As a recycled teenage old aged pensioner in her second childhood I decided I wanted to have a last fling before it was too late: this led me to signing up for a life time trip on the Tall Ship Nellie (Lord Nelson to give it her rightful name), sailing from Falmouth to Oban.
The first day went fine, the sun was shining, the sea was as calm as a millpond and we were still in port!
The second day was a different kettle of fish as the ship rocked back and forth and dipped her bows deep into the briny causing quite a few of her 'crew’ to feel decidedly sickly and reaching for yet another of the 'sick bags’. Fortunately, that was not one of my problems – mine was being able to keep upright as the ship danced a great rock and roll number.
The wind blew, the sails flapped wildly and it was oh so cold as I sat shivering on look-out duty on the bridge.
Some experience this, I must be mad to have even thought of ever wanting to consider doing such a thing. My friends were right I did need my 'head looking at’
The next day was a different story – the sun was shining, the sea no longer danced wildly, and there was a calmness in the air and life suddenly seemed worth living again!
They even let me have the privilege of being the helmsman and steering the ship over the horizon as the dawn was breaking – WOW. What will tomorrow bring? A climb up to the highest yard arm – I cannot wait but dare I carry out this latest challenge?
The food is marvellous too!!!!