A windy day

I did a roll around to see how the wind was affecting things. There were quite a few people strolling up and down for a breath (ha!) of fresh air. The Aurora looked busy. Oh, and the wind was blowing! First off, we have couple of regular visitors.

First up was Alert.

Then we had the Border Force cutter Valiant. I might be wrong but Valiant seems to be missing the water canon that was on the fore deck?

It was extremely windy. I thought I would take a video of the seagulls as they do seem to enjoy flying in this type of weather. However, by the time I got the camera ready they had all gone. Nonetheless here is some idea of how windy it was.

Lastly, I went back home via the Podium and took a panorama shot of the scaffolding, which is nearly complete across the face of all three Anchor Street blocks. If you look carefully, you can see that the main face of No. 1 is now wrapped.

Waterfront miscellany 2024

Nothing much going on along the Waterfront. I had to roll down to Fore Street post office so took a few pictures.

First off, Fairline was having a delivery of a new boat.

I bet that this caused some blockages along the A14! Next up, I noticed that part of the chain fencing has come down. I hope that they fix this before someone goes in the water.

What with all the scaffolding going on around Orwell Quay, it is interesting to see that they have some on the front of the Salthouse hotel, although I think that this is for cleaning rather than anything else.

Finally, it is interesting to see that the first of the wrapping is going up on Anchor Street.

I say “finally” but there is one more piece of information. I bumped into the Cadent guys round near Isaacs. It is nice that they have finished in our road but they tell me that the Duke Street work is being held up by some scaffolding on the new building close to Tesco. It seems that they hoped to start work in February but it may be March before it happens. I can’t wait for the chaos that this is going to cause!

Paving and lifts

The Gas people have come back and taken up the concrete filling that they used temporarily.

I assume that they now have some blocks available and awaiting the team to relay them.

Whilst there, I noticed that one of the bollards that are supposed to be up all the time (and dropped using a key is what used to happen) has been hit and is at a jaunty angle.

Perhaps, one day, we will get back to having the all blocked off and the bollards dropped on special occasions – fun fairs, fire brigade etc. Probably too much to ask.

It is interesting to note how the current scaffolders differ in their approach to the previous ones. Here is the current state of play on Anchor Street. No sign of wrapping yet!

Lastly, an ongoing problem in Capstan House. Looking at my outgoing e-mails, I have been contacting EWS since at least the beginning of December, if not earlier, complaining that the left had lift is faulty. They keep getting the engineers in but the fault never goes away. According to them, t he engineers were in yesterday and fixed the fault that we had over Christmas – only one lift was working throughout the week. Here is a little video of the current problem – which is the same one we had back at the beginning of December. Make sure that you have your sound up load to here the problem.

Happy New Year

Now that Christmas is over, we can look forward to 2024 with some relief that our cladding issues are resolved but aware that Anchor Street has over a year still to go. However, It was a lovely day today, although the wind is still very strong. I rolled down the Waterfront to see what was happening to the Xmas tree by the University. It seems that it was blow over in the recent storm. Unfortunately, by the time I got there, they were finishing all the clearing up.

This is all that remains.

The day was nice and bright so I took one of my usual – down the Wet Dock – photos.

I am still impressed with the camera on my new iPhone 15 so here is a tricky one – straight into the sun. This would be hard to expose on my old Olympus but check this out.