The Dawn Princess continues its 2010 round the world journey and the on board bloggers continue to inform and entertain us. Every day, both Paula and I dive into the various blogs for our ‘fix’.
What I had overlooked was that when we went to Sydney for a few days last year (round about Melbourne cup day) the Dawn Princess was in. Not for one minute did we think that a few months later we would have booked a cruise on it! Had we realised, we would have taken more pics.
The fascinating thing about the various blogs is that each puts a different perspective on the cruise, which is brilliant. “Packetau” is taken with Philip’s daily quotes and may well continue with that next year.
We have had several enjoyable international trips to the Australian Masters Games and the World Masters games, with the Kiwi contingent. A lesson I picked up from the Jaycees, was recording the misdemeanours of the other members, usually to create a laugh and resulting in a small fine. This seemed to make sense for the badminton players so I avidly recorded all such ‘incidents’ whilst we were away. With a bit of embroidery and massaging of the truth, our reunions were generally hilarious as these ‘incidents’ were given a wider airing. Maybe my mission whilst on board will be to record the things that made us laugh.
We will certainly leave the historical info on each port to the others and as someone who prefers to be behind the camera or video camera, don’t expect a heap of personal pics!
We have enjoyed some of the stunning food creations that bloggers have posted so far and maybe we’ll make a point of taking lots of pics of the food! Editing the movies and stills down into a reasonably sized package might take some time too as the critical thing is making sure you are brutal with the editing. A 53 day cruise for us is quite a long one, so the resulting DVD may have to be broken down into segments otherwise the computer might struggle to cope. If others are going to produce their own movies of the cruise, maybe we should make sure we swap addresses and post each other our finished DVDs!
The new grandson arrived 6 days later than expected (July 26th) and at this stage looks to be a chip off the old block(s), with a remarkable likeness to his dad at the same age. Bearing in mind that Stewart also looked a lot like me when he was young, we’ll just have to wait and see how junior progresses. As Stewart’s wife is Brazilian, the normal convention there is to carry over mum’s maiden surname so Manu became a Santos-Green when she married Stewart.
It took several days after the birth to confirm the baby’s name and we expected he might carry over the double barrelled surname. But it was not to be. The proud parents have opted for Noah Samuel Santos Green, thus retaining the ‘Santos’ as a Christian name. Although there are Samuel’s in our Green family history, this is the first Noah and I can’t help thinking that rather than a Scalextric set, maybe granddad should buy him a carpentry set and show him a picture of the Dawn Princess...
Second thoughts. I’ll stick to the Scalextric set as at least I’ll enjoy it!