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Paper Wreath

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Today’s craft class on board the SAGA Sapphire was a paper Christmas wreath. A nice project which was just challenging enough for someone who doesn’t really like paper crafts!

Quite a busy day on board today with lots going on to choose from. I started with an excercise class with Mr Motivator, Craft class, swim in the indoor pool and some fizz to drink pre dinner.I also managed to fit in a classical concert and a football match on TV! Phew! I need to go home for a rest!

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.

The Alternative Sail Away Party

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Phew! A sail away from Lanzarote with a difference. Accompanied by Mr Motivator Aka Derrick Evans I 90’s music and rum punch (rumish!) We glided out of the harbour whilst exercising and trying to use up some calories. Fun, energy and laughter and then it rained. The cool down was rapid!

I must point out that I’d been swimming prior to this class! I’ve twelve days to go before I have bi lateral hip replacements so I will be as fit as possible. Shame about the food………!

A Different Craft Class

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As most of you know I often teach crafts on cruise ships so you won’t be surprised to learn that I’ve been to the craft class on my current holiday. It was really good to see how someone else deals with the craft Classes. Lyn the tutor on this SAGA cruise has a completely different take on the situation. But you can always learn something new. Lyn works in paper craft which is not my first love but I am really enjoying a fresh outlook. I am delighted to make a Christmas Tree from a paper back book! Seasonal, appropriate and fun.

Life at sea with SAGA

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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!

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.

Crafting at Sea

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Many people ask me what I do. Well, apart from being very happily retired, I do crafts! Multiple crafts, some old, up-cyclingn, some new and some for fun. This love of crafts has led me to teach my art on board cruise ships! Simply put I am cruising the oceans sharing my love of crafts. I do not profess to being a qualified teacher but what I am good at is creating a group of people bonded by craft projects. I like to think that I inspire people to “have a go”

I cater for around 30 people per project and have to take all materials with me. There’s little opportunity to shop for glue or yarn off the coast of Africa! (Where I am at the moment) This is an onerous task and involves lots of “arguments ” with suit cases.

The really hard work is in the prep. Deciding what projects to offer and how much fabric will be need to be bought. The reward is seeing someone struggle with a project and being delighted with the result.

Crafting as we Cruise towards Namibia

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Another busy day crafting at sea as we head across the South Atlantic towards Namibia. Our craft group is packed with people of mixed abilities all working hard on individual projects. They’re also brilliant at helping each other. Interestingly we provide the initial ideas, lots of craft supplies and away we go.

Today “inspiration Textile packs”were the name of the game. As the name suggests we have put together these packs designed to inspire the imagination. I will show you some end results very soon.