Welcome to the round up of posts that you might have missed during the week on Smorgasbord.
We have had another busy week on the back garden work… a little unpredictable but we are fitted in between other jobs, weather dependent such as gathering silage for next winter’s feed. We live in the country and one has to go with the flow… but I will be glad when the job is finished and the digger is gone…We will then be able to sit out and enjoy the summer sun which is there until 10pm at the height of summer.
We also had visitors this week.. old friends from Portsmouth. Adrian and I were co-presenters on radio and on Internet Television and we became friends with his wife Chris too at the same time in 2007. We had a lovely two day catch up… and also rehashing fond memories. We discovered a new place to us locally .. a fabulous spa and hotel with a wonderful grill which we visited for lunch… they all had the tempura batter fish and chips which was apparently delicious and I had the goats cheese, caramalised onion, apple and walnut pizza… They also did a range of non-alcoholic cocktails and we all had Apple Daiquiris which were stunning… a bit of an ice-cream headache but what a way to get your 5 a day..
We then went to see John Wick 3 at our local cinema, both David and I loved John Wick 1 and 2 but were very disappointed with this third outing. We knew there would be a lot of action and quite a bit of violence and the stunts and the effects were amazing, but the fights in particular went on far too long.. 10 minutes and despite complex and brilliant choreography they became boring… It was more of a video game than a movie and the script was sparce. The problem is that is was stand alone, it is two years since the previous film.. and it literally picked up where it left off leaving you trying to remember what happened the last time. So if you have not seen John Wick 1 and 2.. I suggest you do before you see this one at the very least.. and be prepared for lots of action, most that is stretched out too lon and is very much more violent that the previous films.
Anyway a fun week and will be looking to recreate those apple daiquiris asap.
Just a quick note… to say that I will be serialising Tales from the Irish Garden from next weekend… it will take around 13 weeks and I am hoping that you enjoy.
There is a new series of the Sunday Interview coming up at the end of June and I have set a slightly different challenge this time… Human in every sense of the word.
As humans there are five main senses that we rely on to navigate through this world. And there is one that we all possess but do not necessarily use all the time…
Sight, Hearing, Touch, Taste, Smell….Sixth Sense.
For some people however, one or more of those senses do not function and we can only imagine the challenges this results in.
I don’t know about you, but I take my senses for granted, expecting to see my surroundings when I wake up each morning, hear the birds sing, feel the bedclothes as I throw them back, and the carpet beneath my feet. I expect to taste the marmalade on my toast, and smell the coffee I am about to drink. I also rely on my sixth sense, the one that people cannot really define, that somehow keeps me from making an error of judgement.
Scientists believe that we have other senses that are also important but that we have lost touch with over our evolution. But for this interview series I would like to focus on the six senses I have mentioned.
I would like you to write from 300 to 600 words about one or more of these senses.
If you head over to the post you will find my own interpretation of this challenge and details on how to participate… hope you are up for it…
Time for the posts from the week.
As always my thanks to the contributors and everyone who is participating in the current Posts from Your Archives.. 50 bloggers and counting. As you can imagine I am having a blast reading everyone’s archives and I am managing to post 15 authors a week. So apologies if you are not featured yet, but you will be in the coming couple of months.
This week I share another two posts from Paul Andruss on the subject of poetry.. and the first is William Blake.. A man born before his time.
The second is Lord Byron.. a complicated man....
Personal Stuff – Short Stories – Flash fiction stories in response to Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge by Charli Mills
Carved in Wood… a widow returns to a wood and tree with carved initials..
And this week’s Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge by Charli Mills
A Mother’s Dilemma – Disappearing Ice.
My intention with this blog was to create a watering hole where writers could gather and exchange experiences and knowledge and so delighted with all that I am discovering by delving into your archives.. and finding some gems even you have forgotten!
This week Robbie Cheadle takes us on her trip to London with her husband, and shares three parks and Sherlock Holmes house.
USA Today bestselling author Jacquie Biggar with one of her guests Roxanne St. Clair…
Financial expert Sharon Marchisello explores the link between financial and physical health.
This week Diana Peach shares a rather wet weekend with a grandson in charge of the garden hose and open window… what could go wrong!
I chose a poignant poem by Miriam Hurdle that touched many hearts…
Pete Johnson, Beetley Pete reviews the original Titanic film from 1958 – A Night to Remember.
Carol Taylor introduces us to their forever dog Saangchai and his early antics…
The Story Reading Ape with another of his guests over the last six years.. author Billy Ray Chitwood, who shares his life story.
D.G. Kaye with another of her down to earth posts on social media and the impact on our lives. Are we getting lost in social oblivion ?
Darlene Foster gives us a tour of her home town… Medicine Hat in Canada..
A short story from Christine Campbell… The Thing Is.…
Charles Yallowitz with another of his compelling poems..Fear
The final part of D.Avery’s linked story The Fold.
We continue the story of the Hollywood auditions… courtesy of Jane Risdon and it is always useful to have a brown paper bag to hand.
Mary Smith had a wonderful trip to Canada for a special birthday celebration and shares some of her trip with us.
New book on the shelves
The estimated consumption of fizzy drinks around the world is 50billion units a day! The American Soft Drink Association was proud to say a few years ago that the average American consumes over 600, 12oz servings per year. Children are consuming many more fizzy drinks than adults and they estimate that the average teenager drinks an average of 160 gallons of soft drinks per year until their late 20’
The start of a updated series on the major organs of the body.. starting with the brain. This week an introduction and the anatomy.
This rescue cockatoo is found a new loving home and renewed joy of life and music..
Thank you very much for dropping in today and I am off out and will check in on everything this evening.. thanks Sally.