Welcome to this week’s round up of posts that you might have missed.
After almost five weeks there the day is partly cloudy and it is only temporary as we do not have rain forecast until 16th of July. I know we moan about the weather, but this is the first time in the years that I lived here previously and in the last two, that you can say with certainty that you are having a BBQ next week!
We are renowned for the amount of our rain here but in some parts of the country treated water for drinking has become a problem.. including in Dublin where it is tough to keep up with the demands of millions of hot and thirsty people.
You may not know this but in Ireland we are not charged for our water usage. They did bring in charges in 2015 and many homes had meters fitted, but in 2016 this was repealed and a new system of thresholds for usage were introduced. The first 213,000 litres per year are fee of charge per household, and an additional 25,000 litres per person, for homes with more than four residents.
Clearly there are business premises who will be paying for water, but as yet there is no definitive plan that I have heard, to pay for all the necessary renovations to the existing pipe work. In the cities, such as Dublin this is Victorian and of course leaks like a sieve in places! This led to headlines last week of a possible shortfall in drinking water as the current equipment is unable to keep up with the demand.
We do however pay for waste water removal which of course requires treatment before disposing of.
Thankfully, despite the fact that we have been basking in sunshine and high temperatures, as sure as there are Leprechauns, there will be rain again soon and everything will be back to normal.
Anyway I know many of you will be off now on holiday or taking breaks from your online life for a while.. have a great time and look forward to hearing about your adventures.
Anyway.. thank you for being here and I hope you enjoy browsing the posts from the week. As always my deepest thanks to my contributors who work so hard to bring you entertaining, informative and creative posts.
The Music Column with William Price King.
The first in a Summer Jazz series beginning with the incomparable Ms Roberta Flack. Part One the Early Years.
Writer in Residence, Paul Andruss with a Photoshop Tutorial for book covers and marketing material.
As a follow up to Paul’s post last week on how to engineer a book cover to maximise interest and therefore sales…he is kindly demonstrating how to accomplish this with photoshop.
The Cookery and Food Column with Carol Taylor
This week Carol shares some great recipes to elevate this family favourite to spicy new levels.
Esme’s Party Piece – July Forecast by sign.
Getting to Know You Sunday Interview
My guest today probably needs little introduction to most of you who are regulars to the blog. Debby Gies…D.G. Kaye is a very popular blogger and non-fiction author who generously supports us all across social media.
Posts from Your Archives – Sanctuary in Saint-Céneri-le-Gérei #Normandy by Sherri Matthews
A fabulous tour around the idyllic village of Saint Ceneri Le Gerei in Normandy with Sherri Matthews.
Sally’s Personal Stuff.
This week I was very honoured to be interviewed by two very lovely writers – the first is Joy Lennick who invited me over on Monday. Please pop over.
And later in the week I was interviewed by Esme over on Esme Salon… I hope you will head over and find out more of my secrets…
Letters from America – Hawaii part one.
Odd Jobs and Characters – My employment history that provided me with an endless list of characters..
Sally’s Drive Time Play list.. Music to get the weekend started. 1976
Sally’s Book Reviews – Mourning Dove by Claire Fullerton.
Sam, A Shaggy Dog Story
Chapter Five – Henry’s New Family
Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Summer Sale
I notice that the summer can be a little flat for some of us on the book selling front and that many of you will be putting our books on offer at a reduced price for a week at a time or longer.
What I am proposing is that authors in the bookstore who are planning on doing an offer this summer, schedule it between 9th and 20th July to cover four of the Cafe Updates. Discounted books will be linked directly to Amazon to purchase.
Monday 9th July, Friday 13th, Monday 16th, Friday 20th July
I currently have 4 slots available on Monday 16th of February and 2 for 20th.
Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves
Author Update #reviews
New Series of The Blogger Daily – Monday to Thursday.
Smorgasbord Health Column
Nutrients the body needs – Calcium the most abundant mineral in the body.
Last week my post was on the kidneys and how they function. I also looked at one of the most painful conditions… Kidney stones. Today I want to continue with the urinary tract as problems with kidney function have a direct impact on the health of this essential waste pathway out of the body.
Health in the News – Natural influenza immunity, prostate cancer breakthrough and mangoes for gut health.
Some Summer chilled soups and salads with some alternative dressings and homemade mayonnaise.
A series of videos on how animals know how to have fun.