Pages for a Diary of Days Gone Bye

Welcome to our website

As with much of our lives our site is somewhat eclectic, we tend to simply push forward or “mess on” as Mayke likes to say with our individual pursuits and challenges.

To help you navigate through our domain from the top-left drop-down menu you will find pages to some of the more recent milestones of our construct; on the right side menu-bar there are paths into our past endeavors and adventures. These are organized in three category headings: ART, SEA and Mountain Postings. If you have questions, comments or suggestions please use the dialog box at the bottom of each page.

If you would like to window-shop some of our postings just scroll down and enjoy.

Pampelonne Here We Come

Mayke’s 2013 exhibition

2013 Exhibition Overview Cliquez sur une photo pour le visualiser ou lancer le diaporama Click on a photo for viewing or to begin the slideshow Pas reçu le dernier “Ebats […]
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Just splashed, workers will be on board for five months

Sean Seamour II photo-history

Sean Seamour II – Photo-History If you look at the photo of our raft on the side of the mountain of water it is hard to imagine, but to put […]
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The Cabanon before rehabilitation

As the woodshed becomes cottage

The woodshed has been one of my big projects, one that has waited years in quest of a driving inspiration that occurs when the creative ideas crystalize into a master […]
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A still from the video footage made of the rescue

A Storm Too Soon

Michael Tougias’ newest best seller “A Storm Too Soon”’s hard cover first print run is missing pictures (they will be included in the soft color version in 2014) so I […]
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Earlton New York

A long journey

  Thank you Mother for being thee all those years. Maria Elizabeth (Betty) Buehler de Lutz was born on December 10, 1921 in Oberachern, near Baden-Baden, Germany. She immigrated to […]
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Will she will she not, the next panic attack already awaiting

Negotiating Bridges on the Inter-coastal Waterway

We had left from Tampa where Seanee had spent the summer under close watch by José, it had been a year since her successful if tumultuous crossing from the Mediterranean […]
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Small can be beautiful After the loss of Sean Seam

An Electrifying Experience

Sean Seamour III has a new master, Daniel will further Seanee  III’s  destiny. If I never attained the dream of a green Seanee with electric propulsion and a methanol fuel cell […]
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Birdseye of the hamlet

Hamlet of Camp de la Suyere

(manuscript extract from “The Extraordinary Course of my Unaccomplished Dream”) Chapter : 15 Building Paradise Found   It felt like landing in the Canebiers Bay ten years earlier. We were […]
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And humor, there must be humor

I am constantly sketching, drawing stamps in which I concentrate the story or image floating elusively in my mind. Whether it is laughing at my work or the situations that surround […]
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Sur Mes Batailles de l’Histoire Humaine

Ce nouvel article

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Dernière leçon apprise du naufrage de Sean Seamour II

Il y a tout juste un an ce matin qu'une vague scélérate estimée entre 24 et 36 mètres de haut ...

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    4. Hello JP,
      We just read “A Storm too Soon”. What a story and what an ordeal. We are so glad you survived and got to share your story. My wife and I were sailing our 50 ft catamaran, El Gecco, from Puerto Rico back to Charleston, SC when we encountered the winds of your storm north of the Bahamas and took cover after 24 hours of battering seas & winds in a remote atoll/island. . Herb Hingleberg from South Bound 2 was routing us and covering 200 miles a day, routed us out of that storm. Had we continued north, who knows what our fate would have been. I took my previous boat, a 38ft monohaul I designed and built myself, racing solo around the world in the BOC Challenge and the Around Alone, and too encountered life threatening storms, in particular on my approach to Cape Horn, and I wrote about it in my book, “Journey of a Hope Merchant”, but did not, in the entire 27,000 mile solo race, encounter seas such what you had endured. My hat is off to you. We are back out sailing on our cat with our family. Hope some day we will get to share an anchorage. Keep living your dream as you too know how fragile life can be.
      Neal Petersen

    5. Nick Merkle says:

      Dear JP and Mayke,
      I just finished reading “A Storm Too Soon”. I could not put this book down and wanted you to know how much you have inspired me. I am 42 years old and have always dreamed of sailing on the ocean. Although I was born and currently live in landlocked Ohio USA. I have lived in the Florida Keys, England, and Connecticut yet have never accomplished my dream. I broke my back in a very violent car crash when I was 17. I have battled alcoholism and have been a steady smoker of both cigarettes and marijuana. I have divorced from my English wife a year ago and have a great 10 year old son. I run my own construction business which is failing more every year. I have made the decision to quit the alcohol, drugs and smoking which helped mask the back pain. I have accumulated much debt but refuse to file bankruptcy.
      I just wanted you to know you have inspired me that I am only not too old to yet sail across the sea but that my back problems can no longer be an excuse for my life’s failures.
      Good luck on your new adventures,

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