today was warm so for the first time I wore my sandals. Wearing my boots, bought for when it was rainy and slippery haven't been so good when the weather has been warmish. Hate hot feet! Today I decided to walk to places that I still wanted to see.
First stop Maritime Museum. Closed. No signs about open shit or hours of operation. Later in the day I was told it was run by volunteers. The driving force had died, and the rest couldn't keep it going.
So off to the next stop on the other side of town up some fairly steep hills. I had gone a fair way and wondered if I was on the right track. after Id asked one person, who was a visitor too(!!) a woman called from the other side of the street 'Are you lost?' I dint have far to go. I did wonder if in other circumstances she might be seen as nosy! But I appreciated her helpfulness.
a variation on postal services. not a bike or motorbike but a van is parked at the beginning of the street and a pushcart taken out and loaded up with mail; up one side down the other then back to the van.
On to the Roman Fort and museum.
A good day today!! Not! The fort remains were still there with two boards giving brief information. But guess what; the museum was closed for refurbishing!
Next stop a 40 minute boat trip up to where the Menai Strait goes into the Irish Sea.
While it was sunny and warm Mt Snowdon (or Snowdonia?) was obscured by cloud. Doesn't bode well for tomorrow when rain is forecast and Im going on the Steam train up towards the summit!
There were stories and information on the way. A couple of these: The area where before myxomatotus 100,000 rabbits were caught each year. The Lord who fired off dud cannon rounds at a certain time each day, but once accidently (he had had a bit to drink)and hit the sails of a passing schooner.
On a more sober note, this area was made rich by slate mines and some copper. 1000 men worked in one of the big mines. Some of these came from further away, so worked a version of 'fly in fly out'. They walked, and probably didn't have as much out time as now. I asked what the main income for the area was now. Tourism. Which means the area is pretty depressed. It explained why the only jobs I saw advertised were volunteer ones. "get work experience and learn skills wile you help others". I wonder how many actually get work, experience or not.
The news has had a headline about "High Street" businesses complaining that the second hand shops are skewing business and Now there's a topic for debate. I think its very different but reminds me of Fremantle councils dilemma. Notre Dame university owns most of the south west section of Fremantle. they don't pay council rates because they are a church (therefore charitable?) institution, so Fremantle's income is massively reduced. So where should the line be drawn?
There is a tidal variation which causes some problems. In this marina it is solved by having these gates. You just don't leave until the tide comes in and the gates are lowered.
Then a coffee and Dutch crepes in a lovely garden. When
I went in the front was full, inside the café nearly so but a few seats out the back. When I finished the back was empty so I felt OK taking a photo.
and a bit more walking.