Wednesday, 9 November 2016
09.11.2016 - 09.11.2016
After a leisurely trip from Fremantle the ship arrived off the town of Busselton which sits on the shore of Geographe Bay in the Margaret River region of Southwest Western Australia. She is anchored about 2 nautical miles off shore and she deployed all six tender boats to ferry passengers ashore. After breakfast we headed down to the dinning room for tender tickets. Our wait there was quite brief and we were directed to the tender which was soon filled to the nominal capacity of 100 passengers and three crew. The trip to shore lasted about 15 minutes and by 08:15 we were ashore.
Busselton was still in the process of waking up but they were expecting us. Lots of friendly local volunteers there to welcome us and provide directions. Through the foreshore park and we were on the Western edge of the town where an Arts and Craft Market was in the process of unpacking their wares. Jenny lasted all of 10 minutes before finding some elegant small bags and the first purchase was made.
Heading East on Queen St we found the first of a number of barber shops and I was encouraged to shed about 10 weeks of growth from head and beard. Looked like quite a clip when we were done and Jenny was happy with the 'new look' me. By this time most of the shops had opened their doors and Jenny spied a craft shop. We agreed that I'd go for a walk and she'd do some shopping without me 'hovering' as she made her selections. I wandered off and found her again after about 30 minutes. I had some photos, she had some wool and patterns - both happy.
For most of the cruise I've had my eye out for a decent pocket knife to cut fruit and crusty bread rolls. What I was after was a slim knife with a sharp blade that would be allowed on board. Eagle-eyed Jenny had found just the thing in a pawn broker's shop, it is slim, sharp and short enough to be allowed on board. I'll have to be careful to pack it in the check-through luggage when next we fly. I've lost two or three at airport security checks.
We wandered back through the Craft Market, now in full swing, to the foreshore park. The tender boats were arriving with their cargo of eager passengers at a steady rate. My last image ashore was captured at 10:30 and we were back aboard by 11:00. Not a long outing but a pleasant and productive one with both of us satisfying some recent wants, I have some images and a knife, Jenny has some craft supplies and a sheared me.
Time for a relaxed lunch with most of the crowd ashore and Jenny's off to meet the Knitters in the night club on Deck 18. I've spent well over two hours examining captured images and recording the events of the day.
Disturbing news - Trump is to be the next President of the USA. There is nothing anyone can do but learn to live with it for the next four years. Some Americans on board are elated, some are cautiously enthusiastic and others devastated. Almost all non-Americans are alarmed, concerned and incredulous that the unthinkable has happened.
Another delayed departure as the tenders were kept busy well after the 16:00 'last tender' time. When we went to dinner at 17:20 there were still three of them heading for the jetty to bring back passengers, crew and equipment. The Captain announced the final passenger aboard at about 18:15. For the next three days and four nights we'll be sailing at an average of 20 knots in order to make our scheduled arrival time in Melbourne.
Tonight's entertainment featured the amazing talent of Johanna Hemara who attracted a full house and thrilled us with the range of songs and yodelling that has made her an award winning sensation.
Clocks go forward an hour as we sail Eastward across the Great Australian Bight.
A distant unobstructed view of the ship forms the feature image for today you can view my photo by following this link to the image.
Wishing you good health and safe travel.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony.