Things that you might have missed?

In early April, the Dutch raced their tall ships across the North Sea. 24 of them arrived in the wet dock.


A new and very successful event was the Dragon Racing:


Then, the Samba Club dancing outside the Cult Cafe:


Following that was the Craft and Antiques Fair in St. Peters Street:


Lastly, we had the Food and Drink Festival:


On my travels on Saturday I came across two things that could have done with some publicity. First off, when I was riding past Dance East, I could hear some drums playing so I went to investigate. Around the back of the building, I found a Maypole and some teenagers dancing to the drums and a fiddle.

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They were having a great time but, apart from me, there was no audience. I tracked down what was happening – Maypole Remixed. Quote from the ISTD web site : “EFDSS (English folk dance and song society) are offering youth dance groups and dancers from the East of England the fantastic opportunity to take part in a new and exciting youth dance commission”  They were very enthusiastic and not at all fazed by the lack of an audience.

Here are some images I took

I took some videos that I patched together.


Secondly, whilst passing the Cult Cafe, I saw that there was a marquee erected outside. On approaching, it seems that there has been a play being acted within over the last few days.


The next big thing? – The Maritime Weekend takes place on the waterfront on 18th (10am – 10Pm) and 19th August (10am – 6pm). Fireworks are on Saturday night, this time.  I have been checking around the Ipswich Town and Waterfront site and the description is HERE.

I hope that you have enjoyed the walk around recent events.

Another Sunny Saturday – Good for a stroll around

Another week and yet more sun. 25c today, as it has been for most of the week. Gardeners and farmers are praying for rain but the rest of us are just enjoying it. Not much is happening – after the flypast the other day. Note that I didn’t do a post for the flypast. Normally, for the Trooping of the Colour, the flypast goes right across our apartment block but this time – for security reasons (?) – it crossed the Orwell down near the bridge so the images that I was able to get were so small. See this one of the RAF Sentry  AEW aircraft.


We did get a bit of excitement when the biggest collection of RAF Typhoons (Eurofighters) flew right across us. In fact, it was such a surprise that I didn’t get them on camera until they had passed over.


Anyway, back to the weekend. Valerie and her mother went down to the Aurora for an orange juice sitting in the shade. I intended to join them and then go on a photo journey around the waterfront. On my way down to the restaurant, I went to take a photo of theThames barge “Melissa” when I realised that the camera battery was dead! Back I went for a new battery. That would have made the trip a little bit pointless, don’t you think? I finally got to the Aurora and had a big glass of orange juice and some really good Eggs Benedict (well with smoked salmon rather than ham). After that, I tootled of.

My intention was to get some updated images of the Winerack and, along the way, get some other shots of the ever-changing waterfront. I hope that I succeeded. First off, here is the Winerack in its current state.


These next two are for my friend Dan, who likes this sort of stuff.


I then went round on to the Island and got a nice shot from just by The Last Anchor restaurant there.


We noticed, last night, that there were now some lights showing at night on various floors of the Winerack. I will try and get some pictures later.

The rest of my time was spent getting photos of the other aspects of the waterfront.

First off is the Thames Barge, Victor, which is always berthed here.4

This is the old CustomsHouse – Now the main office of ABP, the owner of the port – from the island. I like the two barges in front – Thistle and Victor.


This is probably the next building to be part of the rehabilitation. However, I love the different colours and shapes. I especially like the peeling paint on the columns supporting it and hope that they will preserve these – some hope!


As part of PhotoEast, I suppose, there are murals on the walls further along. This is one of them.


What a nice day it was. It was so nice that I stopped off at the Dance East cafe for a flat white and a danish. Mind you, I only chose that cafe as they offer a student discount and my Open University card is still valid!


This little thing was hiding in the lower entry doors to the Customs House.


There is a gully between the path and the walkway for the boats on Neptune Marina. That wall, on the left, looks very original!


Later that day, we went for a drive down to Felixstowe – more about the beach there in my next blog – for an ice cream. Jessie had a plain cornet, Valerie had a 99 – I have explained 99s to my American friend before – and I had a super salted caramel double scoop! It was very busy down there.


After the ice cream, we went on round to Languard Fort – you can read the history HERE. We (I) went there because you get a great view of the cranes in the port. Expecting to get a shot of a line of cranes, I was a bit disappointed (!!) as there was a huge container ship berthed and being unloaded.


Well, that’s it from a hot day in Ipswich.

A Sunny Day in Ipswich Town

Excuse the play on “A Foggy Day in London Town” but it was an exceptional day yesterday. Not only was the weather perfect for a Saturday but England got through to the Semi-Finals of the World Cup!

Apart from the weather, there wasn’t much to comment on so I found some nice shots that sum up a perfect day.

The management company that looks after the “estate” always places lots of flowers around the podium and the streets around Capstan House and the other blocks.


These are one of the many good things attached to living on the Waterfront.

We get a good view of the Aurora restaurant and bar from our balcony and, although we only use it for coffee and orange juice, we are pleased that it provides activity throughout the day and into the evening during in the summer and, thus, keeps the area alive and colourful. Yesterday afternoon it was particularly busy – and we thought that everyone would be watching the football!


A couple arrived to use the bar during the afternoon. I was particularly interested in their car because it was the same make and model as that which we hired for our honeymoon back in 1967. The Ford Anglia shown here is in tip-top condition and I was mightily impressed with it.

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Unfortunately, I couldn’t do anything about the reflection in the driver’s window – but there we are. When night falls in the summer, especially at weekend, the Aurora gives us lots of lights to perk up the Waterfront.

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Some brave souls keep going until well into the evening.  My wife tells me that when she got up at 4am there was still staff tidying up after, what must have been, a very busy night.

Back to the “estate”. One of the other things that pleases me about the area is the way that it is lit at night. I especially like the pathways down from the podium to Anchor Street.


The blue up-lighters give a very nice effect. Sorry about the quality of the image but it was taken with my phone. I really should get the Canon 80D out!