Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up – June 20th -26th 2022 – Garden, Roberta Flack, St. Barts, Culinary A-Z, Stories, Book Reviews, Bloggers, Health and Humour


Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed during the week here on Smorgasbord.

A very wet and windy day which we are not unhappy about as we have had no rain for what seems a record 9 days!  Well there were a couple of quick showers which meant I didn’t have to water the pot plants on a couple of days but they don’t count!  I did get some quality sun and reading times in the back garden however and reviews to follow in coming weeks.

My planting efforts in the early spring are bearing fruit… so here are a few more flowers…which I hope will brighten your day.

Thanks as ever to three amazing contributors who make blogging even more of a pleasure.

William Price King joined me on The Breakfast show this week for the second part of the hits from 1997 and for the second part of the series about Roberta Flack. You can also find William – Blog– IMPROVISATION– William Price King on Tumblr

Debby Gies took us to St. Barts on Monday and found some great funnies to share. Over on her blog you can you can catch up with her posts including her book review for Bearing the Unbearable by Dr. Joanne Cacciatore, a very interesting Q&A with Sci-fi author Wendy Van Camp and holiday reading choices… what are yours? .. D.G. Kaye

Carol Taylor joined me on Wednesday with a repeat of her wonderful series A-Z of foods beginning with the letter A. Carol is in England for a month to visit her family but has left her blog well stocked. This week a recipe for jerked chicken and pineapple skewers, a look in the larder at vinegar, sauces and condiments, a close look at the mayonnaise we buy in a jar and Saturday Snippets with ‘Grace’ the theme.  You can find all her posts Carol Cooks2

Thanks too for all your visits, comments and shares this week… they mean a great deal..♥

On with the show…..

Chart Hits 1997 Part Two – Toni Braxton, Madonna, Barbra Streisand & Bryan Adams, Sheryl Crow

William Price King meets the Music Legends – Roberta Flack – 1970s and 1980s

The Travel Column Rewind with D.G. Kaye – #Caribbean – St. Barts.

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Carol Taylor’s – Culinary A – Z Rewind – Almond Milk, Arrowroot, Aubergines dip #Thai and Avocado Guacamole.

Food Therapy Rewind – Sunflower Seeds, Sunshine all year round.

 

The Betrothal Gift by Sally Cronin

– #Romance, #Humour – Chapter Twenty – A new life by Sally Cronin

Smorgasbord Posts from My Archives -#Memoir #Waterford #Ireland 1920s – The Colour of Life by Geoff Cronin

#Poetry – Hues Of Hope: Selected Poetry by Balroop Singh

#Life – I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by Pete Springer

#Marriage – I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by Pete Johnson (Beetley Pete)

#Paranormal #Romance – A Voice in the Silence by D.L. Finn

First in Series – #Paranormal #Romance Jan Sikes, #Psychological #Mystery Joan Hall

#Dogs Darlene Foster, #Family Pete Springer, #WIP D.Wallace Peach, #WPGremlins Elizabeth Gauffreau, #Recipe Robbie Cheadle, #Schoolsout Jennie Fitzkee

– #Poetrycontest Colleen Chesebro, #DriveThrues John Howell, #Runes Jan Sikes, #Reviews Diana Peach, #Funnies The Story Reading Ape, #TenThings Marcia Meara and Alex Craigie

Host Malcolm Allen – Life Drawings and the Old Wild West

Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Star Wars and Alexander the Great

 

Thanks so much for dropping and all your support during the week.. stay safe…Sally

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up – May 23rd -29th – Crows, Aretha Franklin, Chart Hits 1995, Curacao, Manganese, stories, reviews, health and humour


Welcome to the round up of posts on Smorgasbord that you might have missed this week.

I hope you are well and had a good week. It has been busy here as we continue the redecoration but the dining room is now completed and we will be moving all the furniture back in over the next couple of days. I will share some pictures next week of the before and after. Because of the comings and goings this week I did not have a chance to do the podcast but Tales from the Irish Garden will be back again next Sunday.  Instead a short story that I wrote recently as one of the new collection slowly being written and hopefully out later in the year.. It did appear earlier in the year on Allan Hudson’s blog.

Charlie Update

In the spring we rescued a crow who had probably been injured by a car and was unable to open his beak very far and appeared to have some brain damage. Whilst there might have been an option to put him to sleep humanely, we decided to see if we could rehabilitate him.  For six weeks he lived in a hutch David built and I hand fed him pureed chicken for the first few days which was messy but he seemed to get the idea. He then was able to move his beak sideways and moved on to bread and butter, tuna, enriched fat balls and other soft foods. He couldn’t fly and would fall over if he tried to walk but this too improved over the weeks until he began to flutter short distances.

He got used to drinking from the bird bath on the ground and even copied the starlings who use it as a bath several times a day.

Here he is enjoying his bread and butter

Eventually he was able to fly further and and seemed to regain his balance. He would sit and look up at the sky watching the many crows who fly around us from the neighbouring woods and he would try to launch himself up to join them. Eventually one day, he did and we didn’t see him for about a week, fearing the worst.

However, he did return and we know it is him because he still is unable to eat normally so uses the sideways movement to grasp bird seed and demolish his favourite fat balls. He loves Basmati cooked rice too. He is much smaller than the other crows and he is still a bit of a loner as I guess being disabled he may not be as accepted by the others, but we notice he is in the company of a larger crow much of the time which is great.

He knows when I put out the breakfast for the birds and is always first on the scene and when I shoo off the other crows he stays and gets on with eating but he looks over as if to say.. ‘you don’t scare me missus’.  He still enjoys the bird bath to wash down his food.

As always a thank you to the amazing contributors who share their expertise and entertain us every week.

On the blog front

This week on the series by guests are Sandra Cox, Debby Gies and Balroop Singh and I am sure you will find them as fascinating as I did..

William Price King joined me on The Breakfast show this week for the second part of the hits from 1995 and for the next part of the series on Friday featuring the legendary Aretha Franklin. You can also find William – Blog– IMPROVISATION– William Price King on Tumblr

Debby Gies took us on a visit to Curacao..a wondeful island.. and of course found some funnies and a video to share with us this week. Over on Debby’s blog you can enjoy a Q&A with author Jan Sikes very interesting and entertaining..Catch up with other posts in her archives D.G. Kaye

Carol Taylor joined me on Wednesday with amazing recipes to ensure that we get sufficient Manganese in our diets… and as always an informative and entertaining week on her own blog including store cupboard basics, food reviews, The Bon Bon fruit, Chicken Kebabs and her Saturday Snippets

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup… 22nd -28th May 2022-Monday Musings, Health, Food Review “Real food v Processed Food” and Saturday Snippets where “Dance” is my one word prompt.

Thank you too for the support during the week and your wonderful comments that always gives me a boost.

On with the show

Chart Hits 1995 Part Two – Tom Petty, TLC, Annie Lennox, The Rembrandts

William Price King meets the Music Legends – Aretha Franklin – The Rise to Fame.

The Travel Column Rewind with D.G. Kaye – #Caribbean Welcome to #Curacao #Lesser Antilles

Manganese – Spinach, Chicken, Tomato and Basil

#Romance, #Humour – Chapter Twelve – Advertising Sales by Sally Cronin

Chapter Thirteen – Makeover and the art of buying a car by Sally Cronin

On the Run by Sally Cronin

Colleen Chesebro’s Tuesday Weekly Challenge – #Themeprompt – #TankaProse – Useful by Sally Cronin

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The Dynamics of Change – Part Two – Our Mental Approach to Life by Sally Cronin

Food Therapy – #Walnuts – Not just any nut… by Sally Cronin

#Poetry – Life & Soul (Book 2 in the Soul Poetry series) by Harmony Kent

#Flashfiction – Tell Me A Story in 99 words by Annette Rochelle Aben

#Goodnews John Howell, #Steampunk Richard Dee, #Poetry Robbie Cheadle & Yvette Calleiro, #Characters Gwen Plano, #Reunion Pete Springer & Jennie Fitzkee, #Interview Marcia Meara & Mike Allegra

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! #Life by Terry Tyler

#Wedding – I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by Alex Craigie

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! #Letter to my younger self by Dorothy Grover-Read

– Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Vet Care and Pirates

Another Open Mic Night with author Daniel Kemp – Out of the mouths of Babes and Church Notices

 

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will join me again next week… Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up – 16th – 22nd May 2022 – Hits 1995, Aretha Franklin, Stories, Podcast, Poetry, Guests, Reviews, Health and Humour


Welcome to the round up of posts that you might have missed this week on Smorgasbord.

I hope you are well and have enjoyed your week as much as I have mine. The house is still a bit topsy turvey but the new dining room just needs a bit more work, and I am off to buy curtains tomorrow. We will be moving the furniture in there over next weekend and then spending a couple of days putting our office back together in the kitchen diner.

The last of the spring flowers need to be moved into one of the flower beds for next year and I will be heading to the garden centre for the more mature summer plants.

On the blog front

I am so pleased that the I Wish I Knew Then series is resulting in the sharing of so many memories, experiences and emotions. This week my guests are authors Alex Craigie, Terry Tyler and Dorothy Grover Read of New Vintage Kitchen

As always I must thank these three amazing contributors as the blog would not be the same without them.

William Price King joined me on The Breakfast show this week for the first part of the hits from 1995 and for the first part of the series on Friday featuring the legendary Aretha Franklin. You can also find William – Blog– IMPROVISATION– William Price King on Tumblr

Debby Gies has been busy on her own blog this week as well as sharing some of the funnies she has collected during her browsing for the Laughter Lines.. Head over to enjoy her post on Scammers who infiltrate social media including groups for those who are grieving loved ones.. Also an excellent resource for bloggers and authors in her monthly Writers links on copyright, plagiarism etcand her Sunday book review for Why Didn’t They Leave by Eva Hnizdo

Debby is with us tomorrow with her Travel Column… and a visit to Curacao...slap on some sunscreen and join us..

Carol Taylor shares her musings on Monday.. and amazing recipe for Chicken Jalfrazi that will get you taste buds zinging..an exploration of the eclectic cuisine of Croatia, how you can make delicious meals from store cupboard basics such as pasta and noodles, couscous and polenta with a lovely recipe for Chicken and Prune Tagine.  For these and the rest of Carol’s terrific posts this week head over to check out her round up. This week on Cook From Scratch to prevent deficiency we will be looking at ways to include foods containing manganese in your diet.

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup… 15th -21st May 2022-Monday Musings, Health, Food Review “Real food v Processed Food” and Saturday Snippets where “Surprise” is my one word prompt.

My thanks to you for your visits, shares and comments they mean a great deal…

The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1995 Part One – Seal, Bon Jovi, Take That, Simply Red

William Price King meets the Music Legends – Aretha Franklin – The Early Years

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The Dynamics of Change – Part One – Our Physical Being by Sally Cronin

#Honey -#Propolis – Thousands of Years of History and Health by Sally Cronin

Chapter Ten – Cat Burglars and Insurance Fraud!

Chapter Eleven – Christmas in the Funeral Home

Podcast – Tales from the Irish Garden – Jeremy the Donkey

#Etheree – Legacy by Sally Cronin

#Life #Change – Linda’s Midlife Crisis by Toni Pike

16th May 2022 – #Images Tofino Photography, Robbie Cheadle, Cindy Knoke, #Exploration Jennie Fitzkee, #Guest The Story Reading Ape, #Guest Marcia Meara

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by Rebecca Budd

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! #Shortstory by Jacquie Biggar

#Life – I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by D.L. Finn

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! – #Writing, #Genres, #Indie Jacqui Murray

#Pre-order #Scifi #GeneticEngineering We are Saul by Richard Dee

– #Mystery #Crime Ticket to Ride by Winona Kent

Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Evolution and Heavenly accommodation

Passing along the funnies – Boys vs. Girls and Legal Shenanigans

 

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you have enjoyed the posts.. look forward to seeing you again.. Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up -April 18th – 24th 2022 – #Contributors, Hits 1993, Podcast, Stories, Poetry, Book Reviews, health and Humour


Welcome to the round up of posts on Smorgasbord that you might have missed during the week…

I hope you have had a good week and thanks for dropping in here today for the catch up. On the home front decorating has gone well with David finishing the utility room which now looks very bright and cheerful with bright yellow walls and glossy white woodwork…next job is our joint office and I will be decamping to the dining room for a couple of weeks with my desktop so there will be no break in service (hopefully).

Outside I managed to get half the pot planting done before high winds blew in and delayed the other half until tomorrow. Still it is beginning to look bright and cheerful out there too.

I did capture the blossom on the tree that has appeared this week before it gets blown away…

Lots to be grateful for, including these three amazing contributors.

William Price King joined me on The Breakfast show this week for the first part of the hits from 1993 and for the second part of the series on Friday featuring Ella Fitzgerald. – You can also find William – Blog– IMPROVISATION– William Price King on Tumblr

Debby Gies caught Covid on the Friday before Easter and has had a tough week, but being the trooper she is it didn’t stop her keeping her blog up to date with her trip to Puerto Vallarta Part Two, A Q&A with talented artist Jerry Rubin, a post sharing her experience with Covid and her Sunday Book Review Just Before Sunset by Carol Balawyder..head over to enjoy them all..D.G. Writes

Debby is back Monday morning with her Travel Column and this week it is the beautiful island of St. Kitts.

Carol Taylor has also had an amazing week on her blog and you can catch up with all the action in her weekly round up including Monday Musings.. a wonderful exploration of Chile’s cuisine.. A look at Regenerative Agriculture and her usual entertaining Saturday Snippets.  Carol is with us here on Wednesday with Cooking from Scratch to ensure we are taking in sufficient amounts of Calcium.

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup… 17th -23rd April 2022-Monday Musings, A-Z World Cuisine, Chile , Food Review “Regenerative Agriculture” and Saturday Snippets where “Space” is my prompt.

As always my thanks to you for your visits, comments and sharing of posts to social media.. it is appreciated.. ♥

On with the show…..

Chart Hits 1993 Part One – Sting, Whitney Houston, Ace of Base, Haddaway

William Price King meets the Jazz Icons – Ella Fitzgerald Part Two – the 1940s -Oh Lady Be Good

Chapter Two – The Curriculum Vitae

Chapter Three: The Interview

Tales from the Irish Garden – Chapter Four – Flight to the New Land

#Historical #1920s Jazz Baby by Beem Weeks

Shortstories #Fame – Backstories by Simon Van Der Velde

Apricot, Fruit, Power, Apricot, Apricot

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by Jennie Fitzkee

I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by Richard Dee!

New Book on the Shelves – #YA #Dystopian The Insurgent (The Colony Series Book 2) by Teri Polen

#Historical #Biography Leora’s Dexter Stories: The Scarcity Years of the Great Depression (Leora’s Stories) by Joy Neal Kidney

#Children’s – #New – #Playtime – David’s Bin Day by Sue Wickstead

#Action #Adventure SHE Who Returns by Audrey Driscoll.

Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Horoscopes and Advertising Fails

 

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will join me again next week..Sally

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up – 11th – 17th April 2022 – Twitter fakes, Hits 1992, Ella Fitzgerald, #Caribbean, Vitamin C, Stories, Poetry, Reviews, Health and Funnies


Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed this week on Smorgasbord.

It seems that winter is dragging on for many this week including places that hve been seeing some unseasonal cold weather and frosts such as South America, with some crops at risk at this critical stage in their growth. By this time I usually have my planters full of flowers but last week we had several severe frosts but hopeful it will be warmer this week. Apart from the colour in the garden.. the exercise would be welcome, especially after we shared a box of luxury chocolates for Easter instead of eggs… a little of what you fancy does you good!!.

 

On another note. This week someone decided to use my name and photograph and open an account on Twitter. One of my contacts alerted me to it early in the week as they had been approached but she saw it was a different twitter tag although it was my name and picture. Also there was no profile to indicate who and what this person was nor where there any tweets made.

I reported and blocked them. This is important as they are usually after your connections and all they have to do is click on Followers in a profile and then keep clicking the follow button without much limitation.

Many people follow back automatically when a notification appears in their timeline without heading over to check who it is they are following. This means that this fake person can end up with potentially thousands of followers who they can then target for one purpose or another. For example book promotion sites who claim to have 250,000 connections and ask for £50 a promotion!  Or it may be direct messages promoting their goods or even asking donations for a charity etc.

Anyway.. my twitter is @sgc58… and it is Sally Georgina Cronin

They are using twitter.com/germaine_ellen  and it is a good idea to block them to stop them mining your followers and if you feel like reporting them then that is a good idea too.

I did report to twitter and told them they were impersonating me but they wanted me to upload my passport or driving licence to prove who I was. I am not doing that as most social media sites as as leaky as my kitchen colander.

It is best to check before following back anyone.. if they are genuine they will have at least some form of profile to indicate who and what they are and they have tweeted.

There is always something to be grateful for, including these three amazing contributors.

My thanks to William Price King for joining me on The Breakfast show this week and for the first part of the new series for Friday featuring Ella Fitzgerald.  – You can also find William – Blog– IMPROVISATION– William Price King on Tumblr

Debby Gies has been busy this week with her catch up posts following her two months away from her blog including some highlights from her trip to Puerto Vallarta in #Mexico… of particular interest to anyone going there for a vacation with regard to food, drink and restaurant service…

You will also find a packed Writer’s links post and her Sunday book review for Alex Craigie – Means to DeceiveD.G. Writes

Carol Taylor has had another interesting week on her blog and she has wrapped them all up in one terrific round up. Including Monday Musings, Chicken with Shitake Mushrooms and Tarragon, World Cuisine featuring the eclectic food to be found in Canada, Spring Cleaning the Spice Cupboard and her usual entertaining Saturday Snippets.

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup… 10th -16th April 2022-Monday Musings, A-Z World Cuisine, Canada , Food Review “Spring Cleaning” and Saturday Snippets where “Squeak” is my prompt.

Thank you for all your support during the week and always lovely to receive your comments… have a lovely rest of the weekend.

On with the show…

 

Chart Hits 1992 Part Two – George Michael and Elton John, Boys II Men, Shakespears Sister , Bruce Springsteen

William Price King meets the Jazz Icons – Ella Fitzgerald – The Early Years

The Travel Column Rewind with D.G. Kaye – #Caribbean- Welcome to St. Martin – Two Countries – One Island

Cook from Scratch to prevent nutritional deficiencies with Sally Cronin and Carol Taylor – Vitamin C (ascorbic acid and L-ascorbic acid) oranges, grapefruit, cauliflower, eggplant

Just an Odd Job Girl – Serialisation – #Romance, #Humour – Chapter One- Reflections on the Past

TankaProse – Verse Envelope – Seasons – text and audio

Memories, Music and Movies – 1997 – Belgium, road trip, Dublin, Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman, The Full Monty

Smorgasbord Podcast – Tales from the Irish Garden.. A Place of Sanctuary

Food Therapy Rewind- #Asparagus #VitaminK2 – Nutrient Packed and Delicious by Sally Cronin

#Biography #WWI, Queen Victoria, #Adventures, Lucky Jack by S. Bavey

Guest Post – I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by John W. Howell

New Book on the Shelves – #Western #Paranormal Mateo’s Blood Brother by Sandra Cox

#Fantasy #Adventure – The Ferryman and the Sea Witch by D.Wallace Peach

#Family, #Dementia, Why Grandma Doesn’t Know Me by Abbie Johnson Taylor

Personal Recommendations – #Family Allan Hudson, #Children’s Sue Wickstead, #Children’s Bette A. Stevens

The Senior Team pass the the funnies along – Pearls of Wisdom Part Two – Sunbathing and Scarecrows

Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Fish Bait and dating columns

 

Thank you very much for joining me today and I hope you will drop by again next week.. Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up – 24th – 30th January 2022 – Snow, Contributors, Hits 1987, Nat King Cole, Detox, Stories, Podcast, Health and Humour


Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed this week on Smorgasbord.

Hope that you are all well. I know some of you are snow bound in the USA and in parts of Europe. This week has also seen the fifth fall of snow in the sahara in the last forty years and a rare carpet of snow welcomed those heading to worship in Jerusalem and it caused major disruption in Athens and Istanbul.

We seem to be in the trough between the two weather fronts and for a change and it has been quite a dry month with moderate temperatures. And we are more than happy for it to be so.

Other news

Regular contributors Debby Gies and Carol Taylor have been busy this week.

Debby has flown off to the sunshine in Mexico yesterday and just waiting to hear from her that she is settled in. She will be away for a few weeks but you can still enjoy her travel posts and funnies and Debby has promised to pop in and out to say hello.  Wishing her a wonderful holiday.

Head over to read Debby’s hasta la vista post: Mexico here she comes….

Carol debuts her brand new A-Z series this week World Cuisine and in this first series Argentina..excellent.

Head over to enjoy the flavours of Argentina in the new series: A-Z of World Cuisine

And of course my thanks to William Price King this week for The Breakfast Show and the final part of the Nat King Cole Series.. Next Friday another amazing artist.. Mel Torme.

The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1987 Part One – Whitney Houston, U2, Rick Astley, Aretha Franklin and George Michael

William Price King meets the Jazz Icons – Nat King Cole – The Finale

Life is Like a Bowl of Cherries – Animal Magic – The Night Shift

Life is Like a Bowl of Cherries – Animal Magic – The Gardening Assistant

Podcast – Tales from the Garden – The Last Emperor

The Gentle Detox Tool Box – Water retention and Sugar Cravings- Dandelion

#Funnies Marcia Meara, #Release M.J. Mallon, #Writing Shelley Wilson and Gail Williams, #Spotlight Bosssy Babe and Pete Springer, #Funnies The Story Reading Ape

The Winding Road to Portugal: 20 Men from 11 Countries Share Their Stories. by Louise Ross

#Scifi – Pale Face by W.D. Kilpack III

#Psychologicalthriller – Means to Deceive by Alex Craigie

Dancing to an Irish Reel by [Claire Fullerton]

#Ireland #Music #Romance – Dancing to an Irish Reel by Claire Fullerton

#Moonshine #WWII #Family – Novella – Father by Allan Hudson

Personal Recommendations – #Memoir Pamela S. Wight, #Romance Staci Troilo, #Childrens Janice Spina

Personal Recommendations – #Mystery Sharon Marchisello, #Paranormal Marcia Meara, #Mystery James J. Cudney

– January 25th 2022 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin… Pithy one liners and Breakfast in Bed

 

Thank you for dropping in today and your support during the week… I hope you will join me again soon… Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up – 10th – 16th October 2021 – Crows, Robins, Diana Ross, Relationships, Stories, Reviews, Health and Humour


Welcome to the round up of posts that you might have missed on Smorgasbord this week.

I hope all is well with you. Quite a bit going on around here with spare parts for the wood burner, tiles to replace cracked ones and other bits and pieces arriving daily. We are still waiting on those who will be installing topsoil, lawn, fixing said wood burner and chimney sweeping but early days yet… no fixed day or week was mentioned in negotiations! When we can ‘fit you in’ seems to be the common phrase you wait patiently.  David will be fixing the tiles himself during the redecoration process so no mystery there.

An earlier photo of Charlie

We believe that Charlie has been back in the garden. We noticed a crow, slightly bigger which is to be expected, but with the same mottled grey markings foraging under the bird feeder, accompanied by a friend. He still has trouble flying but managed to clear the hedge and perch on a telephone line. What made us think it was Charlie was that he wiped his beak from side to side on the line. Because his beak was damaged he did that after eating so we are hoping it was him.

Other than that I am making progress on the writing front and you can read an example in the post that Jane Risdon kindly shared this week…with an excerpt from the next collection.

I was the guest of author Jane Risdon who shared my short story, Miss Lloyd’s Robin, from the new collection due out at the end of the year… I hope you will head over to read.. Thanks to Jane for also showcasing Life is Like a Mosaic…

Guest of author Jane Risdon with a short story

This week William Price King, D.G. Kaye and Daniel Kemp contributed their expertise in the form of music, relationships and humour… they are amazing. Thanks to you for dropping in and the support during the week.. it keeps me motivated.

On with the show

Chart Hits 1980 Part One – Christopher Cross, Dionne Warwick, Diana Ross, Queen

D. G. Kaye Explores the Realms of Relationships – October 2021 – No Contact – The Breaking Point

Walter – Lost and Alone by Sally Cronin

What’s in a Name? – Xenia – Beloved by Sally Cronin

#TankaProse – The Hunter’s Moon by Sally Cronin Posted

New Review #Fantasy #Adventure – The Ferryman and the Sea Witch by D.Wallace Peach

Memories, Music and Movies – 1966 – Manfred Mann, kittens and Georgy Girl

Podcast – Turning Back the Clock – The Hormone Factor Part Two – by Sally Cronin

Women’s Health – The Heart and Stress by Sally Cronin

Weekly Grocery Shopping List by Nutrient – Part Two – Vitamin C to K2 by Sally Cronin

#Finance – Absolutely Necessary Expenses by Sharon Marchisello

#FlashFiction The Last Ride of the Night by D.L. Finn

Do You Know What To Do When One Of Your Blog Posts Gets Reblogged? Hugh W. Roberts

#Offer Marcia Meara, #Teaching Pete Springer, #Writers D.G. Kaye, #RoundUp Carol Taylor, #Halloween John Howell.

Thursday October 14th 2021 – #Humour Joy Lennick, #Interview Terry Tyler, #Booklaunch Mae Clair with Joan Hall.

Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room – Book Review – Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series, Book 6: Dragana Helps a Fairy by Janice Spina

New Author on the Shelves – #Portugal – #Memoir – Another Day in Paradise by Karen Telling

New Book on the Shelves – #Paranormal, #UrbanFantasy, #Shortstories -Things Old and Forgotten by Mae Clair

#Reviews – #Menopause D.G. Kaye, #Mennonite Marian Longenecker Beaman, #Comingofage Bette A. Stevens

#History #NorthernIreland Jane Buckley, #Mystery James J. Cudney, #SouthernCulture Claire Fullerton

#History #JewishFiction Eva Hnizdo, #Fantasy Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene, #Poetry Balroop Singh

October 12th 2021 -Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Funny Bone and Famous Last Words

October 14th 2021 – Another Open Mic Night with author Daniel Kemp – Recovery Time and Lost in Translation

 

Thanks for dropping in and I hope you have enjoyed the week… thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up – 26th September – 2nd October 2021 – Autumn, James Bond, Donna Summer, Podcast, Book reviews, Stories, Health and Humour


Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed this week on Smorgasbord.

Welcome to October, and we certainly got there fast. I nearly knocked over the display of tins of Quality Street and Heroes ready for Halloween yesterday in the store, and it will be a permanent fixture now as it will remain there until after Christmas…

Autumn has swept in with a vengeance with high winds and lashing rain but the lawn is lovely and green. The birds are better than the weather forecast as they gather on roof and in the tree by the garden shed and make a racket at feeding time.. The last few days they have gone through almost double the normal rations and I have come to recognise that bad stuff is coming in.. and sure enough it did.

Some excitement in the coming week. I am having my flu jab on Monday so that I have that extra bit of protection when Ireland opens up fully (more or less) on 22nd October. With two years since most people had a flu jab it is expected to be a bumper year and whilst I shall be retaining my mask throughout the winter months, nothing like a little bit more insurance.

And secondly we will have our first trip to the cinema in two years later in the week to see the latest Jame Bond movie.. mixed reviews in the press but having watched every single one again during lockdown, and some of them were pretty corny… I am sure we shall enjoy very much. We will be masked, have had to book seats in advance so that everyone is socially distanced. No hanky panky in the back row then!  I will review of course.

The new series of Posts from Your Archives begins this Monday, kicked off my blog guru Hugh W. Roberts.. delighted to have some great bloggers signed up already.. look forward to hearing from you.

Before I share the posts from the week, a quick thank you to the wonderful contributors who spend a great deal of time putting together posts for us all to enjoy.. This week William Price King, D.G. Kaye and Daniel Kemp.

Thanks very much for your support and visits… I love to hear from you and I am grateful for all the shares on social media…

This week I was the guest of Rebecca Budd on the Tea, Toast and Trivia podcast and it was all about short stories.. and I read one of mine from Flights of Fancy – A New Beginning..

Head over with a cup of tea or coffee (or a margarita) and listen to our chat and the story: Rebecca Budd and Sally Cronin on short stories.

Chart Hits 1979 Part One – Donna Summer, The Doobie Brothers, Gloria Gaynor, Rod Stewart

Sonia – In Search of Prince Charming by Sally Cronin

Theresa at the Checkout

Memories, Music and Movies – 1964 – West Side Story – Maria – Tonight

#Paranormal #Thriller – Pre-Order Blood Mark by JP Mclean

New Review #Family # Murder #Mystery – Going Home by Sharon Marchisello

Smorgasbord Book Review Rewind – #WWI – #Historical – Sheep On The Somme: A World War I Picture and Poetry Book by Frank Prem

Smorgasbord Book Reviews Rewind – #Dystopian #Scifi – Megacity (Operation Galton Book 3) by Terry Tyler

Interview Size Matters (Especially when you weigh 330lbs) by Sally Cronin with Kelli Brett The Main Ingredient

Smorgasbord Podcast – Poetry and Flash Fiction – A celebration of Autumn – by Sally Cronin

Women’s Health Month – Cardiovascular Disease – Heart Attacks and Strokes by Sally Cronin

Women’s Health Month – The Heart – Connecting the Dots by D.G. Kaye

#Romance #Revenge – A Broken Promise – A Hunger by Jan Sikes

Tuesday 28th September 2021 – #OnlineSafety Jacqui Murray, #NurseryRhymes Robbie Cheadle, ‘Quotes John W. Howell, #Literacy D.G. Kaye, #Peaches Dorothy New Vintage Kitchen

Thursday 30th September 2021 – #Reviews D.L Finn, #Statistics Jim Borden, #Facebook Pete Springer, #Spotlight D.G. Kaye with Stevie Turner, #Pavlova Eat Dessert First Greece

#Poetry B.C. Byron, #NewMexico Darlene Foster

New Author on the Shelves – #History #JewishFiction – Why Didn’t They Leave? by Eva Hnizdo

New Book on the Shelves – #History #NorthernIreland – Stones Corner Volume Two – Darkness by Jane Buckley

New Author on the Shelves – #Historical #Music Beautiful Dreamer: A Fictional Biography of Stephen Foster by Sarah Taylor

#Romance Linda Bradley, #Anthology Sarah Brentyn, #Family Judith Barrow

#Vaudeville Elizabeth Gauffreau, #Scifi #Crime Natalie Cammaratta, #Poetry Colleen M. Chesebro

#Reviews – #Memoir Cynthia S. Reyes, #Poetry Harmony Kent, #Contemporary Anne Goodwin

September 28th 2021 -Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Windows and Magic

September 30th 2021 – Host Sally Cronin – What do you mean I can’t park here?

 

October 1st 2021 – Another Open Mic Night with author Daniel Kemp – Take the Bus and Wildlife..

 

Thanks very much for joining me this week and I hope you have a great weekend…Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up -19th-25th September 2021 – Excursions, Free Book/blog Promotion, 70s Hits, Stories, Poems, Book Reviews, Health and Humour


Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed this week on Smorgasbord.

I hope all of you are well…and had a good week.

On the home front 4 tons of stone and 16 tons of topsoil are now waiting for new lawn to be laid and after spreading and raking all of the materials my husband is looking decidely lean and mean.. beats running a marathon. He is supplied with regular infusions of liquid and food and has gone through several audio books in the process.

I have been working on a few projects and begun a declutter process starting with my clothes, handbags and shoes. Most of which have not seen the light of day since we moved in… which implies that I don’t really need them… do I???? I have to bite the bullet and pass them along to someone else who might enjoy using them instead.

I have been out and about…(including later today)

Author Sandra Cox who creates the most wonderful western romances, featured me on Friday and also separately wrote a lovely review for Life is Like a Mosaic…a great boost to the week, which can be viewed Sally’s Books and Reviews

Head over to read the feature: Sandra Cox – Friday Great Read..

Tonight I am reading a poem and flash fiction for an amazing event being broadcast by Showtime TV… Jane Risdon is also on the programme and it promises to be a great night. Starting at 7.30 p.m UK time it will be available to watch free and you can catch up wherever you are at your leisure – Equinox event 7.30 pm. onwards Showboat.tv

Before we get into the posts from the week.. a reminder of the new series of Posts From Your Archives due to start in October. I already have 10 authors who have agreed to let me poach two posts from their archives…so if you want to get on board.. get your skates on.

Since this series began in January 2018 there have been over 1100 Posts from Your Archives where bloggers have taken the opportunity to share posts to a new audience… mine.

The topics have ranged from travel, childhood, recipes, history, family and the most recent series was #PotLuck where I shared a random selection of different topics. This series is along the same lines… but is a ‘Lucky Dip’

In this series I will be sharing posts from the first six months of 2021

It is an opportunity to showcase your writing skill to my readers and also to share on my social media. Which combined is around the 50,000 mark. If you are an author your books will be mentioned too, along with their buy links and your other social media contacts.

How to feature in the series? Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives -#NewSeries October 2021- ‘Lucky Dip’ and Do You Trust Me??

This week I have been joined by William Price King in the Breakfast Show, Debby Gies in the Laughter Lines and Malcolm Allen with his usual great funnies in the Laughter Lines Extra.. as always I am very grateful for their contributions. And thank you for dropping in, liking, commenting and sharing the posts.

On with the show…

Chart Hits 1978 – Part Two – Bonnie Tyler, George Benson, Eagles, Bruce Springsteen

Queenie – Coming back to Life by Sally Cronin

Rosemary – The First Date by Sally Cronin

– #Etheree – Kinship by Sally Cronin

Podcast – Turning Back the Clock – The pH Balance – by Sally Cronin and Kelli Brett

New Review – #Poetry – Son of Booku: More Halloween Haiku by Annette Rochelle Aben

Book Reviews Rewind – #Military #Romance The SEAL’s Temptation: Wounded Hearts- Book 7 by Jacquie Biggar

Book Reviews rewind – #Mystery #Thriller- The Vanished Boy by Harmony Kent.

Memories, Music and Movies – 1963 Part Two – South Africa, South Pacific, Younger Than Springtime

– #WWII – Butterflies of Dunkirk by Claire Plaisted

Free vector graphic: Pink, Ribbon, Awareness, Cancer ...

Women’s Health Month – Breast Cancer by Sally Cronin

Women’s Health Month – Guest Post – Judith Barrow – Breast Cancer Survivor.

Tuesday September 21st 2021 – Jacqui Murray, Jan Sikes, Robbie Cheadle and Harmony Kent, John Howell, D.G. Kaye with Frank Prem

Thursday 23rd September 2021 – D.Wallace Peach, Valentina Cirasola and Robbie Cheadle, Olga Nunez Miret, Colleen Chesebro, Jennie Fitzkee

New Book on the Shelves- #Fantasy – The Legend of the Taken Ones: Gateskin Chronicles Book 1 by Janice Spina

New Book on the Shelves – #Baking #Bread – The Hearts of Bakers and Artists by Antoinette Truglio Martin.

#Reviews – #Adventure Annika Perry, #TreeFairies D.L. Finn

New Author on the Shelves – #Fantasy #Romance – The One Discovered (Chronicles of the Diasodz Book 1) by Yvette M. Calleiro

New Book on the Shelves – #Crime – Presumed Missing (Foxy Mysteries Book 2) by Fiona Tarr

Reviews – #Poetry Robbie Cheadle, #Historical #WW2 Paulette Mahurin, #History #Communism Mark Lee Myers

#Reviews – #Autism Karen Ingalls, #Poetry Jude Itakali, #Family #ComingofAge Matthew Keeley

#PsychologicalThriller Emiliya Ahmadova, #Romance Jacquie Biggar, #Family Lisette Brodey

September 21st 2021 -Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Lessons and inflight service

September 23rd 2021 -Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Bread and Pin Numbers

September 24th 2021 – Malcolm Allen – Acupuncture and Online Scams

 

Thank you very much for dropping in today and I hope you will join me again next week…Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – May 9th – 15th 2021 – 1960s hits, Grief, Green Kitchen, Health, Stories, Poetry, books, reviews and funnies


Welcome to the weekly round up with some posts you might have missed here on Smorgasbord.

I hope you are all well… I know that like us here restrictions are being lifted in many countries although In Ireland there is going to be a slow roll out depending on any upsurge in cases.

The big news here is that overnight on Thursday criminals hacked the health service which is now offline which has resulted in the cancellation of thousands of appointments and more seriously life-saving operations. The government stance is that they will not pay any ransom and so as of this moment it appears that we are at an impasse. We all know that these parasites are out there, but to do this when all countries and their populations are at their most vulnerable is heinous.  All I can do is wish them everything they wish upon others!

This means that despite assurances that the vaccination programme will be unaffected, it probably will be. So no idea when I will be getting my first…

On a brighter note, and thankfully there usually is one…the sun popped out periodically during the week and took some time off for some badly needed fresh air and a Vitamin D boost.

Also as always, I am very grateful to my friends and co-conspirators this week William Price King co-hosting the Breakfast Show with me with some more 1960s music, D.G. Kaye with her new May relationship column exploring the impact of grief on our lives, and some funnies to keep us smiling, Carol Taylor with The Green Kitchen… and if you love soft dinner rolls…dig in.. And last but not least Daniel Kemp who shared his special brand of humour a the Open Mic Night.

Fantastic and talented friends.

On with the shows from the week.

Chart Hits 1969 – Part One – Sly The Family Stone, Blood Sweat and Tears, The Rolling Stones and Bobby Gentry

May 2021 – The #Grief Process

May 2021 – Dinner Rolls, Chillies, Recycled Face Masks, Grow Spring onions, make Apple Cider Vinegar – Waste Not, Want Not.. 

Winter: Chapter Twenty-one – The First Christmas 

Tales from the Spanish Garden – Chapter One – The Guardians 

Two poems this week….

-#CrapseyCinquain -Existence by Sally Cronin 

#BadgerHexastich – Yearning by Sally Cronin

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Book Review – Free Ebook – #Cookery #Culture – Ένα γλυκό βιβλίapaki – A “Sweet” Book. Eat Dessert First Greece 

Past Book Reviews 2020 – #Mystery #Paranormal – Harbinger (Wake-Robin Ridge Book 3) by Marcia Meara 

Family Health A-Z – Allergies and Intolerances – Part Two – – #Dairy #Leaky Gut 

– CROSSROADS (Winds of love): Poetry and Prose by Jude Itakali 

#Historical #Romance Lubelia Alycea: One Hundred Years by J.E. Spina 

#Thriller Death Between the Tables (Old Manse Mysteries Book 2) by Alexa Bowie

The Click of a Pebble: Tryst with the Devil (Trilogy, The Children of Zeus Book 1) by [Barbara Spencer]

#Fantasy – The Click of a Pebble Tryst with the Devil (Trilogy, The Children of Zeus Book 1) by Barbara Spencer

Reluctant Medium (Rachel Blackstone Paranormal Mysteries Book 1) by [G G Collins]

#Psychic #Thriller Reluctant Medium (Rachel Blackstone Paranormal Mysteries Book 1) by G G Collins 

#Memoir D.G. Kaye, #Biography #Afghanistan Mary Smith, #Poetry D.L. Finn. 

#Humour – Let Marcia Meara lift your spirits.

#Humor/Humour by Leon Stevens 

carol bio

#Wine – Recent News from the World of Wine Forgery by Carol A. Seidl 

#BookReview – Life on Our Planet: My Witness Statement and a Vision for the Future by Sir David Attenborough by Jemima Pett 

Monday 10th May 2021 – #Poetry #Trees Rebecca Budd, #SnailMail Pamela Wight, #BookReviews Jan Sikes

Tuesday May 11th 2021 – #Review D.G. Kaye, #ReadingAloud Jennie Fitzkee, #DogBooks Jacqui Murray 

Wednesday 12th May 2021 – Filmreview Beetley Pete, #BookReview Olga Nunez Miret, #Gingercake Elizabeth Merry, 

May 11th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Brussel Sprouts and Holidays 

May 13th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Exodus and Mary Poppins 

– May 14th 2021 – Another Open Mic Night with author Daniel Kemp – The Month of May and Chickens 

 

Thanks so much for all your support and encouragement…I hope you will join us again next week.