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…

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…