The Transporter Bridge & River Tees~July 2017

Finishing up our day out in Teeside, Sophie and I went to see the Transporter Bridge that crosses the River Tees. It connects Middlesbrough, on the south bank, to Port Clarence, on the north bank. It is a transporter bridge, carrying a travelling ‘car’, or ‘gondola’, suspended from the bridge, across the river in 90 seconds. The gondola can carry 200 people, 9 cars, or 6 cars and one minibus. It carries the A178 Middlesbrough to Hartlepool road. Locally the bridge is often referred to simply as ‘the Transporter’. The bridge is quite famous, featured in films and TV programmes…

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Well what a change to have some kind weather and blue skies. And what a change to get a 1/2 hour lunch break by the sea down at Redcar.  A strange place is Redcar, it has a beautiful sandy beach, but is surrounded by industrial stuff. A wind farm out to see, and a power plant further down the coast. It belches out smoke from its chimney’s all the time. COrus steel works are in Redcar too, so the sky is always hazy even on clear sunny days like today.  Anyway it was nice to have a break and get…

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Today has been long, lots of driving, lots of problem solving, home at 6.30pm, had dinner, worked from 7.30-10.30pm. So another late upload and no time to be sociable. Up at 6.30am and another day the same to come, and Friday, and Saturday, go away for training on Sunday night, come back late Monday night and start again Tuesday.  Am I winge~ing? Yes, and No, cos I HAVE to be grateful to be working and earning in these recession times, but Lord I’m too old for this!!  It was a beautiful day for all that, balmy and spring~like, and I…