A warm, friendly welcome on board

Heather is a traditional yet quirky houseboat, laying on the Broads Waterways of Norfolk and Suffolk. Maintained by 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.


Public Staithes

Public Staithes

2 October 2013

Just in time for tea

 
 
 
Because of other commitments, time was limited for us to make the boat ready for the journey to Ludham Bridge. A major step forward was the addition of new pine floor boards on the port side in the after well. Before, an odd shaped bunk in poor condition, took up prime space. Local, David Frost Esq kindly donated and fitted the boards. The open plan of the well now resembles how she looked at the time of the nineteen twenties houseboat conversion.

Heather was towed with the new tender boat first thing on Saturday morning. The crew are now accustomed to people looking puzzled at the sight of the Heather under way ~ we don't take ourselves too seriously. Unfortunately, the engine broke down near to South Walsham. We were swiftly recovered by the smart, recently reconditioned rescue vessel operated by the friendly team at Ludham Bridge Boatyard.

The Coffee Morning for Macmillan exceeded all previous year's donations. Jill Wickens made a range of delectable cakes and teas and coffees were served in the saloon and the sunny after well. Guests came from the popular caravan site nearby and several fellow boat folk stepped aboard.  On the house roof a length of red, white and blue pennants or bunting fluttered in the breeze. These were specially made from up cycled cloth by Kay Johnson at Chandlers' Yard, Ludham Bridge.

Chris and Jill

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