"The Earth Laughs in Flowers"

The earth’s laughter must be contagious, as flowers  bring a smile to my face and warmth to my heart. The other day I picked flowers from my Mother’s rose garden for the last time and brought them to Cavalo. Having flowers on a boat is certainly risky but it can be done. We traveled across the San Francisco bay with these beauties in a mason jar filled half way with water tied to our compression post, and they made it back safely! I didn’t realize how much I missed having living organisms around my home. These farewell flowers have me scheming on ways  I could have plants aboard while cruising. There are so many things working against their survival on a sailboat, salt water air, intense rocking and rolling, extreme climates and lack of space to name a few. I’m not sure it will work out, but I am determined to try. How amazing would it be to have fresh veggies growing above deck!? Really, all I need is some kale, an aloe plant and I could sprout the rest. Canned food be gone! I’m sure if it were possible you would see more people with deck boxes being used as garden beds, but you never know. The first test will be to see if the aloe plant I just brought over will survive the winter; perhaps I will move it inside…

Wish me luck!
“I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.” –Emma Goldman