|Jenny, Beryl & Carol and a Superlambanana. These things are all around the |
city having been first created in 2008 when Liverpool was Capital of Culture.
|The wheel seems to have additional lights this year|
|A lovely sky over The Pumphouse. BW logo on canopy yet to be changed.|
|Wonderful Stations of Cross around the Cathedral.|
|Original design for RC cathedral|
|This park is 2 floors up on top of a car park, Albert Dock behind|
|Fizz to celebrate 5 years to the day since we moved afloat, and sill loving it!!|
|The wonderful waterfront|
|A Liver Bird and what was the largest clock face in the country|
|One view from the tower|
|Pianos have been placed all around the city for people to go and play.|
The glass opening in the paving is a view into the old dock we visited last week.
|The Liverpool Institute was where Lennon & McCartney first met|
|This photo shoot was taking place near our lunch spot, the chap on right holding the parasol|
|The Philharmonic Dining Rooms are fantastically ornate, visit them!|
Whilst on things I didn't know, I was reading (in Nero drinking coffee) an obit for an ex RAF bomber pilot who was shot down over Paris. The Gestapo sent him and about 160 others to Buchenwald and effectively tried to starve them to death. He knew that RAF crew should have been prisoners of the Luftwaffe and he doggedly tried to get messages to them. He eventually did so & senior officers came to the death camp and were horrified at the conditions and forced the release of RAF prisoners into their care for interment in a Stalagluft camp. Sorry, nothing to do with boating, but this blog isn't just that!!
It was still pouring and I got soaked during the 10 minute walk home.
Saturday 14th and time to leave Liverpool. I popped up to Tesco to get a paper & brought coffee back to the boat, believing we should set off to be at the first lock for 9, then someone said 9.30, others said 9, so we got there for just past 9 & waited till 9.30!! The weather was bright but breezy with odd moments of slight dampness in the air. Before casting off I thought I'd check below the deck & found when I had refitted the weed hatch it had not sealed perfectly & I baled out several gallons and reset the cover. I intend to get a better sealing membrane than Debdale sell when we get home, there is still a slight weep but a drip tray is catching it!
|Leaving Albert Dock, Museum left, Liver Building, clock & bird ahead|
|In Canning half tide lock, entry to Albert Dock through bridge on left|
We shared locks with Will o the Whisp with Margaret and Nick, but they had to stop as they came out of the top Stanley Lock to clear their prop & then stopped at Litherland services to fill with water...I told them off for not borrowing our long hose that would have allowed them to use the tap by our mooring in Liverpool.
|Some birds chose funny nesting spots!|
|Margaret with Peter on roof(!!) approaching lift bridge|
approaching bottom of Stanley Locks
Five boats passed through the first swing bridge, but only 4 of us went through the final BW operated bridge, BW were waiting for the stragglers but didn't hold us back.
|Approaching last controlled bridge we are alongside Aintree Racecourse. There was motorbike racing going on as we passed, we hope there was no head in this helmet!|
|We have never seen a beekeeper at work live before. He said the |
weather had been too cold for any honey to have been produced yet.
We passed out of the controlled area at 2.30 and the four of us cruised on through four more swing bridges before the other three stopped, we carried on with a single hander we met on our way through the swing bridges and stopped just past br 22, Ship bridge at 5.15. A lovely spot, bright evening but as it had been all day, with a cold wind. 17 miles, 6 locks & 8 swing bridges.
Sunday 15th another bright breezy day with a cold wind, it reminded me more of a cool Spring day, not mid Summer!! Not far today just 2 swing bridges, the first of which ,New Lane, is BW controlled as it keeps jamming. If you are coming this way, make sure you get Waterscape (or its CRT successor) on-line up-dates. We collected 2 incredibly slow boats to follow, and also passed a long line of match fishermen, but by 11.30 we had tied up where we spent 5 weeks last year and were in infusions coffee with the papers, Carol couldn't wait to get back to the friendly staff there. 6 miles 2 swing bridges.