Thursday, 6 February 2014

Preparing for the Cruise

The cruise is fast approaching, this time next week we will be leaving. It has taken me three solid weeks to get the kits together. I can relax a bit now that it is done but it still hasn't hit me that I am actually going. My husband is coming as well even though I will be teaching. I only teach for five of the fourteen days and the rest of the time I am free.

Here are some photos of the preparations.


The photo above is only a fraction of the thread that I had to get, because I had to supply thread for 60 kits.

Here is the lace that I dyed for the Block Holder kits

Dyeing silk ribbon
I dyed metres of silk ribbon for the block holder and then I had to rinse and iron it all.
Ironed silk ribbon
After I had printed out the patterns I had to be quite methodical in sorting out the pages.

Journal Cover patterns
It was a relief when it was finally done; I just hope that I haven't forgotten anything. We can't run to a patchwork shop for supplies on a cruise ship!

Block Holder pattern
The cruise starts in Sydney and we are cruising to New Zealand, stopping in Auckland, Tauranga, Napier, Wellington and Dunedin as well as cruising though Dusky, Doubtful and Milford Sound, lastly we have a day in Hobart and then back to Sydney.

Some days we have a half day in a port and other times we have a full day. Are there any places that I really must see while we are there?

My husband and I haven't been away for this long since 1980, I suppose the house and rest of the family will survive!

The cruise sounds very luxurious and it seems like it's a travelling mini city and there are various shows every night to entertain us after dinner.

Will we love it?
Will we get seasick?
Will my students' revolt?

Only time will tell. We leave on the 13th Feb and come home on the 27th Feb. There goes February!
I'll report back after the cruise and tell you all about it.

Bye for now,


Lorraine said...

Have fun cruising Linda. I know a lot of preparation goes into teaching and especially supplies etc.

Wendy Welsh said...

Hi from NZ Linda. I have two recommendations.
1. If you can go to Hobbiton from Tauranga, then go because it's just beautiful. You don't need to like the Hobbit movies, just go for the scenery. I went at Christmas and loved it.
2. Don't join a massive queue for the cable car in Wellington. Do something else and then come back in 2 hours. I see so many cruise ship people wasting time standing in a queue for the cable car! It dies down eventually, so just come back later.
I hope this helps and that you have a great time on the cruise.

sarah makes pictures said...

I can tell you and your lucky students are going to have a splendid time! Enjoy, and tell us all about it when you get back.

Linda Steele said...

Thank you for those tips, Wendy. I'll keep it in mind, with only a short time in each city, I certainly don't want to spend it in a queue. I am looking forward to the beautiful NZ scenery.

Linda Steele said...

Thanks for the encouragement , Sarah. I hope I'll have plenty of good adventures to write about.

Mason Sherlock said...

That’s great! Creative! I had never been to cruising however wanna do it. We are planning to cruise in Sydney harbour and we hope for the best time there. Will be back with snaps soon!