Just finished reading Mingming & the Art of Minimal Ocean Sailing by Roger Taylor. I love Roger's approach to sailing.

He does one big trip per year, and that's all the sailing he'll do that year. On those trips he never lands anywhere. He skirts by land sometimes, admiring it from a distance.

His travels are only ever about being on the ocean, and I really love that.

Went to pick blackberries in our area yesterday evening, and made cake that same night.

Cooked it on the stove top for a short time, then buried it with blankets to slow-cook for an hour. Result was 👌

Whipstaff steering.

A way to steer a vessel from inside the cabin. We experimented with this on our last big passage after we lost our dodger (not knowing it was something people did).

This steering device was used on 16th- and 17th-century European sailing ships.

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Picked up some carpets to lay over the insulation in the v-berth, as a finish. It's cheap, easy to cut and not too heavy.


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Created a little menu for Niju, to select which alphabet to study. Art by @rek

The best thing to do would be to use polyurethane spray foam directly on the hull. While insulating the boat, it also provides buoyancy (like Roger Taylor did with MingMing).

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Wished all sailboats were sold with good insulation >_<, like most narrowboats.

It is such a pain to think of having to do that after everything is built-up around the hull.

Lacto-fermented cauliflower and red onions.

The red of the onion dissolves into the brine and gives the cauliflower a lovely pink color :>.

Recipe: nicrunicuit.com/faire/fermente

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Working on some curtains for Pino :>. Each window will have its own, cut to size. I've made 3 so far, using fabric I found at a thrift store in town.

We had other blinds on the windows previously, but they didn't cut light out enough, and didn't cover all of the windows.

These block out light, and offer more privacy when we're at a dock with other boats around~

Dev & I bought this box in Japan in 2012. We found it at a thrift store while there. We store bottles of sesame oil and of soy sauce in it, the bottles are square-ish and fit perfectly.

Decided to make it pretty today. Coffee stain + varnish. Only one layer so far.

Working on Niju this morning. I like to add white boxes on the canvas to help me figure out where things are quickly in the .chr file. A line that reads 'ffff' 8 times in a row is easy to spot.

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