Smorgasbord Reblog – Odd Jobs and Characters – Cut Glass Crystal and Sherlock Holmes hosted by Olga Nunez Miret


Delighted to have been the guest of Olga Nunez Miret this week with the final story in the Odd Jobs and Characters series. This week I am sales manager for a cut glass crystal company transporting these fragile pieces around the country in 1983. Shortly after I started by job, with a full load of crystal in the back of my estate car, I tangled with a very large articulated lorry.. On the bright side I got to meet Sherlock Holmes.

Odd Jobs and Characters – Car Crash and Crystal and meeting Sherlock Holmes by Sally Cronin

After I left the department store in the middle of Liverpool, I was appointed manager of a crystal and gift shop in Lord Street, Southport, which is where we had bought our first home.

It was at the north end of this mile long main street, and we sold high end gift items such as Moorcroft pottery, and our own cut glass crystal glassware from the factory in the Lake District. All the glass was classified as ‘seconds’, even though there would only perhaps be a small bubble in the glass, or the cut might not be completely standard. However, the prices were terrific, with at least 40% of the normal retail price. I still have some of the glasses that I bought 34 years ago, and I was lucky enough to get another 10% discount making them very affordable.

Going to work was very easy. I walked out of our gate, then a brisk five minutes down the road, and unlocked the shop door. I really enjoyed the next 18 months, but was then offered the opportunity to manage the three shops that had now been opened, with the other two being in York and Norwich. I would also spend time in the Lake District as marketing manager to oversee the running of the factory shop, and to develop a tour around the glassworks for visitors. This meant that I was away most of the week in one capacity or another, and I was given a large estate car to carry stock between the various shops.

On one occasion I had brought down a consignment of crystal to the Southport shop, picking up David from home, with the intention of delivering stock to the York shop and then spending the weekend exploring that very old and lovely city. We had set off down the motorway, which was busy with a Friday getaway, and because there was a great deal of commercial traffic, I was in the centre lane doing a steady 60 miles an hour and overtaking the trucks, and I was just in the process of passing a large articulated lorry, when it suddenly veered out into the middle lane without signalling, and hit my car.

I was being pushed out into the fast lane, where traffic was moving considerably faster and there was nowhere for me to go but forward. I hit the accelerator and managed to disconnect from cab of the truck and pull in front of it; then on to the hard shoulder, where I came to rest in a state of shock. It was only then that the driver realised what he had done, and he too pulled onto the shoulder behind me. Thankfully David was not hurt despite the passenger side door being badly damaged, and once I established that, I was out of the car and heading back to the lorry where the driver was hanging onto his wheel, waiting equally white-faced for one very angry woman charging up the hard shoulder towards him.

It was probably just as well the police arrived shortly afterwards to make sure none of us needed treatment or that other road users were impacted. David by this time had managed to open his passenger door and join the discussion.

Please head over to Olga’s blog to read the rest of the episode where I meet Sherlock Holmes: http://www.authortranslatorolga.com/2017/10/24/tuesdaybookblog-booklaunch-whats-in-a-name-vol-2-by-sally-cronin-sgc58-guest-post-and-fabulous-collection-of-shortstories/

 ©SallyCronin 2016

About Olga Nunez Miret

Olga Núñez Miret is a doctor, a psychiatrist, a student (of American Literature, with a Doctorate and all to prove the point, of Criminology, and of books and people in general), she writes, translates (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and although born in Barcelona, Spain, has lived in the UK for many years. She’s always loved books and is thrilled at the prospect of helping good stories reach more readers all around the world. She publishes a bilingual blog (http://www.authortranslatorolga.com ) where she shares book reviews, advice, talks about books (hers and others) and about things she discovers and enjoys.

Olga has translated her own books into Spanish of course and she has also translated some excellent Spanish books into English and you can find out more here. http://www.authortranslatorolga.com/translationstraducciones/

Books in Spanish or English by Olga Nunez Miret

A review for Escaping Psychiatry 2: The Case of the Swapped Bodies.

A Jolly Good Read on March 22, 2017

As a doctor and a psychiatrist, the author knows well the workings of the human mind, and she brings this knowledge to the table in ‘The Case of the Swapped Bodies’.
When consulting psychiatrist Mary Miller receives an unusual document from an FBI contact, it sets in chain a puzzling series of events. As with all mystery novels, it is difficult to give a flavour of the story without spoilers. Suffice to say this is a complex, carefully structured tale involving an unusual murder, FBI-police rivalry, buried secrets, small-town gossip and innuendo, an on-off love affair, and a character who may be insane – or worse.

Olga Nunez Miret steers a careful line around the different narrative threads, and strews just enough red herrings in your path to keep you weaving back and forth between possible ‘solutions’ until the book’s closing stages. Logic and emotion interweave to keep the reader off-balance and anxious to see how resolution(s) will be achieved. You may never view American small-town life in quite the same way again.A jolly good read.

Read the reviews and buy the books Amazonhttps://www.amazon.com/author/olganm

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Olga-Núñez-Miret/e/B009UC58G0

Read more reviews and follow Olga on Goodreadshttp://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6562510.Olga_N_ez_Miret

Audio books http://authortranslatorolga.com/my-audiobooks/

Social Media

Website –http://www.olganm.com/
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Smorgasbord Reblog – Odd Jobs and Characters – Shoplifters Beware hosted by Jane Sturgeon


My thanks to Jane Sturgeon who very kindly hosted the next episode in my Odd Jobs and Character – and this week I am managing a fashion department in Liverpool, when stock started flying out the door.. and not in a good way.

Odd Jobs and Characters – Fashion Department Manager and Shop Lifters by Sally Cronin

After six months of sheep farming in Dolgellau, we returned to Liverpool to live. I needed to get back into full time employment if we were to save our deposit for our own home. David continued to go back and forth to Wales a couple of days a week, but we were now officially city dwellers.

David already had a flat that he rented, but his landlady told us that we would have to leave as it was single occupancy only. What she really meant was single sex occupancy, as she didn’t have a problem with the two girls living together in the top flat. But she assumed no doubt that the first thing we would do is to have a baby. Anyway, we were not going to argue, although there was nothing in the lease to indicate this condition of tenancy.

We found a flat in Tuebrook, which is a suburb of Liverpool, and closer to the city centre where I was applying for jobs. At this time we were pretty broke and the flat had seen better days. The fact that the corner shop protected its assistants behind security bars, should have been an indication of what we might expect. However, we reckoned that with me working we could be out of there in a year. Our landlady was Chinese and charming, collecting the rent each Friday and also emptying the electric meter that we were convinced was rigged. It ate two shilling pieces as though they were chocolate buttons, and I was paranoid about running out of coins with us being plunged into darkness.

Anyway, I always knew when she was coming up the bare uncarpeted stairs, as she had a wooden leg which was a bit of a giveaway.

I attended a couple of interviews and was offered the position of manager for an expensive women’s fashion brand, which rented space in a large department store in the city centre. I was only 27 and found myself responsible for a team that had been holding the fort for longer than I have been alive. Still they were very welcoming and happy to show me the ropes, although one aspect of the job I had not expected, was to be the only one young enough to chase shop lifters. If you have read my story of my first job along the seafront, you will know that this was actually listed as one of my skills!

Please read the rest of the post about my adventures dealing with shoplifters over on Jane’s blog: https://janesturgeon.wordpress.com/2017/10/16/odd-jobs-and-characters-fashion-department-manager-and-shop-lifters-by-sally-cronin/

About Jane Sturgeon

I started this blog seven years ago and it is a wonderful adventure. Being here in our Global Village has gifted treasured friendships, creative expression and woven a part of my authentic soul. I am grateful.

A new chapter is starting in my life as I have come to live by the sea. I have dreams and ideas floating up and I am sure they will find their way onto the page.

Connect to Jane

Blog: https://janesturgeon.wordpress.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jslifetherapy
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jane.sturgeon.505

My thanks to Jane for hosting me this week. I hope you will head over and follow her wonderful blog and also on Twitter and Facebook.. Thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Dionne Warwick, Hurricanes and Archives.


Welcome to the weekly round up of posts that you might have missed and as always I am so grateful for the contribution of others to the blog which adds great content and a different perspective on life.

Exactly thirty years ago to the day, we were told on a weather forecast that high winds were expected overnight.. that particular weatherman never lived that down. On the Monday 16th of October, I was due to start my new job as Advertising Sales Trainer for a paper in South Woodford in London. It was great as it was just a ten minute walk from our house on the edge of Epping Forest. Overnight we certainly had high winds… it was a hurricane with winds up to 135 miles per hour and most of the South of England was devastated. On our estate ancient trees toppled and the next morning I had to climb over several to get down to the main street where the offices were. My first day on the job and apart from the receptionist who lived locally and had managed to get in and open up… I was the only one in the office for the day. On job training they call it.

Hurricane Ophelia has just dropped down by ten miles an hour and downgraded from a category 3 to category 2 which is a tropical storm. It is beginning to break up as it travels north and hits the current depression over us. It is going to make landfall on our west coast tonight which will take a beating especially in coastal areas. We are hoping that by the time it reaches us it will have lost even more power, but because we live in a rural location our overhead electricity and telephone lines are likely to suffer.  We are better placed than many who live in designated flood areas as the rain that will fall is going to fill the rivers rapidly.

If you don’t see me around for a couple of days you will know why.. If you are in the UK batten down the hatches as high winds will be hitting you tomorrow on the north west coast. Be safe.

I have scheduled you with some of your regular posts for the week to keep you entertained..

Time to get on with some posts that you might have missed this week…

William Price King Meets some Legends – Dionne Warwick the Early Years.

The start of a new series and we meet the wonderful iconic Dionne Warwick as she grows up with a gospel influence and rich musical heritage.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/11/william-price-king-meets-some-legends-dionne-warwick-the-early-years/

Writer in Residence – Pure by Paul Andruss

Thomas the Rhymer Paul Andruss

This week Paul Andruss shares the secrets from the leather tanning industry that is best written between meals. Some of the products used to provide you with soft kid gloves were picked up by collectors.. and a clue.. today we would be fined for not picking it up.. Pure is its name not its nature!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/13/smorgasbord-reblog-writer-in-residence-pure-by-paul-andruss/

Smorgasbord Health – Cook from Scratch with Sally and Carol Taylor

This week wind free beans.. and not just baked, but a number of varieties created in her kitchen in Thailand for your pleasure.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/11/smorgasbord-health-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-taylor-bean-12000-years-of-history/

I added a few more mushroom recipes to those Carol created a couple of weeks ago

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/11/cook-from-scratch-mushroom-soup-and-mushroom-chilli-carbonara/

Smorgasbord Health

With the Australia flu raising concern for its spread to the UK and the rest of Europe it is time to think about taking some precautions.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/09/winterising-the-body-immune-system-boosting-eating-and-recovery-plan/

Sunday Interview – Ultimate Bucket List

Delighted to welcome author Amy M. Reade to share her two top items on her Ultimate Bucket List..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/15/smorgasbord-sunday-interview-the-ultimate-bucket-list-owls-and-learning-greek-by-amy-m-reade/

Odd Jobs and Characters

My thanks to Adele Marie Park for sharing this week’s episode of Odd Jobs and Characters. I come to grips with a few rams… literally!  On a sheep farm in the mountains of Wales.

https://firefly465.wordpress.com/2017/10/09/odd-jobs-and-characters-sally-cronin/

Posts from Your Archives

I am so delighted that so many bloggers are sharing posts from their archives that deserve another audience.. MINE.. if you are interested in participating just send four links to sally.cronin@moyhill.com. I am looking for human interest, informative, entertaining and humour…if you would like to promote your books.. then still email but we will look at doing a FREE promotion instead.

Carol Taylor kicked off the week with the story of a stray mama dog and her pups and the her own impending new fur family member.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/09/posts-from-your-archives-properly-trained-man-can-be-a-dogs-best-friend-by-carol-taylor/

Pete Johnson took a look back at the 1950s and 1960s with a realistic look at the hardships that children and adults face in those post war years.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/10/posts-from-your-archives-a-la-recherche-du-temps-perdu-by-pete-johnson/

Deana Metzke shares the story of how her son, although still very young developed a taste for chapter books, eagerly looking forward to the next night’s installment.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/11/posts-from-your-archives-i-am-not-afraid-of-chapter-books-by-d-metzke/

Debby Gies with one of her informational posts on handling social media and solicitations by email. We all get them.. “I write posts very similar to your blog and feel that I could provide you with content”  or similar.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/12/posts-from-your-archives-7-tips-on-how-to-sleuth-out-email-solicitor-requests-by-d-g-kaye/

A new contributor to this series.. Bob Wertzler of Cabbages and Kings with a post about how we are all stories.. everything we do, think or feel is about creating a story.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/13/posts-from-your-archives-we-are-stories-by-robert-wertzler-of-cabbage-and-kings/

And a warm welcome back after a couple of months offline to Tina Frisco who shares wise words on how we can manage stressful and sometimes catastrophic events in our lives.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/14/posts-from-your-archives-problem-lesson-or-opportunity-by-tina-frisco/

Sally’s Cafe and Update

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/09/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-carol-balawyder-kim-cox-darlene-foster-and-sally-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/13/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-linda-g-hill-helen-jonesj-a-owenby-and-robbie-and-michael-cheadle/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/12/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-how-polly-became-a-pirate-by-jann-weeratunga/

Smorgasbord Book Promotion

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/10/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-jaye-marie-alyssa-drake-john-howell-and-andrew-joyce/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/12/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-viv-drewa-jessica-duchen-claire-fullerton-and-tina-frisco/

Media Training – Advertising for authors – Physical Watering Holes where readers gather.

This is the final post in this series – physical waterholes where you can meet your readers and sell books.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/14/media-training-for-authors-advertising-physical-watering-holes-where-readers-gather/

Personal Stuff

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/09/something-to-think-about-canadian-thanksgiving-day-and-a-chance-to-celebrate-four-years-of-blogging/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/10/some-personal-stuff-my-new-reading-chair-and-resolution-sally-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/13/paraskevidekatriaphobics-have-no-fear-friday-13th-is-lucky-for-some/

Smorgasbord Pet Health

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/12/smorgasbord-pet-health-kennel-cough-hygiene-is-just-as-important-for-dogs-as-is-not-sharing-food-and-water-bowls-3/

Humour

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/09/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-just-for-canadians-courtesy-of-wayne-barnes-of-tofino-photography/

A herd of dairy cows come rushing across to listen to a jazz band.. and then the unexpected happens…..

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/10/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-the-dairy-music-appreciation-society/

Thank you again for all your wonderful support this week and hopefully the winds will die down before they reach us.. if not see you on the other side.

Smorgasbord Reblog – Odd Jobs and Characters – Sheep Farming hosted by Adele Marie Park


My thanks to Adele Marie Park for hosting this week’s episode of Odd Jobs and Characters and this week I am on a sheep farm on a mountain in Wales.. what could go wrong!

Odd Jobs and Characters – The Sheep Farm – Indignant Rams and Black Sheep by Sally Cronin.

When my husband and I were first married, we had to stay in Wales for another six months, whilst he completed a research project in the mountains. We needed somewhere to live and being November and out of season, he managed to find us a flat to move into on the hillside above Dolgellau. The flat was part of an old farmhouse owned by a couple who I knew as regular dinner guests to the hotel, and it was a great arrangement.

After a few weeks of idleness and enjoying being a new wife, I decided that perhaps there might be a way to pay our rent and get some exercise. The rent we saved would be put towards a deposit of our own home; very high on our priority list. I approached my friend and landlady, asking if I might help out on their hill farm, where they kept a flock of several hundred sheep. She was more accustomed to seeing me in long dresses and heels, showing guests to their tables in the hotel, than walking up Cader Idris, but after she stopped laughing, she agreed to give me a trial run.

I went out and bought suitable clothing, which bearing in mind the time of year, involved waterproof boots and fleeced wet weather gear. It was early December and snow was not unexpected, and you did not want to be caught up at altitude inadequately dressed. I will admit that the first two or three days left me breathless, resulting in me giving up cigarettes (no bad thing). It also served to remind me how unfit I was. However, by the second week, I was hitting my stride.

We could take the Land Rover almost as far as the sheep who had moved down from the top grazing to avoid the worst of the weather. By this time, and with some snow on the ground, they needed some additional feed, and we would carry the bales of hay from the vehicle up to them, spreading it out on the frozen ground. It was nearly time to bring the flock down for a very important event.

The rams in the flock were fitted with a special device that marked the backs of the female sheep as they impregnated them, each with its own specific colour. This told you which sheep had been covered and was likely to be pregnant, and also if a ram was disinclined to breed and therefore needed replacing (mutton). But now it was time to separate the rams from the flock as their job was done. To do this, the entire herd was brought down the mountain with the help of one sheepdog, to a large barn which was separated into two areas. A large one and then a smaller part that was fenced off where the rams would be penned away from the rest of the flock. They having done sterling service, would be taken to another part of the farm, to a field where they would have to amuse themselves for the next six months.

My boss said she would head back to the main farm to collect the two other sheepdogs so they could help separating the rams from the flock, which numbered a couple of hundred sheep. I was left to twiddle my thumbs, but being keen to help and save time, I spotted the rams as they jostled amongst the ewes, and decided that I might as well get started.

Please head over to Adele’s to find out how I managed to insult several rams and delight several hundred ewes! https://firefly465.wordpress.com/2017/10/09/odd-jobs-and-characters-sally-cronin/

About Adele Marie Park

I love writing, it`s my passion. My genres include fantasy, horror, urban fantasy, and a mixture of all those. I love telling stories;period. I am married to my wonderful wife, who is my rock. Our daughter and our dog, german shepherd collie cross, are also my passions. To experience a moment of pure love is to experience the world.

Creativity is something I couldn`t live without.

I am also a Supernatural geek, and love my music. Punk, Goth, Rockabilly and visual Kei music from Japan.

The paranormal is my normal. oh, and I also totally believe in faeries.

About Wisp

Edra; a world where magic flourishes and where dark secrets are concealed by those who rule. Secrets which can get the innocent killed without a thought.

When the body of an elf is discovered in a treacherous area of the city, Wisp a young Law Enforcer is assigned the case. He soon realises the case is far from simple. As soon as he finds one thread another one leads him to unravel a tapestry woven from lies, secrets, corruption and evil. When friendship turns to love, Wisp`s life, as he knew it will completely change.

What started out as a murder case ends in a grisly battle which Wisp and his companions seem to have no chance of winning.

One of the reviews for Wisp on Goodreads

Colleen M. Chesebro rated it 5 Stars on May 3rd 2017

Meet Wisp, a law enforcer in the land of Edra, where magic is encouraged to flourish and is often needed for sheer survival. A mages council rules Edra compared to the neighboring area of Finah, who prefers humans to control their resources. After a bloody civil war, many years ago, the two lands exist beside each other in a fragile peace.

Wisp is a marsh fairy (YES! Can you believe it?) with raven hair and pointy ears pierced with silver earrings. Marsh fairies are rare and possess special powers. Wisp keeps his real identity under wraps, known only to his superiors. Abandoned as a child, the “Senior” Law enforcement officer raised him ensuring his survival.

In a desolate area filled with putrefying rubbish, Wisp comes across the body of a High Elf, a member of the Thorns, who was a high-ranking council member found murdered in the circle. The elf’s throat had been brutally cut. Wisp sets out to solve the murder not realizing he is to play an integral part in solving the mystery.

Wisp meets Finn Redhaven, the lover of the murdered elf, Sammiel Thorn, and feels an immediate attraction to him. Wisp and Finn fall in love and discover a wealth of magical abilities enabled by their relationship. And, they are going to need all the help they can get to battle the evil that has descended on Edra.

As fantasy novels go, Wisp stands out to me in its originality and political intrigue. Ms. Park creates a world where love is considered to be one of the greatest powers of all. I enjoyed that the two main characters were male and embraced their love and desire for each other, which was a refreshing approach to solving a mystery in a magical land. The reader discovers along with Wisp the extent of his abilities which I anticipate will increase over time.

I’ve added Wisp to my list of favorite fantasy novels. I loved the story and the characters. The ending is a cliffhanger, and I can’t wait for the next volume to find out what happens to Wisp and Finn. Hopefully, Ms. Park won’t keep us in suspense for long

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wisp-Adele-Park-ebook/dp/B01MXYQ2E4

Read reviews and follow Adele on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16214999.Adele_Marie_Park

Connect to Adele

Website: http://www.adelemariepark.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/firefly.fly.14
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Binky567

All the previous posts in the series can be found in this directory with links to my host’s blog https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/sallys-odd-jobs-and-characters/

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Cafe and Bookstore revamp, Archived Post bonanza and great guests.

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Welcome to the weekly round up and so pleased that there have been so many guests this week. Delighted too that the Posts from your Archives has proved so popular. Some wonderful posts this week from Pete Johnson, Debby Gies, Carol Taylor, Jennie Fitzkee and Deana Metzke with more bloggers joining next week with the start of their four week series.

My thanks as always to William Price King, Paul Andruss and Carol Taylor for their contribution to the blog with fabulous posts covering music, mystery and legends and food.

And, last but not least, thank you for your continued support, views, likes, shares and comments...

Here are the posts from the week that you might have missed..

William Price King Meets Some Legends – Sir Tom Jones The Finale

This week was the last part in the series featuring Sir Tom Jones and some of his hits from the last decade. Still going strong at 77, this dynamic performer clearly has a huge following across all age groups.  Here he is in 1977 with another performer who has crossed the decades with style.. Tina Turner and Hot Legs. Next week we begin a new series with that fabulous talent – Dionne Warwick.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/04/william-price-king-meets-some-legends-sir-tom-jones-career-and-hits-2007-to-2017/

Writer in residence – Paul Andruss

It was Paul’s birthday yesterday and he recently sent me a post called The Gift and rather than share later in the series, I decided to share on Friday in honour of his special day. Paul writes exclusive posts for Smorgasbord that take a huge amount of research and time to prepare and I am eternally grateful that he accepted the invitation to be writer in residence. I am sure if you missed this post you will enjoy heading over to read. Thought provoking and resulted in some interesting comments.

Thomas the Rhymer

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/06/smorgasbord-writer-in-residence-the-gift-by-paul-andruss/

Cook from Scratch with Sally and Carol Taylor and this week the health benefits of watercress and some wonderful recipes provided by Carol after creating in her kitchen in Thailand.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/04/smorgasbord-health-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-taylor-watercress-more-iron-than-spinach/

The Ultimate Bucket List – the top two items on Luanne Castle’s bucket list… time travel…and read on to find out what else.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/smorgasbord-sunday-interview-the-ultimate-bucket-list-author-luanne-castle-with-time-travel-and-zeeland/

Posts from your Archives

So pleased at the response to this series which showcases posts from YOUR archives. Perhaps from the start of your blogging career when you may have had fewer followers and you would like to share again with MINE.. It is a way of not only promoting your blog but also if you have books to promote I will add those in too. Email me with four links to posts that you would like to share again. If you want to promote your books then we can do that separately. I am looking for posts that are about life, love, adventure or an experience that you feel made a difference in your life.  Email me on sally.cronin@moyhill.com

Here are this week’s Posts From Your Archives.

Carol Taylor with an entertaining anecdote about her father who despite requiring a walker for mobility managed to do some Cirque de Soleil moves!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/02/posts-from-your-archives-its-not-what-you-look-at-that-matters-but-what-you-see-by-carol-taylor/

Pete Johnson of Beetley Pete with a life changing experience that all parents can relate to.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/03/posts-from-your-archives-pete-johnson-with-not-waving-but-drowning/

Deana Metzke shared her experiences with the Olympics and her young son’s reaction to watching on television

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/04/posts-from-your-archives-parenting-raising-readers-the-little-engine-that-could-and-the-olympics-by-d-metzke/

D.G. Kaye – Debby Gies with a post on a relationship issue that applies to both male and female partners. When one is receiving more attention and success than the other it can require careful thought and management.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/05/posts-from-your-archives-5-indicators-your-partner-may-feel-insecure-with-your-success-and-how-to-rectify-by-d-g-kaye/

Jennie Fitzkee with reflections on the natural and unaffected conversation with young children

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/posts-from-your-archives-lunchtime-conversations-in-the-classroom-its-important-by-jennie-fitzkee/

New Series – Guess Who I Bumped Into – I shall be doing my usual browse through my readers and will share a blogger each week who is new to me and who I think you might like to meet too. This week  author Peter Davidson who has published 28 books and has just begun a blog.. Marital Advice to my Grandson.. very entertaining.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/03/new-series-guess-who-i-just-bumped-into-author-peter-davidson-and-marital-advice-to-my-grandson/

Book Promotions – Air your Reviews – A chance to show case your most recent reviews.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/03/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-judith-barrow-and-vashti-quiroz-vega/

Pure Trash Bette Stevens

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/05/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-paulett-mahurin-teagan-geneviene-and-bette-a-stevens/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Updates – New Releases and Reviews

N.B. The cafe and bookstore has had a facelift and over the coming weeks I will be increasing the number of book covers displayed and will also be including and extract from the most recent review for one of those books. The aim is to encourage readers to click the review link and end up in the buy page… I hope it helps.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/02/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-joyce-k-gatschenberger-john-w-howell-and-annette-rochelle-aben/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/06/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-update-jane-dougherty-mary-smith-and-lucy-brazier/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore New on the Shelves – New authors on the shelves of the Bookstore… if you would like to be featured then please email me sally.cronin@moyhill.com

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/05/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-come-back-by-melissa-maygrove/

Odd Jobs and Characters – hosted by author Lyn Horner – My odd jobs that inspire my stories and characters.

This week I get to grips with a sword wielding champagne magnet and fall in love – not a bad day’s work! https://lynhorner.com/2017/10/02/special-guest-sally-cronin-the-odd-jobs-gal-swashbuckle-and-romance/

Media Training for Authors – the series continues with a look at the some of the online watering holes where readers gather. There are several out there and once you get started you can explore others that might suit you better but achieve the same result. Bringing you together with readers and reviews.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/07/smorgasbord-media-training-for-authors-advertising-gather-around-the-right-waterholes/

Moyhill Publishing – Update.

Now that the house and garden renovations are nearing the end (garden weather dependent!) Moyhill Publishing is up and running again and we have been working quietly in the background for the last couple of months. We have just received a wonderful testimonial and I have updated some of the details and covers.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/moyhill-publishing-working-with-indie-authors-established-2004/

Health – that time of year when we need to make sure we are making dietary and lifestyle changes to boost our immune system.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/02/smorgasbord-health-2017-winterising-your-body-influenza-the-opportunistic-pathogen/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/03/smorgasbord-health-2017-cook-from-scratch-snacks-and-dips-for-your-guests/

Smorgasbord Pet health – Hip Dysplasia – get to know your puppy’s relatives.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/05/smorgasbord-pet-health-hip-dysplasia-a-good-reason-to-meet-you-puppys-relatives/

Humour

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/02/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-some-gender-specific-nouns/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/03/afternoon-video-rewind-abstract-art-by-a-mammoth-talent/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/04/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-more-observations-on-life-from-cowboys-and-cats/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/06/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-dog-language-and-other-canine-behaviours/

Thank you once again for dropping and as always your feedback is very welcome. 

 

Smorgasbord Reblog – Odd Jobs and Characters – The Odd Jobs Gal – Swashbuckle and Romance hosted by Lyn Horner


Very grateful to author Lyn Horner for hosting this week’s episode of Odd Jobs and Characters.. More about Lyn and her books after the extract. I hope you will head over and check out the rest of the post on Lyn’s blog.  Thanks Sally

Last week I wrote about my cross country journey of many hours by train, to reach a hotel in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park in Wales. My time there was filled with adventures, and in this post I would like to introduce you to a couple of memorable guests.

To spice things up a little, and since I am the guest of an award-winning romance author, I have included a little love interest.

Snowdonia National Park; wikipedia creative commons; photo by Mike Peel

The hotel boasted an award winning restaurant which overlooked the Mawddach estuary. In the summer months in particular, guests could eat outside on sunny days and evenings, enjoying the spectacular mountains that dominated the landscape. This attracted international visitors as well as those closer to home, as well as the rich and famous. This included Denis Thatcher, husband to the newly appointed prime minister, Maggie Thatcher, and several actors and BBC television presenters who used our hotel as a base when filming in the area.

One lunch in particular stands out in my mind as it involved the head of one of the most prestigious Champagne houses.

One of my boss’s best friends was an importer and businessman in the area, and he would frequently drop in for lunch with his clients. Normally when my boss and his friends had lunch there was a fair amount of alcohol involved, and I would be kept busy bringing bottles of wine and spirits out to the table on the terrace. The guest that day was the head of one of the largest Champagne houses who was on a business trip to Wales. He had brought some bottles of the really good stuff with him. Pre-chilled and stored in a special case in the trunk of his car.

Wine flowed and the trio enjoyed lunch which included our specialty lobster dish. Our French guest left the table for about 5 minutes and arrived back with a sword in a very ornate scabbard. He asked me to line up the remaining two full Champagne bottles on the stone balustrade of the terrace. Bearing in mind the amount of alcohol consumed by this time, it was with some trepidation that I did as requested, and then stood back; well out of the way.

Please head over and read the rest of the episode on Lyn Horner’s blog: https://lynhorner.com/2017/10/02/special-guest-sally-cronin-the-odd-jobs-gal-swashbuckle-and-romance/

Lyn Horner’s latest release Beguiling Delilah: Romancing the Guardians Book Six which was published in July, is receiving great reviews.

About the book

He’s a Navajo sworn to bring her to America;
She’s a sexy genius in a race with him across France

Delilah Moreau, the glamorous French Guardian, possesses a miraculous mathematical talent that provides her a privileged life, but it can’t give her what she truly wants: lasting love. Leon Tseda, a Navajo whose homeland serves as a hidden gathering place for the Guardians, vows to bring Delilah to safety, thwarting thugs sent to capture her and the valuable scroll she guards. Opening in Paris, the story whisks the pair in a life-and-death chase across France to Nice and Monte Carlo on the breathtaking Côte d’Azur.

Both Delilah and Leon have lost loved ones, and they’re no longer youngsters, but they are not too old for a second chance at love. Their journey is fraught with danger, excitement and steamy, mature romance. Will it lead to love – if they live long enough?

The series so far: There are seven Guardians, each possessing a psychic gift and a precious scroll containing a secret prophecy handed down from ancient Irish seers. Not to be revealed until mankind is ready to listen, the prophesies are in danger of being seized by vicious “Hellhounds” who want to use them for their own evil ends.

One of the recent reviews for the book

I loved this book for several reasons. The biggest reason was the characters. It was refreshing to read about characters closer to my own age rather than sweet young things in their twenties. Delilah is a mathematical genius and a business woman. Pairing her up with a rugged American Indian couldn’t have been easy. But Lyn pulled it off with flying colors. They weren’t shy about expressing their extreme differences but maturity gave them the advantage of the wisdom of how to overcome those differences and still enjoy a romantic relationship that would last a long time. But have to say, having a Leon was easy to fall for. He’s proud and protective at the same time and he knew a good woman when he saw her.

Another reason I really enjoyed the book is the French location. I’ve visited the settings in this book and it was fun to revisit them through this book as the Hell Hounds (bad guys) chase them through the French countryside to gain access to the secret scrolls Delilah protects. With each of her books in this series, Lyn takes us to a new world location and it keeps this series fresh. I recommend that fellow readers read this entire series for better understanding but I’m certain none will be disappointed. Each book gets us closer to the secrets and the big battle that is sure to happen when the Hell Hounds, descend to steal the secrets along with the power of the knowledge they contain. Can’t wait!

Read all the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Beguiling-Delilah-Romancing-Guardians-Book-ebook/dp/B073XPVHSP

A selection of other books by Lyn Horner

Read the many reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Lyn-Horner/e/B004CY506Y

Read more reviews and follow Lyn on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4639926.Lyn_Horner

Connect to Lyn via her website: http://lynhorner.com

You can find all the other episodes in the series in this directory: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/sallys-odd-jobs-and-characters/

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – New Cafe Bookstore Feature, Guests and Tea Tree Icecream


I actually put out the round up last week on the Saturday as I was busy elsewhere on Sunday.. So this week you get a couple of bonus posts that you might have missed.

Enough about the past. How about we talk about the future. As I enter my fifth year of blogging I am taking a look at the features that I am running currently.

I am going to be making some changes to Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore in it’s current format. There are a number of authors who have been in the bookstore for a couple of years but I have not had any updates or contact with them since they went on the shelves. That is okay I know how hectic everyone’s lives are and everyone is juggling so many different platforms that it is tough to keep up with them all.

So I am going to be going through the bookstore and moving some authors off into a draft file where they will be safe and if they do come back to me with some news then I can move them back onto the shelves again.

Those that remain on the shelves will have an additional feature that reinforces my aim to increase the number of reviews that we receive. As I feature recent reviews for authors in the Cafe update and the Air Your Reviews posts, I will put the first paragraph and the heading which links back to the original review on Amazon or Goodreads.

As you can imagine this will increase the amount of administration of the blog and it is therefore very helpful if you would keep me updated.

I hope that those that feature in the promotions here and are on the shelves see some increase in their sales even if it is only one or two books, or increased readership of their blogs and social media. It is certainly not on a par with Goodreads or other book promotion sites but it is exclusive and it comes with some benefits. Including regular updates that go out across my social media including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ and my blog.

I hope you will like the new feature. It will take me a few weeks to roll it out across all authors but hopefully it will add another inducement to readers who visit the cafe and bookstore to buy your books.

If you can remember in the middle of the excitement of a new release or fantastic review to drop me a line to sally.cronin@moyhill.com. There are two hundred authors in the bookstore so I am very happy to share an update every four to six weeks to make sure as many authors as possible are featured.

If you are not sure if you are in the bookstore or not then check it out.. Authors are listed alphabetically and if you have not updated me for a while then please contact me.

Thanks again to all of you who have been in this week and liked, commented and shared and I will be starting the Blogger Daily again very soon as I know that I am neglecting my blogging community in the promotions.. Blame Queen Filigree and her new toyboy… a Prince in every sense of the word!!

Here are this week’s posts if you missed them and please head over and check out my guests, they are amazing.

William Price King meets Sir Tom Jones

This week some of the hits from the 1970s and Sir Tom Jones’ time in the Country Charts.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/27/william-price-king-meets-some-legends-sir-tom-jones-country-music-and-sex-bomb/

Writer in residence Reblog – Paul Andruss

Did you know about the beautiful and intelligent daughter of Karl Marx? I didn’t and Paul Andruss introduces us to her.

Thomas the Rhymer

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/29/smorgasbord-reblog-writer-in-residence-mister-marxs-beautiful-daughter-by-paul-andruss/

Cook From Scratch with Carol Taylor

This week Carol Taylor elevates one of my superfoods to a new level with some delicious recipes to encourage you to include in your daily diet.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/27/smorgasbord-health-2017-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-taylor-green-tea-ice-cream-latte-and-macarons/

Cook from Scratch guest post – Holiday stuffing from D.G. Kaye in time for Thanksgiving in Canada on October 9th.

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/28/cook-from-scratch-2017-holiday-stuffing-d-g-kaye-style/

The Sunday Interview – The Ultimate Bucket List

Sue Vincent has set her heart on a VW Camper Van and travel to find and share all of the ancient sites and relics of Britain and I did my best….

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/24/smorgasbord-sunday-interview-the-ultimate-bucket-list-living-the-dream-with-sue-vincent/

Steve Costello shares his top two items on his Ultimate Bucket List. Although all of us would no doubt put achieving world peace on the top of our list, Steve has placed some personal goals and actions on this challenging task.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/01/smorgasbord-sunday-interview-the-ultimate-bucket-list-author-steve-costello/

 

Posts from your Archives Guest Posts

Do you have posts that you wrote some time ago that you would like to share with my readers and an opportunity to promote your blog or books? Then check out the posts and get in touch.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/25/posts-from-your-archives-accept-what-is-let-go-of-what-was-and-have-faith-in-what-will-be-david-avocado-wolfe-by-carol-taylor/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/26/posts-from-your-archives-guest-pete-johnson-with-bermondsey-summers/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/01/posts-from-your-archives-this-was-a-great-day-by-jennie-fitzkee/

 

Author Promotion – Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/25/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-d-wallace-peach-mary-smith-and-victoria-zigler/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/29/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-andrew-joyce-linda-swain-bethea-and-jacquie-biggar/

New on the shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/25/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-tan-a-story-of-exile-betrayal-and-revenge-by-david-lawlor/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/26/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-from-the-prairie-to-passchendaele-by-fred-knight-adapted-by-joy-lennick/

Book Promotion – Air Your Reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/26/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-pamela-s-wight-ritu-bhathal-and-natalie-ducey/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/28/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-jack-eason-mary-smith-and-pamela-schloesser-canepa/

Humour and Afternoon videos

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/25/the-afternoon-video-rewind-nightmares-nothing-like-a-mums-arms/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/26/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-heavens-above-and-the-other-one/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/27/afternoon-video-rewind-keep-calm-courtesy-of-the-cat-whisperer-2/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/29/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-some-useful-observations-on-life/

Media Training for authors

I have adapted my media training manual that I used for seminars to reflect the business needs of authors. Post production marketing and advertising. You will find the main directory in the menu. https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/media-training-for-authors/

This week… Advertising, covers and key words.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/30/media-training-for-authors-advertising-covers-titles-and-key-words-by-sally-cronin-2/

Personal stuff

I have not had much time recently for responding to awards (shameful I know) but Judith Barrow kindly nominated me for the Miranda Sings Award… You have to name 7 things you love about yourself… tough challenge.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/24/award-the-miranda-sings-award-a-chance-to-say-i-love-me/

If you find yourself saying ‘I will be happy when…..’ you might want to read this post.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/27/something-to-think-about-stop-putting-restrictions-on-your-happiness/

Odd Jobs and Characters – This week I posted the next episode in the saga of my job history.. next Tuesday Lyn Horner is kindly hosting me.

I arrived in the dead of night to the doors of a gothic style hotel in the mountains of Wales and my arrival does little to confirm that I have made the right decision.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/28/odd-jobs-and-characters-hotel-in-wales-senior-receptionist-a-ghostly-arrival/

Health

Another addition to my Medicine Women’s Larder – Sunflower seeds.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/29/medicine-womans-larder-sunflower-seeds-and-oil-sunshine-all-year-round/

Pet Health

Kittens and Puppies are really cute but finding homes for them can be difficult with so many unwanted pets needing to be adopted. But is you find that you do have a pregnant fur family member, here is some tips.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/28/smorgasbord-pet-health-new-arrivals-on-their-way-pregnancy-in-cats-and-dogs-2/

Thank you so much for dropping in today and for your great support.

 

 

 

 

Odd Jobs and Characters – Hotel in Wales – Senior Receptionist – A Ghostly Arrival


Last week, as a guest of Robbie and Michael Cheadle,  I shared stories about my job in the boarding school as housekeeper/caterer and how I cooked over 3000 meals a week during term time.

You can find all the previous posts to date in this directory. https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/sallys-odd-jobs-and-characters/

The story continues as I move across the country to take up the role of senior receptionist at a gothic hotel in the middle of the Snowdonia national park.

Hotel Senior Receptionist – Ghostly arrival and a quick promotion!

I received a phone call from some old friends on the Isle of Wight that gave me cause for concern. You have probably gathered by now that my separation and divorce proceedings were not always amicable and in fact they now became downright hostile. My friends ran a pub on the island, and my former husband had been in, having had rather a lot to drink, had demanded they tell him where I was. He told the assembled company that he was planning on tracking me down and having a confrontation. I was not unduly concerned and  my friends assured me that they had not revealed my whereabouts. However, I was in a school with 140 children and staff and lived in the grounds, and had no desire to involve them in my personal circumstances. I gave my notice that day; grabbed the nearest copy of The Lady Magazine, and looked for a job as far away from the south of England as I could get.

I found an advertisement for a senior receptionist for a seasonal hotel in Wales that was just about to open for Easter. I sent my details, and the requested photograph, and waited to see if I would get an interview. Instead, within a week, I had a letter offering me the position with a start date three days after the end of term. I packed up my belongings into a couple of suitcases and got rid of anything that I couldn’t carry. I then prepared to go up to London by train and head off across the country for nearly 300 miles.

In those days of no Internet, and a long haul by road, I reckoned that I was probably going to be fairly safe from repercussions, especially as only my family and solicitor knew where I was.

I had been given a timetable for the trains showing the changes I would have to make in order to reach my destination, and I was glad that my two bags were not too heavy. Four trains later, I sat on the platform of a country station, waiting for my last connection. The train was late, and it was already dark before it shunted alongside the platform. I struggled into a carriage that I presume had been in service since the war, possibly not the last one, and sat on the worn, velvet covered seat waiting for departure. I waited and waited, and was about to stick my head out of the carriage door, when we chugged into motion. It was now ten at night and I was concerned that the promised taxi that was supposed to collect me at Barmouth, and take me to the hotel, would not be waiting for me.

Half an hour later we pulled into what can only be described as a halt. It consisted of a wooden platform about ten inches off the ground and a leap of faith was required to exit the carriage with two suitcases, and no injuries. I must have been the only passenger for Barmouth, for no sooner had I slammed the door of the train behind me, than it was off, lurching into the darkness.  I had apparently arrived at my destination, but was alone, and in the dark, with absolutely no idea where I was going or who I was going too.

Those were the days before mobile telephones, and to be honest, from what little I could see around me, there was little evidence that even the telegraph had reached this remote spot. I sat down on the sturdier of my two cases and ran through some basic Girl Guide survival tactics. As I had been drummed out of the brownies at the age of seven (for jumping out at boy cubs from behind gravestones) my knowledge of field crafts was sadly lacking, so I decided to stay in place for a while and see what transpired. After all where else was I going to go? I shivered despite the warm overcoat I was wearing. The night was cold, and a thin mist was swirling around the end of the platform. All the books I had read about North Wales had been based on the 5th century with tribal raiding parties and witchcraft. All the tales now came back to me; I clasped my arms around my body anxiously; on the verge of panic.

This feeling of impending doom was given a boost when suddenly out of the mist an apparition appeared. At least seven feet tall, and dressed in a black cloak, it swirled towards me rapidly. I shot up and backed behind my cases; despite the fact they would have been of little protection against a werewolf. A deep voice suddenly cut through my fanciful imagination.

‘You’re late girl, I’ve been waiting hours, where have you been for goodness sake?’

I could not tell if the booming voice was male or female. On closer examination, I realised that my original estimate of the figure being seven foot high was a slight exaggeration, but not by much. A scarf was unwound from around the throat of my new acquaintance, and I saw that it was indeed a woman; with very stern looking features.

Before I could utter a word my suitcases were whipped up, one in each of her hands, and she set of marching into the darkness. I had very little choice but to follow as I watched my worldly possessions disappearing into the night.

I found myself in a car park next to a taxi, and my bags were thrown unceremoniously into the back; my companion disappearing around to the driver’s side. I gingerly opened the passenger door, wondering what I had let myself in for. At least the interior of the vehicle was warm, and I was grateful when the engine started first time. My driver announced that it would take about 15 minutes to get to the hotel, and with that, we were off, quite smoothly too, much to my pleasant surprise.

Our journey was silent. I did make an attempt at small talk but only received grunts in reply. Eventually, I gave up and concentrated instead on hanging onto both dashboard and armrests as we careered around narrow country lanes. Sure enough, fifteen minutes later the taxi drove through two large pillars and up a slope. In the dim glow of the headlights, I could just make out a building looming out of the mist, and we came to a stop outside what appeared to be the main entrance. I let out my breath, which it seemed I had been holding since we left the railway station, and hurriedly opened the door, before we could take off again.

My driver got out and deposited my two suitcases by the door and then left me standing in the mist as she drove off into the night.

There were some lights either side of the entrance, and by their dim glow, I could make out double wooden doors. By now I was three hours late, and it looked like everyone had gone to bed. I had little choice. It was either stay out here in the freezing cold or ring the bell that hung on the wall at the side of the doors. I crunched across the gravel and up the stone steps, summoning what little courage I had left. I pulled the rope hanging beneath the bell and swung it from side to side. I nearly jumped out of my skin as a loud clanging rang through the night. It was loud enough to waken the dead! Sure enough, within seconds, lights went on in the hall. They reflected through the glass at the top of the door and, if anything, added even more gloom to the atmosphere.

The door creaked open slowly and my mouth went dry. By this time, I was fully convinced that Frankenstein’s monster was going to loom into view and carry me off to some attic, never to be seen again.

In fact I was greeted by the warm smile of the manager of the hotel who had kindly stayed behind to make sure that I arrived safely. He carried my suitcase down the side of the hotel to a small flat that was already occupied the new assistant manager who had come down from the Lake District a couple of days earlier. With arrangements to meet in the morning to go over my duties, the manager left and I sat down with a welcome cup of tea and made my first friend in the new job.

Sadly, after a few weeks, she felt that the job and the location were not for her and she returned to the Lake District where she opened a very successful B&B. Whilst I was very sad to see her go, I found myself promoted to Assistant Manager and so began my adventures in the depths of one of the most stunning national parks in the UK. It was hard work, but great fun, and I have never been so skinny with the long hours and my new pursuit of hiking on my days off (perhaps I should apply for a similar job again!).

And, down the road, my work would lead to me meeting a very special man who swept me off my feet.

You can read more about those adventures please on Lyn Horner’s blog next week.

Thank you for joining me on my journey.  I met so many fascinating people that they have been had starring roles in my stories every since. The reason for this blog tour is to promote my new short story collection… now in print as a combined Volume One and Two, and available very shortly on Amazon.

All the previous posts in the series can be found in this directory with links to my host’s blog https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/sallys-odd-jobs-and-characters/

 

About Sally Cronin

My name is Sally Cronin and after working in a number of industries for over 25 years, I decided that I wanted to pursue a completely different career, one that I had always been fascinated with. I began studying Nutrition and the human body twenty years ago and I opened my first diet advisory centre in Ireland in 1998. Over the last 18 years I have practiced in Ireland and the UK as well as written columns, articles and radio programmes on health and nutrition.

I published my first book with a Canadian self-publisher in the late 90s and since then have republished that book and released ten others as part of our own self-publishing company. Apart from health I also enjoy writing fiction in the form of novels and short stories.

My latest book – What’s in a Name? – Volume Two.

Our legacy is not always about money or fame, but rather in the way that people remember our name after we have gone. In these sixteen short stories we discover the reasons why special men and women will stay in the hearts and minds of those who have met them. Romance, revenge and sacrifice all play their part in the lives of these characters.Kenneth watches the love of his life dance on New Year’s Eve while Lily plants very special flowers every spring for her father. Martha helps out a work colleague as Norman steps back out into the world to make a difference. Owen brings light into a house and Patrick risks his life in the skies over Britain and holds back from telling a beautiful redhead that he loves her.

My other books

All books are available Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Sally-Cronin/e/B0096REZM2

You can connect to Sally

Blog: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sgc58
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sally.cronin

Smorgasbord Weekly Round up – Sir Tom Jones, King Arthur and other VIPs..


Welcome to this week’s round up and a week of two halves. One half had failing internet, which like a dodgy hair piece, was all over the place for four days. On for 10 minutes and then off for 20 minutes and variations along that theme. Thankfully I had scheduled posts so that I could take a writing break, but it was frustrating to say the least.  The good half of the week is that I got on with Tales from an Irish Garden and made good progress.. A way to go yet, but it will get there in its own good time.

Apart from that I was lucky to have great guests and their contributions to entertain you, and I am very grateful for their time and effort.

William Price King provided us an insight into the career and music of Sir Tom Jones in the mid 1960’s for the rest of the decade. A very busy time for him both in chart success and his residency in Las Vegas.  Here is a later performance of Tom Jones and Pavarotti which you might enjoy as you browse.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/20/william-price-king-meets-some-legends-sir-tom-jones-1960s-las-vegas-elvis-presley-and-delilah/

Also this week we enjoyed the latest post from Carol Taylor who turned my post on the health benefits of mushrooms into a fantastic feast. Carol has put so much love and effort into her recipes that even those who don’t normally eat some of the foods we feature, are giving the a try.. Don’t miss…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/20/smorgasbord-health-2017-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-taylor-mushrooms/

Delighted to welcome Debby Gies with some posts from her archives and this week she took us through the various social media platforms available to us as writers, and the pros and cons

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/21/post-from-your-archives-how-are-you-spending-your-most-valuable-time-on-social-media-by-d-g-kaye/

Also with a post for all dog lovers Pete Johnson of Beetley Pete, shares some tales of Ollie… fabulous face and the only creature who can wear wrinkles well…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/19/post-from-your-archives-guest-pete-johnson-with-ollies-gang/

Writer in Residence – Paul Andruss – Smorgasbord Reblog – A companion piece to the post on King Arthur last week.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/22/smorgasbord-reblog-who-was-arthur-part-two-by-paul-andruss/

On a personal note.

This week’s episode of Odd Jobs and Characters was very kindly hosted by Robbie and Michael Cheadle and thank you to everyone who went over and commented and shared. If you missed you might like to find out how I managed to cook 3000 meals a week in a boarding school.. and still have time to wave a feather duster.

https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/odd-jobs-and-characters-with-sally-cronin/

The next episode next week will be on my own blog before resuming its travels around blogland.

A quick look at my WIP with a story that appeared earlier the year with an illustration by Donata Zawadzka

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/my-wip-tales-from-the-irish-garden-after-the-festival-illustrated-by-donata-zawadzka/

A new series – Media Training for Authors -ways to promote you and your books locally and on a national scale.  All four posts so far.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/15/media-training-for-authors-introduction-dont-be-shy/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/16/media-training-for-authors-getting-a-foot-in-the-door-press-releases-and-door-knocking-2/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/17/media-training-for-authors-radio-or-podcast-interviews-gold-dust-for-an-author-get-prepared/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/23/media-training-for-authors-preparing-for-an-interview-on-camera/

New Series – The Sunday Interview – The ultimate Bucket List

The first guest was our resident food expert Carol Taylor who shared the top two items on her ultimate bucket list. I am sure that they will both come true. Tomorrow the author, poet and fabulous blogger, Sue Vincent.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/17/smorgasbord-sunday-interview-the-ultimate-bucket-list-with-carol-taylor/

Book Promotions – Air Your Reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/19/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-d-g-kaye-and-mary-anne-edwards/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/21/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-teagan-riordain-geneviene-and-m-c-v-egan/

Cafe and Bookstore Author Update

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-judith-barrow-charles-e-yallowitz-and-sandra-j-jackson/

Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/19/sallya-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-a-girl-named-truth-by-alethea-kehas/

New Series – Something to think about – this week volunteering – helping out charities, school, libraries can be both rewarding and teach you new skills.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/20/voluntary-work-a-hugely-valuable-sector-of-the-workforce-and-beneficial-to-those-who-volunteer/

Humour

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/afternoon-video-rewind-the-intelligence-of-crows-the-8-part-puzzle/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/19/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-the-irish-view-on-life-bars-accents-and-heaven-and-hell-2/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/20/afternoon-video-rewind-snowball-the-cockatoo-another-one-bites-the-dust/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/21/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-rewindhot-dogs-swim-aids-and-venetian-blinds/

Health

Smorgasbord Health 2017

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/smorgasbord-health-2017-food-safety-listeria-an-invisible-and-unwanted-visitor/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/22/smorgasbord-health-2017-leprosy-hansens-disease-a-modern-miracle/

Pet health

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/21/smorgasbord-pet-health-house-training-reward-not-punishment-for-you-or-your-dog/

Thank you for all your visits, likes, comments and shares during the week… it is so appreciated.

 

 

 

Smorgasbord Reblog – Odd Jobs and Characters – School Housekeeper/Caterer hosted by Robbie Cheadle.


I was delighted to be the guest of Robbie and Michael Cheadle on Monday with the latest episode of my Odd Jobs and Characters with the background to my book Just an Odd Job Girl.. This week I accept the post of housekeeper/caterer at a boarding school and find myself cooking 3000 meals a week.

Odd Jobs and Characters – Housekeeper/Caterer- Feeding the 5000 or so it seemed! by Sally Cronin

After a few unsuccessful attempts to keep our marriage together, my first husband and I finally split up. All our furniture and belongings were in storage, as our accommodation at the pub we ran was fully equipped. I headed off with two suitcases into a B&B for a few weeks and took some temporary jobs, as I looked for something more permanent. At the beginning of December, and now almost broke, I applied for the position of Housekeeper/Caterer at a public school in Sussex.

I went for the interview and my experience in steak house management, and also mass catering in the pub were very useful. Two days before Christmas I received a telegram asking me to report to the school on the 6th of January. My new living quarters were the ground floor of one of the farm cottages attached to the school, right opposite the pig sheds which infused my new home with an alluring aroma. The children were expected back on January 11th and my first job was to buy in the supplies to feed 120 children and 30 school and domestic staff.

I was lucky to walk into a brand new and purpose built dining hall and kitchen, which was a real bonus. I had one permanent assistant, and the housekeeping staff would also help at meal times. I spent the next few days ordering from the main dry goods supplier and local butcher and fish merchant. I also had to work out staffing rotas for the cleaning and maintenance of the residential areas of the main house and classrooms, which were my responsibility too. I planned the menus for the next four weeks so that I could buy certain foods in bulk which saved money. I also need to organise my own timetable, as I would be cooking four meals a day, seven days a week as well as checking on the housekeeping side twice a day. On Fridays one of my staff who had some cooking experience, would cook lunch, which to the delight of the children was always superb fish, chips and peas. That gave me some time to explore the local area and take a breather.

The children started the day with juice, cereal or porridge, and a cooked breakfast with a piece of toast with tea or milk. Let me tell you how daunting it is on your first day in the job to fry 150 eggs rotating through six large frying pans, watch flats with bacon in three ovens whilst toasting 150 slices of bread both sides, without burning, on two large wall-mounted grills which took 30 slices at a time. All dished up by 8.15 when juice, porridge or cereal was finished.

Table prefects would come and collect the serving platters and toast racks, allowing me to start my rounds of the dining-hall to make sure that each child ate all their breakfast. Twice a week, I would start half an hour earlier at 6a.m, so that I could crack 140 eggs into a giant Bain Marie to gently scramble. I would say the overall favourite breakfast was sausages and beans and fried bread, which disappeared in a heartbeat.

No sooner had the kitchen been cleaned and the crockery and cutlery sent through the washer, and it was time to do the lunch preparation. Even back then, I cooked food from scratch, instead of relying on the frozen entrees that were available for mass catering. The boys and handful of girls at the school soon became accustomed to eating Coq au Vin, Boeuf Bourguignon, Spaghetti Bolognaise, Lasagne as well as roast dinners with all the trimmings. There was always rice, potatoes or pasta and at least two vegetables. Dessert might be Apple Charlotte, Cherry Pie, Rhubarb Crumble, Spotted Dick all served with custard.

Read the rest of the story on Robbie’s blog: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/2017/09/18/odd-jobs-and-characters-with-sally-cronin/

All the previous posts in the series can be found in this directory with links to my host’s blog https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/sallys-odd-jobs-and-characters/

Books by Robbie and Michael Cheadle

The latest review for Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Dough Bees Story and Cookbook.

This is a children’s story and activity book about food.

It contains two rhyming poems. The first and longest is mainly for the children. It is about Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet’s adventure to find the fruit drop fairies who have the magic sugar dust that can save the wilting flowers. The second is mainly for the parents reminding them that the moments spent with their children are wonderful and go by quickly.

These poems are illustrated with photographs of fondant artfully shaped like the characters in the poems.

The book ends with five recipes children can make with help from their parents: cheese bread, butter biscuits, jammy scones, rainbow cupcakes and banana bread.

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ

Connect to Robbie and Michael at their blog: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/

My thanks again to Robbie for hosting my series this week and I hope that you will enjoy the full story and also follow Robbie if you do not already do so.. She has wonderful food, poetry and articles on life.