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…

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…

Women’s Health for Women’s Day

I know that I mentioned these articles in my Reading Roundup last month but seeing as they were listed at the very end I wondered if, perhaps, some readers didn’t quite see them. And, as it is International Women’s Day I figured why not give them the spotlight that they deserve. Last year I wrote…

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…

Virtual Radio Silence

If you’re here, reading this, then thank you. Thanks for stopping by, better yet thanks for standing by during my rather extended time away from the blog and social media. Around this time last year, I was feeling a little fatigued by the whole online scene. What was supposed to a space where I felt…

Solar Cooking Tips

I was introduced to solar cooking back in 2009. We had only just arrived in La Paz, Mexico when I spotted a box-type solar oven on the bow of a catamaran in the marina we were staying at. (Oh, the days when marinas were plentiful, and we were foolish enough to pay to be alongside!)…

Shifting Gears

It is a strange phenomenon amongst sailors to ask about “your plans.” Constrained by the idea that your home is mobile, people expect you to have some sort of timeline, for the coming weeks, months or even years. They think there should be a new destination always on the horizon. As if making a plan…