Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #PotLuck – UK2018 – Three parks and Sherlock Holmes house by Robbie Cheadle


Welcome to the series of Posts from Your Archives, where bloggers put their trust in me. In this series, I dive into a blogger’s archives and select four posts to share here to my audience.

If you would like to know how it works here is the original post: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/04/28/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-newseries-pot-luck-and-do-you-trust-me/

Today we have another post from Robbie Cheadle who has two blogs that I can select from. This week I have chosen a post from Robbie’s Inspiration  which shares the trip that Robbie and her husband made to the UK in 2018 and some site seeing in London.

UK2018 – Three parks and Sherlock Holmes house by Robbie Cheadle

Mr Fox and I have been visiting London. On our own! Not my first choice actually, I miss my boys a great deal but they restarted school yesterday and it is an important term with examinations for both of them so it wasn’t practical to bring them with us.

The one nice thing is that you can log onto Wifi just about everywhere in London so I could text them all day long. Greg also called me [a few times] about very important things like whether he really had to go to his music lesson on the first day of the new term [it is so tiring to go back to school after a month of holiday doing absolutely nothing] and where his blazer is [in his cupboard – big surprise that]. Anyhow, my mother assures me that they are all surviving [her and my dad, of course, the boys are fine] and I don’t need to fret.

Mr Fox is a traveler. He is thrilled to have this opportunity to tour on our own. He could make me suffer through every tourist attraction in London in just two days Together we could enjoy seeing just about the whole of London in two days.

On Sunday we stepped off the plane one hour late. We were delayed in Johannesburg due to sick children having to be taken off the flight and the family’s luggage laboriously hunted down and removed. This happened with two children from two entirely different families. I kid you not!

We got the Heathway Express to Paddington and made our way to our hotel. We couldn’t check in at 9.15am but we could leave our luggage there. Our first stop after setting out from the hotel in pursuit of the life of normal English people [I was given very strict instructions by my mom not to spend the whole two days looking at the houses of long dead authors but to see how the English live] was Norfolk Park. What a delightful place. I loved it.

We then took the tube to Baker Street and visited 221B Baker Street, the illustrious home of the fictitious Mr Holmes. I have not actually read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s books but Greg loves them so much I visited on his behalf. It was fascinating. In the books he has pictures of famous criminals on the walls. This was replicated with real criminals and the guide told us a few of their stories. Perfectly thrilling.

We then took an exhausting enchanting walk through Regent’s Park. It is very beautiful and I loved the flowers and took loads of photographs of just about every flower in the park [when in London behave like a tourist]. I even took a photograph of a vendor of doughnuts and he laughed at me when I said I was a tourist.

It was then time to take the tube back to Paddington and check into our hotel to freshen up so that I could be dragged taken to Saint James Park to see the pelicans, swans and other lovely birds that live there. It was a beautiful walk and I am glad we did it even if I had only slept 2 hours of the overnight flight and my feet were burning from running after Terence [he takes one step for every two of mine]. We did 18 000 of his steps which is about 30 000 steps for me.

Even the impervious Terence caved after this third park and we went to a lovely pub for a traditional English cider. I wanted a pub dinner but that was not to be as Terence had a fancy for Indian food [he would have let me have a pub dinner if I really wanted it but I knew he really fancied the Indian meal and I didn’t really mind].

London Day 1

The Indian restaurant was, thankfully, only about 20 steps from our hotel so I made it back without needing a piggy back and gratefully dived straight into my bed.

All in all, a fantastic day in London.

©Robbie Cheadle 2018

Glad the sun shone for Robbie and her husband’s day in London.. the parks at their best too.

A selection of books by Robbie Cheadle

One of the recent reviews for While the Bombs Fell

May 02, 2019 Jacquie rated it Five Stars

The story of life behind war zones.

Elsie is born in England during a tumultuous period in history- WWII. Her family must learn to live on rations, restricted power, blackout posters, and food stamps while still providing milk to the nearby village.

Elsie understands the threat of war. The fear of German bombers is a backdrop to an everyday life without extras, but the family still manages to enjoy simple pleasures such as summer swims, afternoon tea, and on special occasions small gifts and treats.

I found it fascinating to read the lives of those not directly involved in the war effort. The average citizens just trying to survive what must have been a frightening time. While Elsie is young, she still grasps the stress her parents are under to provide a safe, warm home for their family.

Standout lines:

Britain had been at war with Nazi Germany since 1 September 1939, and the little girl could not remember a time when the distribution of food, coal, and clothing had not been controlled. She listened for the sound of bomber planes and air raid sirens without even realising it and even possessed her own gas mask.

While the Bombs Fell- Robbie Cheadle & Elsie Hancy Eaton
The air raid shelter smelled damp and musty, and the dark felt as thick as velvet curtains before Father lit the paraffin lamp.

While the Bombs Fell- Robbie Cheadle & Elsie Hancy Eaton
This is an enlightening read about village life in wartorn times.

I give While the Bombs Fell 5 lovely Kisses!

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

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ

Read more reviews and follow Robbie on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15584446.Robbie_Cheadle

About Robbie Cheadle

Robbie, short for Roberta, is an author with five published children’s picture books in the Sir Chocolate books series for children aged 2 to 9 years old (co-authored with her son, Michael Cheadle), one published middle grade book in the Silly Willy series and one published preteen/young adult fictionalised biography about her mother’s life as a young girl growing up in an English town in Suffolk during World War II called While the Bombs Fell (co-authored with her mother, Elsie Hancy Eaton). All of Robbie’s children’s book are written under Robbie Cheadle and are published by TSL Publications. Robbie has recently branched into adult horror and supernatural writing and, in order to clearly differential her children’s books from her adult writing, these will be published under Roberta Eaton Cheadle. Robbie has two short stories in the horror/supernatural genre included in Dark Visions, a collection of 34 short stories by 27 different authors and edited by award winning author, Dan Alatorre. These short stories are published under Robbie Cheadle.

I have been drawn to the horror and supernatural genres of books all my life. At the age of ten years old I embarked on reading Stephen King’s books including The Shining and Salem’s Lot. These books scared me so much I had to put them aside by 6P.M. in the evening in order to get a good night’s sleep but they also fascinated me. I subsequently worked my way through all of Stephen King’s earlier books as well as those of Dean R. Koontz.

I have read a large number of classics, in particular, I enjoy Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Charles Dickens and the works of the Bronte sisters.

I am hugely interested in the history of the United Kingdom as well as the mythology and tales of the paranormal that are abundant on this intriguing European island.

Connect to Robbie Cheadle

Website/Blog Roberta Writes: https://robertawrites235681907.wordpress.com/
Blog: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/
Website: https://bakeandwrite.co.za/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SirChocolateBooks/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/bakeandwrite

Thanks to Robbie for allowing me to browse through her archives to select some posts to share with you..

Smorgasbord book Reviews – Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Dough Bees Story and Cookbook – Robbie and Michael Cheadle


This is my review for Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Dough Bees story and cookbook by Robbie and Michael Cheadle.

About the book

A greedy snail damages the flower fields and the fondant bees are in danger of starving. Join Sir Chocolate on an adventure to find the fruit drop fairies who have magic healing powers and discover how to make some of his favourite foods on the way.

My review for Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Dough Bees story and cookbook.

This book will be a delightful read for a child, and their adult companions for that matter. A brightly coloured cast of characters, with Sir Chocolate himself created from one of the most favourite treats of all time.  Ten year old Michael Cheadle came up with the idea of this charasmatic character and also his lovely Lady Sweet. Robbie not only creates these characters from fondant icing, but composes the story in verse that takes us on this current adventure.

From a conservation perspective it is wonderful to see a children’s story that gently introduces the subject of creatures who are at risk, and whilst the villain of this piece is a greedy snail, there are parallels with our own encroachment into nature. However, the colourful fondant snail with long fangs is monster enough for this fairy story.  The other characters include sweet pink and apricot sugar mice, a cluster of endearing yellow and black sugar dough bees and very elegant fruit drop fairies.

In between the verses and illustrations are other gems in the form of recipes which are easy for both children (and some of us less proficient bakers) to make. Terrific Cheese Bread, Delightful Butter Biscuits, Jammy Scones, Rainbow Cupcakes, and one that will be made very shortly Bold Banana Bread.

This book may do little to reduce your waistline, but for children it will stimulate their imaginations and lead to some wonderful baking sessions with parents and grandparents.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US

And: Amazon UK

About Robbie Cheadle

Robbie, short for Roberta, is an author with five published children’s picture books in the Sir Chocolate books series for children aged 2 to 9 years old (co-authored with her son, Michael Cheadle), one published middle grade book in the Silly Willy series and one published preteen/young adult fictionalised biography about her mother’s life as a young girl growing up in an English town in Suffolk during World War II called While the Bombs Fell (co-authored with her mother, Elsie Hancy Eaton). All of Robbie’s children’s book are written under Robbie Cheadle and are published by TSL Publications. Robbie has recently branched into adult horror and supernatural writing and, in order to clearly differential her children’s books from her adult writing, these will be published under Roberta Eaton Cheadle. Robbie has two short stories in the horror/supernatural genre included in Dark Visions, a collection of 34 short stories by 27 different authors and edited by award winning author, Dan Alatorre. These short stories are published under Robbie Cheadle.

I have been drawn to the horror and supernatural genres of books all my life. At the age of ten years old I embarked on reading Stephen King’s books including The Shining and Salem’s Lot. These books scared me so much I had to put them aside by 6P.M. in the evening in order to get a good night’s sleep but they also fascinated me. I subsequently worked my way through all of Stephen King’s earlier books as well as those of Dean R. Koontz.

I have read a large number of classics, in particular, I enjoy Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Charles Dickens and the works of the Bronte sisters.

I am hugely interested in the history of the United Kingdom as well as the mythology and tales of the paranormal that are abundant on this intriguing European island.

A small selection of other Sir Chocolate stories co-written with Michael Cheadle and other work by Roberta Eaton Cheadle

Read all the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US

And on Amazon UK: Amazon UK

Read more reviews and follow Robbie on Goodreads: Goodreads

Connect to Robbie Cheadle

Website/Blog Roberta Writes: https://robertawrites235681907.wordpress.com/
Blog: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/
Website: https://www.robbiecheadle.co.za:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SirChocolateBooks/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/bakeandwrite