Rose early and after breakfast joined Dennis for prayers in the Neptune lounge followed by a talk on Mindelo the first of the Cape Verde Islands we would visit - today and tomorrow we would be at sea beating southwards down the west coast of Africa.
After lunch we arranged to meet in the pub at 6pm and I toddled off for the 'Slow Foxtrot for beginners lesson. There were quite a lot of ladies and the odd instructor. I had imagined we would be partnered - but no - a large-ish group of us gathered on the small stage and after a few instructions from the female instructor this amorphous group of beginners started moving - quite quickly - to music following shouted instructions. I was at the back of the group eagerly trying to keep up.
The small stage was shaped in a semi circle - the curve behind us with two rising steps. When the command '2 steps back' was given the inevitable happened - I couldn't see behind me and the force of the group pushed me back, I lost my balance and fell backwards on my left wrist. Having lived with a stoic for years one tends not to show pain and the reaction was just amused surprise and advice to sit down whilst the lesson continued. One lady told me afterwards she could see I was shaking.
As soon as I could I retreated to my cabin. By now my wrist was swollen and painful so I warned D
I may be late for dinner and went to the medical centre. I didn't think it was broken and neither did the doc. He gave me a support splint and pain killers and said to see him in 2 days.
Tried to carry on as normal and we enjoyed watching Bubbles be the star of a game show and win a bottle of champagne.
Saturday Dec 20
Bubbles is ace with any technical stuff and lent me adaptors for my kindle, camera and tooth brush.
Saw doctor - he was worried about 2 large haematomas and contusions. Told me to leave off splint and let blood course naturally.
Dylan and I decided to investigate an autumn cruise - if you book on board you get a better deal
Kerry : would you like a double cabin Mrs Mackay?
Pat: no of course not! We don't want a double cabin Dylan do we?
Dylan: (with an evil grin) yes!
Pat: dream on!
Sunday Dec 21 - Mindelo.
Our second excursion. My arm was looking ghastly- swollen and navy blue so I wore the support and tried to forget about it.
We were taken to impressive viewpoints, through the lunar - like landscape contrasting with the white sands which are there because of ??? That's right - the Trade Winds!
In Mindelo we admired monuments and the National Arts and Craft Centre.
At Praia Grande Beach we had snacks and soft drinks and saw impressive traditional folk dancing which we were encouraged to join in. Not b----y likely! And I had to wave my splint to reinforce my 'No thank you.'
Back on board we went untidily to a good lunch and then to our respective cabins for a snooze.
Later in the Morning Light Pub a message came over the tannoy:
'Would Mrs Patricia Mackay please come immediately to the Medical Centre.'
'I'm coming with you,' said Dylan