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Jan 4, 2013 - My new office

We love our new location but the one thing I was really missing was my office. Living with your spouse 24/7 in a small area, like a boat, is something you adapt to and we get along very well in our little cave. However, trying to write or work when you are sitting 3 feet apart and sharing table space isn't quite so much fun. So we explored the options and decided to rent this cute little house from my friend Alana. The rent, like most costs down here, is minimal. The whole house is only $200/month. So we took it for 2 weeks to start, as a...

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Dec 31, 2012 - Toronto Boat Show

I have been invited to speak at the Toronto Boat show about our first two adventures on Diamond Lil - the loop trip and our 2 winters in the Bahamas. Now that the show is only a couple of weeks away, it's sinking in that I am really going to do this. I will give 2 presentations about each of my two books and have a chance to sell the books at the show. So, if you are in the Toronto area, come on down! Here is my show bio and the link to the seminar schedule. I talk on January 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th. Melanie Wood “Diamond Lil Does The...

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Oct 31, 2012 - The Waiting Game

Sept 30th was moving day. I had myself worked up worrying about moving the boat, even though we didn't have far to go. "You worry too much. It's a piece of cake," John reassured me. "You always say that but when we move the boat after a long time tied to shore something always goes wrong," I moaned. "What could go wrong? We are only going a couple of hundred feet. We could drift there if we had to. Relax." As we cast off for our mini-cruise to the rickety little dock we would temporarily med-moor to, I noticed that we weren't moving much....

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Sep 27, 2012 - Our next adventure

Well it's been a while since we fired up the Hinos and unplugged and untied this old boat. In two more days, it's time to move her. It will probably take longer to wind up the power cords and put them away than it will to move Diamond Lil to her new home. That's because we're only moving her about 1/4 mile to the west. All good things must come to and end. We arrived here at La Punta in Oak Ridge to spend three months repairing our outboard motor and one something else. It's been so long that I've forgotten what else we needed to repair....

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Sep 26, 2012 - Book Review

DIAMOND LIL DOES THE BAHAMAS - BOOK REVIEW The second book in The Captains Log series written by Melanie Wood. The book recounts Mel and Captain John Wood who cruise to the Bahamas in 2006 aboard their 38' Bayliner MY, Diamond Lil. They like it so much they do it a second time the following winter of 2006/2007 after a return trip to Canada. That is a lot of boat miles friends ... and they are still on that boat somewhere to my best knowledge. (Roatan I think where Mel wrote this second book). You will learn a lot by reading this book....

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Apr 8, 2012 - Pirates in Paradise

“The good, the bad and the ugly; that’s what people like to read about,” were the words of advice years ago, from Natalie, editor of PassageMaker magazine. We were discussing article ideas for an upcoming submission to their magazine. “With the emphasis on the ugly,” she added. I try to keep her advice in mind as I write, because it turned out that she was right. Our website readers enjoy following our life in the sunny south but when something bad happens, like a hurricane or a coup, a riot or an earthquake, the daily hits on our website...

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Mar 18, 2012 - The Head Job from HELL

It was on our wish list for a long, long time. An electric head, toilet that is, to replace the hand-pump model that came with the boat. Actually, two hand-pump models were on board when we bought the boat, but we needed storage for the captain's tools more than a second head, so we converted our "en suite" powder room to an "en suite" tool room. You do what you have to do. Our new electric head was a Christmas gift from Mom and Dad Wood. John spent countless hours researching different models on the internet and shopping for the best...

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Mar 17, 2012 - Mom and Dad Wood 's visit

Roatan is one of the most popular Caribbean cruise ship destinations and when Mom and Dad Wood discovered that they could cruise to Roatan, visit for a couple of weeks, and then cruise home, they jumped at the chance to escape the rat race of airports and the confines of airplanes and cruised on down to our little island. They came loaded with goodies, including a new generator for Diamond Lil, so that we can do more cruising, a new battery charger, Advantage for Minut, a file of 650 books for our Kindles, and a whole carton of Canadian rye...

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Feb 15, 2012 - Company comes calling

Like many people who visit Roatan, Lisa fell in love with our little piece of paradise, and couldn’t wait to return. Her first visit was this past February, and by December, she was back! One week wasn’t enough. She managed to get three weeks away from the office and arrived on Dec 17th. We hurried, from airport, to our little town of Oak Ridge, where the wrapping party for the children of Calabash/Fiddler’s Bight Christmas party was underway, at BJs Backyard BBQ. We passed Lisa a cold Salva Vida (Roatan beer) and put her to work wrapping...

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Feb 2, 2012 - Christmas 2011

Time has flown by since my last entry, three months ago. Lisa returned to the island for the holidays, spending three weeks. After accepting invitations to some of our neighbours' places for Christmas dinner, over the last few years, we decided that is was our turn, and invited a few neighbours and friends to join us for a Christmas party. One of our friends, Janet, from Australia, did such a good job of describing our dinner that I decided to cut and paste the email message I received from her after the party. As usual, I was the annoying...

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Nov 23, 2011 - Working in Paradise

Even in Paradise, there is work to be done. Diamond Lil requires a lot of attention, if she is to be kept looking her best at this point in her life. It's a harsh climate for an old girl, to say the least. We haven't returned DL to her usual position on the dock. John wants to finish the work he is doing on our radar arch, up in the fly bridge, first. Once we do swing back around, the afternoon, or evening sun, as they would say here, is hot on the back of the boat and we cannot sit out there at all. Even the inside of the boat heats up...

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May 27, 2011 - A new look for "the book"

Almost a month has passed since my last posting and because I don't want to sound like a broken record I didn't name this post "the proofing stage", although to do so would have been appropriate since the proofing stage seems to drag on forever. I wish I had bottled some of the fresh, cool Canadian spring air to bring back to the island with me. Steamy, sticky and smoky is what I returned to. The temperature reads 88 degrees but the "heat index", similar to our Canadian "humidex" reads at 100. I suppose that means it cannot possibly be any...

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