Freighter Gallery of Pictures!

Captain and Pilot. Checking Radar!

Captain and Pilot checking Radar!

China Shipping line!

China Shipping line!

Coming into Port!

Coming into Port!

Coming into Rottendam!

Coming into Rotterdam!

Containers everywhere!

Containers everywhere!

Containers with Cranes!

Containers with Cranes!

Control Booth for Containers in Antwerp!

Control Booth for Containers in Antwerp!

Control Booth for Cranes!

Control Booth for Cranes!

Just docking the back end!!

Just docking the back end!!

Lunch on ship, wonderful French Chef!!

Lunch on ship, wonderful French Chef!!

On the Bridge!!

On the Bridge!!

Taken from my balcony!

Taken from my balcony!

The Bridge!

The Bridge!

The other large container shipping company!

The other large container shipping company!

The World of Ports

The World of Ports

Tugboat assistance!!

Tugboat assistance!!

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CCM La Traviata Freighter!

I am boarding the freighter in Southhampton UK. I am very excited about my new adventure! Derek my driver picked me up early morning for the drive to the South of England. Paul very kindly is storing 8 suitcases for me until I arrive back in Cambridge from India.  I will have 3 days to sort out luggage, before I travel to Athens! I have been asked by a writer to keep a detailed account of the Freighter trip. (I will try) Traveling like this needs a whole new language. Our ports include; Antwerp, Rotterdam and Bremerhaven plus La Havre and final stop in NY after 18 days!  ‎More info after October 2nd!

P.S

My room is really excellent. It’s a large corner room with 3 windows. 2 to view Ocean and one to see containers. There are 2 beds a sofa, coffee table, chair, large desk, full bathroom, and wrap around balcony!

 

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2 Weeks in My Life!

I am at Madingley College in Cambridge for the weekend taking a course on the work of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen (brilliant and fun)‎, with very good leaders.
Tomorrow I am back to packing, as I leave the UK for the time being on the Freighter. My luggage issues are interesting.  When I started my Nomadic Journey in the UK I had 5 suitcases and every time I traveled to Canada, I would bring more stuff back, which was very silly! Now I have 9 suitcases‎. My friend Paul will store some of these,(thank you Paul) So before I go to Athens for the winter, I will come back here for few days to sort out luggage. Also, Mark from the Community Bus is downloading movies and books for me, NO Internet on freighter! ( thank you Mark)
I had some very sad news.  A very close friend of mine of over 30 years passed away,(I was very shocked) and another friend in Maurtius is ill. I send her my love and very best wishes!!‎!.
A British friend Simon, took me to the Proms concert at the Royal Albert Hall which was wonderful‎. I also met with Dadi Janki in London from the BK’s She is 102 years young and still has the spark.  I walked in the room and she said sit down and proceeded to read the Murli to me (she has  been very special in my life for 30 years.)
My friend Jenny is taking me vintage shopping in Norwich and is under strict orders not to let me buy anything!
I am also attending a day conference on World Religions, that a friend of mine has organized. We will study equality across religions .
So, eclectic as ever‎!
P.S
Believe it or not my Granddaughter Spencer is starting University!! (Spencer I love you and am very proud of you)
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National Health in UK

I woke up on Saturday and decided to take myself to the emergency ward of the hospital in Cambridge.  It is called Addenbrooke’s and is a world renowned hospital. It is massive in size like a small city!

I was concerned that my left leg might have a blood clot. It seemed to match various symptoms I had and with all the flying I did it could be possible. I went to reception where an intern took my temperature, blood pressure and pulse within 5 minutes, they just wheeled a portable unit over to me.

Ten minutes later while I was still trying to get bottle of orange juice out of the vending machine, a greeter appeared and said they were taking me to an investigation unit for Thrombosis issues. I didn’t know if I should be scared or relieved! In a very short period of time a Doctor arrived and introduced herself. She had someone take 5 vials of blood from me and sent me for tea until blood work came back. That took one hour and they also did ultra sound on my leg. The results were no blood clot; maybe arthritis. My Mother developed arthritis very young so I wouldn’t be surprised. They are referring  me to a consultant to check.

With all the complaints in the UK about health care, I have to say the care, service, and information I received was just amazing. I was in and out in just over 2 hours and everyone I met was very pleasant and good at their job.

Emergency wards are never fun, but this was very impressive!  On the way home I listened to Stephen Hawking (who lives in Cambridge) and is a famous scientist with Lou Gehrig’s disease ‎ He was totally endorsing the NHS. Maybe Cambridge is just lucky to have just a brilliant hospital!

Thank you Addenbrooke’s!

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Rome – Grandkids and Freighter!

I had a lovely 2 days with my grandkids Megan and Ben. They were with their parents David and Rochelle before they sailed on cruise ship around Europe. It was between 36 and 40 degrees in Rome, very, very, hot. The kids were excellent and fit in with all of their questions for the tour guides.

These kids were born when I was with my former partner Allan, but I always appreciated their parents including me and keeping in touch (doesn’t often happen with breakups).

I am in UK until September 15th. Then I board a Freighter Ship in South Hampton and travel to 3 ports in Europe and arrive in New York 18 days later‎. It will be quite an adventure! The ship has a French chef and wine is served at lunch and dinner. There is a pool and a gym, plus a very large room with sitting area, a bedroom and bathroom with an outside window. There will be 10 passengers. I chose this way to travel and not the inside cabin that was left on the Queen Mary, (nearly same cost) because getting dressed up every night doesn’t do it for me anymore! I am very busy sorting out luggage, how to travel to Toronto, then India and Athens for the winter.

Never Dull!!!

Freighter I will be on‎, My room will be at the top!

Freighter I will be on. My room will be at the top!

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Great trip to the Rock (Newfoundland)!

I have just spent 19 days here with lots of sun and warmth. I am flying back to the UK with a suntan, highly unusual from this part of the world. I stayed with 3 different sets of friends; Cathi and Ches from Goose Bay Labrador; Denise and Peggy; and my old friend Barb.  Denise gives the most wonderful massage treatments and Peggy has written a song which is brilliant. I hope to push her to get it recorded. Barb was the one that got me settled in my summer home in Harbor Grace number a years ago. She is a very special lady with a massive heart. She now has Fred (a lovely man) in her life. I am just delighted!

I was very fortunate to stay with 3 very good cooks; superb food and fun times! Must have seen over 20 whales all over the Island. They seem to enjoy the sunshine too.

I was very busy trying to figure out next steps in my life. Do I stay put in UK countryside and use as base? Do I give that up and just travel? (Maybe a freighter), plus Athens and India are still in the cards! I want to go to Toronto soon to see my grandkids and my Canadian family! ‎ Portugal is also calling about special retreat centre I have been asked to see.

I have been coming to Newfoundland for 18 years, with all of its beauty and weather harshness. The people are very unique, what you see is what you get, which I love.

I will keep you posted!

P.S

In 4 days off to Rome to meet grandkids Megan and Ben for a visit!

 

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Beautiful Newfoundland!

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