Genius

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As I type this for #WordoftheWeek with The Reading Residence, I’ve got the tune from the Cadbury’s Dairy Milk ad playing through my PC (click the photo credit link above for the tune).  I was meandering through my facebook and saw my friend had shared the link.  It only takes a couple of minutes to watch/listen.  I challenge you not to be mesmerised by it, or to feel happier for watching it.  It’s a ‘genius’.

 

Start your day with a spring in your step #freethejoy as they say on the Dairy Milk ad.

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Disclaimer: This blog was written by me for #WordoftheWeek ~ it is not an advert, just a link to a fantastic video and great song

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A slice of cake and a good read anyone?

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Lovely, scrumptious, delicious cake!

Unless it’s for medical reasons or a diet, you’d be hard-pushed to find someone in the stratosphere who doesn’t eat cake.

Almost everybody likes cake.

Whether it’s:

“…just a tiny slither – I’m on a diet!”

or

“Oh go on, just a little bit more!”

or even

“Keep going, keep going… lovely thanks! Can you pass the cream please?”

There is no denying that cake is pretty universally liked.

Cake brings people together for celebrations, for commiserations, for congratulations.  Cake brings people together for fun, for fruitiness, for (over) indulgence, for, “one last one before the diet starts”.

In fact all of this talking cakes got me to realising that a nice piece of cake is like a good piece of writing:

If you take the time to choose the right, good quality ingredients, you’ve got a starter for ten.

You can look through a shop window at the latest offerings and keep walking or give into temptation…

You can gulp both of them down but miss out on some of the best bits if they’re not savoured.

You share them both with friends – or keep both of them all for yourself!

They can both unite people and cause disagreements (who isn’t just being polite when they refuse the last slice of cake if offered?!)

If left for long enough at the right temperature, they can both result in a mouth-watering treat to delight and tantalise your taste-buds!

A  good cake and a good book.  The perfect partnership.  Now all that’s missing is the coffee…

Cake anyone?

This week’s #TheThemeGame with The Reading Residence and Redpeffer is ‘cake’. Why not join in?

 

The Theme Game

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You know that book you’ve always wanted to turn into an eBook?

You know that you’ve never known how to do it?

Well, Virtually All Sorts can show you how ~ create your eBook the Easy Peasy way today!

A slice of cake and a good read anyone?

cake theme game

Picture source: via Pinterest

Lovely, scrumptious, delicious cake!

Unless it’s for medical reasons or a diet, you’d be hard-pushed to find someone in the stratosphere who doesn’t eat cake.

Almost everybody likes cake.

Whether it’s:

“…just a tiny slither – I’m on a diet!”

or

“Oh go on, just a little bit more!”

or even

“Keep going, keep going… lovely thanks! Can you pass the cream please?”

There is no denying that cake is pretty universally liked.

Cake brings people together for celebrations, for commiserations, for congratulations.  Cake brings people together for fun, for fruitiness, for (over) indulgence, for, “one last one before the diet starts”.

In fact all of this talking cakes got me to realising that a nice piece of cake is like a good piece of writing:

If you take the time to choose the right, good quality ingredients, you’ve got a starter for ten.

You can look through a shop window at the latest offerings and keep walking or give into temptation…

You can gulp both of them down but miss out on some of the best bits if they’re not savoured.

You share them both with friends – or keep both of them all for yourself!

They can both unite people and cause disagreements (who isn’t just being polite when they refuse the last slice of cake if offered?!)

If left for long enough at the right temperature, they can both result in a mouth-watering treat to delight and tantalise your taste-buds!

A  good cake and a good book.  The perfect partnership.  Now all that’s missing is the coffee…

Cake anyone?

This week’s #TheThemeGame with The Reading Residence and Redpeffer is ‘cake’. Why not join in?

 

The Theme Game

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You know that book you’ve always wanted to turn into an eBook?

You know that you’ve never known how to do it?

Well, Virtually All Sorts can show you how ~ create your eBook the Easy Peasy way today!

Are you a bookworm?

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I’ve joined in with ‘My Fictional World’ for this week’s #WordoftheWeek – hosted by Jocelyn at The Reading Residence.  My word this week is ‘bookworm’.

What were your favourite reads from your childhood?

From my younger childhood ‘The Enchanted Wood’ and ‘The Magic Faraway Tree’ without a shadow of a doubt – both by Enid Blyton, of course.  I also absolutely loved the seven days ‘Topsy and Tim’ boxset.

There are always those books that defined your teen reads and stay with you – what were yours?
The ‘Sweet Valley High’ series and the ‘St Clares’ and ‘Mallory Towers’ box sets.  A little later on definitely anything by Judy Blume.  I was completely absorbed in any and all of her books.

Who are your favourite authors currently?
I tend to flit around and don’t usually stick with just one author.  Saying that, the last ones I read were both by Daniel Glattauer.

Which 3 genres do you gravitate towards most often?
Mystery, historical fiction (if that is such a genre!), anything Jane Austen-esque

Can you choose your top titles from each of those genres?
‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ by Khaled Hosseini

‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen

‘The Journey’ author unknown unfortunately

And your least favourite genres?

Chick Lit (at least I have to be in ‘just’ the right mood for this)

Horror

Thriller/suspense

Of the many, many fictional and fantastical worlds, where would you most like to visit?
The Magic Faraway Tree, Hogwarts, Pemberley… yes please!

Everyone loves a villain, right?! Who would make your favourites list?
Hmmm I’m going to cop out of this one… not sure.

Share the books that have had you sobbing?
‘P.S. I Love You’

‘Homecoming’ – again I can’t remember the author

And let’s end on a high! Which books leave a smile on your face, and maybe elicit a few laughs?!

‘Mr MacGregor’ by Alan Titchmarsh.  Such a fantastic, light-hearted read.  If more than a little bit of cheese 😉

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I really enjoy dipping into the following blogs on reading and writing.  Why not join in, answer the questions and ‘tag’ some of your favourite blogs?…

Sandra Danby

Chris Hilton Writer

Katrina Anne Willis

My Liquid Life

Raani York

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So you know that book you’ve always wanted to turn into an eBook?

 

You know that you’ve never known how to do it?

 

Well, Virtually All Sorts can show you how ~ create your eBook the Easy Peasy way today!

Are you a bookworm?

bookworm wotw

Picture source: via Pinterest

I’ve joined in with ‘My Fictional World’ for this week’s #WordoftheWeek – hosted by Jocelyn at The Reading Residence.  My word this week is ‘bookworm’.

What were your favourite reads from your childhood?

From my younger childhood ‘The Enchanted Wood’ and ‘The Magic Faraway Tree’ without a shadow of a doubt – both by Enid Blyton, of course.  I also absolutely loved the seven days ‘Topsy and Tim’ boxset.

There are always those books that defined your teen reads and stay with you – what were yours?
The ‘Sweet Valley High’ series and the ‘St Clares’ and ‘Mallory Towers’ box sets.  A little later on definitely anything by Judy Blume.  I was completely absorbed in any and all of her books.

Who are your favourite authors currently?
I tend to flit around and don’t usually stick with just one author.  Saying that, the last ones I read were both by Daniel Glattauer.

Which 3 genres do you gravitate towards most often?
Mystery, historical fiction (if that is such a genre!), anything Jane Austen-esque

Can you choose your top titles from each of those genres?
‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ by Khaled Hosseini

‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen

‘The Journey’ author unknown unfortunately

And your least favourite genres?

Chick Lit (at least I have to be in ‘just’ the right mood for this)

Horror

Thriller/suspense

Of the many, many fictional and fantastical worlds, where would you most like to visit?
The Magic Faraway Tree, Hogwarts, Pemberley… yes please!

Everyone loves a villain, right?! Who would make your favourites list?
Hmmm I’m going to cop out of this one… not sure.

Share the books that have had you sobbing?
‘P.S. I Love You’

‘Homecoming’ – again I can’t remember the author

And let’s end on a high! Which books leave a smile on your face, and maybe elicit a few laughs?!

‘Mr MacGregor’ by Alan Titchmarsh.  Such a fantastic, light-hearted read.  If more than a little bit of cheese 😉

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I really enjoy dipping into the following blogs on reading and writing.  Why not join in, answer the questions and ‘tag’ some of your favourite blogs?…

Sandra Danby

Chris Hilton Writer

Katrina Anne Willis

My Liquid Life

Raani York

wordoftheweek#

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So you know that book you’ve always wanted to turn into an eBook?

 

You know that you’ve never known how to do it?

 

Well, Virtually All Sorts can show you how ~ create your eBook the Easy Peasy way today!

Ironing out the creases – or not

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‘Board’

Yes, ‘board’ as in ironing board, not ‘bored’ as in ‘I’m bored’!

When The Daily Post asked “which household task do you least enjoy?”, I thought it would be great to link up and also have ‘board’ as my #Word of the Week with The Reading Residence..

You see, we do own an ironing board in our house but I can’t even say I enjoy ironing, never mind enjoy it the least… because I don’t even do ironing!  The irony…

There, I’ve said it.  Our clothes have creases!  Yes they’re not smooth but they’re clean and dry and they fit.  Hubby irons his work shirts, I iron my uniform for work (begrudgingly…) and that is as far as my ironing goes.  It’s not because I’m lazy – far from it – I’m very very busy and don’t see the point in stressing over a few creases.

No slaving over an ironing board for me thank you very much!

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Neighbours

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It’s quite apt that I write a post about neighbours, given that this morning I spoke to a friend on FaceTime while they holiday in Australia!

I absolutely loved the Aussie soap in its heyday. ‘Neighbours’ was on twice a day and I was one of the millions of viewers hooked. It fascinated me that they would just walk into each others’ houses, while we used to avoid going out of our house fullstop, for fear of being stopped by our neighbour for a matter. She ever stopped. Ever! A lonely old soul, she couldn’t drive and being rural, we were her only contact with the outside world (apart from her son who lived at home), sometimes for days in a row. The times our mum used to be hanging out washing and we would have to say the phone was ringing… Bad I know, but necessary to be able to get anything done.

It’s true that everybody needs good neighbours and if she needed anything of course we would have obliged, but sometimes our neighbours can eat into your time…

This post is for The Daily Prompt.

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What is white and can heal?

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What is white and can heal?

Another question: are you aligned?

 I ask because until recently, I’m certain that I wasn’t…  Until I had my first ever reiki session.  It felt amazing.  I felt more peaceful and more ‘me’.  The experience got me to looking more into the chakras and crystals.
There are many types of crystals, of many, many different size, shape, colour and ‘function’.  Being a person with very much a positive outlook on life, I’m always open-minded with ‘these things’ (as sceptical people may say!).  So please allow me to share with you what I have learnt about some white ‘healing’ crystals.
These are all connected with the crown chakra (more on chakras shortly):
Apophyllite – can help to increase intuition and spiritual connection
White jade – can help with calming, grounding and of course healing
Scolecite – can help with calming, grounding and can help protect the wearer against negative energies
So what about chakras? What are they? Well, they’re colour-coded according to each ‘energy centre’ or chakra, of the body.
But where do you even start?
Let’s start from the very top of the body:
The crown chakra at the top of the head. This is the gateway to the white state of enlightenment, spirituality and wisdom.  The crown is in fact the 7th chakra, so we will go in reverse order…
6th – the 3rd eye or all-seeing eye which is purple for intuition and awareness
5th – the throat which is blue and can open up communication and purity
4th – the heart which is green and of course can open up all things emotional
3rd – the solar plexus which is yellow and is connected to the force. In other words, it’s connected to personal power
2nd – the splenic chakra which is orange and is connected to sexuality and emotional balance
1st – the root chakra which is red and is your grounding chakra
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To learn much more about the different crystals and their ‘meanings’, these sites are a wealth of information
 (a google search will reveal many more…)
You see, we all experience various levels of stress and we all need a bit of calm. Whatever your views on the earth’s energy, there’s no doubt that I’ve felt more ‘at one’ and more aligned since encountering this world.

I wrote this post for this week’s #TheThemeGame with The Reading Residence and Redpeffer is ‘white’. There’s still time to join in…

 

The Theme Game

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The 3 A’s ~ An Adventure Awaits…

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Adventure

Because I love being inspired with writing ideas. Because I love feeling the initial idea grow ‘roots’. Because I love jotting down notes as the ideas ‘stem’ off into full flow to form the writing. Because I love a challenge that pushes me, despite my many other commitments of a varying nature. Because I like to take a little time for me. Because I was looking to get involved with another linky for this blog (like the one this post is written for – #Word of the Week).
Just because.
I’m going to take part in the April #AtoZChallenge  starting in, well April!
So yes, there is much anticipation for an alphabet ‘adventure’ here at VirtuallyAllSorts.
Why do it?
Because I can…
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Is it a play or a tragedy?

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This week’s #TheThemeGame with The Reading Residence and Redpeffer is ‘play’. Why not join in? It’s a tragedy not to…

I must try to see more quality Shakespeare.

After a brief chat with my Mum about a poor production of ‘Hamlet’, it got me to thinking of an excellent film adaptation I saw years ago.  Mel Gibson was Hamlet and Helena  Bonham-Carter was Ophelia.  Having studied ‘Hamlet’ at A-level too many years ago to be specific, I can remember a handful of quotes from the play.  I’m sure I’ll remember them to my dying day. Not so much because of the duration of my study or technique but because of my fascination with, and love of, The Bard.  It would be so lovely if our little bear enjoys the arts.  She already loves watching the pantos on CBeebies and reading.  I also hope that when she starts school, her teachers nurture her love of making up stories.  She has ‘written’ a wonderful little story not so long ago, which we managed to get down on the ipad for preservation.  It would be great to publish it one day soon.

Back to Shakespeare.  One memory of my English A-level days is the difficulty I had in translating my understanding of the themes and structure into an essay of above average standard.

A fantastic teacher, Mrs Walker, gave up a handful of her lunchtimes out of the goodness of her literature-filled heart and nurtured a few of us on how to breakdown the points of a play and then expand the points into a structured essay that makes sense.  She truly was an inspiration.  Like the quotes, I will never forget her passion and patience.  A good teacher really can bring out the best in you.

Back to The Bard ~ I do love a bit of Shakespeare.  In fact Olde English literature such as Ben Jonson (‘Volpone’) and of course Geoffrey Chaucer (‘The Miller’s Tale) were both works of literature that gripped me and I thoroughly enjoyed breaking each scene down, and down again into intricate studies.

The language, the double entendres, the wit, the sarcasm, the tragedy.

Ah, the tragedy.

“The rest is silence.” William Shakespeare, ‘Hamlet’ 5.2

What’s your favourite tragedy?

The Theme Game

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You know that book you’ve always wanted to turn into an eBook?

You know that you’ve never known how to do it?

Well, Virtually All Sorts can show you how ~ create your eBook the Easy Peasy way today!