We know that they own the area of waterfront just by the Aurora. They keep it fenced off. They have used it twice, to our knowledge, to unload Suntis – the last time a few weeks ago. However, they have had fork lifts darting backwards and forwards this afternoon building a large pile of their wood packets in that area.
They didn’t block the pathway off so they were operating alongside the joggers, cyclists and pedestrians using it during the afternoon.
If anyone knows what is happening, perhaps they could post a comment on the blog.
Today, she posted an item about my favourite Pharmacy – Aqua on Duke Street. Liz attended the launch of “Robbie the Robot” AKA a self service machine for dispensing prescriptions.
It is said that you know that you are over the hill when you are on first name terms with your pharmacist – well Michelle, the owner, and I have been great friends ever since Valerie and I moved to the Waterfront over 6 years ago – and we found out that we were born about 1/2 a mile away from each other (in different time frames) down in Streatham, South London. We even went to the same primary and junior school – Eardley Road!
This means that I have been using the new machine on the rare occasions when my prescription collection hasn’t been supplied in a sack! Anyway, this is the new machine.
Touch the screen to get going. All you have to do is to enter the supplied PIN number and down it comes. BTW, it is NOT an ATM so don’t expect to get cash out as I have been led to believe has happened!
It hasn’t been a full year for the blog but this is mostly due to my rotten legs. Anyway, 2019 will be a very good year and I will get more to say about the Waterfront. As it is, have a great Christmas and a very happy new year.
I took two photos of the tree outside the University. One in the daylight – ho humm.
This didn’t look too great so we went around after dark.
There are some historic names for the wharfs along the Ipswich waterfront as can be seen in this image:
What we now call Orwell Quay is actually three wharfs. Anglo-Norden usually unloads Suntis on Eagle Wharf but, as I understand it, they have the right to unload at Gasworks Quay as well. They don’t often do this as it is more complicated for them. I was told that they have to use Gasworks Quay occasionally to retain the right. I am not sure of the correctness of this but I have been told the story on a few occasions. We have been living on the Waterfront for six and a half years now and, in that time, they have only used this quay once.
On Saturday we noticed that the were putting out their large blocking units amongst the cars parked along under the balconies of Capstan House. We were worried that they were going to trying stop the parking there, as they have done on Eagle Wharf for some time. I worked out what was happening when Suntis came in and moored further down outside the Aurora.
On Sunday, a notice appeared on each car warning that the vehicle should be moved as they would be “offloading a ship between 2nd and 4th December. Parking here will cause an obstruction. Please be advised that we will remove any vehicle that is causing an obstruction.”. By Monday morning there were only two cars left there and they seemed to have been ignored (see my note at the end of this).
Anyway, Monday dawned and off they went with one crane and fork lift trucks busily running back and forth. They had barricaded the whole of the waterfront so that pedestrians couldn’t get in the way.
This one was actually running backwards with its load. I had a chat with one of their staff, whose job, it seemed, was to direct pedestrians through the maze and he pretty much confirmed what I thought. Anyway, here is a shot of the activity taken on the Waterfront itself.
This is a view that we don’t normally get as the stern of Suntis is normally way down Helena Road and I can’t walk that far, unless I have my chair. I will add that the bollard with the cone seems to be stuck and hasn’t been dropped down for months. This has caused some issues for the fork lift trucks when manoeuvring with piles of wood (and for the funfair rides at the end of the Maritime weekend).
It was raining during the day so a shot from our window finishes off.
Just a final note to say that I was tempted to leave my car there with my blue badge showing. It is illegal to move or disable a parked car when showing a blue badge, no matter where it is parked – for obvious reasons. I would have loved it if they had towed my car away!
On my way back from Tesco the other morning, I went the long way around, down past The Cult and along the waterfront. There were three Seacat offshore support catamarans berthed alongside the lightship.
I am sitting here listening to the Clarion Call that is being played twice a day over the Waterfront and out to the town. This is an installation to commemorate women’s role in the First World War, which celebrates (??) the one hundredth anniversary of the end of that terrible conflict. The anniversary falls next Sunday when the ending of the war is marked at 11AM on 11th November (11th month).
“Clarion Call stands as an ephemeral monument to the aftermath of wars past, present and future. But instead of unifying us in grief, a composition of reimagined melodies provide a moment in time for a community to come together in hope and reflection.”
It is quite eerie but, if you give it a little while for personal reflection, it is very moving.