spring on the riverside

Welcome, Ahoy

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

29 December 2014

Riverside Christmas festivities






The houseboat was decorated for Christmas more thoroughly than before, in preparation for a gathering of friends and neighbours. Our theme was the 80's, in particular 1984 ~ a year used as a stark title for George Orwell’s dark utilitarian novel. There is even a small Room 101 on board. 
In the after well, with the spirit of 80’s bohemian style and thrift in mind, a simple tree branch was placed on the small poop deck. We made a special visit into the loft to retrieve a box of old glass baubles. During gusty weather, the baubles even sway theatrically. Oil lanterns provided some added illumination and retro vinyl records were played for guests.

Continuing a custom dating from Pagan times, sprigs of holly, ivy and pine were hung around the cabin. Vintage tinsel fills in some of the gaps and the entrances, on either side are denoted by hand made wreaths of ruby dog wood, with silver ribbons.
Around Hoveton and Wroxham, superior Christmas illuminations, shine out in the chilly night air. A pleasure steamer at Loyne’s Boatyard is showered in lights and the Broads Shopping Centre has a series of lively decorations. Roys’ Stores, the primary shop in the village has its new and old gables lined with lights and fir trees. The festive lights usually continue year round on some of the principal buildings, presenting the capitol of Broadland like a carnival to entice visitors. However, the most spectacular display takes place above our heads in the night sky. The stars not having to compete man made light pollution in rural Norfolk. Here is one of the few places in the country where conditions are perfect for stargazing. 
Chris, Diane 
“And now Master Harker, now that the wolves are running, perhaps you could do something to stop their bite?” The Box of Delights, John Masefield, 1935

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