Building up to a big weekend on the Waterfront at Ipswich

This week we will be having the Ipswich Maritime Festival for 2015. This is one of the high spots of the year. I missed out on the previous big weekend because of my arthritis but I should be more mobile from tomorrow so I am hoping to get into the thick of it. The weekend just gone was  of glorious weather and everyone took advantage to take their boats out. The Wet Dock was a bit like Piccadilly Circus (well, not quite but you know what I mean). There were long queues for the lock in both directions.

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One thing had skipped my notice. Do you remember the boat that was moored opposite for a very log while. This is the one that had the canvas cover that had a nice entry hole for the seagulls? Well, it went away last year. Suddenly, it is back moored up against Fenland.

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Since Monday, we have had a succession of new visitors. The first was an unusual Dutch boat called ‘Maes’.

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It was very noisy and churned the water up quite a lot as it left.

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I was impressed with the high-tech seat that the owner was using when steering the boat!IMG_3603

Following that, we have had two unusual boats come in but neither of them has a name that I can find. Does anyone out there IMG_3607

Normally, I can wait for a shot of the stern to get the name but I couldn’t see anything there at all.IMG_3608?

That was yesterday. Today, a similar  thing happened. This boat looks like a very comfortable home.

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I do like the bicycle!

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Also, I was interested in the high-tech stern!
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As part of the preparations, they needed a new sign on the quay below us. Three men came along to put up the sign.

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So, we are getting ready for the big weekend. Lots to see and do, so if you can come, do!

Lastly, one thing I can never resist is a sunset. Last night we had a very fiery one over the Maltings.

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