January 6th 2012 Packed and ready to go

Firstly let me wish you all a very Happy New Year.

Well that’s Christmas over for another year. We had a very nice Christmas. We had Christmas diner at Sheila’s sister Wendy’s and tea was spent with her other sister Gail and most of the family. Ben and Claire arrived boxing day from visiting Claire’s parents near Southend. We spent the time mainly loafing around eating and of course the odd tipple. The more energetic children, grandchildren and nieces (also nan) spent fun time on the wii, competing against each other. We dragged Ben and Claire on a nice walk around Thorpness and Aldeburgh. It was bright but very windy. We did get them to check out the Scallop shell sculpture on the beach. It has been there for around 10 years but it still seems to cause a lot of discussion – some love it, others hate it.

Scollape shell Alburgh beach

Ben and Claire went back before New year so we had a nice new years eve meal with Pete and Wendy stopped of at theirs on the way home for a night cap then called in on Sim and Belinda and there gang for another night cap then eventually home to bed.

Adele Banks has finished the last modifications onboard Shell Bell the last item was the rear door linings and very fine they look we have today ordered the new cushions for the dinette and they should be ready by mid February

new rear door linings

We are nearly packed ready for our 5 week cruise aboard the P&O ship Oceana going to the Caribbean New Orleans and theFlorida keys we sail on Sunday 8th January so we are going to Bens tomorrow and staying at his for the night before making our way to Southampton on Sunday when we sail at 6pm.

I am hoping to blog whilst travelling i have put a link on the left hand side of the home page OCEANA CRUISE hopefully we will get some of our adventures on there

Oceana our home for the next 5 weeks

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