The LEARNERS AT LOVE Series

I was reading a post from Ashley, the creator of Mental Health @ Home, and I noticed she has a very cool…what’s the word?… “feature” that she can use on her posts. She has a block with her books advertised. You can click the box and it will take you to a post where you can read more about her books, and find a link to Amazon to be able to order a copy.

Well, I mentioned to Ashley that I thought this was a great idea. I am sure that if you have published books, you will know that there is something weird about the process of promoting and marketing them. Hey…we are writers, not advertisers. But having something to discreetly draw attention to the fact you have some books…if anyone would like to read them.

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Well…it is going to take me a while to write a main book post that will have a bit of a blurb about my books. I need to be wide awake to do that and I am struggling at the moment with a splitting headache that has lasted for two days. But from now on…I am going to frequently use my little book block. If you click it, currently it takes you to Amazon where you can download Book One on Amazon Kindle (for free if you are on Kindle Connect).

Ashley has given me the idea…and I am going to work on perfecting it when my head stops hurting!

THE CARAMEL CRUNCH #27

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WHEN IT COMES TO THE CRUNCH – WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

You are in love. You met someone several months ago and the romance has been growing steadily stronger. But you live a couple of hours apart so you are having to travel at weekends to spend time together. Your best friend complains that you don’t spend as much time with them anymore and you are putting your new romance before your best friend.

WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

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What is THE CARAMEL CRUNCH? Well, it’s all about decisions. When it comes to THE CRUNCH what would you do?

One of the definitions of the word CRUNCH is:

a crucial point or situation

 – generally involving a decision with weighty consequences

  • Your response can be a quickie. Please feel free to send a comment to say what you would do, and if you have time or are inclined, please feel free to explain your decision.
  • If you would like to create a post with a longer explanation of your decision, please pingback to THE CARAMEL CRUNCH post. (Or copy and paste a link to your post in the comments section – please feel free.)

If you know anything about CRUSHED CARAMEL, you will probably realize I am a gentle soul, so my questions are not supposed to be terrifying! What I am hoping for really is to see a variety of responses. Afterall, it’s pretty obvious that WordPress bloggers are from a huge variety of backgrounds and cultures. It would be fascinating to learn more about how we as individuals make decisions.

Some of the questions I am going to ask are questions I have discussed with friends when we have been having coffee or dinner. I often find there is no clear right or wrong. It can be so much a matter of our individual experiences and outlook. I find it fascinating how very different some of us are when it comes to decision making.

We all have different outlooks, and may make different decisions. I am really looking forward to learning WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

One Way Street, Decisions, Opportunity

 

 

Anyone For A Picnic?

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Please send your photos to:

crushedcaramel@gmail.com

This year we are holding the BAKING CONTEST for bloggers who love to bake. There are no restrictions on your choice of bake. It can be bread, biscuits, cakes or pastries. Savoury or sweet. Healthy or indulgent. Any combination of flavours! We would absolutely love an international feel to the events. So far…we have European, African and American dishes on the menu – but we would love to see more from Asia. So if you are able to spice up our picnic, we would be delighted!

For those who cannot find baking essentials in their local shops, we don’t want to leave you out. Please make something to bring along to the picnic. It can be anything you like, drinks, dips, salads…whatever you would love to see at a sensational picnic feast with other WordPress bloggers.

All you have to do is send your photos in to the email address above. Of course you can create your own post! We will link to your post during the BAKE-OFF to make sure lots of other bloggers see your work.

Remember THE GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE-OFF 2020 SUMMER PICNIC will be held on:

18/19th July

…but please send your photos as soon as you can. We are looking forward to sharing some amazing bakes and phenomenal picnic creations with you all!

It’s going to be great fun!!! We’ll be setting WordPress on fire! In a good way!!!

THE CARAMEL CRUNCH #26

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WHEN IT COMES TO THE CRUNCH – WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

Someone who cares about you, and knows you have had challenges, keeps on trying to offer you advice. Only it is not helpful. They use cliches and say things like “look on the bright side of life”…or “every cloud has a silver lining”…or worse! At first you tried to overlook what they were doing because you know they are well motivated, but they keep on doing it. It’s as if they have made you their mission.

WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

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What is THE CARAMEL CRUNCH? Well, it’s all about decisions. When it comes to THE CRUNCH what would you do?

One of the definitions of the word CRUNCH is:

a crucial point or situation

 – generally involving a decision with weighty consequences

  • Your response can be a quickie. Please feel free to send a comment to say what you would do, and if you have time or are inclined, please feel free to explain your decision.
  • If you would like to create a post with a longer explanation of your decision, please pingback to THE CARAMEL CRUNCH post. (Or copy and paste a link to your post in the comments section – please feel free.)

If you know anything about CRUSHED CARAMEL, you will probably realize I am a gentle soul, so my questions are not supposed to be terrifying! What I am hoping for really is to see a variety of responses. Afterall, it’s pretty obvious that WordPress bloggers are from a huge variety of backgrounds and cultures. It would be fascinating to learn more about how we as individuals make decisions.

Some of the questions I am going to ask are questions I have discussed with friends when we have been having coffee or dinner. I often find there is no clear right or wrong. It can be so much a matter of our individual experiences and outlook. I find it fascinating how very different some of us are when it comes to decision making.

We all have different outlooks, and may make different decisions. I am really looking forward to learning WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

One Way Street, Decisions, Opportunity

 

 

What Will Be In Our Picnic Basket?

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Bloggers have been sending in photographs of their baking for the BAKING CONTEST which will be judged by our kitchen guru and baking legend Jeanne, the creator of A Jeanne in the Kitchen. The bakes are looking fabulous.

We also have photos of picnic creations pouring in! What a feast the 2020 SUMMER PICNIC is set to be. There is still time to take part.

THE GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE-OFF 2020 SUMMER PICNIC will be held:

18/19th July 2020

But please send in your photos now to:

crushedcaramel@gmail.com

THE CARAMEL CRUNCH #25

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WHEN IT COMES TO THE CRUNCH – WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

The lady in front of you in the supermarket is looking at eggs. The supermarket has a two metre social distancing rule in place. You wait patiently for her. She opens several boxes of eggs all of different brands and then puts them back on the shelf. She carries on for a couple of minutes. You turn around and several other people are queuing behind you, all waiting to pick up some eggs. The lady in front of you still does not seem to have made her mind up as she continues checking each box of eggs on the shelf.

WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

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What is THE CARAMEL CRUNCH? Well, it’s all about decisions. When it comes to THE CRUNCH what would you do?

One of the definitions of the word CRUNCH is:

a crucial point or situation

 – generally involving a decision with weighty consequences

  • Your response can be a quickie. Please feel free to send a comment to say what you would do, and if you have time or are inclined, please feel free to explain your decision.
  • If you would like to create a post with a longer explanation of your decision, please pingback to THE CARAMEL CRUNCH post. (Or copy and paste a link to your post in the comments section – please feel free.)

If you know anything about CRUSHED CARAMEL, you will probably realize I am a gentle soul, so my questions are not supposed to be terrifying! What I am hoping for really is to see a variety of responses. Afterall, it’s pretty obvious that WordPress bloggers are from a huge variety of backgrounds and cultures. It would be fascinating to learn more about how we as individuals make decisions.

Some of the questions I am going to ask are questions I have discussed with friends when we have been having coffee or dinner. I often find there is no clear right or wrong. It can be so much a matter of our individual experiences and outlook. I find it fascinating how very different some of us are when it comes to decision making.

We all have different outlooks, and may make different decisions. I am really looking forward to learning WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

One Way Street, Decisions, Opportunity

 

 

THE CARAMEL CRUNCH #24

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WHEN IT COMES TO THE CRUNCH – WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

A workmate asks you if they can borrow some money from you (let’s say a week’s wages) from you until payday. They claim they will pay you back straight away. You do have the money they ask in your savings account, but you have been carefully putting a little money away for a long time in case of “a rainy day”.

WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

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What is THE CARAMEL CRUNCH? Well, it’s all about decisions. When it comes to THE CRUNCH what would you do?

One of the definitions of the word CRUNCH is:

a crucial point or situation

 – generally involving a decision with weighty consequences

  • Your response can be a quickie. Please feel free to send a comment to say what you would do, and if you have time or are inclined, please feel free to explain your decision.
  • If you would like to create a post with a longer explanation of your decision, please pingback to THE CARAMEL CRUNCH post. (Or copy and paste a link to your post in the comments section – please feel free.)

If you know anything about CRUSHED CARAMEL, you will probably realize I am a gentle soul, so my questions are not supposed to be terrifying! What I am hoping for really is to see a variety of responses. Afterall, it’s pretty obvious that WordPress bloggers are from a huge variety of backgrounds and cultures. It would be fascinating to learn more about how we as individuals make decisions.

Some of the questions I am going to ask are questions I have discussed with friends when we have been having coffee or dinner. I often find there is no clear right or wrong. It can be so much a matter of our individual experiences and outlook. I find it fascinating how very different some of us are when it comes to decision making.

We all have different outlooks, and may make different decisions. I am really looking forward to learning WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

One Way Street, Decisions, Opportunity

 

 

THE GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE-OFF 2020 SUMMER PICNIC

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Now is the time to send photos of your baking or picnic creations to:

crushedcaramel@gmail.com

Everyone is welcome to join in the fun!

The baking and picnic creations of international WordPress bloggers will be featured on 18/19th July 2020!!! Thank you to everyone who has already sent in photographs! The BAKE-OFF AND PICNIC PARADE  are going to be a feast for your eyes!!!

There is still time left to get baking or get making picnic treats. Just remember to send a photo (or photos) in to the email address above!

Get ready for the PARTY!!! THE GREAT BLOGGERS’ BAKE-OFF 2020 SUMMER PICNIC is coming soooooooooooon!!

These Are A Few Of My Favourite Feelings

sfdkgvgggLately I am glad of everybody and everything that is uplifting and encouraging. Working for the NHS is tiring and I am missing my family and friends (including Jack), my normal life of projects all over London and working with lots of volunteers from various ages and backgrounds, and sad not to be going to Australia to see my Goldfinch.

I need cheering up!!! WordPress bloggers are helping lift my spirits by sharing their favourite things! I was also nominated to take part in the TEN OF MY FAVOURITE FEELINGS challenge by Sadje, the creator of Keep it alive, as you can see from her post below:

Tagged- Ten of my Favorite feeling!

This lovely challenge was created by the fabulous X A N D R I A as you can see from her original post below:

10 Of My Favourite Feelings | A New Tag

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TEN OF MY FAVOURITE FEELINGS

1. Hearing the voices of my family on the phone. Especially the voice of my little niece singing to me. Even better is being with my family. But because of the social distancing restrictions I have not been able to them for months.

2. The excitement that builds when my train/plane is just about to arrive and I know that Goldfinch is waiting for me. Falling asleep with his arms wrapped around me.

Nature, Flower, Landscape, Plant, Tree3. Walking in the woods when they are empty of people, and listening to birdsong, seeing squirrels scamper, feeling golden sunshine on my skin and discovering purple carpets of bluebells. Sensing how much life is throbbing all around me. Realizing I cannot hear any cars nor can I see any grey concrete. Imagining the day when the whole earth will be a paradise.

4. Slipping in between fresh sheets in my bed and breathing in the sandalwood fabric spray. My “thank you for this day and please help me to make your heart glad” prayer before I drift away into sweet sleep.

5. Sitting in the Royal Albert Hall as the audience suddenly goes silent and the orchestra begin to play. Especially when it is a John Williams tribute concern or a Music From the Movies event!

6. Signs that winter is over and spring and summer are on the way – snowdrops and ducklings, lambs and cherry-tree blossoms make way for everything I love!!

7. Snuggling up on the sofa with Jack and listening to him tell me how his day was. Gladness that he is back in my life and we are at peace. Thrill at the thought when the whole human family is at peace and pain and resentment are all forgotten.

reuifghwl8. Diving into cool water on a hot day. My favourite water experience was when we went scuba diving in Turkey. Tiny little fish swimming in and out of our fingers – it was amazing!

9. Lacing up my hiking boots to go walking with friends and then after a steep ascent, arriving at the top of a hill or mountain and taking in a breathtaking view! (Can I also mention one of the most amazing moments of my life when we were sledging in the North of Sweden and the sun started to rise turning the snow in to a dazzling rainbow of colours!)

the team.jpg10. Being at a large event with thousands of other volunteers I have met and worked with over the past twenty two years. The hugs, the laughter, the singing. Realizing we don’t need a police presence at our events despite tens of thousands of people of all ages and cultures being present. Seeing the joy volunteers display as they clean and repair the area and leave it better than before we arrived. Dreaming of the day the whole earth will be clean and full of joyful people who work together to keep our home planet beautiful.

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We were asked to provide ten of our favourite feelings…but I am going to give you a bonus feeling! I sing to myself on the way to and from work…and I often choose to sing songs from “The Sound Of Music”. I also love love love the anticipation as the opening few minutes of footage take you on a tour of Salzburg before Julie Andrews begins to sing “The hills are alive…with the sound of music”!!! It is so gorgeous!!!