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  1. 8 points
    Hi everyone, sorry I've not posted for ages! I've been keeping my eye in though and do keep the NBN facebook group aprised of my broadsy wanderings and (fallings in recently) as and when, however for last couple of weeks I've spent a couple of evenings making some beer for Lads Week, and I thought you might appreciate some pictures! It got a bit bigger than I originally expected, when I mentioned I wanted to do a brew to a mate that is into his beer and uses "brew club" facilities whereby you can rent the equipment and space for a pretty decent sum to make some beer. So I decided to give it a go, and asked him to help me, during our discussions he mentioned that he'd spotted "wild" some hops growing by a railway line In Walthamstow Marshes. I've since discovered it probably seeded it's self there from hops that fell out of trains heading to the the Truman's Brewery in Hackney. I booked a spot in the "brew club" and we went and harvested the hops. 2 hours of , cooking??? Hopping... and other words, I can't remember followed by 2 weeks and fermentation and then some bottling and labeling tonight we've got about 60ish pints of Broad Ambition The Beer! CHEERS!
  2. 7 points
    Day 9 Wednesday 18th We awoke to another lovely day, tea made and the morning duties done, I cast off and we headed for Horning to see if we could finally get on that elusive staithe. Alas yet again it was full so we carried on down to Wroxham, to do some shopping and have lunch at The Wroxham, well they did not disappoint, it was truly delicious. We headed back slowly towards Fleet Dyke checking for a place to moor for the night, Cockshoot was busy, St Benedict’s was full and Fleet Dyke’s wild mooring were full, as were all the wild moorings in between. We headed back towards Salhouse and decided to moor in Horning opposite the Ferry Inn. With the boat secured I did a bit of fishing, which was going well until an otter came and visited me, beautiful, first a nose, then it popped its head out looked at me and it was back under the water. The bites stopped, so it was time to pack up and have some snacks and drinks and watch a bit of television. Two cars and a bunch of bikes visited the staithe on three separate occasions and a boat stopped briefly to drop off visitors, other than that we were on our own, a nice place to spend the night, so another day was over and it was time for bed again.
  3. 7 points
    The usual medieval bridge foundation construction consisted of a considerable amount of wooden piling driven into the clay in a pattern of wide concentric circles. The pilings would be connected by joists and the whole structure would then be packed tight with local stones or gravel. This would then be planked with oak or elm before the stone piers and abutments were constructed on top of this structure. I've excavated three medieval bridges, and as Mark says about Rochester, the pilings and foundations are 'monumental' in the true sense of the word. Potter Heigham, or Repps, Bridge is a bit of a belt and braces affair due to the episodes of construction, demolition and restoration of the current structure over it's 751 years of its current iteration. Looking at the cut-waters on the side arches you will notice that they are each of different construction. The side arches themselves I would put an earlier date of 13th century rather than than the 14th of the scheduling. I would surmise that reworking of the piers and abutments of the side arches was carried out in the 15th century when the 'pointed' central span was replaced with the current circular arch. Casting a wider eye over the approaches to the bridge and the projection of the springing line, with little variation in extrados and intrados of the central span would back this. There is 'movement' in the bridge structure, but this is to splay horizontally and not vertically. This is evidenced, as Alan pointed out, in both the spandrels, the discovery of the original parapet on the river bed, the 18th century replacement parapet and the addition of cantilever buttresses at the same time. This is the 'belt and braces' I was referring to. Medieval architecture has as much to do with form as it does structure. For example, many of our cathedrals are built on foundations of little more than a few inches of compacted chalk and gravel and a thousand years later they are still there.
  4. 4 points
    What language does he speak?
  5. 4 points
    Sydney is all packed and ready to go.
  6. 3 points
    And for my next offering..... I did make it over on the 28th but I must confess to a bit of "cheating". I stayed at the Travelodge, Acle for Friday night as I travelled after work, arrived at around 21.45, and didn't relish the idea of f*rting around with the cover, water etc. So starting nice and fresh Saturday morning I managed to get my newly made diesel tank mountings fibreglassed in, plus some extra to reinforce rotting bulkheads. Progress indeed. Once the diesel tank is secure in it's proper position (remember it dropped a bit during transport from Glasgow?), I can nip round to get the poo tank emptied before changing the pipes. Strange, the lack of volunteers coming forward to help with that one??? I also fitted a new swivelling mixer tap in the heads sink. I now have the "old" one which isn't that old, and a couple of new gold taps going spare, free to a good forum home. Floyd
  7. 2 points
    Barking, Essex. It's like Estuary Essex, but with even fewer consonants
  8. 2 points
    We had him DNA tested he is Schnauzer, poodle, bichon frise, chihuahua and pomeranian.
  9. 2 points
    Now that’s what I call a belt and braces explanation! Thank you Timbo, I shall never look at PH bridge in the same way again - it deserves much more respect. (And to be left as it is!)
  10. 2 points
    Wow, respect! Well done. Anyone can drink beer but it takes great skill to make it. Just wish I could try it! Send that picture of a hop to John Smiths, they might be interested to see what these strange things look like.
  11. 2 points
    Its just after 05:00, so I'm up and around before heading for our show at 06:00, our doors open at 07:00 for the traders and exhibitors to get in,. Apart from our club members helping them in, we have different jobs to do, me I've got PAT testing on any electrics with an out of date sticker. Others will put up our signs down the road, put banners out, laying out the admissions area, and the Aylsham ladies will be cooking up bacon butties plus tea and coffee for everyone. The doors open at 10:00, we have an old bus running between the Bure Valley Railway car park and the hall for free. At 16:00 we then have 3 hours , to get everyone out, clean the floors , and put 100+ chairs and a stage back in place for the Sunday morning church service.
  12. 1 point
    The day went well, we seemed to have a good attendance, but won't have the full figures till next week. I got home around 19:00, this was because I had a trailer load of trestle tables to deliver back to the club so left the hall earlier, while others were hoovering the hall before relaying 100+chairs + stage for tomorrow's church services. I'm not involved with layout selection, but I think we had a good range of layouts this year. It's always difficult getting the balance of layouts right from what is available and what we can afford. Layout owners do not charge for their time or the layout, but shows cover their costs. So bringing in a multi-operator layout from a long way can get expensive with van hire, hotel rooms, and meals to pay for. . The only incident we had was our own chairman while operating our layout of the year, tripping over a chair and hitting the floor rather hard. He's bruised but OK. The church hall rebuild is delayed and only some external work will be done for next year so... Next week we'll have a debrief then they'll start on the 2020 show, although some layouts are already booked for our show same place, October 3rd 2020. Before then we'll have another open day on I think May's second bank holiday Sunday 2020.
  13. 1 point
    Make sure the dehumidifier operates with a timer, some makes don't restart if they are turned off with a timer. Ideally they are best run between 10am and 5pm as that is the warmest time, usually.
  14. 1 point
    If the beer proves a success, are we going to see a bottle of it slammed into the side of BA with some ribbon and a note of " God bless those that sail on her and get drunk on this bloomin stuff".
  15. 1 point
    If you have Wi-fi at the mooring I can recommend using a Sonoff to control the dehumidifier. I'll be fitting another one to control the bilge heaters for this Winter.
  16. 1 point
    Looking for a Hampton or a bounty 28 (bounty 28s seem like rocking horse - poo- - - - ) so it looks like a Hampton, prefer a mk3 but these seem like bounty 28s, so looks like I will have to settle for a mk 2 Hampton. Being a retired joiner I would prefer one to refurbish, but I would also consider one in immaculate condition. When viewing these boats what should I be looking for. Does any one no of a Hampton requiring a refurb. There is mk2 Hampton, "Jobs a Gooden" for sale at Wroxham, does any one no this boat ( agents bring a bit vague with my questions.)any help or advise however small greatly received. thank you Paul Jackson .
  17. 1 point
    I've literally just finished a week on Serenade today and I had really been looking forward to it, but regret it now. I have to be open about something first, I'm carrying far too much excess baggage. So sometimes things can be a tight squeeze. Positives: the induction hob is great. We didn't use the microwave as we ate out most of the time. The galley was well stocked with equipment if you want to self cater and enough room for preparation etc. I had to squeeze a bit to get through the rear bathroom but once in there was enough room even for a hippo like me to have a shower. The toilet seat was fine as well. We had a boat in the past where I described the toilet as trying to sit on a polo mint. The mirror however was pointless as you have to crane your neck to use it. The double bed was ok but could have been deeper and softer. With exits both sides I was able to get out without clambering over her. I actually found the bench in the centre cabin more comfortable but we were only given bedding for the declared manifest so I couldn't sleep in there anyway. The heating worked very well. We had problems on our previous boat. Plenty of cupboard space although I always manage to live out of a small suitcase anyway. The stern exit is good. I did manage to get it wrong at Womac Staithe at Ludham and stepped on the very wet and greasy wooden sleeper that forms part of the dock. I lost my footing and ended up with one leg in the water and the rest of me face down in the gravel. They need to put some sort of grip surface on those timbers. The engine is very quiet. If I haven't mentioned it then the rest of the boat was ok apart from ... Negatives: As I mentioned above I'm no slim jim but I wasn't able to get in to the forward cabin. I don't think the door could ever open 90 degrees because of the layout. However that is then reduced by a piece of timber that forms part of the door catch so a few more degrees are lost. Then you have the door catch itself that reduces the opening by a few more degrees. Finally there are the door handles. The gap between the left hand of the door frame and the handle is only 375 mm. This is significantly less than the door frame width. I measured the width of the frame and rear cabin shower frame door and I was able to get in to that. Fortunately our guest, the wifes brother, is 9 stone wet through so he had no issues. The opening could be widened if they used different handles and put the door catch on the top of the cupboard that the door opens up to. The step up to the driving seat is about 560mm, or two inches shy of two feet. With no grab handles to help haul yourself up this is too high if you have mobility issues(see slipping at Womac). Fortunately I had brought along a footstool for my wife to rest her foot on. She never got to use it as I commandeered it. Our grown up kids also came on board during the week and two of the son in laws agreed it was too high. The one who is 6' 4" was not bothered by it. Once you are up on the seat the view is dreadful. I couldn't see the brow of the boat. You have to open the sliding roof to see the edge of the boat. When you have people in small fishing dinghys they disappear out of view when you get closer to them. Driving the boat into boatyards is a nightmare. I had to open the roof and put the seat down so I could stand and see what I was about to hit. It rained this week and the front screen misted up. Everyone struggled to get to windscreen to wipe it clear. Vents or a mini fan are needed here To summarise to live aboard this is a very comfortable and well equipped boat. To drive it is awful and I will going for something that either has the wheel at the front or something with a second driving seat up top next time. Finally, I brought our kids and grandchildren up to the broads this week and put them in the sail loft apartments. These are brilliant for the price. With the free day boat they are hard to beat.
  18. 1 point
    12.30 pm and it is Low Water at Potter Bridge and the gauge is reading 5' 9". The river is still ebbing, but, unless the tide is late, within the next half hour or so I would expect to see the gauge reading 5' 6" At HW it will probably be reading 5' 5" - two inches lower than at HW yesterday.
  19. 1 point
    Don't forget The further you are away from the sea the less effect it has that's why Wroxham has little difference in tide height than does Reedham
  20. 1 point
    I wonder if the sluice gates above Coltishall have been opened?? Having said that, there is not a lot of variation between 9am and now along the Thurne. I do think Cal will be ok though, the number of ‘large’ boats from different boatyards on the Ant Thursday and yesterday must mean they’re getting through ok.
  21. 1 point
    Thnks Mr N. It's got a week of bottle conditioning before we try it! 🤞 let's hope it tastes alright!
  22. 1 point
    Some riverbank that was under water at Womack yesterday evening at high water was not under at high this morning, maybe it hasn’t filtered up to Wroxham yet. I shall remain optimistic! 😁
  23. 1 point
    It appears to me that river levels have dropped considerably overnight. Here’s hoping they are now going to get back to ‘normal’.
  24. 1 point
  25. 1 point
    I appear to have dropped my aitch! ☺
  26. 1 point
    Cracking - Just what can We say? - We're not worthy Griff
  27. 1 point
    By the way, a good friend ran aground on Breydon at low tide as he approached Breydon bridge heading towards Yarmouth. It was during the low tides middle of last month and he was on a wooden broads cruiser (not a yacht). I believe it has been mentioned to the BA but it seems that there may be a build up on the corner between the dolphin and the starboard span as you head east. His boat bogged down noticeably but had enough momentum to push through.
  28. 1 point
    That could well help if it is available, it may also help if rather than concentrating on the bridge construction we also take into account that while not quite so obvious the average clearance at Wroxham has also reduced over time, as I don't have the necessary knowledge I ask again is anyone aware of similar changes to the Yarmouth or Southern bridges or the Breydon mudflats? if there hasn't been that in itself indicates a problem with water levels on the Bure being held back. Fred
  29. 1 point
    It ain't just the Bure Hump - Its the whole lower Bure, especially the corners and from Marina Keys down to the yellow post. If I get time this evening I'll post up 'My' evidence / reasoning yet again (MrsG due home today for seven whole days - first time she will have been at home since 28th Aug and I hope to be otherwise 'Engaged' ) Griff
  30. 1 point
    "something else" as the cause, Sigh - Really? Do we really have to explain it yet again? Increased river levels are down to the lack of dredging on the lower Bure and the 'Hump' or bottleneck in particular. IF (HUGE 'IF') the lower Bure were to be dredged properly as it used to be all year round, especially on the bends / corners right through to the yellow post, then the clearance would drop at PHB no problem. However - That would also show up the many square miles of silting all over the Northerns that the Ba has allowed to happen over the last 30 odd years and drop them right in the mire. It's a problem of their own making Griff
  31. 1 point
    surely something like that would have been reported in the survey, it was after all only someones opinion that they though it might have sunk on one side, it could of course easily been an optical illusion caused by the angle of viewpoint. It is very easy to just pick and choose the bits of a post that we would like to believe, but we have now seen the sea levels data and the bridge survey, so if the bridge isnt sinking, and the sea hasnt risen as much as the clearance has dropped, that just leaves "something else" as the cause, once the known causes have been deducted. as for one side sinking, the picture in the report does show one arch lower than the other, but then again so does this one from 1926, clearly the herbert woods side arch is lower than the other, and yes there does appear to be more clearance in 1926 than 2011, but then sea level in 1926 was some 75mm below average UK MSL whereas in 2011, it was 100mm above UK MSL, a difference 0f 175mm.
  32. 1 point
    This is exactly what I noticed when I hired a Swancraft boat just like the one in your photo. After a lifetime in the business I naturally notice this sort of thing when I am on board. I must say say though, that Swancraft's was the most draft free and best fitting canopy I have ever encountered!
  33. 1 point
    Yippee! Good news for Cal and I don't need to drink that stuff! As I mentioned earlier I've got pretty good experience of hiring various boats from Swancraft especially in winter. I can honestly say draughts were never an issue, so it does make me wonder if there is a maintenance issue here? PS forgot to mention, Swancraft fitted a 'brush' system around the canopies which stopped draughts but were not airtight if that makes sense. As Vaughan says I'm sure this was all taken into account during the build.
  34. 1 point
    Here's my latest moving image to compete directly with Strictly... I hope to get back over next Saturday 28th weather permitting, armed to the teeth with resin, glue and new timber to try and put something back. I seem to have brought quite a lot of the boat back to Leicester in a Hoover bag after recent visits! Unfortunately I have reluctantly made the decision to abandon all effort to get the canopy sliding again, the next couple of videos should show why. It's just not practical due something in the boat's history which has caused the condition where the canopy just will not fit properly in the forward or "home" position without gaps everywhere. However all is not lost and I am going to alter the front windows to hinge at the top to get the required airflow. Nothing will be done to make it any harder for a future owner to restore the canopy to it's original workings if they wish to invest the required time and money, and if you fail to spot the extra handles and hinges, she'll look original. Floyd
  35. 1 point
    The view actually is not as bad as you may think - even though the windows are shallow at the helm, you can easily see the full width of the river and that helm seat being more like a 'bench seat' and in the centre of the boat makes long periods of cruising a breeze - so much so I wished I had more time and could head south because it felt like a boat you could just go and go and arrive with no aches form a bad seat arrangement. This is not quite a centre cockpit boat, more 'centre forward' I did point out to Barnes that the seat to the left of the helm works well on a sunny day laying down with the canopy open - but also means when you want to exit the boat there is the easy way - out the side thus over the seat - and many will choose this option and poor old upholstery. I was told they considered this but had wanted to make it 'less obvious' as a route out so the steps have gone from the starboard side, and the moldings changed on the port side to make this harder and of course, if you are a careful hirer you can remove the seat foam and step on the plywood base to exit/enter the boat from the side. You can easily stand up and have your head out the roof - it is not as comfy as on a centre cockpit sliding canopy boat mind you - but then this is not trying to be one of those, neither is it a bathtub which is why I like it. It is fresh and modern but low so I took advantage of this and headed to Dilham - you cant do that in newer duel steer boats and while you can with a centre cockpit, if you look at Richardson's while very lovely, they are also 45ft long so makes turning harder up there. The inverter along costs over £2,000 but it has to be up to the job - 5Kw - this also means everything connecting it to the batteries are beefy with massive cables, 400Amp breakers etc so the cost of this will keep on rising, but once it is installed they really tend to go on and and as their cooling has improved and and the sensitive circuity has been enclosed in resin to stop moisture and damp doing its destructive thing. One point I forgot to mention in the review - the stereo - you won't find it there on future builds because t is right next to masses of electrical interference from the inverter, WiFi system, and passing by it are the wiring for the much of the electronics all giving off lovely RF interference and meaning the radio suffers. That said, it was a very comfy boat and I liked the quite cruising and general look and feel both outside with the tinted windows and inside with the trim and wood they have used.
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