Welcome to the round up of posts that you might have missed this week on Smorgasbord.
I hope you are staying safe wherever you are. Hurricanes, Covid, Civil Unrest and Political upheavals have been the focus of the headlines this week and in the global scope of events, the celebration of our 40th Wedding Anniversary tomorrow pales into insignificance.
However, for us it is an important milestone, and despite best laid plans of a wonderful villa and pool in Malta with my two sisters, and a weekend away when that was cancelled, we are going to celebrate in style at home with just the two of us. Which is okay, in fact more than okay.
On our trip to Ireland to meet David’s Family November 1st 1980
A few days before the wedding
Our whirlwind romance
- September 16th 1980 David arrived as a guest at the hotel I was assistant manager of in Mid-Wales. I did arrange some meeting rooms for him but other than that he was Mr. Cronin until the night of his departure 27th September when he booked himself in for an extra night and asked if I would like to go out to lunch the next day.
- On September 28th he took me out on my day off and we walked on Harlech Beach and then ate Chinese takeaway on the floor of my small living room as I didn’t have a table.
- The next day September 29th he was returning to Liverpool and he arrived at my flat at 9.00 to say goodbye, or so I thought, but he proposed instead.
- On October the 2nd when the hotel shut for the season David came back down from Liverpool and drove me to Portsmouth so he could meet my parents.
- On October 5th we moved into a holiday flat in Dolgellau.
- November 1st we caught the ferry from Liverpool to Dublin to meet his family with gale force winds and 12 metre waves.
- On November 15th we married in Dolgellau registry office with both sets of parents and my best friend Joan Nicholson. With pouring rain and gale force winds.
Here are some of the surviving photographs from the day, most taken by my father-in-law Geoff Cronin which is why he is not in them…
These new fangled cameras…..
The weather here is gale force winds and driving rain, as it was forty years ago which is fitting!. As both our parents and my friend Joan have passed away, it is up to us to celebrate what was an amazing day, just the two of us which is perfect. We have already made a start with cards and roses, and the fridge is stocked, a couple of bottles of Champagne are chilling, and we have created a menu of all our favourite foods, many from the places we have lived and worked around the world.
We are very lucky.
Anyway.. on with the posts from the week and as always a huge thank you to William Price King, D.G. Kaye, Carol Taylor, Silvia Todesco and Robbie Cheadle for their amazing contributions this week.
Next week the Christmas Book Fairs begin for both the main Cafe and Bookstore and the Children’s Cafe. I will be including every author on the shelves so I need to get started to make sure I feature everyone. I hope it will give you some ideas for gifts for all the family.
William Price King with Grammy Award winning jazz pianist Brad Mehldau
November 2020 – People Pleasers. Do you know one? Are you one?
‘V’ for Vacherin, Vanilla, Veal, Vegetable Spaghetti and Vichyssoise
#Italian Cookery with Silvia Todesco – Beef, ham, and lava cheese roll (involtini)
Houston – January 1986 – Birthdays and Plans
Guest Writer – Robbie Cheadle – Inca child sacrifices and the origin of my short story
Milestones Along the Way – #Ireland #Waterford 1950s – Achill Island and Keem Bay Shark by Geoff Cronin
David – In Remembrance by Sally Cronin
Posts from my Archives – Guest Interviews – Open House 2018 with Author Joy Lennick
#Murder #Mystery – Secrets of the Galapagos by Sharon Marchisello
Past Book Reviews 2019 – #Shortstories More Glimpses by Hugh W. Roberts
Past Book Reviews – 2019 – Understanding: An Anthology of True and Significant Life Events-compiled by Stevie Turner
Past Book Reviews -2018 – Devil in the Wind: Voices from the 2009 Black Saturday Bushfires by Frank Prem
Share your Children’s book reviews – Jemima Pett reviews Casey Grimes: The Mostly Invisible Boy by AJ Vanderhorst
#Release #Bears Sue Wickstead, #Reviews #Horses Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
New Author on the Shelves – #Contemporary – Sweet Erin by Sian Turner
-New Book – #Meditation Sue Vincent, Reviews – #Poetry Balroop Singh, #Suspense Stevie Turner
#Reviews – #Crime Sue Coletta, #Pilgrims Noelle Granger, #Collie Sally Cronin
#Fantasy Fiona Tarr, New Books #Design Valentina Cirasola, #Shortstories Leon Stevens
#Frankincense – Immune, reproductive systems, Anti-aging, Antiseptic
November 10th 2020 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Shopping wear and Butlers
November 12th 2020 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Plastic bags and one liners
November 13th 2020 – Another Open Mic Night with author Daniel Kemp
Thank you so much for dropping by and I hope you have an amazing weekend… I know we will.. thanks Sally.