Lest We Forget – Lesson from the South Pacific

No matter where I am in the world I always stop and reflect on November 11th, Remembrance Day. As a Canadian I learned about the war in Europe, where most of the Canadian troops served. I had no idea how much action happened in the South Pacific. While sailing in Solomon Islands we encountered many…

Reading Round Up/date

It is only recently that I have felt the tickle at the back of my brain asking me to write something for this space. But, like the faint, annoying tingle before a sneeze, if I turn my head away from the screen, the feeling subsides. And it has, again and again, over the past year….

Take Five Leaves and Call Me in the Morning.

Six years ago, while the boat was in a cyclone hole in Fiji and Steve was away working, I misplaced a foot on the stairs and fell from deck height at 0800. I landed on my side, or perhaps I should say I bounced on my side as apparently that’s what happens when you fall…

Reading Roundup for a Tropical Depression

I woke up yesterday to a tropical depression.  Funny, I thought to myself, that’s what most of June felt like. Or was that May? Regardless, it was actually referring to the weather, not my mental health. (Which, before you start worrying, has been fine.) But what that TD means is that the hagabat, or monsoon,…

Galley Notes: Stove Top Granola

An oldie but a goodie from 2015! Made a batch yesterday and thought that it was worth revisiting, hope it inspires you to make a batch of granola too! Love, H….&S I am a HUGE granola fan. But never of the store bought variety. I grew up eating my Mother’s homemade granola. She made it…

In Lockdown/On Passage

I have started this blog post a thousand times in my head, late at night, as I lay on the sofa listening to the wind slap and clack in the loose wire rigging of the boat next door and feel Kate shudder strangely in her cradle. At those moments it feels like I should write…

Sustainable Sailing – My New Column

I am very happy to announce that I am now writing regularly for SisterShip Magazine! The first edition of my new column, Sustainable Sailing, was published in April and will appear in each following bi-monthly issue of the magazine. As a treat the digital April issue is available for FREE!!! Please feel free to share…

Lockdown in Luzon

I woke on Tuesday morning in a bit of a panic. Or rather I woke up on the sofa at 0213 in a bit of a panic. I had been sleeping on the sofa because it has been a particularly windy week and the vee berth being at the very front of the boat is…