Portal #Writephoto – A new beginning


Sue Vincent gave us this interesting photograph for this week’s Thursday photo challenge together with the word “portal”. You can join in the prompt here: https://scvincent.com/2017/12/07/thursday-photo-prompt-portal-writephoto/

A new beginning

As she walked along the long passage towards the door at the end, she felt as if she was moving towards a portal to another life. Her long, black cloak flapped around her ankles and her stomach churned with anticipation. Her black hat sat uncomfortably on her head. As she glanced around she caught the excited expressions on her peers faces.

Once through the door everything she had worked so hard for would culminate in the receipt of her Honours degree in Accounting. She would be moving away from her carefree life as a student and into the life of a working career woman. It was a new beginning.


Robbie and Michael Cheadle are the co-authors of the Sir Chocolate Book series


Youthful infatuation – A poem

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Did he see me

in the crowd?

Oh my goodness

was I being too loud?

Does this dress

make me look slim?

Is my hair

in need of a trim?

Did I really

catch his eye?

Or is my mind

telling me a lie?

Will he ask me

for my number?

What if he calls

while I slumber?

Or worse, what if he doesn’t

call at all?

That will make me

feel hurt and small.

If he calls

where will we go?

Will I be able

to go with the flow?

Will I trip up

over my tongue?

Make him wish

he’d never rung?

It might also be

loads of fun.

Maybe, just maybe,

he’ll be the one.

By Robbie Cheadle


Robbie and Michael Cheadle are the co-authors of the Sir Chocolate Book series

The spirit of Christmas


Every now and then you come across someone in life who seems to be your soul’s twin. Someone who thinks like you do and sees things in life in the same way you do. It doesn’t have to be your husband or wife, it is not a romantic sort of friendship. It is more like an understanding of your inner being. I feel like this about my virtual soulmate, Paul Andruss. I have never met Paul but it seems that he and I see the world in the same way; a mosaic of rainbow reflected light on a white background. I love Paul’s writing which is so clever and informative and I really enjoyed his beautifully descriptive book, Thomas the Rhymer. His imagery about the living tapesty filled me with delight. You can read my review of Thomas the Rhymer here: https://wordpress.com/post/robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/11349

Paul recently wrote a most interesting post about the commercialism that is the modern Christmas. You can read his intriguing post here: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/12/01/smorgasbord-reblog-writer-in-residence-stuff-by-paul-andruss/

I felt compelled when I read Paul’s article to shed the other side of the Christmas story in song. The uplifting and compelling side, the caring and sharing side. To this end I am sharing two of my favourite songs about Christmas and its true meaning.

Now that I have done my Christmas Elf thing, spreading joy and happiness at Christmas time, I have a Christmas present for my UK friends. I have been discovering, to my enormous surprise I might add, that not many of the UK bloggers know about Flanders & Swann. They are so incredibly funny and my boys know a lot of their songs off by heart. Anyhow, I thought as my present to you I would share our favourite Flanders & Swann song which is all about … wait for it …. the English weather.


Robbie and Michael Cheadle are the co-authors of the Sir Chocolate Book series and Robbie Cheadle is the author of Silly Willy goes to Cape Town

#Bookreview – Frankly Speaking by Don Massenzio

What Amazon says

A 16 year old girl has disappeared. The police believe she is a runaway. Her parents believe she has been taken and is being held against her will. When the parents enlist the services of Frank Rozzani, a former police officer turned private detective, a series of events begins to unfold that implicates a popular local pastor and the religious stronghold of the ultra-conservative community.

My review

I listed to the audio book version of Frankly Speaking and I really enjoyed it. I liked the little touches of romance and the pleasure that Frank takes in the company of his friends. I also enjoyed the role that Frank’s dog, Lucy, played in the story. It made the whole book feel very natural and believable.

Maggie is the perfect student and daughter. She is a high performer at school and a strong teenage member of a very popular local Church. She has friends and is very pretty so why would she run away from home? When it becomes know that Maggie has disappeared while attending a Church retreat her parents are unsatisfied when the police declare her disappearance to be just another teenage runaway story. In order to find out the truth they resort to hiring a private detective to investigate Maggie’s disappearance.

Frank and Jonesie start to sniff around the Church asking questions. Their actions put them into conflict with one of the local law men and also result in their becoming the victims of some rather amateurish attacks.  Their findings also eventually put them on the trail of a very evil man who has some very wicked ideas on teenage girls and their morality.

I must admit that I was a bit shocked by this story as, while I know that really bad things happen in life and that there are some truly terrible people out there, this just seemed such a frightening but possible situation for a young and naive girl to find herself in.

I found this book to be a really good story with some interesting twists and turns and lots of action.

Frankly Speaking was fast paced, so while the narrator spoke at a slow and measured pace, it did not negatively impact on the audio book and I found the readers voice and style of reading the story to be quite pleasant.

Another Amazon review

Randy Johnson of the Vine Voice rated this book five out of five stars and said:

Ex-cop Frank Rozzani is a P.I. in Florida these days. He’s hired to find the missing sixteen year old daughter of a wealthy lawyer. The police feel she’s just a runaway, but the parents think different.

With his partner Jonesy, Frank piles in and starts asking questions. A charismatic religious figure is involved and Frank is soon visited by a red neck cop warning him off.

Amateurish tricks plague them. A copperhead in Frank’s trailer, a brick through a local bar’s window, harassment wherever he goes. It tells Frank he’s ruffling somebody’s feathers.

I got pulled into this tale quickly and couldn’t stop reading.


Purchase Frankly Speaking


Robbie and Michael Cheadle are the co-authors of the Sir Chocolate Book series and Robbie Cheadle is the author of Silly Willy goes to Cape Town


Mr Fox and the two small foxes and a poem

In the words of Mrs Fox from Roald Dahl’s amazing book Fantastic Mr Fox “My husband is a fantastic fox!”

I was listening to this song in the car the other day and it reminded me of poor tolerant Mr Fox. It is not always easy for this poor man to understand my artistic temperament [you can interpret that as you wish [evil smile]].


Mr Fox and I have two small foxes, Mini-Me (aka Gregory) and Mini-T (aka Michael).

Michael looks just like Mr Fox and definitely inherited his maths abilities [thank goodness he won’t come and ask me for help!].

He does, however, seem to have my love for bright colours:

Then there is my darling Greg. We fight all the time. That is what happens when the apple falls to close to the tree. I see myself in Greg all the time. I wrote this poem for Greg:

Words for my son

Words for my son

Words flow fluidly from my mind to pen, they come very easily to me;

So why is it when I speak to you, I just cannot seem to make you see;

That I love you, my most special boy, I am your number one fan;

It is a joyous journey to watch you becoming an extraordinary man;

You have an amazing mind, you’re like an adult when we engage;

It makes it hard to understand the teenage turmoil that within you must rage;

You make us smile when you sit laughing at some amusing situation in a book;

Although I can get really cross when you give me your uncooperative look;

My own teenage years are a fairly distant memory, but I do remember;

The emotional highs and lows, like the violent thunderstorms of December;

An adventurous and exploratory time in your life, bursting with so much possibility;

To take advantage, you need to control body and mind and take responsibility;

You are exceptionally empathetic and kind, you always give to others;

I take delight when I see you treating everyone as your sisters and brothers.

By Robbie Cheadle

Did I mention that Greg achieved distinctions in his exams for 6 subjects [My brag of the week!].

Happy Saturday!


Robbie and Michael Cheadle are the co-authors of the Sir Chocolate Book series and Robbie Cheadle is the author of Silly Willy goes to Cape Town