Back home tonight but very late
Greetings readers world wide I know that when we are on the road the readership increases dramatically so let's recap on late night. I net Carl and Glenn at the Scotsman pub which is very near both hotels and serves enormous portions and it was very pleasant to down a couple of pints of Guinness instead of the local brew mind you I'd already scoffed a packet of biscuits I'd bought from Waitrose we then went down to the mc cafe and had coffee and cake and the lads did some artistic night photography with the buses by moonlight the slightly choppy sea and even more choppy road surface. We reviewed our day out, I'd seen the bus club tour leave in their preserved traditional Malta bus just as I arrived at the graveyard on the docks they'd spotted the magirus Deutch at the back but I'd missed it as it was a bit boggy underfoot in places and I nearly went a cropper. It was very sad to see the entire fleet all together other than the preserved ones and the few which were scrapped which did include some novel rebuilds. To be honest I don't really think that many if any will ever run again most are looking in a very sorry state. Today it was going to be a stormy day high rinds rain thunder and lightening thankfully their weather is as fickle as ours and although there was wind even that dropped and it was dry and in the afternoon warm and hazy sunshine just right for photography.i forgot that it was armistice day as the ceremonies here were all Sunday and there was no sign of any silence at 11am but the television at the exec lounge at Malta airport has what looks like the ceremony from Tashkent but I might be missing something. I did some more shots on the hill at Naxxos by the quarries although it wasn't as busy as Monday but still a few gems . Then I went to find he scrap yard where the artics ex London are kept I did as many shots as was possible given their tight placements but of norebknterest was the old leyland octopus or whatever fuel tanker and then hidden round the back as I was looking for someone to ask if it was ok was a wonderful old fodens with Mickey Mouse cab all in quite good condition and somethingvshichvwiild be snapped up in the UK but would I think probably be a black hole to throw money into bit sure off Carl saw this one hope they did. Then I had a vague idea of trying to get to single quarries to peer down in the wretched vintage trucks but as I was nearer Valletta I decided to have a look around he docks and did some shots near the abattoir again and afterwards moved round the one way system a bit whee the light lasted for quite a while and j could get traffic in three directions, this provided lorries and buses in profusion and lots more different ones as well somewhere I missed going back to my favourite roundabout which wasn't as good as yesterday although the weather was a good deal better . Then I headed up to Valletta bus station where the bus club trip had all landed after their day out and at last I got shots of he ex Nottingham scania which looks very distinctive the kind from reading us in bits in the workshop.as it was sunset I went back or hobbies back by this time as my knee was done in and got to the airport early for a wash, refreshments and a few glasses of chateau Rabat .the lounge us very clean and quiet and the airport staff were very friendly, kind to an old gut limping and jet me cut around the various barriers and at last a good sit down after a rewarding if very turning four days in Malta all that's left now is the delights of Thomson airways back UK Manchester .
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