Hi guys life on a cruise ship is never boring. (If it is it’s your fault) !
Today is my first day of my first cruise with SAGA Ok the ship is full of golden oldies but what an enthusiastic lot! I’m not working and I am actually enjoying a holiday with Hubs and have the time to attend other activities!
please note that this is NOT Hubs!
Mr Motivator (AKA Derrick Evans) is a guest speaker on board!
This is a gift for me as I prepare for bilateral hip replacements in a few weeks. Mr Motivator is certainly active, enthusiastic and positive! I’m also able to swim daily, well excercise my legs and hips! Just what the doctor ordered!
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.
I have a HUGE collection of vintage textiles which I adore but it is out of control! The grand plan is to put some ( a lot ) in my Etsy shop and send it to a new home. Basically I am lucky to live in a small cottage and need to make the space. If I carry on collecting I think the walls of the cottage may bow Or Hubs might start to object)
The grand sort may take some time! In the meantime I’m enjoying playing with the fabrics and seeking out locations to use for photo shoots.
Take a look at my shop ( not much stock as yet but watch this space!)
Hubs and I are having a cheeky week in Mayrhofen Austria. We have been multiple times but are still thrilled with the beautiful mountains, valleys and waterfalls. The mountain tops are easily accessible due to the chair lifts
When you reach the end of the lifts the restaurants are fabulous putting our efforts on Snowdon to shame. All the many paths are well labelled with numbers making walking much easier. Your not SUPPOSED to get lost👣
We generally buy a six day mountain pass which enables lift use free buses and train. Not bad value.
Great time out as I hardly ever go away ha ha😎
One day I might meet myself coming backwards! Well I wouldn’t want it any other way Busy is good, interesting, exhausting and fun! In the last month I have been on a Caribbean cruise with Hubs. Oh the glorious beaches, spicy aromas and hot hot sun! We left Christmas in the freezer returning home to a very cold stone cottage in the Welsh hills the day before Christmas. Once we had warmed up the cottage we put up some decorations and cooked Christmas dinner for 10 family members.
The next day I made another project for my imminent craft cruise. Three weeks on Friday I go to The Norwegian Fiords on another cruise. This time I will be teaching crafts whilst onboard. I have nearly completed assembling the craft projects that we will be doing on this cruise so phew! Another job done.
This bag is made using iconic Liberty fabric. It is quite simple because it has to be hand stitched. The bag is just the right size to use on board ship to carry your book and sun tan lotion. ( Although I don’t think we will need much sun protection during the very short Norwegian days of Winter!) I have added a pocket to carry the ships card in.
I will update you again soon dear friends so may 2017 bring peace, health and love to you all.
Life is assuming a normal rhythm after a difficult summer. But what is normal? Mum has gone, summer is waning, Hubs has gone walking and Benji Dog has a sore head! I seem to be overcome with the urge to sort out everything. Now this is NOT normal! I have discarded most of my clothes, no not the ones I’m wearing!. I have sent six bags of older clothes to local charity shops. The ( spare ) wardrobe can now breath. I haven’t even started on the main wardrobe.
Hubs has gone on a long planned holiday with the ” boys” I use that word in the loosest sense. He has been lovely this summer whilst I retired to my cave to mourn. He even bought a new spare bed when the Grand children found it didn’t work as a trampoline. This is maybe what has given me the urge to sort everything out or maybe it’s a reaction to loosing Mum.
Benji dog had a visit to the vet yesterday at vast expense. It’s seems that whilst running through undergrowth up the hill he has torn the skin on his forehead and got an infection. He’s very sad but I’m not sure if that’s because Hubs has left him behind or he feels sorry for himself.
I have been looking for my craft mojo and think that I might have found it, probably hiding under the broken bed. I have found mountains of wool. Well not found it, I always knew it was there. I have collected it all together and sorted out a new project for when the current one is finished. I have put it all into one of those bags where you suck the air out for storage. OK the Hoover sucks it out!
Whilst clearing out the wardrobe and looking for my craft mojo I accidentally weighed myself. I will say now more just bring on the lettuce. Now THAT is normal!
I am so pleased that I am a ” glass half full ” sort of a person as January has been a particularly difficult month somehow feeling dark and long.
My lovely Mum was stuck in hospital over Christmas and into the New Year because following a fall, the care home where she had lived happily for the previous five years felt that they could no longer “meet her needs”. I was very upset about this at first but set about finding her another home. In fairness she does now need a home that provides more nursing.
This week saw her finally settled, and reasonably happy, in the new home. This home is a large old building set in lovely countryside. It has huge beautiful windows and lovely grounds. They have craft afternoons each week so guess who will help out?
As January progressed my Soldier son smashed his ankle whilst on an assault course. It is a particularly nasty fracture which the surgeon called “category F” you work out the F! The long term prognosis is OK but will be a long haul recovery. Thank God for medical science.
In the mean time small Grandson fell downstairs hurting his shoulder. He was rushed to hospital but could wave at the nurse when asked! Kids!
Hubs has been laid low with what I called Man Flu but did turn out to be a particularly nasty virus. He’s well on the mend now,thank goodness, as he can resume dog walking duties.
In the midst of all this I went on a craft course which, hopefully, will allow me to teach crafts on cruises! More about that later. Life is certainly not dull so last night found me in the local village pub toasting the next month in and goodbye to miserable January!
Cheers! This glass is still half full!
Because of the lovely weather forecast, a good hotel deal and the only free weekend this side of Christmas Hubs and I have arrived in Keswick Cumbria. OK so we have been to Keswick seven or eight times this year but so what? To day we walked Benji dog around Buttermere Lake. It was misty and gloriously beautiful.
The circular route is about five miles long and fairly easy. Benji enjoyed it!
We stopped at Honister Slate mine where they make amazingly good soup. We weren’t disappointed!
We enjoyed the mystical scenery and the weather forecast was so good that we booked a third night at the hotel when we got back for dinner.hotel,
This week I have spent ALL of my time
1) Walking Benji Dog
2) Tyring hard to look after Hubs whose recuperating from a Knee Replacement op.
3) Walking Benji
4) Taking Benji to the vets as he’s had a stomach upset ( don’t go there!)
5) Sorting Hubs medical insurance and drugs out.
6) Sorting Benjis medical insurance and drugs out
7) Trying not to give Hubs Benji’s medication or use Hubs medical insurance for dog!
8) Walking Benji
9) Baking cake for “unexpected visitors” who came! -and ate cake.
10) Baking for, and helping at, yesterday’s community cafe
11) Walking dog
12) Cleaning kitchen floor after walking dog
13) Visiting my Mum and not realising that her care home is in quarantine due to a flu outbreak.
14) Finishing reading my current book mentioned in last blog post.
15) A small amount of time sewing and even less time knitting
16) Walking dog. In fact I think that Hubs has had a new knee as a ploy to make me walk more!
phew!! Sunday evening! No wine and no pub due to Hubs still being on medication. Benji dog has finished his. See what next week brings and I will count how many times I walk Benji dog.
This is the first time that I’ve blogged from my phone so please “bear with” as they say. The first noticeable difference is the predictive text so hopefully I won’t make too many mistakes.
Today we are camping on the shores of Derwent Water in The Lakes and it is a beautiful spring day.
We walked along the lake side having taken the launch from Keswick jumped off at Hawes End and walked around to Lodore Falls. A gentle start to a few weeks of walking. Benji really enjoyed it and has a new hobby posing for photos.
I would like to stay at the Lodore Falls hotel for Hubby’s BIG birthday in May but I will need to raid the piggy bank. We will see but I am confident that it could be a surprise as he doesn’t read this blog.