Laundry day and NOBette

Trip Start Dec 27, 2012
Trip End Feb 15, 2014

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Flag of Sri Lanka  , Kerala,
Sunday, May 5, 2013

In Galle, lovely day and I get to spend it on board, I had hoped to go ashore but it looks I won't get to see much more of Sri Lanka as I'm NOBette, ie not in charge but around in case an extra body is required. Row an being NOB.

I came up with a plan - instead of doing the bedding change tomorrow as I'd originally planned, and we are off to sea, where it is apparently very rough, I decided for everyone to have a special 'happy hour' - personal space happy hour for all! Which did go down better than I thought, everyone stripped their beds and hovered around, cleaned the bulk head walls etc and generally made the place look better, especially as we are moored in a dock full of cement and the dust is being walked in every where! The place now looks rather ship shape

Then the mammoth task of washing nearly 50 people's bedding - despite working non stop I did not finish it even by the evening.

But did manage to finish my drug stock take: 3 day of trying: I somehow managed to volunteer, but never again. It is the sort of thing that makes my brain hurt a lot! But at least I now know what we stock and were it is, in cupboard outside my cabin, in small emergency bag, in big orange emergency bag in doctors drug box or in fridge! Quite a lot seems to be at its use buy date- so lots of re ordering needed! So emails to Steve the permanent medical purser. Some did come out when we were in Kochi, but there is always a time delay, and you don't want to ordered things too early either! It is just great to have my cabin clearer of other stuff - especially as it tends to catapult across the room in high seas! Now just to put the info back onto the spread sheet!

The captain said over lunch in the upper mess that we will not be leaving tomorrow morning, but he wanted to tell the whole crew. Apparently there is a cyclone forming between us and Singapore - not knowing much about weather that still doesn't sound good, if we leave a day later we can miss some of it. He will keep us updated!

I stopped working at 22:00- a very long day and still a pile of laundry to go. Steve the mate bought me a glass of wine when he came back. Seeing the state of most people I think it is a good idea to stay vaguely sober. A lot of the crew went on tours of the local area and the tea plantations and local beaches, local pools and a Sri Lankan dinner - they all seemed to have a good time.
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