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.
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!
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 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 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.