No snow, but Christmas Day is getting very close.
I have had a ‘rushed off my feet’ kind of a day. Hectic.
This morning I had a funeral to prepare of a retired seafarer, a Chief Engineer who’s last vessel was the Seaforth Prince!! Memories! I then had to conduct his funeral. Jim Buchan was his name. Anyone remember him?
I then visited Eye Candy to pick up the magnetic calendars I had ordered – these are in high demand on the vessels. (and cost me just under £2 each!)
As you can see they are bright and will almost certainly be all gone by the first week of January!
Then I popped into Sentinel Marine… good to see the guys there and have a chat before heading off to visit some vessels. just three before I headed back to the Seafarers Centre for some lunch at 1330…
After lunch (and a game of pool with Derek, one of my ship visitor volunteers, who had visited 6 vessels), it was back out and about. This time I went to visit Solstad Offshore where I was presented with a donation towards the work – gratefully received!!
Then more ship visits – 11 in fact – so 14 vessels visited today by me (20 in total) and it was great – just like old times when my primary role was ship visiting. Now I have to manage the Seafarers Centre, I simply don’t have the same amount of time to do this anymore! Not that I am complaining, I enjoy what I do…
In total I gave out well over 250 Christmas parcels today alone. Feel sad for the guys having to sail tonight or tomorrow – and more will sail right up to Christmas Eve… and probably a few on Christmas Day too! It is a fact that for seafarers, it is just another day and life goes on… I certainly will say a prayer or two for them on Christmas Day – at sea with potentially rough weather and chasing the Christmas Turkey dinner!
Oh, and I forgot to mention that I bought our Christmas turkey first thing this morning! A family gathering is on schedule…
Yep, It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!