Archive for August, 2016

Bye-bye Britain ’til Next Time

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Last day in the UK, so Ralph and I enjoyed a treat, a pub meal in “the Nellie,” a favorite pub of theirs in Farnham, dedicated to Admiral Nelson. They had a favorite quaff of mine on tap, Landlord’s. For the second pint, I tried all the other good ales they featured, but came back […]

England Day 5

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

In the morning, Ralph took me to the rental car place a couple of towns over to get rid of my car. It’s a day early, but I don’t need it anymore because he’ll drive me up to Heathrow on Monday. I’m quite grateful for that; I didn’t fancy driving in London area traffic and […]

Wales to England Day 4

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Chris came over to set my GPS for me, technological incompetent that I am. Emma and the boys, Ethan and Jaden, came with him. Ethan, who’s about 12, is startlingly bigger than I remember him from last year. He’s really beginning to look like a rugby player. It was raining most of the way up […]

Wales Day 3

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Another sunny day, a miracle in Wales! The waitress led me to sit by the window. “When we get a sunny day in Wales, we need to take advantage of it,” she said. After breakfast I walked down into the little town, about a mile and a half, and bought a book at the cancer […]

Wales Day 2

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Wales, Day 2 Morning dawned just as gloriously. After a real Welsh breakfast (not helpful to the waistline), I took a walk down the hill. (There are only two ways you can walk in Wales, down the hill or up the hill. There are no flat spots in Wales. Sylv used to say that if […]

England to Wales Day 1

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

We disembarked in Southampton at about 9:15AM, a very smooth operation. We’d sailed in at dawn and I got to see the docking process. Southampton looks like a pleasant small city, built around the harbor. The Queen Elizabeth was in too, about a half-mile up the wharf. It’s a lovely sunny day. The temperature is […]

Landing with the Queen

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Dawn rose directly to starboard, right into my cabin window.   I was awake early enough to see bits of the landing process.   The air is fresh.   It’s a lovely morning, cool-ish but going up to 24ºC later today while I’m driving down to Wales. Last breakfast in the dining room with yet another new group […]

Sailing with the Queen Day 7

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

The sun rose this morning off the port bow, so we’ve changed our heading. (99º, the chart on TV says.) Of course, the key point is, “The sun rose this morning.” First time we’ve seen it in several days. Blue skies, gentle breeze, slight seas, 65º temperature. Maybe I’ll get in some deck time this […]

Sailing with the Queen Day 6

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

When I woke up earlier, the waves were high and the wind quite strong, but it settled down to Force 7, still significant enough for them to close the foredecks.   The ship is being buffeted, the partially covered decks are windswept and running with water, and still the diehard runners and deck walkers are out […]

Sailing with the Queen Day 5

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

A lady of a certain age asked me last night, a bit coquettishly, if I were one of the dance hosts! I’m not sure whether I should take that as a compliment or not. There are several mature gentlemen aboard whose primary function is to partner unaccompanied ladies at the various dance events and venues […]