Monday, 21 May 2018


Tulpenmanie Place Post 11

Tulpenmanie was a yacht belonging to Bart Merriweather and his alpenfee wife, Brigitta. Bart, only child of Dennis and Marieke, was brought up on Tasmania's north west coast. His parents had a tulip farm and Bart must have inherited his Dutch mother's interest in plants as well as her impressive stature, because he studied botany. As a young man, he spent time working in the Netherlands, and developed a taste for adventure.  This inspired him to build the boat he named Tulpenmanie (Tulipomania) as a nod to his heritage.

Since his wife and their three children often accompanied him, he outfitted the yacht with a large cabin and sleeping room for six. In his fifties, Bart still spent a lot of time afloat, preferring to anchor well-offshore from the Victorian marina which served as Tulpenmanie's home port. He and Brigitta had no objection to visitors, and indeed often held gatherings on their boat. They did prefer plenty of notice before anyone came aboard.

Tulpenmanie could be handled by one person in an emergency, but it was better with two, so Bart hired a casual deck hand. The yacht was always easy to identify for its tulip-hued sails.

Tulpenmanie will appear in Man Overboard. 


Sally is Sally Odgers; author, anthologist and reader. You can find you way into her maze of websites and blogs via the portal here.(Sally is me, by the way.)
The goal for 2017 was to write a post a day profiling the background behind one of my books; how it came to be written, what it's about, and any things of note that happened along the way. 2017 is well behind us, but I ran out of year before running out of books. As of May 2018 I STILL hadn't run out of books, but many of those still to come are MIA by which I mean I don't have copies and remember little about them. There are more new books in the pipeline, and I'm certainly showcasing those, but in between times, I'm profiling some of my characters, places and objects. Thank you so much to everyone who's come along on this journey so far!

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