And heading south!
Well we are on board, despite Len's attempt to get himself arrested by smuggling a table knife on board! We met at Mum and Len's place (supposed to be there at 12 but we were an hour late due to faffing with other stuff) and Mandy was there on time for once - typical! The journey was uneventful and we arrived at the Hilton, Southampton (via a cream tea at Arundel en route) safely. Had dinner and then I suggested we spend what was left of the evening playing cacnasta, in the knowledge that mum and Len play regularly with their friends. I got the cards and they both couldn't remember how to play - great, this is going to be a long trip!!!
Next day we embarked and as Len's overnight bag went through the Xray machine, a table knife could be seen quite clearly! Happily they concluded that he probably wasn't a terrorist and just confiscated the knife. He says Mum put in, in case it might be useful?! Can't imagine how the mind works can you? Mind you, with several thousand similar knives on board ship, even if he was a terrorist, he would have to attack someone somewhere on the gangplank presumably??
We did the emergency drill (Mum and Len fell asleep, of course) and then we were off. We sailed past Oceana, which was due to sail from Southampton an hour after us, so we had the usual competition to see whose foghorn is loudest!
We started dinner a bit late last night because Mandy, Mum and Len all got lost en route to the restaurant - hopefully things will get better.
Now the good news..................the banjo arrived on board safely!!
Loraine is managing to stay sane so far and so am I - just. But we aren't sharing the oldies cabin - Mandy is, so she is in severe danger of throwing herself over at some point in the next three weeks!
We watched the F1 qualifying in the hotel (in bed of course!) and saw Lewis get Pole, and although we can't see the race on board, we just bumped into someone at breakfast who says sky news has just reported he got away cleanly and is leading - yippee - GO LEWIS!!!!!! Keith, you'd better be recording this race and the next (and if you are, make sure you keep it till we get home!).
We are currently off the west coast of france and the sun is shining - it ain't a bad life!
That's about it for now, see you tomorrow.