Smorgasbord Blogger Weekly 16th May 2022 – #Images Tofino Photography, Robbie Cheadle, Cindy Knoke, #Exploration Jennie Fitzkee, #Guest The Story Reading Ape, #Guest Marcia Meara

A small selection of post I have enjoyed in the last week or so and I hope you will head over to read in full and also explore the archives of these amazing bloggers.

Today the media is focused on what is wrong with the world and it is difficult to remember that there is also a great deal of beauty, usually associated with nature, who despite mankind’s best efforts continue to astonish and amaze.  Here are some incredible people who share those special images with us.

Tofino Photography – Wayne Barnes – Tofino, BC, Canada

In 1913 Tofino was an established settlement for Europeans who joined the First Nations peoples looking to living in this beautiful environment. Now people from all over the world come to Tofino to live, vacation and experience the super natural world of rainforests, ocean and wildlife.

Wayne has stunning photographs of all the resident wildlife including bears, whales, eagles, sea otters, sea lions, wolves and many other local residents.

Image ©Tofino Photography

Head over to enjoy this post starring Romeo one of Tofino’s eagle family: Clouds, Sunsets and Romeo

The next photographer who has travelled the world to share stunning images is Cindy Knoke, who also has an amazing setting in her own backyard to inspire and delight.

In this post an amazing flower that I have never seen before. Huge poppies that bloom in The Holler where Cindy lives in rural California…

Image ©Cindy Knoke

Head over to enjoy the other images of this amazing flower: Romneya 8th May

The next post I suggest you head over to enjoy is from Robbie Cheadle, who manages to combine working full-time, being a mum, writing novels and poetry, and making the most incredible cakes, with travelling in her home of South Africa and sharing wonderful photographs with us. This photo of lion cubs are one of the images taken on a recent trip to the Ukutula Conservation Centre

Image ©Robbie Cheadle

Head over to enjoy this post and explore Robbie’s archives: Into the Lion’s Den Ukutula

Apart from images there is plenty of inspiration to be found around the writing community and Jennie Fitzkee who celebrated her birthday this week, gifts her young students the opportunity to explore the world through the love of books and reading.

Today was one of those ‘moments’ in teaching, the ones that turn something small into something big. It was a simple question, yet it opened a whole new world for children.

It happened like this…

Every day we have the ‘Question of the Day’ posted for children when they arrive in the classroom. The question is written on the easel, and there are two trays alongside- one for ‘yes’ and one for ‘no’. Children find their name on a big craft stick and place it on the ‘yes’ or the ‘no’ tray. Today’s question was, “Do dinosaurs still live?”

After snack we tally the votes. This is terrific, because children watch as we mark the tally votes- four lines and a cross line. That’s five. They’re now able to recognize five without counting the lines. That’s subitizing.

Head over to discover the wonders the children discovered in an illustrated dictionary: From dinosaurs to the stop game

Christopher Graham, The Story Reading Ape, has purposed his blog to be the launch pad for many an author and blogger starting out and was an amazing help to me back in the early days of my blog and still is. Since we have been exploring the world in this post his latest guest photographer and author Baer Charlton is a perfect example of how travel and experiences of the world can be captured in photographs and also between the pages of a book.

Why a Writer?

The same question could apply to my being a picture framer off and on since 1966. Or driving big trucks, riding motorcycles, surfing, traveling to distant places, and even getting sprayed on top of a volcano in Rwanda by a teenage female gorilla.

When I was four, I asked my mother to teach me how to type. I had noticed that when she was setting type or printing, none of my siblings were around. I would have hours of access with no interruptions. And as we stood laboring away at the mind-numbing business of printing, we talked. And in our way, we verbally wrote stories.

Head over to read the rest of this fascinating and inspiring guest post: Meet Guest Author, Baer Charlton…

And last but certainly not least… Marcia Meara offers authors several opportunities to share their work on her welcoming blog. One of these is her series Ten Things You May Not Know About Me, which I enjoyed participating in. This week author Jan Sikes took up the challenge and there are hippies and Harleys on offer.

Good Morning, Everybody. Today, I’d like you to welcome author Jan Sikes to The Write Stuff. Jan is part of the wonderful team of writers over on the Story Empire blog, and she’s going to share a very interesting #TenThings list with us today. I know you’ll enjoy learning all these goodies about her! Jan, the floor is yours!


Thanks for having me here today, Marcia!

Ten Things You May Not Know About Me by Jan Sikes

1. My maiden name is Smith. Growing up my sister and I were always referred to as those Smith girls. Smith is ranked as #1 when it comes to common last names.

Head over to discover the other nine things you may not know about Jan: Marcia Meara with guest Jan Sikes


Thanks very much for dropping in today and I hope you will head over to enjoy the posts in full.. thanks Sally.

54 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blogger Weekly 16th May 2022 – #Images Tofino Photography, Robbie Cheadle, Cindy Knoke, #Exploration Jennie Fitzkee, #Guest The Story Reading Ape, #Guest Marcia Meara

  1. Thanks so much for passing along Jan’s great #TenThings post, Sally! It was a treat having her visit us on The Write Stuff, and I hope some of your readers will check out what she had to share! Rock on, my friend! 😀 ❤

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  2. I am honored and deeply touched by your kind and thoughtful recognition Sally. Thank you sincerely for the generous and wonderful support you steadfastly give to our blogging community. I am so grateful to be a part of all of you!

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  3. Reblogged this on Jane Risdon and commented:
    Another wonderful selection of interesting authors and facts about them. Links to some wonderful reads too, and so why not discover all this and more by sneaking into this fab online magazine and cafe. I dare you!

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  4. Pingback: Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up – 16th – 22nd May 2022 – Hits 1995, Aretha Franklin, Stories, Podcast, Poetry, Guests, Reviews, Health and Humour | Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

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