Sunday, 8 January 2012


I am using the word guilt but it should be recognised  as Protestant guilt which is much less intense than Catholic guilt..
I am also  fully aware that my going on an extended cruise this year is self indulgent. It is against all the trends of poor economic growth for the country and for I apologise to anyone who thinks I should be tightening my belt with the rest of the country!
I work a fairly full week on no pay and never claim expenses. We are both fortunate in having pensions that can fund our life style providing we are not out spending money during the rest of the year! We have worked hard for our present situation and are going to enjoy it.
Please also  bear in mind that David and I are old....we are also fairly newly married having lost our spouses through ill health and we are always aware that it could be our turn next and that this time next year we could have gone aloft with the cat and the dog!
WE are also fairly fit....we can climb on and off tenders and look at all the wonders we are visiting without  wheel chairs . So we have to explore  the world whilst we can and try not to feel too bad about it.
I always seem to end up working where ever I am... so I have got one dog collar packed just in case!
If God finds work for me then so be it!
But our main aim this year is not to get enjoy everything we are going to see, and I will dissipate some of the guilt by blogging as I go!
I might even get the hang of showing pics!


  1. Ergo te absolvo Jean. As if I had any say in such matters!
    You have well and truly earned your holiday. Enjoy!

  2. I hope you both have a really lovely time and enjoy the cruise to the full. (P.S. If you were Catholic, you wouldn't have the slightest hang-up about having a good time, so perhaps you could be 'ecumenical' in that area for the duration?!)

  3. Wow! Don't justify it, why should you? You are helping support the economy and keeping some people out there in jobs by spending your money AND doing what you want and living your life fully at the same time! Added to that, you are going to blog and we will get to see pictures and have our minds broadened by your experiences and insights!
    Ditch any guilt now! What's not to like?

  4. Thank you all three of you for your lovely comments . Sister I have a Roman colleague and we do some services together. We joke that the priests are always the first at the bar. By and large it's true.