Season 2 Episode 47: Tides of Change with Joan Dunnett

It is May 1704, and we are at sea just off the east coast of Scotland….

“James Lightfoot didn’t want to be put ashore at Figgate Whins. It was a dangerous place. He might be robbed of his remaining few possessions. He waited on the deck of the merchantman while the crew loaded bundles onto the boat: probably luxury goods to be smuggled into England. The ship’s legitimate cargo was bound for Leith.” Joan Dunnett, Tides of Change

Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia.

Thank you for listening in.

Pirates, spies, danger, and Scotland are all found in my current read, “Tides of Change.”

You will be happy to know that I am heading over to Edinburgh, Scotland today to meet up with Joan Dunnett, the author of “Tides of Change.”  We are going back in time, so take a warm coat and be prepared for an extraordinary journey.  But first, put the kettle on and add to the conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia. I am your host Rebecca Budd and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you.

Thank you for joining Joan and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. Thank you, Joan, for sharing your love of history and storytelling.  And a shout out to my dear blogger friend and frequent podcast guest, Liz Humphreys, from “Leaping Life” who recommended, “Tides of Change.”  I am adding my recommendation to Liz’s and invite you to meet up with Joan Dunnett on Goodreads.  You are only an internet click away from being swept away on a daring adventure.  Until next time we meet, be safe and be well.

14 Replies to “Season 2 Episode 47: Tides of Change with Joan Dunnett”

  1. Rebecca, how do you do it? I’m starting to believe you actually have 36 or 48-hour days. For no one can handle the kind of workload all those blogs, podcasts, Sunday reflections, your TTT, commenting on all the blogs you follow, and who knows what else. You are an amazing woman with an amazing memory as well. Thank you for taking the time to be our friend, and warmhearted wishes to you and Don, from Marianne and me…

    Take care and take time to stay healthy. Worrying about you both what with the California fires, sending dangerously voluminous and severe smoke, making Vancouver the whole West Coast’s worst affected place.and as the news informs.

    Marianne & Jean-Jacques


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    1. Thank you Jean-Jacques for your heartwarming comments. Vancouver is engulfed in smoke – almost apocalyptic! We have been advised to stay indoors because of the poor air quality. I can only imagine the horror of being in the inferno that is being experienced in California, Oregon and Washington state. My thoughts and prayers are with our neighbours to the south. The rain has come and I hear that the winds are coming from the Pacific to alleviate the situation.

      I am thrilled that Joan shared her insights on writing and her book “Tides of Change.” In the midst of a global pandemic, when gatherings and travel are curtailed, we are learning new ways in which to connect as a community. I am grateful for Marianne and your amazing support of the TTT outreach initiative and the goal to foster creative and life-affirming dialogue. We are riding the wind!

      “Caution – to the wind –
      Throwing caution
      To the wind
      I now stand,
      On legs
      Wanting a hand,
      Though one begs
      Be amply stable,
      And mean to last
      Thusly quite able,
      Ever whole
      And near as fast,
      No less than bold
      To ride the wind!”
      Jean-Jacques Fournier
      from Kaleidoscope – musing of life chronicles –

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    1. Thank you for listening in and for your heartwarming comments! A special thank you to Joan for sharing her insights on writing. Have a great day – thank you for adding joy to mine!

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  2. What a brilliant podcast – I enjoyed it so much! Your conversation was so illuminating and of course it is always fascinating to listen to Joan talking about her writing. Thanks also for the shout-out which was very kind. Sending many hugs! xxx

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    1. Thank you so much for the introduction to Joan!! I enjoyed our conversation and look forward to another one that will discuss Sir Walter Scott. She has read all of his books, some of them twice. I was fascinated by Joan’s knowledge of medicine and chemistry. It add so much to her writing. So glad you listened in, Liz. Hugs being returned with all speed.

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  3. I absolutely love how all your connections came together in this podcast. Your friendship with Liz, meeting Joan in Edinburgh, the book release, Liz’s review, and finally your podcast! Not to mention all of Joan’s labor of love in her research and writing the book itself! The student in me enjoys the history of British politics and medicine, while the Scots in me enjoys fictional and real characters based in my centuries old heritage. I’ve added this to my TBR and look forward to another podcast with Joan Dunnett. Hugs for all!

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    1. I am delighted that you enjoyed this conversation. We had been planning a trip to Edinburgh the end of August but it was not meant to be so I have enjoyed being in Scotland virtually with Joan. I am looking forward to the next podcast with Joan – it will be all about Sir Walter Scott. I find that serendipity has a very interesting way of bringing moments together when we least expect a connection. As soon as I heard Joan’s voice and saw her photograph on twitter I remembered when we had met at the Georgian House tour. Hugs and more hugs coming back your way….

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  4. I enjoyed listening to your conversation with Joan. I had no idea that 1704 was such a momentous year! I was particularly interested in Joan’s comments about medicine and pharmacy. I’m wondering if she used primary or secondary sources to research medicine at the time and where she would have found those sources.

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    1. I am delighted that you listened in, Liz. Medicine, pharmacy and way they came together over the years is a remarkable narrative. Joan’s education and work within the field of chemistry added to the storyline and I’m certain that she would have used primary and secondary sources. The next time I connect with Joan, I will ask where she found those sources. But I believe that it would have been the University of Glasgow.


  5. What a wonderful and intriguing introduction you give to Joan’s novel. It does sound like a very exciting read. Your podcasts are always so professionally done and through you, we really get to meet the most interesting people. Hugs to you. xxx

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    1. Are you ready to come back, Sylvia!? I was thinking of a podcast that celebrates Thanksgiving. Canada celebrated Thanksgiving on October 12, 2020 and you will celebrate Thanksgiving on November 26, 2020. Let me know! Sending many hugs!

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