But perhaps this was not helped by being up at 6, not far from the time I normally rise, but R was out of bed by 6.30 instead of 9 to 9.30. Jo has been curious about sea cruising so Sister and Jo took a sampler cruise, departing our Station Pier at 4pm Friday and returning this Monday morning at 7am. We were up and prepared to collect them by car, have coffee and then drive them to Spencer Street Station to catch a train to Geelong, where Bone Doctor would pick them up.
Just before we showered Sister called and said that their book off time from the ship was 9.30 and they just wanted to get home and not to bother collecting them as they could get the tram to the station. After niceties, I said to her that we out of bed early for no reason. Yeah, ok Sister, here are the tram directions.
I must have made her feel guilty as she called back a bit later, indicating it would be great if we could collect her and Jo. The ETA dropped from 9.30 to 9.00.
R was fuming at being so manipulated. I said to him, well, do we have anything better to do?
R always likes to be early and so we were, hanging around from about 8.30 to 9.00 waiting for them to disembark. R was in a foul mood. I left him sitting in the hot sun while I stood in the shade. It was a really nice morning weather wise.
I called Sister and told her to indulge in civil disobedience and just walk of the ship, and she did. Both Sister and Jo enjoyed the cruise but said cruising was not really for them in the future, as it is not for me.
We were at the pier for coffee and a walk the day they left and a Norwegian cruise ship was in.
We had coffee with Sister and Jo at the bakery in Port Melbourne and we dropped them at the station to catch the 9.50 train to Geelong. Not so many trains to Geelong on a public holiday. Of course Sister had forgotten Jo's public transport card and had to buy a new one.
Back home by 10, and wondering what do we do now? This is about the time we are showering and dressing to go out.
R was content to stay at home having a nap and battle with tv technology.
The Pakenham/Cranbourne/Frankston train lines have been shut down for a month but they reopened today. I thought I would take a little ride to see what I could see. I did see a little of interest after catching the tram to South Yarra Station and the express train to Caulfield and back. Thirteen train drivers were stood down this morning for refusing to drive trains over the new tracks as they thought they had insufficient training. Normally I would be supportive of comrades but I think they are wrong on this count. They saw a twelve minute instructional video and the driver of the train I travelled on drove very slowly on the new tracks between South Yarra and Hawksburn. The return journey was a bit faster. The bonus of driving slowly from South Yarra to Hawksburn was that the train was then late and time needed to be caught up. We zoomed along as an express train to Caulfield and my phone app recorded a top speed of 82 km/h, 81 on the return journey. If bright new copper wire is your thing, here is a photo. The work that has been done along the line has been amazing.
Tram to South Yarra, express train to Caulfield, express train back and tram back home. I think I was out for about an hour.
Yeah, kinda of a strange day.