Tuesday, 21 May 2019

At sea!

Second day at sea and everything seems slightly weird...it’s a beautiful boat but I am still having trouble finding my way round.
Last night, a formal night we were all wearing evening clothes which is fine except I couldn’t find my evening shoes. An hour looking for them meant that I finally had to go down to dinner wearing some flat navy shoes which didn’t really go with the long skirt and jewelled top!
This morning the search continues with my cabin steward telling me he never touches shoes!
We are landing soon. I have no tour fixed so I’m hoping for a nice quiet day, not necessarily peering into the dark corners of my room.
Having written that I have now found the shoes! They were hiding under the life jacket which I had to take with me on the first day here!
I’m afraid I really am getting too old for all this.
One man here that I’ve travelled with before was very helpful last night...so maybe I do need a friend right now....though he wouldn’t be the first choice...
I’m getting picky as well as forgetful in my old age.
Getting off this ship when we dock is not the top of my to do list but he harbours the notion that it would be pleasant to walk into the town together....
Now I am tempted to say I’ve lost my shoes.....
Clearly I am suffering some hopefully short term confusion...but not enough to stop me from ordering a bottle scotch for my room..
Happy Days.

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Monday, 20 May 2019

First day afloat.

Many of you will remember my problems in getting the Wi-fi up and running on the last occasion when I took to the high seas...it remains to be seen whether I will do better this time. I am not confident but I will try.
We are sailing north right now...aiming at the Baltic.
It is dark and dreary outside. It feels easier to keep to my bed for a while...
Last night was agreeable in that there was one lady I recognised from a previous trip.
Our singles table though small...four women and one man...was interesting.
I have yet to look at today’s program of events...I expect I will get myself out of bed soon... well....
The truth is I suppose that I’m getting too old for all this though most of the people on board seem to fall into that category. We are an ancient group of explorers I’m afraid.
All the usual stuff about meeting the captain is coming over the airwaves but so far I have no wish to meet anyone...I could spend a very agreeable day watching the sea from the safety of my cabin...
The lack of movement along the corridor suggests that I’m not the only late riser..it’s only eight thirty! So there’s plenty of time...in theory...
As you will have realised by now I’m lethargic this morning...the long journey to get up to Southampton has taken its toll....and the need to unpack and be tidy yesterday means that I can’t find anything this morning...or even be sure of the right time...
It’ll all be alright...I think....only time will tell.......

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Saturday, 18 May 2019

Morning angst!


I am now in the nervous period of waiting....absolutely certain that I’ve forgotten something important. I have not slept much and my taxi man isn’t due for another hour...it is half past six right now. Arghhhh!
Small details pop into my head and need attention...
The main thought in my head is that this is self inflicted pain...I don’t have to do all this so should I make this the last time...which is ridiculous because I know I’ll enjoy the cruise once I am safely installed in my state room!
The really annoying thing about this is the whole process goes into reverse in two weeks time...so maybe a longer cruise should be contemplated in future!
My suitcases are sitting in the hall waiting...everything is organised and yet....my poor overworked brain still insists on going through silly details..
It got light some time ago...and one or two vehicles have gone past the house already..this is a part of the day I’m not familiar with.
The fact that it’s Sunday is also unusual. A day when I would normally be in church...but there’s no chance of that today although the odd prayer will be offered at various stages...
The roads will be quiet though...the biggest danger will be getting there much too early...
I am rambling now...but it is a relief to be able to write all this down...better than an imaginary friend to confide in.
So I drink my coffee, put out my dustbin to be collected very early on Monday and check through all my bits and pieces again...
And then off we go......fingers crossed...

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