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Easter On The Norfolk Broads Day 2

Saturday was a bit grey looking and windy but despite this a trip was planned on the Dillam Canal. I decided to take my trusty Nootka paddle which I am really getting to like and the Concensus paddle. We waited as people assembled ready for the off. and then it was all systems go. Around a bend we came upon this windmill with a touch of “grand design” next to it. There is also a touch of grandeur about this building despite its tin roof. We paddled on This time we took a left turn instead of the right fork that leads to a lock where I went before and found ourselves in a nice lunch spot by this bridge. Boats were hauled out for lunch and some took a minute to try other's boats. Then we made

Easter on The Norfolk Broads Day 1.

Easter Weekend on the Norfolk Broads Day 1. Having been ill for so long with the flu and then with a bad back I was desperate to get back to the water and do some paddling when I arrived at Barton Turf Adventure centre on Friday afternoon. I set up camp quickly and headed down to the Staith where I found the weather was quite pleasant with a minimal breeze and a bit of sun. The access to the water here is good and it is an easy matter to slip my boat into the water from my trolley. This was also b to be the first testing of the Concensus Paddle that I made recently (see my previous blog) and I also wanted to try this out I made my way out onto the water and headed right to Barton Broad as I

Concensus Paddle from home grown Cherry.

Woodworm whilst making a Concensus Paddle. Hello folks Forgive the long absence but I have been ill with the flu twice and at the same time have been trying to keep on top of furniture orders! I did however manage to pinch a few hours to make this rather interestingly designed paddle. The design comes from Graham Warren's excellent book on 100 paddle designs. It is the result of plotting the blade shapes of many paddles and coming to a concensus of all the results to arrive at this rather subtle blade shape. I decided to make it from a piece of cherry that was home grown in my garden. During seasoning the plank had developed a severe amount of cupping. This wasn't of too much concern as the

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