Bloggers around the Christmas Tree – Walking above Toronto, Tom Jones, Jewelry, Vultures and Fairy Stories


Welcome to this week’s glimpse into the magical world of blogging with a look at just some of the informative, entertaining and thought provoking posts I have read this week. Also an opportunity to promote some of the followers of the blog who have gifts or services that would make great presents for friends and family this Christmas. 



The first of my selections is from Baran who reminds us that we sometimes need to step outside our comfort zone to get the most out of life.. and in this post Baran does just that.. literally..

Meet Baran...
I write about my passions which include good health, exploration and motivation! Unlike boring blogs I like to include fresh and intriguing thoughts about situations that I have experienced. You won’t ever find someone who holds these things so high up in their life. Living in Canada, I began this journey a month ago and have been immensely enjoying it! My objective is to inspire a life full of adventure and clean living, and cannot wait to continue to do just that.

Living a Life you love

When was the last time you did something for the first time.”

A few months ago, my sister and I got the amazing opportunity to walk along the outside of the CN tower in Toronto. The moment I found out that you could literally walk on the outside of a building at 1168ft above the ground I knew I had to experience it. To me it didn’t matter what the cost was or how high up we would be, I just needed to do it so I took advantage of the chance that presented itself.  Read the rest of the post


My next guest is author Brigid P. Gallagher who made some life changing decisions that led to a brand new career and a book.


Meet Brigid

Welcome to “Watching the Daisies.” My name is Brigid P. Gallagher – I have included the P (for Philomena) as there is another Brigid Gallagher writing out there! I have a passion for gardening, and learning to slow down has been one of my major life lessons, hence the title “Watching the Daisies.”

In this blog, I will share some of the therapies and lifestyle changes which have aided in my own self healing. I have also written a memoir and self help book called “Watching the Daisies – Life Lessons on the Importance of Slow.”

Brigid will be the guest on Christmas Reading on 13th of December. Being a fan of Tom Jones I thought this would be the post to share from Brigid.

Titanic Belfast

This weeks taster from my book “Watching the Daisies – Life Lessons on the Importance of Slow,” comes from the prologue “Rainbows Over Belfast,”and describes my colourful experiences at a Tom Jones concert, in August 2012.

“Seconds later, a series of efficient roadies dressed in sombre shades of black, grey and olive clear the stage for Sir Tom, before tuning guitars, taping song order sheets to the floor and laying out six cool glasses of water for our septuagenarian hero.
Read on…..


Debby Gies… D.G. Kaye asked me to write an exclusive story for her blog based on my What’s in a Name series.. She has a long-term friend called Sanja and this was the name she requested.. I thought it was time for a Christmas Fairy Story… Debby wrapped the tale in a wonderfully glittering introduction and promotion for my blog and books and I was delighted to have been invited to her party.

D.G. Kaye Author

Sanja – A Princess in Despair – A Christmas Fairy Tale.

Sanja looked through the lead glass window of her bedroom, and watched as her three brothers disappeared into the distant forest. The dark trees swallowed them in an instant, and closing her eyes she imagined she was beside them; riding Anica her white filly. How she loved the trails through the dark woods that suddenly opened into sun dappled glades of wild flowers and mushrooms. But her father had banned her from accompanying her carefree brothers, decreeing that it was time at seventeen to adopt a more ladylike and regal demeanour.

Read the rest of the story……


For those of you who have yet to meet Olga Nunez Miret then you are in for a treat.. One of my long-term blog supporters and friend, Olga is a prolific author and is getting ready to release her latest book before the New Year.

Olga Nuñez Miret-amazon-author-The Writer Next DoorObviously I will be featuring that in a full post for the new book when it is available


Read more about the book here:

A little more about Olga.
Hi, I’m Olga. I trained in Medicine in Barcelona, Spain, and came to the UK in 1992 (shortly after the Olympics) with the plan of training in psychiatry. I spent quite a few years working in psychiatry (most recently forensic psychiatry), but on the way I’ve studied a few other things (American Literature, Criminology). Early in 2014 I left psychiatry as a full time occupation to explore other avenues, carry on writing and also translate other authors’ books.

In this blog I post about things that interest me, random thoughts, advice, I post reviews, I have guests, both alive and classics…

Translation Service
Olga offers a translation service which is an area of increasing interest for Indie authors. There are millions of Spanish speakers around the world and it is a market that is largely untapped by independent writers.. Olga has translated several excellent novels for Spanish authors into English and also of course from English to Spanish including all her own books. Here are some of the books and authors that she has worked with.


I have long been a fan of Cindy Knoke whose photography from around the world and her little bit of heaver.. The Holler… Is stunning.. Whether ancient buildings, landscapes or her particular speciality, wildlife, there is something for someone

0acd8acf1e33598ca9971304aaca47e4 I think that only Cindy could make vultures look photogenic and in this post she has also included one of my most loved flowers.. Sunflowers were the emblem of my nutritional therapy business and symbolises life and health to me.

Here is the latest post from Cindy and as you can see she has a huge following..I hope you will join them.


Finally some beautiful jewelry from Irene Skov Hansen who has been part of my Christmas gift series for the last four years. This year is no exception and here are just two of her designs.  You will find the link to buy in the posts on her blog :


Pink Shell Nuggets & Roses Bracelet


Carved Coral Studs Earrings

Christmas tree courtesy of motivational writer, poet and broadcaster Annette Rochelle Aben

Annette 3D Promo Oct plus B

Read all the reviews and BUY Annette’s books:

Connect to Annette through her website:

Thank you so much for dropping in this morning and I hope you enjoy visiting these talented writer’s, photographer’s and designer’s blogs.  Have a great weekend. Sally

26 thoughts on “Bloggers around the Christmas Tree – Walking above Toronto, Tom Jones, Jewelry, Vultures and Fairy Stories

  1. Pingback: Bloggers around the Christmas Tree – Walking above Toronto, Tom Jones, Jewelry, Vultures and Fairy Stories | Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life

  2. Walking outside the CN Tower? I have to say that being in the revolving restaurant for Easter brunch 30+ years ago was a harrowing experience to me and none too delightful for the other patrons at the time. I refer to that as the time I created an International Incident that caused Jesus to rise again… lol

    Liked by 1 person

  3. A wonderfully festive week around your tree Sal. It was a thrill having you and your beautiful story over to my place. And lovely to learn about new bloggers here, especially another fellow Torontonian. 🙂 <3xo

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Pingback: Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Classical Music, Christmas Party and Mince Pies. | Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life

I would be delighted to receive your feedback (by commenting, you agree to Wordpress collecting your name, email address and URL) Thanks Sally

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.