Tag Archives | children

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The continuing saga of the marina geese

A few weeks ago I wrote about the heartbreaking state our resident marina gander, Peter. He was in deep mourning for his longtime mate Paul. The crew in the marina and shipyard decided something needed to be done, and new geese were acquired in a mission that included the children, who trekked to a farm well outside […]

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Halloween in Sydney

2008 – Malibu, California2009 – Santa Rosalia , Mexico2010 – Noumea, New Caledonia …and now, 2011: Sydney, Australia.It feels a little odd to be in warm and sunny weather for Halloween Four years, four different countries for our family on Halloween. Every place we’ve been does it a little differently. Here in Australia, the holiday is […]

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Marina living: finding our tribe

The garden has been a great source of local community for us, but the tightest community we find is always with fellow boaters. Last summer, the children had great company from the three girls living on the boat next door. We originally met the family on Tangaroa in French Polynesia. They got to Australia well […]

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Feed the body, feed the soul

Something I’ve missed about living on land is having a garden. Oh, sure, you can put pots on the deck for boat style patio gardening- but that’s highly impractical while cruising. Aside from the harsh environment (salt spray is foe to the hardiest!), quarantine in most countries generally won’t welcome live plants. Thanks to a […]

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The biggest lure in a hotel room

The best part of Alison’s visits are the time to hang out and catch up. She was on Totem this week, which I am really sorry to have missed (new job = some travel). We often end up ordering food and just gabbing away in her hotel… we’ve had some take-out pizza or sushi fests […]

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Seems we haven’t messed the kids up

It’s been three years since our kids were enrolled in school. When we left, Niall was in third grade. Mairen had just finished kindergarten. Siobhan… well, I guess she’s never been enrolled! It’s been boatschooling ever since. Finding a homeschooling path wasn’t always easy, but I had some pretty amazing mentors to help find it: […]

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Niall’s blog

Our son Niall changed the address for his blog a little while ago, but busy mama here only just got around to updating the link on our right nav! You can read about our travels from the perspective of an 11 year old here.

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Ho-ho-holidays on Totem

Christmas feels very different here. First, the obvious. Even though we’ve had a couple of years to get used to “tropical” climate Christmas, it still feels strange. Our higher-latitude, northern hemisphere rooted brains just think that cold weather (and maybe even a little snow) are part of the essential holiday package. Here, though, Santa gets […]

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Just another day on Totem

My parents recently asked for “normal everyday” pictures of what’s happening with the children on board. It’s hard to say what a normal day is, since they change as often as the scenery around us- but there are common themes. Here are a few snippets from recent days on board Totem. Niall has been working […]

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Halloween in New Caledonia

Amazing what you can do with sunscreen and green food coloring. We keep finding more silver linings to our present situation: waiting in New Caledonia for a good window for our passage to Australia. Sure, it’s frustrating- we expected to be there by now, settling into a “home” marina in Cammeray… checking out the nieghborhood… […]

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