Thursday, 22 December 2016

The Merry-Go-Round of 2016

What a whirlwind of a year on the merry-go-round of life!


Firstly, I would like to wish all our family, friends, readers, and followers a happy and peaceful Christmas and a prosperous 2017.

2016 started calmly enough. We firmed up plans for a visit to a close family member in Portugal. We  then literally 'escaped to the sun' with another visit to Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands. I had missed not having a break in February/March to soak up some much needed warmth.  It all seems a distant dream now. The plan on our return was to complete Island Interludes for publication towards the end of the year. But . . . the best laid plans have a habit of going awry. I did manage to complete the Malta chapter, which I sent to Maltese friends to check for accuracy of detail. I am grateful for their input.

April brought us an issue closer to home which exercised our minds; our little world rocked a bit; We also flew out to Lisbon in Portugal. I have to say that the bright and modern Lisbon Airport is so very easy to negotiate on arrival and on departure there was a group of very smartly dressed young ladies at check-in upstairs to direct us to where we needed to go. The hire car was excellent but I was a little worried when it slid into a drainage ditch which, due to the incessant rain that they were unusually having had turned the unmade-up road  at our destination out in the middle of nowhere into a slippy mess. Thankfully, there was no damage.


June saw us driving across France and Spain on a return visit to Portugal - on a mission - to take supplies as OH foraged in the garage for what he couldn't use any more and loaded the car.

Other activities reared their heads; they now pushed back my writing and publication plans and regular marketing activities. Then, a Saga brochure plopped on the mat and, there it was, a holiday in Tenerife in 2017 with excursions to most of the towns and valleys that we had visited some years previously. With the Taganana Valley, Mercedes Forest, Masca Valley, Santa Cruz, Puerto de la Cruz, San Juan and a lovely hotel in the south of the island on offer I put my case. I needed a field trip in order bring my Tenerife chapter up to date and complete Island Interludes. There was no contest - just a laugh and a "book it". I now firmed up a new publication date for mid-year as long as I could get all the editing, book block, jacket design and advance publicity organized. I needed to re-focus.

In August, we attended an Open Day at the  Ingram Lightning Source UK printing facility in Milton Keynes. This was a fascinating and informative visit resulting in a change of distribution outlet strategy as we decided to consolidate and channel all e-book distribution through the recently set-up Ingram Spark with their one-stop shop of increasingly  global partners. We had our photo taken for the Ingram Spark calendar of which  we have received a copy.

Nerja, Costa Del Sol

Other aspects of our life intruded more than anticipated. Suffice to say that we were thankful of our planned sojurn in southern Spain in November.




 On our return, I found that the Windows 10 updates and configurations caused problems with my desktop PC resulting in loss of Boot Data and subsequent system recovery. E-mails came and went over the next week, calendar and
contacts were lost but thankfully backed up earlier in the year. I went back to basics, found graph paper and drew up a Gantt Chart for the processes that I needed to complete over the next few months, using colour coding with highlighter pens. he first edit of the 'Meandering the Mediterranean' section of Island Interludes is complete. We are back on track. 

Now, a few days before Christmas, we have reflected on what a busy and hectic year we have had with unexpected issues and problems being thrown at us in the hurly burly of life - as life has a habit of doing. Would we have it any different? Well, to be honest not really but a little calm is called for over the next few months so that we can catch our breaths and keep the home fires burning.


You can read about some of our travels in this blog. Follow the links at the side.

Once again, I would like to wish all our family, friends, readers, and followers far and wide a happy and peaceful Christmas and a prosperous 2017.

Rosalie. 
www.discover-rosalie.com

Saturday, 3 December 2016

After the rain - music and sunshine on the Balcon de Europa.

And so our sojourn to Costa del Sol and Nerja ended.

After the glorious sunshine, the steady rain and wind came as a shock. Would it cease before we had to return to a cold UK? Our last Sunday looked promising. With hope in our hearts we looked peeped through the curtains on our last Monday morning. Threatening
clouds soon blew away; the glorious sunrise over the sea gave hope.

Hopping onto the Urban Bus outside the hotel Marinas de Nerja, " I told you the shops wouldn't be open," I chided as the one we had window shopped in after church on Sunday still had grilles across the doors.

"A wander at the other end of town, the shops down Pintada and a cuppa on the Balcon until they open is the answer," my husband replied.

What a good decision that turned out to be. After shopping and wandering down to the Balcon, the gentle sounds of a harp caressed our ears. As Allen settled down out of the, by now, hot sun, I wandered to capture the timeless scene as I walked to the far end where the Balcon juts out over the sea. If a picture says a thousand words, follow the link below to a short video where harpist Daniel Jordan (danieljordan.net) delighted all around. No more words needed.

https://www.facebook.com/rosalie.marsh.author/videos/vb.615481701/10154666947856702/?type=3&theater

Rosalie
discover-rosalie.com 

P.S. And the orange trees in town were full of ripening oranges. 

Monday, 21 November 2016

Oranges - the Journey Continues.

Ripening in the Spanish sunshine - in winter when it is so cold and bleak in the UK.

Malaga
I have long been fascinated that just a few hours by plane from the UK, the winter sunshine is warm enough to ripen fruits of many kinds. Mangoes, bananas, and - oranges. The amazement and wonder which, as a small child, I felt as I first held a fully ripened orange in my hand all those years ago never wanes. Then, it seemed to be a distant land. Now, It is but  short hop from the UK.

In southern Spain, orange trees are part of the landscape. They decorate plazas, streets, and gardens just as in the UK we plant other kinds of trees.

Walking down the boulevards in Malaga in November, you can see oranges in varying stages of growth as you can in Granada.

Nerja, Andaluciaa (Costa del Sol)
Our favourite hideaway is Nerja, some thirty miles or so from Malaga. Orange trees are commonplace. Over the weeks in winter, the fruits change from green to a rich orange. 

The 'orange' journey can take many forms but they all have one thing in common in this part of southern Spain. They all take you through the rich heritage of AndalucĂ­a. Ronda, Cordoba, Marbella, and Nerja with the craggy peaks of the Almijarras and Sierra Tejeda as a backdrop and the sparkling sea in front forming a wonderful vista; The Alpujarra mountains below the Sierra Nevada and Granada; the Lecrin Valley below Granada, Granada city, and more on which to feast your eyes and senses in this ancient but living, breathing part of sunny Spain.

Rosalie
www.discover-rosalie.com

ORANGES: A Journey. A fiction story built on a dream as Charlotte and Daisy explore the hills above Lisbon and Sintra, and the Moorish influence of AndalucĂ­a in southern Spain.

Monday, 14 November 2016

A Sparkling Sunday Morning in Nerja, southern Spain

It was early. The church bells were ringing in a medley of sounds waking people from their beds.

'Come on, wake up, time for church', they seemed to say as the town sleepily awoke at 10:00am. 'Time to enjoy this wonderful sunny day.'

Alighting from the blue Urban Bus at the second stop in the middle of
the town, we slowly wandered through he narrow streets to the Plaza Cavana, passing the Iglesia El Savaldor - it was too early to go in - as we headed to the famous Balcon de Europa. Sitting above the sparkling blue and turquoise sea with the backdrop of mountains, the Balcon was a magnet to all.

Strolling past the church the timeless sight of the white aches, through
which we had a view of the mountains and sea, met us as we made our way towards the railings. We rested awhile allowing the suns rays to warm us as they shone down before bouncing off the sea sending shining sparkling lights into the air.

It was early November; the early sunshine in a cloudless sky at this time of day was welcome as, at this time of year, there could be a nip in the air without the warming rays of the sun. The church bells sounded a little different now - more urgent. It was time to make a move. 

later, we wandered back to our favourite cafe at the end of the Balcon where we knew that we would find one of the best cups of tea - according to Allen who is an expert on these matters. It was Hornimans tea, a make that we used to see a lot of in the UK many years ago, and
very reasonable.

Relaxing in the sunshine to the beautiful sounds of the strings of a harp being plucked by a lone musician we could not help but to be appreciative of our good fortune.Our Sunday ended with our usual lunch at the Marinas de Nerja, lots of sunshine, a paper for me to read, and Moto GP or F1 for Allen.






Rosalie xx
www.discover-rosalie.com


Tuesday, 18 October 2016

The Truth about Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

If you have just left school or university, you may think:

That is it. I know it all now.’
 
Can I shatter that illusion? Your real learning journey is just starting. You have the foundations from your school days. Now, you have your whole life ahead of you to grow and develop, to release, realise, and achieve your potential as you develop your whole person.
 
Winners and Losers.
 
A Winner looks up to where he is going.
  • A Loser looks down on those who have not yet achieved the position he has.

  • A Winner is responsible for more than his/her job.
    A Loser says ‘I only work here.

  • A Winner says ‘There ought to be a better way of doing it.’
    A Loser says ‘Why change it? That’s the way it has always been done.’
    (Anonymous)

Releasing your Potential.

Take responsibility for your learning and development and see yourself gradually improve and grow in confidence as you break down the barriers; climbing the ladder to where you want to be – and become a winner.
  • You must keep up to date and plan for the future. The days of a job for life have long since gone. How do I do this?
I can show you:
  • How to draw up and complete a Personal Action Plan.
  • Keep a record of what you have done and need to do to keep focussed on your objectives.
  • How to set aside time to look back on what you have done and see how far you have travelled.
More in Release Your Potential: Making Sense of Personal and Professional Development and at Discover-Rosalie
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Saturday, 15 October 2016

Spreading out all over the world.

New ePub distribution feeding out across the globe.


It has been a lot of work but consolidating eBook distribution is the right way to go.
The recent publishing event - August - in Milton Keynes showed us the expanded possibilities of harnessing the power of Ingram Spark who feed the popular eBook ePub format to all the major eRetailers across the globe. Already they are on sale in 
Kobo, Apple,and Barnes and Noble,

As a change from all this data input to various organisations' databases, that hard drive that is my brain turned to jacket design for Island Interludes. Ideas are floating around. It is  a challenge to decide how to depict the variety of islands in the Atlantic and Mediterranean.


I mean, They all have palm trees; they all have culture in abundance, they all have sea and sand. Do I go for the relaxing sounds of the sea and swaying palm trees or do I go for images of some of the wonderful backdrops which greet you at every turn. Especially Sicily.
Just for a taster, here are the islands which we will cover in Island Interludes.

Meandering in the Mediterranean

Sicily - where we left you in The Long Leg of ItalyMalta, and Cyprus.

Atlantic Wanderings

Azores - Sao Miguel. Madeira. The Canary Islands of Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Tenerife including the island of Gomera.

Our travels cover many years; next year we will be taking a field trip to Tenerife to renew our acquaintance with this beautiful and diverse island as we re-visit the Masca Valley, Taganana Valley, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and Puerto de la Cruz in the north of the island, visits to the west coast with a stay on the 'usually' hot south coast. I wonder what changes have taken place since our last visit.


   
    

                                                 
                                                     


                                               



Photos - Cyprus, Fuerteventura, Sicily. Copyright Rosalie Marsh.

Rosalie x
http://www.discover-rosalie.com




 




Monday, 26 September 2016

A busy week amidst the sniffles and sneezes.

I survived. And so did the deadlines.

Having decided to implement our new eBook distribution strategy that will focus on Ingram Content Group's Ingram Spark, I waited (im)patiently for our files to be transferred from Ingram Group's Lightning Source arm so that the conversion process to ePub could begin.

In a recent post, I talked about our visit to the Publisher Event at Ingram Lightning Source UK printing and distribution facility at Milton Keynes. Naturally, I took the opportunity to take the trip in a relaxed way and spend a couple of nights away. It was a charming interlude, staying by the Grand Union Canal, enhanced by the hot weather.

At the event, we learned more about Ingram Spark which has been set up for the smaller independent publishers like our Christal Publishing. We already had eBooks in Adobe Acrobat Reader under the Lightning Source banner but Ingram Spark - the dedicated eBook arm - offer a manuscript conversion service to ePub - the international standard for eBooks - from the physical book (which are Print on Demand (POD) from one copy to any number as required).

Having pushed a few buttons I will wait patiently for the conversion to be complete. In the meantime, you may notice that our titles have temporarily disappeared from e-Retailers such as Kindle, Apple, Nook, and shortly Kobo so as not to cause confusion and double distribute. By the end of the October we should be back to normal with these digital stores and more such is the global distribution reach of Ingram Spark. Sadly, it will be a while before Amazon Kindle is live again due to Amazon's constraints.

In the meantime, all is not lost.


Currently, we have all titles converted by Smashwords at no cost in the ePub format which qualified, due to quality, for the Premium Catalogue and shipping to major e-Retailers - see above - as well as being in a multitude of formats such as ePub, mobi for Kindle, pdf, rtf, html to name a few in Smashwords own store. This was an answer to a prayer for me five years ago and I do recommend them. Although IT literate, it was a steep learning curve as I followed their excellent style guide for formatting a manuscript for conversion to an eBook.

Formats in the Smashwords store include:

  • ePub for Nook, Kobo, Sony Reader, and tablets
  • mobi for Kindle
  • pdf for desktop (best read in Adobe Acrobat and good for technical and illustrated books such as our Lifelong Learning: Personal Effectiveness Guides)
  • rtf for BeBook e-Reader
  • lrf for older Sony readers
  • pdp for older Palm devices
  • html for reading online
With a choice like that, why not check out our titles on Rosalie Marsh Profile page in the Smashwords store? Watch out for special offers.



       


 Rosalie
http://www.discover-rosalie.com





Sunday, 18 September 2016

The crisp mornings of late summer.

Floating serenely into autumn.

September is a lovely month I always feel and this year it has not disappointed. The mornings, hidden for a while with a lingering mist, soon emerge with the promise of sunshine.
This week has been no exception with temperatures staying high. This in itself brings another problem each morning. What to wear. Tuesday was no exception.


Decisions, decisions.

We had a business appointment so smart dress was in order. I started of thinking that something light and floaty with an added light wool jacket would be in order. On second thoughts, I realised that bare legs would not be suitable, changed to a semi-formal fitted dress and all that went with it. Putting on a jacket, I went, "Phew, it's hot", so changed for a light cardigan.
Our appointment and discussions over and all dressed up with nowhere to go, I ventured of my OH, 'Are you up to a drive out or are you too tired?'. With relief at getting some movement on the current issue casting a blight on our lives, he assured me that he was OK and thought that I wold be suggesting something.

After some discussion, we headed towards the Oswestry road and settled for the Moreton Garden Centre  at Chirk for a look around before  lunch at the Lord Moreton next door.
This has changed hands since our last visit, has been refurbished, and appears to be geared more to adults. A very pleasant interlude where we enjoyed a light lunch.

On Thursday, my day off, the sun was still shining brightly. Actually, it was quite hot by late morning; a quick change into a strappy sundress was in order before our car turned its nose down the A5 towards Llangollen. The town was thronged with visitors and on turning left over the bridge by the restored railway a sign pinned to a lamppost announced the upcoming Balloon Fest - what a sight that promised.  Negotiating the narrow turning towards the Chain Bridge Hotel and the now restored chain bridge over the River Dee I reflected how cool and peaceful this spot was as you walked or drove along the narrow canal path between the towering sheer wall of rock on the other side of the canal and the river babbling along among the trees far below on the other side.

This is a lovely spot, as I have chatted about before, and popular with walkers and tourists alike. After a walk along the canal, the terrace overlooking the river is a restful place to enjoy a welcome cup of tea and snack from the bar of the hotel. Inside, the bar has panoramic windows that, when open, allow the sound of the river rushing along as it pounds over the rocks below.
It is now Sunday and time to get ready for church. The morning is crisp with a promise of a warm sun later as it peeps through my study window. Still not decided what to wear, I am off now to talk to myself and consider all options. Again layering is the answer.

Just a small interlude in my busy life. Got to keep up standards. It is not all lunches out really. I do work hard.

Rosalie
discover-rosalie.com



Monday, 5 September 2016

Retired? Still need Time Management skills? Reflections.

Reflecting the other day how busy we were, my husband never ceases to be amazed at how full our diary becomes.

In filling our changing lives with other activities to 'fill the gap', maintaining others while dovetailing an increasing number of what I will call essential appointments,and a catch-up with long-standing friends and family, we still need flexibility and a can-do attitude.

Our trusty Outlook calendar on the desktop PCwith reminders as well as digital calendars and an old-fashioned paper diary all need to be synchronised.
I had a new computer in May which came with Outlook in Windows 10 plus an Outlook desktop application with the Office 2016 upgrade. I find that some things synchronise with both but have found it best to stick with the desktop application as I can colour code appointments, meetings, birthdays and holidays etc.

Catching up with friends is not as easy as it seems as we all have to dovetail holidays and family visits. It is important, not to forget our friends. Social media help to keep the links alive. Being active even if in a lesser manner than hitherto all helps to fill our calendar and keep our minds fresh. Must encourage the grey cells.

So, back to time management. I have always made lists but here is what I learned about time management when I was undergoing my degree in professional studies in education. This degree fell into the continuing professional development framework (CPD) where success in the Module on 'The Process of Professional Development', which was the cornerstone of the whole course, was essential in order to be successful in the whole degree course.


Essential Time Management Skills.



"‘Time’ can be broken down into three categories:

  •   Prescribed time.
  • Maintenance time.
  •  Discretionary time.


We will look at each of these in turn.

What is Prescribed Time?

Prescribed time means things you have to do such as going to work, looking after a family.
My own life was prescribed around the needs of the business and family responsibilities. I was travelling across the UK as part of the working day. Changes in arrangements with clients and learners often meant that maintenance time and discretionary time changed to prescribed time.Some family responsibilities became regular fixtures in my diary. Flexibility became second nature.

What is Maintenance Time?

Maintenance time is the time you spend looking after yourself; shopping, making meals, getting your hair done etc.
This varies according to prescribed time. You tend to fit these tasks in depending on what your work constraints are. In my own case, it had precedence over discretionary time due to family responsibilities. Using outside help for household needs (a cleaner) reduced my maintenance time, allowing me to maintain discretionary time at the necessary level.

What is Discretionary Time?

As the name suggests, discretionary time is the time which you have available to do as you please. Your spare time.
I attended a fitness centre. This activity, although located within my discretionary time was, largely prescribed as it was very expensive not to attend on a regular basis.

However, the choice is there – to go or not to go. If there was a need for a little more rest combined with an earlier start on studies, then the option was there. I had a choice. My decision to sometimes not study on a Sunday also enhanced my discretionary time. This allowed me a family day.

Now that I work from home with my writing, marketing, and publishing activities - which bring their own pressures, and with my husband having had an enforced retirement some years ago due to ill-health, we still keep ourselves very involved with various activities including our GWOCGB of friends across the UK, and networking opportunities(me). My husband also, from time to time, goes off to see friends from working days which gets him out of the house and gives me some quiet time to bury myself in my writing and other matters, including digital technology which keeps my brain busy regenerating the little grey cells.

C'est la vie! ( And we wouldn't have it any different.)

Rosalie

www.discover-rosalie.com.



Tuesday, 30 August 2016

The Cutting-Edge Technology Behind Print On Demand Book production.

A Publisher Event at Ingram Lightning Source.


Last week I and my OH were privileged to be invited - under my publishing hat - to an event at the UK print and distribution facility at Ingram Lightning Source in Milton Keynes.

Of course, in true Just Us Two style I took the opportunity - quite a valid one - to have a couple of overnight stops due to the length of the journey. A good move as it turned out due to traffic delays. I found that the Pear Tree Lodge by the Grand Union Canal and Marina in Milton Keynes was a delightful choice with easy access to the Ingram location.

Arriving early on Thursday morning, we were taken up to a pleasant presentation room by an efficient receptionist. Once there, we fortified ourselves with a nice cup of tea and chatted to other arrivals.


The presentation given by Andrew, the Marketing Manager was an eye-opener as he took us through the formation of the Ingram company in the US to the present day where the Ingram Content Group has expanded to meet modern day demands of authors, publishers, and retailers.

The tour around the print and distribution facility was both fascinating and staggering. We watched each aspect of print as jackets of all kinds came off a print run, some were I off a title some were 2 copies; the book block (inside) was passed through the printer at a rate of knots; the book and jacket were married up , trimmed and passed for packing.

The cutting edge technology was set up so that the right jacket met the right inside. Most important! All in the space of minutes.

We have been using Lightning Source for many years now. The economics of print on demand made sense to me as there is no need for a 'shed load' of books to be stored and sold to wholesalers. All that is handled by the print and distribution facilities of Ingram Lightning Source. Of courser, another benefit of Print On Demand (POD) is that each copy of pristine clean and fresh-off-the-press. The paper used in environmentally friendly and acid free. No nasty stuff to wash off after you have picked up the book as happened to me a few years ago when I ordered a book about publishing from an on line company. The book was yellowing at the edges due to storage, the paper was thick, and I had a residue on my hands. I was so glad that the publisher hadn't accepted my manuscript. And so glad that I went down the POD route with a major organisation.

Our titles are a quality production from design, to upload, to print, and receipt. Some years ago, I took a copy Chasing Rainbows to a local major retailer for consideration. The manager examined the book and declared 'well, you have quality.' At the time, there were still some reservations - and suspicions - about POD. It has taken some time for the industry to realise what a benefit POD is. In fact some major organisations use Ingram Lightning Source. They are not a special order in the traditional sense as for retailers,there is the 'returnable' option if they want to find shelf space for a copy or two and they only need to order what they need from one book upwards. Ordering a copy at the point of sale would of course probably be regarded as a special order by the bookseller.


The day was well organised by Emily Wright, Marketing Coordinator. Andy was on hand to answer any queries and I also had the opportunity to discuss eBooks with a member of the new Ingram Spark set-up. We left with much food for thought. 

(There is also a machine called the Espresso Book Machine which is available in some retailer stores/Universities in various parts of the world including Europe. Imagine ordering a book at checkout and watching it being printed, bound and handed to you before you could finish your cup of coffee. All our titles are in the catalogue.)

Arriving back at our hotel after lunch, we walked along the canal bank, over Pear Tree Bridge and around the village green for a cool cider at Ye Old Swan.

Rosalie

          




Monday, 22 August 2016

More tales in the hurly burly of writing life.

The last few weeks have been a mixed bag.

Wearing two hats in my writing, marketing and publishing life I hop about from one focus to  another. I was going to say  from my main love, travel,  but both travel and personal development are dear to my heart.

It is August and the silly season when many people forsake the UK for more exotic climes. I did read this weekend that the number of what they call 'staycation' holidays have increased massively. In other words people have stayed in the UK.

During our years riding our beloved Honda Gold Wing we went on ride-outs in North Wales and beyond as well as  to events in other parts of the country. I have to say that if we had not, we would never have discovered the true beauty, diversity, and the staggering extremes in the formation of this land of ours. On a bike you can go on roads that you wouldn't have dreamed of before. It is not the same in a car - you are not at one with the world the same.

With our wings clipped now - forgive the pun -  we are limited to reading on Face Book how our friends are having fun as they hop from one event to another or simply ride off in a group. Snowdonia is one of our favourites as I have posted on here many times. The drive to Llangollen in particular and Betws-y-Coed are so different at all times of the year when the mountains are wearing a different dress. Barren one season, clothed in purple heather and yellow gorse, or snow capped mountains giving way to the new growth of spring in others, at every turn the view is stupendous.

So what about this mixed bag?

It is also that time of year when many are leaving full-time education and stepping into

that scary new world of work. Their learning journey has not ended with full-time education. It in reality is only just starting as they forge their way in the world.
 


Now that I am a lone worker, I find that I am increasing my knowledge on the technical front as the organisations that I work with on the publishing side have updated and expanded their websites for data submission.  All exciting as I can now feed more detailed metadata to the printer/distributor.  The hosting company for my websites recently re-designed their platform which meant that I had to completely update and input  before the cut off date of September which is now alarmingly near. The changes make for a more vibrant site and even more user-friendly experience for anyone not familiar with using HTML to build a site as I am.

Now, after a change of priorities in the 'to-do' list over the last few weeks, it is time to focus on outstanding work, complete the metadata updating, and progress the notes on Tenerife and complete the first draft for Island Interludes before the end of August. ( We do have a field trip planned next year to re-visit the interior of Tenerife - just to check facts and update you see.

Rosalie


Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Stress Management. What is Stress?

What do we mean by stress?

We often hear someone saying: ‘I am stressed!’ Are they really? On the other hand, are they just under extreme pressure. If you are to manage your personal and professional development effectively, you need to be able to recognise and manage stress.

What is Stress?

‘Stress is a reaction, physical, mental, or emotional, to demands or changes in your life’
Diagram-Stress - copyright Rosalie Marsh 2011
(Permanente 1996 P1) 

Another explanation could be explained as follows:
‘Stress occurs when the pressures upon us exceed our resources to cope with these pressures’ (Changing Times 1997 P1)
There are many articles and books on the subject of stress. The indicators are that what is beneficial for one e.g. working under pressure, can be harmful for another, and be acute distress.

Therefore, in seeking to analyse stress, it becomes apparent that there is no stereotype definition. Acceptable stress levels vary with each individual. Indeed, they are dependent on individuals' needs and preferences, at any point in time. This indicates that what may not have been stressful some years ago, could be stressful some years later due to changing conditions and factors in a person’s life.

What is clear, is that stress occurs when pressure becomes more than is acceptable. At this point, it is counterproductive. There is a difference in stress and pressure.

Pressure is being stretched – but within the capacity of the individual
Stress occurs when pressure becomes more than acceptable. It occurs when the optimum level is reached.

Many people work well under pressure and indeed produce their best work under these conditions. However, stress (distress) is counterproductive. Pressure can turn to stress not only over workload problems; it could be work conditions, which impinge or have an adverse effect on personal life. A build-up of an unresolved problem may result in a seemingly unimportant incident being the trigger for acute distress.  This incident may reflect back to psychological problems or feelings previously buried.

Post published on LinkedIn 09.08.2016

Excerpt fro Release Your Potential 2011

Rosalie Marsh http://www.discover-rosalie.com

Monday, 1 August 2016

Some fine and relaxed dining in and around Wrexham

One of our 'hobbies' shall I say, is treating ourselves to a meal in a relaxed restaurant with good food and service.

In North Wales there are many such venues ranging from small pubs to larger establishments.  Here are just a sample of what you can find in and around Wrexham.

The Golden Lion Pub and Restaurant, Chester Road  Rossett. Wrexham. Rossett.http://www.thegoldenlionrossett.co.uk/
Situated in the very heart of the lovely village of Rossett, just past the old mill with its water wheel,The Golden Lion is managed by  Allan Parrington who combines efficiency, friendliness and flexibility of seating for parties with keeping the wheels turning with his cheerful team.
Some recent additions are new patio furniture in the rear extensive gardens plus a new outdoor eating area at the front amid a profusion of flower tubs and hanging baskets. We know from experience how flexible the team are in re-arranging the interlinking rooms for parties of various sizes. Over the years we have got to know some of the locals and the friendly staff. There is ample parking.
Oh, and did I mention the food? A high standard as always with good wines. Our favourite Sunday Lunch choice.



A cosy fire in winter. 


     
A view from one of the dining rooms.                 Daffodils in Spring.



The Beeches, Chester Road, Gresford. http://www.whitbreadinns.co.uk/the-beeches-pub-and-restaurant
A Whitbread Inn the pub/restaurant is next door the recently extended The Premier Inn. The menu is extensive and the wines good. Staff are friendly and the waiter service is most welcome. We enjoy going her in the week for lunch.


The Lemon Tree Restaurant with Rooms. Rhosddu Road, Wrexham. http://thelemontree.org.uk/
In the centre of town within convenient walking distance from the bus station and rail station. We have visited many times over the years under various managements. It is a lovely location with an excellent menu for lunch or dinner - or even just a coffee while you read the paper and meet with friendsafter a shopping session.


The Egerton Arms, Broxton Roundabout, Chester. http://www.egerton-arms.com/
About ten miles from Wrexham off the Nantwich Road at the Broxton Rd/ Whitchurch Road junction. An excellent choice with good food, wines, service and friendly staff. All managed by Wayne Barlow.


The Stamford Bridge, Tarvin Road Chester. http://www.stamfordbridgeinn.co.uk/
Although it is a while since we have been there as it is a little far out for us, I am giving it a mention as our friend from The Golden Lion, Richard,  has recently taken over the management. We will have to pay him a visit. His knowledge of wines is excellent.

Even further out but handy for meeting friends who live a distance away is The Boat House at Parkgate. www.theboathouseparkgate.co.uk Managed by Wayne who we first met at The Golden Lion some years ago.

Just a flavour!

Rosalie