A warm, friendly Heather welcome

We are delighted to share Heather, an historic boat, artistic refuge and home for over a century, laying on the ancient Broads Waterways of Norfolk.

It is our aim to preserve the distinctive character of Heather, enabling future generations to enjoy her charms. We welcome you to explore the houseboat and bountiful riverside beyond...

Andrew, Timothy and Christopher

8 October 2011

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Still trying to blog in chronological order, though we are quite used to 'muddling in muddy waters'.

The crew, composing of Jill, Jason, Andrew and Chris, held a second annual Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer Care at the Bridge Restaurant in Wroxham. The Restaurant hosted the event. Despite the glorious weather, the day wasn't as successful as last year when we were stationed in Granary Dike; yet it poured with rain and there were high gales. 

Several supporters of the mock 'water gypsies' of Heather turned out for the Coffee Morning. Oddly enough, the phrase 'water gypsy', a term of either abuse or endearment, was thought to have been used as the title of a popular west end musical show of the 1920's.

During the summer months, this part of the river is like a motorway, evidenced by the the much bashed bridge. Sadly, many of those using day launches have little respect for the speed limit, are they in a race?

The livery of Macmillan, with green balloons and canny publicity blended happily with Heather's colours. We must have been one of the smallest coffee mornings in the world. 

After we risk assessed the situation, Andrew & Chris hooked this aged Roy's Stores shopping trolley feature out of the river. It was just off the end of the quay where it could have damaged boats. With the green luminous weed growth on the metal work, it turned into a work of art, well to Chris anyway - but he is 'off his trolly'. What did the ever present trolley stewards in Hoveton & Wroxham think when they collected this one?

One of Heather's occasional mascots, Beckie pictured on the sun deck. We wound up the gramophone (pictured on the after end) and played some of the latest hits.

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King's Head Staithe, Hoveton, pictured from Wroxham public Parish Staithe