Now amended to show both coming out of and going into town, bus fans!
Spoiler alert. Early section of post contains hardly any bus photos at all.
Yes, here I am again, getting you to click on a ‘bus’ post and risking enraging you by spending the first part of it doing my usual walking around. Well that’s life and anyway, it’s my blog.
So the day does begin by getting on a bus. The 86 in fact.
The early morning deluge has just stopped, the sun is breaking through and it’s good to be out walking down towards the river. On an ordinary day, taking pictures of ordinary things. Which are not of course ordinary at all.
You wonder how long rising land values will allow this kind of joy to continue?
For two hours of conversation based on my last blog post, but reaching into possibilities you may yet hear of on here some day.
In fact it’s another hour or so before I leave the Baltic Triangle. Life and the living of it in Liverpool having been thoroughly discussed along the way.
And then, oh yes then, onto the bus.
The 86 is my basic ‘home’ bus service. There are others pass here – like the 75 and the 80 that so regularly take me to Granby. But the 86 runs so regularly that it’s invariably the bus I’ll get on after I’ve walked down our long road and watched half a dozen others go sailing by in the distance.
So on this one we’re going home, or at least I am.
No longer a department store, of course. But more of a ‘development opportunity’. Already partly an aparthotel, with gym and supermarket and who knows what else to come.
Which fellow Liverpool site ‘Liverpool Confidential’ has written about today. Showing the first pictures of what’s currently planned for one of Liverpool’s most significant streets.
Head over to Liverpool Confidential for a good discussion about this, including ‘Where has the Futurist gone?’
Meanwhile back on the 86 bus.
And remembering getting up on the roof there.
It isn’t really, of course. It’s building the inevitable yet more student housing.
Though that ‘A’ tells you the one in front is going all the way to the airport. Our one will be finishing at Garston.
Wondering how it is they have attracted their own definitive article here in Liverpool while others haven’t?
Then suddenly, in blog terms anyway, it’s the next day and time for me to catch the 86 into town.
In fact it’s the kind of day the sun’s barely bothering to show up at all.
That one will involve a day out in Bootle.
The Beatles once played there. Just once mind.
So after, leaving the 86 to walk along to the Baltic Triangle where yesterday’s journey began. So a two day cicular combination of bus rides and walking.
Note to self: How old are you going to get before making your first visit to there?
Pilgrim’s Progress Antiques’ open as usual, but now with property developers for company.
A lovely place, only been once so far.
So there, a circular bus ride and walk in two days under very different Liverpool skies.