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  1. 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!
  2. 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!
  3. 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!
  4. 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..
  5. 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.
  6. 4 points
    Congratulations Lori on your 1000th post.
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 3 points
    Might be best if you approach him gingerly haha . Lori
  11. 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/
  12. 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.
  13. 1 point
    Probably of interest to those who's home mooring is around the Ferry area of Horning: David
  14. 1 point
    Ice yachting was quite popular even through to the 1980 s see the link below courtesy of the lovely Carol, you will need to scroll down http://www.broadlandmemories.co.uk/1900to1949gallery25.html.
  15. 1 point
    Our winters also used to be much harsher. Frozen waters will nip the hull as the ice expands and could do damage. These days such things rarely happen.... when did you last see a car driving on a frozen Oulton Broad?
  16. 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
  17. 1 point
    Would all members take the time to re-familiarise themselves with the Guidelines, please. One that comes to mind...... Cross-forum links Due to a long-standing arrangement between forums, links to other Norfolk Broads forums will be automatically moderated by the forum software. Any links via URL-shortening services which ultimately resolve to such a site will also be removed. Thank you.
  18. 1 point
    Monday 25th September Didn’t wake until after 5 this morning, which seemed late in comparison to yesterday. Graham and Seren were both asleep. Seren didn’t wake until around 5.30 and Graham got up a short while later to take her for a walk in the Nicholas Everitt Park. It was already getting light in the East, so I opened up the forward door and watched the dawn approach, taking photos now and again. My camera is so light sensitive that the first photo appears much lighter than it actually was. It was lovely seeing masses of seagulls head inland as the sky gradually got lighter. Dawn. We only had a light breakfast this morning, tea and porridge for Graham and cereal for me. Shortly after 8 Graham went to pay our mooring fee and then we set off on our way to Beccles, still debating whether to stay overnight at the Yacht Station there or Geldeston or the Lido moorings. Somewhere between the Waveney River Centre and North Cove I spotted a kingfisher, my first ever, so that was a bit of a thrill! The river was very quiet, I don’t think we passed more than 10 boats the whole journey down to Beccles. There were a couple of boats moored at North Cove, one at Worlingham Staithe and one at Aldeby Staithe. There was plenty of room under the old Beccles bridge, but then we did arrive around low tide, which was lucky as Graham forgot to lower his make-shift flag pole (we’re flying the Ddraig-goch - Welsh flag - again). We continued up river at a very slow pace, enjoying the peace and quiet, as far as Geldeston and moored up against the dyke bank using our rond anchors, since the posts were pretty small. Seren had a good run up and down the grassy bank off her lead and played chase with a passing Labrador. We then walked into the village. It was only 11.30 so we had a walk through the village and back to while-away the time before the pub opened at noon. We sat in the pub courtyard, but they were happy to have Seren inside too. We very much enjoyed our lunch. A very generous fish-platter for two, washed down with a pint of Ghostship (me) and a Bitburger 0.0% for Graham. The platter had a crayfish and prawn cocktail on top of very fresh mixed leaves, cucumber and tomato, served in a deep glass, also rollmops, home-made smoked mackerel pate, poached salmon and smoked salmon, all served with toast and butter. We couldn’t manage all the salmon, but Seren finished off the poached salmon and enjoyed it very much. I didn’t give her the remaining piece of smoked salmon as I thought it would be too salty for her. After lunch we cruised slowly back down to Beccles... ...and moored at the Lido pontoon moorings. The first day we had kept Seren off all furniture, but it was pretty obvious that she wanted to jump up to look out of the windows, so we decided it would be less hassle to cover the seat in front of the helm with a blanket and allow her to sit there. She loved it. Once moored up at Beccles I walked up to Tesco and back, using the steep stairway that leads to the church, whilst Graham waited for the Lido caretaker to finish laying some concrete in some pot-holes and get the water hose out. Once I’d returned to the boat we both went back to Tesco’s, having decided to buy ourselves a caffetiere as we were fed up of trying to sieve our coffee through kitchen paper. We took the dog and our recycling rubbish with us and Graham wandered around the car park in search of the Tesco recycling facilities whilst I was shopping. We were not impressed…you can recycle bottles and newspaper there but no card or other paper, nor tins or plastic. Bit useless really. It was still fairly early when we got back to the boat. I had a half-shower/half-bath (yes, this boat has the luxury of a proper bath, plus a normal domestic loo and generous size wash-basin) whilst the water was still hot. There wasn’t anything we wanted to watch on TV so we just read. Later on, I used the dongle I’d borrowed from my son to stream an old ‘Time Team’ episode on YouTube. I've recently been working through the set of 'Time Teams' episodes on YouTube starting with series 1. Am now on series 5. We weren’t very hungry this evening, and I didn’t feel much like cooking, so just had the remains of the quiche that we had Saturday, again with new potatoes and salad. By 9pm I was falling asleep, so Graham took Seren out and we were all in bed by 9.30. You can hear some noise in the distance from the Norwich to Lowestoft road from the Lido moorings, but I’m sure that it would be much louder at the Yacht Station. There was a lot of light pollution though, with a big floodlight shining out all night over the pontoon. I guess it’s reassuring though, as it’s a very quiet spot at night, especially if you are the only ones moored there, as we were. I'm planning to add more photos than usual to this account, so I've resized them to a 1/4 of their original size in the hopes that I won't overdo it! Here's an extra photo of the stretch up to Geldeston...so peaceful! Helen
  19. 1 point
    Hi ian, i went to duxford the other day & went in concorde & you're right it really is narrow , if you decide to visit it , take your own food , it was £9.00 just for two scones, but it is a nice place to visit with 7 hangars full of planes,
  20. 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.
  21. 1 point
    EDP reports of gingerbread men with soggy bottoms.
  22. 1 point
    Hi Susan & welcome to the forum. sorry I got the Dyke name wrong it’s actually Short Dyke where the moorings are, the second entrance to Rockland if you come from Brundall It’s a lovely peaceful mooring & just recently refurbished
  23. 1 point
    Hi Helen As I mentioned earlier, I don't think NBD are too hot on maintenance sadly. The shore power on the Regents is a bit of s con, all it does is charge the batteries, it doesn't heat the water via an immersion heater or power a ring main arrangement. Comfortable boats though. It should be possible, on a well maintained boat with good battery systems, to run the heating without the engine (provided you've done a reasonable amount of running of course)
  24. 1 point
    If solo cruising becomes a problem maybe NBN could set up a 'buddy club' of people who need cruising partners. Just a thought. Though I'm sure that solo cruising has its own attractions. Peace, perfect peace. Helen
  25. 1 point
    NBN floating keyfob would be good , the fender style ?
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