Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Aretha Franklin, Barbara Villiers, Horseradish and Esme’s Predictions!

Welcome to the weekly round up and thank you for dropping by. As I write this we have sunshine which is definitely something to celebrate, and my long suffering flower pots are drying out and finally flowering. We are waiting for a dry spell to get the landscapers in to lay a lawn but as I look out of my office window, I do feel sad that the only thing that has flowered this last month of so, which now carpets the front of the house is onion weed.  Lovely little white bell like flowers!  The term for weed, apart from the dreaded Japanese variety and others that are ferocious, is a plant that sprouts inappropriately!  Well, as far as I can say… the onion weed is a hardy little flower that has given us a lovely show.

There are plenty of sites that tell you how to kill this invasive weed by smothering, pulling out, mowing it down and saturating it in herbicides!  I was delighted to find a website however who has a different view of this plant…. one I much prefer. In fact is nutricious and once the flowers have died off in the summer you can use the bulbs in much the same way as you do spring onions.  Provided of course that you have not drenched in harmful herbicides.

Anyway.. on with the show………

The Music Column with William Price King – Aretha Franklin Part Two

We move into the 60s with the Queen of Soul taking the charts by storm.

Writer in Residence Paul Andruss

It is time for our Writer in Residence, Paul Andruss, to investigate the myths and legends surrounding the great and sometimes infamous. Kings having mistresses was accepted as a reward for marrying a stranger so that an alliance was cemented or war averted. And they were not likely to look a gift horse in the mouth when presented with an opportunity. Which leads us to Barbara Villiers who had Charles II wrapped around her little finger.

The Food and Cookery Column with Carol Taylor

This week Carol shares how to make home made Horseradish sauce and how to incorporate into some very tasty recipes.

The new Sunday Interview Series – Getting To Know You

John Reiber, broadcaster and travel writer is the guest today on Getting to Know You.. John shares his experiences filming interviews with stars such as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Joan Rivers, his fashion sense and favourite music… details of how you can participate in the new series at the end of the post. I hope you will head over.

Esme’s Party Piece – predictions for the next two weeks and some herbal support.

Smorgasbord Poetry with Dorothy Cronin

Some Personal Stuff

Letters from America – This week we get to grips with the relatively new game of Trivia Pursuit, and the weather gets hot!

The Windrush Scandal and deportation of long-term residents.

Short Stories – Odd Jobs and Characters

This series shares some of the jobs I have turned my hand to over that fifty years, and some were very odd. Not many have sat at a table between two teams of champion dairy cows, selling bull semen!  Over the years I have accumulated a massive dossier of characters and events that now take centre stage in my short stories. If you have read my novel Just an Odd Job Girl you will have met some of them but over the next twelve weeks I hope to bring you some of the others that inspired and stimulated my imagination.

Sally’s Drive time Playlist, Music to get the weekend started.

This week some of the requests left in the comments over the last 10 weeks.

Another story from Tales from the Garden. The Last Summer Ball and the Winter Fairy Parts One and Two

Travel Posts from Your Archives

Debby Gies takes us on a journey from Toronto to Arizona as she tackles miscommunications, heavy luggage and winding stairs…

New Series – Meet the Reviewers

This series is aimed at promoting those that review books regularly. Especially those who do so via their blogs as it would be great to create more traffic to their sites. I am happy to also showcase those that are put directly on Amazon. The details are here in this first post with an example..

Here is the first post in the series.

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the shelves

Delighted to welcome Jacqui Murray to the Cafe and Bookstore with her most recent book, in preparation for her latest release coming in the summer.

I was delighted to release the Spanish version of Tales from the Garden this week, with a translation by the amazing Olga Nunez Miret. If you do have Spanish contacts on our social media, I would be very grateful if you could share. Thank you.

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update

Health Column

This week a look at the importance of Vitamin B6 in our diet and where to find it.

Heart Healthhealth issues such as Angina.

Blocked artery 3 - Baloon inflated

Scarlet Fever infections rocket in the UK – Warning for parents as scarlet fever cases hit level `not seen since 1982´

Aromatherapy.. and this week the versatile Lavender essential oil.


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My name is Sally Cronin and I am doing what I love.. Writing. Books, short stories, Haiku and blog posts. My previous jobs are only relevant in as much as they have gifted me with a wonderful filing cabinet of memories and experiences which are very useful when putting pen to paper. I move between non-fiction health books and posts and fairy stories, romance and humour. I love variety which is why I called my blog Smorgasbord Invitation and you will find a wide range of subjects. You can find the whole story here. Find out more at

22 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Aretha Franklin, Barbara Villiers, Horseradish and Esme’s Predictions!

      • I would have had a ton! Lol. One or two still come up and I stop them but I may now keep one or two in specific places. It was just the mess that year was unreal and if you had seen the garden …indeed the house too…when we moved in, you’d know why my little heart hit the deck re these plants that spring. I mean I had already dealt with things like not knowing there was not only a fence but it had fallen down, burst compost bins half a tree had still been shoved in, the pine trees growing through the roof of the shed. Yes, not as in, from the ground below either. No. From the fact the last owner had decided on the whizzo idea of planting a roof garden in the roof of the shed. Then she died, four years before the house was sold….

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      • I do get it Shey.. ours looked like a hobbit house as it had been empty for 18 months and no gardening done for 10 years. It took six months to clear and still waiting for the new lawn to be laid.. if we can get three consecutive dry days!! Never mind.. we are putting our own stamp on the place and to be honest the price we paid because of the state of it was a bonus.. xxxxxx

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      • Oh, same here SAlly, we could never have looked at let alone bought this house either had it been in tip top condition. It was a perfect planetary alignment and you are so right re putting your own stamp. Now at the stage of doing the sort of fine tuning, which is nice. (Obviously with any house that’s not counting things you don’t bank on.) You will get your lawn I’m sure but yeah the weather….BRRRR. We have not had rain, some horrible brief sleet showers, but the general tenure of the weather is holding lots up. xxxxxx


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