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

22 December 2012

Illuminating Christmas

A brass oil lantern has been hung in the saloon in time for Christmas. The elegant lantern was made by the famous lamp manufacturers Sherwood's in Birmingham ~ then known as the 'workshop of the world,' probably in first part of the twentieth century. The harp frame which holds the burner has Art Nouveau styling. It's simple decoration compliments the saloon and provides some much needed lighting.

Heather is not altogether a museum or a preservation project. The integrity of her original build and adaptations will be respected; her atmospheric style and features will be conserved and enhanced. At the same time, Heather is a floating home, which must have up to date functions and facilities. We plan to improve the heating, lighting and power sources next year.

Finding fuel for the lamps and stove on board isn't straight forward. Curiously, paraffin oil is not easy to obtain, even in a large rural county like Norfolk. Paraffin is a thin, clear fluid which is distilled from petrol. We managed to find a wonderful ironmongers shop, Chris Roach Trade and Retail Plastics on Magdalen Road in New Catton, Norwich, where it is still sold on tap! The friendly shop keeper, Chris filled our can of high grade paraffin, which is specially dyed green. Customers come from all over Norfolk to pick up fuel. Chris said that some people in isolated places, having no electricity, run their houses solely on paraffin. www.chrisroachtradeandretailplastics.com


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