Friday, 3 January 2014


I thought it was about time that I let you all know what we've been up to the last couple of weeks, and also introduce you to the people we spent our weeks cruise with. So here they all are (well most of them anyway) 140 plus people all from the same family. On March 1st my daughter will become part of this wonderful group of people. We were made to feel so very welcome by all of the members we met, and have had invitations to visit with people in the future. People had come from Canada, America, Bahamas, Singapore as well as the UK and few other place as well. This was the first time we had been on a cruise and I'm sure it's not going to be the last, we enjoyed it so much. Too quickly the week came to an end and we had to say goodbye to our new found friends, but a small group of us went onto Orlando for Christmas week.

Group Photo

My Daughter Vicky and Partner David


21 of us boarded a small coach for our journey to Orlando, and our stay in two very large Villas for Christmas. we split the group of us into two smaller groups for the accomodation, the younger 21-40 group in one villa, while the rest of us mainly over 50's in the second. It was in the second Villa that most all of the cooking and socialising took place. Christmas dinner was cooked for 36 people, which was eaten around a very large table (put together with several others) beside the pool. The idea was that we would use the Villas as a base to do other activities. The younger the group doing things like Sky diving, and Universal - Islands of Adventures (this is an all roller coaster theme park), needless to say a great time was had by all. I will say that it did not seem like Christmas at all, even the shops we're open on Christmas Day. However there was a Christmas tree in the first Villa and after a quick trip to the Doller store on Christmas Eve we soon had decorations on the tree, and a festive feel in the room. The 29th December quickly can around and everyone said there goodbyes, Vicky and David along with his Mum and sister climbed into their hire car and headed to the airport in Miami, leaving Hubby and I to enjoy the winter sun here in Florida for another couple of weeks. We stayed on in the Orlando area for another 4 days seeing in the New Year on our own. It was a bit of a let down after the two weeks we had spent with so many other people. Yesterday (2nd) we moved on and have come to Dunedin (just outside of Clearwater) on the west coast of Florida, an area that we have not previously been to. It was not all sunshine though as yesterday we had a terrific storm, lot's rain that falls very quickly here, and again last night with a lot of wind too. This morning the sun is out again but there is a chill in the air. We had breakfast this morning over looking the sea, and the Ospreys diving and catching fish. We're hoping to get some good photos of that later.

Christmas Morning Before The Visitors Arrived


I hope that I've not bored you all too much, and thank you if you've taken the time to read through the above.





Desire Fourie said...

Wow it really looks like you all had a wonderful festive season.
Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Looks like an awesome time, Happy New Year .... Shirley my virus scanner is still saying it's blocking a Malpage at your site... sorry to keep saying it . Cheers, Shirleyx

Dora said...

wow...really a familyreunion!! what a lot of people, a big familly so together.
I am wishing you all the best in the new year.

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Sorry you're having trouble Shirley. Someone else was before we went away, I have run my virus checker on it but it's showing everything OK.

Sally H said...

Sounds wonderful! Hope it wasn't too much of a wrench to come back! Happy New Year, Sue - hope it brings lots of joy for you and yours xxx

Sue's Crafty Corner said...
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Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Who said anything about coming home? We're still in Florida until 16th January soaking up the winter sun. Happy New Year Sally. Sue x

rachel said...

this looks amazing Sue and I'm so glad you had a wonderful time - fantastic xx

Wynn Walton said...

Thank you for sharing your Christmas and New Year. I've enjoyed reading your blog. It's great when family get together at this special time. That's what I miss . Enjoy the rest of your holiday and safe journey home. Hugs Wynn xx