Well that’s it, I’ve run out of socks and undies I did pack ten of everything so I dunno what’s happened, or perhaps I’ve been away longer than I thought. Anyway I have now reached the point of having to sieve through my dirty linen to find the least offensive whiffy socks and boxers!! Well, at least I don’t have to lug them all home, I’ll leave most aboard Hallaig and just keep a couple for the journey north. Having said that the hotel will wash them, or at least get someone else to do it ‘for a fee’ but only during the week and for an extortionate fee.
The best meal ever
I really am a miserable old git, moaning about having to go out for meals instead of eating in the hotel. The ‘Holiday Inn Express’ only does breakfast and I’ve been sorely dischuffed at having to wander the Albert Dock looking for chuck. Me, I like to come home from work, have a beer, eat something and go back to my room. Sure there are plenty of restaurants around here and it seems to be a magnet for trendy people, it’s just ‘not my thing’. However, last night we wandered out the hotel, turned left and came across this place in yet another converted warehouse http://www.spicelounge.uk.com/
It was Halloween, the dock was heaving with zombies, vampires, ghouls and ghosts yet we managed to get a table there with only a few minutes wait, at a fish tank!!!! I kid you not, we had our Kingfisher lager on a fish tank. I’d like to tell you what we ate but I can’t actually remember other than it was a couple of lamb based starters and a chicken main course for me.
My Lamb kebab type dish was lovely but the skippers was even nicer, luckily we did a little swapsie The staff were brilliant and I’d definitely go back again, in fact if it were up to me I’d be back there tonight but I’ve been overruled
Being far to old to spend a night on the town I turned in early as we’d a busy day ahead today, it may have been Sunday but the Cammell never seems to sleep.
Sadly it was thick fog for most of the day, and with humidity at 87% the painting was cancelled for the day. It was even foggy inside the dock, still, at least it meant we could pump the fresh water over the side without upsetting the painters
Also managed some serious mods on the anchor windlass arrangement, which has been less than ideal for the last two years.
Now, thanks to some excellent fabrication by Ryan and Jim we have some lovely smooth chain guides and spurling pipes.
We did get finished a little earlier today but sadly, I was too tired and grubby to do any sight seeing.
http://www.merseyplanet.co.uk/ This will be the old light vessel LV 23 or Mersey Planet in the Canning dock https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lightvessels_in_the_United_Kingdom
This is the dock itself with the old warehouses and pumping station in the background.