Here we are on the last day. Where has two weeks gone. It has gone in a blink of an eye and yet when we were at sea it seemed to take an age for time to pass. Early start. We were up before the wake up call, showered, dressed and quietly finishing off our packing. Breakfast was had on deck, hubby did my last mess duty as he knew I would need to save my energy for the travel home. To most people catching a flight is just that, easy and simple to do. To me it is a challenging adventure, and a painful one at that as the pressure during flight affects my foot causing extra swelling and more pain. Plus sitting in aircraft seats can be quite an uncomfortable experience especially if my Fibromyalgia pain is high, which it is today. What more did I expect after fourteen days on a tall ship. All I want is to be zapped from here to home in a millisecond and feel my nice soft bed under my sore body. Continue reading →
Exhausted and agony are not strong enough words for how I feel today. I think the climb really took its toll on my body and even with the additional pain I am enduring I would not have changed my decision yesterday to climb as high as the second yard. I got higher than I ever did before and I am so proud of my achievement. The pain and fatigue will never take that achievement away from me because I did it. I could not have done it though without the permanent crew of Nellie and all the voyage crew that hung onto the rope to take my weight. It would have been different if I was sat here in pain and to not have done the climb then I would have regrets about not pushing through, however I did do what I set out to achieve so how can I possibly have regrets. I just need to find a way to get through today as my energy levels are running very low and I am determined not to miss any of the action today. Continue reading →
Slept pretty well overnight which I didn’t think I would with the ship being so still. Breakfast was served up on deck, which was nice especially as the scenery is so beautiful. Everyone is in good spirits despite the late night last night and hangovers this morning. First order of the day was to gather on the dock for the crew photographs. My first step, or should I say wheel, on foreign ground since I had my accident seven years ago! Several of the crew had to be woken up this morning so they arrived on the dock a little shell shocked. By the time we all got off the ship our old voyage friend was back – it was raining quite heavily. We had a whole crew photo first then split off for individual watch photos. I had our watch leader B strewn across my lap with H and S holding either her legs or upper body. It made for a good photo which was a bit more fun than just a row of people. The photo summed our voyage up nicely I think – a bit of rain, some laughs along the way and a great team spirit. By the way if you are reading this and was on this voyage and have a copy of the crew photos please get in touch as I would love to have a copy.
Hello readers, only yesterday I said I could no longer write my journal because of sea sickness, yet here I am with Day 5. A miracle you may ask? Sea sickness cured over night – I wish! Just the age of modern technology, I found the voice recorder on my mobile phone, so the journal continues with no breaks. Continue reading →
I had a great night’s sleep last night, managed to sleep like a baby. Then I always do on a tall ship! I am so glad I have not lost that ability. I was a little concerned that with the noise of the ship and being in constant pain anyway, that I would not be able to get to sleep. I am so pleased that I could and maybe I will get some rest on this voyage after all. Continue reading →
Luckily hubby and I were not needed on watch last night which meant that after the fireworks we were able to settle down for a first full night’s sleep on board. Thanks go out to the watch members who did have to get up for harbour watch between 4 am and 8 am. Continue reading →
Well what a day. Finished our packing first thing this morning and headed to the Belfast docks. A journey of about half an hour seemed to go by really slowly yet in the blink of an eye we were there. I am feeling very nervous, wondering how we will get on. Continue reading →