Friday, 10 June 2016

Back to Brittany Ferries- Commodore Cabin-style

It's a funny, in an ironical way, that having been diagnosed with a 'life-threatening illness' has liberated me to enjoy life.

I'm not unique, many others in a similar situation will say the same thing. It's sad that it takes a cancer diagnosis to do this but in some weird way I do appreciate that for the way it's made me totally change my way of thinking. And of being.

One manifestation of which is to permit myself small treats. Not that I am a skinflint, far from it, money and I are not comfortable house-mates, cash should be used for good purposes rather than hoarded in the bank, but my latest career has not been well-rewarded and I have become accustomed constantly to counting the pennies .

And so occasionally I treat myself.

Not to a world cruise, or a meal in an expensive restaurant. And not to finery and frippery.
But once in a while I do have a treat and on my last return from my home in France that took the form of a Commodore Cabin.

Here it is. My little bit of luxury.

And so on the crossing from St Malo to Portsmouth:
I was able to practice my T'ai Chi using the DVD player and TV.
I was able to write my novel sitting in comfort on the sofa.
I was able to raid the soft drinks in the mini-bar and enjoy the fruit basket.
And I was able to shower with the nice complementary toiletries.

Old habits die hard.
I took the macarons back for The Ragazza and she loved them.

I do have a complaint. Just one.
This was my second Commodore Cabin and I still have yet to receive the complimentary afternoon tea, I don't know why.  I was in my cabin all afternoon. No-one knocked to offer me tea. That made me sad. But in the grand scheme of things, ce n'était pas le fin du monde ...


  1. Wow, I didn't know such luxury existed on Brittany Ferries! And I'm impressed you got all that done just getting between St Malo and Portsmouth.

    Sorry to miss you yet again, somehow events and house guests carried the time away...

  2. I think you are wise to treat yourself as the precious person you are! Perhaps next time you do this you might mention the afternoon tea ahead of time.


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