Beverley and Back

What a lovely day I had yesterday. The forecast was fab – and the day didn’t disappoint. Sunny and dry, just what the soul needed. I’ve decided, seeing as my attempts at a holiday this year have come to nought, that I’m just going to go away for odd days. And not just that –…

Where Were You?

Today is the 11th of September – 11/9/2020. Or, to put it another way – September 11th.  9/11. It’s 19 years ago today. That’s starting to be a long time. There are people in the world who are now adults, who were born after it happened. I was speaking to someone a little while ago…

Supernumerary back to South Africa

The States, South Africa, back to the States, and now back to South Africa. Backwards and forwards across the Atlantic. My first husband was in the Merchant Navy, and I spent the first three years of our marriage at sea with him. This was my second trip – the States, South Africa, and back again….

Space Plague – one year on

I started a new job a year ago. It was just 5 months since my husband had left me, and after a few false starts, I’d landed a job as an Explainer at the Science and Media Museum in Bradford. My first gig, as it were, was the Bradford Science Festival – this was a…

Supernumerary back in the States

Three weeks at sea, and back we were at the other side of the Atlantic, heading for Houston, Texas. My first husband was in the Merchant Navy, and I spent three years travelling with him as a ‘supernumerary’ – that’s basically someone who is surplus to requirements. On my second trip we’d flown out to…

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…