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Penrhyn Castle. A Perfect Setting for an Author's Day

I was invited to join author Jean Mead and others at an Author's Day yesterday May 28th. Penrhyn Castle at Bangor,North Wales is a perfect setting for a gathering like this. We had hoped for good weather so that we could sit on the grass and entice visitors to give our books a home while we basked in the sunshine. Unfortunately, it was a trifle cold and windy, so we were allocated a spot in the stables near the shop and between the entrance from the castle grounds and the exit out to the courtyard and Railway Museum. Allen had his fill of examining nuts and bolts and the craftsmanship of the engines without hindrance from your truly, who was busy setting up a display of our Just Us Two Travel Books which are available in both print and e-book formats for Kindle and other readers.


Jean has just launched the second in her Widow Makers trilogy which is set in the quarries of North Wales and features Penrhyn Castle and its marble hall which soars up high. The last time we rode through Ll…

Another snippet of Rosalie's life - food for thought

I have been a busy bunny this last few days as I plough on with the second of the Personal Effectiveness guides. Now working on Release Your Potential - a subject close to my heart. Due for release in September are the first two in this Lifelong Learning Series. Quite a heavy word is Lifelong Learning but with the current focus on skills levels (lack) it has come to the forefront of things. Quite simple really. Life itself is a learning journey and learning doesn't stop when you leave school. Those are the foundations to be built on. More on  Christal Publishing. I am getting down to stress management today and have just re-read some research I did years ago. Stress management is all part of  the personal and professional development process. "There is no stereotype definition. Acceptable stress levels vary with each individual; are dependent on an individual's needs and preferences at any one time . . ."
I  attended a book launch last weekend and spent the weekend de…

Moving on with 'Release your Potential' in the Lifelong Learning Series

Great writing day today! having finished the draft of the first in the Lifelong Learning;Personal Effectiveness series I have moved on with the second one - Release Your Potential:Making Sense of Personal and Professional Development.
As I commented on the European Lunch Show 87.7 FM last Thursday, Lifelong Learning is the new buzz word again but really it has been around for a long time. And I quoted Jan Van Comenius who, writing in Pampaedia in 1609 said: " every age is an age for learning . . .even life itself . . . from the cradle to the grave"
It is a subject close to my heart but one which is like a foreign language to many people but is increasingly important as organisations step up the drive to increase skills in the workplace for economic prosperity. I, though have the view that the whole person is important, not just the 'professional side' and that they are interlinked.  Having spent many years in sales management followed by adult and further education in w…

European Lunch at Red Shift Radio - Crewe

An exciting and interesting couple of hours this Thursday lunchtime as I joined Chrisoula Sirigou and two other guests (Kate and Jo) to discuss our travel experiences. 
Chrisoula runs ExploramaEU and encourages people to Explore, Enrich and Achieve through travel, foreign language and culture courses.
Chrisoula and I found a common bond in adult teaching and there was a lively discussion on Lifelong Learning ( the focus of my new series of books to encourage people who don't have the opportunity to develop themselves in their jobs - and maybe some who do but want some extra help. ( It is aimed at those on the lower rungs of the ladder in the main.) Now that Chasing Rainbows is out in the open and up and running (forgive the pun) I am moving on with the Lifelong Learning - Personal Effectiveness series. It is all about pushing the boundaries a little more and helping you to be more effective in the workplace and life in general.


In the European Lunchtime Show we discovered others'…

Escaping computers for a day. exploring Anglesey.

The sun promised to shine; computers were in need of a rest, software uploads,downloads ,sideways loads and installations  all done. Time to chill out and take advantage of the quiet mid-week roads.
The A55 was clear and we took the old A5 past Penrhyn Castle through the university town of Bangor  to cross the Menai Straits on the very pretty and historic Suspension Bridge. (We could have gone to Parc Menai turn off and avoided Bangor but we weren't in a hurry.) Although we have lived in Wales for more years than we care to remember, we had never explored the north east coast beyond Beaumaris with its beaches at Red Wharf Bay.
Stopping off in Beaumaris for coffee and toasted tea-cakes at the Pier House Cafe gave us a chance to stretch our legs and enjoy the view of Snowdonia across the water. Driving past the castle we found ourselves on minor roads which ran along the edge of the sea.
Paying little attention to the map we turned inland to head for Red Wharf Bay  and the coast. Wha…