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Sometime in the next day or so we will be leaving for the our cruise on Oriana, one of the P&O Grand Event cruises, and I’m totally stressed out.

Is it the packing? – no, I find that’s easy, we’ve packed for so many cruises that these days I know what to put in. Is it the travelling? – no, we know the route to Southampton very well and in any case we always go down the night before (part-way, at least). So what am I stressing about?

It’s the weather. I have found our recent run of so-called ‘summers’ hugely frustrating and disappointing. I can barely remember the last time I was hot, in the UK. (Actually I can – it was during the record-breaking summer of 2003, but that’s my point – it was 9 years ago!) I can’t remember the last time we went to the beach on a hot, sunny Sunday. I can’t remember the last time I wore shorts, in England. I could go on…. (Val says “I do go on, for far too long”.) But the point is: it’s summer, and that ought to mean sunshine and dryness, at least some of the time.

So here we are: early July. What we all want, of course, is a sailaway from Southampton with the sun shining, maybe a few fluffy clouds, a bit of a breeze to stop things getting too hot but not too much wind because we don’t want the sea too rough. And we’ve been wanting all this for over a year: along with most other passengers we booked this cruise on the very first day we could in April last year. That’s a lot of waiting and anticipation. And what are going to get? Well, my glance at the BBC’s Weather Page for Southampton, for Tuesday, says: Rain. Rain at 7am and 10am. Lots of rain at 1pm and 4pm, followed by more rain at 7pm and 10pm. It’s going to be a washout. The Red Arrows are going to be nought for two at Southampton this year.

Wednesday’s looking a lot better. I’d be happy to stay on board Oriana in Southampton overnight on Tuesday and do it all on Wednesday….

One Response to “The stress, the stress…..”

  1. Brenda Burke says:

    Lets hope the weather men are wrong with tuesdays forecast, we also are on the oriana. Our embarkation is stated as 3pm which to my mind means we would lose a big chunk of the day.. However can’t wait for Tuesday to come!

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