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MY TALL SHIPS RACE JOURNAL DAY 9 – (12/07/2015) – Oil rig aliens, a few tears and a lap full of bras!


Oil rigs on the horizon as we come on watch

Began watch at 12 midnight to an abundance of Christmas trees on the horizon.  Why has Christmas featured so much during this voyage I do not know!  We even had Once in Royal David’s City sang during watch tonight as H could not think of anything else to sing.

Anyway back to those Christmas trees on the horizon.  They were not Christmas trees, they were fishing vessels, oil rigs, drilling platforms, Floatels and guard ships.  We were right in the middle of an exclusion zone for the rigs!  We should not have been in these waters.  Thankfully though due to no one working in the water around the rigs tonight we had been given permission to pass through the exclusion zone.  We had planned to pass with the rigs to our port side but a wind shift put us on course to pass right between a fully built rig and a partially built rig. A manoeuvre which was forbidden.  We only had permission to pass with at least a mile between us and these two rigs and to go between them would have put us within this smaller exclusion zone.  Due to this we had to take a detour, to change tack and pass the rigs to starboard side.
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Summer may have arrived in Northern Ireland


How long it will last we will never know, it will probably be gone by this afternoon!  Making the most of it by blogging in the garden.  The bees are buzzing around the flowers and there is so much bird activity, it really makes for a nice place to relax.  I am trying to recover spoons spent yesterday going out to one of my favourite little harbours at Groomsport.  If you are out and about today in the sun remember the sun cream!

MY TALL SHIPS RACE JOURNAL DAY 4 – (07/07/2015) – Sea sickness, Christmas songs, disturbed dinners, and killer whales disguised as ducks!


It was very wet on watch last night!  We were on the 8 pm to midnight watch and it never stopped raining once!  It is becoming a very bumpy ride with the ship rolling, pitching, swaying and heaving through the sea, doing about 11 knots at one point!  Not great for sea sick tummies and it doesn’t help that Lord Nelson seems to have a strange motion to her movement as well.  Before going on watch I got myself feeling really sea sick when I was below deck because of the motion of the ship. Continue reading

MY TALL SHIPS RACE JOURNAL DAY 2 – (05/07/2015) – Awake before the wake up call, finding footrests everywhere, and our first sails are set


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

Give and Take – A post about the contrast of two things – or several two things!

The chink of cups, the coffee grinder, the gush of boiling water into a teapot, general chit chat going on all around.  I am waiting for a friend to arrive.  I am exhausted from the sleepless nights I have had tossing and turning because of the pain, however I have made it here today, to spend some time with a friend.  This is most difficult to do especially when everything takes so much more energy than it used to.

Here she is, she has just arrived, flouncing in with her pretty dress on and summer high heels, looking beautiful as ever – make up perfect, nails done, and not a hair out of place.  Late as usual, hey I don’t mind at least I have been able to sit and wait just inside the cafe.  Continue reading

Cancelled plans and the art of saying “no!”


Today I had to let someone down.  It is not something I like doing, nor something I take pride in, it simply is just something that goes along with the territory of living in chronic pain.

Over the last few weeks I have been unwell with other issues alongside the CRPS and Fibromyalgia.  Issues that are no doubt linked to both of these but still need investigating by the medical profession.  During that time I have continued to try to live life the way I have done for the last number of years, attempting to ignore the pain and these additional issues – believing that I could pace myself as I usually do, managing the pressures of everyday life without having any more of an adverse effect on me than usual.  WRONG! Wrong! So very, very wrong! (shakes head at my own stupidity).   Continue reading

Flares and Pacing

To flare, or not to flare

No I am not on about the types of flares you find on a boat for sending up in times of distress, although they might come in handy because having a flare feels like you are sinking!  I am talking about the distressful type of flare that everyone with chronic pain can relate to –  Continue reading

Wishing you a merry Christmas


Merry Christmas and thank you for taking time to read my blog over the last few weeks.

I hope that you have spent precious time with family and friends today and have received all you have wished for.  For those of you who suffer chronic pain like myself I hope that you have had a low pain day and enough spoons to enable you to enjoy the festivities with your loved ones.

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