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Menoffagainorrhoea; Then It Was Thursday

On the 21st of June, Aitch was supposed to be going to surrender her current vehicle and collect the new SUV she was treating herself to. The timing was tied into the shift of the girl who had sold her the new car, so our morning was spent domestically, (I did the rest of the grass mowing!), before heading in the afternoon first to the cinema. We saw "Solo; A Star Wars Story" and thoroughly enjoyed it.

When we emerged it was running close to rush hour out of Ipswich as we headed for Nacton and it was very slow going. We made it to the showroom in good time, though. However, there was to be a disappointment for my friend, as it turned out some paperwork had not been transacted. The exchange was thus delayed. Feeling a bit dejected, Aitch suggested we go 'to the seaside at Felixstowe' and cool down a bit. (The temperature that day had been in the high 20's centigrade, so a sea breeze would be welcome.) After our long time in traffic earlier, this part of the outing was quick and straightforward. We parked at the viewpoint near the major shipyards. Felixstowe is the UK's busiest container port, handling in the order of 40% of overall shipping traffic. This is in part due to having the depth to receive the larger container vessels, such as the Maersk Matz, which was alongside when we visited. (Mind you, Maersk isn't too happy with the port at the moment...)

I'm sure I don't need to remind you I have a thing for ships too. **cough**

We sat and watched the movements on the water for a while, and the containers being loaded onto the Matz, then I wandered along the shoreline to get some beauty shots; Aitch followed behind and I rejoined her as she hunted out three different geocaches. We then went and got fish and chips (my once a year break of sattva) and sat on the beach watching the waves lap, the gulls mooch and swat off the gazillions of pollen beetles which had been swarming with the warm weather. (They're the size of two pinheads and thankfully don't bite or sting.) I was interested in the strange buildings and fitments around the place. Turned out there is a fort here I didn't remember from childhood. We decided it would need to be visited later.


  1. What a wonderful photo of the ship and commentary on your activities....sounds like everything came together in good order
    Hugs HiC

  2. Ummmm, is that a GIANT Rubik's cube on that ship?
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  3. We are laughing at Princess Leah's comment, but truth be told, we were thinking Legos:) Rubik's cube really fits the bill.

    Very much enjoyed seeing all the photos. Hope the final transaction for the new SUV went well.

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  4. FABulous photos! And yes, it does look like a bunch of Rubik's cubes playin' Tetris!
    Ruby ♥

  5. I only been to actual a port twice I believe. But trading might be come interesting since we here in United States got Trump.
    Coffee is on

  6. Excellent photos. You make a part of the country I had not previously rated highly look interesting!
    Cheer, Gail.

  7. I have that ship thing too... and I love that you have a super eye for the details... well done ;O)))

  8. I have a thing for rust and old things and you have a lot of that here today... that is one BIG ship

  9. Hello, great collection of photos. The ship is huge, reminds me of ships I saw at the Panama Canal. Enjoy your day!

  10. So when are you going to show us the photos of the fort at Felixstowe?

    1. Hari OM
      Have only just processed the photos today... it's several posts away - but when it arrives, will probably be at least two + posts all on its own. Yes, It was the next best thing to the Flixton Air Museum!!! Yxx

  11. Solo(also enjoyed it despite the ratings) and all those beautiful ships and sights sound like a perfect afternoon!

  12. Did Fudge enjoy getting to capture all these good photos? Your land is littered with the remnants of war.


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