Night walk on The Other Side

Hubby and I walked the dog on the other side of the river last night for a change. It was a lovely evening, no need for coats or jumpers and we could get away with light footwear.
crocThese things are deceptively comfortable, and don’t cost the earth to buy either!

There’s no direct link from our side so it meant walking up the road, going through the maintenance yard and across the metal bridge to what had been the original offices and the marina’s third basin.
Maggie wasn’t too happy about the bridge, even though it has a weight limit of twenty tons. It echoed under our feet and there were a few gaps where the sheets of metal met. With her nose to the ground, I suppose she could actually see through it to the water below.

When the laundry was out of commission and the water turned off due to a mains problem, we’d used the facilities in basin 3, but had never walked around or taken note of the surroundings.
marina and riverThis is an official picture of the river from google and would have been taken from basin 3.

The actual marina over there is less than half the size of ours, and there are more boats on the river itself. These are the big boys: wide beams, dutch barges and huge cruisers, including a Sunseeker, which to me looked like it was high out of the water at the front and dangerously low at the back (Poole being my home town we know where these are built and this is my own picture of part of the Sunseeker works on Poole Quay).
sunseekerHubby thought maybe the bilge wasn’t working and it was actually sinking. We’ve never seen anyone on it, and in all the time we’ve been here, don’t think it’s moved at all.

Maggie wasn’t interested in any of the rabbits as they scattered in our presence. They seem to be bigger and fatter on that side, whereas the ones over here are so laid back, they are practically sunbathing all day. By mutual agreement, they don’t run away and Maggie doesn’t chase them.
The other side is also used for storage, either boats out of the water for the winter or any other reason, and a few residents pay about £100 a year to keep their trailers over there for surplus possessions and equipment.

When we first arrived, we became friendly with a couple who had been aboard their Sea Otter for 8 years. They had a trailer over the way, and every day would be taking something back and retrieving something else, be it clothes, computer printers, deck chairs or crock pots for cooking dinner. They didn’t have a car so when they moved on, not only did they decide to have their boat trailered (google image) to their new destination rather than putter,  they had to get someone to move their box trailer too.
boat transporterWe thought about having one, but opted for the Great Sort Out instead and basically if it’s not in the boat, in the car or we’re wearing it, we don’t have it. Having changed the car last year, that’s a good thing as we couldn’t tow anything now anyway!

We saw only 2 people and nodded hello, but heard a lot more and with it, loud music.
The noise wasn’t coming from the boating community though but one of the flats adjacent to the river. That’s one thing we’ve discovered about boaters, they are considerate not to disturb anyone with their radios, TVs or musical instruments, especially during the evening.

We could see our boat from the other side, the helm cover standing tall above the bank.
Looking at the sky, it was going to be a clear night, but rain had been forecast for the morning. Maggie did her business and we cleared up, then made our way home.
bb at sunset

This picture was taken last year from the dog walk on our side.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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2 Responses to Night walk on The Other Side

  1. scifihammy says:

    Interesting to see the other side 🙂

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