Category My life

#Orkney – The Italian Chapel – SO beautiful #Scotland

Tanked up on caffeine after our ferry trip, we set off from St. Margaret’s Hope on South Ronaldsay, first stop, the truly awesome (in so many ways) ITALIAN CHAPEL, on the tiny island of Lamb Holm. Like so many of the Hebridean islands, there are causeways linking islands together, but these on Orkney came about […]

Over the sea to #Orkney, #holiday

I’ve learned a bit from the past few island hopping holidays, where I used a holiday company to organise the ferries and accommodation. This holiday was to be rather different as a friend – a fellow dressage judge, the only dressage judge on Orkney – had invited us to stay with her. As a consequence, […]

John O’Groats – North coast of #Scotland – as far as you can go? #Holiday

STILL mired in the events of this horrendously challenging year, I am once again resorting to sharing my travels with you instead of anything writing related. Fortunately, it seems you love reading about the wonders of Scotland! In desperate need of some clear head space, I’d arranged to leave for Scotland the day after mum’s […]

Memories – Los Angeles, 1995

Going through everything in my parent’s house is turning into a real trip down memory lane. Almost every item has memories attached, and photos are, of course, one of those small things that steal oodles of time as soon as you take them out of the packet (good old-fashioned prints, of course). I’m going to […]

Rememberance

Remembrance Day this year, for me, is particularly poignant, bringing back memories of my parents, now both at rest. My father spent his youth in the army during WW2, largely as a motorcycle dispatch rider, who sometimes found himself behind enemy lines. I am so grateful he survived. He had good times as well, spending […]

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Edinburgh offers the most amazing amount of things to do and see – this was my third visit and still so much more left for future visits. I was disappointed to have missed this one… Perhaps there will be a repeat one day. We were there during the start of the festival, and the town […]

Wild and Majestic – an exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

On the final day of our short break in Edinburgh in July, we had a very exciting evening planned (next post, I promise), so I set up an easy day, with a gentle walk through the old town to the National Museum of Scotland, to view the WILD AND MAJESTIC exhibition. Quoting from the advertising: […]

#Wildlife trip – the Isle of May, to see Puffins! #Scotland #holiday

I’ve had a lovely break away on Orkney following mum’s funeral, and my head is a little clearer. I’m experiencing a very strange mixture of emotions, the most unexpected being startling sensations of freedom, and I’m starting to realise that when you are caring for someone long-term, you don’t realise how much continual, low-level stress […]

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Sunday Interview – Deborah Jay with an extract from The Prince’s Man – Book One of The Five Kingdoms Series

Originally posted on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine:
Please welcome my guest today, author Deborah Jay who will also be sharing an excerpt from The Prince‚Äôs Man which is Book One in The Five Kingdoms Series which is also on offer at 99p/99c this weekend. Firstly a brief introduction to Deborah… Deborah Jay writes fast-paced fantasy adventures…

How early did you begin #storytelling?

I’m leaving for holiday tomorrow, so I thought before I go that I’d share one more memory with you. While going through my Mum’s papers, I came across an old school exercise book of mine that she’d kept – I was astounded to find some early indications of where I would be going, decades later. […]