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  1. 24 minutes ago, psychicsurveyor said:

    We have a wireless baby monitor for the aged mother in law,  it has sound and a camera,  the camera can be covered for privacy but still retaining the sound.

    Her rooms are some distance and on a different level to ours but it works well.

    Another option might be a wireless door bell she could press if she needed help.

    The wireless door bell is an option you might wish to consider. 

    It was used successfully by our family, in a large house when my father was terminally ill. Several sounders were used in different parts of the house and provided that degree of protection and above all else the comfort in knowing that we were providing support over and beyond that which couldn't have been achieved by any other means.


  2. 1 hour ago, JennyMorgan said:

    If I didn't live just a few miles away then I would be seriously tempted by one of these:


    I've outlived my lollipop so to speak! I know that Carol's decision was a hard one to make and that maybe I should make the same one.

    Perhaps a dayboat is the answer. Hope so, it's the route my wife and I have decided to take, for now.  Old bones and camping aboard don't really work and bigger boats are just too big! 


    My wife and I have gone the picnic boat route.  We pick the day, not wanting a rainy one. We pick our journey, South or North. Hickling and Horsey, or perhaps Coltishall,  or if it takes our fancy Beccles and Geldeston Lock. Or a morning on Bargate followed by a trip up the Yare. 

    With family, with friends. Each day is golden. It is not a substitute but it certainly helps to draw the sting.


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  3. 3 hours ago, DaveRolaves said:

    There have been horses in the fields by the side of the new cut for over 2 years now. In Total well over 100. I think that many are looked after by the horse charity Redwings.

    Together with the approval and the involvement of the Broads Authority. Part of a marsh conservation program.  I am not a horse person, other than our daughter had one which I disliked and it disliked me. Intently. It was mutual. I hated it with a passion.

    However. The thing looked the part. Well fed, well groomed and loved the vet. As did the vet love it.

    As for the horses on the marsh one has to say they all seem to look magnificent. Long may they stay there. But not in my paddock!

    Old Wussername

  4. Interesting Timbo and thank you for your contribution.  It would be comforting for the BA to acknowledge  their responsibility with regard to this serious matter and I feel that the Authority would gain much sympathy and support if they were to recognise and admit to the financial constraints in which they have to operate and seek the help and cooperation of the many boat owners and hirers who are concerned about this issue which blights the Broads to the detriment of that which we hold dear.

    Perhaps, just perhaps, together and I mean together, we could seek and find a financial solution to this issue with the help of other organisations of a like mind.




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  5. 1 hour ago, Smoggy said:

    That one was removed by BA after they posted a 28 day notice on it, it first appeared on postwick wharf dropped in by hiab I believe, sank once there and got raised by BA, then got loose and wound up caught up on roots upstream from ferryhouse.

    It was a project boat as there was an engine in it but not fitted and lots of rusted tools in there.

    A 28 days notice? Does that not suggest that the BA does indeed have the authority as well as a responsibility with regard to such matters.  If that is the case why is the BA seen to be so reluctant in dealing with this problem. Legal, financial implications perhaps. 


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  6. 10 minutes ago, marshman said:

    I think Vaughan touched on this in another post - the trouble is that it is my understanding, the BA do not have, and never have had, the same powers that exist now in respect of abandoned vehicles. I believe it is just not within their remit - sadly.

    If you are correct MM and I believe that that you are, does that mean if you wish to get rid of your boat simply remove all obvious identification, moor it up against a tree, any old tree and walk away?

    What a dreadful  state of affairs.


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  7. It is my belief that if the Morning Flight, an iconic boat of historical significance and local affection and importance had it been allowed to remain at Thorpe St Andrew it would have served as a standard for others to follow. A standard for others to emulate, to complement the beautiful background to one of the most attractive village greens to be found in Norfolk. 


    With foresight it should have been protected and its surroundings likewise to preserve that which was held dear by the people of Thorpe St Andrew and indeed visitors from Norwich and the local area.


    There are good people on the island, Take a pride in their homes.  Some it would seem quite content to live in depravity. It is the latter that needs to be addressed, not insurmountable. It just needs understanding and a willingness by the residents and the authorities to recognise the issues and act in a positive manner to bring back the River Green to its former glory.



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  8. Swimming in the rivers and broads has certainly increased, in my mind, this year more than ever. It was only about three weeks ago that I witnessed a group of some five or six young people on paddle boards, on Malthouse broad. Inevitably the group decided to swim. They were some 20 to 30 yards from the quay heading. Six heads bobbing about in one of the busiest and popular places on the broads. Frequented by experienced boat hirers and experienced private owners.


    And the not so experienced.


    Last year at Reedham, a number of children about six in total. changed into their swimming gear, collected their rubber rings and floating mattresses and proceeded to the rescue steps to enter the River Yare in full flood. Had they been able to enter the water there is no doubt in my mind that we would have been presented with a serious emergency involving an unprecedented response from the emergency services but for the presence of mind from the Broads Authority quay attendant the situation was prevented from escalating.


    Last Thursday, the hottest day of the year in fact I was cruising down the River Yare past the first railway bridge at Thorpe St Andrew village green. Just the other side of the bridge people were swimming in the original river. A fairly safe place I would have thought. Indeed I remember my mother telling me that she and her sisters would swim round the island from Town House into the new cut down to the other railway bridge, past the pub (for the life of me I cannot remember the name, was it Thorpe Gardens) past Hearts Cruisers and back to Town House.  Jenners Boat yard.


    My journey that evening took me past the church mooring at Brundall. Some ten to twelve teenagers, boys and girls, from the village were jumping in and out of the river. not venturing very far into the river itself, it has to be said.  A practice I suspect has been carried out for generations.


    A practice I suspect was carried out throughout  broadland years ago, without reservation. 




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  9. If you can't tie knots tie lots
    Seems to work for our holiday makers.

    Sent from the Norfolk Broads Network mobile app

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  10. On 18/07/2019 at 13:37, johnb said:

    I don't want or need Rangers to wave frantically at or to me. 

    Do they wave frantically. I don't think so. A discrete acknowledgement when appropriate to the conditions. A polite recognition which I find a respectful greeting on the river. Long may it continue.


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  11. On 18/07/2019 at 13:12, marshman said:

     and no, they don't need to wave to me, just as I don't feel the need to wave to every other boater that waves to me! I would think it is almost impossible for the Ranger who does Wroxham/Horning to wave at every boat - his arm would fall off!!

    MM. Where does the wave bit which you seem to attach a degree of significance relate to that all important personal relationship between the BA ranger, in this instance the helm, on a one to one basis. Which in my opinion has been neglected. The Ranger is unable to achieve an impact, an influence from the  confines of his launch. He needs to reach out beyond. To be approachable to all. He is not going to achieve that from your ideal of cruising  up and down the river. Unless of course you are able to convince me otherwise.


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  12. 4 minutes ago, ZimbiIV said:

    Retirement, means the fear of what the young'uns are doing to the future is a shortening time to worry about.

    Retirement, is wasted on the old, I wish  I was younger to enjoy it longer.

    Retirement, when the place you have worked for give you an alarm clock, when you no longer need to get up early, except for visits to other places.

    Retirement, sadly means no holidays, you no longer have anything to take holidays from.


    Paul. Retirement will give you a whole dimension to life which you have not experienced. Do not criticise that which you do not know. Enter that place of a certain peace of mind, a place devoid of the pressures imposed by others. Pressures which bring forth anxiety. You are able to forget all that. You will be able to concentrate on that which is all important. You and your family.

  13. 29 minutes ago, Chelsea14Ian said:

    I've got just under two years,hope to move to Norfolk. 

    I hope that you achieve your wish to move to Norfolk.

    I have lived in Norfolk all my life. I have been fortunate  to have been able to travel all over Europe,  Asia,  and Australia.  I could not be bothered  to do the rest.  Sad I know.

    It is just that the quality of life in Norfolk has provided all that I held to be important to me and my family. Security, friendships,  the rivers, the coast, the wild life, all within a few miles from where I live. Indeed a few minutes, half an hour at most.


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  14. On 16/07/2019 at 19:21, Vaughan said:


    Meantime the other 4 squatters are still there and squatter is the right word, as they have a charming habit of doing their business in the hedges on the staithe. Sometimes in full public view. 

     It is truly obscene that in this day and age individuals should be led to believe that they are able to behave in a manner abhorrent to us all.

    The fine for dog owners in Broadland who fail to clear up their pet's mess straight away has doubled, following new powers adopted by Broadland District Council as a way of combating dog fouling.

    A Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) is now in force across Broadland, which increases the fixed penalty fine for the offence from £50 to £100 and extends the scope to include all public areas and areas the public have access. Unlike previous legislation, this covers footpaths through woodland and marshland near to rivers and broads.

    A maximum fine of £1,000 if the case goes to magistrates' court remains in place.

    Does it not beg the question as to why the dog or more importantly the dogs owner is treated in such a draconian manner compared with other miscreants. Indeed does it not encourage the owner to swear the oath in court and say "It was me your honour, guilty as charged, it was I that did the dirty deed not the dog

    The judge accepts the plea and delivers the sentence of ten days community service. 

    "Thank you Guv"

    The dog wagged its tale.





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  15. This time of the year I am often to be found at Reedham, Ranworth or Womack. Usually around 11am to 2pm,for lunch. Prior to picking up grandchildren  from school, going to Stressco's, the gym and all those jobs us busy pensioner's get up too.

    Do you know what, and this is for several years now, I have never seen a ranger, out of his boat. Just generally  talking to holiday makers, private owners and visitors. Ever!

    Would it not be beneficial  for the authority's representative on the river to be seen advising, helping, instructing, simply being approachable. If nothing else but to discuss those issues of speeding, inappropriate  behaviour and general safety concerns.



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  16. 40 minutes ago, KaptinKev said:

    At the end of the day the broads are a wonderful place to be, and basically any pile of crap that seems to resemble a boat, should be removed and scrapped.

    On my first day ever on the boards I ventured up to Norwich and coming across a few sunken boats and that lovely piece of graffiti on the bridge, it definitely put me off from visiting that part of the broads again.  

    And yet the approach to Norwich from Postwick was considered at one time, through the village of Thorpe St Andrew, was considered a delight. The garden of the east. Visited by the people of Norwich. Visited by tourists who visited our wonderful city. Where did it all go wrong?l

    Why did it all go wrong?

    And why have our generation allowed it to happen?

    Is this the legacy we will leave behind us, a disgrace that which we will be remembered.



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  17. 9 minutes ago, Broads01 said:

    Welcome. Yep, it's a fantastic run up to Coltishall Lock. Most people don't even know you can cruise that far so you'll have no problem finding a mooring, even if it's full at Coltishall Common. 

    Gulp! They will now.

    I used to take cruisers up to Coltishall Lock , must be twenty years ago, and it was truly a magical place. Last time I visited the Lock was last year and do you know, like before I was the only one their. And the place like before......nothing had changed.

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  18. 40 minutes ago, andyg said:

    I received a 25% last minute discount four years ago,so I guess they have always  had a discount policy. But I dont remember it ever being anythink like it is now. No idea who the new owners are, are they new to the boat hiring business??


    Um! Er! Yep they might be the new boys on the block.

    Correct me if I am wrong but they may be farmers, land owners.

    A bit of diversification...as you do.

    Farmers are renowned for dealing. Asking an unrealistic price to be negotiated for the benefit of the seller and the buyer. An unknown business practice for the likes of Blake's and Hoseasons who to some extent, some would say to a great extent controlled the price structure of the hiring industry. The likes of Laker airways, Ryanair and Easy Jet had no such restrictions. To the disadvantage of the smaller boat yards. Was this a contributory factor to their demise. Perhaps they were unable to compete against the discount holiday industry. 

    The fear of loss, greed for gain syndrome.

    With boats sitting on their moorings for weeks on end , unable to be hired because of a draconian contractual agreement with an agent the smaller boat yards, the family boat yards, were between a rock and a hard place. 

    I believe, please correct me if I am wrong, that this has been a contributory factor, to the loss of the family boatyard. 

    However the web has provided a life line for the smaller boat yard. I just hope that it is not too late.





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  19. Corydon. Regretfully you will be ill prepared in meeting up with the sailing fraternity. You will not be alone. Especially during their mass migration up a river or down a river. Some like yourself will be well-advised to seek refuge in a reed bed. Or scurry up some ones private dyke. Ignore the owners protestations. Just be nice to each other. It will work itself out.

    As for the sailing folk, they are as nervous of you as you are of them. They speak a different language as to you and I. Water, Starboard, and their Chinese friend Lee Ho come to mind. Certain expletives are well used. Frowned upon by the Ladies Who Lunch in the local parishes surrounding Broadband but nevertheless a passport to exceptance amongst the good and just of the sail and rivers and those who frequent such delights and habitat's.

  20. Went two years ago.

    A brilliant day. I have to say that the Ludham people are very friendly, hospitable and rightly proud of their village.

    The gardens are magnificent. It is an experience to visit Hunters yard and the wherries and of course the boat yard with the pedal boats. Not forgetting that this year I understand that there will be a craft exhibition on Womack staithe run by the shop.

    There are some magnificent houses in Ludham,  one frequented by the Queen Mother during her visits to Seago the famous artist.

    Without doubt, one of the most delightful villages in Broadland.

    Sadly no wall. But that is of little consequence.




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  21. How about a go in a flappy jobby? There would be much for the private owner and holiday maker to learn and understand about the unique challengers and enjoyment of sailing on the Norfolk Broads.

    For the benefit and understanding of all perhaps.

    Old Wussername


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