Monday, 11 January 2016

Missing photos, canalside development & unusual lunch

Saw this on a friend’s Facebook page and just had to share it.


I found the two missing Water Tower photos from yesterday’s post.  I think they show how the Water Tower used to protrude out into the harbour.


The above photo was taken from the main wall with the Water Tower to the left.  Note the apartments behind the tower.  They are located where the river would have been.


Same view from a slightly different angle.  You can see the wall that joins the tower to the main city walls.  The arch of the watergate is in the base of this joining wall.  I’m most grateful to young Halfie for being able to decyper more of the words on the plaque above the arch.  They are contained in his comment to yesterday’s post.

Turning 90° to the right provides a view of the canal.


If you look closely you can see Waiouru moored on the left.  I want to draw your attention to two things of interest on the right side of the photo.  First is the row of timber posts that have been erected during the last three days.  The second is the multistorey brick apartment block.  Both Jan and I have been wondering about the timber posts.  Initially we thought it was a new permanent fence.  However the posts have been erected in 44gal drums filled with earth.  It must be a temporary fence.  I detoured when walking back from the walls and came upon this sign.

20160109_142856 My assumption is CRT have sold the land for the new residential development.  This next photo is taken from the opposite direction.  The temporary fence is very close to the canal.  Hopefully the new apartments won’t be this close.  Actually it would be rather nice if the developer installed visitor mooring rings and improved the edge.


Back to the existing apartment blocks.  The original basin appears to have been retained and there are mooring rings, although last time we were this way we never saw a moored boat in the basin.


A local boater subsequently informed us that visiting boats have moored in the basin.

The historic Taylors Boatyard and dry dock is opposite the basin whilst the drydock is located between the canal and the lock on the River Dee branch.


Building it in parallel with the lock means it can be emptied by draining it into the lower pound.

Sunday lunch was back at the Coach House Inn.  This time the vegetables were served in a manner we’ve not previously seen.

20160110_123954 On a breadboard in a large yorkshire pudding.  And very tasty it was to!


KevinTOO said...

OK, I've got to ask...
how on earth do you stop the gravy running off the board??

Tom and Jan said...

Hahahaha.... We're from down under. You hold the spout to your mouth and pour! :-)