Pottermore Fun

While we were docked this weekend, we decided to create some Pottermore accounts. Pottermore, for those of you not in the know, is the new web site all about Harry Potter. It’s part game, part interactive book that lets you experience all the major events from the Harry Potter books. It’s been in beta for almost a year and just opened up to the public this weekend.

The basic part of the game is to move through the story, chapter by chapter. You click and zoom through all the scenes and pick up hidden items such as books, potion ingredients, and the occassional dropped galleon. A lot of these scenes are very easy to complete, but once or twice we got stuck and had to consult a Pottermore cheats web site for the complete list of things to do.

Once you finish all the chapters you can keep playing by competing with others in wizard’s duels for house points or by making potions. The only downside to Pottermore is that there really isn’t that much to do once you finish all the chapters, except to wait for the next book to come out. Hopefully that will happen soon.

If you’re into all the books, though, you’ll really like the bonus reading material that you’ll find on Pottermore. J.K. Rowling provides a lot of detail behind all the characters and events in the form of extra stories that you unlock as you explore. For example, you can read a lot of Professor McGonagall’s background, or learn what the names of the first forty students of Hogwarts were in her notebooks.

 

My First Sail Post

I’ve been sailing for a while now and been through many places and I’m thinking about the first sail post that I would like to share with all of you.

Let me share you first a book that I recommend for sailors.

Lin and Larry Pardeys’ Self Sufficient Sailor

These sailors have sailed almost all around the world for so many years by just have a small 27 foot cutter with no engine at all. The book mainly talks about how to get around without an engine in tight spaces and light air. It’s a very handy skill that you should learn just in case engines fail. The book also goes through every little trick they have learned to do things the cheap and easy way to be self sufficient and un-reliant on mechanics and spare parts being shipped to all corners of the earth. Overall it’s a great book with a lot of good ideas.

Welcome

Hello and welcome to CarolCarol.net. Thank you for stopping by and taking a peek around. Please pardon the appearance of things here while I get things settled!

I’ve been busy with a lot of travels, including quite a bit of sailing. My adventures take me all around the world, but I also like a little bit of downtime. That includes reading some great books, watching a little TV, or even sitting in front of the sewing machine with some of my favorite dressmaking patterns and seeing what I can put together. Other times, I just like to curl up with the laptop (I know, it’s not as good as a book!) and play some fun computer games like Poptropica.

I’ll be updating the blog shortly with a more detailed travelogue, I promise. Thank you for coming to visit me in my little corner of the World Wide Web.