Interesting Item re: the woodyard

So the pile gets bigger. In fact, they have filled the whole quay now. I stopped one of the fork lifts as he was dashing back and forth. On asking him why, his comment was “No idea. They tell me to move the wood, so I do it”. He agreed that they hadn’t done this for a long time but didn’t know why it was being done now.

A few days later, I was parking my car in Patteson Road and saw that there was a notice attached to a lamp post. From where I stood, I could see that it wasn’t the usual “closing the road” notice so went and had a read. Very interesting, as I am sure that you will agree.

There has been talk for a long time about Anglo-Norden moving into the port and flats being built but nothing ever happened. As I was told, there was difficulty over unloading Suntis. Once in the port, as I understand it, they would have to use port labour rather than their own. Well, reading this, it would seem that things are now moving on. Goodness knows how long the process will take – perhaps the local councillor can tell us – but it would make the Waterfront a lot more appealing., especially if the council insist on the dockside being upgraded, as they did with our block. If you remember, Persimmon had to arrange for a complete rebuild of the dock edge a few years ago (see my blog posts!). We will watch this one with interest.

What are Anglo-Norden doing?

We know that they own the area of waterfront just by the Aurora. They keep it fenced off. They have used it twice, to our knowledge, to unload Suntis – the last time a few weeks ago. However, they have had fork lifts darting backwards and forwards this afternoon building a large pile of their wood packets in that area.

They didn’t block the pathway off so they were operating alongside the joggers, cyclists and pedestrians using it during the afternoon.

If anyone knows what is happening, perhaps they could post a comment on the blog.


Robbie the Robot arrives

Our local councillor, Liz Harsant does a great job for the Ward (or area for our overseas visitors). She has a Facebook page where you can keep up with council activities:

Liz Harsant Councillor for Holywells Ward

Today, she posted an item about my favourite Pharmacy – Aqua on Duke Street. Liz attended the launch of “Robbie the Robot” AKA a self service machine for dispensing prescriptions.

It is said that you know that you are over the hill when you are on first name terms with your pharmacist – well Michelle, the owner, and I have been great friends ever since Valerie and I moved to the Waterfront over 6 years ago – and we found out that we were born about 1/2 a mile away from each other (in different time frames) down in Streatham, South London. We even went to the same primary and junior school – Eardley Road!

This means that I have been using the new machine on the rare occasions when my prescription collection hasn’t been supplied in a sack! Anyway, this is the new machine.

Touch the screen to get going. All you have to do is to enter the supplied PIN number and down it comes. BTW, it is NOT an ATM so don’t expect to get cash out as I have been led to believe has happened!

Happy New Year 2019

I was going to include some shots and videos of the fireworks last night but there were too far away on the other side of the Island so I have had to forego that.

Instead, I had a look outside for the first morning of 2019. The whole Wet Dock was lit by the rays of the sun, even though the clouds hung over the scene.

I would like to wish all my readers a happy and prosperous new year.

You can do me one favour. Please tell everyone you know that we exist.

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As one of our readers said recently “As Waterfront residents (Neptune Square) we have learned a lot from what goes on under our noses from your blog. Thanks for the effort you make.” Enough said!

Merry Christmas 2018

It hasn’t been a full year for the blog but this is mostly due to my rotten legs. Anyway, 2019 will be a very good year and I will get more to say about the Waterfront. As it is, have a great Christmas and a very happy new year.

I took two photos of the tree outside the University. One in the daylight – ho humm.

This didn’t look too great so we went around after dark.

That’s better.

Unloading Suntis on Gasworks Wharf

There are some historic names for the wharfs along the Ipswich waterfront as can be seen in this image:



What we now call Orwell Quay is actually three wharfs.  Anglo-Norden usually unloads Suntis on Eagle Wharf but, as I understand it, they have the right to unload at Gasworks Quay  as well. They don’t often do this as it is more complicated for them. I was told that they have to use Gasworks Quay occasionally to retain the right. I am not sure of the correctness of this but I have been told the story on a few occasions. We have been living on the Waterfront for six and a half years now and, in that time, they have only used this quay once.

On Saturday we noticed that the were putting out their large blocking units amongst the cars parked along under the balconies of Capstan House. We were worried that they were going to trying stop the parking there, as they have done on Eagle Wharf for some time. I worked out what was happening when Suntis came in and moored further down outside the Aurora.

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On Sunday, a notice appeared on each car warning that the vehicle should be moved as they would be “offloading a ship between 2nd and 4th December. Parking here will cause an obstruction. Please be advised that we will remove any vehicle that is causing an obstruction.”. By Monday morning there were only two cars left there and they seemed to have been ignored (see my note at the end of this).

Anyway, Monday dawned and off they went with one crane and fork lift trucks busily running back and forth. They had barricaded the whole of the waterfront so that pedestrians couldn’t get in the way.

This one was actually running backwards with its load.

This one was actually running backwards with its load. I had a chat with one of their staff, whose job, it seemed, was to direct pedestrians through the maze and he pretty much confirmed what I thought. Anyway, here is a shot of the activity taken on the Waterfront itself.

This is a view that we don’t normally get as the stern of Suntis is normally way down Helena Road and I can’t walk that far, unless I have my chair. I will add that the bollard with the cone seems to be stuck and hasn’t been dropped down for months. This has caused some issues for the fork lift trucks when manoeuvring with piles of wood (and for the funfair rides at the end of the Maritime weekend).

It was raining during the day so a shot from our window finishes off.

Just a final note to say that I was tempted to leave my car there with my blue badge showing. It is illegal to move or disable a parked car when showing a blue badge, no matter where it is parked – for obvious reasons. I would have loved it if they had towed my car away!

WWI – 100 years – Clarion Call

I am sitting here listening to the Clarion Call that is being played twice a day over the Waterfront and out to the town. This is an installation to commemorate women’s role in the First World War, which celebrates (??) the one hundredth anniversary of the end of that terrible conflict. The anniversary falls next Sunday when the ending of the war is marked at 11AM on 11th November (11th month).

Full details can be found on the SPILL Festival web site. That web site gives more details:

“Clarion Call stands as an ephemeral monument to the aftermath of wars past, present and future. But instead of unifying us in grief, a composition of reimagined melodies provide a moment in time for a community to come together in hope and reflection.”

It is quite eerie but, if you give it a little while for personal reflection, it is very moving.

Occasional Visitor – Pioneer CK18

Pioneer is an Essex fishing smack and comes into the Ipswich Marina on an occasional basis. You can read all about her on the Pioneer + web site.

It was a lovely morning this morning but the smack was in shadow caused by Capstan House so I had to wait as it passed slowly in the sunshine. It was worth the wait but, using my iPhone camera, it lost a bit of colour from the hull. Still, as that was the only camera on me, then at least I got the picture.


I love the little dinghy tied up to the stern. Although it has an outboard, it still has its mast in place.


Dutch Tall Ships Race

It’s that time of year again, when the Wet Dock fills up with tall ships – 21 this time. University students are the focus of this year’s crews rather than”young professionals” in previous years. It started with Artemis arriving. Then a quick look at FleetMon showed the Orwell full of ships coming into the Wet Dock.


I did my usual roll along the quays and took some random shots.

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The crowds here are all of the crews having a chat and a drink. This took place on the Friday afternoon. Lucky that the weather was beautiful for the occasion.

I understand that complaints were raised about the noise levels on Thursday night and the Environmental Health had to ask them to tone it down. That’s a pity as it is only once a year and the noise was much less than the evenings of theMaritime Weekend or even of the Aurora on a summer Saturday night.

On the Friday afternoon there were some of the crews messing around on skateboards and a few working with drones. The wide expanse of the Wet Dock is ideal for such things. In fact, I caught a drone on camera when taking a photo of the new university car park, which has been turned into a giant marquee for graduation day.


On Saturday morning, on my jaunt to the local pharmacy, I took a photo of the board outside the Lightship. This might tempt a few of you to come and visit. I would like see the Pirate Radio exhibition if I could scramble abroad. Some of my favourite memories of the 60’s were”Kenny and Cash on London” – the jingle for Kenny Everett and Dave Cash on their afternoon show on Radio London – great stuff. I even remember some of their jokes, but not now.

Lastly, back to normal, because all of the Dutch boats went during the night leaving the Wet Dock nice and peaceful for Saturday – just when lots of Ipswich residents could come down to see them – shame. Nice to see Queen Galadriel is back in the marina, though.