The Sunshine Coast on a wet day

Trip Start Feb 22, 2013
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Trip End Mar 21, 2013


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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Well it is supposed to be the Sunshine Coast but as we drew back the curtains this morning, we thought we were in the North Sea ! 
Very dull, cloudy and raining not what we expected.
Breakfast is always a nice place to chat with fellow passengers, hear about when they embarked and various ports of call they have visited, some joined the ship yesterday in Brisbane, others had joined the ship in January back home at Southampton. Lots of interesting people to chat too.I went back to the craft class, little project coming along nicely but some very experienced sewing ladies are amongst the guests, I thought of my dear sister she would be in her element, it's a great atmosphere and lots of fun chatting to the other ladies.
There is a talk by the Reef Pilot all about The Great Barrier Reef but by the time I arrived all of the seats were taken, I started to listen, it sounded very interesting but to stand for an hour  Was a little too long so I headed to the library to find David (he had gone to find a jigsaw to do)we are now enjoying a coffee before deciding what next to do. Whatever we decide it definitely won't be sunning ourselves on the deck.
The temperature outside is 25 degrees but nobody venturing on deck even with a sou'wester on:)
We went along to watch the golf putting - the target is a large Perspex board with holes cut out of differing widths/heights, it looked like a skirting board with mouse holes ! Everyone had 6 shots and to make it more fun 2 with one hand, 2 with the other and the last putt with your back to the target and through your legs. Try and imagine the scene, people of all ages, mostly over 50 and the laughs as each player took up their turn. If you missed completely, you were presented with a toy duck placed around your neck as everyone "quacked" to Old MacDonald had a farm. Great to watch and everyone had forgotten the terrible weather outside.
We then listened to the passenger choir rehearsing - you may have noticed that we are spectators to the events but it suits.
There was a piano recital in the afternoon which was most enjoyable, then time for my daily blog report followed by a siesta ! Well all that playing at being spectators was quite exhausting !
Well it had to happen at least once on this trip to Australia, on the menu the usual meat, fish & vegetarian options. I chose tonight's local dish NATIVE KANGAROO LOIN topped with peppery glaze, wilted spinach, bush tomato chutney and yam & coriander mash. Mmmm very tasty and it wasn't long before I was hopping to the bar for a nightcap.
Tomorrow in the early hours we a making a fuel stop at Gladstone, Fraser Island, we will not be able to go ashore but hopefully the weather will be better tomorrow as we head for Hamilton Island and the Great Barrier Reef.
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