(not chicken or fish, but the use of a ship’s lifeboats to ferry passengers to/from shore at a port where there is either no good dock or a shallow bay).

I really don’t like tendering. It isn’t that I dislike the lifeboats per se. It is more than now, even more than over the last decade, that I don’t appreciate being crammed in with a bunch of strangers. Even when there is a nice, stiff breeze blowing through. The trip in this morning to Kailua-Kona was actually fairly smooth, all things considered. Much better, in fact, than the last time I was here. 

Dani and I walked through a portion of the town, then up the hill to Kona Coffee & Tea where we met Aubrey

she belongs to the owner of the coffee shop. Just over a year old, she was more than pleased to have someone adore her. 

Post coffee and mint tea, both iced thank you very much, we walked back down the hill and through a number of shops which featured just about what you would expect of tourist goods. In the main ones, nothing was locally made. Dani noted signs to the local quilt shop which we found in a local center not off a main road. 

There were patterns, fabrics, kits…. and for the non quilters – this apparently is also the local knitting shop

with a great selection of yarns, patterns, and notions. We actually spent a fair amount of time looking around. There was a quilt pattern that I really liked, but they were out of stock of both pattern and kits. I picked up two skeins of floss from the DMC carousel, a skirt pattern and was sorely tempted by a different quilt pattern as well. 

After more wandering around – I headed back to the ship =

and enjoyed a quiet afternoon in the air conditioning. To quote the usual – it isn’t the heat, it is the humidity….

The last tender is due back right about now, then I think we are sailing out around 1800… We are using one of my two specialty restaurant vouchers tonight….


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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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