Date: 9 June 2022. Estate Sale
Like many, I prefer being surrounded by old stuff. There is
comfort in the familiar. When I look around Seaweed I see not only
my history but that of others. Everywhere I see reminders
of friends, both here and those who are no longer with me. I treasure
those memories. A new neighbor named Colleen has reintroduced me to
Estate Sales where bits of yesterday are available for purchase.
This is Colleen. She enjoys swimming, windsurfing and kayaking.
for me, Colleen likes to visit estate sales. I had not frequented
these for 20-plus years. It has been a real treat to ride shotgun
(front passenger seat in an automobile) on these outings. Recently I
scored, and BIG!!!
I found a few bookcases in what appeared to have been a
reading room of the first home. The initial book I spotted was
Prayers and Graces. Recently S/V Grace had gifted me that lovely
pancake maker I spoke of in the
Inverter Friendly Pancake Griddle
article. So Graces and Grace... well, I had to purchase this for
my friend Janet aboard Grace.
This book was printed in 1951. It is filled with
poems for children.
When Janet has a mailing address I will send it
right to her.
Having a place to
receive mail can be a problem. Many cruisers opt for mail services such as
UPS however I chose to rent a Post Office Box. For the curious, my
address is Janice aboard Seaweed, PO Box 8284, Madeira Beach, FL
The next book I chose was Pirates, Ships and Sailors circa 1950. It
appealed to my nautical heritage and life.
There are 42 stories, poems and songs in this 72 year
many boaters, I want to have books aboard that will entertain and
amuse my Original and the Newest Grand. This one, Pirates, Ships and
Sailors makes me smile. The artwork is fun, and the stories are too.
it is silly of me to get such pleasure out of a book I could
conceivably have read when I was a tiny tot. This
one might indeed have been a part of my youth though I do not yet recall
any of the stories within its pages.
I saved the best for last.
First though I must take a step down Memory Lane...
Years ago I needed to earn money, and wished to do so in the comfort
of my own home.
chose to take care of one of the sweetest little old ladies on the
planet. My Frances was a proper Bostonian, born in 1899, grew up
with a carriage at her disposal, took the chaperoned tour of France
upon graduation, and simply lived a fascinating life. I was
fortunate to know her.
This book might have indeed
been a part of her family library way back when...
When I tried researching the title Slumberland I came up with
nothing. Then I moved on the the publishers, DeWolfe, Fiske & Co. of Boston.
Jackpot! The company was founded in Boston in 1880. It went out
of business in 1905. Thus, this gem is at least 117 years old,
and could be up to 142 years old as of today in 2022. How cool
I can well imagine my Frances reading this book a century ago.
The artwork is beautiful
too. This is a *Photograveure.
spells this Photograveure on the title page and Photogravure on
the cover) is not a photograph according an article on
PBS.org. Rather "the photographer's negative is
transferred onto a copper plate, which is used to print or engrave
the image with ink."
Because I love the sea, I chose this poem from
Though I am delighted I was
able to read and admire this book, it will become a part of Baby's
library. She too knew and loved Frances. And now, like you, she has
had a peek at what will soon be hers to treasure and enjoy.
Thank you for indulging me while I
share my joy at the outing Colleen and I had. Visiting estate sales
is fun. Finding three books, all over 70 years old was such a treat.
I'm excited to be mailing off the one to Janet, and passing along
the Slumberland book to my Baby... of course Pirates will eventually
belong to my Grands.
The Newest, walking along a
In the meantime, progress is being
made aboard Seaweed. I am happy to report that my new wiring for the
three battery banks is complete. The upgraded solar regulator and
breakers are mounted. Of course I will have to buy more wire because
I forgot to order the 6-gauge necessary for the
Epever60. I'll get
the wire from
Genuine Dealz. That company is amazing! I recommend them to all
my boat friends.
Thanks so much for indulging me
while I share these cool books. More from the waterfront shortly.
Thank you for reading.
Please name your favorite book(s) of all time?
And, what is the title and year published of your oldest book?
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