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  1. 12 points
    A report copied from the Facebook group Protect The Broads We Are Not a National Park, written by Sue Hines. Members of the Protect the Broads group attended the new Broads Engage workshop at 1.30 pm yesterday afternoon. The format consisted of tables of 8 people including a facilitator who was a BA Member. There was a good turnout with around 8 tables set up; each table ran independently. Adrian Clarke, Senior Waterways and Recreation Officer for the BA gave a good presentation on some of the aims, issues and constraints that are faced by the BA in working closely with Councils, landowners and other organisations to improve the access network and facilities in and around the Broads, with a list of core objectives. He gave a very factual introduction and did not use it as a propaganda opportunity to promote the BNP. A representative from Norfolk County Council then gave a rather poor presentation which basically showed on maps the structure of footpaths etc round the county. The workshop was then split into two sessions, the first one being on 'access on land and from land to water’s edge'. A map was provided, initially of the southern rivers area (or vice versa) and then swapped between tables for the northern rivers area. Four headings were discussed, i.e. Uses (what activities do access users want to do), Assets (what facilities, services, infrastructure or other changes were needed and where), Priority Projects and Impacts (how impact of projects affects people etc). Although asked to keep to specific areas, we asked for the general provision of waste disposal and toilet facilities to be included as objectives. Our table, which consisted of one BA Member, myself and 6 very knowledgeable and experienced Broads users identified areas where footpaths had been broken or overgrown and where they needed to be reinstated or made usable; other paths were identified where permissive path use had been withdrawn and attempts should be made to negotiate with landowners. The second session (after a cup of tea and biscuit) was Mooring provision. We were given maps (again one of the southern rivers and then swapped between tables for one of the northern rivers or vice versa) with the locations of BA moorings and moorings provided by others. The maps were marked up to show stretches of water which did not have moorings at approximately 30 minutes distance from each other. Areas on the map where we thought new moorings should be installed were marked and reasons given on a separate sheet. Mooring types suggested were existing piled edges, pontoons, dolphins or posts. We also suggested that clearing trees and shrubs from banks would provide bank mooring with rhond anchors/mudweights. Additional moorings were suggested in areas which were not shown as gaps but known as high demand areas where volume exceeds provision. The meeting finished around 4.30 pm but continued with our allocated Member and most of our ‘team’ for about another hour – partly in the car park! We felt that our Member left with a better knowledge of how we, as stakeholders, felt about issues and the BA generally! This will be followed up with an email shortly. All in all it was considered by us to be a useful workshop but so much depends on how the information is collated and acted upon and, of course, we had no feedback from the other 7/8 tables input! If the results are realistic, I personally would definitely attend another of these workshops. Feedback from one of the attendees on our table was that he was torn between the workshop being useful and a “tick box” exercise where all of the points raised should already be known by the BA. We will, of course, let you know the results of the workshop when they become available but it won’t be for a while.
  2. 9 points
    Is there anybody there? Is there anybody there? Keep your fingers on the glass!" said Madame Zaza. "You don't think for one minute my digit is leaving my beer glass sweet lady?" asked Maurice Mynah. "I've telled thee...spit it art yer thieving tyke!" yelled Griff wringing the last drop of beer from the gnat that had inadvertently landed in his pint. "It's no good!" wailed Doug. "It's like being in the mafia!" "I say! Steady on!" said Maxwellian in between sips of his Shirley Temple. "Well, it is!" Doug continued. "Like a National Park!" Jenny Morgan put in. "I beg to differ!" said BatraBill "hang on, what is?" "No, it's really like the mafia. Once you know secrets they'll never let you leave! Doug moaned. "What you mean...like the Masons all secret handshakes and rubber chickens?" asked Maurice Mynah. "I don't know what you mean!" said WildFuzz rolling his trouser leg down before resuming his seat quickly which produced a squeak. "No...being a boat builder. Once they find out you can fix things they never let you go!" "I don't want to rock the boat or anything chaps but who is this Madam Za-za?" asked Maxwellian. "She was supposed to bringing the cake trolley out when she tried to purloin my beer!" said Maurice Mynah trying to wrench his pint glass from the hands of the waitress without spilling a drop. "What? There's cake?" asked Doug forgetting his worries. "Any ice cream?" asked Dave. Well, that's bout number three of pneumonia this year over and done with. I feel like a three-day-old kitten...all claws and fuzz and liable to swing off various bits of curtaining and anatomy...but I'm back up again. They pulled out the fancy drugs this time but it seems to have worked. Give me over the weekend to get rested up and I'll be ready to rumble! I suppose not so much a rumble as a whining droney sound with a Lincolnshire/Yorkshire accent. Anyone miss me?
  3. 7 points
    As one who was there it was an excellently well lead workshop, only one obviously inadvertent mention of the dreaded BNP which was quickly amended to 'a member of the NP family'! Clearly a clear understanding of the likely objections should that term have been used. In that respect Dr Packman was not there, a very wise move in my opinion because, having looked around the hall, he would have been well short of support. High praise for Adrian, an excellent workshop, however, we shall have to wait and see what comes of it. Yes, we did ask for more moorings at mooring hot spots! All in all, potentially a valuable meeting, hopefully the first of many, let's hope that it is productive. Certainly a feather in Adrian's hat and potentially one in the Authority's, subject to outcome.
  4. 5 points
    Sorry but I was just about to write what Andrew has, those out on the rivers out of season are generally experienced and courteous, it's little safer to be side on a mooring when there are few boats about, when lots of boats are moored stern on they are effectively rafted together, a single boat sitting stern to alone is at high risk of being affected by the wind, even with a mudweight/anchor down. What you generally find though is that boats will happily move to stern on to accommodate if it gets busy but when it's quiet their there is nothing wrong with side on clearly as we have never been pestered by rangers or alike when doing so. Please not lets hear them and us comments too on visiting boats and those different boats enjoying the broads, the rivers and broads are for all and not just one.
  5. 5 points
    I believe that those people who decide to visit, cruise the rivers during the winter months, are experienced and considerate people. I cannot ever envisage a situation where they would create a situation where other people, other winter boaters would be disadvantaged by unreasonable behaviour. Andrew
  6. 4 points
    I think that big steel boat does make it look worse. It is one of what I call the winter itinerants. I remember it was there in February and I've seen it at other times too. There are a number of boats which 'come out of the woodwork' in winter usually huddled around the electric posts at various 24 hr moorings (which doesn't bother me because I don't use them). However I frequently moor side on at Ranworth, usually because I am the only boat there! Especially in December. You can get a feel for what's about, we frequently never see another boat moving all day in winter so you know there wont be much about. Also I would normally be just over the road in the Maltsters (unless I've walked up to the Ship) so would readily move if needed. Having said all that, I agree that one should not hog the moorings by mooring side on unless you can be reasonably certain that no one else is likely to need them! Ranworth is probably the most popular mooring on the Broads so I can understand the concerns. Its like everything else, its down to consideration and being reasonable.
  7. 3 points
    This was my view this morning,the building with the green top.Tower 42,in my day Nat West Tower. I worked there from 1980 to 1993.Also the cheese grater and the walky talky just seen also is the monument.London bridge.Out of sight to the right is the old Billingsgate.The other photo HMS Belfast Tower bridge and in the distance Canary Wharf. Over the years I have worked in many of the buildings on view. Ian.
  8. 3 points
    A regular for Judith and I was : set off from Broadsedge at Stalham and cruise to Boundary Farm moorings at Thurne Mouth. We would then do one of two circular walks and return to the boat to cook dinner. Dinner complete we would return to Broadsedge often on Nav Lights in Autumn. Once the boat was sorted, jump in the car, back home in 20mins. Confession......Also In the car would be all our dinner plates, pans etc to go in the dishwasher at home!
  9. 3 points
    A trouble shared etc, etc, etc. Here is mine in February this year off to David Mawby. I admit to the odd tear as I walked back from Richardsons to pick up my car. It was never going to work for me without Judith and this way it was a clean break and the memories are happy ones.
  10. 3 points
    Womack Staithe (after I saw the 'Please moor stern on' signs)
  11. 3 points
    This morning's sunrise at The Bridge Acle. And of course a good picture from last night. Nothing lost yesterday. Now off to Potter Heigham
  12. 3 points
    http://www.broads-authority.gov.uk/about-us/how-we-work/broads-engage/broads-engage-workshop
  13. 3 points
  14. 3 points
    Friday 10th October Blue skies welcomed me as I tweaked the bedroom curtain open. There was no wind and you would think the warnings were misplaced. I turned on the radio and the forecast was still the same. So I made a breakfast sandwich using up some of the remaining bacon and generally readied the boat for departure. I wished the couple in the next boat a pleasant holiday and arranged for one of the rangers to assist me by holding onto the bow rope to allow the tide to turn Goosander to face away from the bridges, before reversing out into the stream and on my way up river. I was on my way by 10am and thought as long as I keep mid-stream, any gusts of wind are not going to do me any harm. It’s a long old slog all the way to Horning in one go and there were hardly any boats on the river, probably heeding the weather alert. By now, the gusts of wind were punching the boat which made me think I was not going to enjoy coming into the mooring at Horning. By 2pm, I was turning into the dyke where Goosander lives taking a very slow cruise down knowing I would need to swing her around to get her into the mooring. Often, there is someone living on the boat behind Goosander’s mooring and I was pleased that on this occasion, they were not in residence. Anyway, I managed to come alongside without mishap and scrambled ashore as quickly as possible, grabbing the ropes to stop the wind from carrying the boat across the dyke. I made the ropes secure and noticed the amount of goose excrement on the walkway. Clearly, in Goosanders absence, every goose in Horning had decided to stake a claim. Two of the blighters we sitting comfortably watching me struggle. If it stayed there I would be walking it in the boat and it was slippy under foot so I used the nearby hose to wash the surface clean. Well most of it just splashed onto Goosander’s hull at first so then I had to wash the hull and the decks so by the time I had finished, I was soaking wet. Well, if I was wet, there was no way the geese were getting away with it so I chased them off the staging with my trusty colt 45 hose pipe. There were around 10 of them all squawking at me from the dyke and it took quite a few sprays before they decided this was a battle they were not going to win, and headed down the dyke to the open river making more noise than Status Quo at full pelt in a telephone box. After completing the task it was still only around 3pm so I decided to drive to Potter Heigham as I could not reach it by boat. I thought Lathams might have some of those PVC bench covers I saw earlier in the season which would be ideal to protect some garden furniture I have at home over the winter. Well, Lathams have most things but alas no bench covers. I wandered into Bridgestones and had a decedant peice of cake and a latte to make up for the wasted journey. By nightfall, the wind was shaking the leaves from the trees, though it has to be said, it was a warm wind. I decided to eat at the Ferry Inn this evening as it was much closer than the New Inn and I did not feel like a long walk in a battering wind. Upon entering, I could see there were no free tables, mostly because the room to the left of the carvery section had been dressed for someone’s wedding forcing everybody else into the remaining space. So I turned around and went back to the boat to make myself a meal from what I had left onboard. If I could remember what that was I would tell you but I am writing this some two weeks later and it’s gone right out of my mind. I had already started packing away certain items “ not wanted on voyage” and resigned to leave the rest until the morning. I had to be off Goosander by 11am. On your marks, get set..... Saw this at Ludham Bridge on the way to PH Lots of these about all week A couple of Goosander internal images
  15. 3 points
    Many thanks for all the comments and info on the film - lovely photos from Vaughan and Fred too! The second film from the same family has now been edited and uploaded to YouTube - theis is from 1972 and they appear to be on one of the Aston Mars class of cruisers, but I couldn't quite make out the registration number to be certain which of the class it was. Another interesting film, this time concentrating on the southern Broads. Carol
  16. 2 points
    I was going to say you haven't met us then Andrew but wait a minute, you have!! Seriously though there may be something in that. In the many years we've been out in winter I really can't recall having any problems with other boaters. Odd brush with a fisherman but even they are thinner on the ground and there's plenty of mooring space anyway. Of course there are fewer people out, I suppose statistically there will be less problems. But that is why we love it so much, particularly in December. Its utterly stress free. I take Neil's point about Loddon. Actually we do the same and moor stern on. Several reasons, habit and the rise and fall is greater. As we usually are on an Alphacraft of some description there is a large area of deck over the gas locker which is handy for Mrs Nog to step down on particularly when she's had a glass of sherry Also you don't know what is likely to come down the Chet. Its a sheltered spot so I don't bother with the mud weight particularly for a DTS. I take Alan's point too, I can't say I've actually seen that barge around in summer, so its not actually causing a problem as such. I'm still not going to argue with it though!
  17. 2 points
    Last time we were on Lightning in November, we were the only boat at Loddon staithe, but we still moored stern on. You never know when all of a sudden, several other boats turn up withing an hour or so.
  18. 2 points
    I think Chris B touched on this but living away and having a boat on the Broads, is very very different to living here and having a boat locally. You use it differently and indeed perhaps less! Bizarre isn't it but there is often a great temptation to bunk off home to have a sleep and somehow it seems more difficult to actually provision the boat to stay on it for a few days! So I tend to use it less to sleep on but on the other side of the coin, you can just nip out on a great evening or even a day at short notice or even on a whim if it's lovely! I think it is all about availability - when you live here you think nothing about doing all those things lots of us are busy with. But if you live away and you decide to go to the boat, then you clear other things away to make space. Here you perhaps prioritise these things over the boat - "Thinks - I must be stricter with myself and go away on the boat more often!! )
  19. 2 points
    I can understand how you felt seeing your boat on its way. Terrible feeling. Never ever thought I would get so attached to a boat and even now 3 years later I still think about ours. Keeping everything crossed for you and hope today brings good news regarding your property purchase. Heard on the Anglian news this morning that house prices in this area are dropping so I think your Vendors should grab your offer while it is on the table. Hope your next post will be something to be celebrated.
  20. 2 points
    Of all the places you could stay for a week why anyone would choose GY is unfathomable to me, especially on a top class hire boat. People are bizarre.
  21. 2 points
    Thursday 9th October It was just breaking light as I arose and knowing that I only had 45 minutes before I needed to be on my way, I opted for a toasted currant teacake for breakfast. Of course, because I was in a hurry, I could not get the grill to stay alight. In the end I resorted to holding each half of the teacake in tongs over one of the gas burners. Not ideal but it worked. So just time for a cup of tea and then I was off. Goosander was facing the wrong way but into the ebbing tide so a quick burst on the bow thrusters easily got me out into the stream so I could turn around. Optimum arrival time at Yarmouth was around 9 to 10am so I tried to pace the speed accordingly, thinking as I had done on the last holiday that if I arrive too soon the rangers at the Yacht Station may charge me twice – once to 10am and then for the following 24 hours. But then again, if I arrived too late to traverse the bridges, I would kick myself for having to turn around and go back all the way to Berney Arms. So I decided to slow my approach as the tide was adding speed to the trip. However, by the time I got to the start of Breydon, the tide was flowing in again wish it would make it’s mind up) and the height gauge was showing just 8 feet of headroom. So I decided now to put my foot down to get to the bridges before “access was denied”. Just before passing under Breydon Bridge, I called the Yacht Station and asked what the headroom was. The chap told me it was 7.1 feet – that’s how he put it but I guessed he meant 7 foot 3 inches. He told me not to dawdle and assured me I would get through OK. Within 5 minutes, I had hit the incoming flow of the Bure and doing my best to approach the bridges as slow as I could – just in case. One of the YS rangers came to meet me on his bike, checking the headroom and assuring me it was OK. So I passed under the first bridge noting around 3 inches clearance, then the next and with a huuuggge sigh of relief turned the boat around to moor into the stream, right alongside the electricity post, where the ranger was waiting for me. I had arrived smack on 9.30am and was NOT charged for two stay periods. The ranger told me when I called he could see there was a little over 7 feet clearance and as he knows the required headroom for this type of boat, and as he considered the bridge gauges to be a few inches out, our safe passage through was assured. They know their stuff and out of all the places you need to pay a mooring fee, this is the one I consider to be value for money! They tied my ropes for the night and over a settling cup of tea, I wondered what I would do with the day, being tied up so early in Yarmouth. I decided to have a walk along part of the perimeter of Breydon so I made my way past the train station, past the ASDA car park and stopped on a convenient bench to observe an egret in the shallows of the water. Everytime I got a little closer, it flew a few feet away but eventually plodded its way back to it’s “fishing pond”. I watched it for about 20 minutes, creeping further around the pathway to get closer but had to give that up when a group of people talking loudly rounded the corner before proceeding into ASDA. The egret also gave up and flew off. I have some nice images of it nevertheless. I needed a few items from ASDA too so on my way back I called in and arrived back at the boat around 2pm. It was a lovely day so I thought I would just stay on the boat watching the world go by. The next boat to Goosander, sharing the electric post, was a Commander from Richardsons. They are lovely boats and I told the skipper as much as I went by. We got talking and he showed me onboard. His crew consisted of his wife and himself and I asked how he coped mooring such a large boat. With the bow and stern thrusters, he could easily manage it. He had hired it a couple of occasions before and was a regular Richardsons customer. He always chooses one of the elite (or whatever Richardsons call them) cruisers paying anything up to £4,000 for two weeks in late June, together with a week in spring and a week in autumn. He is a regular at the YS and calls the rangers in advance, who then save the electricity post mooring for him, which he occupies for up to a week because he likes it there. It does no harm that his wife prepares bacon sandwiches each morning for the rangers. I told him it would be cheaper to stay in the Premier Inn across the river but he laughed that off. The YS was where he wanted to be. Come 7pm, I was on my way to the Kings Arms once more for my evening meal. It was very quiet in there. I ordered a lamb steak, which was a special for the night. Again, the food was really good. After that I returned to the boat to watch the final download of Killing Eve on my laptop. The weather forecast for the next day was a little concerning because the warm weather system we were experiencing was due to break down with strong winds and rain. Gusts of up to 45 mph were forecast from 11am. My plan for Friday originally was to stop of at Potter Heigham for lunch before returning Goosander to her home mooring in Horning for the evening. But the thought of trying to moor single handed in the cross winds of Potter did not appeal to me so I made my mind up to travel up to Horning in one trip come the morning. Sorry - no more drone shots now! Looking towards the Yacht Station from the road bridge at Yarmouth The Yacht Station (not a yacht in sight!) The Egret I asked him to stand up for this one Looking over Breydon bridge from the pathway alongside Breydon
  22. 2 points
    Wednesday 8th October. The sun was shining as I awoke and temperatures were actually on the up for the rest of the week so I had been lucky with the weather. By the end of the week, it actually passed 21c, though the breeze did get up as well but as it was a southerly, it did not detract from the temperatures. I needed some milk and wanted a newspaper and had heard that the Co-op supermarket was due to close. The Yacht Station chaps told me it was it’s last day today so I walked up to it and was pleased to be able to buy a paper and some milk. Shame it won’t be there next time. There Is a small provisions shop in the opposite direction half way between the Wherry Inn and the level crossing which sells milk etc, but alas not papers. Back onboard I set off for Reedham. I had intended to stop off at Somerleyton to break the journey but having moored there on the way down to meet the “Lads” I decided to go directly to Reedham, which is another favourite mooring spot. I passed under Reedham Swing Bridge around 2pm and wondered if I would find a mooring space. I noticed that the far end, towards Sandersons was free and as I could see an electric post I could use, I headed on down to the far end. Approaching I could see why it was free. The river had overtopped the moorings and was lapping a few inches below the base of the electric post. Now I am no electrician but even I could reason that I would get more than my monies worth if I tried to plug in to that supply. Fortunately there were another couple of suitable spots where I would not get my feet wet so I chose one and came alongside. It was a warm sunny afternoon so I opened one half of the canopy allowing the other half to act as a wind break and just sat and watched the comings and goings for a while. Tomorrow, I would be heading for Yarmouth again and it struck me that I may have trouble with high water time again, which was moving towards the middle of the day by now so I called the Yacht Station asking for advice on the latest time I could leave Reedham in the morning and still get under the bridges. The advice was to leave no later than 7.30am or I would end up not getting under the bridges until late afternoon. That was going to mean an early start! Later I fancied a walk so I walked up the middle hill and called at the shop for a newspaper and a Magnum. Wow! Lesson learned. The Magnum was £2. I can get 4 of them for that price in ASDA or Morrisons at home. With my ice-cream lolly in my hand, I decided to walk up to the Ferry Inn, partly to see whether the riverside path had been re-opened (it has not). Then it was back to the boat for a rest before an evening meal at the Ship Inn. We always liked the food at the Ship Inn under the last managers, especially the Steak Pie so on entering I looked down the menu for it. It was not there but the specials board did promise a Steak and Ale Pie so I went for that. It was not the same but was still to be commended. After a read of my paper over a pint, I retired back to Goosander for the night. I set the alarm for 6.45am and retired. Oulton Broad drone images Reedham Just liked this - on the way to the Ferry inn
  23. 2 points
    Monday 8th October The sun was shining through the curtains as the alarm went off, which was a good sign I would be able to launch the drone again. First, down to breakfast. Having had the trad breakfast thing yesterday, and as I wanted to set off for Yarmouth around 9am, I opted for Hawaiian Granola. It’s made by Mornflake and is my favourite cereal. It tastes so good I am sure it must contain lots of sugar and other bad for me ingredients. But I have not checked the side of the packet, and if I have not checked the side of the packet, then I can live in blissful ignorance. So the best place to launch the drone was just outside the now disused shop. My heart is always in my mouth when I fly it as I have read many other stories of drone flyers where, like the Charlie Drake song about a boomerang – they don’t always come back. So a quick circuit either side of the bridge was completed and “though I am not allowed to tell you how many aircraft took off, I counted them all out and I counted them all back again”. Sorry, that will only make sense to those who remember the Falklands war. The tide was rising and had been pretty high the previous night so it was important I set off around 9am just in case I needed to pass under the bridges at Yarmouth to turn around before mooring. I have mentioned before that I like mooring at Yarmouth. It’s a little adventurous with the tides and the large rise and fall, and the sight of the odd fishing boat makes it feel like a departure from the norm of the Broads. But this would be the first time aboard Goosander, of which I own just one twelfth (I always point it out as the bit at the front if anyone asks), so I need to take care not just for me but for others too. I called the Yacht Station on approaching the old Marina building, asking for assistance with mooring as I am single handed. They told me I would need to turn before the bridges as there was not enough clearance and asked which boat I was on. The chances of them recalling what the shape and height a private boat called Goosander was, I surmised was nil. So having thought of this problem in advance, I told them it was similar to Swan Reflection so they could look out for me. On approaching the moorings, I could see that there was actually 8 foot of clearance – Goosander needs 7 foot. Still there was no need to pass under the bridges as the tide was ebbing at a slow rate and with ease, I turned into the current and came alongside just next to the electric post. All tied up and secure for the night, I put the kettle on for a calming cuppa. Suitably calmed, I decided to hook up to the electric post. At first the lead would not reach but with a little bit of manoeuvring assistance from one of the rangers, we were in the optimal position. The ranger chap joked that he had only performed his mooring duties five times that morning and three of those were for my boat! Off I went for the walk into town. It was a lovely sunny day so after the regulation Yarmouth chips and a coffee at McDonalds, I decided I would walk along the seafront as far as the Wellington Pier then cut through the streets until I collided with the riverside as I had not visited the port area for years. It was a long walk but I did manage to get close to the river and view a few ships which were in port. By around 4pm, I was back on board, feet aching and ready for a spot of relaxation. As it was close to low tide, quite a few hire craft were passing through, which made it interesting. My evening meal was at the Kings Arms, which I had visited earlier in the year and liked. I had the cottage pie, which I can heartily recommend and stayed for around 90 minutes before returning to the boat. It was getting cooler in the evenings so the electric hook up was most welcome. I had brought a small fan heater and I discovered a free standing oil heater in one of the cupboards, both of which were employed that evening. Watched part two of Killing Eve. I was already hooked from the first episode. She (the assassin) is such a blend of opposing qualities. She is pretty, feminine and has a lovely smile but is ruthless, unfeeling and ready to put a knife in your back soon as look at you. I have parts three and four downloaded to watch on subsequent nights. The docks at Yarmouth Yarmouth Yacht Station Bridgecraft from the air Broads Boating Company premises in the background Sure nobody needs telling this is the Bridge Inn at Acle The view up river from at Acle
  24. 2 points
    Sunday 7th October It was Sunday so a cooked breakfast was warranted. Goosander does not have a microwave which made the procedure a little more challenging as it means everything has to be cooked on the small 4 ring hob. In practice, once you place the frying pan, you only really have one ring spare. So the egg was fried first then placed between two plates which had to be warmed first using hot water. Then the sausage, bacon and beans were cooked. Somehow it all came together and as we all know a fry-up on the water always tastes better than at home. The wind was still so I decided to get the drone out for some better images than I managed to get earlier in the summer. This was the first of four launches, the others being Acle, St Olaves and Oulton Broad. All went successfully. Now it was time to set sail for unknown lands and legends – alright Ludham Bridge. Not being used to electric hook-ups, I worried that I would slip the moorings, forgetting the cable was still attached and proceed down the dyke with the electric pillar floating behind me. So I made a laminated sign reminding me to stow the cable, and hung it around the throttle lever. The sight of bright orange cable right next to the mooring ropes was probably another reminder but I was not taking any chances. Anyway, the adventure began as I left the dyke and cruised on down the Bure. The wind and rain of yesterday had passed and the sun was shining. In what seemed like no time at all, I was proceeding up the River Ant wondering if I would get a mooring the other side of the bridge. October is noticeably quieter than June and I had a choice of mooring locations so chose the left bank in what was the first available space after the bridge. This first mooring was OK but could have been better. You really have to turn the wheel a great distance to register a change of direction and as such Goosander met the bank a little more forcefully than I would have liked. No harm done though. Ludham Bridge is a favourite mooring for me as I like all the comings and goings at the bridge. I noticed a hire cruiser hovering near to an adjacent space but not committing and then passing under the bridge. A few minutes later, he was back and heading at 90 degrees for the space. I stepped out and helped them alongside. Mrs helm told me they were desperate to moor at Ludham Bridge as they were meeting their sons but did not fancy the manoeuvre being fresh out of Richardsons the day before. I spent a couple of hours there before retracing me steps back under the bridge and onto the Bure once more. I wanted to be in Yarmouth tomorrow so I thought an overnight in Acle would be just the job. As I approached I could see that there was just one space left on the left bank before the bridge. Not wanting to pay £10 for the privilege of tying up outside either Pedros or the Bridge Inn, I made a sweeping turn and came alongside the last space perfectly. That did a lot for my confidence in piloting this “new to me“ boat. I planned to eat at the Bridge Inn and remembered the last time I was there, also on a Sunday in June, I was lucky to get a table so I called in to book for 7pm. I need not have bothered as the restaurant had just 3 tables occupied as I entered. I had the Steak and Ale pie, which was good. No room for dessert! Then it was back to the boat to watch the first episode of Killing Eve, which I had downloaded to my laptop before I came away, and then to bed. Ludham Bridge Goosander at Ludham Bridge Some would say - a rose between two thorns Next three are all drone shots of the Ferry Inn area of Horning
  25. 1 point
    Saturday 6th October After a pretty uneventful journey down from Leeds, I arrived in Horning around 12.15pm. I am a Leeds United fan and my team was on Sky at 12.30pm so instead of heading for the boat, I made straight for the New Inn to see if they were screening the game. The lady barmaid told me that none of the pubs in Horning screened Sky Sports so I climbed back in the driver’s seat and ten minutes later was in Roys car park – the one next to the DIY department. A remember seeing televised games in the Kings Head in the past so this was my target. Sure enough LUFC v Brentford was on the screen so I settled down with a drink to watch. At half time I ordered the steak sandwich, salad and chips from the menu which did not disappoint. I just wish they had used a baguette rather than bread slices as they tend to get soggy with the contents. By 2.20pm the match was over and as not everyone is a football fan, I will suffice to say – we were robbed! So after a little shopping in Roys supermarket, I returned to the car and drove on to meet Goosander, a syndicate boat, for a more intimate look than the 15 minute speed date I had with her back in June. She is moored at Boulters in Horning and as the weather was not good, squally winds and rain, I decided I would stay put for the night. So Goosander and I got to know each other over that first night. As is usual on a new boat, you cannot find anything. It did not help that I was stowing things away in cupboards and then not being able to find them again. I knew I had brought it – just could not remember where I put it! Goosander had a multitude of cupboards and drawers so as I was searching for things I had stowed, I was coming across all manner of treasures. One such cupboard houses a stack of DVD’s for my listening pleasure, some films, books to read, a sewing kit, fly swats, fly spray and a first aid kit. Other cupboards did not disappoint but more on those later. It really did seems as though someone had thought of all these things before and had left them on the boat for all to use. I knew that the New Inn had a band on this evening so I walked down and spent a couple of hours being entertained by a folk trio. By 10pm I was heading back, in pitch black darkness at times, so the trusty torch was a necessity. On it’s home mooring, Goosander is hooked up to an electricity supply and what better way to keep warm in the squally weather than to plug in the oil filled electric radiator which I found in another cupboard just in-front of the helm. I read for a while then retired. Tomorrow was going to see mine and Goosander’s maiden voyage together. Wroxham from the Bridge And again This view of Pulls Ferry was taken 3 weeks earlier on the occasion of Goosanders Annual Meeting but thought I would include it here as I like it!
  26. 1 point
    Just been for an afternoon walk around Ranworth on my day off and noticed 2 boats side on right on the front. Now I know it’s winter season but there are still quite a few boats around the hotspot areas in November. So when is a stern only mooring not that any more ? John ‘
  27. 1 point
    Who poked the sleeping bear Glad you are feeling better, Chairman Moa, Oh Great Leader.
  28. 1 point
    leave the poor kitten alone, I'll have the cats protection on you - worse than that I will send my little pickle up to lick your nose off. aside from that, where you bin you old codger, its about time you showed your face - Pneumonia Pah, next thing you'll be telling me you are wearing a coat.
  29. 1 point
    Hopefully Bridgecraft again, Neil, very helpful folk, watch this space!!!
  30. 1 point
    Hi Howard, which yard will you be with this year, still Bridgecraft?. We`re on Lightning in just over a week, and it would have been nice to have met up, but i believe you`re there again in December?. Never mind, one day, i`m sure, or at least i hope we will eventually meet up.
  31. 1 point
    Posted 2 minutes ago I was going to say you haven't met us then Andrew but wait a minute, you have!! Indeed. I remember. A wonderful pint in the Malsters at Ranworth. I was dragged away under duress by the enemy. She who knows me so well. A session in the making, sadly not to be. Please keep me in the loop when you are next in the parish so that I may create a diversion. Andrew.
  32. 1 point
    i actually have a box full of thin plastic cut to size for the boat numbers, and i can do your numbers too in vinyl, all for £2 each collected & P&P would be £3 in the mainland UK forgot i had them actually....
  33. 1 point
    Not quite finished yet. There were a few trials on the day of leaving
  34. 1 point
    Couldn’t have put it better myself MM. Living in the area and especially still working we have defiantly used our boat less this couple of years. In fact we haven’t managed a full week this year, but have been on a good few weekends and evenings out to the pub. John
  35. 1 point
    I know that the day will come when either my Lynn or myself will have to make a decision as to what to do with our aging boat. We do have children & grandchildren & it would great to think that they would wish to take her on but she's now forty years old and not easily divisible between four families. She's also something of an idiosyncratic boat at the best of times and more so following my various 'improvements'. I rather think that you, Chris, made the right decision.
  36. 1 point
    I admit it, I went there with the avowed intention of confronting Dr Packman should he almost inevitably have used, and probably repeatedly, the BNP title. Not just that, the Acle Debacle too would have aroused me and, I suspect several other MOGs. Indeed, in conversation with others, after the workshop, it soon became abundantly clear that I was not the only one intent on mischief. One quite elderly, Miss Marple look alike, told me that had JP mentioned the BNP then she would have gone for his jugular! It was not a marketing event, it was a workshop. Of the sixty or seventy participants I wonder just how many were actually there in order to confront JP? My guess is that those in authority were acutely aware of that probability hence both his absence and the very obvious lack of BNP propaganda or the mention of the BNP from the front of the hall. It could have so easily dissolved into a shambles, great credit to those involved in the organisation of the event that it didn't. Very clearly the disquiet of the hoards is finally being recognized by the upper management, we must be getting through to him! I did feel for one well meaning Authority member though. Quite innocently mentioning the BNP, the naughty, naughty person! Bearing in mind that he was sat at a table with seven others, almost as one six of those individuals expressed horror! That particular Authority member was later taken to one side and had the BNP issues, and several others, explained in some detail. Nothing was planned nor orchestrated, it just happened that way. Just to put your minds at rest several people, not just me, had our says on that matter, and other JP related issues. All praise to all those who were involved, and that includes the attendees. It will be interesting to see how many of them return to subsequent meetings.
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  38. 1 point
    Be sure to say hello to Bob aka 'Flying Banana' on the 75&ZT owners club stand if you're up at the NEC. That will confuse him https://the75andztclub.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?t=287670
  39. 1 point
    Hi Mr Nog. We have everything that has been sent to both email addys so far. I will sort out what is what as soon as I am home Friday (currently transporting cars up to the NEC hence the 3am reply from the M40! Cheers
  40. 1 point
    Upped our offer today as our original one was declined , it's not too far away from the asking price and what the estate agents have said the vendors are hoping for, so pretty confident that it will be accepted, our little boat has been sold and has been trailered away today, never thought that would be so hard to watch , gonna miss it more than I thought..
  41. 1 point
    We were at Ranworth yesterday and at one point were the only boat on the main staithe. Plenty of room side on for people who can't normally moor there due to protruding stern gear or outboard motors. Not a bad day weather-wise either.
  42. 1 point
    At this time of year midweek is quiet. There are a few more boats about at the weekend. Last night there was 3 boats at Womack water (1 side moored) but not us. Tonight we are on the staithe at Horning and there is 1 other boat. I can only recall seeing 1 boat moving on the river today although we saw a few yesterday including quite a few Herbert Woods boats. It would be very annoying if you went to Ranworth and couldn't get moored because of boats side moored. That big boat in the photo must be taking up at least 5 stern on moorings.
  43. 1 point
    As said before it is what you make it. If you are the type of person who has to visit the ' kids' everyday and cannot live with visiting relatives 24/7 then stay put because it would not be right for you. We moved up here initially to be near to the boat and ended up being about an hour away from it , so as mentioned we always felt that we were going away when we went on the boat. However , as time went on we moved the boat down to the Southern Broads and were only 10 mins away from the boat. It had its advantages, if there was flooding or any problems at the marina then a quick trip down the road was all it took. Yes to be honest I have toyed with the idea if anything (God forbid) happened to hubby it would be good to move to say a McCarthy and Stone retirement flat in the South East of England but before that happens I think ERNIE will have to come up. Would I be happy stuck in a retirement flat with no garden etc, I dont think so. Norfolk and Suffolk have the same large Industrial Estates as elsewhere so there is no difference there. Norwich has all the West End shops. You have beautiful coasts and beautiful rivers. What is there not to like.
  44. 1 point
    You can see them posing, sorry sat on top of their cruiser in image No2. Actually, they were very nice people just enjoying the sundeck that they have paid considerably for. I could not work it out either. If you love GY so much why not just book a hotel near the sea. My estimation was that they like the "pseudo sea life" watching the comings and goings, the strong tidal flows etc at the Yacht Station.
  45. 1 point
    Each to their own of course but it does make you wonder! Must have deep pockets too!!!
  46. 1 point
    Tuesday 7th October Another early start as the tides are rising. I had envisaged a bacon sandwich and a cup of tea before setting off but a conversation with one of the rangers saved a few extra millilitres of Cholesterol from slushing around my veins. The height board was showing 7ft 9inches so I asked him how long I would have before it rose enough to block my passage and was told to go now! So I quickly packed up, detached the shore power cable and all but two of the ropes. The ranger let the tide swing the boat around to face the bridge and then I was away. Breydon was quiet with no passing boats and at an average speed of around 8mph I soon arrived at Burgh Castle where I decided I would stop for breakfast. By this time the flow was slowing right down so as the 24 hour free moorings were closed, I came alongside at the Fishermans moorings. It seemed wild , almost on the edge of civilisation. The arrival of a famous dark blue police telephone box would not have looked out of place. It was chilly so I went back onboard to make myself another cereal breakfast as the taste for bacon had passed. After about 30 minutes I was back on my way for a stop at St Olaves. People often talk about the barren country between Stracey Arms and Yarmouth but the stretch between Burgh Castle and St Olaves can easily rival that. Not much to see then until the sight of the crane’s jib which pierces the sky just before happening upon St Olaves. That crane always intrigues me as it was obviously just left where it stands to rot. It looks to be in an area surrounded by reeds now so is lost to any sort of recovery. Later I will fly the drone over the area to get an impression of the boatyards that used to line the river at this point. There is just one small cabin cruiser at the free 24 hour moorings so I have lots of space to moor up towards the end facing the bridge. My plan is to stay here for lunch then move on to Oulton Broad for the night. As it’s so quiet, I decided to launch the drone before any other boats arrive. The flight is good but it’s a little breezy so although I headed for the crane area, I didn’t get as close to it as I would have liked. Still, the images are pretty revealing as you will see below. I have always liked these moorings and can remember many overnight stays where the sun sets in the direction I have just come from. With the fast flowing (at times) river beneath you, it really takes you back to how it must have felt before the arrival of the hire industry. After lunch I decided to use the drone again, this time from outside the Bell Inn to view the other side of the bridge. All went well until I realised on the way back to Goosander that I had not replaced the SD card in the drone after transferring the earlier images to my laptop. STUPID BOY! So back out to do the same flight with an SD card this time. I thought I am just asking for trouble here and something will go wrong, but it passed without event. It had been necessary to turn Goosander to moor against the tide when I arrived but by now, the tide had turned and with the aid of the front rope, I allowed the stern to swing around so I was once more heading into the stream. Then I was off towards Oulton Broad. Enroute, at Somerleyton I saw what was obviously the Lads Week flotilla moored up so having never met any of them before, I decided to moor up and present myself! I recognised Charlie so approached him first. He made me very welcome, introduced me to the crews – too many names to remember but I recognised the Wizzard from an earlier photograph, Robin who was busy playing Battleships and I spoke with Grendel whilst viewing the micro version of Broad Ambition, before inspecting it’s bigger brother. Thanks Charlie for your hospitality. All four of their boats then departed in one direction, which was my cue to depart in the other. Occupants of the only other boat on the moorings shouted to me as I left “was it something we said?” I finally entered Oulton Broad around 3pm and was in a quandary as to whether to moor outside the Wherry with it’s better view or at the Yacht Station with it’s security. As there were no other boats outside the Wherry, I opted for the Yacht Station. I try to avoid moorings where you are packed in like sardines so as I rounded the outer pier I was pleased to see I could moor stern on close to but not on the floating jetty. That meant nobody would try to moor that side and the other side was a decent six feet from the next boat, plus I could still see out through the entrance to the Broad. All settled, I walked to the Wherry for my evening meal. It was of course the carvery for me. I even went for the two course option to include a dessert. I was properly stuffed by the time I returned. I noticed that the sun was setting over the Oulton Dyke end of the Broad and that this would be a good time to fly the drone as if I left it until the morning, the sun would be shining right at me. So I took up a position in Nicholas Everitt Park, close to the Broad and got the pictures you see below. After that I returned and stayed on the boat for the rest of the evening. Time to catch up with Killing Eve and some other programmes I had previously downloaded to my laptop. NOTE: The Oulton Broad drone images will be in tomorrow’s installment as there are enough photos already for today. St Olaves looking away from the bridge The bridge Still St Olaves but from the other side of the bridge The derelict boatyard area I was talking about. The crane can just be seen in the distance. If you enlarge the image by clicking on it then clicking the plus sign on the curser, you can see many abandoned hulls and boat tops. Oulton Broad His and hers? Seen better days
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