Blimping over Liverpool

There’s a place high on hill in Everton, North Liverpool that is part of Everton Park that you can walk or drive to.

You can park high on this hill and look out across the mouth of the River Mersey and, on a good day, see across the Wirral and right across the mountains of Wales and quite clearly make out Anglesey.

These pictures (which I didn’t take myself, but stole from other places) don’t do the entire panoramic view justice, but in the top one you can clearly see Snowdonia nearly 90 kilometres away.  The photo appears to have been taken from lower down the Everton Park hill than the place where folks park.

The best view (which I also don’t have a picture of) is somewhat to the right of this first picture, and is ‘Liverpool Bay’, the mouth of the Mersey.

To the left of the first picture is the more recognisable stuff that is Liverpool.  In this photo it also viewed from lower down Everton Park than the parking place I covet.

Less attractive to see, maybe, are all of the landmarks of the Liverpool ‘skyline’ but they too can be viewed from this vantage position, rather than the traditional view taken from the Wirral side of the river.

So, just to confuse things I have no photos of the Liverpool Bay scene from Everton Park.  However, it and the entire sky are a fantastic backdrop when it comes to lazily staring out to watch the never ending sunset.

I say ‘never ending sunset’ because there are many bits of afterglow and subtle returns before it finally disappears, especially when it’s mainly a cloudy, windy and slightly rainy day.  It’s an excellent show to sit in front of whilst munching on a very healthy (not!) evening takeaway meal.

Last night we were not alone watching it.  Way up in the sky, keeping more or less a stationary position was a large object.  I’d seen it earlier in the afternoon as it was slowly hovering over the two football stadia.  It was the Goodyear blimp on its Safety Awareness tour of 2011.

A close-up.  Most ‘naked eyes’ would see it more magically far away.

By day the blimp is striking, but it’s by night that it really becomes a spectacular vision, as it is very illuminated. Obviously, it shows the Goodyear logo and name for miles, and is an excellent marketing tool.

After watching the sunset, the blimp then faffed around back and forth over central Liverpool, almost dancing, as it turned back and forth, sometimes broadside into the wind and being blown sideways, and other times dipping its nose down and up, entertaining onlookers as a visiting dolphin might entertain onlookers.

Eventually it headed up river and off towards Warrington.

But, it got me wondering why there aren’t more blimps around.  I assume they can stay up in the air for a mightily long time compared to helicopters and aeroplanes, and whilst the engines are probably noisy, they may be less noisy than those of a helicopter, as they aren’t keeping the whole thing up, just acting as ‘thrusters’ to make it move in a particular direction.

Well, whatever the reason for the lack of them, when I win the lottery I’m going to buy one and provide free tours of the Liverpool Bay sunset.