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Interview with Carol Taylor from “Retired? No one told me!”

If you would love to know a little more about me then come on in and see the real me 🙂


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The Charade – Part 1

I am so pleased that Steph is giving this story another airing I have written a few chapters so far… Here is the first chapter written by the lovely Steph… I hope you enjoy!

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I have written the start of a short story, I don’t know where it’s going but I will add to it from time to time and hopefully we might have a bit of storytelling going on. If you like it add to it or give the next part some direction. Thought we could have some fun with it. So what happens next?

The Charade –

He leant towards her and in one fluid movement flipped open a silver card case. For a moment she was stunned as the light played on the silver, it almost appeared to shimmer.  She reached forward and plucked a card from the case faking a confidence that she didn’t feel. Once the card was in her hand he pulled the case away and slipped it back into his waistcoat pocket.  “Will you contact me when you’re free.” He asked shyly.

   “I will” She replied…

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Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up- William Price King sings, Paul Andruss and Hellebores and Carol Taylor and Mustard.

Another awesome week of posts from the most fabulous authors, William Price King, Paul and myself. Of course not forgetting Sally’s fabulous posts this week and her marvellous Tale from the Garden …If you missed any or would like to read them again then they are all here so enjoy! 🙂 xx

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to the weekly round up and I hope that your weekend is going well. We have had a very special visitor from America who arrived on Friday and it did David and I the power of good to be in the company of such a delightful, articulate and successful young woman. We have known her parents for over 30 years and have seen her grown from a beautiful baby into this accomplished adult.. What a pleasure.

Anyway… In honour of the visit, the sun came out on Thursday and I was able to get some of my pots refurbished…the job is not finished yet.. I have some more planting to do next week… provided we get a little dry weather.

Anyway.. time to get on with the week and as always my thanks to William Price King,(look out for a special post in thanks to William for all…

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Retired no one told me and Orienthailiving weekly roundup…Fruity Fridays, The Secret Bunker and Strawberry Daquari…

Boy, don’t the weeks fly by???

The first post out of the starting gate was my new Fruity Fridays which kicked off with the delicious Pineapple…Full of Vitamin C and the perfect accompaniment to many a dish.

It was then over to Bridget for her delicious Irish Soda Bread I was straight down to the kitchen as with only 2 ingredients how could I not make them…I threw in a handful of raisins and they were soon cooked and buttered while hot…think 20%…haha….Bridget then tells me I could add syrup or cheese…Oh yum!

Then it was a trip over to my other blog Orienthailiving and the conclusion of the Lantern Festival and Chinese New Year and the food they eat traditionally Tang Yuan…Beautiful Chinese balls with lots of different filling and sauces…Another Yum! And not only do you get delicious food but look at these little children’s clothes and tell me they are not so cute…

Then came Sally’s  weekly roundups which included Moi … I am getting around quite a bit now…I will be getting a name for myself…lol..So many great articles and brilliant authors including Sally herself 🙂

Next, we had my Healthy Eating post… Eat what you like and lose weight…Oh yes… you can if you choose wisely. And after those delectable Tang Yuan and that Irish Soda Bread… I did only have half of one farl…honestly… But I still feel the need for a good walk and get back to my 80% and practise what I preach…haha

Then it was back over to Orienthailiving for my first post of the week which was Travel England as it is my birthplace and the other secret place I found..not so glamorous but very interesting and a piece of history ” The Secret Bunker“.Creepy though!

Wednesday already and it is my food column over at Sally’s place and as it will soon be Valentines Day I thought I would spread a few hearts and some recipes that you can cook for your sweetheart ❤

Phew, another busy week… I thought I was supposed to be retired….tired more like…lol

I do hope you are enjoying my weekly roundups until next time stay safe, have fun and laugh a lot as laughter is the best medicine and is FREE Xxxx


#Bookreview – Heaven’s Rage by Leslie Tate

I read the first review of this book on Sally’s blog Smorgasbord and now on the lovely Robbies blog…I have now just purchased my copy and cannot wait to read it 🙂 Much love and hugs ladies fantastic reviews from two ladies I have the utmost respect for I am sure this book will not disappoint 🙂

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What Amazon says

Heaven’S Rage is an imaginative autobiography. Reporting on feelings people don’t usually own up to, Leslie Tate explores addiction, cross-dressing and the hidden sides of families. Writing lyrically, he brings together stories of bullying, childhood dreams, thwarted creativity and late-life illness, discovering at their core the transformative power of words to rewire the brain and reconnect with life. A Robin Red breast in a Cage / Puts all Heaven in a Rage – William Blake

My review

I reviewed this book in my capacity as a member of Rosie’s Book Review Team. If you would like your book reviewed, you can contact Rosie Amber here:

I am a great fan of both biographies and autobiographies of writers and have read quite a number of such books. I love books and reading so an opportunity to peek into the life and writing processes of an author…

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Quote, Challenge Day Two –

My thanks to Sally for nominating me for this challenge… I do love a good quote and when I first started blogging I always used a quote as my title and this always prompted the words to spill forth and was the subject of my post…My brain is wired so that if you give me a word, a photo, a sentence any little prompt although I can’t guarantee that the story won’t be off the wall as my brain works in mysterious ways… Is that normal for a writer?

Although I will say ( before) anyone else does that ” normal” is not a descriptor which is ever applied to Moi…

Sally’s quote for Day One.

Does that mean my day one starts here so I have to pick 3…and there was me thinking I was going to get away with two….

I love Maya Angelou and Eleanor Roosevelt they were both amazing ladies and have many quotes and most quite brilliant….

So many quotes to choose from I tend to like quirky quotes and this one always makes me smile… Author unknown…I always wonder at that… Why?

The only time the world beats a path to your door is when you are in the bathroom! Anonymous…

..and is that just the truth?  Your mobile goes or someone has something so urgent that they talk through the door at you…..

How often has that happened to you? More times than I can count..I tell you…


It is also customary to nominate three other bloggers to pick up the challenge.. knowing how busy you are I will not be offended if you cannot participate but it is an excuse to give your latest post a plug anyway.

Firstly my friend SC Richmond 

At the moment she has a very good offer for you…. All three of her books at a very special price…

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Well worth it I have read her first two books and they are awesome and I can’t wait to read the third…. we are also sort of co-writing …The Charade…. I know Steph has been busy writing and I have been busy but I love that storyline and so want to know the ending… Maybe I will write another chapter very soon?

Secondly,  A man who always is kind, polite and helpful and shares all of our posts …A true gentleman….. 

Lastly, Sugar bundle Betty who can be found here....

A lovely lady who when I asked a question on one of her recipes went over and above to help me….. She really did and it was very much appreciated  …

I am always amazed and I don’t know why I am but bloggers are some of the nicest, kindest people on this earth…You should all give yourself a pat on the back because you are truly wonderful.

Thank you to Sally for nominating me…..  My second quote will be tomorrow…

Sally is a lovely lady who is among the most generous of bloggers who shares and promotes many other authors and bloggers most generously including Moi and for that, I truly thank her….

If you enjoyed this little post I can also now be found over on my new blog… first foray into self-hosting…I wonder if there are any quotes on that??? Maybe not printable though…Haha

Please pop over and say hello and let me know what you think…

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It will contain travel, recipes, traditions and lots more….

Until tomorrow….Stay safe, have fun and laugh a lot…





Carols Work in Progress – A #WiPW Guest Post!

Many thanx to Shaun from Clockwork Clouds for allowing me to guest post on his blog…Please pop over and see him he has a lovely blog and it is worth a read 🙂

Clockwork Clouds

I don’t know about you, but I can often get into the mindset that “there’s time to do something later” and, as such, I put dreams and passions to one side. The horror stories I then go on to hear, though, can make you think you’ll never get there; that a passion put to one side will never be felt. That said, sometimes you hear a story where a hobby was rediscovered, where the pieces aligned unexpectedly. Sometimes you’ll hear a story that shows us just how truly unpredictable life can be…. Carol, of Retired? No one told me! and, shares that kind of inspirational tale in today’s Work in Progress Wednesday (WiPW)! Please have a read.


Work in Progress!

WipW…..Shaun has very kindly allowed me to guest post on his blog and a very nice blog it is so give him some…

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