Sunday, January 17, 2010

Voyaging Into The Next Chapter...

Hello, Dear Ones! I'm so happy to be back in Blogland! I've missed you all so much. You're just a part of my tiny life and it's hard to be gone from you very long. So...I'm just gonna take you along on my tiny little voyage. Okay?

If you visit me very often you know Mr. Precious has retired, um, I mean he's started a new chapter in his life. So a transatlantic sail was his gift to himself and me too!! We flew to New York to start our journey. Above was the view from our hotel window.

Breakfast was a must before we took our tiny selves to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. You can see my 'breakfast for champions' - sour dough bread french toast with pecans! Yummage! Mr. Precious' sister and her husband came along with us for our voyage.

Here we come...there she is!!

We love to go on cruises but I must tell you...this adventure was not a cruise...this was a passage across the Atlantic Ocean! Seven days on the ocean! I tried not to think about this too much. :0 This ship is not flat bottomed like all the other ships we've been on. This ship is built like a clever and sliced through the water like a knife through butter. Coolness, huh? Our sail was really smooth accept one evening...there were twelve foot seas! We wobbled back and forth a little bit but it wasn't too scary! I only slept with my life jacket! No, no Nannette, I'm just teasing you!

Mr. Precious was so excited! Here he is on the deck as we began to sail...
Dear Ones, I must tell you, it was freezing in New York! I think it was 19 degrees! My tiny gorgeous face was so cold!!

These are not good photos but I had to show them to you anyway! It was so exciting to sail by the Statue of Liberty.

Here's our little cabin. It was kinda small, but very comfortable. We had a little balcony but didn't go out there too was pretty cold and wet most of the time. Look how pretty the linens looked at turn down. There were no towel animals on this boat!! No, no Nannette. No silly little things like that! :) I just had to toss in the unpacking bit. It's an ugly thing, isn't it? But, hey, I have pretty redness of suitcases! :) and I did find a place to put all my clothes.

This ships decor was so different from other ships we've been on. The QM2 has a quiet elegance about her. No flashy gawdyness. But I must say, I love flashy gawdyness, don't you?

There were these olden pictures all over the ship showing most famous ones who have sailed on the original Queen Mary. Do you see that picture of Pearl Baily (second from the left on the bottom)? Doesn't she look like Queen Lahtifah?

Dear Ones, I don't want to bore you to death with words, and I can talk I'll just show you a few mosaics...

The dining room

The Todd English Restaurant (a charge of $30 per person and you can eat til you pop!)

Food...glorious food!

Always checking emails

I must talk now! Every afternoon at 3:30pm there was High Tea in the Queen's Room. Notice the gloves on the server - so proper!! Look at the china used ~ Wedgewood especially made for the Cunard ship lines! This was so exciting to me so I quivered and shook and made a fuzzy photo! Now here is Mr. Precious and me having tea and we were posing with our most tiny dainty pinky fingers poked out! I have to confess to you...if I weren't a good Christian gal, I would have tried my best to steal, I mean, take that cute little tea pot! I looked in the shops to buy one! But alas they were not selling any of these darling little tea pots, no, no Nannette! Shoot! I sure did want one for my most tiny self! Shoot!!

I could not let you down, so I snapped at every opportunity! Just for you, Dear Ones. Notice the bottom photo on the left! I was posing so sweetly in the bathroom mirror and then I snapped! When I downloaded my photos, there was Mr. Precious popping his head into my snap and he wasn't even smiling!

There are three ships in this Cunard fleet- The Queen Mary 2, The Queen Elizabeth and The Queen Victoria and if you have the opportunity to take a voyage - do it! We had a marvelous time of relaxing, eating, resting, high teaing, listening to lectures (yes, I'm high brow like that ;), resting, line dancing (wish I could have gotten a snap of me and my fancy line dancing footwork) :), listening to music, eating some more, resting some get the picture.

Thank you for coming along with me on our voyage! We arrived in Southampton, England, and I'll share that experience with you in a few days.

I'm joining Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday

and Sally at Smiling Sally for Blue Monday.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Songs~

Beyond the Sea

Somewhere beyond the sea
somewhere waiting for me
my lover stands on golden sands
and watches the ships that go sailin'

Somewhere beyond the sea
she's there watching for me
If I could fly like birds on high
then straight to her arms
I'd go sailin'

It's far beyond the stars
it's near beyond the moon
I know beyond a doubt
my heart will lead me there soon

We'll meet beyond the shore
we'll kiss just as before
Happy we'll be beyond the sea
and never again I'll go sailin'

I know beyond a doubt
my heart will lead me there soon
We'll meet (I know we'll meet) beyond the shore
We'll kiss just as before
Happy we'll be beyond the sea
and never again I'll go sailin'

no more sailin'
so long sailin'
bye bye sailin'...
move on out captain
~sung by Bobby Darrin