Queen Elizabeth again

Just a week to go. Linda will be house sitting and Kim will be joining us again on a voyage from Southampton to Valencia, Sicily, Venice, Sibernik, Dubrovnik, Cagliari, Gibraltar and back to Southampton

This is a test run as it must be 3 months since my last blog. It’s amazing how quickly those of a certain age forget how websites like this work. It would be great if you could reply to confirm that you have received this.

In the last week of July, our son Mike married his beautiful fiancée Gretchen in wonderful ceremonies in Dubai and at Little Bear, Pangbourne, England. As I write, the happy couple are honeymooning in the Maldives.The Dubai wedding

The ceremony at Little Bear

On Friday 10 August the 3 Queens were all in Southampton together. They left at about 6.00pm and headed for Cowes. It was the last day of Cowes week and as the Queens sailed along together, the Red Arrows carried out a magnificent display above.

Our friends Terry and Jane Smart had, some time before, booked a trip on SS Shieldhall to watch the Cowes Week fireworks. It was to be a treat for one of their Canadian grandchildren who was staying with them. The Shieldhall is a preserved 2000 ton steamship based in Southampton.

SS Shieldhall with the Red Arrows

When they booked they had not appreciated that the 3 Queens would be sailing out together, nor that the Red Arrows would be appearing overhead. They were so excited by the occasion that they have decided that now is the time for them to book their first cruise and not surprisingly they want it to be on one of the Queens!

I will of course be their advisor!


6 Replies to “Queen Elizabeth again”

  1. Great wedding photos. Beautiful bride – and I do approve of Mike’s morning suit choice. Some say dated – but I say not!
    I gave the Red Arrows a call today and asked if they were near Southampton next Tuesday, could they give you a bit of a send off? Sadly, they are ‘up diddly up somewhere else that day but they wish you both a happy holiday – as do we all!

    1. Dated? Mine was in the same style and was considered by all to be immaculate and trendy. The fact that I have had it for 20 years confirms that. I suppose you are thinking about those grey imitations. They are not for us traditionalists!

  2. Have a wonderful time both of you. Looking forward to seeing your blog. We leave on Monday too though not on a Queen this time. Trying out Celebrity again for the first time in a very long time. Xx

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