"It was imprudent of us, in the first place, to become authors. We could have become something regular, but we managed not to.
We were lucky, but we were also determined." Roy Blount Jr

"I don’t change the facts to enhance the drama. I think of it the other way round, the drama has got to fit the facts,
and it’s your job as a writer to find the shape in real life."
Hilary Mantel

Sunday, May 18, 2008


On Saturday evening, we attended another fundraiser for Seacoast Academy.

This time, it was a Portsmouth Harbor cruise aboard the M.V. Thomas Laighton.

Before boarding, we received our fish-shaped paddles for the silent and live auctions that would take place on board. We also had the opportunity to examine the three gorgeous Mini Coopers supplied by a sponsor.

There was a delightful buffet with shrimp, salmon, chicken satay and peanut sauce, crudites. Servers circulated with hot hors d'oeuvres. We chatted with our friends, ate and drank, wandered round the decks, checked out the silent auction items. (I bid on a gold necklace, a shopping spree at the plant nursery in Stratham, and other items.)

On the main deck a quartet played. The singer was very good.

We spent time in the wheelhouse with the captain, discussing our route--from the river into the harbour into the ocean, and back again, then way, way up the river and underneath all the bridges.

It was a clear night, the moon was full and casting its glow upon the water. We could see a lighthouse in the distance on one of the Isles of Shoals. Very romantic!

The live auction was fun, and raised a ton of money for the school. There was an extra live auction to raise money for a new classroom, and it was beyond successful.

We'd boarded at 8:30 and docked at about 11:30. We had a most enjoyable three hour cruise.

I was the high bidder on the gold necklace, so it came home with me. We didn't get back to the Lodge till well after midnight.

I spent today in the garden planting my new plants and weeding like a fiend and organising my plant table on the big deck and the plants on the screened porch.

Tonight for supper we had pesto on angel hair pasta. I'd just potted up my new herbs on the deck, and pinched them way back. Had to do something with all that lovely fresh basil!

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