With winter drawing in, it is time again to service the chimney. This is a messy, though very necessary job, ensuring the pipes are not clogged up with soot.
On a trip to Stoke on Trent, it was good to see evidence of the earlier industrial pottery factories scattered around, including some bottle kiln chimneys. Several towns, like Longton make up the modern city and the local people are very friendly.
I felt much of Stoke had a rather sad aura of forlorn creative enterprise, similar to parts of the once bustling riverside of Hoveton ~ Wroxham and Broadland.
Most of the crockery supplied to Broadland boat letting companies, including the houseboat, was produced in the Midland Potteries.