Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up… Music, Poetry, Book Promotions, Health and Humour

Welcome to the weekly round up with the posts from the week that you might have missed.

We had a glorious run of good weather for about 6 days that came to a halt on Thursday with some rain (good for ducks and the garden). We managed to get lots done in the jungle and we now have much more light in the back of the house which is fantastic.

This next week I will be around but I have two books to finish and so have loaded the posts up in advance and will be in later in the day to check on them and to also visit the blogs that I follow. There is a slight change to the line-up with the Blogger Daily on hold until 22nd May.

I would like to remind you that there are two new ways you can get involved with the blog and promote your own posts or your books at the same time.

Cook from scratch

Darlene Foster provided a wonderful cake recipe this week and you will find the post below. It will show you what the finished post will look like and Darlene received 100 views so far  and so it is also a great way to promote your work.

I am looking for a recipe that uses mainly fresh ingredients and you cook from scratch. It can be an old family recipe or one you have used for years and is a favourite. If you have a picture of it that is great but I will find something to illustrate the post.  If we have not met before I will need your links to your work and social media and a photo of your would be good. If I have promoted your before I will have your links.  All I need is the recipe to

Smorgasbord Poetry

If you would like to share your poetry then please send with your links etc if we have not already been in touch to Perhaps one from your archives on your blog or a new one you would like to share here first.

Thank you for all the wonderful support this week and I hope you will pop in next week to see what I have prepared for you.

William Price King

On this coming Wednesday we begin a brand new series with the star being Mr. Stevie Wonder. This week I reblogged William Price King’s last interview in the Creative Artist series along with the links to all his previous posts for Jazz and classical artists. I hope you will pop in and check those out if you are new to the blog.

Writer in Residence – Paul Andruss

This week Paul revealed the story behind the poet William Blake.. An extraordinary man born before his time. Another fascinating look at the legends of the past.

The Colour of Life

Two more chapters from my father-in-law’s memoir The Colour of Life. This week his musical career and a fisherman’s tale.

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Promotions

I have a number of recommendations for you form proofreading to full book design and if you are just finishing writing your book you might like to take a look at some options to take through to publication.

Cafe and Bookstore Book Reading and Interview

This series features authors already in the Cafe and Bookstore and I am just about to send another phase of interviews out for June and July. If you are interested please let me know

Cafe and Bookstore Author update

New books, reviews or offers for authors in the bookstore. If you have news to share please send to me so that I can include in the Monday or Friday update.

Cafe and Bookstore New on the Shelves

If you are not in the bookstore then this is how you get your book or books on the shelves and please check out Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore in the menu to find out what I need.

Air Your Reviews

Book Marketing and Promotion

When you have written ‘The End’ and your story is over… what follows that in your book.. are you using it to promote your past work or what is coming next. With Ebooks you can link directly to your sales page. If readers have enjoyed this book they may be very willing to buy another.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

Smorgasbord Poetry

Smorgasbord Short Stories

Part one of my novella – The Sewing Circle from my collection Flights of Fancy. Parts two and three next week.


Let’s Walk a Marathon

Cook From Scratch

Top to Toe

Our skeleton is a complex, flexible scaffolding that keeps us upright and mobile. It needs a lot of nutritional support and care to enable it to last a lifetime. More on bone health next week.


Thank you for dropping in and if you are new to the blog you will find the details of FREE book and blog promotions in this link.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.. thanks Sally

A small change to the transmission schedule for the next ten days.

The Smorgasbord Blogger Daily that goes out Monday to Friday is on vacation until the 22nd of May as I am making a little more space on the calendar to finish a couple of my writing projects.

Everything else will be here including the new series from William Price King on the life and music of Stevie Wonder, The Cafe and Bookstore updates and book reading and of course the health, short stories, poetry and health.

Guests during the next week include a brand new post on William Blake at midnight tonight from Paul Andruss who uncovers the background to his subjects with meticulous care.

The guest on Saturday for the Book Reading at the Cafe is John W. Howell.. and next Wednesday the lovely Judith Barrow.

I also want to make a dent in my TBR which is currently groaning off in the corner of the office.

I will  be reblogging posts from time to time and if you have one in particular that you would like me to share then just email me on

I will be popping in regularly and look forward to seeing you here.. thanks Sally


Smorgasbord Blogger Daily 10th May 2017 – Paul Andruss, Olga Nunez Miret, Fiction is Food and Love Books Group

Smorgasbord Blogger DailyWelcome to today’s selection of blog posts that I would like to share with you. Please head over to the blogs concerned and read the entire articles.

Finn Mac Cool

First post today is for Paul Andruss who shares the remarkable find in 1900 of an ancient analogue computer from 250BC. We think of Romans and their Empire as being invaders who gave us straight roads and built villas with central heating.. but the mechanics involved in some of their everyday operations were not to be utilised in our time for another 2000 years. Paul shares the evidence of both the Greek and Roman ingenuity…fascinating stuff.

In 1900, off the coast of the Greek Isle of Antikythera, fishermen discovered a sunken wreck from Roman times lying 150 feet underwater. The recovery operation was ground breaking given the deep-sea diving equipment of the time. A modern underwater archaeologist described it as being like ‘drunks with coal scuttles on their heads, working in 5 minute shifts, in the dark.’

They salvaged some incredible finds, Alexandrian glassware, coins and classical statues. The most remarkable was a lump of bronze encrusted in rock and barnacles. It turned out to be a mechanical computer from 250 BC. Turning a handle worked a 37 gear system able to predict the positions of the sun, moon and planets, lunar phases and eclipses.

Read the rest of this remarkable post:

Time for one of Olga Nunez Miret’s renowned book reviews and this one she admits is special..Homesick for Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh

Today I bring you a book by a writer I’ve reviewed here before. And, well, it’s a bit special…
Homesick for Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh

The debut short story collection by the author of Eileen, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2016.

There’s something eerily unsettling about Ottessa Moshfegh’s stories, something almost dangerous while also being delightful – and often even weirdly hilarious. Her characters are all unsteady on their feet; all yearning for connection and betterment, in very different ways, but each of them seems destined to be tripped up by their own baser impulses. What makes these stories so moving is the emotional balance that Moshfegh achieves – the way she exposes the limitless range of self-deception that human beings can employ while, at the same time, infusing the grotesque and outrageous with tenderness and compassion. The flesh is weak; the timber is crooked; people are cruel to each other, and stupid, and hurtful, but beauty comes from strange sources, and the dark energy surging through these stories is oddly and powerfully invigorating.

Moshfegh has been compared to Flannery O’Connor, Jim Thompson, Shirley Jackson and Patricia Highsmith but her voice and her mastery of language and tone are unique. One of the most gifted and exciting young writers in America, she shows us uncomfortable things, and makes us look at them forensically – until we find, suddenly, that we are really looking at ourselves.

 Read the editorial reviews and also Olga’s review of this collection:

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Now an author spotlight by Gary Jefferies on the Fiction is Food Blog of  Lucy Brazier of PorterGirl fame.

Lucy Brazier is the author of PorterGirl: First Lady Of The Keys, a zany trip through mayhem and chaos as Old College suffers it’s first ever female Deputy Head Porter.

For those of you who have not encountered Lucy’s blog before, then I really think you might be missing out. Not only does it contain the blog version of PorterGirl and the goings on within Old College, but a wonderful saga in a post Brexit dystopia where England is now split into county realms and seedy goings on in “Who Shot Tony Blair?”

PorterGirl is a quirky trip into an elite educational bastion of medieval lore and clandestine tradition, hiding dark secrets and practices seemingly time locked around the fourteenth century.

Find out more about Lucy and also a preview of her new book coming out in June 2017:

Another book site that you will find interesting and useful to follow is Love Books Group Blog where you can meet authors.. find out about their books and read their Q&A. In this post we meet Carys Jones author of Last Witness.

The page-turning sequel to the best-selling psychological thriller Wrong Number. With her husband gone and his legacy in her hands, Amanda Thorne is hell-bent on revenge. Amanda Thorne is on a mission to avenge her husband. Restoring his honour and protecting his legacy will be dangerous, but she will not rest until all those who have hurt her loved-ones have been dealt with. Her only option is to go undercover in the murky world of the gang kingpin McAllister. So, with her loyal companion Shane by her side, she heads back to Scotland to finish what they started. McAllister’s world is one of seedy nightclubs, drug deals, and beautiful women, but he is a hard man to get close to. As Amanda gets deeper and deeper into his dangerous world, what secrets from the past will come back to haunt her, and will she be able to protect the last witness to the truth? A compelling, heart-stopping thriller which you won’t be able to put down. . .

Read the Q&A with Carys:

Thank you for dropping in today and I am sure you will enjoy these posts in full. thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – 8th May 2017 -Debby Gies, Cindy Knoke, John Fioravanti and Haddon Musings

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

Hope you all had a great weekend.. I have been in the garden helping with the tree clean up and getting some sunshine.. Never was the term Make Hay while the Sun Shines.. so appropriate.. rain is due back in from Wednesday.

Here is a small selection of blog posts you might enjoy as much as I did.

First is Debby Gies.. D.G. Kaye with her Sunday Book Review and this week it is for the Swamp Fairy by Colleen Chesebro..

The Swamp Fairy

Today’s book review is on Colleen Chesebro’s, The Swamp Fairy, Book 1 of The Heart Stone Chronicles. Although this book is in the genre of YA/Fantasy, I found it an enjoyable read for all ages because of the compassionate storyline that I feel anyone with heart will enjoy.

Find out what Debby has to say about the book:

I normally reblog Cindy Knoke’s photography as in my opinion there are few photographers who capture nature, an ancient Italian town, a coastal village in such a magnificent way. The fact that hundreds of people view Cindy’s post is a testament to her artistry.. So today I am going to share the link to her latest post showcasing the canals of Venice but also Cindy’s about page.

I retired early after 27 years as a psychotherapist/mental health director and moved to the outer limits of no-wheres-ville to a home I call “The Holler.”

My closest neighbors are coyotes (packs and packs of them and they are HUNGRY), rattlers (lots and lots of them and they are MEAN), and free range cows/bulls (the bulls aren’t too friendly either!)

Forget cell phones. They don’t work out here. Forget GPS, it misdirects.

It’s best not to wander too much out here, the people (and their dogs) are kinda twitchy.
To reach The Holler turn right at the reeking chicken farm, down a bunch of pot-holed semi-streets/dirt roads, past the abandoned refrigerators and occupied old RV’s and then things get kinda dicey.

My friends usual reaction to the trip to The Holler is, “you’ve got to be kidding!” Or, “Next time let’s meet half way.”

This is our little bit of heavenly Appalachia right here in rural California.

I like to write and if something strikes my fancy, usually something odd or unusual, you will learn about it here. And thankfully, at The Holler, almost everyday is odd and unusual. So “Holler Happenings” including photos of flowers, birds, and wild animal interactions, are included too.

I travel three-four months a year so you will find my photos and honest reviews of locales, attractions and accommodations from all over the world. The good, bad and the ugly.

So put your feet up and let’s devote our attention to the best things in life, our leisurely pursuits!

Find the links to Cindy’s online platforms:

And while you are there check out the majesty of Venice.

John Fioravanti reminds us that yesterday was officially the anniversary of VE day .. Victory in Europe on May 7th 1945. The following day the world received the news. I remember my mother telling me about the church bells ringing that the villagers gathering in the square. My father was serving in the Far East and then went to Ceylon (Sri Lanka) where his job was to repair the destroyers that had been fighting the Japanese Navy so that they could return to the UK.. He only got back to my mother in 1946.  When we think of war it is usually to pay tribute to the fallen, but for millions VE day brought a huge relief that those they loved would be coming home at last.

John’s series Believe it or Not  looks at the events on May 8th across the last few decades.

1945 – Canadian troops move into Amsterdam on VE-Day. (Victory in Europe Day – Canadian troops move into Amsterdam on VE-Day, as the unconditional surrender of Germany, signed at Rheims on May 7, is ratified at Berlin; World War II ends in Europe with the unconditional surrender of German land, sea and air forces.)

* 1945 V-E Day is celebrated in America and Britain. (On this day in 1945, both Great Britain and the United States celebrate Victory in Europe Day. Cities in both nations, as well as formerly occupied cities in Western Europe, put out flags and banners, rejoicing in the defeat of the Nazi war machine. The eighth of May spelled the day when German troops throughout Europe finally laid down their arms: In Prague, Germans surrendered to their Soviet antagonists, after the latter had lost more than 8,000 soldiers, and the Germans considerably more; in Copenhagen and Oslo; at Karlshorst, near Berlin; in northern Latvia; on the Channel Island of Sark–the German surrender was realized in a final cease-fire. More surrender documents were signed in Berlin and in eastern Germany. The main concern of many German soldiers was to elude the grasp of Soviet forces, to keep from being taken prisoner. About 1 million Germans attempted a mass exodus to the West when the fighting in Czechoslovakia ended but were stopped by the Russians and taken captive. The Russians took approximately 2 million prisoners in the period just before and after the German surrender. Meanwhile, more than 13,000 British POWs were released and sent back to Great Britain. Pockets of German-Soviet confrontation would continue into the next day. On May 9, the Soviets would lose 600 more soldiers in Silesia before the Germans finally surrendered. Consequently, V-E Day was not celebrated until the ninth in Moscow, with a radio broadcast salute from Stalin himself: “The age-long struggle of the Slav nations…has ended in victory. Your courage has defeated the Nazis. The war is over.”)

Find out more about what happened on May 8th in history..:

It is Mother’s Day in the United States on the 14th of May and a time when families come together to celebrate. Bernadette of Haddon Musings has collected some quotes of the famous on their mothers.. It makes for interesting reading..


Mother’s Day will be celebrated on May 14th in the United States. I started to think about what some famous people had to say about their mothers. Here are a few quotes:

“My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.” – George Washington

“The doctors told me I would never walk again. My mother told me I would. I believed my mother.” – Wilma Rudolph

“My mother was the making of me. She was so true, so sure of me; and I felt I had something to live for, someone I must not disappoint.” – Thomas Alva Edison

“When my mother took her turn to sit in a gown at her graduation, she thought she only had two career options; nursing and teaching. She raised me and my sister to believe that we could do anything, and we believed her.” — Sheryl Sandberg

Read more of the quotes:

Thank you for dropping by this evening.. thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Evolution, Rebellion and The Colour of Life

It is a wonderfully sunny day and I have enjoyed the morning in the sun.. but before I head off to help with clearing more trees… it is time for a round up of the guests and posts this week.

I have said many times before that this blog is a collaborative effort and every time you visit and like, comment and share you are contributing. Please do not be shy and it would be great if you would put the link to your latest post in the comments section. I do have the blogger daily Monday to Friday and I am addicted to the reblog button so I will share one way or another. But, it also introduces you to the other readers who have popped in.

I like to think of this blog as the water cooler at the office and I like nothing more when I see a conversation striking up between two people who have never met before.

I have a pile of pine branches to strip so that they can go through the without further ado.

My thanks to William Price King and Paul Andruss for their outstanding contributions…they provide such wonderful posts and I am so grateful for their continued support.

William Price King Meets some Legends

Although Dame Shirley Bassey has performed some sell out concerts and been featured in television specials in the last 17 years she is semi-retired so we chose to leave her career at the point where she received her honour.

This coming week we take a small break but there will be a recap post on the series so far including jazz, classical and contemporary with some of the stand out performances. The following week we will begin the new series on the iconic musician and singer.. Mr. Stevie Wonder.

Writer in Residence Extra with Paul Andruss

This week I featured one of a series of posts on the evolution of mankind from Paul’s archives on his own blog. I am sure you will enjoy as much as I did, especially our close bond with rats.

The Colour of Life by Geoff Cronin

Two more chapters from my father-in-laws memoirs and this week some canny business sense at the mobile cinema and the market place.

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore

Book Reading and Interview

Author Update

New on the Shelves

Air Your Reviews


Let’s Walk A Marathon

New series of Cook from Scratch.. guest cooks wanted.

Nutrients in the news

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

Personal stuff

Hugh Roberts honoured me by making What’s in a Name his book of the month.. A lovely gesture and one that is much appreciated.


As I delve back into my archive of poems written from my teens onwards it amuses me to see what emotional turmoil I put myself through… and others.

This poem was written when I was sixteen following a trip to the West Country with my sister Diana.. as you can see I was the cat.. and I was away!

Rebellion in Frome by Sally Cronin

My mother said no, that while I was home
That my ears should stay pristine
But away from her, in far distant Frome
I laughed at being sixteen

Read the rest:


Thank you again for dropping in and look forward to seeing you again in the next week… thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – 4th May 2017 – Blogger’s Bash, Lisa Burton Radio, Cooking at Zero Degrees and Susan Toy.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

For the few of you who are not aware of the #BloggersBash which is taking place this year on June 10th…. there is an opportunity to vote for your favourite blog in one of several categories. Do you have a blogging pal that you can imagine spending time face to face with.. is there one who makes you laugh, informs you or who inspires you.. head over to Sasha Black and follow the links to make a blogger’s day.. …

Howdy folks, if you haven’t already, then you need to get your nominations in for the Annual Bloggers Bash Awards. There’s only 4 days left to nominate. Nominations close on the 8th May at midnight because voting opens on the 18th.

For those that don’t know, the Annual Bloggers Bash is an annual get together for all bloggers from all platforms from all countries. As part of the get together we host a set of awards, nominated and voted for by you the bloggers and readers.

To nominate, go here, and fill out all the relevant information:

Time for the Lisa Burton radio show via the blog of author C.S. Boyack… Lisa is quite the character herself and she loves nothing more than bringing out the best in characters from other books… this week it is Finn and his friend Cain from the book Sarah by Teri Polen.

Coming at you with one, point twenty-one jigawatts of power, all across the known galaxy and into the spiritual realms, this is Lisa Burton Radio, the only show out there that interviews the characters from the books you love. I’m your host, Lisa the robot girl, and with me today is Finn McLachlan. He and his friend Cain have been observing some pretty unusual situations lately. “Welcome to the show, Finn.”

Discover more about Finn and the other characters and plot of Sarah by Teri Polen:

I won’t go into the day I have had because it is churlish to moan about one day that is less than stellar.. but as soon as I saw this post I knew I had found the antidote…..homemade biscuits as part of a balanced diet is a much better approach than buying the packet on offer that has been chemically enhanced!   Anyway here are some treacle spiced biscuits courtesy of Cooking at zero degrees? That’s because it is where we live; Greenwich, London.

Oh, window cleaners arriving first thing tomorrow and there are no biscuits in the house to go with their pots of tea. The nearest shop is closed, so it’s a rummage through the cupboard to see what can be baked. It is these: quickly put together, moulded, cooled in the fridge and then baked for about 10-15 minutes. A biscuit with a cinnamon and mixed spice flavour. I know they go well with tea – there were none left after the window cleaners finished their last cup. Makes about 12 thick biscuits, or 18 thinner ones.

Get the rest of the recipe and start jumping:

Finally.. you are aware that I am very keen to encourage readers of books to review them and Susan Toy has put out a request for book reviewers for the 150 of the authors who have feen featured in her Reading Recommendations.. (including me)..

I’m hoping that readers of this blog will take my request seriously and consider reading to write reviews for the more than 150 Authors I’ve promoted on my blog, Reading Recommendations. I posted to that blog today and addressed all the authors there, Reading Recommendations … Spring Cleaning, telling them I’ve cleaned up the lists a bit. I immediately received messages from several of those authors, offering me reciprocal promotion for my own writing, and one also requesting titles he could review.

So I thought I would open this up to everyone, readers included – those who don’t happen to also be authors themselves. I ask that you look through the lists on that blog and consider writing a review of books you may have already read, or let me know if you have written a favourable review of any that I may then repost on the reading recommendations reviewed blog. Or, if you discover an author you’d like to interview or review, let me know and I will help you contact them.

Read the rest of the post and offer your services.. having read many of the reviews of those who follow this blog.. I know that you write interesting, constructive and well written reviews… why not help Susan out:

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – 3rd May 2017 – Linda Bethea, Patricia Salamone, Adventures of a lost Teen and K.M.Alexander

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

Another sunny day here although a little more breezy than yesterday. Been out in the garden helping with the growing wood pile.. surrounded by robins and blackbirds looking for an insects that might be falling by the wayside.. they get quite close even with the mulcher noise… babies to feed. I have a feeder at the back of the house and soaked sultanas (tesco cheapest) but once rehydrated they go down a treat.. Very entertaining watching them first thing dancing by the dish as if to entice the sultana god to send new supplies.. works everytime..

I have not neglected my rounds of blogs today and hope you enjoy the few that I am passing onto you..

There are a number of serial stories on the go at the moment and I wanted to mention a couple of them because they make for great reading.. even if you cannot pop in everyday you can catch up with two or three at a time that you have missed. The first is a family saga and drama from Linda Bethea.. Charley’s Tale which began with the birth of a daughter who was not entirely as expected. This resulted in a difficult time for the family, especially Ellen her mother who has led quite a sheltered and pampered life.. Here is the start of part thirteen and you will gather things are not going well for Ellen.. I hope you will head over and catch up with all the episodes prior to this.

Note.. Linda has just released her latest book.. Just Women Getting By and I will be featuring that in the Cafe and Bookstore Update on Friday.

Charley’s Tale Part 13

When Ellen continued to scream obscenities and threats despite her restraints, Matron came with attendants who held her while Matron injected her into silence. Ellen had no way of knowing, but it was more than thirty-six hours before she woke on a locked ward with numerous other patients. She was vaguely aware of a giggling presence patting her face. She slapped, eliciting a high-pitched squeal.

“Awake and making trouble already, are you? This will calm you down.” A bitter elixir was forced into her mouth. When she spewed it out, a resounding slap rung her left ear. “You’ll do as you’re told here, Miss, or pay the price.” She couldn’t see through her fog, but another injection soon stung.

Read the rest of this episode but follow the links to go to the beginning:

Now it is time for another serial story.. The Hayes Sisters by Patricia Salamone is now on the fourth chapter and the two young at heart sisters are determined to find out how their friend was murdered.. Clara is not shy in coming forward as they say and is not above taking in a new house guest to find out more information.. follow the links to the first chapters.


“Lena, listen when Gloria comes back to take our order, just follow my lead. And, for goodness sake don’t get that wide-eyed look on your face. I have an idea and it just might work”.

“What idea”?

“She’s coming over, just follow my lead. I will tell you later, okay”? Gloria was at their table.

“Ready to order ladies”?

“Yes, I’ll have a Cobb Salad and a small bowl of that delicious Corn Chowder, thank you”. Clara replied.

Catch up with this episode and the rest of the story so far:

I know that many of us in this online community are of a certain age.. (look 40 in the mirror when we take our glasses off) but there are some talented young bloggers who also find this crazy world of ours rewarding and sometimes life changing.  Here is a post from a teenager who has been blogging for two years.  Meet Em of Adventures of a Lost Teen.

Last night before drifting off to sleep, I had the wonderful realisation of just how much blogging has become an essential part of my life. I’ve been blogging for over two years now, and it’s hard to imagine a time before I started blogging and before I met all you wonderful people. But, there was a time when I didn’t even know what a blog was – nor that such an amazing community of young bloggers existed. Before blogging, I was a very shy and reserved person and often didn’t talk to anyone about my feelings, and although I wasn’t particularly sad way back then when I was like 14/15??? (I can’t even remember haha), I have defnitely noticed changes in myself and aprreciate how much blogging has helped me to cope with sadder times in my life since then and has helped me to celebrate all the happy times too.

Read the rest of this reminder of how blogging impacts us whatever our age:

And now time to go back in time for a look a the era of the riverboats that conveyed people and cargo along the major rivers dissecting the United States.  A fascinating look at the origins of the term ‘roustabout’ from author K.M. Alexander’s blog.

These days, when someone uses the term, “roustabout,” they’re most likely referring to the workers on an oil rig. However, historically, the term was synonymous with unskilled laborers, and it was commonly used for those who worked onboard riverboats as deckhands. If the boilers were the heart of the boat, then the rousters were its lifeblood.

The crew of riverboats fell into three classes: officers, cabin crew, and deck crew. Officers included the pilot, clerk, and engineers. The cabin crew served as stewards, cooks, and chamber maids on the Boiler Deck and tended to work directly with passengers. The deck crew worked on the Main Deck and comprised the largest section of the boat’s crew. They performed broad-based, non-specific skills; they handled loading and unloading of freight, worked pumps and capstans, and joined in wooding (Loading fuel for the hungry boilers). Depending on the size of a packet, a crew could range from four or five or swell to an enormous size of one hundred twenty-one, like the crew found on the Eclipse.

See the photographs and read the rest of this fascinating post:

Thank you for dropping in and if you would like to share your latest post then please leave the link in the comments section. Thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – 1st May 2017 – Annette Rochelle Aben, Blueberry Lovin’ from Berlin, Escape A Lifetime and Leigh Reagan.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

Can you believe that it is May already!  Here is a small selection of posts that you might enjoy from the last couple of day. We start with an invitation from poet and author Annette Rochelle Aben.

May I personally invite you to the, hot off the presses, May 2017 Edition of The Magic Happens

We’ve got so many words, there are plenty to enjoy now, enjoy later and even share with friends. In fact, at the top of each article, there are social media sharing buttons. How nice of you to spread the words….

Of course, my words fall under these titles

Read the rest of the post:

As you know avocados are on my list of foods to be included weekly and in this German/English post you will find some wonderful options for making open toast sandwiches with avocados the star. Blueberry Lovin’ from Berlin.

Avocado has been one of my favorite ingredients for several years now. Still, she is one of the ultimate super fruits. Why is that? On the one hand, avocados are super healthy, with all that important vitamins, minerals and unsaturated fatty acids. Another reason might also be the fact that avocados are incredibly versatile. Would you have thought that botanically speaking avocados are fruits and not vegetables? Well, eventually, this doesn’t really matter, because they taste both in a hearty and and in a sweet combination.

Read the rest of the post – scroll down for the English version if you German is as rusty as min:

Are you planning a trip to Washington and want to keep to a budget.. Then you might find this post useful written by Cindy of Escape a Lifetime Blog.  Museums, monuments, The Cherry Blossom festival, Arlington.. and plenty more.

Washington D.C. on a budget? You can forget about that. However, there might be a way to keep your expenses as low as possible: all things Smithsonian. The Smithsonian museums are all free and most of them are located on both sides of the National Mall. Pretty easy, isn’t it? My 3 favorites are the National Museum of American History, the National Museum of Natural History and the National Air and Space museum. You can easily spend a day in each of those three.

Read more about the things to do (or not to do) in Washington D.C.

Now time for a book review from Leigh Reagan for The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard which is a #1 New York Times Bestseller. I read mostly indie authors now for both work and leisure but I do still hit the bookstore and buy books off the shelf. At the moment I am on a mission to encourage readers to review the books they have read.. but when you see that an author has nearly 2000 reviews do you think perhaps they don’t need yours?  Well they do and Leigh Reagan has done a great review for Victoria Aveyard. Incidentally you can enjoy Leigh’s own writing on her blog.

In The Red Queen, Mare Barrow is the quintessential bad-*** capable of taking out both Katniss Everdeen and Tris Prior without breaking a sweat.

This was a book set in an incredibly messed up world that was filled with surprises around every corner. One of the biggest surprises to me was the fact that I actually liked this book! Now, don’t get me wrong, I loved the other two hit dystopian works mentioned above. Luckily I got involved in those series before I was “dystopianed” out. The Red Queen took this somewhat played out genre and breathed some life back into it, making it a subject that I ended up really enjoying.

The book takes place in the future of the world we know today. The Silver Blooded people group that exhibit god like abilities rules this government. These men and women are simply called Silvers and all have some variation of a gift or special skill. Some are extraordinarily powerful and can do things like control other peoples’ minds, summon fire, or heal the sick and injured. In this world, it is the Silvers who rule over their non-Silver counterparts, known as the Reds, who bleed the same as you or I.

Read the rest of the excellent review:

 Thank you for dropping by today and enjoy the rest of the week. Thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Round Up – Divas, dastardly devils, and dedicated wordsmiths

Welcome to the week’s update of posts that you might have missed. As always I am very grateful for the time that you spend here, your comments and support in general. Whilst I have been known to talk to myself… I do prefer to converse with you.. please do even just say ‘Hi’ in the comments.. it is appreciated.

Our garden looks like a lumber yard with seven trees despatched into logs and kindling. they were not trees that provided nesting sites for any of our lovely wild birds and many were on their last legs. Three more have to go however; but they are more of a challenge.. they are 60 foot tall and were planted within two feet of the wall.. Their roots have damaged both the wall and the pavement as well as encroached into the road and so need to come out. Sad in some ways but they cannot be allowed to do more damage.

David is doing the tree climbing and chopping – taught by his father Geoff who if you have been reading The Colour of will know worked as a lumberjack when a young man. I do help occasionally with stripping branches to be put through the mulcher.. Music required and I have written a couple of short stories when working as pretty mind numbing.

I am really pleased that so many are participating in the marathon challenge.. (more later in the post) Several people are now knitting together their exercise programmes so that they can celebrate when they have completed 26 miles or the equivalent. I am half way thorugh my second marathon and hope to shave 30 minutes off my last one…

It is the #BloggersBash 2017 in London on June 10th that several of you are attending.. If you live in the UK and have not got your tickets yet then you need to get a twerk on… they are going fast.  You can buy them through Sacha Black’ site. Only £10 for the ticket.. and the fun of finally putting faces to the names that you know so well..

On with the posts from the week… thanks again for dropping in…. Sally

William Price King meets some legends.

Shirley Bassey did not have a great time during the 1960s and spent time in tax exile in Italy. However, the 1970s saw her career back on the fast track and it was a wonderful decade for her.

Writer in residence extra – Paul Andruss – Venus in Furs

Finn Mac Cool

Another brilliant post from Paul’s archives that looks at the origins of the words we commonly use today ‘sadism’ and ‘masochism. Unlike the way it is portrayed (badly) in books and movies such as 50 Shades of Grey, it has a dark and sinister background that Paul uncovers in this informative article.

The Colour of Life – The Memoir of Geoff Cronin

Author Promotion – Book Reading at the Cafe.

Cafe and Bookstore – New Author on the shelves

Cafe and Bookstore Update

Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Air Your Reviews

Personal Stuff

Weekly Image and thoughts…

Smorgasbord Poetry

I am working my way through my poems that were written in my teens onwards and left to languish in a drawer.. this was written in 1998 following my first visit to my grandfather’s grave in Northern France where he died on November 2nd 1918. Just days before peace and having served since 1914 and been wounded three times.

Time for some laffs..

Afternoon video

Three videos for the price of one.. cat being a jerk, cat doing the washing up and a bulldog on a motorbike.

Blogger Promotion – Some outstanding blog posts from the week.

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

Health: Let’s Walk a Marathon.

This is not about completing 26 miles in one go.. It is however a target that is meaningful. I was walking regularly but felt that apart from measuring the time and distance it was not leading anywhere. I know I felt better for it but I wanted to challenge myself more. I have no ligaments in my right knee so walking briskly is the most I can hope for. To make it more interesting I decided to use my new treadmill to walk a marathon. My first one took 10 hours over 14 days. I am now half way through my second marathon and have shaved a little time off.

In the weekly posts I am not just talking about walking but also the other areas of fitness that will help you achieve your own marathons.. including how to get more oxygen into your system with breathing exercises and the right fuel.

Coming up tomorrow.. how to burn fat more efficiently and some equivalents in terms of other exercises so that you can still complete a marathon if you swim, go to dance classes or zumba.

The posts so far.

Smorgasbord Health

Smorgasbord Health 2017

Important new research into the link between Vitamin D deficiency and austism.

Thank you for all your support this week and don’t forget that you are always welcome to promote your book, blog or other creative work here.


Smorgasbord Blogger Daily 28th April 2017 – Sue Vincent, Jessica Norrie, Russell Ray, Teri Polen with Darlene Foster… and some funnies


Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

Welcome to the small selection of posts that caught my eye today.. First up is one that Sue Vincent shared a link to

As someone who regularly talked to Sam my collie, especially when my husband was a couple of thousands of miles away in our home in Madrid for weeks at a time, I loved this post. Sam got talked at from 8 weeks old and I know that he could anticipate by the time he got to two.. a brilliant experience… This article is by Elise Moreau writing for Learning From Dogs Blog.

If you’ve ever owned a pet, you’ve probably talked to it at one point or another. And even though you may have been fully aware that your pet couldn’t talk back or even really comprehend what you were saying, you still did it anyway.

Why do we do this? Why do we talk to our pets like human friends when we know their little minds just aren’t built to think or feel the same way we do?

When we talk to our pets, we subconsciously create a human-like bond in our own minds with non-human creatures. We’re built for connection — and we feel more connected to things when we recognize that they’re just like us.

Talking to animals (and even to inanimate objects, such as house plants) is called anthropomorphism. We usually call it “cute” when kids do it, but when adults do it, we tend to view it as a little weird and immature.

According to behavioral science professor at the University of Chicago and anthropomorphism expert Nicholas Epley, talking to animals and objects is actually a sign of intelligent social cognition. Humans are very social creatures, so our brains are wired to see faces and perceive minds everywhere.

Read the rest of this informative post:

Jessica Norrie

When was the last time that you read words in a book or a poem and had to re-read them because they were so beautiful. Jessica Norrie shares some of the words she has recently seen and admired in the Edna O’Brien novel The Little Red Chairs.. In further praise of Irish authors, Jessica looks at the power of the wording of book titles.

In praise of beautiful writing

Such an obvious thing and so easy to overlook: stories and books are composed of words so it’s the words that matter most. In these days of unreliable heroines, bodies eviscerated in infinitely revolting ways, and rush-to-the-finish plots, what a refreshing pleasure it is to be greeted by an author who won’t let you pass on by without stopping to admire her words. And having paused, you find yourself re-reading and reciting them to benefit fully from the careful cadences.

Read the post and share words that you found beautiful with Jessica – I have added mine:

Time now for some stunning nature photography from Russell Ray who lives in California. We had lots of dragonflies in Spain and in the early evening when I would have my last swim of the day they would swoop across the surface of the water along with the swallows and they would miss me by inches… Russell captures them in all their translucent glory.

Head over and see the stunning photographs and also browse through Russell’s archives:

Teri Polen interviews children’s author Darlene Foster on her blog today. Darlene’s books follow the adventures of teenager Amanda as she travels around Canada and Europe. If you follow Darlene on her blog you will discover that she does in depth research into her locations and so far as denied my requests to carry her suitcase!

Darlene Foster

We’re changing it up today on Indie Author Friday. Darlene Foster is sharing her exciting collection of children’s travel adventure books. Join Amanda as she journeys around the world and experiences new cultures and a few mysteries.

What do you wish you’d known before you were published?

I wish I had known that although it is possible to get published, it can take a long time. I think if I had known how long it would take, I would have started the process sooner. I got into the writing game a bit late. However, I believe it is never too late to start writing!

Read the rest of the interview and find out more about Amanda:

As it is Friday and time for the weekend to get started here are a few funnies to help get you in the mood.

Who Me!!!!

Have a very good weekend.  Sally.