Friday, 26 April 2013

Liverpool 3

Came across this Dude today,Yep he's alive,head first upside down arms folded balancing in a bucket.Heaps of people were chucking money in his other bucket,and he was even thanking them.He reckons the Worst thing about the job was the Price of the Buckets.

 In the Saint Georges Hall building,big organ..nice pipes.

 Big Iron chandelier

 Apparentley this fella did not Like the Colour Green

 Same Fella same dislike.

Cunard Building,if your worldly you'll say AH , the Queen Mary ship and others.

 The Liver Building clock face,HAHA bigger than Bens..

 Inside the stone Gigantis the Liverpool Anglican Cathederal,they rushed the building cos,there was an important wedding due,started 1908 finished 1978, by then the" to be" bride had been married 7 times.

 Bigger than Texas..

 Went up the Tower was so high 323 freak'n feet it was raining up there,walked around on like a  timber pallet covered with matting walkway, Spooky..

Looking over the city centre you can see the Radio Tower building ,looks  pretty Pissy.. 
Finally had a feed of Fish & Chips,GREASY'S proper name.Chik says "you want vinegar"? What ;and ruin the taste of the Fat..

 Leonie pretending that Lions don't frighten her,if only she had of know there were 5 more ,tough as..

 And you thought your shitty arse 2001 Toyota Corolla had all the comforts,Air Con, 1851 apparently Dave,sweated a lot.. Also he would'nt draw air from the East side of the outer buildind cos,there was a cemetery there and those dead bastards Stunk..


Thursday, 25 April 2013

Liverpool 2

 Had a couple of computer hang ups but sorted now so have a bit of catching up todo.Have really enjoyed Liverpool,everythings so accessable from the mooring,and the city centre is so clean around the shopping area.Trendy modern buildings along with the old heritage buildings make interesting viewing.The weathers been good, had very little rain and high of about 15 Celsius.

 The Town Hall buiding 1802.

Another of the Liver building,first in the world to use reinforced concrete,1911.

Typical old office block.

 Viewed from the boat, an exhibition nearby featuring..............Marc Bolan,
T REX...

 Also from the boat,the old pump house,1870,now a pub,pumped water around the docks.All brick used,no wood as a precaution against fire.

 The Manly Ferry,, aka Caxton chilling out.

 No wind here..
 Took a trip by train,20 min, to Port Sunlight,named after the Lever Brothers who made Sun Light soap.William Lever built a village to house his workers,800 homes,schools,baths,hospital etc,started 1888.Used 30 different architects so the houses didn't all look alike.

 Above and Above,not bad for factory workers digs.

 Lady Lever art gallery opened 1922,all William Lever collection.Rooms of it.

 Tidy ceiling,art gallery..

This painting looked So Real...

Travelled with Ray and Diane,NB, Ferndale,having a cuppa,tea rooms Port Sunlight..Oh,Banjo had a water with a chocolate treat..

Sunday, 21 April 2013

A Hard Days Night

A peaceful night at bridge 9,tidy spot,awake with the alarm and the final push to the docks with a touch of sunshine made for enjoyable travel.We were tied up by 2.30pm.The canals on the way through the suburbs are rubbish laden but when we decended the 4 lock Stanley flight the magic of the harbour and surroundings becomes apparrent.The huge Stanley Dock tobacco warehouse,built 1901,14 stories,125 feet high,27 million bricks 30,000 panes of glass and covering 36 acres was by area the worlds largest building.
Looking down the Stanley flight.

Leaving a lock.

A small part of the Tobbaco warehouse.

The warehouse viewed from the locks.

Passing through Salisbury dock turn left at the Victoria clock tower,(not Flemington).

On the way through the salt water passage we passed through 7 separatley named docks no doubt all with a ton of history attacthed.

Entering Princess Dock lock,British Waterways fella's do the manual labour in here.

Entering last 2 locks,Mann Island Lock.

Two tunnels take us beneath roads and buildings.

It was dark as in here with a bend as well.

The Port Of Liverpool building.

The Royal Liver building.

Royal Liver.

Arrive at Salthouse Dock. Paul & Elaine kindly took photo's & assisted with the mooring.

After tying up and checking out the facilities and surroundings I've gota pinch myself, gave Leonie one as well,this is so cool,3 weeks ago im in a 4 car traffic jam in Napier NZ,now were not only visiting Liverpool but we steered a narrow boat into this sea port.
Went out for drinks and a meal with Ray & Diane,Paul & Elaine,a good night,Paul & Ray trying the Liverpool Scouse meal.

Diane & Ray.The Scouse had no effect on Ray..

Ray,Elaine & Paul, there was an element of doubt but it was'nt a "gay" bar..

Lunch at the Hilton,(200 metres away), 70 Quid ,lunch at Pauls place,(Salthouse Dock) Priceless.

After an excellent day I said to Leonie,"we should be sleeping like a log".