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  1. Sunday 9th Feb On reflection, maybe I should have started off another thread for this trip entitled 'Not carried away by a Moonlight Shadow'! It's too late for that though...I've started, so I'll finish (well hopefully, if this crazy weather allows). Woke just after 4 this morning, with the boat being buffeted by Storm Ciara and repeatedly banging against the key heading. Graham slept through it initially but woke when it got worse. He got up and adjusted the ropes, and it was a lot better after that, so much so that he managed to get back to sleep. I didn’t though. Seren started whi
    9 points
  2. Good afternoon everyone, thank you for your feedback on the briefing. John is of course directly involved and writes a lot of the briefing, but it is a team effort with quite a few different members of staff adding contributions on their particular areas - many apologies if some of it has been muddled or lost in translation. I can clarify a few things for you below: 1. There appears to have been a bit of a misunderstanding with the wording on the briefing regarding Peto's Marsh. The Suffolk Wildlife Trust has an ambition to build a raised viewing platform in the vicinity of the
    7 points
  3. Amazingly we have survived another night Right, enough is enough. Going stir crazy here at Womack Water. Shower drain pump has finally packed up. It is over 20 years old. Having treated it to a service kit last year, the motor has turned its last. Robin to the rescue and off to Wards in his car. Once he’s back I’ll fit the thing - needs some jiggery pokery on the plumbing apparently, you just kinda know it’ll be fighting me. Then? We are going to have a go at making Horning. Need FW and plugging into shore power would be nice. It’s still proper windy though Griff
    7 points
  4. So after yesterday’s lows - today’s high. Taken just downstream of Marina Quays.
    6 points
  5. We made Horning with no issues. Yes it was windy but seen it worse. Now alongside The Green. Shore power on. Then? It snowed Photo’s - since taken I have since shuffled ‘B.A’ up a bit to give more room for any other potential visiting craft (Oh yes I have) Griff
    6 points
  6. I dont think its a case of election, more a case of accountability, those in charge must be able to be held accountable for their actions, rather than just allowing them a free rein. i dont really care who is in charge as long as they can be held to account for their actions.
    6 points
  7. The Glover report seems to be Mr Glover’s Utopian view of national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty. Highly commendable…in a Utopian world. But I notice that, while he goes on at some length about how these areas should be run, he is rather vague about how they will be funded, referring to the need to keep the current levels of funding. But he thinks that AONBs should have increased funding. He concedes that public budgets are tight and expects the national parks to become entrepreneurial. He also says they must make “efficiencies across the system”, which, to me suggests job
    5 points
  8. Thanks Jean. However, it looks like the wind is picking up again (I can hear some gusts already) so maybe not tomorrow. I have great hopes for Wednesday onwards though! The hail that fell late afternoon and gathered at the stern well still hasn’t melted. The river is still very high too. I’m completely flummoxed by the tide. According to the tide tables I downloaded low tide was supposed to be about an hour and a half ago, but the river level doesn’t seem to have dropped at all since we arrived back around 4pm. I have no idea...does that mean it will rise even more with the incoming tide?
    4 points
  9. That's true, I imagine though that there are possibly a number of "projects" that never reach the application stage because they know they will fail Sandford if tested. This would skew the statistics somewhat, although perhaps only a little. On a wider note, it could seem as though I am against conservation, nothing could be further from the truth but I do want the Norfolk Broads to always be a place for boating (and all the other pastimes associated with it) with the navigation protected.
    4 points
  10. The above will surely have to pass through Parliament? Whatever happens the Broads Authority, especially if it gains Sandford, has to become wholly accountable and truly democratic.
    4 points
  11. I reckon even Marthams would struggle to get through today. Jayne 2 is about their lowest cruiser having (in my opinion) been renovated with a lower roof line than previously, I reckon she could scrape through at about 5 ' 8" at a pinch. but today it would take more than a few spare bodies to get another 4"
    3 points
  12. Five foot and a bit at Potteram to-dye
    3 points
  13. Thank you Maurice Mynah.I agree a move towards direct elections has risks. Does it not seem equitable for the power around the table to be allocated in line with sources of income, with appointees from other stakeholders? It could be argued that a small band of 'warriors' (long may they continue), predominantly acting altruistically, and having to be ever-vigilant of a profoundly-mistrusted CEO, are effectively all that has preserved our rights of navigation?. I can't see that is even close to being acceptable in a democratic society. IMHO the current lack of accountability is nothi
    3 points
  14. Some years ago, in a magazine called Anglia Afloat, the editor highlighted the lack of trust issue. Subsequently the NSBA has featured the lack of trust factor in its house magazine. Nothing has changed since. It isn't only the lack of trust in JP but also the unknown factor of who replaces him. Trust is key, and that has been lost.
    3 points
  15. Agreed but if the major players make a stand, the RYA, The Ramblers and us anglers, then I doubt that even a majority government will have an easy ride with this one. On top of that Parliamentary time will have to be found and at the moment there are more pressing issues for Boris & Co. Rightly or wrongly I don't think that we can take anything for granted though and I share your concerns.
    3 points
  16. ok i decided that there is no way that i am going to cover any of the helms chair up with upholstery, there is too much chance of ruining it, so, i decided that the seat needs to be shaped for the users posterior, out with the miniature flap wheel and two shallow grooves were made in the seat, then the beech dowels needed darkening up. So out with the teak stain, and onto the beech doweling, i am happy as this instantly improves the visual appearance of the seat.
    3 points
  17. Had a whistle stop visit to Horning today. Saw the 'regular' and then on way back BA had arrived. Didn't have time to stop!! Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
    2 points
  18. It is always impressive to see the effects weather can have on water, one day very low, the next very high. We tend to be isolated from the effects of weather living in houses.
    2 points
  19. Hi Helen, It`s Merv and Pauline this week, a really nice couple, and it was me that hosted the show around a couple of years back. If you see them, say hello, they may invite you aboard for a nosey around and a cuppa, or something stronger.
    2 points
  20. Yes, Calypso is there! We went passed her earlier - she’ll probably be at Ranworth in the morning
    2 points
  21. I was going to say, you will have to move up to make room for Calypso... But looking at the pictures she may already be there. 😉
    2 points
  22. That was spectacular! Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app
    2 points
  23. I must confess that, in my 20 years on the Broads, I haven’t seen many twitchers (a term that some serious birdwatchers might find derogatory) set up on the river banks. Even birdwatchers tend to go to reserves, such as Hickling or Breydon Water, where there are purpose-built hides, more to see and boats causing no disturbance to their quarry. But even along the rivers, the avian wildlife doesn’t seem that bothered by boats. They are more likely to avoid a ‘naked’ human than one concealed in a boat. That’s why wildfowlers used punt-guns. I have only ever had one confrontation with an
    2 points
  24. https://www.ntslf.org/data/realtime?port=Lowestoft https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/station/6205?direction=u For those worried as to the level of the tide, hopefully we have just had the worst for now. The tide is ebbing here in Norwich and has not overtopped at Thorpe so Brundall should be dropping nicely now. If you logon to the Brundall . GOV site you can confirm the level the tide made. Wind has dropped right off here now but more to come by next weekend. Colin
    2 points
  25. Indeed it is, Broom's is very high and over the Quay already and with the flood alert from yesterday I expect the Yare car park to flood before the evening is out. Crazy waters at the moment.
    2 points
  26. arghghh! this sounds like another call for a "democratically elected" Broads Authority. Be very careful what you wish for, and before you wish for something to be "democratically elected" make sure you know exactly who the electorate is. For the BA, the vague term "Stakeholder" isn't good enough. Are visiting twitchers stakeholders, or would they be covered by an RSPB block vote? Fisermen? They buy rod licences etc? What about the residents of towns and villages in the BA's area? Minefields are safe areas when compared with "Democracy"
    2 points
  27. Thanks JennyMorgan. A balanced view. Straw Poll: Hands up all those who would have trusted JP not to abuse the power in the 2006 Bill had it been enacted. Not a trick question, I'm genuinely interested.
    2 points
  28. To a degree I also agreed but whether duty or purpose it still boils down to priority and with Sandford in place that priority becomes biased rather than balanced and navigation ceases to be sacrosanct.
    2 points
  29. Nor have I and why would they, they need our money! The issue has long been the threat of excess control and the subsequent inability to navigate freely as and where we are accustomed.
    2 points
  30. Equally, of course, there no binding evidence whatsoever to suggest that they wouldn't seek to apply the Sandford Principle, despite current protestations. Indeed, if we take the clear evidence that the Authority attempted to close large swaths of Hickling over the issue of a particular weed and Horsey during the winter, then I reckon it's safe to assume that Sandford would be applied. Some folk will promise the earth if it's the means of achieving their agenda, yes, the thorny issue of trust. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/rare-plants-explosive-growth-chokes-the-jewel-of-the-broads-
    2 points
  31. Throughout every aspect of life and in every era of history there has been Boogie Men, being prepared and being forewarned are a well learnt lesson, not the act of the scared, but of the ready!
    1 point
  32. Just catching up now we've got some wifi - sorry we missed you Griff - either in pub or off early for the bus another time
    1 point
  33. Looks a bit white Helen, . Are you going out in the car instead of cruising?, that`s what we do on Lightning in November, but have yet to sample the delights of March, 5 weeks time, we`ll find out. Is Lightning still ok, and do you know whether she has a crew this week?.
    1 point
  34. Hello batrabill, The speed restriction had nothing to do with Sandford, it was perceived over 30 year that there was an issue with speedboat and jet skies in the last 5 years prior to the introduction of the ban. Even though the lake was policed the quango would not be swayed by public opinion over 20 years plus of campaigning against the ban. Regards Alan
    1 point
  35. Many things happen in life with no paper trail to refer later. Has the Sandford principal ever been applied without actually having it written down that it was? I would suspect so! When planning consent has been refused for something, is it mandatory that the "Sandford Principle" has to be quoted if it had been applied?
    1 point
  36. Won’t be going through today then!
    1 point
  37. Thank you Paladin. That's a very informative piece.
    1 point
  38. And that above explains in a nutshell why a so many of us, and there are, are so mistrustful of Packman and his "harmless" BNP signs and promotion. If we don`t fight the signs and promotion "inch", then the Broads becoming a full NP will become Packmans "mile". We`ve all been warned, so let`s not be apathetic about an inch, and then blame everybody else for the final mile when it`s too late.
    1 point
  39. According to Neville Chamberlin there was no evidence a dictator was going to invade Poland but he did, so much for peace in our time. Fred
    1 point
  40. The ability to close the navigation was a control issue, an unnecessary reaction to the speedboat racing that has taken place, quite safely, for several generations. Beyond that it was thought that as the Broad offered good spectator access it would be good for suitable activities, as yet to be decided on but rowing and swimming were mentioned. Part of our objection was that Whitlingham Lakes already fulfilled that purpose. At that point in the Broads Bill's progress there was a clear demand by the BA that broads and rivers could be closed without good reason. It had also become quite clear th
    1 point
  41. Griff, Howard said in a post this morrning that he was making enquires about a taxi to go somewhere today. He's either done that or he may be in The Kings Head Boycee
    1 point
  42. Knocked on E.L - no one home Griff
    1 point
  43. What a load of faff!!! If I buy a second hand car, it's new to me. I still say I have a new car. This is not misleading, it is not lying, it's the language that most of us use. BUT... when the BA say they have new moorings, it's time to slag 'em off again and go back to the same old same old. I knew what they meant and I'm stupid. How come every one else is having so much trouble with this? To clarify, The moorings are new to the BA. They bought them recently.
    1 point
  44. So here's the latest episode. I hope it takes your mind off the storm Ciara battering we're all getting right now. Unfortunately though, I think everyone has taken to the internet and speeds are drastically slow around here in the Midlands. It's taken ages to upload although it is 23 minutes long this time.
    1 point
  45. I was cleaning but then forumites arrived they live in next village to us. Ferzan is their boat. The boys wanted to see onboard. Upper scuppers completed. Now just got the glass to do. MrsG commented I’d made a rubbish job of them before I have even done them She has gone back to La’tharms - second visit Griff
    1 point
  46. Over Barton, cruising to PH. All to the good. Internally ‘B.A’ is clean. Topsides not so good. MrsG will let me recommence clean ship once alongside as I’m presently on watch on the helm Griff
    1 point
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