Author: Yvonne

Yvonne is a freelance writer, photographer, dedicated foodie, and gardening plantaholic. Travel is her passion and addiction. She writes fiction in romantic suspense and psychological thrillers, coaches creatives about their businesses and their books, and studies human behavior and the natural world as a nerdy lifelong learner.

To (Direct) Sow or Not to Sow

To Direct Sow or Not to Sow Paraphrasing a famous soliloquy, to direct sow or not to direct sow, that…

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What is Green Manure?

If you’ve had a vegetable garden for a while, you know that nutrients in the soil deplete with each year’s…

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Any Garden is My Happy Place

I am addicting to all things gardening. Dirty and disheveled after a day of digging makes me grin like a…

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Victory Garden 2020

If, like us, you’re dreaming about things getting back to ‘normal’, think again. It won’t be the same ol’ normal…

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Five Ways to Make a Staycation (or Self-Quarantine) Fun

It’s hard to find the silver lining in the crazy news cloudiness of this virus-ridden time, but I found one! …

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Do You Know How to Blend In?

If you travel to unfamiliar places, whether in your home country or abroad, what’s the number one thing you need…

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Tips on Avoiding Coronavirus (and Other Nasty Bugs)

The discussions are inevitable when people know you have a cruise on the near-term calendar. “Aren’t you worried you’ll catch…

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Why Pictures Are Important

“Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember and remember more than I have seen.” – Benjamin…

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Food from ‘round the World

“I think you and John should write a cookbook based on your travels and romance.” This suggestion came courtesy of…

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How to Select a Shore Excursion

When you cruise, part of the fun is where the ship takes you and what you can see ashore.  On…

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Big Ship or Small?

Decades ago, we got on our first cruise ship as a couple.  A special itinerary charter of the Caribbean, the…

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5 Steps to Selecting a Great Cruise

With over 300 (and growing) cruise ships sailing the oceans and rivers around the world, it’s no wonder many of…

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When You’re Trapped on Gilligan’s Island

A TV comedy in the 1960’s featured a group of seven castaways on a tropical island left stranded by a…

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Something NEW for You!

Since we (John and me) never have enough to do, we began another travel-related venture. Using my original photos of…

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Vacation Countdowns

I’m counting down the days, hours, minutes to a vacation.  It’s not a BIG trip – just a little getaway…

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