I Need a Holiday

OK, so we are just a week away from our cruise but I really need a holiday.

It has been cold, very cold, and foggy for a few days and this has made my arthritis worse. One of the issues I get is that my fingers get stiff. Yesterday I managed to lose the grip of a cup and threw most of the hot chocolate it contained over our oatmeal coloured carpet.

It produced a really dirty patch that spread over quite an area with the dark brown drink. I was embarrassed and Deb must have been slightly annoyed at my clumsiness. Deb is a lovely person  and also very supportive and didn’t even “tut tut”at my error.

The wet and dry cleaner was brought out of the depths of the under-stairs cupboard. After consulting the instructions to remind her of how to use it, Deb spent half an hour attempting to remove my embarrassment. I suspect there will be enough of a stain remaining long enough to remind me to be more careful.

Our daughter and grandson are arriving later so I am sure the brown patch will be discussed again.

While checking with our daughter to see when she would be arriving, I discovered the phone was not working. We still have broadband but the phone line is faulty.

To report the fault I had to shiver in the conservatory with my mobile phone. This is the only place I can get a signal – while standing on one leg, in the corner of the room and facing the garden wall like some naughty schoolboy.

The fault was reported to the Indian Call Centre and an appointment made for an engineer to come here on Saturday morning (today). At least that was a prompt response.

So this morning we were up before it was light to be ready for the engineer who was due between 8:00 a.m.  and 1:00 p.m.

John was here by just after 8:30 and he took over two hours to replace the incoming line. He was efficient, tidy with his work, and quite sociable as he explained the problem and outlined what he was going to do.

The phone is now working again, so thanks John.

It is almost lunchtime now and I have lit the fire to warm the house up after having several doors open while John came in and out. Our daughter is due this afternoon so the stair gate has been fitted and various ‘not so child-friendly’ objects have been moved to high up hiding places to avoid accidents.

It will be nice to have time with Lynsey and Oliver and our last chance to see them before we disappear onto our cruise next week.

So, all there is left to say is to wish you all a Happy New Year!

Speak to you again soon.

World Cruise 2017 – The preparations are almost complete

It was the autumn of 2013 when Deb and I took a train ride to the Birmingham NEC to look at The Cruise Show.  In particular we were looking for the P&O stand where we intended to book a World Cruise.

Well we did just that.

With the help of Victoria Palfrey from the P&O sales team we paid our deposit and booked a cabin on Arcadia which would take us around the globe in January 2015.

As you can guess, this didn’t happen. I was still recovering from a Hip Replacement and Deb also had a cancer scare….which thankfully proved to be false.

We cancelled that cruise and the deposit was swapped for January 2016 on Arcadia’s world adventure. Thanks to Victoria once again.

Oops! I was booked in for a Hernia repair and as October came when the final decision had to be made, we still hadn’t received a date for my operation so the cruise was postponed again.

Victoria to the rescue once more and the deposit shuffled forward again for the circumnavigation cruise on board Aurora for January 2017.

Finally, we are within days of the cruise.

It will be on the same ship (Aurora) that we went around the world on in 2012. It even visits a number of the same places, but this time we sail eastwards.

It has cost a lot of money. The fare itself was ridiculous, the car parking and overnight stay in a Southampton hotel gobbled more cash, and the travel insurance and visas took a couple of month’s income. We have a filing cabinet full of medicines and toiletries, lots of new clothes, and we have even pre-booked 17 tours…and they are not cheap.

So I have created a new blog page specifically for the our adventure and hopefully there will be a few more entries before we finally set off towards Southampton on Sunday 8th January. Then while at sea I will attempt to update you every few days as we sail towards the rising sun each day.

And for what’s likely to be a slightly different view of our adventures, Deb will also be posting entries on her blog page.

Babysitting – again!

Well, we’re currently in Bridgwater, at our daughter and s-i-l’s new house.  They moved here three weeks ago, and it’s our first visit.  A lovely place, from what we can tell in the dark!

We’re here overnight to babysit our grandson while his mum and dad go to there respective works’ parties.  Oliver turned three years old yesterday so we brought his birthday present with us – a battery-powered miniature quad bike, which has proved a huge hit!