Aboard the Ark: Day 6
Well today got off to a flying start! I woke up in a bed that resembled the aftermath of a crocodile wrestling contest and feeling like I had slept for 9 minutes instead of hours! Dog’s stroll was curtailed a little to avoid a hedgehog incident in the pitch black.
Weather Guru – who has been largely conspicuous by his absence for a week – announces that if I go to the library I will be missing a beautiful day stuck indoors … erm thanks … where were you yesterday to remind me to spend the day indoors and avoid the rain hmmmm? So did I stay out or go in?
I did both … the Library wasn’t open yet so I had time for a bracing stroll down the quays to see how the rig Rowan Norway was looking in the early sunlight. On the way I snapped a picture of a boat that weather guru might like to consider? maybe a little shabby but nothing a bit of elbow grease wouldn’t sort out?
I hadn’t been down to the Quays at low tide – I mean I know the Tay is tidal and I have seen the sandbanks and little rocky outcrops at low tide when I have crossed the bridges, but never stood of the wharf and looked down at low tide. The Flotsam and jetsam that has been thrown in there over the years is now lying half buried in smelly mud!
There are old, well worn stone steps – no sealed at the top and encased in seaweed lower down; old piles that must have held some kind of jetty and all the timbers supporting the wharf in the photo are visible. That must have been for tying up ships with a deeper draught because it sticks out into the river some way and offers large bollards for securing the lines. It is hard to identify it’s exact location on the old plans of the docks (but I think it is Camperdown West Wharf based on a 1912 map of Dundee) which extended much further to the west than they do now (for example where the Tay Road bridge ramps are now and Tayside House was the tidal harbour seen in old etchings of the dock. Anyway the cormorants like to hang out on the islands but no sign of the seal today.
So there she is, Rowan Norway from the west.
Then I wandered along through the City Quay and spotted a heron standing on the quayside (in the central disused part) and another boat – but I think this would be far too much for Weather Guru to take on – Unicorn is a very old lady and she needs a lot of restoration work to keep her in use as a museum.
From here I headed to get Green tea and toast as a very early brunch before settling down at the Library to do some planning. On the way I passed Tayside House – the old Council head office which is currently being demolished as part of the new Dundee Waterfront. Because the rail tunnel runs underneath the building the demolition is being done by demolition robots crunching up all the masonry before dropping it down the lift shafts to be scooped out and removed from the bottom. Today I could see evidence (for the first time) that demolition has started – look at the top section in the first photograph and compare it to the second image.
I have a record of the demolition so far to make Dundee’s waterfront on my deviantArt site in this gallery where you can also see pictures of Unicorn and the Rowan Norway on her visit earlier in the year.
I enjoyed having a good forage amongst the business books at the Library and working on business planning. One of the books I was reading talked about what makes an entrepreneur successful … this included being flexible with ideas and recognising when one is in the right place at the right time, valuing socialising with a wide range of people – talking with them about one’s business ideas and being able to recognise an opportunity for what it is. I think that fits quite well with much of the activity I have been writing about here but which is not necessarily the first things one thinks about doing to start a business. Combine that with the inspiration from visiting the quay which tells stories of the successful businesses that Dundee was founded on (Jam, Jute and Journalism are generally reckoned to be the core industries) and today has been quite a business education.
Eventually I needed to eat so I called the work bit a day, bought a salad and returned to the Ferry to sit by the Castle in the autumn sunshine and watch the tide finish coming in.
An uneventful return home via the supermarket, saw me walk from the High Street to the supermarket, shop for essentials and walk back again within 35 minutes and without getting out of puff up the hill. Yes I could have caught a bus each way but the weather was dry and the walking is good for me!
I will leave you for today with these swans at the Ferry – not quite as photogenic as yesterday but then there were lots more folk out and about given it was’t raining!