Archive | December, 2011


Aussieisms: Cherries are for Christmas

We plunked ourselves down around the community tables in the marina last Friday for our weekly barbecue. The informal “it’s going to happen anyway” gathering is comforting in its unplanned simplicity…we love this regular reconnection with our boaty neighbors. Plates of munchies were around. Jacqui brought out a bowl full of fresh cherries, sighed, and […]


Merry Christmas from the Totem crew!

What a week full of ChristmaHanuSolstiZaa! Perhaps feels more sensible now that Aussies call this “The Silly Season”? I think I’m a fan of Festivus. We’re keeping it low key on Totem, but there’s no getting around how the decorations put us in a holiday mood. I think this tinsel dates back to Mazatlan 2008- hopefully we […]


This is how I’ll remember her

Diana Jessie at the helm of Totem, tacking through a fresh breeze on Banderas Bay: smile on her face, wind in her hair. We have lost a dearly loved member of our family. Diana and her husband Jim came into my life through through Jamie: he originally met them while backpacking through Europe in the […]


Love them. Can’t stand them. But still, love them.

I should hate the destructive cockatoos, but now that we’ve taken down our headsail (so they can’t shred the sail cover!) removed all instruments from the top of Totem’s mast (since they wrecked the wind instruments and expensive weatherstation anyway!)- leaving little left for them to demolish- well, they are kinda fun to watch. At least, until […]


Aussieisms: the sausage sizzle

Anyone remember the Tourism Australia campaign from way back where Paul (Crocodile Dundee) Hogan said he’d put “another shrimp on the barbie” for you? Aussies would never use the word shrimp: here they are prawns, thankyouverymuch. But they do love their barbies, and what you’ll find most often on an Aussie barbie is a sausage (also […]

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