Pyrates in the Cypress Swamp! — 23 Comments

  1. Kim must have come down for a supply of Gar scales. Please supervise Capt. Swallow (?), I wouldn’t want the pirate in him to take Kim’s treasures. LOL

    • Kim is our mate…we’d never take treasure from a mate! Of course as Pyrates o’ the New World (or as Capt. Wendy has dubbed us, “Philanthropic Pyrates”, we tend to give back more than we take!

  2. Ahoy me hearties!

    What an wonderful article – though not nearly as wonderful as the day on the Bayou we spent with our good mates! Mutiny? Us? Never! We run a tight ship and take no truck with such behaviour.

    Anyone who has not taken a wetlands tour with Captain Wendy is truly missing an informative & enlightening trip into one o’ the most beautiful areas on earth. Even those who imagine they hold a fair bit o’ knowledge about the wetlands will learn something new! Highly recommended and now fully Pyrate Approved™

    I would also like to point our how absolutely impressed we all were with the high level o’ skill & knowledge shown by our newest mate – First Mate Termite! Clearly he continues an education in the Bayou that no amount o’ years in “school” could ever match…he’ll make a fine Captain…with a bit o’ botanist, biologist, zoologist tossed in!

    As I have just docked in me northern port again it will take some time to collect & process the photos & video taken while down there – rest assured some will be presented here.

  3. BW this was a fantastic post. I bet you and Termite had a wonderful day with that crew. It’s great to see them raising funds for the foundation. I’m definitely going to check these guys out some more!

    • Please do check them out. I think I barely scratched the surface on all that the Capt. and his Q.M. are involved in. Glad to call them new friends and hope to post more about our adventures in the future! BW

  4. This is very interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed reading of the exploits of Captain Wendy and her friends the Pyrates!

    I’ll be looking forward to the posts by Capt. Swallow!

  5. This is a great post, and it was a lot of fun to read.
    Kudos to these “pyrates” and the good work they’re doing. Great costuming, too!

    However, I would add just one little note – while we enjoy their exploits, let’s not forget they bear no resemblance to the real pirates running free in the world today. While incidents like the murder of the four cruisers aboard S/V Quest off the coast of Oman get the publicity, there are hundreds of unpublicized incidents every year, all around the world. Maybe more.

    I have friends whose boat was boarded in the Andaman Sea. Luckily, they were only roughed up, and items stolen. People with whom they were transiting had their boat taken. Roz Savage, who rows the oceans of the world on behalf of environmental causes, has had to adjust the course for her current voyage, and will not be transmitting her location publicly because of piracy fears.

    In the past, such activity has been confined to specific areas, particularly off the east coast of Africa, but it is spreading. And while some doesn’t appear in piracy statistics because it doesn’t happen in international waters, piracy it is.

    I really don’t want to be a wet blanket, but I guess I feel about pirates the way some folks in Louisiana feel about BP. Enjoy the fun – and it is fun! – but when you read about pirates in the newspaper or on the web, just remember – it’s not the kindly Capt. Swallow and his crew they’re talking about. Moderns pirates tend to prefer AK-47s to a blunderbuss.

  6. Totally off topic – but looking at my Knockout roses beginning to bloom after all the snow we had this winter – made me wonder if the ones you planted survived and whether you were pleased with them????

    • OH MY GOSH YES! I trimmed them WAY back, back in early February, and they are FULL OF BLOOMS right now and so pretty! I pluck the spent flowers off and feed them to my chickens to encourage new blooms on the bush. I am very satisfied with them!

  7. Blu might get yeller ones to do the east chainlink fence.
    Had carpet roses at Mom’s that grew all over porch supports.

  8. All of my hybrids died and came back up as red roses! Even my long stem yellow one.

    Just returned home from a grandsons band concert. It was based on New Orleans Jazz and the big band sounds of Duke Ellington with some Louie Armstrong tossed in. Boy, do I have a headache now! They were loud.

      • No red roses any where near that side of the house. I had a yellow long stem, a gorgeous Queen Elizabeth? I think that was white and smelled heavenly and a peach colored one. The only red rose was about 65′ away from them and it was there when we moved here 36 yrs ago!

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