Silver Tip looking all shiny, on a beautiful day up at Hickling. This is the busiest week of the year for us, with so much to do to get ready before Easter, but we’re getting there. Great weather certainly helps though, and Tippy will have her mast, spars and sail fitted tomorrow, ready to spend another summer taking people sailing and making them smile.
The Houseboat pages are now up, with pricing and availability for 2012 houseboat holidays on Hickling Broad. I will be adding pictures of the interiors over the next few days, but you can see the plans for the boats already.
We have got people coming over the next few weeks too. Mostly to take advantage of the excellent Pike fishing on Hickling. Please give us a ring on 01692 598314 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to enquire. The houseboats are coming through our boatshed at the moment, getting their annual tidy up, so availability is limited.
It’s the first day back at Whispering Reeds for us, and our New Years Resolution is to get more on the website, and update it more often.
Just to let you all know, 2011 was our last year running our Hire Cruiser fleet, that’s why some are for sale Here. We are still running -
Houseboats, dayboats, sailing boats, rowing boats, canoes, moorings, dry berths and repairs.
So plenty to keep us busy. We are also not using any booking agencies for our Houseboat lets, so please contact us directly.
I am updating the Houseboat section of the website right now, and it should be up and running in the next couple of days, but please don’t hesitate to contact us now, even to pencil a booking in, as the weeks are filling up fast!
Our exciting sailing news… Sorry for not updating sooner.. We now have a Yeoman, Selene, in our sailing fleet which proved very popular for the second half of the season last year. We’ve also added an electric dayboat to our fleet of launches.
Just a short post to say that we have some news coming next week which will certainly interest the sailors. For the purists, I’m afraid it’s slightly tupperware related, not the usual traditional wooden sailing boats that we currently run, but it’s going to give you all a new option to choose when coming for a days sailing here from Hickling Broad.
(In fedge related news… It’s growing! Pictures to follow soon.)
The Norfolk Broads School of Sailing is an RYA Approved Training Centre and offer a range of sailing options, from ‘Taster Days’ through to full RYA courses.
Whispering Reeds here at Hickling Broad is one place where you can meet an instructor from the school for a trip in one of our Half Decker sailing boats.
We started offering our sailing boats as an option during the summer last year, and had a great response. The idea came about because the sailing school needed some suitable boats to use, and we had demand from people who really wanted to get out on the water in a sailing boat, but didn’t feel confident to hire one themselves on their own.
All in all it’s a great introduction to sailing on the best sailing water on The Broads (in our opinion).
You can visit the sailing school’s website by clicking here, or on the picture to the left. If you would like to book a trip, using the school, then please phone the school directly in the first instance on 07796 974050.
Of course we’re still offering the half deckers to those who can already sail, as we always have done. We also have some exciting sailing news coming up soon so watch this space!
I posted on our Twitter and Facebook pages last week that we would be fedging, and now I can post the results here on the website. Fedging is a mixture between fencing and hedging, apparently, and is usually done using willow which grows really quickly around here. So quickly in fact that we usually spend much of the autumn cutting it back, and much of the spring burning it. We had an old fence down by the houseboats which had been steadily falling down, so we thought it was time to replace it.
We thought about putting up the same again, but then realised that we had an abundance of natural product around us, and could try something a bit more interesting and certainly more ecologically sound. Armed with nothing more than a saw, a sledgehammer, some pruning shears, some string and very little knowledge of the art of willow fedge making, we set to and the results are shown below. Aase (mum) did most of the work and certainly all of the creative stuff. I mostly helped by hitting things with the sledgehammer.
More Fedge updates, as we get them!
Our first cruiser holiday customers of the year have arrived and are away for a week of Pike fishing from Solan Goose. We’ve had exceptionally high water, almost lapping into the shed for the last week or so, but it looks like it’s receding now. In the shed we have two dayboats being tidied up and a new engine into one. Clare is making a new canopy for it too with a sewing machine we found on ebay! The others will follow over the next couple of weeks as we run up to Easter. Philip finally gets his hands on a nice wooden boat next week to do what he likes doing best and the rest of us will carry on rushing around getting the holiday fleet ready for the season.
We received this email last week from an old customer who lives in Canada now. He kindly agreed to let me share it here.
Dear Sirs, I have just been doing a little surfing and by accident came across ” The Norfolk Broads ” website and then of course Your own, I could not believe there right in the middle of the page are Photo’s of the Houseboats where My Father used to take me fifty years ago, The holidays He and I used to have on Sunrise, Sunset , Sunrest and Sundown were the best I had as a child, we would come every year with Shep my dog, the memories of the pike in Horsey mere and the huge perch in Hickling, one year the perch that Dad got was so big we had to use Your two gallon bucket ” that we had mixed the ground bait in ” to land the fish and the tail still was flapping over the side when we got him in,
I remember walking to a little fish and chip shop way up a little lane from the boatyard and the evenings sat outside the pub with a lemonade and crisps, what wonderfull memories. When I come Home from Canada for a Holiday, Guess where I am coming. Yours Faithfully, Geoff G. Canada.
I’m afraid that the fish and chip shop has gone now, but there are still two excellent pubs close by and the fishing is as good as it was back in the early 1960’s when Geoff came to stay with us. He says that he’s hoping to bring his grandson to stay with us sometime soon, and we look forward, very much to welcoming them.
We’re still really busy in the workshop getting everything ready for the new season. We were slowed down a little over Christmas with the ice getting up to 4 inches thick across Hickling broad, but whilst it’s still very cold at least we’ve been able to move boats in and out of the shed. We weren’t idle whilst the ice was here and Philip, Mum and Adam were able to get loads of clearing up done in the shed and threw masses of accumulated rubbish away. We even found a brand new boat loo that we didn’t even know that we had.
On Monday we’ll be launching Hawaiian Goose and bringing Canada into the shed, as well as welcoming a new member of staff on board. Jason comes to us from another yard and is looking forward to joining our team.
It’s a bit late for New Years Resolutions, but as this is the first post of 2010, I shall resolve to update the site a bit more often in 2010!
We are very pleased to be sponsoring the annual meet up of the Norfolk Broads Forum which is taking place on the 20th of June at Ranworth. The Forum is an incredible resource for anyone with an interest in the Broads and has a huge membership and knowledge base. The meet up is a great chance to meet and have a mardle with people who you often only converse with through the keyboard and screen, but it still feels like you’re greeting old friends every time there is a get together. We’re looking forward to attending again this year with our Canada Goose, (and maybe even sneaking a few days on the water afterwards if we can).