Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #Family -#Poetry – Our Mother by Robbie Cheadle

Please welcome children’s/YA author and poet Robbie Cheadle to the series with four of her posts from the archives. Apart from her creative writing, Robbie is also a fabulous baker and you will enjoy visiting her online bakery For her first post Robbie shares a poem that she wrote at Christmas.


Our Mother by Robbie Cheadle

This time of the year is all about family. In keeping with the spirit of Christmas, I decided to post this short poem which I wrote as a tribute to my Mother. My Mother is a most amazing woman. My Father died when I was three months old and my Mother decided she needed a change. She packed up her belongings and her tiny child and set sail for South Africa. In South Africa she met and married my stepfather and established a lovely home. All four of her daughters adore her, are close to her, and have grown up to lead successful lives with their own homes, careers and families. We love you Mom.

Our Mother

There she sits, small, and yet so tough;
Always ready to tell us when enough is enough;
Our number one fan when things go well;
Always there to help us up, when down we fell;
Her home cooked meals are a delightful thought;
As are the important messages which, to us, she taught;
The best ways to get a cake to rise;
Never to tell our friends or family lies;
How to eat nicely with a fork and knife;
How a little kindness goes a long way in life;
Amazing mom, we are blessed to have you near;
As you are the person we hold most dear.

©Robbie Cheadle

About Robbie Cheadle

Robbie Cheadle was born in London in the United Kingdom. Her father died when she was three months old and her mother immigrated to South Africa with her tiny baby girl. Robbie has lived in Johannesburg, George and Cape Town in South Africa and attended fourteen different schools. This gave her lots of opportunities to meet new people and learn lots of social skills as she was frequently “the new girl”.

Robbie is a qualified Chartered Accountant and specialises in corporate finance with a specific interest in listed entities and stock markets. Robbie has written a number of publications on listing equities and debt instruments in Africa and foreign direct investment into Africa.

Robbie is married to Terence Cheadle and they have two lovely boys, Gregory and Michael. Michael (aged 11) is the co-author of the Sir Chocolate series of books and attends school in Johannesburg. Gregory (aged 14) is an avid reader and assists Robbie and Michael with filming and editing their YouTube videos and editing their books.

A selection of books by Robbie Cheadle

One of the recent reviews for While the Bombs Fell

What a lovely, poignant book! It’s the only one I’ve read that describes what life was like for very young children growing up during World War Two. There is also quite a bit of English history included, which I found quite interesting. The wartime recipes are a nice touch.

It’s told from the perspective of a girl aged 4-6 years old, and focuses mainly on the daily life of kids living through horrendous times, without truly understanding what was going on in the adult world. Many of the stories told reminded me of my Dutch father-in-law’s descriptions of growing up during WWII in the Netherlands.

It’s appropriate for young children as well as young readers. Fascinating read.

Read all the reviews and buy the books:

And on Amazon UK:

Read more reviews and follow Robbie on Goodreads:

Connect to Robbie Cheadle


Thank you to Robbie for this lovely post from her archives and if you would like to share your stories about family, including our fur babies.. then please take a look at the details.

Posts from Your Archives and the theme this time is all about family.

  1. Personal memories of childhood or teens that are still fresh in your mind.
  2. Family history, stories of your parents, grandparents and further back if you can.
  3. Fur family past and present.
  4. Favourite recipes.
  5. Memorable holidays.
  6. Places you have lived.
  7. Memorable homes you have lived in.
  8. Grandchildren tales.
  9. Any family related post – education, health, teen years, elderly care, lifestyle.
  10. Please remember that there are some younger readers who visit.

I think you get the idea.

The aim of this series is to showcase your blog and any creative work that you do from books, art, photography and crafts. You pick between one and four links to posts that you have written for your own blog from the day you started up to December 2018, and you simply send the link to those blogs to

You have to do nothing more as I will capture the post and images from your blog and I will then post with full copyright to you.. with your creative work and your links to buy and to connect. I might sometimes need a little more information but I am quite resourceful in finding out everything I need.

So far in the Posts from Your Archives from September 2017, there have been over 700 posts from 200 + bloggers that have reached a different audience and encouraged more readers for their own blogs and current posts.

The only issue is the number of photographs and if there are more than five photographs in the post I will do a reblog rather than a separate post. (Media space)

Previous participants are more than welcome

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51 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #Family -#Poetry – Our Mother by Robbie Cheadle

  1. This is such a touching poem of tribute to your mother, Robbie. Your mother is tough outside but soft and loving inside (and out too). Tough love is hard to do, I find is hard to be tough, so I think your mother knows how to love and raise loving daughter like you. A lovely poem.
    Thank you Sally for sharing!! ❤ ❤

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  2. Sally, you have done a great share in introducing Robbie to us. I already follow her work
    on WordPress but you have given so much more of the history that created this lovely
    woman and authour.

    Robbie, your poem to your mum is so filled of love and admiration. It is a richness to have
    a mother like that and I am also lucky that way.
    🤗 .


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