Welcome to the weekly round up and the links to the Smorgasbord posts you might have missed.
This week David has been swinging through the trees in the garden. Not doing a ‘Tarzan’ but wearing a hard hat and safety harness. He is removing some old and dead trees and also some that have grown too tall and are causing severe cracks in the garden wall. If you have read his father’s memoir Tales from the Garden earlier today you will know that Geoff was part of a logging team in his late teens and the skills that he learnt he passed on to David. He had plenty of practice in our home in Spain which had a lot of trees that needed regular attention and having heard the prices for removing a tree by a Tree Surgeon we are saving enough for a holiday later in the year.
We still have some palms and evergreens along with some cherry trees in full bloom but the jungle we inherited is now cut back revealing a lovely space. I have not been quite so energetic but have begun planting large pots at the front of the house to add some colour.
On the energy side, I gave myself a damn good talking to a few weeks ago because I was sitting too much and the weight was increasing as a consequence. There have been quite a few dry days but the weather is still unpredictable and so I now have replaced my old treadmill left behind in Spain with a new and more efficient model. I am back in my daily routine and have just completed my first marathon – 26 miles in 10 hours spread over 14 days. I had to ease my dodgy knee into a regular exercise regimen again and now on my second marathon I have picked up the pace.
I have done several 5k and 10k charity walks over the years and would normally walk at least 40 minutes a day plus an hour of swimming. I am 64 and have no intention to getting to 65 with my ass out of my trousers.. so I am pleased to be back in the zone. I have just started my next marathon challenge today with an increased distance in less time.
On Friday I introduced a fitness challenge for anyone to join me in walking a number of marathons over the next few months, gradually increasing the speed in the process. The aim is not just to fit into a smaller size and look better but to improve the internal health of our internal organs such as the heart.
We only see the external love handles and fatty deposits but it is the fat around the heart that is the most dangerous. Here is that post and tomorrow at midnight I have the second in the series with the preparation and planning to begin the challenge.
Thank you to my contributors William Price King and Paul Andruss for their wonderful work that brings music and legends to the blogs. Both are irreplaceable.
William Price King Meets some Legends. – Dame Shirley Bassey
Part two of the story and music of one of the music legends of the 20th century who still gives outstanding performances at 80 years old.
Writer in Residence – Paul Andruss – Bolan’s Millions
This week Paul looks behind the stories in the press about the flamboyant and talented Marc Bolan who was tragically killed in a car accident. Not only did he leave us music but also left millions in a trust fund. This was intended to protect his assets for his family but instead they had to fight for any share at all whilst those who administer the fund reap the benefits.
Serialisation of my father-in-law’s memoir – The Colour of Life
Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Book Promotions.
Book Reading and Interviews.
Two lovely writers this week. Firstly the feisty and magical author Ailsa Abraham on Wednesday and then poet and humourist Judy E. Martin yesterday.
New on the Shelves
Cafe and Bookstore Update
Air Your Reviews
Book Marketing – Reviews
For any new books I will be putting a page at the end of the text inviting readers to review the book. I have also included some elements that I would like them to cover in their review to give me a better understanding of how they viewed the plot, characters, ending as well as the look and readability. The response to the post was terrific and I am delighted that so many writers will also include a more detailed request to review. We have to remember that whilst consider writing to be a gift and something to be embraced… some readers are intimidated about voicing their opinions.
A review for Sam, A Shaggy Dog Story by Brigid Gallagher
Smorgasbord Blogger Daily
Weekly Image and words.
Birds of Paradise
Vibrant red against the green
Suckle the nectar
Smorgasbord Short Stories – Shopping by Sally Cronin
Time for some Laffs and Afternoon Videos.
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