Smorgasbord Afternoon Video – I will not, I will not be moved…a boxer dog with a mind of his own.

15 seconds long but worth every second.. loved it. Thanks to our friend Domenico and Mayte..


Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up…Remembrance Poetry and Music St. Thomas, Stir Fries, Flatbed trucks and #Christmas #Promotions

Welcome to the weekly round up and we have had a lovely three days with friends from Madrid who we have not seen since April 2016. Of course the heavens opened to welcome them in true Irish style, but they still managed to see all the main sites in Dublin yesterday with my husband as their guide. The sun came out this morning long enough for a walk by the sea.. and now they are on their way to the airport. We never stopped talking and my rusty Spanish is now a little less rusty.

Christmas Promotions on Smorgasbord.

It is time to get the Christmas promotions started as there are 160 authors in the Cafe and Bookstore who I will be featuring as well as new books released before December 25th.. Then it would not be Christmas without a party, and I have one starting on December 13th… The Twelve Days of Christmas.. with special guests each day, music, humour, traditions and of course food..

If you are in the Cafe and Bookstore you will be automatically included but I do need to know if you have a new book coming out before Christmas. Also if you are not in the Cafe and Bookstore and would like to be including.

Head over and take a look and I already have some guests who have invited themselves.. you better get in touch sharpish..

My thanks as always to the contributors to the blog and this week D.G. Kaye kicked off the proceedings by taking us to the lovely island of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands.. A  destination that I have been too as well.

The Food and Cookery Column with Carol Taylor – delicious stir fries #Thai style

Time for another of Linda Bethea’s humour filled and heartfelt posts about family life. This week the hazards of travelling on a flat bed truck…. You can find Linda’s other posts Here

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World War I and II songs that entertained the troops and made life more bearable for those waiting for them at home.

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Update #reviews

Robbie Cheadle, Stevier Turner, Don Massenzio and Miriam Hurdle.

Sue Vincent, Amy Reade and Cathy Ryan.

My response to Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday #Poetry Challenge – #etheree follow the post link..

The War Poets

Vera Brittain

Rupert Brooke

Edmund Blunden

Siegfried Sassoon

Isaac Rosenberg

And my own tribute to my grandfather – 1987 – November 2nd 1918.

Two stories from What’s in a Name… Volume Two.

An entitled princess is not keen on marrying a prince she has not met before… Meet Sonia.

And trouble at the checkout for Theresa.

A closer look at Osteo-arthritis and Gout.

Humour and Afternoon Video

Guest comedians supplying the laughter this wee.. D.G. Kaye and Linda Bethea

More Humour from D.G. Kaye and Eric and Joy Lennick.

Thank you for dropping in and I hope you have enjoyed the posts.. Please don’t forget to make a note of the Christmas promotions that are an opportunity to promote your blog and books.  thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – Halloween Party, Harp in Jazz, Garlic and Book Gifts for a Daughter (everyone)

Welcome to the weekly round up of posts you might have missed.

It is unlikely that you missed the fact that it was Halloween….and certainly it was pretty horrific around here on Thursday with plenty of spooky goings-on.. Thanks to those who dressed up and participated and to everyone who dropped in and played along.

My husband cut off my head (from a photograph and created a costume for me..Like all supermodels there was a fair bit of air-brushing (well quite a bit actually) and I am afraid I am back to my original body shape again. It was fun whilst it lasted.

Here they are along with the fabulous guests in their fancy dress magnificence…

There is still some left overs, music to dance too and enough Bloody Mary frozen to keep us going until next Halloween….

My thanks as always to the contributors to the blog who share their expertise, experience and effort to create amazing posts.

This week William Price King shares the life and career of Dorothy Ashby who was one of the few harpists to play jazz. Normally associated with classical music, this was not the only barrier that this talented musician broke through.

I am sharing some of the Cook from Scratch posts that Carol Taylor and I collaborated on last year. And since it was Halloween... it seemed appropriate to give you plenty of reasons to liberally consume onions and garlic…to keep the vampires and the doctor away


At this time of year, as we start to think about gifts for Christmas, we turn to books. But picking the right book for the person you are buying for is an art. Jessica Norrie shares the books that she has gifted her daughter….

Joy Lennick shares the fun and games of entertaining a small house guest…

Personal posts

Musicians have voiced their protest for governments, wars, inequality for centuries, sometimes camouflaged with pretty words and secret codes that were only recognised by those within an inner circle.

Meet Queenie who finds new purpose in her life following the death of her husband.

Meet Rosemary – The First Date

Colleen Chesebro #Poetry Challenge -#Tanka

Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves.

Cafe and Bookstore – Update

The first of two posts on Arthritis. This week Rheumatoid arthritis that takes its toll on organs of the body.

Jacqui Murray, One Spoiled Cat, Callum McLauhglin

Alison Williams, Beetley Pete, D.G. Kaye..

C.S. Boyack, Lisa Burton, Robbie Cheadle, Annette Rochelle Aben, Sue Vincent with Dorinda Duclos

Halloween Special with contributions from D.G. Kaye.. Debby Gies

Guest comedian D.G. Kaye shares some funnies she has discovered recently.

I hope you have enjoyed the recap and will join me again next week. I will be starting the Christmas promotional posts soon and news of a few more opportunities to party….Thanks for all your support.. Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up – Grassed up, Grandmas and Fried Rice.. served up with a bagful of talented writers.

Welcome to the weekly round up with posts that you might have missed the first time around. For us it was a milestone passed with the laying of our lawn yesterday. When we bought this house in June 2016 it came with an overgrown garden that had not been tended for several years. Trees to the front had grown so high their roots had spread both ways including under the garden wall to the front and cracked it badly. They were also too high for safety and had to come down. To the side of the house ivy and hedging had grown over the roof and it looked like a hobbit house.

The garden to the front was mostly carpeted (I kid you knot) there was a large play house with a bridge leading to a slide dominating the plot and they had laid lawn beneath and around for safety. However it had grown into the grass and we had to literally rip it out. Luckily David is an expert lumberjack (he was taught by his father as a young man) and had already taken down several dead trees in our Spanish garden. He took out all the dangerous trees last year and then spent three months over the spring and early summer, digging 6 foot deep trenches to dig out all the old roots by hand. He then leveled the area and raked it ready for the lawn man.

Then of course came the long hot summer and you can’t lay new lawn with a hosepipe in place. Finally after 9 months of preparation… it was laid yesterday and it rained overnight in celebration to make sure it flourishes.  Here are some photos showing what a difference a day makes…..

We are going to put some slabs over by the wall and have a bench and pot plants to create a spot to sit in the evenings as it gets the summer sunshine until 10 at night…

Anyway on with the week’s posts and as always very grateful for your support and generous sharing around the usual haunts….which is appropriate as we head into the Halloween celebrations. You are very welcome to drop in to the party here on Wednesday 31st.. I have 20 guests already who have shared their photos in costume or dressed up for a party, and really looking forward to showing them off.

If you drop in please bring your links with you for your latest blog post or your Amazon page.. Never waste an opportunity to showcase your work…

You still have time to get yours in to be shared… here is the party post with the details:

The Food and Cookery Column with Carol Taylor

On Carol’s blog this week, she has been sharing her views on food waste and I could not agree more. In her post this week she shares the recipe to make perfect (non sticky) fried rice, using up your left overs where possible to create a tasty family dish.

Linda Bethea in her regular guest spot with more stories of her grandmas who sometimes overstayed their welcome… with humorous results.

Short Stories

In the first story, Owen meets his great grandmother for the first time face to face.

Patrick is a young spitfire pilot who falls in love but holds back..Love in a Time of War

Guest Joy Lennick with a poem celebrating her Celtic heritage.

My response to Colleen Chesebro’s weekly Tuesday poetry challenge.

It is 1989 and David and I decide to go back to Houston to see our friends and then carry on to California to drive the Pacific Highway… fantastic reunion and managed to fly out the day before a hurricane hit.. only to be on the road when the San Francisco earthquake took place. The hit of the year for me was Bette MidlerWind Beneath My Wings.

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update – Reviews

D.G. Kaye with Robbie Cheadle, Teri Polen with Jacquie Biggar and Cindy Knoke

Amy Reade, C.S. Boyack and Susan Nye

Sue Vincent with Robbie Cheadle, Teagan Geneviene and Hannah Sandoval

Carol Taylor, Colleen Chesebro with Ritu Bhathal and Mary Smith.

Organic produce and reduction in Cancer rates.

In one of the largest studies of its kind in France, 70,000 men and women who stated that they only ate organic foods were followed and compared to the statistics for various cancers. The result after 7 years was revealing, as overall cancer rates were down significantly and the biggest impact was seen on non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma risk, which plummeted among those who only ate organic. This followed the recent law suit brought against the manufacturers of Round-Up by a cancer sufferer who was awarded $250 million.

A re-run of the series on common health issues updated with any new information or research – this week Acne and Skin Health.

Humour and Afternoon Videos