Supernumerary in South Africa

Another in my occasional series about living on a ship – my first husband was in the Merchant Navy and I did four six-month trips with him during the first three years we were married. Last you heard from me, we were heading out across the Atlantic from New York, on our way to South…

Supernumerary in the States

Hope you’re feeling well and coping well with it all. After a flurry of Covid-19-related posts, I’ve decided that actually, sometimes, we might just want to think about something completely different. So – unless there’s something that I feel I really need to post, relating to Covid-19, I’m going to simply continue to post ‘normal’…

Ladies who Lunch

Tomorrow is International Women’s Day – this post isn’t about that, but I wanted to just mention that until 1982 a publican in the UK could refuse to serve alcohol to a woman. (In the sense of her buying it herself. Apparently it was OK if there was a bloke buying it for her). That’s…

8 Advantages of Working from Home – and 8 Disadvantages

Storm Ciara is beating itself against my windows, and I’m due to leave for work in a couple of hours. I was (still am) running a limited company with my husband (the one who left nearly a year ago). For me that meant working from home. I wrote this a couple of years ago, before…

Supernumerary on Dry Land

The sailor was home from the sea. And so was the Supernumerary. We were on leave. No, not that sort of Leave. My first husband was in the Merchant Navy, and I was privileged to be able to go to sea with him. On my first trip we’d joined the ship in Hull sailed across…

Leaving

Today is 31st January 2020. This is the last day that we will be ‘in Europe’. At 11 o’clock tonight, I believe, we’ll float off into the Atlantic. Presumably heading for America. So I’d like to say a few words. I’d like to thank the European Union for giving me the opportunity – and the…

A Working Spoon

I own a tablespoon. I’m not the first person to own it. It came to me from my Grandma, but she wasn’t the first person to own it either. It isn’t a particularly special spoon – it isn’t silver. It feels like it’s made of quite a cheap metal. That makes sense – my grandparents…

Supernumerary at Sea – Heading Home 2

We’d started in Hull, headed across the Atlantic to the Panama Canal, through the Pacific to Tahiti, Fiji, New Caledonia, New Britain, the Solomon Islands and finally Papua New Guinea. Leaving PNG we continued west – across the Indian Ocean, through the Suez Canal, into the Mediterranean, and finally back to the European Coast. All…

Supernumerary in the South Pacific – Heading Home 1

We left Papua New Guinea, and we turned left. We were heading home, from about as far away from home as it is possible to be. My first husband was an officer in the Merchant Navy, and I travelled with him – 4 trips in 3 years. We’d joined the ship in Hull, sailed across…

Supernumerary in the South Pacific – Papua New Guinea

We’d been at sea for 4 months now, give or take. We’d left the European Coast, we’d been through the Panama Canal , I’d jumped ship in Fiji, we’d docked at countless other islands large and small – and now we were heading for Papua New Guinea. PNG was the whole reason for the trip…

Supernumerary in the South Pacific – more islands

After Fiji there were more islands. And cockroaches. I love all things great and small, I’ve even turned my garden into a haven for insects. But cockroaches are just nasty. They don’t bite, they don’t sting, they don’t fly – they just exist, and that’s enough. The only sure way of killing them is to…