The first post today is a catch up with Mary Smith’s Afghan Adventures which is now on part ten…This week Mary is shopping at the local Bazaar which is well stocked with the essentials and if you are willing to climb up wooden ladders up against the side of the buildings.. often with rungs missing you could also visit the second floor workshops… makes me grateful for the escalators in our local shopping centre.. please head over and enjoy and catch up with the series so far.
Mary Smith’s Place – Afghan adventures #10
The bazaar held an endless fascination for me, although the attention my presence attracted embarrassed Hussain horribly. He hated to see men staring at me. ‘’Mum, pull your chaddar round a bit more, those men are looking.’ With my chaddar pulled down to my eyes and up to my nose I would end up unable to see much more than the road in front of me. As I went about my shopping Hussain would accompany me, his face becoming more and more thunderous as a procession of curious onlookers formed, trooping from shop to shop behind us.
A typical bazaar – though rather quieter than usual.
Tiny shops lined both sides of the street. Some were of traditional mud and wood construction but others were large transport containers. In the shop where I purchased sweets there was only about a yard of standing room. The rest of the floor was taken up by displays of sweets from Pakistan (these were an assortment of caramels and sherbet or chocolate filled boiled sweets, far superior and far more expensive than the plain, Afghan made sweets which came with tea), sacks of walnuts, almonds, dried apricots and sultanas from Jaghoray’s orchards, and cartons of cigarettes. These were mostly Japanese, under licence to the Afghan Government – Seven Stars, Peace – while were rip offs of branded names.
Discover what is on the shelves at the bazaar and enjoy the full post: Mary Smith’s Afghan Adventures #10
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The next post is from author Antoinette Truglio Martin and is an ode to plastic covered furniture. Something I remember from my Godmother’s house and her car… which was pristine as you can imagine.. head over and enjoy the nostalgia.
An Ode to Plastic Covered Furniture
You don’t see it too often anymore. Once it was all the rage and a must-have in every living room. It was advertised as practical and clean—every housewife’s dream.
Many homes I knew in my youth had plastic covers on sofas, coordinating chairs, and lampshades. Clear plastic slipcovers protected the “good” furniture from family living and company. A few homes had plastic runners that directed foot traffic through the house. Who doesn’t remember pretending the runners were rafts protecting us from crocodiles lurking in the blue rug? Thankfully, plastic covered furniture had gone out of style with little hope of reviving, like bowler hats and foil embossed wallpaper.
We were a family of seven when my parents built their Sayville home in 1969. The big colonial included two-and-a-half bathrooms, four bedrooms, a generous kitchen, den, and the formal living room. The formal living room furniture was bought from an Ethan Allen fire sale—items saved from a huge warehouse fire. Mom couldn’t resist the bargain.
Please head over and enjoy the post in full and leave your memories in the comments: Ode to Plastic Covered Furniture
Now for some blogging expertise from Jenny in Neverland who has enlisted the help of three other full time bloggers to provide guidance on how to be successful.
4 Full-Time Bloggers Give Advice For Beginners Part 2
f you didn’t check out part 1 of this post a couple of days ago, I’d recommend you go and catch up here – Then as soon as you’re caught up, let’s jump right in to part 2. Are you a beginner wanting advice from 4 full-time bloggers about blogging as a job? You’re in the right place!
As I mentioned in part 1, blogging as a job is becoming increasingly popular and much more recognized these days. And making money from blogging isn’t as taboo as it used to be (although we still need to work on it). More people are realizing that they, too, have the skills and drive to do something like this.
And go for it, I say. But it’s certainly not as easy as you might think and you definitely can’t just “become” a full-time blogger over night. It took me 6 years since starting my blog to get to where I am. A large chunk of those years, I had no idea blogging as a job was a realistic option. So I’ve gathered up 3 other full-time bloggers to share what we know.
Head over to meet all four of the bloggers and learn more about how they have become successful full-time bloggers: Advice for Beginners – Jenny in Neverland
Just your regular girl next door, who spends too much time watching Jane the Virgin, eating McDonald’s breakfast hash browns (I swear to God, they were sent from heaven) and enjoying a good vinyasa on the Yoga mat.
Oh and there’s a bit of blogging thrown in there too when I’m not doing all of the above.
I’m a blogger who creates content on blogging, well-being and self growth, aimed to guide bloggers to grow and gain confidence in the industry. But you might also find a bit of beauty, travel and Disney from time to time too.
I’ve been blogging for over 6 years, having started out just reviewing books and have been a full-time blogger for around 2 and a half years. Despite having started as a very niche hobby (I still love books, just no longer review them!) over time, I grew to enjoy expanding my topics more and more and I firmly found my feet within the “lifestyle” sector.
Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to read the posts in full.. thanks Sally.