August was a special month where I celebrated my 50th birthday whilst on a 14 night cruise to the Baltics. We were homeward bound on my birthday and was on our last port call in Copenhagen before the 2 at sea days to get back to Southampton. We spent the morning joining in with all the deck games and in the afternoon went to Tivoli Gardens, before a little sailaway party on our balcony.
That evening we had dinner and many glasses of champagne before I was treated to a birthday cake - I only had 1 candle to blow out but after all that champagne I was struggling LOL - it took me 2 attempts!!
We had 4 ports of call on the 14 night cruise - Tallin, St Petersburg, Helsinki and Copenhagen. It was our first time in Helsinki and it was lovely, the 2 days there was just too short. One of my favourite sights was a new sculpture in the harbour, a statue that stands 8.5 metres high and is called Bad Bad Boy by Tommi Toija, apparently the Finnish aren't very keen on him, but I was greatly amused!!
Other notable numbers for the cruise were we travelled a distance of 2,846 nautical miles, there were 1,350 guests on board and 510 crew. The Balmoral has 710 cabins, 11 decks and weighs 43,537 tonnes. There were 93 chefs making sure we didn't go hungry and apparently 891 kg cheese, 5,700 litres of milk, 29,100 portions of butter, 3,500 kg potatoes, 3,364 kg poultry and 1,192 kg of beef were consumed. I am glad they didn't reveal how much alcohol was consumed!!
Mum also had a special birthday in August so we did a small family party for her 70th Birthday.
173 days to the Marillion convention in The Netherlands and 194 days to UK Marillion convention.
Crafting was fairly quiet this month - 1 layout, 11 Christmas cards, 4 other cards and 1 memory wire bracelet with matching earrings.
Well I had better get on, I need to plan 31 blog posts for Blogtoberfest 2014
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