More of our Bristol adventures

So much to do and so little time! And the weather improving a little bit too much for comfortable sightseeing.

Friday 16th June and another windy day although sunny, and we decided to head for the @Bristol Science centre. We had a great time although it is mainly aimed at children; it was fully interactive, and with the addition of an armband that you can scan along the way, enabling the visitor to look  back on their visit via the website.

Charlie in a large hamster wheel

undercarriage of an Airbus A320

Remember Morph? 

We also had a 30min trip around the solar system courtesy of the 3D planetarium. Quite disorientating to start with but excellent.

visiting the planets

doing a space walk!

Our visit started to coincide with school parties so we were then surrounded by large groups of them. Luckily it didn’t impact on our visit, and it was nice to see the children interested in science stuff. I had a bit of a disaster as I caught my foot on a bench leg and took a tumble (no harm done and no one watching) ; then managed to spill my coffee in the coffee shop! We completed our visit and headed back to the boat for lunch.

Saturday 17th June it was Hot Hot Hot. We went off to the M Shed which is part of the Bristol museums group of free museums (donation appreciated though). 

It is a museum of Bristol life and people through the ages; and another very interesting collection.

view from the roof of the M shed.

It had a display of skeletons from Bristol and London that had all been found in various locations during building works. Very interesting to see that even in medieval times people suffered from tooth decay and osteoarthritis.

view along the harbour from the M shed

The afternoon and evening we spent up on deck under cover when rather alot of balloons came along; I’ve selected just 2 as there were too many to post.

just had to put this one in

Sunday 18th June and it’s Father’s day. Very hot again, and off we went early for a second visit to SS Great Britain, as Charlie hadn’t seen it all on our first trip. Free to get in with our annual ticket.

more from SS Great Britain

lavatories by royal appointment

first class promenade deck

butchering a porpoise

Walking back along the harbour Charlie said he would like a trip on the fireboat Pyronaut, so we booked a ticket for 13.45, and went back to the boat for coffee and cake, and returned at the alloted time. It was lovely and cool travelling along the harbour on the boat.

The boat no longer works as a fireboat but takes trips on certain weekends along the harbour to show the water canons in action. We travelled to Cumberland basin for this.

Pyronauts deck

water canons in action. the boat was extensively used in WW2

water spouts in the sky

proper dragon racing in action

Monday 19th June and we stayed at the boat trying to keep it and us cool, and I caught up with this Bristol trip blog (or many blogs as it is turning out). I did some washing as still have electric on the meter and water nearby. In the afternoon though we had a drunken youth climb up onto the roof of the boat and jump off into the water. Not to be recommended as the depth is only 1.5m, so he sustained a rather nasty laceration to his chest, and a telling off from us. The group did apologise but I sent an e mail to the harbour masters office to make them aware. This has been the first incident since we have been moored here.

Yesterday 20th June we headed off again early to visit the Bristol Museum and art Gallery, The Georgian House and The Red Lodge (all free but donation appreciated). We have visited most of the attractions we wanted to, but we are leaving visiting Clifton and the bridge as it is way too hot for man and beast.

Pliosaur exhibition in the museum

early flight

inside the Georgian house. Built and owned by John Pinney who earned his fortune from his sugar plantations in the Caribbean which sadly used slaves

dining room

housekeepers room

cold bath. Apparently John Pinney took a cold bath everyday

kitchen

library

drawing room

bedroom. John Pinney settled in Bristol when he retired amassing a vast fortune which in today’s money would have equated to £17 million

the Red Lodge. Built in the 16th century, and has been a house and a school in it’s history

room in the red lodge

Elizabethan oak panelling and still intact as it would have been originally. The ceiling plasterwork is also of this period. The oldest 16th century survivor in Bristol

A well that was discovered in the house in 2010 after renovators dug up the flooring

garden laid in the elizabethan style

Back to the boat by 2pm and college students again collecting on the harbour pontoons in this nice weather. No trouble this time but we did see the lad who cut his chest; he needed 7 stitches, so maybe he may think twice about doing a stunt like that again. The harbour master replied to my e mail about the situation. Another group of students left their rubbish strewn along the pontoon, and a resident in the apartments above had been watching them and came down with a bag to clear it up, so we helped fish out the bottles etc from the harbour. Mostly though people take their rubbish away with them.

Today another day of searing 30 degree plus heat, so as we had decided not to venture out to Clifton I have done washing and more blogging, so now am totally up to date with our adventures. Tomorrow we will go into town to sort out the phone contract (hopefully), and we will leave on Friday heading back to Bath as we have 2 friends from Cornwall coming at the weekend. First though tonight we are going onboard the Matthew for a fish and chip cruise along with our friends Mary and Stephen.

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