Home Away from Home, a room with a view

I wonder what the authorities would think if they knew how many people are crushed into this room?  You’re so quiet, everyone slept so well, like spoons!  This is really working out!

Thought I should take you out on deck for a breath of this fresh sea air!

And this morning, before you all got up, I had tea and knitted and watched the BBC on the telly.  You didn’t move a muscle.  Must be all worn out from all that dancing last night!

Under a beautiful moon . . .

I am shocked that they let me put up three photos.  I’m going to push my limits, use up precious “minutes” to get one more gorgeous photo of Joe in his tuxedo up here, here he is, last night.

Nope, darn it, it’s just not going to let me!  He looked so elegant, will show you later.

To answer a couple of your questions, yes, we did bring Pete.  Can you imagine how long he had to wait to get back to sea?  Poor little sailor boy.  And yes, he trip is going way too fast.  We set our clocks forward one hour each night, which makes the trip even shorter!  We’ll make up for it on the way home.

Sat with darling young Scottish couple for tea yesterday, and for dinner, we had an English couple sitting next to us.  I want to compliment you all on your impeccable manners!  I was so proud of how cute we all looked.  I took lots of photos again today, and sooner or later, I’ll be able to show them to you.  OK, must go, minutes flying by!  Talk to you soon, thanks for coming along.  Love reading your comments, you’re so funny!!!   XOXO

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209 Responses to Home Away from Home, a room with a view

  1. Mary Spring says:

    Simply Amazing !! We’re having so much fun !!

  2. Vicki says:

    Good morning! It is quite beautiful. All of us girlfriends had a good night sleep. I can’t believe how much room we have. This room is definitely deceiving when it comes to size! Who knew that under the bed is a whole other room with plenty of space for all of us! It’s hard getting used to this tea as I am a coffee girl, but I am thoroughly enjoying it. Well up and at em! We’re going to have a great day!

  3. Georgeann from Texas says:

    Your view of the fabulous moon this weekend is so wonderful! Living in the piney
    woods of east Texas I had to walk till I could see it completely between the
    limbs of the trees. What a treat! Loving your pictures.

  4. Shann says:

    Good morning Susan!
    This is so much fun going with you on your big adventure!! You have inspired me to do something you wrote once in one of your (many) books that I have. Plan the dream trip!! I am going to plan the trip and then find the biggest jar I can find to begin placing my “stash” until I get enough money to go someday.
    Thanks so much for taking your time to show us what you and Joe are doing. You are a doll. 🙂
    Hugs and Smiles!

  5. Shelly says:

    Thanks Susan (and Joe) for taking us with you on your journey to England. I usually fly when I travel, especially since I live in Hawaii. This traveling by ship is fun! I thought I’d get seasick but I’m doing pretty good…..so far. How many more days till we get to England? I’m so excited!

  6. well, I think you are doing remarkably well posting daily against the odds! love the little bits of home from home you’ve taken along for the journey! Sounds as if you do not have to stick to the same table so you get to circulate with all the other good folks aboard. Watching the Beeb (BBC) will get you acclimatised to Britain which is where you will be in a few short(er) days . . at least by losing an hour a day you will be here sooner . .

    oh, well, back to the humdrum of housework while you are sailing the ocean waves! ha!ha!ha! Can’t wait to see that photo of Joe in his DJ !

  7. Lynn McMahon says:

    Good Morning~
    Thank you for the pictures today~
    Love the moon picture the best!
    I won’t take up any more minutes okay?

  8. judi says:

    Good to hear & see from you again. Looks like your weather has been super. Did you see the moon rise the other night? I am presently looking out my window at it – in the western sky, still lovely and full. Ta ta

  9. Paulie says:

    Phew….. Overslept almost two hours here. Having a hard time waking up this morning. Gracious this trip is a little too relaxing……..but loving every minute of it. xxx ooo

  10. Julianna (New York) says:

    I can smell the sea air and feel the spray of salt water on my face! What a lovely time we are having, dancing and eating and gabbing with others. I really must do this more often. 🙂

  11. Kelly J. says:

    I woke up just past midnight and saw that the moon had finally found it’s way out of the cloudy skies we’ve been having the past couple of days. And how gorgeous it was; our yard was filled with moonlight. As I “slipper scuffed” (your term, ha) my way back to bed, I thought of you on the high seas. 🙂 Can’t wait to see what today will bring! Enjoy! Kelly from Eastern PA

  12. Treese says:

    I bet time is flying by. I loved sitting in a deck chair on our balcony watching the water, sky, sun and moon. I also liked going to a deck lying around watching people. We had a suite with a bedroom, etc. So, our friends converged upon us and we had a party. I never saw so many people in a space that size at once. Our group was 35 people/friends from all walks of life. It was interesting and fun, but they closed us down at 2am.
    I am happy for you enjoying life at sea! Keep sending us updates.
    Treese/Colorado Cowgirl

  13. Linda Trokey says:


    I am having so much fun following your trip and we’re not even there yet! I love little Pete and so glad he could join you on the trip. I loved the virutal tour of the ship – it’s absolutely breathtaking and so glad you were able to see the incredible “flower moon.” Here in the midwest, it was a little cloudy at bedtime but during the night, I could see it so well and it truly was a gift to see it so close to earth.

    Til the next entry,

    Linda T

  14. I’m completely pea-green with envy! But, oh-so glad you’re sharing all the fun with us…thanks so much! What a trip it must be…afternoon tea and dinner with folks from everywhere, elegant tuxedos and lovely dresses (did you decide to go with basic black then change the accessories?) the scenery, and oh, all the delightful accents! As corny as it may sound, I just swoon over a British, Scottish, Irish, or Australian accent! Have a ball and enjoy every minute!

    • Lynn McMahon says:

      Glad you are green with envy and not seasick! 😉
      I love the accents too!
      Happy Tuesday~

  15. Am loving the photos. I DO feel I’m a stowaway. I can hardly wait for the Journal you plan to publish!

  16. Pom Pom says:

    Hi Susan! Your knitting is so pretty! Thank you for the whoosh of sea air. I needed that this morning!

  17. Donna says:

    Awww, I LOVE that you’re knitting! I can’t wait to see your finished project…a happy memento of this awesome trip. Wonderful way to wake up in the morning with your cup of tea and the ocean stretching out in front of you. XO. Whatsitgonnabe?

  18. Jeanette says:

    Good morning!!! Yes, glad we all slept well, that was up until about 4:30 am when the thunderstorms and torrential rains came in…
    I was wondering what you had draped across the glass door in your earlier post, the most darling garland, but then again, how could you not???
    What a divine way to start the day, tea & knitting, in yarns of your “color” too!
    I need to take some lessons from you in how to take it all in, relax and soak up every minute of divinity!
    Have a lovely day! What am I saying??? Of course you all will.
    See you soon…
    Hugs and sunlight splashing on the water love,

  19. Michele Phillips says:

    Just wondering how it works with the time change while you are sailing??

  20. Gert~Iowa says:

    Oh my gosh…this just gets more exciting as each day goes by! The room with a view!! The sea air! Ahhhhh…I’m loving it!! The dancing I think, coud have gone all night long…smile…
    I was wondering how the teapot was working and now I know…Joe did good…smile…
    Enjoy the journey…and know we are all with you!


  21. Patricia H. says:

    Susan- my family and I have loved coming along on your cruise- we’re all having a blast! So much so that there is now a lot of talk about saving up for our own Queen Mary 2 adventure….someday…..! Dreams can come true if you wish hard enough. Thank you for using your minutes to show it all to us- it’s very generous and it’s very appreciated! xx

  22. Gail Buss says:

    Loved the picture of the “tea” in your love Emma Bridgewater cups with the hearts……..how dear……..now I know why you brought them along. And, you are doing excellent with the knitting…..it looks lovely! Your Bon Voyage wall hanging is just dear! You are bringing back so many wonderful memories that we all too soon forget! Enjoy every minute! Hugs, Gail Buss

  23. Jackie P says:

    This voyage is such fun! I love seeing the different shades of blue on the ocean. I can almost smell the moist salt air! Love the moon shot. So glad the trip is going so well.

  24. mari says:

    Good morning, or whatever time it is for you, Susan – I knew that “chain” of somethings hanging in the window of your doorway said something – true Susan Branch! 🙂 Thank you for letting us join you in dinner and dancing under a GORGEOUS full moon – that pix is spectacular WOW!!! OK – back to Monday… lol …. have a great day – can’t wait to see all your pix – love that little sailor boy is with you – must bring back memories for Joe and the little guy 🙂

  25. Joan Ramseyer says:

    Love the fact that you are allowing all of us to come along on your cruise and English adventure. You must have been up early this morning to get your post out. I know there is so much to do on board that you don’t want to waste a minute. Wishing you and Joe pure enjoyment every day. Don’t get frustrated with the computers….they can be buggers on those big ships. That is an excuse to get out of your room and do what you want. Wish I had the room next door. J.

  26. Joy Pence says:

    Good morning Susan! Yes I did sleep well, except someone keeps kicking me, it is a tight squeeze, but well worth it! Hope time stands still for you. I keep thinking of you and where you might be in the journey!

  27. Jean Shaffer says:

    Oh,Susan-I am so envious!!! Thanx for keeping us up to date on your fun adventure!

  28. Judy says:

    Really looking forward to the formal wear pictures – women get all “mushy” around a man in a tuxedo and I am no exception – working really hard on finishing a pair of socks on this cruise. Loving the room with a view and perfect for moon watching – did you get to see much of the supermoon? JC

  29. Mrs.Pettigrew says:

    I look forward to each and every post about your trip. It’s like we all get to go with you. Beatrix Potter is my absolute favorite childrens author. I am so excited to see the pictures of your visit to her home. A favorite movie about her “Miss Potter” should be seen by all. I would love to see you write a book about your travels to her home place, kind of like a travel guide, including the history, pictures and such all done in your creative style. A calendar would even be neat. I look forward to each new project you do and someday hope to visit Martha’s Vineyard~ Wishing you safe travels!

    • sbranch says:

      Believe it or not, and it’s hard to believe, but Miss Potter was ON the TV in this room our very first night at sea!!!

      • Laurie says:

        Miss Potter, the movie, is on the docket for this Friday night! Girl’s night with my daughter, and granddaughters! I’m inspired by all the Miss Potter talk!

  30. Joan Lesmeister says:

    On the Sea, On the Sea, On the Beautiful Sea!!!! By golly, it’s so fun travelling with you all across the ocean & I’m not even seasick – fresh air now and then helps a lot, love the Banner! Mums will be proud of us and our good manners! Tea in our Emma cups & BBC on the telly, & so nice to be knittin’, a great start to the day! Thanks for the pics, looking forward to more, have a lovely day dearies!!!xoxoxo

  31. Julia says:

    This is SO much FUN! You are such a doll to invite us along on this unbelieveable adventure! hugs from California

  32. Christine from Lafayette, CO says:

    Good Morning Susan! I know this is silly but the view from your deck is so different from mine, even though its the same ship, same ocean. But, I do believe I have more moonlight on this side 😉 Oh well… who cares? We are having the trip of a lifetime!! Loved your dress last night – beautiful! I noticed the captain nodding at you! Joe is so handsome! You have no idea how excited I was when my table asked “who are those Americans?” THEY ARE MY FRIENDS! See you at tea! The blue dress today? xoxo

  33. Gail from Hingham, Mass. says:

    Hi Susan,
    Thanks for taking us on such a fabulous trip! Couldn’t see the moon from our yard last night, but it looks so beautiful over the Atlantic in your photo. Have a ball!! Lots of Love, Gail

  34. Priscilla Palmer from Naples, Florida says:

    WOW! WOW! WOW!
    I love the Moon over the Atlantic.
    And, I was wondering what you had hung out on your deck so it was cool to see “Bon Voyage” and to know that is what that was.
    You are so wonderful to share your adventures with all of us!
    Blessings of continued good fortune and fun to you and all the travelling companions.
    xoxo, Priscilla

  35. Sheila Brazzell says:

    We would love to see Joe in his tuxedo and you dressed “to the nines”. Maybe you should do a book/cookbook about the trip. Thank you for sharing with us. It’s been a great trip so far. You should move Pete around the ship like Elf on a Shelf.
    Sheila-South Carolina

  36. Love the photos! Looking forward to the next post!

  37. Sherry Kennedy says:

    I am soooo loving the cruise. I know Joe looked very handsome in his tuxedo. What did you wear? We girlfriends hovered with bated breath, hoping not to be discovered. Please share the “tea” experience with us. What time, what foods, what niceties accompany this lovely experience? And, thank you for that beautiful moon over the ocean picture. I sat outside Saturday night with my camera and took pictures of that moon over Oklahoma. It was mesmerizing! Can’t wait to see your onboard photos. Have a wonderful day, Miss Sue, and enjoy your handsome husband. xoxoxo

  38. Jan says:

    Nothing like taking a trip on the Queen Mary 2 my first days of retirement! I know it will be fabulous. Thanks for taking us along! My grandmother used to say that’s the best way to travel – through the eyes of someone else. Love your Bon Voyage banner, a great scrapbooking idea. Beautiful moon picture!! Enjoy! Enjoy! Love your comments!

  39. {oc cottage} says:

    …dancing in the moonlight…sounds just dreamy!
    {isn’t that a song? ;}

    m ^..^

  40. {oc cottage} says:

    oh…and do not EVEN stress one itty bit over the
    picture limitations! the ones that you included
    were quite enough for my imagination to create
    its own BBC version of events…with Pete and
    everything! ;}

    m ^..^

  41. Sandy Perry says:

    I just love this trip. It is so nice of you to let all of us stay in your room and enjoy everything. It seems to me that we are the lucky ones and what a trip it is. All of the beautiful pictures you take I am just wondering how I wish I could tell you how wonderful it is to go to England with you and Joe. It is wonderful that you are making this trip and that we can come too. I know how hard it must be for you to miss Mother’s Day with your Mom but I am sure she just loved the way you honored her on your blog. Can’t wait to see what is next on our trip and what comes back with you for the shop. I so love to travel with you. When are you coming to Ca. again? Hugs, Sandy <3

  42. Tricia in Connecticut says:


    Wonderful trip so far. Thanks for taking us along!

  43. Rhonda D. says:

    Hope you got to see some of that amazing moon. My Mom lives on the south shore of Nova Scotia, down past Halifax. The village they live in is right on the water. She said that the water was just absolutely white and beautiful just after moonrise on the 5th. She had some amazing stories to tell me. It was cloudy on May 5th where I am located, but I saw some of it last night. Should have done some “moon chasing” I guess. I see Pete is on board. At least he is allowed out of the suitcase and doesn’t have to be a stowaway like the rest of us. Looks like you’re having a fabulous time. Enjoy!

  44. Susan Simon says:

    Love the photos, love traveling with you and Joe and Pete. I wondered what was hanging outside on your window or balcony…. what a cute idea! Your knitting looks fabulous, too… love the color.

    We have made some wonderful friends from across the pond on cruises; one couple is from Scotland and two others are from Sheffield and from Harpenden. We try to get together every so often on cruises when our schedules can be made to allow it (and our wallets, too, of course!). I am sure you will come home with a whole slew of new friends.

    Can’t wait to see those photos… have a great day at sea… so excited that we can all follow along here! Have a scone for me, please.

  45. Yvonne Harvey says:

    Sue, your voyage to England is so exciting that I pulled up the Cunard site to show my husband. I think we will start planning our dream vacation to England via the Queen Mary 2. I pull your blog up every morning (even before my coffee), throughout the day and right before I go to bed, just in case you posted something more. I don’t want to miss one second of “our” holiday with you and Joe. Loving every second!!! Can’t wait to see what we’re doing in England.

    • sbranch says:

      There will be lots more to come, I guess I should be happy at how much it allows, when I think about where I am right now! The very center, half way, looking out at the blue blue sea and blue sky right now!

  46. Heartsdesire says:

    It’s so exciting being at sea. The weather looks grand, hope it keeps up. I’m sure you and Joe made a dashing couple last night. What’s on the agenda for tonight? Glad to see you’ve started your knitting, you’ll have it finished in no time. We had that beautiful moon here on the west coast last night as well and it’s actually sunny today. Maybe a little gardening? Or knitting. Take care.

  47. judi says:

    Oh, yes, your pic of the moon delightful. How did immigration? go? I assume all your creative/business goodies went thru fine. That is nice that you don’t have to deal with that when you “land”, at least that is what I’m thinking. Hope you get pics of the two of you together in your finery:)

  48. Pamela Jewett says:

    Hi Susan,
    Can’t wait to see Joe in his tux. I’m sure he’s gorgeous!
    I check the “bridge cam” every morning and enjoy the view. There is also an Itinerary Map below it that has an icon showing where you (we!) are on the ocean. Thank you so much for bringing us along. This is such fun.
    I’m sure sailor boy is happy to be back at sea.
    Have a wonderful day.
    xoxo Pam

  49. Denise Brice says:

    Susan, I’m thoroughly enjoying your posts from the Queen Mary 2. I’m one of those unfortunate people that get violently seasick on a glassy calm sea, but your lovely photos and prose are almost enough to make me contemplate an ocean voyage! (as opposed to a cruise ) You know what I mean, I’m sure! Thanks so much for taking us along!

  50. Marilyn says:

    Ah, moonlight on the water! All sparkly and shimmering!

    It sounds like you and Joe are having a wonderful trip, as are we (the girlfriends).

    Isn’t technology wonderful? You really are taking us along on your journey. I’m looking forward to docking in England and exploring the countryside. 🙂

    Marilyn (in Dallas)

  51. Angie(Tink!) says:

    Good Morning Darling Passengers…Sweet Sue You Never Disappoint! Your View from your Deck…Devine…Tea~Time & Knitting….Your Full~Moon….All Magic…I Noticed Sailor~Pete….He Has to Be so Happy Being Back at Sea! I know The Pic Of Joe in His Tux will Makes Us Smile…Actually My Footsies R a Bit Sore We All did Dance The Night Away…Yawnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn…..I Love all The Peeps We are Meeting….what’s for Lunch Today?…I’m a Little Hungry 🙂 ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh I Love The Salty Sea Air…ok I Know You & Joe have another Wonderful Busy Day Ahead of You & We Must watch those Minutes…so sending Merry Monday Pixie~Dust for Another Glorious Day on The Queen Mary 2! Yay! Hugzzzzzzzz & Love xoxo Poof! 🙂 ♥♥♫ P.S. Love that You are watching The BBC on The “Telly” so British Darling Sue! 🙂 ♥

  52. Buzz'n Bea says:

    Good Morning, delighted to see and read that your journey is going well and you having a wonderful time. Isn’t it nice that all of us stowaways are behaving? Oh, if you only knew the truth. lol

    Joy in the Journey

  53. Laurie says:

    Your journey has changed my morning routine! Now it’s making a cuppa (that will always be first) and then bee line to the iPad! Forget everything else in between! Anxiously awaiting the pics you have teased us with.
    Safe travels to you!

  54. Cindy Tuning says:

    Our room is nice but if you don’t mind I think I’ll stay in Uncle Michaels room tonight. WOW!! Two stories and all that glass. I’m sure he won’t mind. Won’t even know I’m there. Hope you dance the night away every night. You and Joe had the perfect place to be for that beautiful moon. Brilliant!

  55. Jackie says:

    Dear Susan and Joe,

    What an adventure! Sounds like heaven…do what you want, when you want, with the one you love! Perfect! Funny….even here in Colorado I can take a deep breath and almost smell the fresh sea air. Thanks for sharing your trip…will try to get up early with you tomorrow so we can share tea and knit a while!

  56. Annie from Sydney Australia says:

    Sorry I’m late leaving a comment – I overslept because I danced so much! Didn’t we have fun? I already know how handsome Joe looked in his tux because I was there with you….REMEMBER?

  57. Laurie says:

    Speaking of being in a crowded cabin with stowaways…check this scene out from A Night at the Opera


    It’s my VERY FAVORITE Marx Bros scene EVER! I don’t know if it will upload, but I HAD to share, after reading all your remarks about us all crowding in with you…

    I just gave myself a good laugh to start off this Monday morning! Thanks for the reminder, Susan.

  58. Wendy Louise says:

    Oh this is soooooo much fun, I’m having tea and knitting this morning too! Thank you so very much for this, everyday is so exciting and new. You both have a grand time because we sure are through you. Lots of OOOOOXXXXX 🙂 🙂

  59. Barbara (WA) says:

    Well, someone kept rolling over on my foot but I kept quiet as a mouse.

  60. Suzanne says:

    Ahoy Susan!!
    This is just so exciting! Being stowed away on such a beautiful ship with you is so amazing! You’ve made your little cabin so homey and inviting with your knitting, teapot and heart mug (I have that one too, i love it!) Can’t wait to see pictures of you two all dressed up! So glad to be along! -East Longmeadow, Ma

  61. Kerry S. from San Pedro, CA says:

    Having fun with the picture in my mind of hundreds of us packed into your room! We’re like the Whos talking to Horton – “We are here, we are here!”
    Thank you for showing the Bon Voyage banner – wondered what it was in previous pix!
    Don’t use precious minutes to reply! Just continue to share when you’re able – we’re having such fun! Can’t wait until we can see all the pix – especially of Joe in his tux!

  62. Linda says:

    Thank you Susan, I feel like Im there with you.. looking forward to more!

  63. Nellie says:

    I must say, it is quite crowded here, but what a grand time we are having!:-)

    The dancing late into the night brought about a bit of sleeping in, but now we’re ready for what the day brings us!

    It’s wonderful that you have been able to post some pictures. I think it is past time for me to begin putting some pennies aside to have a similar trip.:-)

    Thank you so much for taking us along!

    xoxo Nellie

  64. I am really enjoying being along for this trip! Always love your blog ,but this is extra special for a british lover like me. Thanks!

  65. dottie says:

    LOVING the trip so far — music, dancing and moonlight on the water — tea and fine food — what’s not to LOVE and you are knitting already! Wishing you a marvelous journey, Susan, and I’m planning just to eavesdrop most of the way. Glad you have the dailies figured out so you can realz a bit on the updates — you are so good to share this fun!

    • dottie says:

      *relax* and have to admit I’m planning to eavesdrop – AND take notes and make lists as this trip has been on our list of dream trips to do so — I’m planning ahead which won’t hurt even if we never take it in reality.

  66. Mary in Phoenix says:

    Absolutely loving taking this trip through you. Definitely a bucket list item ever since we saw the QM2 pull into San Juan, PR on its maiden voyage. So… another trip you might want to consider someday is the American Queen steamboat on the Mississippi River which made its maiden voyage last week after a 6 million dollar renovation! Sounds pretty amazing and right up your alley with afternoon tea and meals in an antebellum-style dining room. Just food for thought. And in the meantime … enjoy every minute of your fairytale trip … and thanks for sharing it all with us 🙂

  67. Pat Mofjeld says:

    Great view! Wow–what a setting to sit and have tea and knit! Maybe I should have tried to physically “beam” myself there to join you instead of just being along virtually! 🙂 Funny–I’m knitting a small shawl/scarf called the Hitchhiker (you could google it if you want to see it). How appropriate a name! 🙂 The view of the ocean is beautiful! I’m glad the seas are so smooth for your trip. It sounds like you are having a good time. Thanks, again, for “sharing” the trip! 🙂

  68. pat addison says:

    good morning susan and joe, good morning everyone. i was wondering where pete was, i thought for sure jack had him and was cuddling up to him like he had a teddy bear. busy morning here at the poultry farm, cleaned out the henhouse yesterday and today swept out the barn, cleaned out all the water containers and the duck pool and refilled them, and now its time to get back out there and feed them and then get busy on the laundry and hang that out to dry, and get busy baking bread. i already know whats for dinner tonight…pot pies, easy and quick to make and it uses up leftovers and frozen veggies, (sshhh my lil secret to making fast and easy pot pies, no slicing and dicing when i have to hurry). hmmmm nice quarters, and a view of the ocean. think i’ll go sit in one of the deck chairs and soak up sunshine, if you don’t mind. have a fun and sunny day today. hugs………. 🙂

  69. Judy in Seattle says:

    Oh, Thankyou for bringing us all with you ! I so needed this trip, too 🙂

  70. Karen P. -Wisconsin says:

    Gorgeous moon over the waters! Soooo glad you brought us along. We ARE great travel companions, aren’t we!!??

  71. Barbara S says:

    Hi Susan! Sounds like you’re having so much fun! The pictures are such a treat to look at–love the little bon voyage banner. Isn’t technology wonderful??? To be able to keep in touch right from the middle of the big ocean! Thank you for sharing your trip. Love to you both, Barbara Stillman from Cumming, GA

  72. Jan from Northern CA says:

    I’m in Bakersfield, Ca training firefighters….and I get to check in with you and Joe on your voyage….and it soooo makes my day better. I can dream of being in girl clothes, having tea on the deck, dancing the night away after a formal dinner…..ahhhh. Thanks so much for the visual!! See you tomorrow.
    Jan from Northern, Ca

  73. Susan Havey says:

    How lovely your trip sounds. And what a delight to have tea with the Scots and Brits!! I love your short posts and the pictures are great. It is nice to know you are relaxing and knitting and marveling at the beauty that surrounds you. May the rest of your trip be as refreshing for you.

    Hugs from Spokane WA where it is sunny and totally Spring!

  74. Elaine says:

    This is the best trip ever! And…….no chance of getting seasick!

  75. Diane from Washington state says:

    It all sounds like so much fun…and I am sure that Joe was gorgeous in his tux and that you were stunning in your beautiful dress! Thank you for complimenting my manners….I do try! lol. Have a wonderful time….we are all thinking about you every day! Isnt that a nice thought?! You are like one of our sisters going on a vacation that we dearly love and think about. Not really “fans” at all…..more like family! I hope that isnt being too over-familiar with you! Do you know how long it would take to walk around the entire ship? It looks so huge!

  76. Janie Phillips says:

    Oh, Sue, what a dear you are! The banner picture thrilled me more than you’d believe! And the picture of your knitting with the teapot and heart mug in the background, and the moonlit sea … ah, those are the stuff of daydreams. My heart is out there on the sea with you. I hope you can feel the love of all your stowaways … xoxo

    • sbranch says:

      Janie! Our stowaways all want to know how to make the banner you made for me! It perks up the room so much, just loving it! Thank you again! xoxo

  77. Carol Maurer says:

    Oh, Susan…. we are quiet aren’t we? I’m sure that all of us ‘girlfriends’ have enjoyed this trip with you about as much as you and Joe are having. So glad that the weather is nice for you…. at least you haven’t mentioned it wasn’t. We’ve been having sunny days in in Eureka, CA. Suppose to not rain and to have sun most all week…. yah!! When do you hit land over on the other side of the pond?

    Carol M.

  78. Joan says:

    If you are setting the clocks BACK every nite, aren’t you gaining an hour each day which would make the trip seem longer going?
    Love all the pics – coming thru loud and clear!

  79. Rita Baker says:

    Wow, my first ocean voyage – thanks to you, Susan. so exciting – I love the photos and news so far. Keep them coming and have a great time!

  80. Bobbie says:

    Waking up..first thing….living my dream….sailing to England…..This trip is awesome! Having a great time! Thank you, Susan.

  81. Janet says:

    Hello, sailors! This is so much fun I really can’t believe it! I couldn’t imagine how you were going to manage to “bring us all along” on a two-month trek across the ocean and the UK, but I am astounded as how really “part of it” I feel. Even without pictures! I think it’s your enthusiasm. And enthusiasm is “The Force” for you, Sue. Your sincere and heartfelt enthusiasm. Hang on tight to that…

    Between the blog and Twitter, I think it’s going brilliantly! I opened a Twitter account a couple of years ago but never did a thing with it. Until now. You are now one of the 3 people I follow [the others are White House photographer Pete deSouza and the President]. Pretty tony company… I’m not very skilled at tweeting and twittering yet though – still learning.

    PS – don’t have the Internet at home – on purpose [it’s addictive] – so I couldn’t wait to get to the office this am to see how things were going. Last saw you glide under the Verrazano Bridge on Fri evening… So far it sounds like everything you imagined and more… continue having fun and please have a scone with lemon curd for me!

  82. JoAnne Daniels says:

    As one of the stowaways, it’s been hard for me to contain my excitment!
    I’m being very quiet and very patient for more photos.
    I’m afraid that I might be green with sea sickness if I was actually allowed to
    sail — had a bad night of it on a July 4th fireworks cruise out of Salem, MA!!!
    Should I assume that you and Joe don’t have this affliction? Lucky you!
    I can’t imagine how you could leave Jack and Girl. I bet you have a webcam
    so you can watch them while you’re away…
    None of my friends know that I’m secretly aboard the Queen Mary II —
    What’s next on our agenda?

  83. Deb from Dixie says:

    Cheers to Monday aboard ship……two stowaways here. I am in Florida with my Mom so, she is coming along for the trip too…… we are having so much fun on the ship. She is almost 92 and was so excited, because she usually just gets (blog and girlfriend news when I call her, over the phone). Being with her she gets to see it all….. and together we have watched and enjoyed every minute.
    First thing every morning and throughout the day Mom will ask me…..any new news from Susan, from the ship?
    We are both drinking tea out of our mugs, ( see from the photo you brought your Heart mug on the trip!) Mum and I….talking with our best Englich accents and being very quiet, so us stowaways are not found out and kicked off the ship. LOL.
    Love the view of the Ocean, and your cozy room…..hard to believe so many girlfriends are packed into it. What a great adventure…….and we are just beginning……Ya-hoo! Sending smiles and ♥.

  84. Nicksgranma says:

    Oh Susan, I was so surprised when I woke up this morning and saw that you’d brought my favorite tea cup with us! I just love the red hearts.
    The ocean has a wonderful crisp smell and everyone on board is sooo friendly.Thanks for inviting us to come along. That Joe is a great blok!

  85. Gini Gould says:

    Dear Susan, Thank you for the TIME you are giving to us girlfriends! It’s great for us to be with you! (Pls. thank Joe for sharing you so generously with us!) Remember my willingness to call you as I had doubts that you would make it under the V. Bridge? Perhaps I should have called anyway and told you to atleast duck! FYI!!!!!!!!!! My husband was navigating through the Cunard website and learned that you missed the bridge by 10 feet!! How’s that? Ten feet; what say? Just hope there were no ladies aboard with high coiffures, cause that could have been an “ouch”! Love from Salt Lake City, Gini Gould

  86. Cathy from Golden, CO says:

    WOW! Look at that moon! I thought it was the SUN! Wonderful way to travel – dancing your way across the Atlantic! 🙂

  87. Christy E says:

    Loving this. Keep it coming, Sue!

    Christy in South Texas

  88. Sharon H says:

    Darn Susan somehow I missed “going under the bridge”. I was watching the webcam but things didn’t seem to move much. Maybe it was just my connection. Either way, I’m thrilled to be on this voyage with you! On my last trip outside to let the doggies out last night the moon here in Maine was breathtaking and I thought of you and Joe right away, wondering if you could see that same beautiful moon from your ship. From the picture you posted here it looks like you did! Don’t worry if you can’t get many pictures up, you always do such a wonderful job in your descriptions, it’s almost as good a picture. But I would love to see a picture of you and Joe all dolled up! Your room looks perfect for the two of you and you even have your own private balcony, what could be better than that. I just love this adventure we’re all getting to share with you, thanks so much Susan! xxoo Sharon in Maine

  89. Lisa says:

    Dear Susan,

    Thank you for doing this blog for us and taking us along with you. I love hearing every word. Perhaps some day I will be able to get to do something like this, but until then it is wonderful to read your blog. Thank you for being so generous with your time!!!


  90. Carole K says:

    this is so much fun! I have you on my desktop, ‘My Yahoo,’ so I can remember to check in each day. I love ‘our room’–how nice that everyone scooted to the back so I could see out the window. What a thoughful bunch! Enjoy your day, Susan!

  91. Mary S. says:

    How fun!! And what great photos!! I was soooo happy that you were able to post these three! The moon one I saved to print out – so beautiful!!!

  92. Joanie B from San Diego says:

    OK, Joe looked so handsome, the internet couldn’t handle the mega pixels, ha ha ha. Have a beauuuuutiful day!

  93. Ginnie says:

    Thank you so much for taking us with you! It’s a little risky when dessert arrives, though – so many of us jostling each other with forks, it could get dangerous.

  94. Jackie Walton says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your trip with us! Looks wonderful!

  95. Linda S. says:

    Thank you Susan! I’m so enjoying the trip “across the pond” with you!!!!

  96. Marcia says:

    Knitting and tea and sea air! Three of my very favorite things 🙂

  97. Anne says:

    Thanks Susan for taking us along !
    Each day I look forward to a new posting from you.
    How exciting !!

  98. Cyndi in NC says:

    I saw Pete in the pic yesterday. He looks right at home! As to our behavior, you didn’t see you kicking each other under the table last night!!! Hehe, but we were having fun and fighting at all. I think it’s all our excitement breaking loose at last! That and it’s nice to cuddle while you sleep and we’re all so cozy in the Cocoon. *S* We will try and behave and not embarass you. But I can’t quarentee that you won’t catch us running on the decks and giggling!! We’re just having too much fun. Thanks for brining us along. (Can’t wait to see Joe in his tux! We also want to see you all dolled up!!))

    • Cyndi in NC says:

      Ok I should have word checked that post!! It should have said, “As to our behavior at dinner, you didn’t see us kicking each other under the table last night!!! Hehe, but we were having fun and not fighting at all.” I just got so excited! *L* Sorry about that.

  99. Brenda says:

    How wonderful! Your doing just what I would be doing before anyone else arises. Knit, watch a little TV or read, have coffee, or tea. Love the quiet morning time. I get up an hour earlier than I need to get ready for work just so I can have that time. Love your banner, did you bring it yourself or was it there? Have another great day!

  100. Joy says:

    This is just too much fun!!!

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