Solomon’s Article Wins Best in Travel & Destination

I am proud to announce that my article about our time in the Solomon Islands, “Patience of Solomon’s,” has taken first prize in the Boat Writers International Annual Writing Contest! Judge Carol Pierini said, “Patience of Solomon’s presents a well-documented overview of the Soloman Islands, complete with extensive details for each port. From introduction to…

Galley Notes: Pickled Pineapple

Nothing infers tropical in the culinary world like pineapple. Where do you drink Piña Coladas but on a beach? And when you put pineapple on a pizza where else could it be from but Hawaii? (FYI the “Hawaiian pizza was actually invented by a Canadian in 1962, but southern Ontario doesn’t exactly scream tropical so…)…

Reading Roundup 2019

As you read in the last post I took a bit of a break from life online during 2019. But, just because I wasn’t writing on the blog doesn’t mean that I wasn’t writing. I had a very productive year and had several articles published, one of which I am particularly proud of. So, here…

Hidden Haul Outs In the South Pacific

It seems appropriate that as we FINALLY leave the boatyard here in the Philippines a round-up of yards that we have used and discovered on our travels through the South Pacific is published in Cruising World Magazine. If you are looking for a place to do work, hide during cyclone season or store the boat…

Cave. Man. Cooking.

We don’t eat out at restaurants very often, but we do love eating ashore. We’ve cooked breakfast in a volcanic steam vent, found secret grottos for picnic lunches and dragged our BBQ up a river to cook sausages beside a fresh water swimming hole. If there is a beach around we’re planning dinner over an…

White Spots and Inspiration

A while ago I came across the website of Nike Steiger, www.whitespotpirate.com. Nike is a woman who bought an unloved boat in Panama, fixed it up and went sailing. Alone. Before setting off she had very little sailing experience, and none single-handing. The project was part of her plan to conquer her ‘White Spots’. White Spots,…

Eating Local: How Sweet It Is

One of the foodstuffs that I always try and source locally is honey. Usually it is a side of the road or local market purchase from a small producer, sold in reused and mismatched bottles with hand written labels. Like wine honey has terroir. The relationship between the land the bees live on and the…

Gone Livin’

If we had a door knob onboard that is the sign that would be hanging on it – “ Gone Livin’ ” Life onboard for the last few weeks hasn’t been hectic but it has been full. Full of conversation and good food. Full of catching up and slowing down. Full of unplugging and recharging….

10 Down, 1 to Go 

When we first bought Kate in 2008 I had no expectations about what life onboard would be like. I hadn’t been dreaming of sailing the world since childhood, hadn’t furiously read any and all books related to sailing and I wasn’t an armchair sailor who leafed through a pile of sailing mags every month. I…