Tuesday, 13 March 2018

A Flavour of Sunshine Islands.

Tenerife. El Teide and Masca Valley. An Excerpt from Island Interludes.

"Turning off the main road to the Roques de Garcia, the most astounding rock formations left from  an eruption took away our breath. Essentially, these rock formations were in a crater, the sides of which had eroded away in places to leave the unique and fantastically shaped towering rock formations of a glowing, deep, rust colour." 
"Nearing lunch-time, we stopped at the charming coastal village of Chio where the owners of El Rancho were waiting for us with a simple lunch of soup or Spanish omelette, bread, wine or water, and coffee or tea. Chio is near the village of GuiĆ” de Isora and was on our way to the Masca Valley. The restaurant was bedecked in heavily flowering bougainvillea on the terrace. Potted plants abounded while others contrasted with the white walls and the rustic feel presented to the onlooker." Moving on, we headed towards the Masca Valley and the towering Teno Massif which dominates every twist and turn of the switchback road that first climbed high before flowing down into the valley. We were now in the north of the island. La Palma was still visible against the clear blue sky as it nestled on its bed of cotton wool-like clouds." Excerpt from Island Interludes: Just Us Two Escape to the Sun.  Illustrated with twenty-five photographs and five maps. In colour in the eBooks.(Photos in this post are extras)                                  
ISBN 9781908302434 PB. Paperback, hardback, and eBook.                                                     Rosalie Marsh. discover-rosalie.com   christalpublishing.com

Monday, 12 March 2018

Building on Feedback.

As promised in my last post, we will now look how you can build on the positive aspects and improve on the more negative aspects of that feedback.

Everyone to take responsibility or ownership of their own learning and development. How?
In a staff development/mentoring session - or on your own - look at the process of professional development. 
Conduct a personal audit to develop a personal development plan. This will include: 
  • Where am I now? 
  • Where do I want to be in 1/5/10 years time? 
  • What do I need to do to achieve this?
In an individual one-to-one session discuss: 
  • A personal development plan. 
  • Look at your job description. 
  • Develop a learning plan by carrying out a SWOT Analysis. 
  • Develop an overall action plan, making sure that there are clear dates and targets for the achievement of objectives. 
  • Agree this - both employee/learner and manager/mentor.
  • What Resources will you need?: 
You will need Access and Support. How? 
  • Will you attend a taught programme or will it be through open and distance learning? 
  • Will it be paper-based or online?
Support. We all need support and it is an essential ingredient on your road to improvement and success. 
"Think about what kind of support you will need.
  • Will your family take over some of your household chores while you study? 
  • Can you free up some study space? 
  • It is important that you have somewhere, even if just a corner in the kitchen, where you can study undisturbed and keep your work clean and presentable."  
(Excerpts from Release Your Potential: Making Sense of Personal and Professional Development. Rosalie Marsh 2011.) Print ISBN 9781908302083 eBook Kindle 9781908302052 ePub.9781908302274.
View the full article on Linkedin.

A video introduction to "Release Your Potential" on You Tube


Thursday, 8 March 2018

Using Feedback to Improve and Succeed

Three Linkedin Articles Discussing the Topic of Feedback.

Week One. Dealing with Feedback. Giving Feedback - the Rules

A plus, minus, plus sign to equal a smile

Week Two. Feedback: Formal and Informal Feedback.

Two speech circles out of a head with the words formal and informal.

Week Three: Post Feedback: How do I Improve?

Image of the words Post Feedback with an image of people getting better

Tomorrow, we will conclude this Linkedin series with a look at how an effective learning and development strategy. This can be a personal one or one that you develop for your organization.

Above all: Take Control of your own Learning and Development.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

My Guest Spot on CalonFM 105fm

Dave Williams of Community Focus on Community Radio CalonFM. 

Date: Tuesday January 30th
Time: 12-14hrs

Arriving early - unusual for me but I could hear my OH's usual admonishments in my ear -I was immediately bowled over by this new addition to the Univesity. CalonFM used to be housed in a small space at the top of another building. BBC Cymru used to be housed at the top of the round tower at the  Wrexham Library and former Oriel Wrexham. ( I have been privileged  to visit both in the past.

Now, both of them have been re-housed in this spanking new, state of the art building. I didn't even need headphones!

Image Guest Rosalie Marsh with Dave Williams  - presenter

Dave is a very relaxed person and amazing person and a wonderful presenter,and chatted throughout in between music and news to draw out topics of interest from the guest. Richard, who was producing and sorting all the fades, timings, and music etc. joined in with these chats. I think that I sparked of his interest into Spain and Portugal.

Dave was keen to chat about my writings in general and our former Gold Wing touring motorbike travels in Just Us Two: Ned and Rosie's Gold Wing Discovery which formed the basis of the Just Us Two Travel series.

Image of guest Rosalie Marsh with presenter Dave Williams in front of the microphones in the studioImage of Richard at the computer wearing headphones. Community Focus, CalonFMTopics were wide-ranging from how I started to write, what inspired me to write Just Us Two and the others, and what I am planning to write next. We also had some also had a good discussion on my Zip Wire experience with a fellow Lancs and Lakes Gold Wings member (region of Gold Wing Owners' Club of Great Britain [G.W.O.C.G.B.] I explained that we did it for the charity Dreamflight as well as celebrating a big birthday each. Mine a bit bigger than Ian's. 


Friday, 26 January 2018

An Award-Winning First Edition Signed Copy

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A picture of Just Us Two jacket front. a couple with a Gold Wing motorbike. Clouds and sunflowerspicture of author. narratice, sunflowers and blue sky.


Sunday, 14 January 2018

Coming up for air.

After the onslaught of winter recently when the snow buried all the spring plants that were flowering early, we are pleased that they have all survived and throwing up fresh buds.

The cyclamen plants in particular were a worry as they looked so colourful and cheerful.
A low, round garden pot with white dianthus and a vibrant pink cyclamen flowering.

A garden boot with a vibrant flowering pink cyclamen

A message came from my husband that the plants had all survived the snow and bitter cold winds. I have had a quick look this morning and pulled off a lot of dead cyclamen flowers but was heartened to see many new buds pushing up from a nest of leaves which are sheltering them.

A deep garden pot with a ball of avibrant yellow flowering chrysanthemum

The big mounds of chrysanthemum plant are now looking sorry for themselves! They were such a lovely, bright addition to the autumn garden. They need cutting back now ready for next winter.

After the garden re-vamp before Christmas I am looking forward to the snowdrops, a variety of  miniature bulbs, and  all the salvaged tulips and daffodils pushing up to herald the coming of Spring.

A new season with new promises.

After the unexpected and intensive research project of the last few months followed by report writing and submissions, I am also looking forward to a quieter life and channelling my research more into Charlotte's story. It is time that she came of the back burner!


Sunday, 7 January 2018

Memories of Cordoba and Ronda, Andalucia, Spain.

We didn't manage in November to make what has become an annual visit to the warmth of Spain in the winter sunshine. Memories kept us warm. Those ancient cities of Cordoba and Ronda are worth a re-visit. 
We will also never forget that epic trip that we made on our Honda Gold Wing touring motorbike in 2001. Although an age away it still seems like yesterday.

The excursions that I chatted about in a previous post some years later were by other means.


Wednesday, 3 January 2018

My Review of Hannah. by Jean Mead.

The latest historical fiction from Jean Mead.

3 January 2018
Verified Purchase

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Reading . . a window to the world. Not forgetting libraries.

Libraries have been part of my life forever.

As a little girl growing up in Lancashire it was second nature to pay a regular visit to that wonderful building in Railway Road, Leigh, where I could lose myself in a world of . .well . . . whatever I wanted to read. Growing into the teen years, I remember my father asking to see what I was reading to make sure that it was 'suitable'.

Later, as a young mother, I regularly parked our daughter's Royale pram outside and climbed the steps into the the hallowed depths of the library. There, my baby and I spent many a happy hour as she nestled comfortably on one arm while I held a book - usually a medical one  - in my other hand. To this day I swear that she absorbed the contents as she later became a nurse! 
Picture of a man reading in a library
Moving to Wales and the Dee Valley we were many miles from town with a bus -up a steep hill to the bus stop  - once an hour. We continued our regular practice  of library visits we trundled up another even steeper hill to the George Edwards Hall in Cefn Mawr. As our family grew the  three children were never short of a book to read as they went at their own pace. The new library was a joy. 

Mills and Boon romances and Georgette Heyer historical novels were another of my escapes in those days and beyond. Or biology books, food nutrition as I checked that I was providing healthy meals, gardening, travel . . . Occasionally, when funds allowed,we bought a book for the children; especially for Christmas, birthdays or simply after saving up our pennies. But with a lending library, cost is not an issue. Can't decide between two? Borrow them both.

Nowadays, living nearer to Wrexham town, I use the very modern Wrexham Library. Thankfully, in spite of there not being as many books on the shelves as hitherto, it has escaped a complete cut in services. The Internet facilities, reading corners for children, strategically placed chairs among the rows of shelves, and the research and study facilities upstairs are a joy.

Libraries - we already pay for this service in our Council Tax charges.

Two people in a library among the bokshelves.Not being able to 'afford' to read is not an option and  when we are ordering 'cheap' books on the Internet, let us not forget our libraries. They are free to join and you can now download eBooks as well. We already pay for this service in our Council Tax bill. Nowadays, I can come away with a huge pile of books . . . a recipe for escaping into my own little world as I have done all my life,delving into the world waiting for me among the pages.

If a book that you would like to read is not in stock, just ask if it can be ordered. Askews and Holts are the main library supplier in the UK but -for all our titles at least -there are other global suppliers as we use the global distribution services of Ingram Lightning Source for print and eBooks as well the US Smashwords eBook distribution to libraries.

You know what they say. 'Use it or lose it'. Happy reading.


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Sunday, 10 December 2017

A Winter Wondrland and the Best Laid Plans . . .

The snow has fallen a little earlier than anticipated.

After weeks of waiting, we are nearer to our garden re-vamp. Yes, tomorrow is the day. Today? We are covered with a smattering of snow. It looks beautiful but we are hoping for
a few degrees warmer weather this week.

You may ask 'Why December?' Why? Our chosen gardener is in great demand and is booked up some months ahead. The bulbs have been dug up and packed away in a dark corner. New plants are waiting. I have been busy with graph paper, pencil and ruler - the old-fashioned but satisfying way. It certainly exercised my brain as I marked out the squares and what they represented in cm/inches; converting one to the other. Pictured is a Viburnum Tinus or snowball bush. They are meant to flower in Jan/Feb but the mild winter so far gave them other ideas.

We have spent the late summer visiting garden nurseries and garden centres far and wide from Powys to Cheshire. We had some lovely trips out as we delved down  country lanes hidden between the lush green fields heavy with the fruits of summer. We had fun deciding what to keep and what is past its best. Two rose bushes are still under the chop. We will leave it to the gardener to decide if a heavy pruning will re-generate them or if they should go the way of other that are past their sell-by date.

For now, we are in the throes of pre-Christmas lunches with friends far and wide. This morning, I logged on to Facebook to find that they had helpfully compiled  a list of events in 2017. It reminded me that the year was more than 365 days. It reminded me how many people make up the fabric of our lives and that, without them, we would be poorer without them. This is the positive side of social media. 

With another fall of snow in the night we are hoping that the roads are clear this morning as we journey to meet up with some of these fiends - the ones that Gold Wing motorbiking brought to us.

A small thought to leave you with. I am trying to remember this - the accepting part - in the midst of our current challenge. 
It says, 'God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the Courage to change the things I can, and the Wisdom to know the difference.'