Smorgasbord Blog Sitting Specials – The Menu and Contributors February 15th – 20th.

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Here is the menu for posts while I am away for a few days in Portsmouth to visit my sisters for a girls long weekend. I will be offline but I am leaving you in the very capable hands of my blog sitters.

I am here as usual until Wednesday and then handing over the reins on Thursday 15th until Tuesday 20th.  I have scheduled some of my regular posts such as Letters from America, Laughter Lines, Cafe Updates, Sally’s Drive Time Playlist etc in their regular slots.

I will respond to comments on my return, but as always your likes, shares and comments will be much appreciated.

Thursday 15th February.

A warm welcome to a new contributor Cage Dunn, an Australian author who shares his thoughts on the life and commitment of a storyteller. 10.30 am.

Vicki Steward will be sharing her home town of Glastonbury where…

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Signs Your Angels are Around

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Signs the Angels are visiting or leaving you a message

Have you ever found a feather randomly on the ground as you were walking somewhere? Have you found a coin on the ground? Ever looked up at the sky and found a distinct pattern in the clouds that resembled something of significance to you? These are all forms of communication from angels leaving subtle messages for you. Often they appear at opportune times in our lives when we may feel sad or troubled and the angels want us to know they are around and there for us.

Whether we believe in angels or not, we all have our own guardian angels.  We have only to get to know them. There are oodles of books available about angels and I would highly recommend reading Doreen Virtue’s books for a great introduction to angels and beyond. And if you’re just looking for…

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Thistledown – Midsummer Bedlam 24 — The Other Seer

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Thank you for flying over to the faery land of Thistledown.  

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I mentioned “mushrooms” to a couple of readers when I wrote the previous episode, Spores*.   Photographer, Tim Price kindly offered to let me use some beautiful images he captured of mushrooms.  You’ll see them throughout this chapter.  You can also see even more at his blog, T & L Photos*.

Writing Process

When writing serials, particularly stories that go on for months, I sometimes reach points where I need to tie up loose ends.  I also might need to leave answers for clues I’ve left along the way.  This is such an episode.  So the pace is not as fast, and it’s a little longer than the past few chapters.  I hope you’ll still enjoy the story.  Now to Thistledown.

Previously in Thistledown — Midsummer Bedlam

Bedlam Thunder’s seemingly endless…

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Tales from the Irish Garden – A sneak preview – Jeremy the Donkey by Sally Cronin

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I thought I would give you a sneak preview for Tales from the Irish Garden. (temporary cover) It is not gone through the full editing experience as yet but I hope you will enjoy.

My brother is four years younger than I am and his name is Jeremy. When he was small we used to tell him a bedtime story about Jeremy the Donkey. I have expanded the story to become a chapter in the new Tales from the Irish Garden and I am using one of the illustrations that I asked Donata Zawadzka to create for me with this little donkey in mind.

Unlike the first book of short stories, this is one story split into four seasons which I hope will be enjoyed by all ages from young children and adults.

This is from the second season of the book – Spring.

Image – Donkey @Tales from the…

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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Update – Balroop Singh, Jack Eason, Toni Pike, Amy Hoff and Lynn Otty

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Welcome to the Friday edition of the Author Update where I share new releases and recent reviews for authors in the Cafe and bookstore.

The first author today with news is Balroop Singh with a new review for her poetry collection Emerging From Shadows.

About Emerging from Shadows poetry collection

From darkness into light, from despair onto the wider ways of hope…life oscillates between sunshine and shadows. Emerging from shadows is a choice, which lies dormant, which can be gently inspired by self-talk. Each poem in this book banks on the hope of emerging stronger, saner, positive and resilient. Each poem in this book would talk to you, revealing layers of enclosed emotions. Each poem would divulge a secret path that could lead you into the world of poise and serenity.

When turbulences hit, when shadows of life darken, when they come like unseen robbers, with muffled exterior, when they…

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The Book of Runes – My Journey Begins

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I’ve always been attracted to stones, rocks, crystals – mountains. There is something about the feel of stone, a communication of sorts, that excites me. I’ve always felt that way, even as a young child. Stones were my friends.

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That love of rocks eventually led me to my exploration of crystals and their healing properties. I keep my crystals near me along with my statue of Quan Yin as I write. The combination of the two helps my imagination soar.

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Crystal and Quan Yin – a winning combination

You can imagine my surprise when I starting a reading a fantasy series called The Rose Shield, by acclaimed author D. Wallace Peach, which indirectly led me to something new… rune stones. Diana describes her writing experience using rune stones in this post on my blog.

I can’t help but wonder that if I hadn’t read Diana’s books would I have…

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