Boy who, after reading my thread about my torn cover, very kindly offered to nip round and do a temporary repair on it. Apart from a pint in the Yare next I'm over, I've been motivated to chuck some brass in the NBN Poorbox. Thanks Kev, you're a star.
  4. 18 points
    I think perhaps I ought to explain myself, as I would certainly not wish to cause any mis-understanding. As this thread is already in the new Speakers' Corner, maybe I can have my say here, without falling foul of a moderator. I was not just reacting to a small post which "had a smiley face attached" but also to a PM which followed it up. That did not have a smiley attached. I do not feel "hounded out" by a few people who have been expressing strong views, as I welcome those views! They come from those of us who are concerned for the future of the Broads as we have known them all our lives. I don't "bash the BA" for the sake of it and I am sure the "usual suspects" don't either but we will surely identify and point up those areas where we feel the BA are not acting in the best interests of the Broads as we love them. And we will back up these opinions with fact and experience. This is our right of free expression and this forum is one of the only places left where we can still hold an un-elected quango to account. I speak as an ex member of the management of the Broads Society in the days when it was a voice of public opinion and influence on the Broads. Sadly that has just become a "damp squib" these days and I don't want the same thing to happen here. There are several threads here, where we can all have fun, talk of our holiday tales and have to guess which pub the photo of a beer was taken in. Please, I don't disparage that for a moment! Indeed I have often posted my idea of where the pub was and always got it wrong! But surely, this is just the "gravy" on the Sunday lunch? The real "meat and veg" of the forum should be much more than that! I have spent the last week reading the forum without logging on, so I have been a "guest". I have been reading back on posts in "Broads chat" over the last few years, which are all there for anyone to read and they are a fascinating library of experience, knowledge, history, technology and most important - considered opinion. Just look at this thread, about Acle road signs! It has so far been viewed by 17,490 people since it started only 4 weeks ago. You can bet your boots that those are not all "members only"! As to members' behaviour in discussion - this is social media for Goodness' sake! "Stuff happens"! When people are giving personal opinions about a subject which is dear to them, there are going to be a few rough edges. Surely we are all grown up enough to realise that? I would have thought this forum is an excellent example of comportment. At least compared to its own facebook page which is, bizarrely, supervised by the same moderators! My adverse reaction is not sudden. It has come about over several weeks and months where I have become ever more frustrated that every time we "get our teeth" into a subject which is important for all who want a good future for the Broads, it is shut off by a style of moderation which has become too risk averse. Please, moderators, don't be so frightened of honestly expressed opinion, especially when it is backed up by documented fact. If not, as some have suggested, the forum will stagnate, as others have before it. Paladin, who is an expert on the subject, has already agreed with me that you are not committing libel if you are telling the truth. That is the meaning of the law. Meantime, I have found that I am rather annoyed by it and there is no fun in that. So I will join ChrisB and one or two others (who I notice by their absence) and take a bit of a holiday. And while we are talking of posts with smileys attached, I will leave you with this one. Perhaps we should reflect on it.
  5. 17 points
    On hitting the grass, my first fooparr dawned on me I had my lightweight soft soled trainers on, should have been my boots. I grabbed the headrope whilst MrsG took charge of the stern rope. 'B.A' was sitting parallel to the bank, broadside onto the wind about 6ft off. In seconds she was squarely making her way out to mid river, my trainers were failing to purchase and I was slipping on the wet grass. I noticed the slightly raised quay heading, foot ware firmly engaged, headrope round my back, forget using back muscles (Dangerous and asking for injury) engage leg power - ALL of it. I was at full strength, had no more to give. 'B.A' stopped her parallel march for the far bank BUT was not responding to my heaving by coming back towards me on my bit of port bank. By now she was a good 15ft away from us. Glancing to my right I didn't quite know whether to laugh or be horrified. MrsG was valiantly hanging on for dear life to the stern rope. She did have her boots on, not that they made any difference, she was being pulled inexorably into the river, boots and all I had visions of 'B.A' being blown over to the Stbd bank, nestling against moored craft, head and stern ropes in the water, engine running, out of gear with me on the wrong bank AND MrsG in the wet and crinckly stuff. This was already serious and getting worse by the second. Some quick logical seamanship thinking was required with a fast solution, immediately if not sooner I bellowed at MrsG - 'Let go of the rope RIGHT NOW' there was no gentle please or thankyous besides the wind would have vetoed that, this was a direct order MrsG did as instructed. This did two things. Firstly it saved her from getting pulled into the river, (I do wonder if she would have let go without being told to?) secondly it eased the strain I was experiencing and reduced my 100% effort down to about 70% as the stern immediately swing out into the river enabling 'B.A' to go bow into the wind, between us we were then able to pull her bow closer to the bank, get a rhond anchor in and the head rope made fast. Her stern was well out at 90d to the bank but she was safe. My legs were on fire, MrsG was doing the tears thing, she got a major fright and also thought I was going for a dip too. (No chance, us Yorkies can walk on water if no one it watching). My legs were on fire. We had a quick hug then I got set to again, we were not out of the woods just yet. Joining two ropes together I made the stern rope long enough to get ashore with it, every time the wind took a pause I heaved the stern a little closer to the bank. MrsG couldn't assist as I had her standing on the fwd rhond anchor to stop it being pulled out of the ground. Little by little 'B.A' came back to me and was soon alongside where she should have been ten minutes ago. Canopy / screens down - after stowing below all gear that could have been blown into the river, casting off was a 'Breeze' (Pun intended) and in no time at all we were through the bridge, a Stbd bank mooring was safely achieved by simply disengaging drive. Canopy / screens etc back up, all gear returned and relax - Wow. I was in so much shock I almost forgot to put coffee in my Rum (Almost, I did say Almost) Debrief - Just how the hell had I not taken account of the wind FFS ? It's not like it wasn't obvious. That mistake could have resulted in damage to 'B.A' and other craft, ok so realistically me and MrsG weren't in serious danger although both of us would have aches and pains for a couple of days. With another male crew member onboard things would have been easier, full crew - no problem but that is no excuse, there was just the two of us. It just goes to show, even with the experience I have gained of approaching 60 years visiting the Broads, 24 x Yrs in the RN - I can and did, still get it wrong, badly so. Three days later, I brought 'B.A' safely first time alongside the moorings at St Benets prior to entering the Ant. One does learn and is never too old to do so Griff
  6. 16 points
    I don't normally post personal things on social media but sometimes it can help others who are dealing with similar, so here goes. Mental health problems among young men are growing and despite all the awareness campaigns, very little help is available. Eighteen months ago my eldest son had a complete mental breakdown. We found him in his house curled up in the corner of a room crying uncontrollably. I can't begin to describe how difficult that it is to see a big strapping 37 year old reduced to that state. The backup from the health professionals is zero.You are on your own. The Mental health team registered him as at risk of suicide but said if we were worried he might kill himself we should ring the police. He was allocated 6 weeks of talking therapy and various medications that turned him into a zombie. We moved him back home to his old room to give him stability and support but we had to effectively put him on suicide watch. Gradually, over many months, he has started to emerge, he stopped his meds after 9 months as he felt they were making no difference. He has always been a fitness fanatic and he joined a boxing gym. Six months ago we helped him move out into a diffent property he owned just around the corner from us. He has made steady progress with only a couple of relapses. He has now won five out of his six fights, the fights are staged to raise money for the local hospice, the next fight in April is the raise funds for a six year old local girl with a life limiting illness. I have never wanted to watch a fight but his brother and friends go along to support him. The joy of seeing him occasionally smile again makes the heartache worthwhile. His moving out was worse than when he left home at 20, then we only worried about him coping with money ( he is severely dyslexic ) The worry of, is he going to harm himself remains and probably always will, but once again we have to let him stand on his own two feet but be ready to support him if he stumbles. Probably the moral is, don't expect help and support from the health professionals, it is only there in name.
  7. 14 points
    Having a day off. Why do we need Sunday trading?? When I was a kid, Sundays were for a day at the coast, or a trip out somewhere in the car, not for traipsing round a supermarket or shopping centre. Proper family time. And don’t start me on shops opening on Boxing Day. Do we really need to buy a sofa the day after Christmas, or queue outside Next, waiting for the sale to start at 06:00? I, for one, don’t, but think about those poor folk who have to go to work and wreck their family time over the Christmas holiday, to satisfy the greed of their employers and the needs of the lemming like folk who just can’t wait another day. Rant over and good thread, too.
  8. 14 points
    One of our favourite overnight moorings. Always offered Gus a drink but he usually declined.. My first experience of the New Inn was on 4th of July 64. On a beautiful summer morning we had arrived by overnight Robinson's coach from Manchester, six 19 year old lads on our second broads holiday. The coach dropped us off at about 7.30 am where Lower Street meets the main road and we walked down to Chumley & Hawkes at the other end of the village. Chap there had just started work and said your boat will be ready in a couple of hours, then told us the New Inn would do us breakfast at 5 bob each and he would ring and tell them we were coming. The landlord said that as we were eating he could serve us with beer. We didn't need asking twice so we were sat outside in the glorious summer morning sunshine having a full English and liquid refreshment, looking over the lawn, that went down to the river in those days, watching a stream of boats passing both ways, probably on their way back to their boatyards at the end of their holiday. . . . for us, paradise.
  9. 13 points
    I have an issue with this statement, Maxwellian is on the committee of the forum, and as such cannot be a moderator, the committee spend a lot of time and effort to ensure the forum operates within the strictures and regulations that govern the social media we inhabit, unlike a lot of websites we do pay attention to current and upcoming regulation of this sector, so the committee decide upon the framework of the terms of service, the moderator team have the opportunity to comment upon the introduction of new terms of service and maybe the wording, but the decision to implement change lies with the committee. The moderators then work within the terms of service to run the forum and discipline anyone who infringes those conditions. there is a distinct separation between the two roles in the team, though the moderators may consult closely with the committee on the interpretation of the TOS and how they apply. At the end of the day the buck stops with the committee, any actions taken against the forum will be taken against them personally, so as moderators if we are asked to take action against a member by them we do listen, as well as ensuring that the action is fair and complies to procedure. In the recent past on this thread comments have been hidden that would have contravened the proposed addition to the TOS, and under legal advisement we were encouraged to protect the forum with this amendment. its not there to stop you discussing matters, but it is there to stop the forum being a platform for discussion or organisation of prospectively illegal action.
  10. 13 points
    D46, you may or not know that Maxwellian was the only Member who offered to take on the "ownership" of the NBN when Jonzo had finally had enough of us all. Without that commitment I doubt we would still be here. And yes, I do know what I am talking about, because I was the Chief Moderator then and even I refused to take it on with all the associated aggrevation. With these thoughts in mind perhaps you might "moderate" your tone of posts, please?
  11. 13 points
    I don't believe this !!!!! I am one of the official forum idiots, yet even I can see what the forum team are trying to achieve. If I were to post "Yeah, come on my son" aimed at the guy vandalizing signs etc, I could expect to have action taken against me by the team. If I discuss the rights and wrongs of such vandalism I expect that discussion to be acceptable. If I am wrong there, I shall accept the team's guidance, and the team's alone. To Paladin I would say that the term "illegal" is not the 'black and white' issue you make it out to be. It is possible for me to make an illegal move in chess, yet I doubt the police will be mounting dawn raids to catch me. and I doubt the courts would be that interested either. I am always interested to read debate on the sorts of subjects as discussed on this forum, but I do tire of the now constant bickering on the minute and frequently irrelevant details rather than the meat of the issue. Try posting within the SPIRIT of the forum rather than trying to bring all the posts down to childish squabbles about the ToS.
  12. 13 points
    Hi all, an update on this below from our boating news page. In our most recent monthly newsletter (January 2020) some incorrect information about Acle Bridge was shared regarding works at the site. Please accept our apologies for sharing this incorrect information which arose due to a genuine error. The latest update is that major sheet piling works along the river frontage are to be carried out at Acle Bridge 24 hour moorings starting at the end of February. Our appointed contractor is in the process of mobilising to site after waiting for water levels to drop to a suitable level. Phase one of major works at the site will be to completely renew 110 metres of sheet piling, plus installing a new mooring path and three electric charging points for boats. Works are planned to extend for several weeks around and including the Easter holiday period and will involve the moorings, a section of the Weavers Way public footpath, car park and toilet area being closed. Signage and fencing on site will be placed to exclude people from those areas at all times during the construction phase. There will be a 55 metre section of the mooring left open on the upstream end for boaters to moor to during the works. Footpath access from the mooring will only be available for pedestrians heading towards Oby and Thurne. The Weavers Way public footpath through the construction site will remain closed until project completion. Advance notices on the Weavers Way have been installed. Works will be closely monitored for progress and the Broads Authority will seek to open any areas of the site as soon as it is safe to do so. To report any issues please contact Broads Control on 01603 756056. Thank you for your understanding. Regards
  13. 13 points
    Good afternoon all. Just joined NBN and I'm fascinated by Speaker's Corner - it is an accurate reflection of comments being made elsewhere. I feel very strongly that a huge chunk of Broads Heritage has nothing to do with what's ashore - it's about the ,000's of vessels which have been so vital for the area's economy for well over 2,000 years. I have been working on a report, which articulates some people's concerns about the current 'National Park' execrcise. I've drafted the following to set the scene for this and would welcome comments on its accuracy and / or whether it entertains. The final version will have some pictures with it. Why is Navigation so important for the Broads? A potted history Public Rights of Navigation There is a great deal of evidence of Public Rights of Navigation (PRN) in Britain throughout our recorded history. It was the Romans who first recorded laws granting them. This continued through Saxon charters and the Magna Carta, to the work of the Commissioners for Sewers who were charged with the removal of obstructions to navigation, mostly fish weirs. Subsequent to Magna Carta in 1215, there were 20 further statutes to define and reinforce those PRN’s, ncluding, in 1708, “An Act for rendering more effectual the Laws concerning Commissions of Sewers”. Of course, legislation has continued evolving ever since. The statutory right of navigation on all rivers capable of navigation was completely unquestioned for 1800 years. Over the last 200 years a different view has been formed by some lawyers, landowners and other bodies, based on riparian rights (rights associated with property bordering rivers). But it is an accepted principle of English law that such private rights are subservient to public rights. Origins of the Broads There is a very good video explaining the rather unusual history which created the waterways we now call the Broads here: https://www.visitnorfolk.co.uk/explore/Broads-history-of-the-Broads.aspx In Roman times, the area was a saltwater estuary with ship navigation stretching to Whitlingham up the Yare, Bungay (the Waveney) and Wroxham (the Bure). The Thurne was open to the sea at Horsey, creating Flegg Island (a Viking name) and Great Yarmouth was nothing more than a sand spit at the mouth of the estuary. As water levels dropped, rivers were formed, and between the 12th and 14th centuries peat digging became a popular and prosperous industry. It is estimated that more than 900 million cubic feet of peat were extracted, and the work was very labour-intensive. During this period, the area of east Norfolk was officially recorded as the most densely populated in England. Digging took place until the 14th century, when the massive holes that had been created gradually began to fill with water as the sea levels rose again, creating the ‘Broads’, and the rivers were gradually managed to connect them, to create the waterways we know today. Commerce in the middle ages Throughout the 16th century. Norwich was the second largest city in England after London and its tradeable goods of wool, weaving, reed (for thatching), sedge (for horse bedding) and agricultural produce were exported throughout Britain, and indeed the world, from the port of Great Yarmouth. The waterways were also used to transport coal, bricks, timber and tiles. By this time, ships were no longer able to navigate much of the waterways and the much smaller ‘Keels’, direct descendants of Viking long ships and unique to the Broads, were developed for the purpose These were later replaced by the more efficient ‘Wherry’, a derivative of a Keel, some of which are still sailing today and are icons of Broads navigation. Leisure In the 19th century, the arrival of the railways brought about a catastrophic decline in the demand for Wherries to transport goods. However, they also brought holidaymakers and some of the more astute wherry operators seized the opportunity to fit their vessels out with cabins and other accommodation to entertain them. Thus, the Broads boating holiday was born. From the middle of that century, yacht racing became so popular on the Broads that regattas became like horse racing is today, with crowds of spectators, many yachts and large prize money, funded by betting (a single race prize could be equivalent to £7,000 in today’s money). This in turn funded rapid developments in design, in pursuit of not only the prize money, but the glory of winning races. In a very short space of time, boats morphed from cumbersome, commercial craft to achingly beautiful yachts with long ‘spoon’ bows, counter sterns, enormous bowsprits and massive ‘pot hunter’ rigs, sailed by professional crews. Some of these are still racing today. The legacy of that period is the largest fleet of traditional yachts in Europe and a regatta calendar crammed full for the whole season, encompassing 50 clubs, classes and associations with around 10,000 individual members Those improvements in design quickly found their way into the holiday industry, and by the end of the century, more adventurous holidaymakers had the privilege of skippering their own (somewhat smaller) vessel. Of course, the arrival of the internal combustion engine made this holiday even more accessible and spawned the hire fleets we see today, although sailing craft, directly descended from those Victorian racers, are still available for hire. As our affluence grew in the second half of the 20th century, and GRP construction became commonplace, private ownership of both sailing and motor craft grew rapidly, and in 2019, around 10,500 paid tolls to the BA. Add in the hire craft and over 12,000 vessels provided roughly half its annual budget. These numbers exclude canoes which are exempt from tolls. Commerce now The volume of goods carried by river today is negligible. However, equally valuable ‘goods’ have replaced them, in the form of holidaymakers and private owners. Despite the BA’s small budget and Executive Area, the region has a huge effect on local communities and commerce. A separate paper “Perceived and Actual” reports the following statistics for water-related tourism and the entirety (private + hire + land-basd) of Broads industry and commerce. · Visitors per year: 7.6 million · Contribution to local economy: £648M · Employment: 13,000 + · People directly affected by BA decisions (excluding visitors): ~100,000 · Toll-paying craft: ~12,000 · Stakeholder MP’s: 7 · Parishes wholly or partly within the BE Executive Area: 93 Therefore, any event which puts navigation at risk could have a devastating effect on a very large number of people, jobs, businesses and communities, and potentially destroy a marine heritage dating back over 2 millennia. This is why so many people are so very concerned about the continued propagation, of the ‘Broads National Park” myth, so relentlessly promoted by the Broads Authority. Not in its own right, but because of the potential for conservation to eventually hold the whip hand in the management of the Broads, putting navigation at risk.
  14. 12 points
    standards and respect for others nowadays seem to be the last thing on a lot of the younger generations minds, (actually its not just the younger generation any more) I feel I have watched the standards of courtesy dropping throughout my life, and those standards probably are now only kept to by my parents generation, and a few of our generation that were brung up proper. there does seem to be a generation out there whose only concern is for themselves and what is in it for them. of course there are exceptions, these are the nice people we meet, but as always its those that behave in this manner with little or no regard to others that come to the fore. in some ways I blame the internet, which has promoted the ability to respond in a manner most would never consider when talking face to face as the repercussions in a face to face conversation would be far from favourable - the so called keyboard warrior mentality. it takes little effort to see that if people get used to this mentality where they are seemingly not responsible for the harm they do via the keyboard, then its only a small step to transfer this behaviour into real life, unfortunately add alcohol into the mix and their inhibitions are lowered, and their behaviour suffers. it is sad seeing the world heading further this way
  15. 12 points
    Hi all, We receive a very high number of applications for all of our Ranger roles and this unfortunately means there's often a lot of disappointed people on the other end. This isn't a 'box-ticking exercise' - the recruitment process is transparent and the same as all of our roles. Despite the number of applications please don't be put off applying if you feel you meet the job description! Tom
  16. 12 points
    Some pictures from today : M
  17. 11 points
    Remember the first page of this thread? A red rag to a bull! That is the real topic of the thread as I see it. On looking back, it is now over 40 years that those of us who love the Broads that we live in, work in and visit for our holidays, have had the continual threat of surrender to a national park quangocracy being held over our heads like the sword of Damocles. And don't forget the likes of Griff, Speedtriple, Norfolk Nog, Broads 01 and all the rest of you. You may not live on the Broads but you are just as important stake-holders as anyone else, with every bit as much right to have your voice heard, but certainly no hope of a vote on it! I think Marshman is quite right when he asks who are the usual "Pro" suspects? In the last 40 years I don't think I have met or spoken to anyone who wants to see a Broads N. P., or maybe they have preferred not to say so? At the risk of getting personal, I do get the feeling that the "pro lobby" is being driven by only one voice. But a very big voice, with un-elected and un-accountable influence. Why do I fear a national park? I think a good example, if you read the EDP, is Chris Packham, who has now decided to tell us to stop building the rest of the NDR because of a handful of some rare species of bat. The cynic in me wonders whether the furtherance of his TV career has equal importance with the safety of the bats. And anyway, what are those very expensive bat bridges supposed to be for? Work on the Acle Straight is still held back after 4 years while what PW calls the "floppy hats" are busy re - locating a colony of snails. I read recently that they were not sure if this has been successful as the last time they looked they couldn't find the damned things! Dead or alive! Meantime the motoring public are still dying, day and night, on the outdated and unsafe infrastructure of one of our main trunk roads. Maybe off topic, you think? But not in a national park. We can already see on the Broads that there are too many un - elected bodies and highly profitable charities which have assumed an all - powerful influence. If anyone can realistically stop navigation it will be the RSPB and I fear that NP status will give free rein to their visions of "un - dredged, reed fringed rivers" populated by flat bottomed electric wherries. They may assure us that the right of navigation will be "preserved" but what will a Broads cruise be like in future, and how much of it will be left? In the years to come, I don't want to set off on holiday in my boat, only to have Chris Packham leap out from behind a tree and tell me I can't moor at St Benets any longer, in case I tread on a Little Whirlpool Rams-horn snail. These critters are, I gather, about the size of a grain of wheat. I seriously suggest that if the BA want to successfully "market" their vision, they should do so by engaging far more with the local public in open and honest explanation of what they are trying to achieve and why they feel it would be better for us. They should also listen to, and answer, our questions and concerns. Personally I don't really care whether or not these signs have been erected within the letter of highways law (and nor, apparently, do the BA) but I see them, after all these years of wrangling, as a deliberate antagonism of the local people. And just for once, it seems the locals are answering back!
  18. 11 points
    Please keep it civil people, and on topic.
  19. 11 points
    You are quite right Grendel except the problem started before the internet became generally available, it started when we as a nation became to liberal in our approach, when schools were no longer able to discipline their charges, when the Police were no longer allowed to deal with hooligans without the fear of being prosecuted themselves, when parents couldn't be bothered to bring their children up properly and the justice system started treating the criminal element as victims instead of perpetrators, subsequently each generation became progressively worse because of the leniency of their parents generation. Rant over. Fred
  20. 11 points
    Wednesday 12th February A special day today. 42 years since Graham and I started dating (we were still in school 42 years ago). Somehow, this anniversary always seems more significant than our wedding anniversary, maybe because it was over six years before we got married (we went to different Uni’s, so it wasn’t really feasible to get married before that). Anyhow…back to the Broads. The weather forecast for today appeared to be promising the best of the whole week, so we were keen to take the opportunity to cruise somewhere. (Well I was anyway, Graham was quite happy reading his book – or should I say stack of books. The stack has come in handy this week preventing too many drafts through the vent at the back of the sliding roof, whilst still allowing some ventilation.) On the other hand, we really needed to get back to our home-mooring for late afternoon, either to get the heater re-installed, or to rely on the shore power provided with the mooring so that we could run the fan heater this evening. As I mentioned above, we ended up going to Loddon. Mainly because we needed to top up our water. Well, that was the excuse. We both love the journey up the Chet. The trouble with starting off early is having the sun's glare. We had a clear sky. The stretch between the two dykes leading to Rockland Broad must be good for fishing. There were four herons all in fairly close proximity. Seren started to whine before we got to Chet Mouth, and I had an attempt at mooring at Hardley Cross so that we could let her off the boat. However, the wind had picked up again and was blowing us off the mooring, so I aborted that and just carried on until we moored at Loddon Staithe – the only boat there. We spotted an otter along the stretch near Hardley Flood. Loddon Staithe. We put some credit on the lekky point, just so we could use our fan heater (a lucky someone will have found over 60p credit after us) and Graham took Seren out for a walk whilst I started to cook a brunch using the Suffolk bacon that we had picked up at the La Hogue Farm Shop. The thickest rashers I’ve seen for a long time. We set off back down the Chet before 1pm. It was such a lovely sunny day, lighting up the reeds with a golden colour. I really appreciate being able to see the Broads in the different seasons. Today was (naturally) very quiet. We saw no other boats on the river until we were approaching Pye’s Mill, where a sailey under power passed us. He passed us again as we were returning down the Chet. Hardley Flood was pretty full. Even the Chet was choppy. Back on the Yare we only passed two other vessels. We were travelling against the wind most of the way back and it was mostly very choppy, especially along the Cantley stretch where we were having a lot of spray thrown up onto the windscreen. Spray on the windscreen.. Just as choppy near the pub... Flocks of birds near Cantley... Seren relaxed a bit on our journey back. Got back around 3pm. The tide was pretty high again. Had another quiet evening. I called the Broom’s office to tell them we were back on our mooring, but there was no further news about the heating unit. I went to bed really early this evening. Just after 8pm my eyes were dropping, and I’m pretty sure that I was asleep by 8.30. Shame, I missed The Great Pottery Throw Down programme that’s showing on More4 currently.
  21. 11 points
    Having lifted my head out of the sand and waited until all the headless chickens disappeared over the horizon, I have found the following information. I'm sure other data are available. In terms of carbon production, the International Energy Agency figures are: 1. China 9.8 billion metric tons 29% of the total emissions 2. USA 5.3 billion metric tons 16% 3. India 2.5 billion metric tons 7% 4. Russia 1.7 billion metric tons 5% 5. Japan 1.2 billion metric tons 4% ....... 16. UK 0.36 billion metric tons 1% So if the UK became carbon free tomorow it would make diddlysquat difference to the overall total. Now if Miss Thunberg can get to meet the Chinese leaders and persuade them to make the same commitment as the UK government has made, I might start listening to her. But at the moment she is just aiming at the low-hanging fruit.
  22. 11 points
    Monday 10th February It was still pretty windy this morning. Unlike yesterday evening, the water levels were pretty high, with high tide not due until lunch time. The forecast was for a sunny morning and rainy afternoon, so we set off shortly after 9am, making our way to the north coast, but stopping off initially at Walsingham. Little Walsingham is quite quaint. The priority was coffee and cake, which we had in the Norton’s Café in the Anglican Shrine. Very nice cakes they had too. Graham had something called Norfolk shortcake, which seemed to be a cross between a shortcake and a scone. I had lemon cake. We had a look around the shine. It was very ‘high church’, unless you were paying attention you would think it was a Catholic church. I had also wanted to see around the grounds of the ruined Abbey, as I’d read that they have a good show of snowdrops this time of the year. However, it was now after 11am, it was £5.50 entry per person and we still hadn’t yet taken Seren for a walk. We decided to make our way to Wells-next-the-Sea instead. Once we’d found a parking spot in Wells we walked from the harbour along the dyke that leads to the beach. It was a lovely walk but, as Graham had only paid for two hours parking, we couldn’t stay long at the beach once we got there. I loved the beach huts, especially the variety of designs and colours. This one was particularly lovely. Seren enjoyed herself. As the seafood restaurant that we had fancied visiting in Wells was shut on Mondays, we thought of going to Cromer for lunch instead. That didn’t quite work out either, as we found the coast road to Cromer was closed half way through Stiffkey, so we had to turn around (with difficulty). We had just passed a pub anyway, The Red Lion, so we had our lunch there instead: Graham had a very nice fish and chips with minty mushy peas and I had a crab salad. The sky was looking pretty gloomy when we left the pub, so we just drove back to the boat. Just as well as it rained most of the rest of the afternoon. The water level was even higher when we got back to the boat, and it was quite a step up to get on board. Shortly before sunset the sky turned really black, we had some thunder and then a really heavy hail storm. The ‘scum’ on the water in the picture below is hail. It felt a lot colder this evening, I hadn’t needed a hot water bottle last night, but did this night. It’s cosy in the cabin with thick duvet, water bottle and dimplex heater.
  23. 11 points
    Sunday 9th Feb On reflection, maybe I should have started off another thread for this trip entitled 'Not carried away by a Moonlight Shadow'! It's too late for that though...I've started, so I'll finish (well hopefully, if this crazy weather allows). Woke just after 4 this morning, with the boat being buffeted by Storm Ciara and repeatedly banging against the key heading. Graham slept through it initially but woke when it got worse. He got up and adjusted the ropes, and it was a lot better after that, so much so that he managed to get back to sleep. I didn’t though. Seren started whining shortly after Graham had dropped off again, so I got up to let her out of her cage. It is handy having wifi at our mooring in Brundall. Normally I don’t post much when I’m on holiday. We hadn’t realised about the wifi until almost the end of our previous week in November, but this week I'm making full use of it. I spent the time before Graham woke again writing up yesterday’s blog, loading up some photos onto my laptop, and then posting the blog. We took our time getting ready this morning, and it was after 10 before we decided to take Seren out in the car so that she could have a good run. We weren’t that organised, and were still debating where to go whilst driving along toward Acle. Fairhaven Gardens got ruled out as we didn’t think a woodland walk would be wise during a gale. We considered a beach walk, but thought the sand would blow into Seren’s eyes (and ours!). In the end we went to Burgh Castle. The stretch between Acle and Gt Yarmouth was the worst bit to drive along; it’s so exposed there. There was a lot of debris blowing across the road, and when I passed a double decker bus going in the opposite direction the effect was a bit like two express trains going past each other, with me hanging on to the steering wheel for dear life as the car lurched toward the side of the bus. Eek! When we finally got to Burgh Castle, I don’t suppose it was any windier there than anywhere else, but it was a bit of a struggle to walk against the wind. After having a look around the castle we went down toward the river. The effect of the wind on the reeds was pretty impressive. MVI_1274.MP4 After our walk I thought I would have a look around the church, especially as the information board near the gate gave some tantalising hints about its history and further information being available inside. Well, that was a welcoming church! By this time, it was late morning and we decided that we needed a Sunday roast. Yet again, we set off without having decided where we would stop off. We ended up at the Surlingham Ferry Inn again, but by land not river. We arrived not long after 12, and although it was clear that they had quite a lot of tables booked we were the first to arrive, so they managed to squeeze us in and we got served really quickly. It’s the first time that I’ve been served the food so quickly that I’ve hardly had time to take more than a few sips of my drink. We enjoyed our food very much, though the helping was a bit too big for me, and I found that I wasn’t that keen on having stuffing and chipolata with beef roast. I could have asked for a mixture of pork and beef though. It would have been fine with that. Very friendly service, and I would definitely go again – hopefully by river though, as it’s a lot easier to get there from Brundall by river compared to the car journey. We had another visit to Sainsbury’s on the way back to the boat to get some new keys cut, so that we could return the set we’d borrowed. Unfortunately, while the new engine key turned out fine neither of the two new door keys that the lady at Timpson’s had attempted worked – she had warned us that she wasn’t sure they would be okay. We’ll be back to Sainsbury’s later in the week. As several people have commented on other threads, the river levels were very low when we got back to the boat, and dropped further as the afternoon wore away. We started to wonder if we would need a ladder to get off the boat. I jest…one of the handy things about MS is the way the deck slopes downward from bow to stern, so you can usually find somewhere on deck that’s a good spot to embark/disembark. There’s also a handy set of steps near the mooring for use when the tide is particularly high. Another quiet and lazy late afternoon/evening on board. There was a lovely sunset, which I thought was quite remarkable after all that stormy weather. I made us a non-dairy mac’n’cheese. Comfort food. That’s what you need when it’s stormy!
  24. 11 points
    ok i decided that there is no way that i am going to cover any of the helms chair up with upholstery, there is too much chance of ruining it, so, i decided that the seat needs to be shaped for the users posterior, out with the miniature flap wheel and two shallow grooves were made in the seat, then the beech dowels needed darkening up. So out with the teak stain, and onto the beech doweling, i am happy as this instantly improves the visual appearance of the seat.
  25. 11 points
    Don’t worry never going to happen! there isn’t enough rare earth metals for the batteries currently mined number one! there isn’t enough copper currently mined for the cables number two! not enough metals for the electric motors number three! this would mandate an extra 20 GW of leccy ! So not gonna happen. 18 Billion funding gap due to the lack of fuel duty paid currently. 20 million of new charging points by 2035. That’s thousands a day from now until then! it takes 9 years of driving a leccy car to equilibrate the carbon from a diesel car. By which point the batteries don’t work so excess carbon. PMSL. The lack of joined up thinking is stultifying in its ineptitude but hey if it appeals to an incredibly uneducated and incredible ignorant 16 yr old Swedish girl it must be good eh!!!!! OMG this is so dumb it’s beyond belief.
  26. 11 points
    Just to put people minds at rest I will note a few points based on fact and not assumption. 1. The roof is metal because the BA insist it be that way. It wouldn’t be the owners first choice. 2. The property is on stilts because any new property has to be 1.77m above standard high water. This is an EA regulation and not done through choice. 3. The owner Norfolk born and bred and is perfectly aware that boats go by, noisy or otherwise. Because of the elevation of the property it will become a feature and not a hindrance. 4. The existing buildings are very old and due to the building materials have a very limited life. The owner is making a huge financial obligation to improve the area and create jobs. 5. the investment being made is for the long term and will take many years to pay back. People who are prepared to make such investment should applauded and not criticised.
  27. 10 points
    “I would much rather that the many negative threads started by those who campaign against the BA, and specifically it CEO, did not even appear here, but were confined to campaigning sites like Protect The Broads We are Not a National Park. I'm sorry, but the nub of this is a rather childish, but unfortunately accurate, "He started it Miss" If this site is used as a vehicle to campaign, then there will always be push back.” I agree with all of the above posted by Batrabill. The same few insistent wranglers are damaging this Forum. We suffer as NBF suffered before us. I have been reading the same squabbling for something like15 years!! I think of it as the abuse of a resource, to which some of us commit time and money, only to see it subverted. Have I lobbied Parliament? yes Have I written in support of the Broads? Yes again. Do I think the anti BA campaign has lost its objectivity and balance? You bet I do!
  28. 10 points
    I was contacted last year about a family journal, documenting a two week holiday on the Broads taken by a group of businessmen from Bath in 1914, which had been discovered in a loft. The family kindly photographed the pages and emailed me the results. My winter project whilst stuck in house sale/move limbo (still ongoing - don't ask!) has been to transcribe the text and remaster the 118 accompanying photos and postcards for Broadland Memories. It's a fabulous read, full of humour, with some lovely images of the holiday party and crew. As always, I am humbled to have been given permission to publish such a precious piece of both family and local history. The Cruise of The Seven Bath Chaps on The "Spree" can be found here: http://www.broadlandmemories.co.uk/cruiseofspree1914p1.html
  29. 10 points
    Good afternoon everyone, thank you for your feedback on the briefing. John is of course directly involved and writes a lot of the briefing, but it is a team effort with quite a few different members of staff adding contributions on their particular areas - many apologies if some of it has been muddled or lost in translation. I can clarify a few things for you below: 1. There appears to have been a bit of a misunderstanding with the wording on the briefing regarding Peto's Marsh. The Suffolk Wildlife Trust has an ambition to build a raised viewing platform in the vicinity of the mooring so that people on foot can get a 360 degree panoramic view over the marshes, including those who have arrived on boat. The new pontoon moorings there will provide access to the Carlton Marshes Reserve, the new SWT Visitor Centre and also the Angles Way. They will be located towards the southern end of Oulton Dyke – around TM 50113 92964 on an OS Map. We have a set of pontoons on the other side of the river known as the the 'Dutch Tea Gardens' 24-hour mooring, at TM 50149 93041. The OS website has a handy map - https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/52.47805,1.68220,18 2. Regarding the use of concrete or paving slabs, this surface is unfortunately not ideal at Acle due to subsidence (sinking/tilting) of the path. Sites with these types of paths installed require much more preparation if subsidence does occur and this creates additional ongoing costs, as well as being quite costly in terms of materials and initial installation. 3. On Acle Bridge, I agree that there has been a poor choice of wording there on our part and I think it's possible that some wires may have been crossed when discussing the briefing content internally. I have sought further clarification from our Maintenance Supervisor and will update you as soon as I hear back (they're busy dealing with a lot of fallen trees and other debris today so this may be tomorrow). I believe preliminary works have taken place at Acle and contractors will be starting very soon. We were aiming for Easter but the possibility for weather and operational delays mean the works could encroach on the Easter period. Again, please accept my apologies for any confusion created as a result of the newsletter. If there's any more genuine questions I am happy to help. Best, Tom
  30. 10 points
    Saturday 8th Feb We got on our way reasonably early, around 8.15, and dropped Harry off at IKEA before setting off to Brundall. Had our usual brekkie stop at La Hogue, which is just after the turn off A14 to the A11. We had another stop-off at the Sainsbury’s at Thorpe St Andrew before going to the boat. As I was wandering around the store it occurred to me that I hadn’t checked that the keys for the boat were in the bag I thought I’d stored them in. Of course, when we got back to the car and checked, they weren’t. Goodness knows what we did with the keys at the end of our last stay! Graham suggested going home, but as I hadn’t a clue where else we might have put them, I opted to phone the BCBM agent instead. Thankfully, he let us borrow his set for the week. We weren’t best pleased when we got to the boat. Although it wasn’t filthy, the person who had been on last clearly hadn’t cleaned the boat. Not a great start to the our holiday, having to clean the boat. We also started to worry whether the water had been topped up. Given the tap near our mooring was turned off, we wanted to check that we had plenty of water given that gales/high winds are forecast for the next three days. I don’t want to have to move the boat in high-winds in search of water. The friendly liveaboard guy on the mooring opposite us suggested that we could go to the Surlingham Ferry Inn for water, as an alternative to negotiating our way into the dyke where the Brooms boat lift is (the only place currently on site with a turned-on tap). He even phoned up the pub for us to check if their water was on. I had been wanting to have a short trip up or down river this afternoon in any case. Our only opportunity before the gale. It turned out to be a beautiful afternoon and I really enjoyed our short trip. Exchanged waves with Mark (psychicsurveyor) as we passed his boat Whitey at its Brundall Garden mooring. Seren enjoyed the trip too. There weren’t any other boats at the Surlingham Ferry, so we moored side on so that we could access the hose more easily. I’m glad we did get water, as it took us more than 10 minutes to fill her up. We had drinks at the pub as our ‘payment’ for the water. It’s a while since I had Little Sharpie, and Graham was happy that they had the low alcohol Ghostship. After our drinks we carried on up river almost as far as Bramerton, then returned to Brundall. We popped to Co-op to get a few more bits and pieces. Although there was washing-up liquid on board, we prefer to use the eco-friendly stuff when we are on the rivers. We also got ourselves some extra snacks. We had a quiet night on board. Dinner was an easy option – some chilli I’d made last week and stored in the freezer, a rice pouch, guacamole, nacho chips and yogurt. We went to be reasonably early, anticipating being woken in the night.
  31. 10 points
    After careful thought and due consideration I have prepared the following statement. "I would like to make a full and unreserved apology to the moderators, members and other interlocutors of this assesmbly, to Miss Thunberg and her family and to any third party who was in any way whatsoever offended by my previous observations on this subject. I am old, I have consumed more summers than I have remaining to me. I was raised in an age when society did not benefit from the safeguards and protections of political correctness which it enjoys today and as such I am no expert on that subject, as in deed I am not expert in any matter. Notwithstanding my self acknowledged deficiencies of age and ignorance I offer no defence for any animadversion or stricture contained within my recent interposition. I appreciate that in this day and age to suggest that a child should go to school is unacceptable and I deeply regret the upset this has so obviously caused. That was not the declared intention of my post. I accept the hierarchical precept that it is improper to make comments or statements regarding a person or group of people or to make criticism of them on any platform to which they do not themselves have access to make a response. The fact that this forum is open to anyone, unlike the stage of a United Nations Climate Change Conference would I believe be an unnecessary interjection at this time. To this end I should like the forum's appointed arbiters to also consider previous analogous misdemeanors herewith catalogued but not deemed worthy of objection at the time of posting, or missed by those monitors likely to raise such objection. i) That elsewhere on this forum I did bring into doubt the integrity of His Royal Highness Andrew Duke Of York in the matter of his relationship with Mr Epstein and alleged relationship with Miss Virginia Roberts. ii) That elsewhere on this forum I did bring into doubt without evidence the medical well being of the Former German Chancellor and Fuhrer of the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, suggesting that he might be missing one or more appendage(s) usually found at one end of the vas deferens in adult males, and that this was done in a deliberate attempt to derogate or belittle the person in question without the opportunity of response. I plead guilty on all counts. I order to protect the integrity of this forum and those individuals who gather here I shall from this point forward restrict my postings to those matters on which I consider myself expert and in all other matters ensure that my thoughts and opinions maintain their own counsel."
  32. 10 points
    I have now had a reply from Suffolk County Council: "The Safety and Speed Management team have advised that we have contacted Norfolk CC and are aware you have asked them the same questions. NCC is seeking approval from the Secretary of State for use of these signs (wording, colour and logo) which they expect to receive shortly. We will then be informed and can update you." I'm sure the electorate of Suffolk will be heartened to know that their county council is now subservient to Norfolk County Council. It is apparent, from that reply, that the BNP signs required, but did not have, the approval of the Secretary of State. Nor have Suffolk CC actually answered any of the questions I asked. Obviously, they don't know the answers, without asking Norfolk CC!
  33. 10 points
    I miss conversation! To communicate with my kids, my grand kids, my customers, my bank etc I can email them, text them, instant message them, tweet them, WhatsApp them, Facebook them or send them a bloody letter but to actually get them to talk....
  34. 10 points
    Hi there. Been bobbing around for a while with the boat and my almost antique split cane fishing rods. Their owner is becoming quite antique too! You will probably find me hiding in the reeds looking for some big daddy bream or big daddy anything for that matter. I enjoy using my old fishing tackle which I have had since I was a boy back in the Stone Age and make my own floats out of bird quills in the old way. More is on my profile so please do have a peek at it.
  35. 10 points
    So it's wrong to discuss something in case someone gets offended, that's how issues get ignored till it's too late. Anyone not happy with a thread is always able to ignore it and we can't all be expected to agree with each other just to keep the peace.
  36. 10 points
    I don't think its a case of being right or wrong and please don't be put off posting. I've no idea what horning uk is. My point is simply that I don't think its right to discuss a persons employment on a public forum. For example we all take it that Fireman Sam is, er, a fireman but he could be an Estate Agent in Hartlepool for all we know. But I wouldn't dream of asking him I can't think of anyone on the Forum who has said exactly what their job is and where they work (with the exception of Griff possibly). I'm concerned that we are discussing someone who is not party to the actual discussion and may not want details of their employment or otherwise to be broadcast. I'm certainly not casting doubts on what anyone has said, its simply a matter of principle if that makes sense.
  37. 10 points
    Today Mark's the 75 Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.Some story's were told on BBC breakfast this morning.,in which some of the survivors gave account of there time in the death camps.There accounts was very moving and brought the horror to life. Last summer Marina and I visited Berlin we visited the Holocaust museum. That too was very moving. There was story boards from the 30s to the end of the war.What was striking was our the business of killing speeded up.Early on people were shot,over time mass murder speeded up.Peoples lives were charted whole family wiped out.We lift after a few hours drained very very moving. We walked into the sunshine,sadly in the course of the war almost six million people never saw another day. What ever your beliefs ,faith just spare a thought for those that died or suffered in the horrific time.
  38. 10 points
    This particular mooring last week came up on another thread in regards as to who managed the site , I have heard back now from the head of ranger services and it transpires that the down steam section only is managed by BA , the upstream section is by brundall gardens marina hence the authorities bylaws are not relivent to that section . At least 2 people were getting confused and making accusations as to overstaying on a BA mooring were it transpires there is no case to answer to on the up stream section . I would also wish to point out that to anyone wishing to moor on the up stream section should take great care when getting off the boat in wet weather , the quay heading is extremely slippery and I personally have seen a number of incident's where people have fallen , one of which ended up in the water between the boat and quay . I hope that BAs clarification now helps to solve any confusion as to this particular mooring .
  39. 10 points
    Peter. We should not be encouraging people to blank certain topics. The heading of the section should be sufficient to encourage our members to visit that particular subject or ignore it. We should not have to jump through hoops to achieve our individual preferences. "Knitting on your boat", would not entice my attention. I simply would not visit. The many rivers of Norwich and their tributaries would. (You can see the passage of one albeit in tiles in the centre of Norwich) We have a very small number of Bellweathers on this forum. Knowledgeable people, articulate. I enjoy their contributions very much, I enjoy their banter and their ability state their views so easily and quickly. What I am fearful of is the the way in which they tend to monopolise a subject............endlessly. But tell me. Out of all our members, indeed out of all our visitors and I would dearly like to know how many, and I believe that they are known, why are so few people contributing? Take Davos, climate change. Is this not important? Does it not effect the Broads. How about Sandford by default.......lack of dredging, boats designed to be Yare boats or Bure boats basically. They cannot go anywhere else. How does this effect the economy, the lack of investment indeed the decline of othe areas of the broads. Health and Safety on the Broads. Pollution on the Broads. I am given to understand from MM (not that one the other one) that bookings were down last year..........why? WHY are these matters not being discussed. What should we be trying to achieve and what could we achieve to broaden (do you like that) our overall position in the Norfolk Broads and influence of those in "Authority" that we do have a concern Old Wussername
  40. 10 points
    Answers quite simple really if you don't like a thread don't read it don't respond to it, so long as there is no breach of the TOS what`s the problem. Fred.
  41. 9 points
    In the last few weeks there have been examples of both.The social media which we along with millions are taking part in,has a responsibility to all of us. Sadly Caroline Flack took her own life.It appears she had her demons.She was a big celebrity and would expect her life would be looked at in great detail.The other day a mad mad killed nine people for what reason?Then killing himself and he's Mother.Only the other day the knitting of the poor man in The London centrol Mosgue.The story of the young lad in Australia picked on because of he's size.He's Mum posted the story about the bullying he received. The good that came out of this very sad story was the fact that Celebs highlighted his story. I believe social media has a responsibility to all of us.I admit at time I've typed something that later I thought perhaps I shouldn't have done.However some of the things appearing on net and press and TV is just not on. Mental health is a large problem offen over looked or not even understood by some.We need a open debate that is a good that.We all have a responsibility for our actions. Its had work being nasty, it may be throwaway comments or actions,planning to hurt others.Its easy to be nice to others.Thankfully theres more good then bad.So many floods in the last few weeks,many have rallied round helping others.That should be highlighted and not the hatred that grabs the headlines.
  42. 9 points
    I’m bored too. Worse, I feel this thread, and others like it will put people off NBN. It’s just relentless. Same old. You are not doing yourselves any favours in potentially engaging new people in a serious topic.
  43. 9 points
    Friday 14th Feb - Valentines Day Steve left for his Lincolnshire home before 0800 (collected his car from Stalham previous day). I ditched the gash noticing that the public toilets were locked shut. We had coffee n a catchup in the pub with Phil n Ness before they opened We sailed at 1100, nice morning with only a stiff breeze to Womack Water as MrsG needed sommat or other and Womack was the nearest facility that is open. Left WW bound for Sutton Staithe. The wind had increased slightly but still a nice day. I was aware of the high water levels. There was no way I was getting caught out and repeating the nightmare we experienced on Tuesday on the Ant getting the top down approaching Ludham Bridge (More on this later) We came alongside St Benets quay, the river was close to over topping, tide still on the up. Got top down safely, only 7ft3” airdraft, at The Bridge, wise move stopping at St Benets Thereafter a pleasant cruise to Sutton. Did the diesel n pump out at the Yard as they are closed on Saturdays till April time. Shore power connected. Visited pub (well I did) had dinner and the evening onboard for just the two of us bliss Griff
  44. 9 points
    My view today..
  45. 9 points
    We made Horning with no issues. Yes it was windy but seen it worse. Now alongside The Green. Shore power on. Then? It snowed Photo’s - since taken I have since shuffled ‘B.A’ up a bit to give more room for any other potential visiting craft (Oh yes I have) Griff
  46. 9 points
    Friday 7th Feb 2020 So, after stepping onboard late afternoon today, first job was to turn on the heating as well as the 240v ceramic fan heater. Nobody has been onboard overnight since the Lads Week back in October nearly 4 x months, probably an unwanted record I was pleasantly surprised, not too much mouldy surfaces and moderate dust of course if one listened to MrsG ‘B.A’ was filthy and unliveable. A visit to Tesco’s we needed some Dettol mould n mildew remover, probably the only cleaning agent known to Man we didn’t have onboard. Immersion heater on and we got stuck in, every bulkhead, surface and deckhead got a bolloxing. The galley, aft passageway (Watch it!) double cabin, double cabin and wheelhouse completed gear onboard, stowed. Tomorrow will see up fwd and topsides completed before we sail into a howling gale. Friday evenings for us at home is traditionally Fish n chips from our local chipole, tonight would be no different, off to Stalham chippy in t car. Ordered = no wallet, dash back collect wallet (not at all embarrassing) Bl00dy hell, large fish n chips with mushies, small fish n chips = £17:50 HOW MUCH? Less than a tenner at home Anyroadup, here we sit getting nice n toasty onboard, the heating will stay on 24 Hrs for now. TV on, a glass each MrsG knitting and drooling. Earlier whilst driving on the NDR (is it still called that?) I pointed out those ‘Bat’ gantries to MrsG she didn’t believe me one iota they were for bats. So we had a bet of sorts I won of course after google confirmed. So, ‘Bat out of Hell, will be playing on ‘B.A’s ICE on valentines night, really? Yes really MrsG - face like a bulldog licking p1ss off a nettle. Happy Days More to follow Griff
  47. 9 points
    A very wet and windy evening last night so not much sleep was had! Just having a coffee before venturing out to work. Have a great day whatever you are doing today........ Untitled by Jeff Cranwell, on Flickr
  48. 9 points
    If it's at Reedham...then it's a 'Beware of old Wussername sitting on wall!' sign.
  49. 9 points
    A further update. We both felt that we may not be able to repeat our planned Broads trip, given our advancing years and the fact we are living in Spain. So I phoned the very helpful and friendly staff at Richardson's to see how much an extra week on Swan Roamer would be, the week before the two weeks already booked. (I'd already checked it was available). Well, compared to other boats/yards I've been looking at, the price was "cheap". So we booked it by cancelling the two weeks and rebooking for three! We have also decided to bring our car over on the Santander (or Bilbao)-Portsmouth ferry, saving the problems of all the things we would like to bring but would not have been able to had we been flying: (aforementioned wellies, binoculars, sharp knives, etc etc etc). It also turns the trip into much more of a full holiday. The downside is that I'll be driving to Norfolk over the May bank holiday weekend! (Suggested route from Portsmouth?). We have our big trip to USA coming up this May but when we get back, we'll have our Broads trip to look forward to. I'll try and do a "blog" (which I do do for our USA trips), just to reflect on how we see the Broads now after all those years away. With that extra time we'll have, we are looking forward to visiting those nooks and crannies we haven't been to before (I'm learning about them from the trip reports etc on this great forum). I just hope we don't find the rivers too busy and the moorings all full!
  50. 9 points
    The memorial hits close to home for me. I had great aunts and uncles, survivors of the camps, who still bore their tattoo. Some of my uncles had joined the army to fight only to be sent to concentration camps after they were captured in action. I've written regularly on this forum about a dear family friend, 'Uncle' John, and his antics on The Broads. As a sergeant in the RASC he was one of the machine drivers at the liberation of Belsen. We remember those who died, but also those who fought and died so that the like should never happen again.
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