Pig's Ear Park and Other Adventures

Month: April 2013

Terry’s latest news

Not much change since 3 months ago. A nasty piece of new information we did not need was that the windpipe was pushed over a little more. Apparently as the pleura thickens it pulls everything to the side where it is thickening, for Terry that is his right side. Anyway we have ‘leave ‘ again until Mid July. So UK and Russia here we come.’

Visits to the oncologists are almost funny- the oncologist comes out and calls “Parkers’ we then obediently toddle after him to his consulting rooms. By the way the oncology section of Tauranga Hospital is a nice new facilty but suspect it is already bursting at the seams… We both get weighed, both get prodded in the appropriate places, I am dealt with swiftly, fine and we can do nothing for your widdler, T’s x-rays are looked at and compared with the previous ones and then we are on our way. Back again in 3 months.

I am noticing a decrease in T’s energy but that could be the hacking coughs we both have from the plague ship. Ever so slowly getting better.

The garden is quite weedy but am sure it will get worse before it gets better. The violets have taken the hot dry summer badly , hopefully they will rejuvenate. We have feijoas ripe at present plus some mandarins and ugli fruit. A few Granny Smith apples left. Vegie garden needs a replant but as we are away again soon I have just put in a few cos lettuces. Will also plant some aruglia seeds  as it just goes on and on. Have dozens of daffodils to replant- this years casualties from the quail digging forays. Will wait until the existing ones come up then fill in some gaps.

Getting tired of the rain now after weeks without it before we left.  Still have to get the photos of the trip out of the various cameras, waiting for the  required mental stamina to arrive.

Plague Ship of the Coral Sea

We are now official members of the plague ship, having both developed snuffles, sore throats and coughs. However nothing 350 dollars worth of Dr’ s visits and drugs won’t cure.

We are still ahead of paying travel insurance, oddly all those with travel insurance seem to avoid going to the Dr- some say they have their lurgy for 3 weeks- nuts!!!!

Last night we had a force 9 gale, I admit it, I woke up and wondered where my lifejacket was… Some people slept midships in the foyer area!!!! Down to force 7 today and supposed to abate.

Can’t remember where I was up to last time, think it was Iwo Jima, anyway Guam was great from my shopaholic point of view- they had a Maceys and Maceys have clothes for vertically challenged people. T never batted an eyelid as 3 pairs of trousers joined a pile of other bits and pieces- I cannot believe it, being able to buy trousers that do not need taking up.

Guam, is your usual tropical island and because the americans are there it is a lot like Hawaii. Japanese visit in droves and we saw two weddings. Great beaches but no time too much shopping. The North Korean nutters actions provided a spice of excitement with being in a target area.

Then a few more days locked on the plague ship and -Rabaul!

We should have gone along to Kokopo and sniffed out VSA but we were both a bit under the weather so just wandered the cracked and broken streets of Rabaul. Earthquakes here plus a volcano- still belching crap into the air, put paid to Rabaul as town but not as a harbour.

The locals are typical melanesians? micronesians?  The ship’s lecturer calls them Austronesians and includes Maoris in with them.

Anyway very dark and lots with blonde hair. Lots of rasta coloured bags for sale, thought of a few people who might appreciate them!!! Plus usual shell necklaces.

The live volcano made breathing tricky for T and think it made his cold accelerate. However he is on the mend, and afloat in expensive antibiotics.

A  widdle joke….

In Yokohama, cold and wet I was suddenly hit with the urge, raced downstairs in  a small mall and found a public loo, threw the door open, threw the knickers down and horror- no the lid was not still down- have encountered that , but the seat was warm- bugger I thought have widdled on the seat- BUT NO!!!! It was a lovely Japanese heated toilet seat- I sat for sometime.

No back jokes just that I have had no pain for at least 2 weeks and can touch my toes again. So a combination of exercises and I suspect no gardening for a time has provided a small miracle.

 So here we are in the Coral Sea, raging wind, temperature down to 22c and Brisbane tomorrow. Good thing about the wind is that some of the lame and halt stay in thier cabins….

T now has an elite cruising pin entitling him to free laundry on the plague ships, he thinks he may decline it!!!!!!

Ships with more than 600 passengers and away for more than 3 weeks are to be avoided in future.


Help- I am being held prisoner…..

Not really but at times it seems like a geriatric prison afloat.

I have never heard so many coughing sneezing snuffling individuals in my life. We keep to ourselves and avoid the theatres (watch a lot of movies…) where they all go to share thier bugs. It is getting a little better, thank heavens we had flu shots….

Busan was a delight, really enjoyed our day there, great fish market….

Ngasaki, went to the Atomic Bomb Museum and saw lots of cherry blossoms.

Osaka, caught the bullet train to kyoto and went to the Golden Templewith every other toursit and most Japanese- it was easter Sunday, beautiful but crowded… Went to the Rjoanji zen garden, very tranquil along with the other 100 people.

Caught the bullet train back to Oasaka, another day at sea then  Yokohama where it poured with rain, we never bothered to go into Tokyo, too wet and awful. Mooched around Yokohama. All the cities we have seen are clean and tidy, everything has been rebuilt either after a war or an earthquake. Some old temples and Buddhas, say 14th century, amazing how they survived

Phoo, gagging here, someone in the internet room has let rip with an enormous silent FART!!!!!

I am over walkers, sticks, motorised carts and wheelchairs and have bruised ankles to prove it.

The other day a woman huffed into the lift on a walker and stood moaning and had her thunder badly stolen when a Parkinsons victim was wheeled in by her her husband, the walker  quickly went silent.

I think the median age is about 75…

We are actually learning this trip to play bridge, realise how bad the tutor was on the last trip. BUT is it worth all this money to learn the rudiments of bridge!!!!

We are belting along at 20 knots towards Guam. Yesterday we circled Iwo Jima, amazing how much death occurred on such a small island. Day before was great, a force 7 gale and most people stayed in theier cabins- yeah!!!!

T is currently at a paper plane flying competition, he is getting desperate!!!!

Food continues to be excessive , we really only eat a main meal at night, our table companions are worth a story on thier own, may wait till we get off before I write them up…..Suffice to say they had formed and normed before we got on in Darwin and we are are a lowly species….. I mutter comments quite frequently to T, comments of a very scurrilous nature. They won’t budge from their chosen seats…I sit with a fixed smile on my dial- remember ‘the super smile’ Barbara, I use it a lot….

Last night we had dinner with our bridge companions and that was a lovely change- one had been on the Melbourne just before T so they had plenty to talk about….

Eight days and we are out of here, however now that it has warmed up again I am happier, was cold as buggery in Japan…. still the cherry blossoms were nice.

We have had a good rest  and I think we are relaxed!!!!! If only 500 of the passengers would disappear, then it would be a reasonable number for the space. The amazing thing about this group is their attendance at the shows, they turn up an hour before hand for a 45 minute show…take thier knitting and thier ipods….

PS Forgot to say that the median weight is about 150 kgs….

Today we are in Guam, , have you ever been in a queue of 600 snarling Aussies? Well, we waited an hour to get thru American customs,  then four stamps with an old fashioned stamper and we were thru. So hi tech theYanks….beaches and hotels look great and they have a Maceys so all is not wrong with the world. We had a great Vietnamese Pho for lunch today  in Guam but T as usal wanted me to visit prada, gucci etc, I had to resist as I had spent all my money at maceys and on lunch!!!!!

Can’t remember but I think we have a couple of sea days then the delights of rabaul, three more sea days the brisbane for three days and home on the 16th?



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