Salty Sam’s Fun Blog for Children

Post Number 6 

My Mermaid Friends


Hello Everyone


lt’s time again for my weekly post.


l have just come in from the lighthouse steps where l was talking to some of my mermaid friends.


l often see them when they swim past my lighthouse home.


There is Shelly, Pearl, Coral, Emerald, Azure and all of their sisters.


Some people of course don’t believe in mermaids, but the good folks of Rocky Bay know differently. They often see them talking to the sailors at the Rusty Anchor lnn on the Rocky Bay Harbour wall.


Mermaids only live in magical places like Rocky Bay.


The mermaids are a great source of gossip around these parts as they travel far and wide, over and under the sea and they like chatting to people everywhere.


They also like sunning themselves on my lighthouse steps where l often find them combing their hair and making jewellery and hair ornaments out of shells.


But if the waters get too cold for them in the winter, they might just pack their clambags and high-tail it to warmer waters.


Their father King Neptune is ruler of the ocean kingdom and commands respect from all he is majesty over. All the creatures of the sea live in his realm and of course the mermaids live in the sea too.


l expect you have wondered at some time what mermaids eat. Well l can tell you.


They like dips, especially one made with Thousand lsland dressing. They like laver bread which is made from seaweed. For pudding they like fair lady pudding and floating islands pudding. Their favourite cakes are rock cakes and coconut pyramids. smile1 (2)


And now on my website there are some new toys for you to make. There is a mermaid’s purse full of mermaids. l hope you like them. The mermaids on the website are made in ‘ice cream’ colours but you can make them in any colours you like.


Anyway, the mermaids came to see me today because they had some news to tell me.


Carrie O’Kee, a local folk singer, is going to be singing at the Rusty Anchor lnn on Saturday night and they came to ask me whether l would like to go.


Carrie O’Kee is one of my favourite singers, so of course l said yes.


Hopefully, it will be nice weather so everyone will be able to sit outside on the harbour wall – because there will probably be a lot of people there and otherwise it might get a bit squashed inside.


After all, everyone always likes to join in singing with Carrie O’Kee!


l’ll be back with more tall tales from a lighthouse next week.



Bye bye everyone – don’t forget to subscribe to my blog!


Love and kisses


Salty Sam





Bill and Bob’s Joke of the Weekimage002image002


Bill:  Do you know which part of a mermaid weighs the most?


Bob:  l don’t know. Which part of a mermaid weighs the most?


Bill:  The scales!


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Picture Gallery



 Shelly is one of my mermaid friends


These are some of the other visitors l have to my lighthouse home

– More about them next week!




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The mermaids are terrible gossips. smile1 (2)

But then a lot of people in Rocky Bay are. It is a small town and everybody knows each other.



If we want to get news from the wider district, we read the Rocky Bay Gazette.

There are lots of people that write for our local newspaper and submit news, articles and features. Some are full-time but most of them are part-time writers.

Here are the names of some of them:


The TV critic is Watson Telly

The cookery pages are written by Chris P. Bacon

The neighbourhood watch issues are discussed by I. Spy

The court reporter is Hugh Dunnitt

Consumer complaints are edited by I. M. Cross and Mona Lott

The pet page is written by Doug E. Keeper

The gardening features are written by Lily Pond

Book reviews are by Paige Turner

Medical advice is provided by Willy Catchett

The problem page is edited by Percy Vere

The weather forecasts are provided by Clement Weather

The money page is written by Ivor Fortune

Celebrity news is provided by Hugh Did Watt

The nature features are written by Bjorn Free

The fashion and hair pages are edited by Sean Head

The sports reports are written by R. U. Fitt

The horoscopes are compiled by I. C. All

The cartoons are drawn by Fun E. Orr-Watt


Readers can place advertisements in the newspaper as well.

Here are two from this week’s edition.


Second hand packet of Polos for sale

In mint condition




I can’t remember where I left it

Oh, hold on it’s coming back to me…








225g/8 oz self-raising flour

100g/4 oz butter

75g/3 oz sugar

100g/4 oz sultanas (or raisins)

1 beaten egg

2-4 teaspoons milk


  1. Pre-heat your oven
  2. Put the flour into a mixing bowl
  3. Rub the butter into the flour until it looks like fine breadcrumbs
  4. Add the sugar and sultanas
  5. Mix in the egg and milk
  6. Place 10 rocky mounds of mixture on a baking sheet allowing room for them to spread
  7. Bake at 200°C/400°F/Mark 6 for 15-20 minutes


Cool on a cooling rack and keep in a cake tin




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image015Did you know that Mary Newman was the first wife of Sir Francis Drake?

Mary Newman’s Cottage is open Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon to 4.00pm, April to September.

Saltash is in Cornwall.


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Mary Newman’s Cottage is a grade II listed cottage managed by the Tamar Protection Society and is the oldest building in Saltash, dating from around 1480. The cottage is furnished with period furniture which is on loan from the Victoria and Albert Museum and private collections which, along with utensils on display give the interior a truly atmospheric feel. Visitors can wear period clothing and play Elizabethan games during their visit. The garden is laid out in authentic Elizabethan style, showcasing the plants and herbs which were vital to a household of the period. Light refreshment may be taken in the garden.



Quick Quiz 


Which country is the… 

  1. smallest
  2. largest
  3. emptiest
  4. most populated
  5. highest 







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 lt’s the Weekend!



If you would like to make some mermaid toys, there is a pattern that you can download from




If you would like to make a present for someone, you can make a mermaid and insert a sachet of dried lavender flowers or pot-pourri inside, then they can keep their little mermaid in their drawer to make their clothes smell nice or they could hook one loop of hair over a coat hanger and have her hanging up in their wardrobe!

There are instructions on how to make a padded coat hanger on the website.

So you see they are suitable for grown-ups too.



Crafty Tip


lf you don’t have any mermaid friends to take messages for you and you have to use the Royal Mail instead, you probably keep books of stamps at home. lf you tend to keep them in an old envelope that keeps getting lost in piles of papers, here is a good idea that you could use. 



This is a stamp book holder that is bright enough to be seen on any desk – even if it is as messy as mine! smile1 (2) 

Cut a brightly-coloured piece of felt 13cm by 10 cm and fold in half widthways. Press a fold onto it with your fingers and open up again.

Sew or glue some shapes onto the top half of the felt and leave any glue used to dry.

(You must design your picture on paper before cutting any felt shapes because if it goes wrong, you won’t have wasted any felt!)

Blanket stitch up each side and put one stitch into each side of the top edge as well (as shown in the photograph).



*(Measure the stamp books you use before cutting your felt and adjust the size accordingly if necessary.) 



Please note that the material on this blog is for personal use or for use in classrooms only.

It is a copyright infringement and, therefore, illegal under international law to sell items made with these patterns.

Use of all of the toys and projects on this blog is at your own risk.

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Quick Quiz Answers


  1. The Vatican City
  2. Russia
  3. Mongolia
  4. China
  5. Nepal


The Vatican City











 Embroidery Stitches



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