One of the most graceful bridges across the River Liffey in Dublin is the Ha’penny bridge, so called because that was the toll charged to pedestrians wishing to cross from one side of the river to the other.
The Temple Bar area is to the right of the picture and this shot is looking towards O’Connell bridge. This bridge can’t be seen, but the large building behind the bridge shows approximately where it is.
On the left is the boardwalk alongside the Liffey. I used to like walking along this in my lunch hour.
Chippenham had its first ever River Festival at the weekend. On Saturday there was dragon boat racing. About 8 local teams took part, two at at a time and over 3 rounds. There was raft racing and a Viking fire boat on Sunday.
There were various watery related stalls, plus The Black Farmer sausages to try. The Black Farmer – I’ve forgotten his name – is standing to be Chippenham’s MP at the next general election when Chippenham will have its own MP – instead of being lumped in with the rest of North Wiltshire – for the first time since the Rotten Borough constituencies were removed from parliament.
I really wanted this festival to work as it’s about improving the river and life in Chippenham. There was something of interest on some of the stalls, especially the one showing the history of the river in Chippenham. However, the space in Monkton Park hadn’t been used that well and everything was too spread out. There didn’t seem to be that many people there on Saturday either – the Bank Holiday effect?
I hope they were successful enough to have another one next year and can learn some lessons to make improvements for next time.
I rather like the washing lines strung across this residential barge instead of sails.
Apparently the demand for residential boats on our rivers and canals has soared over the last year. It’s another aspect of the effects of the ‘credit crunch’ – boats and moorings are substantially cheaper than bricks and mortar.