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So here we are again, not a fur coat or a headscarf in sight, having had the most lively discussion on Milady Black’s tome. It does make me wonder about the wisdom of continuing, trying to raise the standards of these sorry gentlemen. But there we won’t talk of how  Saw-Tooth Dog is sorrier yet having had that run in with Flint, not about how Saw Tooth now desires to dress….


No, it was Saw-Tooth’s desire to transform the ship into a galley.

Then Myrtle got so excited on seeing Taurus’s handsome visage, she pecked the book to bits before the rest of us could read it. With the exception of Taliano, who read it upside down.

Still, today we have a new guest the lovely Milady Charley Descoteauxand a new stopover in Copenhagen. Denmark being home to Milord Hans Andersen we hope for great things. Yes. Shehanne was once told conv

that if you made a wish there, it came true. If she had but believed it, she might have wished for something …..other than  a dog to stop barking….

 Felicitations on seeing you in our little stopover today here in Copenhagen a most charming Danish place. Can you tell us something about your journey from your homeland?

I was excited to learn I’d be meeting you in Copenhagen, Milady. I love the Danes, they make lovely little round pancakes—Æbleskivers—it’s a knitter’s paradise, and Hamlet was set here! I don’t know what to do or see first—after I’ve finished visiting with you and your dashing pirate, that is.

Oh, the journey? I hardly remember it. Too busy pouring over guide books to figure out how to make the most of my trip! I do get lost in books easily.

Gracious, I can see you are a most busy lady who is going to maximise their stay here, as opposed to our last gentleman who was a trifle warlike. Obviously it was worth it and Flint ’s pirate crew are making you welcome I trust?

I don’t get to travel much, so it was definitely worth the trip!

Oh yes, the crew are charming to a man, although they didn’t quite know how to react when I challenged them to a bit of arm wrestling fun. Those rascals thought “arm wrestling” was an entendre.

Oh, that is them all over. But we do have the odd spare splint, should you require it. We need them when Milady Duffy comes to visit. We have furry coats too.  But you have brought me a pleasing little gift I see.


Oregon Pinot Gris — the guys in   my book drink two bottles of the stuff over dinner and they seem    happy with it….

Well. One trusts you did not hear of Myrtle’s run in with Milady Lange’s Canada beer.  Now I know parrots imitate but she hiccupped

for a  whole fortnight afterwards.  I would not like it thought she imitated me. Well, Milady Descoteaux,  you have met all the charming members of the club. Can you tell us why, being as busy yourself, with another book coming out this week, I believe,   they should each of them spend the week reading your book? Indeed it must have been hard for you to choose which book.

I think they’ll enjoy Directing Traffic, because much of it takes place in a beach town. So, it’s like being at sea but different. Everyone likes a little strange now & then.

Directing Traffic? So long as you don’t expect them to do it. For a start Taliano’s teeth would confuse matters. A beach town? Goodness, Nathan will like that and who knows but it might tempt Saw-Tooth to put away that silly helmet which does nothing for his eye-patch. 

While I think I have cured Flint of eyeing other women, he is still a great one for eyeing everything else. He calls it booty. Is there anything I should do to disabuse him of helping himself to other people’s boats and their contents? I mean he keeps saying it is for me….

I suppose keeping him on land or trapping him in a snow globe are out? Sorry, I’m fresh out of ideas . . . *not eyeing Flint’s booty . . . much*

Ahem…..Mama’s kitchen https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mamas-Kitchen/431002043619495?fref=ts

convmost thoughtfully provided our fare today, largely because the pirates eschew the culinary arts for cutlass waving, drinking and frolicking on shore with wenches.  Do you have any tips for making them try at least to help my maid, Susan, in the galley? It is such a task and she gets quite fraught.

Well, I’m not the best one to ask about helping in the kitchen. Lately, I help the most by reminding Kiddo that it’s time to cook dinner! I’m with the pirates – order in! Especially when there’s chocolate involved.

Copenhagen  is quite a busy place, what sites do you intend visiting here when you leave our ship? Provided of course, you first sign a disclaimer that you never saw me, or Flint ?

Of course, of course, no problem! *hides the fact that I’m adding a choice of forum clause, so if they want to sue they’ll have to come to my county courthouse*

Now that we’ve taken care of that nasty business, we should visit the Viking Village or the Lejre Land of Legends!

convI’ll of course need an escort, as I’m very likely to find trouble otherwise and knowing nobody but you and Flint would put me in something of a bind. We’ll have a grand time! I’d suggest the Viking Ship Museum as well, but that may be too much temptation for Flint & the boys. Oh! The convViking Market in Frederiksund! I can’t leave without seeing a play and filling my bag with some local crafts and salty fried herring—that’s just like Cherry Heering.

Yes well…I don’t the ship museum is quite such a good idea…..That statue of the mermaid either……..



Neil Sedwick expects to spend his vacation in a sleepy tourist trap mourning his late partner’s death. Instead, he puts his recently acquired CPR certificate to use and saves an elderly resident’s life. But it’s the survivor’s nephew, sexy middle-school teacher Ty Bigelow, who causes Neil to reevaluate his routine and consider reopening his heart.

Though the electricity between them is undeniable, Ty is struggling with his own feelings of inadequacy, and Neil is moored to the past. Even the healing peace of an old man’s garden and the ever-changing waters of the Oregon coast may not be enough to prepare Neil to overcome a crisis of the heart.



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