Welcome to this week’s round up of posts that you might have missed. The weather here, like most of the UK and Europe has been enjoyed a classic clash between two titans of weather. The Beast from the East with arctic temperatures vs. Storm Emma sweeping up from Portugal with warm winds that created massive snow fall.
Even my stone eagle that travelled with us from the warmer climes of Spain was less that impressed with the weather..
The good news is that we are now back to our own special kind of weather..rain.. and plenty of it which is melting the snow and hopefully by tomorrow we will be able to get out of our drive without having to shovel our way through. In the early days of the bad weather I put additional food out for our garden birds (I call them ours, but of course they are totally unfaithful and visit feeders up and down the road). Fat balls were the favourites and even when thrown into the snow they were eagerly consumed. The day before yesterday we looked out the kitchen window to find all these little bums sticking up in the air as starlings, blackbirds and sparrows sheltered in little pockets as they happily pecked away at the fat.
In the freezing and windy run up to the snow I was filling up the drinking bowl each day with warm water. We discovered that the starlings are made of sterner stuff than the rest of us as they took communal baths (and no doubt added to the mineral content with their own contributions) and then preened themselves in the hedges waving around in the freezing wind.
Anyway….. as always my gratitude to the contributors who battled through the snow to deliver their columns and posts…. and to all of you who braved the elements to visit, like and comment. You are very welcome and I hope you will come back again soon.
The William Price King Music Column. Part two of the Madonna story.
Madonna is a multi-faceted artist and social activist, no stranger to controversy, but who has always been true to the image that she created as a teenager and young performer.
Writer in residence Paul Andruss continues his exploration of poetry ancient and modern with a conversation between the Muse and the Pilgrim. This is part two, with a link to the first part.
Carol Taylor treats us to the origins and recipes for some of the exotic fruits in her backyard.. or markets of her home in Thailand. Many are available in our own supermarkets and certainly a dessert made with snake fruit would liven up any dinner party….
The Open House Sunday Interview with guest Romanian economist and author Marina Costa
A post on how you can promote your blog and writing here on Smorgasbord and the various watering holes where we can meet up.
At this time of year (especially with blizzards and freezing winds) our thoughts turn to booking our summer holidays. But there are a few things to think about. Just who are you telling about your absence for a couple of weeks on social media? If you are broken into during your holiday, the insurance company will be exploring your posts too to see who you have told! Also should you suffer a bereavement and making public announcements in the newspapers about funeral arrangements… is someone house sitting?
Next Thursday I am inviting you to a virtual Coffee Morning in honour of International Women’s Day on March 8th. I will be sharing some of the quotes of women and men that I admire; who have made a difference to our world in terms of empowerment or inspiration. I would love you to join me with your own favourite quote and also your views on the subject of gender equality.
I am sharing my thoughts today on two separate gender issues, the first being the #MeToo campaign which has been stripping the entertainment industry of its glitter recently… You may not agree with all my observations but that is part of the dialogue needed to create change. The second is the bravery and commitment to change shown by women in Saudi Arabia to obtain the right to something most of us take for granted.
Letters from America – 1985- 1987 – my weekly letters to my parents sharing our adventures in Houston and travels around America.
This week a trip to Corpus Christi… encounters on the beach in the moonlight – and getting lost in translation.
My review by the latest book by Historical novelist Tony Riches – Mary: Tudor Princess.
Smorgasbord short stories – You are never too old to be loved!
This story first appeared on Sue Vincent’s blog at Christmas. I hope you enjoy if reading for the first time…Jack is incarcerated in an elderly care home and is resigned to spending the rest of his life without purpose.. until……..
Sally’s Drive Time Playlist – Billy Joel and Anne Murray.
I share my memories of some of my most interesting musical memories and this week, we chose to celebrate a new job with a stay over at one of Liverpool’s premier hotels for a dinner dance.. only for most of the diners to leave hurriedly, leaving just us and the band.
In the summer I will be releasing Tales from the Irish Garden.. stories of magic and fantasy. It is the sequel to Tales from the Garden published in 2015 and I am going to share the stories from that collection with you in the next few weeks.
Chapter One – The Head Guardians of the Magic Garden.
Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update – News from the talented authors in the bookstore on new releases and recent reviews.
Posts from Your Archives – Early blogging posts shared with a new audience.
Billy Ray Chitwood with the first of his archive posts. Today Billy is nostalgic for the music of his hell-raising years, when stars such as Frank Sinatra and Kay Starr made a highball taste better…
The Health Column
New Series.. Inspirational stories of overcoming the challenges of chronic illness or life changing disease. This week Cynthia Reyes shares her story of her long road to recovery following traumatic injuries sustained in a car accident. Guest writers are very welcome and details are in the post.
Hydrogenated Fats in our diet and how to avoid them.
In the last few years there has been a complete reversal by governments and experts on how much fat and carbohydrates we should be eating. The information and advice is often confusing but research is definitely coming down on the side of good fats.. and that we should be including enough of them in our diet to keep us mentally and physically well.
The good fats, Essential Fatty Acids and how to get the right balance.
A new series for The Medicine Woman’s Treasure Chest – Aromatherapy and the use of essential oils. I took a course twenty years ago so that I could advise my customers and clients in my health food and dietary services clinic.
Turning Back the Clock – serialisation of my anti-aging book.
This week.. our immune system and how we leave the door open to opportunistic squatters who can damage our health for life.
Afternoon Video – the generosity of a crow towards a rodent friend.
Headlines that prove that fact can be stranger than fiction…..
Afternoon video – sign me up….
Afternoon Video – this Jack Russell has a jazz soul.