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Thursday, 19 July 2012

Magic in the air ...

Ready for the ferry
It's the start of our week-long motor home visit to the island of Ireland, and a journey of discovery. All so friendly and helpful once we had eventually reached 12Quays at Liverpool/Birkenhead (actually the latter) - delayed because I was simultaneously reading SatNav, Google maps and a road atlas and failed to direct Raymond at a critical junction. 


Ready to board the Stena ferry
Check-in prompt at 19.15hrs, overnight bag organised (we have a cabin reserved), and we wait to board; a gentle half-hour alongside the River Mersey in which to write and take photorgaphs. We’ve already received a text message from Stena to say the 22.30 Liverpool to Belfast sailing will depart on time. 


Taken through the windscreen as we are about to board
Ahead of us, under grey rainclouds is the long thin skein of waterside Liverpool. At first glance, grey too, like the slick surface of the water; but all shades of grey, interspersed by buildings of cream stone and red brick – and subtle shades of those, too. A painterly line, a watercolour wash. I feel the urge to sketch as well as write. 


Reading menu
So I do; and the more you look, the more you see. And then it is 20.00hrs and time to board, find our comfortable cabin and the ‘Metropolitan Restaurant’ and, oh, a menu to die for. Delicious food, courteously and elegantly served. 


Truly delicious
As is my wont, I write and type whilst eating – amazingly, the free WiFi (internet@sea) requires no irritating password. So easy, just click and you are logged in. Dusk descends, shoreline lights pinprick as through a theatrical backdrop gauze; all is transformed. The magic has already begun.




(Images are converted to very low-res in order to upload using on-board WiFi)

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