Smorgasbord Short Stories – What’s in a Name – Ifan and the Black Sheep by Sally Cronin

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In the second of the stories from What’s in a Name this weekend we meet Ifan…who learns some valuable life lessons from his grandmother.

Ifan and the Black Sheep

Ifan Williams sat in the small velvet chair that usually held his gran’s dressing gown and woollen shawl. The green velveteen gown was now draped over the end of the bed; adding some extra warmth to her feet as she lay sleeping deeply on this winter’s afternoon.

The big double bed was one of the few pieces of furniture in the cottage overlooking the estuary, when David Lloyd had carried his young bride, Megan, over the threshold in 1920.

Over the next few years, other pieces, usually made by local craftsmen, had been carefully brought in through the wide front door at the end of the stone path that led from the main road. None of those hand crafted pieces had…

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Hot Dogs…Do YOU know what is in the Hot Dog you are eating?

Have you ever wondered what you’re eating when you eat a hot-dog?

Retired? No one told me!

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I thought I knew much of what went into the food we eat and when I started this series quite by chance the other week I was shocked…And it takes quite a lot to shock me… I don’t eat Hot Dogs and never have … Unless it was a home-made sausage or a good sausage or I  was at a BBQ and have eaten the occasional proper sausage… So rare for me I haven’t had one yet this year so that tells you how often I eat any sausage…

There are many processed sausages and balls here…All displayed and looking tempting.

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Look at that display it is bright, colourful and I can see how it could tempt anybody to eat one…

But, honestly, when I look at anything like that I feel sick… I have always had an aversion to any food when I don’t know the origin and couldn’t…

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To the friends of Buffalo Tom Peabody

We’ve lost a friend.

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To the friends of Buffalo Tom Peabody’s Blogs 1 and 2: It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that my brother Kenneth M. Clements, the creator of Buffalo Tom, Gunther Tootie, Iggy, Bubba, and their other pals, passed away suddenly on May 21st, just a few days after his last post to Buffalo Tom’s Blog 2. Ken was always pleased by the many supportive comments his satirical collages produced, and I know he would want me to extend a big, heart-felt Thank You to all of you. We all miss Ken and his humor and commitment very much, and could never replace his talent and dedication to this Blog. As one of his – and mine – heroes (Mark Twain) said: “The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.” May laughter be with us all our days.

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