1st Mar:    Had a good flight to Egypt, 4hrs 50 mins.  Luxor airport was swarming with Egyptians willing to help with bags etc.   tipping is expected.  15 minute coach trip around Luxor, quite an eye opener, poverty everywhere, carts loaded up with sacks pulled by donkeys, little motorbikes dodging cars, nobody takes too much notice of the lines dividing the roads, buildings that look derelict with no roofs. Tourism is the main stay of Egypt, and the English  flock here at this time of the year for the warm weather, Egypt's winter temps are around 22 - 25 degrees.  The boat is  luxurious, food great and plentiful and right now we are all up on the sun deck stretched out on lounges enjoying the beautiful day.  We set sail after lunch, the morning was taken up with a tour to the Valley of the Kings.  Chris and Liz went, I renigged because of the 6 am departure, disappointed because that was the one thing I would have liked to see, but  was too tired from the long day yesterday.  Hope to see plenty of other sites during the week.
1st Mar cont.....  First night of cruising, Captains cocktail party, table with 4 levels with every colour cocktail you can imagine.  After the Captains welcome speech we were invited to help ourselve to a cocktail and nibbles, followed by a 5 course dinner.  Food absolutely amazing.

2nd Mar:  Jan woke us early singing Happy Birthday Aunty Trish.  Went down to breakfast only to find our table decorated and a pile of presents and cards.   There were two Pandora beads, 1 from Jan and Keith, the other from Mary.  A Kindle e;reader and cover from the gang, Jan, Keith, Nicki, Tash, Cody, Dane, Karl, Tina, Kian and Eden.  Photo frames with 70 on them, a Swarovski crystal pen, a gorgeous Egyptian necklace from Chris and Liz and cards from all the family and their friends that I met on Saturday.  I was lost for words, and teary, just couldn't believe it.  We are spending the day cruising until about 4 pm when we dock at Kom Ombo where we can go ashore.
Quite an experience going ashore, the locals pounce and try to sell their wares.  Jan is an expert at haggling, but you learn very quickly. Back on board for dinner.  When everyone had just about finished, several of the staff entered the dining room pounding drums, then the maitre d came to our table and escorted me into the middle of the room, drums pounding, then they all sang happy birthday in their Egyptian accents, broke into dance swinging me around, then brought out a birthday cake to serve to everyone.  It was just amazing and conclusion to what turned out to be a wonderful and unforgettable birthday.

Mar 3 / 4:  Aswan for 2 days.   We all went ashore and intended to walk to bazaar, were pestered unbelievably to take taxis, (cars about 30 years old and hardly road worthy,  we decided to take our lives in our hands and clambered in and driven into the souk.  Another  education in itself.  Pestered beyond belief but we did find a genuine trader and bought a few souvenirs.  Spice traders were everywhere, as were shops selling gerabalyas.  In the evening after dinner we were entertained by Nubian Folk Dancers. Sailed from Aswan back towards Luxor after lunch on Sunday.  This evening is Egyptian night where we all dress in Egytpian costume.  Fabulous evenings entertainment.

Mar 5:  All day in Luxor.  Spent morning at markets buying more souvenirs.  Rest of day on sundeck enjoying the beautiful Egyptian Winter sunshine.  Tomorrow, Tuesday, cruise to Denderah then back to Luxor for return to the U.K. on Wednesday.  It has been a truly wonderful experience, the cruise boat is luxurious, the cruise staff can't do enough for you, and an altogether wonderful holiday.

Mar 6:  Sailed to Dendrah for day, back to Luxor late afternoon.  Final candlelit dinner followed by entertainment in the lounge bar, belly dancer then whirling dervish.

Mar 7:  Leave ship at 2 p.m. for flight back to the U.K.

Unless you experience the Nile, words and photos could never do it justice, it has been a truly wonderful holiday.

 Arrive back 6.40 am Monday. See you all next week.  

The curry night turned out to be a cover for a surprise birthday party for me.  Jan and Mary had organised the evening and 13 family and friends came along.  Jan did 2 different curries, tikka and Korma with the works.  After dinner, they all started singing happy birthday and Jan walked in with a beautiful big  birthday cake with Happy Birthday Trish, sparklers and candles.  It just took my breath away that they had gone to so much trouble.  The evening was absolutely wonderful and we all eventually got to bed about midnight.
27th:  Went out with Jan and Keith to the Granery, overlooking the Meadows Golf Course in Peterborough.  Course looks great, wish I could have had a game.  In spite of it being Winter, the greens are in great condition.
28th:   Over at Jan's for roast beef dinner, then an early night for a 3 a.m. taxi pickup for our flight from Gatwick.  There's no wifi on the boat, so will update when we get back on 8th March.


My trip began with flight EK435 from Brisbane to Dubai.  The flight was uneventful of 13.30 hr duration, meals were 4 courses, dinner served an hour into the flight,  followed by a snack  with breakfast served before landing at Dubai.  Change of flight Dubai to Birmingham of 7.40 hrs duration.  Again uneventful with plentiful food, Continental breakfast,  snack and lunch served during the flight.  Arrived Birmingham 11.45 am, through Customs quickly, however luggage took over an hour, Mary and Liz were there to meet me.  A 2 hour drive to Peterborough to Jan and Keith's house.  Jan had made lasagne and Liz and Chris drove Mary and I to Mary's house.   Jet lagged for first three days, out and about today, Thursday, Chris and Liz's for afternoon tea, Jan's for dinner.  Met Nicki, Tash and Dane.  Sat.  family coming over to Jan's, will get to meet the rest of the clan.  Having a curry night, staying over and having a full English breakfast in morning.  Leave for Egypt 3am Wednesday morning.

Sew Artsy: My very first post - 2012

Sew Artsy: My very first post - 2012: Finally set up my blog, think it's going to be interesting and a lot of fun. I'm not going to be boring and put my life hereinafter, and ho...

My very first post - 2012

Finally set up my blog, think it's going to be interesting and a lot of fun.  I'm not going to be boring and put my life hereinafter, and hopefully won't need to be told to 'get a life', I have one, I think.  I love to sew, sew and sew .. quilting, machine embroidery and garment making.  Spent today making a machine embroidered table runner with an Australian theme, will post a pic when it's finished.  Would be happy to make contact with other quilters, machine embroiders to share inspiration.