Hebrides and Malin

When we woke up this morning, we looked out to a grey sky and grey sea, and a cold wind was blowing. God, the British weather is really rubbish.  Here it is, May Bank Holiday weekend, and we still have the vestiges of the winter hanging on. I don’t know why we bothered to get a cabin with a balcony this time, as we’ve never sat out on it yet – it’s been too cold. Yet this time last year, we had a mini-cruise around Scotland with sunshine and blue skies.

However, once thing we can’t control is the weather, so we decided to make the best of our day below decks, doing all the usual stuff such as attending the talks and taking part in the quizzes.

At one o’clock it was time for the next round of “Battle of the Sexes” and the ladies’ team knew they had some ground to make up as we were lagging behind by 10 points. The picture round was scenes from British sitcoms and you had to identfy which ones they were. Whenever we looked as if we were stuck, one of the barmen standing behind us held the answer up on the back of a beermat!   😉

The next round was general knowledge and we fared quite well at that one, even without the barman’s help. The ladies won by four points, so now we’re only six behind and closing the gap!

We stay in the Crow’s Nest for the “Name that Tune” round featuring music from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, at which we’ve been doing very well up to now, either winning it or just losing out on the tie-breaker. This time we won by miles, so we received a gold sticker to put on our P & O game card. Woo-pe-doo!   Apparently you save up the stickers and exchange them for prizes at the end of the cruise, but if they are anything like the stuff they offer on Cunard cruises they’ll be pretty rubbish; I remember on the QM2 Trevor had to collect three prize tokens just to win a Cunard keyring.

Dinner that evening was delicious as ever, and once again I ate too much, coming away from the table feeling as though I could do with being trocarised.  Afterwards we went along to the show lounge to see “Reel to Reel”, a song-and-dance medley based on the movies, but Trevor decided to go to the Crow’s Nest and watch the football, so I went with Charlie and Linda.

We all went up to the Crow’s Nest for a while after the show and met up with Trevor, until it was time to go into the Conservatory for the Syndicate Quiz. Two other couples joined our team to make it up to the maximum of six.  We felt as if we were doing really well, and sure enough we won – by one point. We therefore got a bottle of rosé wine, courtesy of P & O, but the couple who joined us didn’t want their share, so we just asked the barman for four glasses and enjoyed it ourselves. It’s not the greatest vintage of wine, but it always tastes much better when it’s free. 🙂

Then it was back to cabin B117 for the evening. We were looking forward to arriving in Greenock tomorrow.

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