Taking a break

On the way home this afternoon while changing buses at London Bridge we looked up and saw the Goodyear Blimp (as they like to call it) going overhead.

The Blimp
The Blimp
About to disappear behind No 1 London Bridge

We had time to take a couple of snaps before our bus came along and interrupted the proceedings. Here is a close-up view showing more details, though you can’t quite see whether the pilot is waving!

The dirigible or "Blimp"
The dirigible or "Blimp"
Flying over the Thames at London Bridge

This dirigible or airship or “blimp” makes periodic returns to London and is apparently paying us a visit now though I haven’t seen any publicity about it.

Interesting as the airship may be, this post has a different purpose, namely to tell you that tomorrow we depart for a week’s holiday, during which I will not be posting. The reason for the holiday, if a reason be needed, is that my birthday occurs during the week and we always try to go away for our respective birthdays in March and September. I hope to recount our adventures and show you the pictures after our return.

So, where are we going? I will give you two clues, a bridge and a ship. Both are famous and, remarkably, both were designed and built by the same man, one of our most important Victorian engineers.

The Bridge
The Bridge

The total length of the bridge is 1,352 ft (414 m) and the height of the walkway is 245 ft (76 m) above high water. Tour visitors are told the story a Victorian lady in a crinoline dress who fell (or jumped) from the bridge but reached the ground safely, her skirts having performed the role of a parachute. The story is almost certainly apocryphal!

The Ship
The Ship

The ship was of an innovatory design for her day and successfully carried pas­sen­gers on a number of voyages but sadly became derelict and was almost lost before funding could be found to bring her back to her home port, amid celebrations, where she now resides, a charming monument to her designer’s genius.

Those are pretty good clues and I am sure most of you will guess the name of the town, especially if you live there! If you do live there, please say hello in passing.

Poor Freya went off to the cattery this morning (she doesn’t like going and I don’t like taking her…) and I have done my packing but for those needed items that have to be squeezed in at the last minute. All that remains is to get up bright and early tomorrow to go and catch our train.

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About SilverTiger

I live in Islington with my partner, "Tigger". I blog about our life and our travels, using my own photos for illustration.
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4 Responses to Taking a break

  1. BFG says:

    Many Happy Returns for ..er.. Wednesday, hope you have an excellent day (or week, even).

    Thank you also for recent posts about Thanet, and in particular Ramsgate, whence my folks retired many years ago (although my Dad is now deceased and Mum is in a nursing home in Lancing).

    I have fond memories of visiting them frequently and spending the day in their beach-front chalet on the Western Undercliff, leased from the local council for a reasonable price.

    Thanks to Sally Viking and corrupt councillors, those chalets were destroyed to make way for a road to carry container-laden trucks but the memories still remain (and so does the cafe).

    They were a much-valued amenity for local people and vacationers alike, available year round, so even on a frosty Winter’s day we could trek down from the family home in Percy Road, turn on the gas ring (free gas with the rental) and within minutes be sitting in a warm room with a nice view of the water traffic, slurping a freshly-brewed cuppa.

    On those frosty days, the hardy braved the cold to sit on the balcony, well wrapped up, enjoying the crisp, fresh, sea air and listening to the gulls calling and the waves falling gently onto the beach. Nice.

    • SilverTiger says:

      Thanks for the birthday wishes.

      I’m glad you liked the Thanet articles and I agree that it’s a shame when good amenities that people love are destroyed.

      Happy memories are a mixed blessing in that they pleasurably recall good times but also sometimes bring nostalgia and regret in their wake.

  2. WOL says:

    Safe journey, and happy birthday. — I can’t think of a better way to spend the day than being with one you love, doing what you love to do — travel.

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