Welcome to the weekly round up of posts that you might have missed and as always I am so grateful for the contribution of others to the blog which adds great content and a different perspective on life.
Exactly thirty years ago to the day, we were told on a weather forecast that high winds were expected overnight.. that particular weatherman never lived that down. On the Monday 16th of October, I was due to start my new job as Advertising Sales Trainer for a paper in South Woodford in London. It was great as it was just a ten minute walk from our house on the edge of Epping Forest. Overnight we certainly had high winds… it was a hurricane with winds up to 135 miles per hour and most of the South of England was devastated. On our estate ancient trees toppled and the next morning I had to climb over several to get down to the main street where the offices were. My first day on the job and apart from the receptionist who lived locally and had managed to get in and open up… I was the only one in the office for the day. On job training they call it.
Hurricane Ophelia has just dropped down by ten miles an hour and downgraded from a category 3 to category 2 which is a tropical storm. It is beginning to break up as it travels north and hits the current depression over us. It is going to make landfall on our west coast tonight which will take a beating especially in coastal areas. We are hoping that by the time it reaches us it will have lost even more power, but because we live in a rural location our overhead electricity and telephone lines are likely to suffer. We are better placed than many who live in designated flood areas as the rain that will fall is going to fill the rivers rapidly.
If you don’t see me around for a couple of days you will know why.. If you are in the UK batten down the hatches as high winds will be hitting you tomorrow on the north west coast. Be safe.
I have scheduled you with some of your regular posts for the week to keep you entertained..
Time to get on with some posts that you might have missed this week…
William Price King Meets some Legends – Dionne Warwick the Early Years.
The start of a new series and we meet the wonderful iconic Dionne Warwick as she grows up with a gospel influence and rich musical heritage.
Writer in Residence – Pure by Paul Andruss
This week Paul Andruss shares the secrets from the leather tanning industry that is best written between meals. Some of the products used to provide you with soft kid gloves were picked up by collectors.. and a clue.. today we would be fined for not picking it up.. Pure is its name not its nature!
Smorgasbord Health – Cook from Scratch with Sally and Carol Taylor
This week wind free beans.. and not just baked, but a number of varieties created in her kitchen in Thailand for your pleasure.
I added a few more mushroom recipes to those Carol created a couple of weeks ago
With the Australia flu raising concern for its spread to the UK and the rest of Europe it is time to think about taking some precautions.
Sunday Interview – Ultimate Bucket List
Delighted to welcome author Amy M. Reade to share her two top items on her Ultimate Bucket List..
Odd Jobs and Characters
Posts from Your Archives
I am so delighted that so many bloggers are sharing posts from their archives that deserve another audience.. MINE.. if you are interested in participating just send four links to firstname.lastname@example.org. I am looking for human interest, informative, entertaining and humour…if you would like to promote your books.. then still email but we will look at doing a FREE promotion instead.
Carol Taylor kicked off the week with the story of a stray mama dog and her pups and the her own impending new fur family member.
Pete Johnson took a look back at the 1950s and 1960s with a realistic look at the hardships that children and adults face in those post war years.
Deana Metzke shares the story of how her son, although still very young developed a taste for chapter books, eagerly looking forward to the next night’s installment.
Debby Gies with one of her informational posts on handling social media and solicitations by email. We all get them.. “I write posts very similar to your blog and feel that I could provide you with content” or similar.
A new contributor to this series.. Bob Wertzler of Cabbages and Kings with a post about how we are all stories.. everything we do, think or feel is about creating a story.
And a warm welcome back after a couple of months offline to Tina Frisco who shares wise words on how we can manage stressful and sometimes catastrophic events in our lives.
Sally’s Cafe and Update
Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the shelves
Smorgasbord Book Promotion
Media Training – Advertising for authors – Physical Watering Holes where readers gather.
This is the final post in this series – physical waterholes where you can meet your readers and sell books.
Smorgasbord Pet Health
A herd of dairy cows come rushing across to listen to a jazz band.. and then the unexpected happens…..
Thank you again for all your wonderful support this week and hopefully the winds will die down before they reach us.. if not see you on the other side.