Smorgasbord Saturday Meet and Greet – Bloggers Watering Hole.

Welcome to the Saturday morning post where bloggers who have recently followed the blog can introduce themselves.  Each week I will share a small selection of bloggers at random.

Basically this is a watering hole for bloggers across all the areas of interest. Watering holes are very useful for meeting like-minded people and also a way to grow a supportive and sharing community.

If you are NEW to smorgasbord it would be great if you could introduce yourself in the comments.. a brief intro and then a link to the post that you feel best represents your blogging style.

If you are a REGULAR visitor to the blog then please do leave a link to your latest post too, so that we can visit and share.

The idea is to encourage more readers to your posts and an opportunity for us to get to know you better.

The community that kindly supports me is always welcoming, and you will find a great deal of support and encouragement especially for new bloggers.

I look forward to finding out more about you.  Sally

Meet Julie from Travel Around the Globe.

Living with the travel bug for as far as I can remember, I have been fully living my dream since January 2017. With this blog, I want to share with you my adventures, highlight my favorite trips and make you discover less touristee places.

I want to be of help for people who want to experience a different way of travelling by showing all the places which have so much to offer but are less known.

I will also share with you the highlights of my trip, touristee or not and hope I can help and make you dream a bit…

Recent posts include:
Meeting with wild elephants in Kaudulla National Park
Golden Caves Temple in Dambulla
Exploring Jaffna a decade after the war

Here is a snippet from Julie’s latest post (and I found fascinating. I was a very small child in Sri Lanka and whilst I have some memories of that time, they are 60 years old. Sally)

Nuwara Eliya – Sri Lanka’s Little England  Posted by Julie Around The Globe on January 5, 2018

Nuwara Eliya region is famous for its cooler climate, its abundant tea plantations and its unique architecture. The city is worth spending a couple of days, relaxing, breathing the fresh air, drinking tea and, of course, doing some trekking to discover the amazing landscape the area has to offer.

Here is what to do in and around Nuwara Eliya:

Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka
Nuwara Eliya town

Called Little England, Nuwara Eliya was founded by Samuel Baker in the 19th century. Its name come from Sinhalese, it means city on the plain and city of light. Located in central Sri Lanka, at an altitude of 1 900 meters, the town will surprise you with its colonial architecture, so far from what Sri Lankan cities usually look like. The city center will remind you of where you are though… But as soon as you leave the town center, near Lake Gregory, surrounded by hills, you’ll see all the European-like houses. It’s like being transported in the Alps.

To read more of the post and explore her archives please head over and enjoy:

Meet Lori of Lori’s Story

I was born near Buffalo, New York into an incredible family. My mom is very wise and makes the best meatballs in the universe. My dad is word-smart and musical. He was the only kid in his class who knew how to spell “mosquito,” and he’s played trumpet on street corners and for British royalty. I probably inherited my dad’s love of words and music. At the age of three, I learned how to read, but my favorite activity was singing Nat King Cole songs to strangers in the supermarket. I once wrote a song about my parents, mentioning my mom’s meatballs in the chorus. I’ve lived in Buffalo, Vancouver, and Tucson … and over the years I’ve been married (twice), divorced (once), raised a family, recorded music, and had a career as a school psychologist. I just retired so that I could devote more time to the things I love.

Here is an extract from a recent post.

Was I Loco to Relocate?

The year that I decided to relocate (2003) was, for me, the Year of the Butterfly Effect. Looking back on that year, it was as if a tiny butterfly had landed squarely in the middle of my life (in the middle of a parking lot, actually) and triggered a life-altering sequence of events. I didn’t notice the butterfly at the time. Butterflies are like that. You don’t always see them, except out of the corner of your eye.

My butterfly was actually a tiny change in water temperature.

It was a frigid February morning in upstate New York, one of many I’d had to endure that winter. I was standing perfectly still on a sheet of thin ice in a parking lot, about to open my car door. The next thing I knew, I was lying flat on my back. My head had bounced a little as I landed. The ice under my boots must have started to melt just as I moved to open my car door. As I struggled to my feet, I heard myself declare, “That’s it, I’m moving.”

Head over and read more of the post:

Meet Paula Bardell-Hedley of Book Jotter.

My name is Paula Bardell-Hedley and I was born and bred on the coast of North Wales. I am a nature lover, theatre goer and an avid reader of books.

I was founding Director of my own company, which my partner and I ran successfully for 26 years, however, my true love has always been reading and writing. Indeed, after first leaving school, I worked for a year at my local library on one of Mrs Thatcher’s now infamous YOP schemes!

I had great fun as the English Culture Guide for (now Dotdash) from 1997-2001, quickly building up a lively and loyal band of readers from all corners of the globe. When the Company axed its entire Cultures’ network in September 2001, I became the English Culture, Poetry and finally Freelance Writing Correspondent/Editor for All Info-About – an online community created by ex Guides – until its sad demise in early 2008.

I have also dabbled as a columnist, critic, editor and content provider. My work has appeared in a variety of magazines, newspapers and digital publications ranging from Country-Side and Entomologist’s Gazette to Record Collector and Women’s Independent Press.

Here is an extract from Paula’s most recent post.

Book Review: Walking Wounded By Sheila Llewellyn

waling wounded

Daniel stared at the white-ish brain matter clinging to the haft and clogging up the eye of the needle. Can it really be as easy as that – to scrape out someone’s depression, their melancholy, their anxiety? To scrape out someone’s emotions?

So assured is Sheila Llewellyn’s writing, one would never guess Walking Wounded was her first novel. Her portrayal of the emotional devastation caused by armed conflict, and the often unintentional misery brought about by misguided attempts to repair the damage is staggeringly accomplished.

Set in Birmingham’s once highly influential Northfield Military Psychiatric Hospital, it is tempting to conclude we are entering Pat Barker terrain – a writer well known for focusing on themes of memory, trauma, survival and recovery. Like Barker, the author has an uncanny ability to evoke the appalling mental anguish induced by war, she is seemingly able to fathom the suppressed male subconscious, and many of her characters are based on historic figures – but there the similarities end.

Read the rest of the review:

I hope you have enjoyed meeting these bloggers and look forward to seeing your link to your most recent post in the comments.. whether you are a new visitor or a regular reader you are very welcome. Thanks Sally



Welcome to the Party – Meet and Greet some new bloggers

Delighted to welcome some new bloggers to the party this week and I have either shared their about page or a recent blog post.

meet and greetMeet Annika Perry – Writing has been a passion since childhood although it is only in the past year that I have seriously started to write fiction.

In Spring 2014 I won First Prize in the Writing Magazine Short Story Competition which was a joy. Furthermore,  I was short-listed for Inktears Short Story Competition in  2014.
The recognition of my writing ability outside of my family and friends was a huge boost to my self-confidence and as a result I started the mammoth undertaking of writing my first novel. I completed the manuscript early 2016 and am now in the process of editing the book before deciding which way to seek publication.

Here is one of Annika’s latest posts which follows a day at the British seaside.

Meet Nandini – I’m Nandini, from and living in Bangalore, India, for 21 years now. I’m very passionate about books and writing.

Here on the blog you will find posts on books, books and more books, be it on writing or reading them, and some of my personal opinions that I can’t help but impose on the world. I post on three days a week, generally – Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Monday Musings – My thoughts on anything and everything.
Vocab Wednesdays – ‘Cuz every good writer needs it. Anyone preparing for GRE too, I suppose.
Fictional Fridays – Fiction has always fascinated and inspired me. This is a collection of my writings, thoughts on other books and related content.

Here is one of Nandini’s Fictional Friday’s .. especially if you are A Lord of the Rings fan.

Wanda Luthman – has her Masters of Arts in both Mental Health Counseling and Guidance Counseling from Rollins College located in beautiful Winter Park, Florida. She worked at a local Community Mental Health Center for 10 years before transferring to the Public School System as a Guidance Counselor. She’s worked at a High School for the past 18 years. She has also been an Adjunct Professor at the local Community College and worked with teens who had lost a loved one through Hospice. She has always loved reading and writing and wrote many books and poems as a child growing up in Missouri.

Wanda is the author of three children’s books A Turtle’s Magical Adventure, The Lilac Princess and Little Birdie Grows Up.

Here is a recent author interview:

WordyPages – is the brainchild of word and book loving, Fran Whitaker. As someone with a passion for writing, motivating and sharing, Fran chose words as her newest venture. A venture she hopes will inspire thousands of people to unlock their creative minds.
Join us and find a new (or deeper) love for words.

Meet Patrisyam M. – I am a non- native speaker of English, currently living and working in Dubai (moving soon to Izmir, Turkey). I love books I reviewing them gives me so much pleasure. Sometimes I discuss particular topics from books I read. You might find my reviews too long. If I believe that a book deserves attention I do not have words limit. I read mostly non- fiction, historical fiction, crime fiction and classics. I do not mind other genres, but romance is definitely not for me. Occasionally, I will post my thoughts on politics and history.

One of my favorite book quotes is “I read a book one day and my whole life was changed” by Orhan Pamuk. I truly believe books have a power to change lives. I have read really good books that actually have changed me, my believes and perception of the world around me.

Here is a recent post with quotes from Charles Dickens:

518 Song of My People – This is the story of a town that has no identity. It’s one unspoken treasure is a diverse array of people, who bring with them their memories and cultures. They bring with them their culture, although this city doesn’t have its own. They come to this place seeking more than what the world has given and in this city they’re given a chance to grow. They want more than to squirm along, as if life is a meaningless fight for survival. The world tries to make them into something else; this place accepts them for who they are, because this place is essentially nothing. We all want to belong. This is a place of refuge for people who have nowhere else to go.

Here is a post on one of the inhabitants of the town that has no identity.

On Chingum you will find some travel posts and some great images. Having had a run in with Portuguese Men of War as a child.. I was drawn to this post..

Michele Vecchitto – is a wife, mother, and middle school teacher. She has written a blog for two e-commerce sites, as well as completing works of poetry, and novels. She continues to hone her craft simply to breathe life into the stories living in the corners of her mind. When she’s not lost in her writing, Michele can be found indulging in the cuisine of her chef/husband, Mark, or delighting in the antics of their three crazy dogs and Ninja cat.
Here is an example of Michele’s poetry.

I hope that you will head over and read some of these posts and introduce yourselves to these talented bloggers.. Enjoy the weekend.. thanks Sally