Friday, 11 November 2016
11.11.2016 - 11.11.2016
The ship was lively this morning as we rocked our way East across the Great Australian Bight. The wind was up, the temperature down and sections of the open decks closed. There was no visible sun for a sunrise and very few people in the Horizon Court as Jenny and I had our usual breakfast. The tenacious Knitters met again in the nightclub marking yet another day in their continuos association.
Evon Anderson presented another lecture in her series, today her topic was the Rum Rebellion in the colony of Sydney. She provided many details on the amazing plots and counterplots at a time of massive land grabs.
As her session finished the Theatre started to fill for the Remembrance Day Service. Well before the scheduled start time the Theatre was crowded to the extent that there wasn't even standing room. The service was carried out with perfect reverence and flawless presentations by senior officers led by Captain Stenzel. The bugle calls were flawless and I found there were more verses to some of the hymns that I was unaware of. The minute of silence was a time when the names of many of my deceased mates came to mind. The most recent death of my dear, long suffering mate Burt, uppermost in my mind. A deeply moving time and certainly one of the best organised events on this cruise.
The mid-day report from the bridge warned that the heavy weather we are currently experiencing was likely to get worse in the next 24 hours. Despite the state of the sea the ship continues to maintain an average speed of about 20 knots.
Last Formal Night today and the dinning room was slow to fill up. In keeping with the tradition there were lobster tails and pheasant on the menu, Jenny had the pheasant and I chose the braised beef short ribs. Some of the buttons on the formal trousers are showing signs of stress. We will no doubt have an unpleasant reunion with the bathroom scales.
The entertainment is a repeat of a show staged earlier in the cruise so we've decided to retire to the cabin and watch TV. For the third night in a row our clocks go forward another hour to bring us into line with Melbourne and Sydney. Another sea day tomorrow and then Melbourne on Sunday.
An image captured in Busselton 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.