Grownup Summer #Holiday. Part 2 (By Barb’s Dog Peri.) #humor #dog #travel

Barb Taub

After two days of the shipboard torture fun (described here) in which I steadfastly refused all of Barb and the Hub’s entreaties to “go here”, we docked at Santander in Spain.

What fresh hell is this? Barb wants me to ignore a lifetime of proper behavior to piddle on a blue-painted Poop(less) Deck? As if! I’ll just hold on for two days until I can find a proper bit of grass to go as Mother Nature and all that’s holy intended. 


HOW TO MEET THE LOCALS (by Peri Taub, International Dog of Mystery)

Humans are always telling my person Barb how much they want to travel so they can meet interesting new people.*

*⇒[Nobody has ever accused Barb of being polite, so it completely amazes me she hasn’t replied (yet) with, “Maybe the interesting people don’t want to meet you?”

Instead Barb usually lists a bunch of…

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Guest Post – #Life – I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by Carol Taylor

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

I am sure like me, there have been times when you have wondered what difference might have been made to your life, if your younger self had been gifted with the experience and knowledge you have accumulated over the years.

I invited several friends from the writing community to share their thoughts on this subject which I am sure you will enjoy as much as I did.

I wish I knew then what I know now! by Carol Taylor

When Sally invited me to partake in this prompt, I racked my brain for days and just couldn’t think what to write… but how could I get to my age and not “Wish I knew then what I know now”

We have all had those moments when we wish we had the knowledge and insight we possess now a few weeks, months or years ago…

Would I have remained footloose and…

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SIX OF ONE – G. B. WILLIAMS

Crime Cymru

In this feature, we ask our Crime Cymru authors to name six things that influenced their life and shaped them as a writer. This week it’s the turn of G. B. Williams.

Six of One

  1. One Film

Blade Runner. I loved this film from the very first viewing – even with the voice over that gets a bad rap. I have lost count of the number of times that I’ve watched the various cuts. Rick Deckard is a police officer with a very specific task, he might even be a replicant himself, argue that as you will. Though not the first future policeman I’d ever seen, it was the one that made me think they could be interesting. I have read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, the book on which the film is based, and unusually I would struggle to say which was the best. They…

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Smorgasbord Bookshelf – Summer Book Fair 2022 – First in Series – #Family Saga Judith Barrow, #Mystery N.A. Granger

Summer Book Fair 2022 – First in Series.So grateful,Sally, for this.x

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Over the course of the next three months I will be sharing the authors who feature in the Smorgasbord Bookshelf with the books that I have reviewed and can personally recommend.

In this first part of the summer fair, I am sharing books that are the first in a series in both adult and children’s books along with one of their five star reviews. I hope that this will encourage you to enjoy the series in full. I will feature every author on the shelves by the end of the summer. I hope you will enjoy.

The first author is Judith Barrow whose books I have enjoyed and the first that I read was Pattern of Shadows: Howarth Family Saga Series Book 1 and the series and additional books that explore the origins of the family and their lives are wonderful.

About the book

Mary is a nursing sister at…

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Guest Post – #Life – I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by Diana Peach

Loving these posts.One day,I will write my own,” I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now!” Until then,having missed so much lately I am seeking out all the other writers’ thoughts and memories. Diana’s has given me some reflection.Thank you both..

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

I am sure like me, there have been times when you have wondered what difference might have been made to your life, if your younger self had been gifted with the experience and knowledge you have accumulated over the years.

I invited several friends from the writing community to share their thoughts on this subject which I am sure you will enjoy as much as I did.

Today author Diana Wallace Peach shares her thoughts on the prompt and how low moments and the high points in our lives are all part of the journey.

I wish I knew then what I know now by Diana Peach

Diana in 1977

The invitation from Sally to share our reflections on “I wish I knew then what I know now” has delivered some wonderful and personal responses from the blogging community.

Most who’ve submitted have confessed to taking some time to reflect…

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How to take a grownup summer #holiday. By Barb’s dog Peri. #ThrowbackThursday #humor

Just a hint of what’s to come with Barb’s next book. Wonderful!!

Barb Taub

Note from my dog Peri: 

This is an excerpt from my upcoming book about my travel adventures with Barb.

It started the night Barb sat bolt upright in bed and reached over to shake the Hub. “Sorry,” he muttered automatically. 

She was suspicious.”For what?” 

“For whatever you’re shaking me about.” (He’s an experienced husband, even half asleep.)

“No, I just realized something.” She waited. “Aren’t you going to ask what?” Snoring was the only answer from the other occupant of the marital bed. 

Barb turned to me, the one person who always agrees with her. “Peri, I just realized something. Child #4 has graduated and moved to another continent to start her first job. For the first time in more than three decades, we’re free! We can go anyplace we want. We only need to rent one hotel room and we can drink too much, spend…

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Guest Feature – Joy M. Lilley

Patricia M Osborne

Something a little different today. Author, Joy M. Lilley has recently returned from a cruise and she was inspired by the sights in Italy that she wanted to share on Patricia’s Pen. Hope you enjoy.

Revelations

Joy M. Lilley

A recent trip away with my other half prompted the writing of this piece. We were on a long-awaited cruise. Cancelled twice because of Covid-19. The trip took us over 786 nautical miles from Southampton docks to Rome and back. We visited seven countries, including; The Vatican City, areas of Spain, France and Italy. It is two sightings in Italy I wish to focus on. The first being The Field of Miracles where we found The Leaning Tower of Pisa and the second, the Vatican City, sitting in the capitol, Rome. These two places made the most impression on me.

Pisa is in the Provence of Tuscany…

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Smorgasbord Bookshelf – Summer Book Fair 2022- First in Series – #Thriller John W. Howell, #Mystery #Romance Marcia Meara

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Over the course of the next three months I will be sharing the authors who feature in the Smorgasbord Bookshelf with the books that I have reviewed and can personally recommend.

In this first part of the summer fair, I am sharing books that are the first in a series in both adult and children’s books along with one of their five star reviews. I hope that this will encourage you to enjoy the series in full. I will feature every author on the shelves by the end of the summer. I hope you will enjoy.

The first author today is John W. Howell with the first in the John J. Cannon series, My GRL, which I thoroughly enjoyed along with John’s other books.

About the book

John J. Cannon, a successful San Francisco lawyer, needs some well-deserved time off. He takes a leave of absence from the firm…

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Virtues, Vices and Heroics

Thorne Moore

True to my policy of always bringing Jane Austen into any post if I can, our Jane once suggested, when writing Emma, that she was creating a heroine whom no one would like except herself. Oddly, although many readers might find Emma’s snobbery rather ridiculous, they don’t mind her at all. The Austen heroine that everyone finds very difficult to like is Fanny Price in Mansfield Park, the unspeakably virtuous girl for whom Jane Austen had a special affection – although I wish she hadn’t referred to her as “my Fanny.”

The question is, does the protagonist in a novel have to be likeable? I want to be able to inhabit my main characters and understand why they think, say, do what they do, even if they are not people I would like to spend an evening with. I need to empathise without necessarily sympathising. It isn’t their…

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Today’s #AuthorInTheSpotlight is Dianne Haley | The Watchmaker’s Daughter | @bookouture @dhaley30

Portobello Book Blog

I’m pleased to be joined by Edinburgh based writer Dianne Haley today. Dianne’s debut novel, The Watchmaker’s Daughter, was published by Bookouture in April and is the first in The Resistance Girl series.

Thanks for joining me Dianne. First of all, can you tell my readers what inspired you to start writing?

When I was between jobs a few years ago I had the idea for the plot of a contemporary crime novel. I decided to see if I would be able to write a full-length book. It was my first serious attempt,since I wrote stories and poems when I was much younger.

Tell me about your journey to publication.

After finishing my first book,I went back to work, but I was hooked.I attended writing talks, courses and conferences and also joined writing groups locally. I wrote another few contemporary novels and then had the idea for my historical…

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Guest Post – #Life – I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by D.G. Kaye

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

I am sure like me, there have been times when you have wondered what difference might have been made to your life, if your younger self had been gifted with the experience and knowledge you have accumulated over the years.

I invited several friends from the writing community to share their thoughts on this subject which I am sure you will enjoy as much as I did.

Today my friend and fellow collaborator here on Smorgasbord, D.G. Kaye (Debby Gies)shares her thoughts on the prompt.

I Wish I Knew Then by Debby Gies

Thank you, Sally for inviting me here today to share my thoughts on, I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now. This was an interesting question because of course, hindsight is always 20/20.

I’ve lived my life learning from life – life lessons. These are experiences in life that we could never imagine until we’ve…

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – 30th May – 5th June 2022 – Home Renovations, Hits 1996, Summer Book Fair, Shortstories, Reviews, Blogger Weekly, Health and Humour

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

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

I hope you have enjoyed a good week… We have been busy with getting the new dining room up and running and our office established in the kitchen diner.. That is all done but my studio piece still needs some fine tuning and my podcast stories will be back again next week.. I thought you might like to see some before and after photos on the dining room which had to be stripped, ceilings and walls painted, floor sanded and varnished and new curtains.

There are some other jobs to get on with now upstairs and outside but we are getting there. We christened the new dining room with a visit of our niece over from England which was a lovely way to celebrate.

On the blog front

This week on the series by…

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Guest Post – #Life – I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now! by Roberta Eaton Cheadle

Lovely Sally Cronin from Smorgasbord Blog Magazine is running a series of posts entitled I wish I knew ten what I know now! It really is an interesting and entertain series and I am really enjoying it. Sally kindly invited me to write a guest post for this series and you can read it here: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2022/05/31/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-guest-post-life-i-wish-i-knew-then-what-i-know-now-by-roberta-eaton-cheadle/

My big take away from writing this particular post is that if you are to focused on a particular life plan, you can miss out on opportunities that you don’t appreciate for what they are due to being single minded. Sally is a person who has grabbed opportunities and her life has been a great adventure of ups and downs. It provides for very interesting reading and my favourite of Sally’s wonderful books is Just an Odd Job Girl which depicts a woman who was adventurous and had a lot of great jobs prior…

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Illustrious Ancestors

Thorne Moore

One of my ancestors was made a freeman of the borough of Pembroke. I know this because it’s recorded in his parish register.

Now what I know about people being granted the freedom of the borough is that it is a significant honour reserved for those who have done something of great value to the town, like freeing it from a plague of rats, or who had done something immensely noteworthy, like being the first man ever to row backwards round the world in a bathtub, using his wooden leg as a oar. That sort of thing.

So when I discovered that my Anthony Thorne was made Freeman of Pembroke borough in 1714, I was quite excited. What could he have done to earn such a signal honour? It was especially puzzling as he was a farmer in the parish of Nolton, which is fifteen miles from Pembroke for the…

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Holiday adventure and the worst thing… #Gigha #Scotland #travel

Barb Taub

One of the first things you learn about Scotland is to drop everything and take advantage of great weather. One of the second things is not to wait for great weather. Yesterday, we did both. It was a holiday weekend thanks to the Queen’s Jubilee in honor of her 70-year reign.

We went out to lunch. It took the whole day. I woke a shocked Hub before breakfast and told him the azaleas were in bloom at Achamore Gardens on the tiny island of Gigha. I gave him 30 minutes before we had to leave to make the ferry at Lochranza, on the north end of Arran. It wasn’t pretty, but to my amazement, we made it into the second-to-last slot for the small ferry to Claonaig on the mainland.

We drove across the Kintyre peninsula to the even smaller Gigha ferry, arriving with plenty of time to see the…

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