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 June 2015

A fleeting resident

A trail of muddy paw tracks has been found along the edge of the narrow decks around the After Well. The space is presently open, as the fabric screens have been removed and taken away so that adjustments can be made.

It appears that the boat made a stepping stone across the narrow dike for the creature, which lept onto a small piece of angular wood quay heading, to the neighbouring garden ~ a little wilderness, of the holiday houses.

Were these made by a local domestic cat, or possibly an otter, whose population is burgeoning at present in Broadland? Cats are rarely seen in the immediate vicinity of the moorings. The patch of grass and low quay beside Heather's current berth is a known run for otters. A large otter can be seen, or more likely heard after dark at this spot, enjoying an occasional midnight snack ~ dining al fresco. Remains of fish are often found on the decking next to the side door of the houseboat. 

We are in the process of making improvements in the well to make it more comfortable and practical.

Chris, Beckie

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