Adventures in Living Well

For those of you who are in the area, and are 55 or older (I’m sure they will be carding everyone at the door), I’ll be giving a talk on our life on the Riggin, how we’ve come to create a sustainable business within the eco-tourism sector and all of the interesting projects on which we’ve been working over the past year or two.

Oh, and by the way, we’ll eat lunch together! Yesterday I met with John Roy, the chef at Quarry Hill, the retirement community where I’ll be speaking, to talk about the menu. I’m thinking about Curried Lamb and Lentil Stew and Chicken and Pesto Soup with Handkerchief Pasta. John and I will be working together to recreate a typical lunch aboard the Riggin, complete with the baskets and bowls that I typically use.

It’s free, but you must make reservations and I understand that it’s already booking up.  Around the Table – At Home or At Sea.


  • March 24, noon to 2pm
  • Quarry Hill Retirement Community, Camden, Maine
  • To make reservations call 230-6114

Off to test a few more recipes for book and column…

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Mother Earth News Radio – Interview about cooking on the Schooner J. & E. Riggin

The interview with Andrea Ridout of Mother Earth News is available for streaming.  Of course if you’ve already sailed with us, it won’t be news to you!  But fun anyway.  If you’ve not sailed with us, it’s a chance to hear about our sustainable view on food and have fun dreaming about sailing the Maine coast this summer.  Maybe those who’ve sailed with us should have a listen too so their wait for the next time doesn’t seem so long!   This is how Andrea and Dan, her co-host, started the interview:

Last year Andrea had the pleasure of taking a trip on the J. & E. Riggin, a historic 115-foot sailboat that launches out of Rockland, Maine. The boat specializes in cruises around breathtaking Penobscot Bay — and if that isn’t cool enough, it is also eco-friendly. The crew composts, uses mostly wind power, and cooks three meals a day for 30 people on a vintage, cast-iron woodstove.

Thanks Andrea and Dan!

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Needle Felted Upcycled Sweater – Shhhh… It’s a Secret

This sweater is for Chloe’s birthday, so I’m trusting you all to not tell her about it.  I just know she’s going to love it and I really couldn’t wait to share it with someone.

Several years ago I began collecting wool sweaters from Salvation Army and garage sales hoping to make a felted wool quilt.  For a number of technical reasons, I couldn’t get the pieces to come together neatly, so I let that go and the sweaters sat in the barn.  Until last week.  When I had this great idea to re-purpose all of these sweaters into up-cycled clothing.  (Okay, the spell checker is saying that ‘repurposed’ and ‘upcycled’ should be hyphenated.  I’m not so sure as I think they are now real words, but I’m going to hedge my bets and write them both ways.  Ha.)

This sweater was a woman’s medium before I felted it, so it should fit Chloe pretty well.  I cut off the cuffs because the sleeves would have been too long and now it’s a three-quarter sweater and I have the cuffs which will become fingerless mittens.  I then needle felted the tourquoise wool in the designs you see here.

Feelin’ crafty

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