11. Sep, 2020

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FRIDAY 11-09-20

We awoke to a warm morning and a lovely blue sky.  Good weather makes all the difference to this lifestyle.

After breakfast I had water duties to undertake. I had intended to dump our grey water in to the hedge behind us since there are no proper facilities for the disposing  of it. Unfortunately I had bought along two short length of waste water pipe to try and reduce the amount I bought along. However I discovered that two short lengths joined together, doth not maketh one long one, and so I had to do it all the hard way again using a collapsible bucket, though this time I didn't have far to go to dump it.

Again we had decided to spend the morning on the campsite enjoying the sunshine on our pitch and then go out this afternoon. For the first time we had the campsite to ourselves. I have no idea where everybody went. Perhaps there's some cock fighting or hare coursing going on locally.

After lunch we went off for our walk along the river starting off at Potter Heigham Bridge down the road. So firstly then a little bit about The Broads:

The Broads (known for marketing purposes as The Broads National Park) is a network of mostly navigable rivers and lakes in the English counties of Norfolk and Suffolk. The lakes, known as broads, were formed by the flooding of peat workings. The Broads, and some surrounding land, were constituted as a special area with a level of protection similar to a national park by the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads Act 1988. The Broads Authority, a special statutory authority responsible for managing the area, became operational in 1989.

The area is 303 square kilometres (117 sq mi), most of which is in Norfolk, with over 200 kilometres (120 mi) of navigable waterways. There are seven rivers and 63 broads, mostly less than 4 metres (13 ft) deep. Thirteen broads are generally open to navigation, with a further three having navigable channels. Some broads have navigation restrictions imposed on them in autumn and winter, although the legality of the restrictions is questionable.

For many years the lakes known as broads were regarded as natural features of the landscape. It was only in the 1960s that Dr Joyce Lambert proved that they were artificial features—flooded medieval peat excavation. In the Middle Ages the local monasteries began to excavate the peatlands as a turbary (the right to cut peat on common land)  business, selling fuel to Norwich and Great Yarmouth. Norwich Cathedral took 320,000 tonnes of peat a year. Then the sea levels began to rise, and the pits began to flood. Despite the construction of wind pumps and dykes, the flooding continued and resulted in the typical Broads landscape of today, with its  reed-beds, grazing marshes and wet woodland.

We set off along the far bank only to regret it as we saw very little of the river as the bank was full of side-by-side holiday chalets, or posh sheds as I would describe most of them. It had a tinge of refugee camp about it.

Fed up with the lack of view we backtracked to the bridge, crossed over and set off again. We came across yet more 'sheds with beds' but they were more spread out. On our left was the river and on our right open fields, some with cattle in, which we don't see back home as it's all arable farming. Quite noticeable was the abundance of geese which kept flying in and landing in the fields. I don't know what sort they were, but we didn't think they were Canada geese, and annoyingly, for some reason the small reference book of birds seems to have been removed from the vehicle, so we're not able to find out.

Once we felt we'd walked far enough we about turned and made our way back to the marina complex where large rental boats are moored as well as small easy to rent day boats. After wandering around we crossed the road and bought some fish & chips for our early evening meal which will save The Chef having to prepare something when we arrived back. This evenings television is proving problematic as the signal is breaking up a bit. I've tried re-tuning it but with no improvement, so I just hope things improve after the sun goes down. What we did see on the local news was an item from a social housing estate broadcasting live to see if people living there understood the new government guidelines -'The Rule of Six'. Ummm so let's have a bit of a think about that one. Get counting on those fingers, in fact as we're in Norfolk, use toes. Take just one sock off and there should be enough digits to be able to count to six without taking the other one off. How hard can it be to understand what it means?

Tomorrow is a free day, and we've yet to decide what to do with it. We are considering catching a bus somewhere, but I'm guessing it will be a reduced service as it's the weekend. We certainly wouldn't go back down the road to Wroxham, as when we passed through it was absolutely heaving. All the car parks were packed as were the recreation spaces. There wasn't much social distancing going on there either.