The ships are starting to arrive

Maritime Ipswich 2013 takes place this weekend along the waterfront. This year’s Maritime festival ties in with the 200th anniversary of Captain Broke who was born just outside Ipswich and lived at Broke Hall, Nacton.

I can’t find a lot of the detail but there will be historic ships visiting, a Beer festival and craft markets, etc. Worth coming down to the Wet Dock for.

The first arrival is our old friend Thalatta – an historic Thames Barge.

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You can see how clam it is out there this morning by both the almost perfect reflection in the water and the Bob just hanging on its staff.

Finally, a train arrives

We woke up this morning to the sound of a train horn. Over the way was an EWS Class 66 no. 66232 which was in the process of shunting empty hopper wagons into the sand and gravel yard over the way. As I am a very keen railway enthusiast, I watched this with interest. It is amazing how long it takes for what looks like simple train movements to happen. The loco went forward out of the siding and back in on two occasions. Eventually, it had a full train. Unfortunately, we had to go out so I didn’t see it leave so I am not sure if it reversed out or ran around and pulled the train out. I will have to check the track layout on Google.


Anyway here are the photos.

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A day out – first stop Monks Eleigh

We went to Lavenham via Monks Eleigh. At Monks Eleigh we called into Corncraft, one of our old popular haunts. I must say that their lunch menu was a nit esoteric for our tastes. They were setting up a Falconry demonstration. We didn’t stay or the show but I did take shot of the inside of the van. These are all compartments for their various falcons, etc.