Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Round Up – 20th -26th February 2023 – Trips, Birthdays, Gifts, Big Band Era, Podcast, Book Reviews, Health and Funnies.

Welcome to the round up of posts on Smorgasbord that you might have missed this week.

It has certainly been a busy week for us with parties and travel and a very special lunch with two exceptional authors and friends. The first photo is from my sister Diana’s 80th birthday lunch which was the third of the meals we enjoyed while we were in Portsmouth including on the Sunday at No 27, a fabulous restaurant. Here we are enjoy our lunch.

The birthday cake that my sister Sonia organised and set alight with a sparkling 80...

The next celebration was meeting up with Judith Barrow and Alex Craigie for lunch in Cardigan in Wales.. so wonderful to finally meet Judith after 9 years and Alex who she introduced me to. Love their books and it is a long awaited meet up.

Alex had contacted me a couple of weeks before to ask for a high resolution of the cover for my latest collection and I wondered why… and what an amazingly creative gift it was.

Let there be light.. so touched and will treasure always.

I would also like to thank Abbie Taylor and Toni Pike  for their wonderful reviews this week on their blogs for Variety is the Spice of Life… I am so grateful..

As always my thanks to my friends who contribute to the blog…

William Price King joined me this week for the Big Band Era with Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington and The Blackbottom dance…Also the next post on the life and music of the incredible Quincy Jones You can also find William Blog– IMPROVISATIONWilliam Price King on Tumblr

Debby Gies​ is here on Monday with a repeat post from her archives on the subject of Epistolary Writing and will be joining me in the funnies post later in the week. Despite being on her winter break in Mexico she is still visiting posts and commenting, not just here but around the writing community. Follow the link to Debby’s blog to browse her archives D.G. Kaye

Carol Taylor is here on Wednesday with her A-Z of food and the letter ‘R’. On her own blog on Monday she exploredNatural Antibiotics…Colloidal Silver, John Herschel Glenn and Whoopi Goldberg…It was pancake day on Tuesday… a delicious treat anytime of year. On Wednesday Carol explored the cuisine of Finland…The Land of Reindeers and Midnight Sun…On Thursday Carol reminded us of Dolly the cloned sheep and where that technology has led science, also an amazing fusion of rock and wagner that will amaze you. Catch up with all of Carol’s posts in her weekly round up CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…19th-25th February 2023-

Thank you very much for your visits, comments and shares to social media, as always it is appreciated ♥

On with the show…..

The Big Band Era with William Price King and Sally Cronin 1930s – Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, The Black Bottom

William Price King Meets Music Legends – #Musician #Producer #Humanitarian Quincy Jones Part Three – 1970s

Podcast #Poetry #Flash Fiction – Green the Colour of Life and A Dream Home by Sally Cronin.


The Body our Greatest Asset – The Heart – Foods needed to support this vital organ by Sally Cronin

New Book on the Shelves/Review – #Memoir #Life #Growth Grow Damn It!: The Feeding and Nurturing of Life by Cheryl Oreglia

Book Review – #Family #Romance – Letting Go: The Defiant Sisters- Book1 (The Defiant Sisters Duet) by Jacquie Biggar

Previous Reviews from 2022 – #Psychological #Thriller – Someone Close to Home by Alex Craigie

New book on the shelves – Don’t Fade On Me (The Charlie McClung Mysteries Book 8) by Mary Anne Edwards

New Book on the Shelves – #Mythology #Sci-fi – Minotaur’s Lair (Servant of the Gods Book 3) by Luciana Cavallaro

#Hiking #Haiku #Rockies – Canadian Rockies Haiku by D. Wallace Peach

#SettingExamples #Excellence #Kindness Seeing Both Sides of the Coin by Pete Springer

Friday Free For All! #Dreams by Jan Sikes

#Recipe – Sea Scallops and Baby Potatoes in Purgatory by Dorothy Grover-Read – New Vintage Kitchen

Host Sally Cronin – We are all going to the dogs!

Host Sally Cronin – . Shadows and Full time job


Thanks very much for dropping in today and I hope you will join me again next week.. Sally ♥

114 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Round Up – 20th -26th February 2023 – Trips, Birthdays, Gifts, Big Band Era, Podcast, Book Reviews, Health and Funnies.

  1. Another very full week of books, blogs, music and funnies to keep you amused.
    A lovely photo of your lunchtime catch up. What a great gift the light box was.

    I was interested to read Caroles food blog on Finnish food. My aunt lived in Sweden/ and Lapland.

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  2. Reblogged this on Judith Barrow and commented:
    Thrilled to be part of Sally’s Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Round Up – 20th -26th February 2023 this week. Wonderful to meet Sally at last. Trish and I were treated to a lovely lunch and enjoyed reminiscing – there was much laughter– Trips, Birthdays, Gifts, Big Band Era, Podcast, Book Reviews, Health and Funnies.

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  3. I love that photo, Sally! It’s a memento of a fabulous day – not that I’ll need reminding! It was an afternoon filled with friendship and laughter and you’re just as supportive and lovely ‘in the flesh’ as you are online. Here’s to a repeat one day! ♥♥

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  4. What a wonderful week you had with your family! And meeting Judith and Alex. Thanks for sharing your content and your experiences with us, Sally, and for helping bring attention to the work of so many artists!

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  5. What a wonderful week this was, Sally! Thanks for sharing it all, but especially the picture of you, Judith, and Trish, enjoying lunch! I’m so far behind on emails, I hadn’t even known this was in the works, but I’m SO glad (and utterly jealous!) to see you ladies together. What fun! I’ve saved that great picture to print out for my desk display!

    Hugs to all three of you!! 🤗💖🤗

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  6. Fabulous photos Sal of the big 80 with you and your sisters. And also amazing you finally met up with Judith and Trish. That must have been amazing. Fab photo of you three! Thanks for another amazing week, even while you were gone. Hugs to all! ❤ ❤

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  7. What a great week, Sally. It was great to see you celebrating your sister’s 80th with family and what a fun visit with Judith and Trish. A beautiful gift and so thoughtful. Wow. Thanks for all the fun posts and including one of mine among them. Huge hugs.

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  8. A wonderful celebration of family and friends! And that lamp ~ a treasure! So much packed into this post Sally, and I can’t thank you enough for including me! I don’t know how you stay on top of it all but I’m glad you do. Much love and hugs, C

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  9. Happy birthday to your sister 🙂 Looks like a fun celebration! I love you got to meet up with Judith and Alex too. Such a gift to be able to sit and chat in person. Thanks for another great week. Xo

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