Wednesday, 18 May 2022

Celebrating Success with Barbara Gaskell Denvil







You can find all Barbara's books on 
Amazon 
in Kindle and paperback


As always, thank you for stopping by, I do hope you have enjoyed meeting Frankie. It certainly has been great fun talking with her and learning about her plans. I will have more podcast interviews in the coming weeks, so please come back … thank you!

I hope the sun is shining on your face and in your heart. Until next time, hugs

Pauline x

Wednesday, 11 May 2022

Celebrating Success with Professional Dance Teacher - Frankie Harris

 


Today, my guest on Celebrating Success, is professional dance teacher, Frankie Harris. Frankie is talking about their plans to set up a dance school on the exotic island of Lanzarote.

   

Frankie & Graham's web site:

www.dancewithustwo.co,uk

  

As always, thank you for stopping by, I do hope you have enjoyed meeting Frankie. It certainly has been great fun talking with her and learning about her plans. I will have more podcast interviews in the coming weeks, so please come back … thank you!

I hope the sun is shining on your face and in your heart. Until next time, hugs

Pauline x



Wednesday, 4 May 2022

Podcast - First interview with Author, Giulia Skye

 


Today, I have my very first guest on Celebrating Success, award winning, author Giulia Skye. Giulia is talking about her award winning books, My first interview didn’t get off to the best start, technical issues, my fault, I’m afraid! But Giulia was amazing and we re did the interview. So please forgive any further hiccups… and welcome, Giulia Skye.


 


Giulia’s links:

Website – www.giuliaskye.com

Facebook - www.facebook.com/GiuliaSkyeRomance

BookBub - www.bookbub.com/authors/giulia-skye

 


And any of your readers/listeners can download a free copy of Her Outback Driver by joining my mailing list:

https://storyoriginapp.com/giveaways/00cbd332-9df8-11eb-a043-77f3855b5fd5

 

As always, thank you for stopping by, I do hope you have enjoyed meeting Giulia. It certainly has been great fun. I will have more podcast interviews in the coming weeks, so please come back … thank you!

 

I hope the sun is shining on your face and in your heart. Until next time, hugs

 

Pauline x

Thursday, 21 April 2022

Cover Reveal!

I am so excited to reveal the stunning cover for Book Two in my Gardner and Chattaway cosy mystery series.

Designed by Cathy Helms at Avalon Graphics


Past Secrets and Lies is Book Two in my Gardner and Chattaway, cosy mystery series. Private Investigator, Craig Gardner and his young assistant, Roo Chattaway find themselves once again having to piece together a number of enquires that find them battling to unravel lies and buried secrets.

Date of publication to be announced soon!

 

As always, thank you for stopping by.

I hope the sun is shining on your face and in your heart.

 

Hugs

Pauline x

Wednesday, 13 April 2022

My First Podcast - Celebrating Success

Celebrating Success – Episode one is a short introduction about my new podcast, a little about me and the wonderful people who will be calling by to have a chat. (4mins long).

This is going to be fun!


Tuesday, 12 April 2022

It Has Gone!

It has gone!

Book 2 in my cosy mystery series has been sent to my wonderful editor, Julie King-Dexter. Part of me is excited that I have arrived at this stage, yet another part, is very nervous. Does it read as well as I think? Have I missed anything in the plots? Is the story engaging? And so my head continues to go over and over anything that might be negative. It has forgotten all the hard work and long hours, checking and listening to others who have read the story. This is my nineth book so you would think I would behave better! Sadly not!

 

As well as my manuscript being with my editor, the book cover is also being designed by the amazing, award winning, Cathy Helms from Avalon Graphic.

 


Past Secrets and Lies  - book 2 - is part of my Gardner and Chattaway series and is a stand alone read. The main characters appear in book 1 -  Serendipity.   In this book they are faced with different questions and mysteries to answer and solve.

 


As soon as I can, I will share more details with you.


Away from my desk I go out for my run. This year I will be taking part in Norwich’s 10km in July and running to help raise funds for…

Norwich City Community Sports Foundation

 (CSF) the official charity partner of Norwich City Football Club.

A HUGE thank you to…

Author - Peter Lane

Hayley

Author - Madalyn Morgan

 L. White

Pauline?

 Who have already donated to my Just Giving Page

Until we talk again, I hope the sun is shining on your face and in your heart.

 

Hugs

Pauline x

Friday, 1 April 2022

Celebrating Success - Podcasting


 I am so excited to announce my latest venture…

 Podcasting!

 

It is something I have wanted to do for a long time and I have now found the courage to look into what is required.

 I admit it is a little daunting as there is so much to learn, but at the same time it creates a buzz in me.

 Over the coming weeks and months, Celebrating Success will be interviewing some wonderful and amazing people who have achieved success in one form or another. Interviews will be designed to be informal, fun and entertaining for both the interviewee and listener.

 


Guests will include, Award Winning authors, artists, cover designers, publishers, runners, photographers and many more wonderful people.

Podcast will be available to listen to on my Podcast platform, here and on many other platforms that are available.

 

I can’t wait to get started and share with you some amazing people.

 

As full of enthusiasm as I am for this new venture, I continue with the final edits of my book two in my cosy mystery series – working title – Past Lies and Secrets.

This too has been fun to write and escape into as Gardner and Chattaway find themselves dealing with past and present mysteries.

 

I do try to get away from my desk and continue my running. I will be taking part in Norwich’s 10km in July and running to help raise funds for…

Norwich City Community Sports Foundation

 (CSF) the official charity partner of Norwich City Football Club.

It’s more than tough for everyone at the moment and never more so for charities who have had to cope with limited funds over the last two years. And, because of this, I understand how difficult it is for people to give therefore, I want to say

A HUGE thank you to…

Author - Peter Lane

Hayley

Author - Madalyn Morgan

 L. White

Pauline?

 Who have already donated to my Just Giving Page

Looking forward to sharing my first Podcast soon!

As always, thank you for taking the time to call by and I hope the sun is shining on your face and in your heart.

Until next time

 Hugs

Pauline x

Monday, 21 March 2022

An Interview About Chill Awards


Last week  I was interviewed by Adrian and Rebecca from Hobeck Books about why I set up Chill Awards for Independent Authors. The Podcast went live today - Monday 21st March.

If you would like to listen to the interview or any part the link is below. 

Talking about Chill Awards

My interview starts at 19.42 mins.

As always, thank you for taking the time to call by and I hope the sun is shining on your face and in your heart.

 Hugs

 Pauline x

Tuesday, 8 March 2022

The Beginning & the End

 I know everyone says that time flies and I certainly am one of them, yet I still beg the question, how did we get to March?


 How ever we arrived here, it is wonderful to hear the morning bird song, feel the warm glow from the sun and see life springing back to life in daffodils, crocus and snowdrops. 

The magnolia trees have buds ready to burst and the willow trees are already veiled with a hint of yellow, a wonderfully sign spring is with us. 


Another wonderful feeling is that I have just typed THE END of my second novel in my Gardner & Chattaway Cosy Mystery.


There is still a great deal of work to do for me and then it will go to my amazing editor, Julie King-Dexter.

Then there is the cover to design and this will be created by award winning, Cathy Helms at Avalon Graphics who has been behind the design of all my covers.

I am in very good hands for the rest of this writing journey. 

“Title?” I hear you ask. I have two in mind and will reveal once I have received feedback from readers and my editor.

In the meantime, I am out several times a week running.

I am looking forward to taking part in Norwich’s 10km race in July.

I am running for charity as so many are in need of help.

 

A HUGE thank you to….

 L. White

Pauline?

Madalyn Morgan


 Who have already donated to my Just Giving Page

 

As always, thank you for taking the time to call by and I hope the sun is shining on your face and in your heart.

 Hugs

 Pauline x

Tuesday, 22 February 2022

Going Wild with Stephen Taylor

Photo and poster by Pauline Barclay



More fabulous photos added to Going Wild with Stephen Taylor who has moved to its own dedicated Blog site.
Please keep visiting as I update on a regular basis with new pics.

As always, thank you for calling by PBHQ. I am now working on the second edits for my cosy mystery, book 2. Serendipity is book 1 in my new cosy mystery series. 

You can also find me on Instagram, my author Facebook page and Through the Lens.

Until next time, I hope the sun is shining on your face and in your heart.

Pauline x











Monday, 21 February 2022

Lauren's Story


 Over the next few months I plan to share photos of a selection of the iconic buildings that will line the route of Norwich’s 10km run in July and to highlight a few of the uplifting stories from Norwich Community Sports Foundation, the charity I am running to raise funds for.


 Today, it’s Lauren’s Story

Our online dance sessions have kept teenager with Down's syndrome connected and active despite the lockdown.

 The last few months have been difficult for 17-year-old Lauren Elvin. She has Down’s syndrome and, because of the coronavirus pandemic, has not been able to attend her regular activities run by the Foundation.

 Lauren is a member of the CSF Allstars, a disability dance troupe who are part-funded by the Premier League and have performed to the crowds at Carrow Road.

 But without her beloved Monday sessions the loss of routine and social interaction was hard for her.

 “To start with, she wasn’t happy at all,” Lauren’s mum, Claire, explains. “She obviously couldn’t go to school and kept saying she wanted to go back.

“If we’d have been stuck at home with nothing this whole time it would have been awful and I’d have been really worried for Lauren.”

 The Foundation’s disability team responded quickly to make the sessions available online, so it wasn’t long before Lauren was back in front of her dance coaches Lisa Chapman and Georgia Skipper and the rest of the gang.

 “It was really lovely for these guys to be able to see each other and have a chat,” says Claire. “She really missed her friends.

 “Georgia and Lisa do such a great job and these guys love it so much. The routines are so good for everyone to follow and enjoy.”

 Lisa can see the benefit Lauren gets from the online sessions.

 “Not only has her technique improved but her memory of the moves and routines is getting better as well,” she says. “She can always remember what we learned the previous week.”

 Claire Elvin

Mother of Lauren

 

 The Bigger picture

Lauren and Claire are among around 180 families who have been receiving support from the CSF’s disability team during the crisis.

 At the start of the pandemic, immediate help came in the form of emergency care packets, including food for those most in need.

 Since, the usual schedule featuring 14 weekly sessions has been replaced by a series of online catch-ups, quizzes and bingo sessions.

Darren Hunter, the Foundation’s Disability Development Manager, stresses the importance the Foundation maintains contact with its participants and become part of a new routine for them.

 “Mentally, it’s really important they maintain their social connections, and a lot of them have friends at sessions they have been unable to see,” he adds.

“It also allows us to offer some important respite time to parents or carers at home.”


 Norwich City Community Sports Foundation

 (CSF) the official charity partner of Norwich City Football Club.

 “The Community Sports Foundation is Norwich City FC's official charity

We use the power of sport to support and inspire our community. Our charitable objectives are driving inclusion for people with disabilities, boosting mental health and wellbeing, and supporting disadvantaged people to raise their aspirations.

 Without vital fundraising, our work would not be possible, and many across Norfolk would be deprived of our support.”

 

A HUGE thank you to….

 L. White

Pauline?

 Who have already donated to my Just Giving Page

As always, thank you for taking the time to call by and I hope the sun is shining on your face and in your heart.

 Hugs

Pauline x


Friday, 11 February 2022

Running to Help Others


I am rather excited as I’ve secured a place in the Norwich 10k run that will take place in July. Due to the pandemic the race has not run for the last two years, so this year is going to be a very exciting event.

 If I was going to run, I hoped I could do it for charity and I can!

I’ll be running for Norwich City Community Sports Foundation (CSF) the official charity partner of Norwich City Football Club.

 “We use the power of sport to support and inspire our community. Our charitable objectives are driving inclusion for people with disabilities, boosting mental health and wellbeing, and supporting disadvantaged people to raise their aspirations.”

 “Without vital fundraising, our work would not be possible, and many across Norfolk would be deprived of our support.”

 I want to raise as much as possible. If you feel you could spare a little to sponsor me to help others, I would be more than grateful.

Everyone who sponsors me and has a web address, I will add the address and link along with your name to every post I write on my running journey and stories on CFS’s work and achievements.

 


If you can help here is my Just Giving Page

 

A HUGE thank you.

 And, as always, thank you for taking the time to call by and I hope the sun is shining on your face and in your heart.

 Hugs

Pauline x



Thursday, 10 February 2022

My Happy Place - Aylesford Priory


 I am delighted to have, once again, award winning author, Michael Reidy to share one of his happy places.

 


I’m blessed in that there are many places where I feel at home and content. I’ve already written about the charming French village of Lectoure, but can add a place that I discovered when I moved to Maidstone (Kent) sixteen years ago.

Not having a garden, porch or balcony, finding a place to walk and relax outside was an early goal. Fortunately, there are many such places along the Medway, but my best discovery was Aylesford Priory.



The Priory (aka The Friars,
www.thefriars.org.uk), was the first Carmelite Priory in England, founded by St Simon Stock in 1242. It’s built on the River Medway and while not on the main route to Canterbury, it is near the Archbishop’s Palace in Maidstone where bishops going to and from Canterbury would lodge. The priory was its own attraction and offered spiritual services and hospitality until at least 1538 when it was seized in the Dissolution. The land and buildings were sold to private owners who occupied it until 1949 when the Carmelites bought it back.


There is a complete mediaeval courtyard that resembles the oldest Oxbridge colleges, and Pilgrims Hall boasts two complete galleries under its lofty roof and once again offers food and hospitality.


The grounds and many buildings are open to the public on a daily basis. There are areas for picnicking and quiet meditation. One of the two large thatched barns is used for a café and bookstore, and the second one is an exhibition space and venue for wedding receptions and other gatherings.


There are benches throughout the gardens and open spaces, and it is there on warm spring and summer days I can be found writing in my Clairefontaine notebooks with a fountain pen. Sometimes I’ll sit near the pond and watch the ducks, geese, black swans and coots. Others make frequent visits: double-crested gannets, herons, and smaller birds.


There is a quiet busyness – the modern equivalent of what the mediaeval atmosphere must have been like – and it is easy to think about Brother Caedfael or
The Name of the Rose. Tourists, pilgrims, delivery vans, daily worshippers, volunteer gardeners and others come and go in a steady parade. People feed the ducks and children run around the open spaces. The layers of history meld with secular and religious lives of today and yesterday, so when sitting in the quiet of the orchard and gazing at the whitewashed mediaeval buildings, I would not be surprised to hear hoofbeats or the noise of carts rolling over the stones. Occasionally, the sound of Gregorian chant does filter through.


It's a potent mix for someone who grew up in Rustbelt, Massachusetts, and a reminder that in mediaeval philosophy, all things exist simultaneously in the mind of God. This partially explains the apparent contradiction in the outlook of those who believed in the imminence of the Second Coming, yet built for millennia.


Some find being taken on such mental meanderings disturbing. I find it fascinating and reassuring, and when the weather gets warmer, I’ll be there.

ENDS

You can find out all about Michael and his award winning books at...

Website: www.pmichaelreidy.com

 

My Happy Places you might have missed…

 Through the Lens

Hubby, Garden and Dogs

With George on the Heath

Wonderful Years at Sea

Making Hay

The Garden

 

As always, thank you for stopping by. Wishing you a fabulous day and I hope the sun is shining on your face and in your heart.

 

Hugs

 

 Pauline x