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Heather is a traditional yet quirky houseboat, laying on the Broads Waterways of Norfolk and Suffolk. Maintained by two friends, she has been home to artists, holiday visitors and mariners for generations.

See on board the houseboat, visit the touring shop and relax on the riverside.


Christopher, Andrew

Christopher, Andrew

Public Staithes

Public Staithes

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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