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    Nature,Caravanning,Cooking,and all kinds of boats, I have lived on the Broads in the past,and still have relatives in the area, So we are regular visitors to both the northern and southern areas.

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  1. I believe its natural instinct to seek out water where the ph balance and oxygen levels are better and easier to live in. Its a bit like us humans would do if crammed into a room that was filled with smoke, we would try and get our heads down low to where the better oxygen levels are , and head out in search of fresh air, except the fish search for fresher less brackish water which carries more oxygen. Julz
  2. In the past the amount of fish taking refuge both here and further upstream in one of the dykes where a second barrier had been created has been so great that the amount of oxygen in the water was quickly being depleated, and the fire brigade were called to pump fresh water at high pressure into the area to stir and re-oxygenate the depleated supply to stop the fish from suffocating. Somewhere on my old and abandoned pc l had some pics of this being carried out, along with some of numerous and sometimes large fish, pike ect that simply didnt make it being scooped up by the rangers for disposal, even the boardwalks around Herbert Woods yard were littered with dead fish after the water level returned to normal. Julz
  3. We used it externally too, and at a point that was very exposed to the forces of the elements, not to mention the pull of the awning in high winds, and the flexing of the GRP whilst being towed at much greater speed than a boat ever travels. Its really good stuff and well worth every penny you pay for it, handy to use around the house too. Julz
  4. You can also get some very good stuff called The Captains Creeping Crack Cure, which you can pour into the point at which you suspect the ingress is coming from, and it will follow the line of flow before setting to become a fairly durable seal. Ok, im a caravanner, but l used this stuff on the GRP panels of my last caravan to cure a leak between where the awning rail joined onto the moulded GRP, and it did keep it dry until a more perminent repair could be made and a new rail fitted, or in our case lol, we sold it onto a dealer and bought a new caravan. Julz
  5. We have just returned from our maiden voyage in our new Elddis Avante, after trading in our Lunar, a bit of a learning curve regards how things work onboard after trading in a 6yr old caravan for a brand new one, but we are very pleased with it. Theres fore and against for a motorhome, and the best advice that l can give you is to hire one for a week first and see if the lifestyle is for you. We did consider buying one ourselves this time, but opted for the more flexible car and caravan combination due to parking restrictions if you ever want to visit a town centre or somewhere with restricted access, narrow lanes ect, a motorhome is not such a go anywhere out fit as a car and caravan is, where you can just de-hitch and go with the car alone. Some motorhomers either carry bikes to get around on, or tow a toad car on an A -frame, but that rather defeats the object of having a motorhome in the first place Imho. We have just spent a fortnight on Danny's paddock, a lovely little caravan club CL, we usually use Broadlands site at Ludham, but after the last visit with loads of children racing around on bikes and the wardens having great difficulty getting parents to control their offspring for their own safety as well as everyone elses, we opted for Danny's which is an adult only site. We also spent a week up at Sandringham, and a week visiting family down just south of Beccles. I have also worked for the animal rescue charities in the past, my Dad was a founding member of Adaws at Ashbourne, ans we ended up adoptiong two dogs ourselves, although one died of old age last year, and our Boxer is now 13 and we are coming to terms with the fact that we wont have her for much longer either, shes becoming a real old lady, and can no longer walk far. Julz
  6. Hi Mandy, im so glad that you are enjoying your holiday, and also descover the delights of inventing dishes in the lovely little galley. Being a caravanner myself, l also love to cook in my galley and watch and listen to the comments of passers by as they smell the aromas of our food. We also bake our own bread onboard, which gets our neighbours drooling, and indeed sometimes we do share some with them if they turn out to be of the friendly variety! Its a small world, from your avatar, you only live a couple of miles away from me, we have family in Cromford, Wirksworth, Hulland and Belper, it wouldnt be the first time lol that one of our members on here has turned our to be a neighbour of ours. Julz
  7. We watched a bit of a game of Richo's dodgems taking place at Ludham bridge last week, two into one narrow bridge wont go, Broadsman tried to give way like a Gentilman should, but was biffed around the bow by Orange bathtubs stern, leaving some nasty Orange wounds as bathtub pushed by and made a hasty retreat through the bridge without stopping to inspect the damage. The crew of the Broadsman tried to inspect the damage, but it was difficult for them to see as it was on the curved underpart of the Hull riverside, but they did stop and moor up on the Demasting moorings, as the impact did give them quite a thump. Hopefully the orange paint will be easily polished off, and the excellent yard team will have it all as good as new very soon. We didnt manage to spot the name of the Orange bathtub as he really did legg it through the bridge and out of the way heading towards the Bure. Lots of lovely new Boats around, and nice to see that some yards are equiping crews with less clumbersome life jackets than the standard orange variety, although not everyone was taking heed and wearing them. We loved your new Laundry Clive, paid a visit last week and did a full wash, then pegged it out in the warm Norfolk sunshine to dry, well worth the journey up to Stalham. Julz
  8. Such a shame, he looks fairly undamaged, so probably died from an illness rather than injury, im also suprised though that none of the organisations wanted to investigate his demise further. We have just spent 3weeks down on Dannys Paddock and a lot of time wildlife spotting bankside on the Ant and around Womack, and indeed spotted you following BA through Ludham bridge last Friday I think, theres been the usual fun and games in that area, a few down to inexperianced first time helmsmanship, some due to sheer stupidity, like the lads crew who tried Legging there boat through canal tunnel style, with one of the crew falling off the stern and into the river inches away from the prop, which thankfully was not engaged at the time, and the privateer who had forgotton about his bikes on his roof and managed to loose a couple of them into the water during transit, causing caos whilst they were retrieved. Spotted some beautiful butterflies, loads of dragonflies, wild deer, and barn owls, we would have loved to have seen an otter, but prefably an alive one. Julz
  9. You should try one Fred, and if you dont fancy negociating the locks, you could do the waterways by hotel barge, a lazy way of cruising Holland and exploring many of the small towns and villages from the waterways. I hope John that you and Mary Jane have a lovely holiday, and congratulations on reaching your special wedding aniversary, and hopefully many more to come, Julz & Bill
  10. Im sure the stag parties will love you for that one Clive, l can just imagine them having a race down the Ant with a settee followed by two easy chairs, and back ended by the one who drew the short straw and got the foot stool! A dinner plate in each hand for paddles, and a whole new Broads sport has been born! Ok, whos knicked my smilies again?.. Julz
  11. I have just done a quick check, and everything is still down at NBF, the NBO is still up and running, but as you say Roy, it appears that every thread has been attacked by the spammers, quite a task to sort out, especially with Hank being unwell at the moment. Richard, if you are reading this, as in the past, the offer of using NBN to update your members to what is happening with NBF is still open to you, please feel free to post on this thread. Julz
  12. Once upon a time before we started Caravaning again, l used to be a regular resident of Wroxham bridge when staying in the Faircraft appartments, watching the fun and games with the comfort of my own facilities for hot brews, cold drinks, and a snack from the kitchen whenever the fancy takes us! Some very skilled helmsmanship when Conersuire cruisers had their yard upstream and the only way to get them through at high states of the tide was to flood the bilges to lower them in the water. They used a big green tug boat with a powerful pump to do this, took them through, then left the boats bilge pump to sort out the extra water for itself. We have seen a couple of nasty accidents as well, althogh since the new footbridge has been installed and the chains dangle down as a warning gauge, these have been less frequent. Julz
  13. I just love your story Fred, and im taking note on your Pub recomendations, as we only have a couple of days to go now until we are Norfolk bound ourselves, and looking forwardto our months tour, starting on the North coast and working our way down to Ludham for a fortnights stay, then down south to visit family for a few days before our return. Im looking forward to the rest of your tale, we are considering cruising above Potter Heigham bridge on a dayboat whilst we are down, weather and bridge clearance permitting, l much prefare the quieter areas to cruise in during the height of the season, although one of my favourite spots to sit and watch the waterway is at Ludham Bridge, plenty of boats to spot, some nice crews to meet, and a few wallies too, its always fun and games at the bridge! Julz
  14. Lovely story bob, its a few years since we took a dayboat up that stretch of river, and enjoyed its full beauty, we stayed at the Brinkcraft apartments, and got a dayboat included in the hire fee, not only was this a good deal, it enabled us to cruise from dawn until dusk, as we just simply moored and secured it up for the night outside our apartment. We were not lucky enough to see any snakes, but we did spot a Bittern along the bankside, and as you say, the waters were crystal clear and teaming with fish, although my quest to spot a pike or any large fish remained unsolved. Julz
  15. We are mostly Norfolk bound in August, so have a chance of making it to a meet then as long as there is fairly easy road access and parking, as mentioned above, we try and avoid traveling at bank holiday times, our 5 hour journey can quickly turn into almost a full day if we get stuck in traffic due to roadworks, accidents ect. I agree a northern meet with plenty of hype towards the hirers and inviting them to Join NBN by flyers, and local shop window adds to incourage the tourists would be a good idea, especially if hosted in a popular area with plenty of boater footfall. Julz
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