As I write this post, the M/S Radiance of the Seas is hauling in the anchor, preparing to leave Hobart, Tasmania, for her next destination – Port Kembla, eta 0600 Sunday 30th October.
Over at The Good Life, we are certainly excited about this inaugural cruise ship visit to Wollongong, and in celebration, Pete and I donned our sailor’s caps and I dressed up nautical style. My jacket was loaned to me by a couple who sailed their yacht, TucanTu, around the world – twice! (Apparently because they took the wrong route the first time – at least that is the joke of the fair-weather sailors who have never attempted such a feat). The caps are from the local $2 shop and probably not authentic at all, but I suspect Pete is sporting the captain’s version, while I am . . . ? I’ll settle for First Mate, although it could be cadet officer, or perhaps even, yacht captain. I’ll leave that with the experts in the blogging community to answer.
This is our twelfth episode of The Good Life, and the last for season one. We wait to see what the producers have in store for us in the future, but in the meantime, there is plenty to enjoy in this episode.
International Day of Older Persons is celebrated on 1st October each year, and this year a camera booth was set up in the local shopping mall for people to honour their family members with spoken tributes. I think you’ll love what they have to say, and the multi-cultural heritage of Wollongong is well on show too! (For the record, I am also a “nonna”, rather than gran, granny, nanna, etc, etc.)
Three and a half minutes in, we go north again to Buderim for an in depth look into the innovation of a couple who have turned a simple nature strip into an amazing roadside fruit and vegetable garden, including bananas! They have a lot to say about how this community project enhances relationships and reduces isolation. “The wisdom of the older, and the enthusiasm of the younger – coming together” is a phrase we should hear much more often.
Mark Sleigh, General Manager of Destination Wollongong, came into the studio to chat with us about the cruise ship visit and the role of the Wollongong Volunteer Ambassadors. You can catch that at seven minutes. We had a great chat, including how he was “persuaded” into putting his energies into pulling off this coup, when he was only a week into the job. The interview has been edited down by necessity, but you can be sure we are excited! The studio interviews segues into an outdoor chat with another two of the cruise ship volunteers, who are vibrant with enthusiasm!
Then finally, Ben and Pete come up with a tasty, simple dish of swordfish. This is one of my favourite fish varieties. Usually I simply dust it with herbs and a couple of spices and sauté in butter, maximum three minutes each side dependent on thickness. This sauce looks a tasty addition!
I took a look at the Port Kembla shipping movements for Sunday. The cruise ship is certainly a departure from the usual tankers, bulk cargo and general cargo vessels that call here. The Mignon (Wallenius Wilhelmsen), Atlas Highway (K-Line) and Poseidon Leader (NYK) are all car carriers – testament to the huge amount of vehicles sold in Australia!
For the record, NYK was my last employer in the shipping industry. I resigned my position as National Customer Service Manager in charge of all front-line services, including container control (and accounts receivable – i.e. getting the customers to pay for their services 🙂 ), when we came to Wollongong some years ago. Having started in Port Adelaide in the early seventies when conventional ships still came into port, I still miss the industry . . . and to think, when I was in high school, the one-size-fits-all careers advice was for the men to be accountants and the women to be secretaries. Phooey to that!
Anyway . . . if you are still reading, here are the shipping movements for Port Kembla for Sunday 30th December. As you can see, it is imperative we get the passengers back on board the M/S Radiance of the Seas on time, as the NYK vessel is due into the same berth a few hours later. In this industry, delays at berth cost more than putting premium chocolates in the middle of a supermarket shelf – and that’s saying something!
|05:00||Depart||TINOS||ASA||102||L||INDIA – OTHER||p|
|05:00||Arrive||PARMELIA 1 – OTHER||UMA||113||R|
|05:30||Arrive||PARMELIA 1 – BUNKERS BEING LOADED AS CARGO||UMA||113||R|
|06:00||Arrive||RADIANCE OF THE SEAS||WSS||105||LB||HOBART||p|
|08:30||Arrive||PARMELIA 1 – OTHER||UMA||999||R|
|13:00||Depart||BOW ASIA||ISS||104||D||PORT BOTANY|
|17:00||Depart||RADIANCE OF THE SEAS||WSS||105||LB||SYDNEY||p|