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Ports and Docks

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When on a cruise you soon learn to distinguish between docks and ports. You may “tie up” in a dock which is usually a working port. There are frequently many storage containers and cranes. Often the port will provide transport through the port to a port gate to prevent you from wandering around. As these ports are working areas they can appear very unattractive.

You may also “tie up” at a port terminal which is often more attractive. Port Terminals often have shops, duty free shopping opportunities and free WIFI often accompanied by cafes and relaxation areas.

Agadir, where we are docked today is most definitely a working port.

Cruise Memories

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On my last cruise we made beaded bracelets which I have mentioned before.

To be honest I found them a nightmare to teach but they were popular. We had a safety pin crises where pins were too big or too small. There was a problem with the elastic over stretching but the project was very popular. The thread was almost impossible to knot and pins slipped off the end. But they remained popular. We had “gluegate” when we tried to secure the knots but they were still popular. I must admit to swearing that I’d never do them again no matter how popular.

THEN I met one of the craft guests at the airport going home. She had made ( successfully) two bracelets as Christmas gifts. She and her husband had been for afternoon tea in a smart hotel in CapeTown . There in a glass display cabinet were the very same popular bracelets marked at £20 each!

I guess I will offer these popular bracelets as an option on my next cruise!

Weaving in Namibia

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When we were in Swakopmund Namibia we visited a carpet weaving studio It was named Karakulia Weavers They can be found on line at http://www.karakulia.com.na The sheep’s wool is from northern Namibia which is more verdant. The wool is quite thick and course but makes beautiful carpets.

The designs are lovely on both sides, usually of a customers own design and are exported all over the World. The staff had opened especially on a Sunday for us but were delightful and deserved the custom. Sadly I couldn’t buy one as I’m overloaded with luggage any way.

Desert, Dunes and Townships

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Today was a day of contrasts. We arrived in Namibia in Walvis Bay . This is situated between the Namib and Khalarari deserts. It appears to be a land of sand dunes, diamonds and Townships. Very much a contrast between the haves and the have nots ( as many countries) I took a tour and visited Dune 7 the largest sand dune in the World.

We moved on to look at a Township. I felt very sad and upset as they stopped the coach to look and I wasn’t sure if we were watching a zoo or those outside were watching us in a zoo!

We ended the tour at an up market beach resort ( what a contrast) I had a very belated breakfast here and finally rang hubs at home. Travel and absence certainly makes the heart grow fonder.

Cruising South

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Yet another day at sea. Not that I’m complaining . Crafts are doing well and today we did felting Lush soap again which is always popular. Ladies continued to quilt their iPad projects and seeing how pleased someone is with their efforts is a delight.Up cycling the Lush pin cushions is a great quick project which is also popular.

Gaelic coffee tops off the day nicely

Norway 2019

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I am so happy to be back in Norway for the third time. Life is good! I’m fortunate to be working my passage by teaching crafts! How good is that?

Moored off Flam on a Lazy Sunday Morning

This particular cruise is just seven days long so we have just three planned projects. In some respects it’s harder than planning a longer cruise as there isn’t a lot of time to start a bigger project. I’m not complaining however.

Then there is always the gym!! I’m on a pre surgery fitness plan so am working hard. I need a new hip and don’t want it to affect my current wonderful life style!! “Sadly” there is also the food! And don’t forget Wine! But aren’t I a lucky girl?

Sail away Party with Cocktails

By the way I am enjoying the ship Boudicca one of the wonderful Fred Olsen fleet.

I will tell you more about our crafts in a later blog so watch this space!

A little Up Cycling

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I’ve been re-freshing a couple of old dining chairs for my cottage kitchen. One done and the other a work in progress. I am using a great “chalk like” paint called Frenchic Furniture paint which is lovely to work with. The paint requires little or no prep, covers well and is self levelling.

The house is in a permanent state of upheaval as I am constantly prepping crafts for a cruise or actually going away. I’m off to Norway soon and then Southampton to Cape Town in October. It’s all good fun and very exciting and don’t forget, I am working! Most of the work is before hand, deciding what crafts to offer, buying the materials and preparing the actual lessons. I love it!(and I’m seeing the World) More about my adventures at a later date.

Cruise Crafts Cadiz

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My crafty cruise takes me to Cadiz today. The actual crafts are usually taught when we are at sea so today there is time to explore.The Cathedral is lovely and the city square provides plenty of coffee opportunities

It’s a special day today for Fred Olsen Cruises as all four of their ships are docked together to celebrate 170 years of the company.

For the businesses of Cadiz “their boat has truly come in”In fact three boats each spilling around 1000 people into the shops and restaurants

Well the sun has shone, the entertainment has entertained and I’m about to get ready for the sail away party. All three cruise ships will sail out of Cadiz in convoy. It’s then Ibiza here we come.

Memories of Canada

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The recent cruise that I was working on was to Canada. It was on Fred Olsen MS Boudicca and billed as “Rugged and Rural Canada”. And what a surprise it was rugged and rural! There was four days at sea in each direction, which is why I was on board, to teach crafts when at sea. Fantastic job! A few of the ports that we visited weIMG_1256MS Boudicca Sydney Nova ScotiaIMG_1258IMG_1259L’Anse aux Meadows school buses to show us around the Viking settlementIMG_1261IMG_1244St Pierre Island

I hope that one day I will return to Mainland Canada and explore further.