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Blogger.Visual Storyteller.Traveler: Exploring the creative spirit within a dynamic, ever-changing global world. The pursuit of artistic excellence is an essential element of our humanity; it speaks to the soul of our culture and society, allowing us to celebrate our individuality and our togetherness. My goal: to encourage a deep and profound awareness of our personal journeys.

Tea Toast & Trivia Podcast All Rights Reserved © 2019 -2024 by Rebecca Budd

Tea. Toast. & Trivia‪.‬ Rebecca Budd

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Blogger.Visual Storyteller.Traveler: Exploring the creative spirit within a dynamic, ever-changing global world. The pursuit of artistic excellence is an essential element of our humanity; it speaks to the soul of our culture and society, allowing us to celebrate our individuality and our togetherness. My goal: to encourage a deep and profound awareness of our personal journeys.

Tea Toast & Trivia Podcast All Rights Reserved © 2019 -2024 by Rebecca Budd

    Emily Carter on Nature and Wildlife Photography

    Emily Carter on Nature and Wildlife Photography

    S6 E9: Emily Carter on Nature and Wildlife Photograph

    “Nature as Art is something that is felt deep within one’s spirit. Hard to express in words, the connection felt when observing and being part of nature brings unity and a sense of peacefulness in this world of chaos. It is this connection that as a nature and wildlife photographer that I am in continuous search for. Capturing wildlife and nature in its natural state is a challenging task. As a photographer, I recognize that I am an intruder, and as such I must show respect as they have allowed me into their world.”  Emily Carter, Artist Statement

    Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia.

    Thank you for listening in. 

    I am you host, Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you.

    I am delighted that I am travelling virtually to Annapolis, Maryland, to meet up with Emily Carter, an award-winning nature and wildlife photographer.  Emily believes that art is found in nature through careful observation of the scenery, lighting, and the subject. Through photography, she captures the emotion felt when experiencing a fleeting moment.

    Emily and I have known each other ever since she welcomed me to an on-line photography group.  I confess being intimidated by the calibre of photographers, but soon felt a kinship and camaraderie within this group. Emily has a passion for nature and her enthusiasm inspired me to take a leap of faith into the world of photography.

    How can photography be a way to engage with nature and the environment?  How can we preserve, through photography, what was once, but is no more?  How can nature photography bring a sense of calm and wellness to our lives? These are the questions that will be discussed today.

    I invite you to put the kettle on and add to this exciting dialogue !

    Thank you, Emily, for sharing your knowledge, experience, and insights.  You have been a source of encouragement to me over the years.  You remind me that photography is personal because it tells our story and documents, along with all the other photos that circulate in our virtual world, the greater narrative of our generation.

    Listeners, I invite you to connect with Emily on her website, Nature is Art, Flickr, Instagram and Facebook. You are only an internet click away from experiencing the beauty of Nature captured within photography.

    Until next time we meet dear friends, safe travels wherever your adventures lead you.Music by Epidemic Sound

    Gavin Luke "Dream Corridor" https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/eZm5S0GHOe/
    Jon Björk "Between the Willows" https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/kx4H30KIkZ/

    • 22 min
    Lauren Scott on a Poet’s Voice

    Lauren Scott on a Poet’s Voice

    Season 6 Episode 8: Lauren Scott on A Poet’s Voice


    “rocks and shiny shellsin all shapes and colors makeyoung hearts sing and danceprecious works of artremain forever pricelesstime irrelevantsandy shore offerstroves of tiny treasures forimaginationsfingers hold paintbrushbrows furrow, fully focusedmasterpiece crafted”

    “Tiny Treasures” from Ever So Gently: A Collection of Poems by Lauren Scott




    Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia.

    Thank you for listening in.

    I am your host, Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you.

    I am traveling virtually to Northern California to meet writer and poet, Lauren Scott.  Lauren enjoys the tranquil pleasures of small-town living alongside her supportive husband, Matthew, and their beloved lab, Copper. As a dedicated wordsmith, Lauren has explored both fiction and reflections of her own life through her compelling poetry and short stories. Lauren released her latest poetry collection, “Ever So Gently,” in July of 2023. This enchanting anthology artfully communicates the nuances of life, love, and the human spirit.


    Today, I am delighted that Lauren Scott has joined me to give voice to her poetry. Welcome to the podcast series, “A Poet’s Voice”, which brings words of poetry from across the world to your home.


    I invite you to put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia.

    Thank you for joining Lauren and me on Tea Toast & Trivia to reflect on the beauty of poetic words.

    Thank you, Lauren for sharing your insights on how poetry allows us to describe the world around us in unexpected ways. This has been a wonderful conversation.


    Listeners you can meet up with Lauren on her website, Baydreamer, (BaydreamerWrites.com) and Amazon.  You are only an internet click away from journeys that enrich the soul.


    Until next time we meet, dear friends, keep reading and reciting poetry. Safe travels wherever your adventures lead you.


    Music by Epidemic Sound

    Gavin Luke "Sentient" https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/BZeZdCNhcw/

    David Celeste "Under Your Wings" https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/j3C38gUeUu/

    Max Anson "Break of Day" https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/ygrq37w0oz/

    David Celeste "Eternally Yours" https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/K8gUW0Gb5B/

    David Celeste "Catharsis" https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/7Y8Il1GyZs/

    • 19 min
    Mandy Henderson on the Poetry of Katherine Mansfield

    Mandy Henderson on the Poetry of Katherine Mansfield

    S6 E7: Mandy Henderson on the Poetry of Katherine Mansfield


    The pleasure of all reading is doubled when one lives with another who shares the same books.”

    Katherine Mansfield

    Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia.

    Thank you for listening in.

    I am your host, Rebecca Budd, and I look forward to sharing this moment with you.


    Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923) was a highly acclaimed New Zealand writer and poet. Born in Wellington, New Zealand October 14, 1888, she is regarded as one of the most influential modernist short story writers of her time. Mansfield’s poetic sensibility and expert craftsmanship have secured her a lasting place in literary history.

    Katherine’s writings are known for their vivid imagery, introspective themes, and exploration of the complexities of human emotions. Her remarkable ability to capture the subtle nuances of everyday life and convey them through delicate and lyrical language sets her apart. Despite her untimely death at the age of 34, Mansfield’s legacy as a pioneering writer continues to resonate in the literary world.

    Today, I am traveling to New Zealand to meet up with my blogger friend, Mandy Henderson to discuss the remarkable life and work of Katherine Mansfield.


    I invite you to put the kettle on and join the conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia.

    Thank you, Mandy, for sharing the life and poetry of Katherine Mansfield.



    As Katherine wrote many years ago, “The pleasure of all reading is doubled when one lives with another who shares the same books.” 

    Today we have shared the pleasure of reading her poetry, together.

    Dear listeners, thank you for joining Mandy and me on Tea Toast & Trivia and celebrating the life and work of Katherine Mansfield.


    Music by Epidemic Sound:


    Arthur Benson "Have You Tried the Key"

    https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/VXLAqxSdsg/

    Yonder Dale "Benevolent"

    https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/shJ71NyU8V/


    Johannes Bornlöf "Our Deepest Secrets (Scaled Down Version)"

    https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/R5ym9z47GU/

    Claude Signet "Together Is Better"

    https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/gPLIAeQ0Cj/

    • 20 min
    Mary Lunnen on Your Compass Rose Speaks

    Mary Lunnen on Your Compass Rose Speaks

    S6 E6: Mary Lunnen on Your Compass Rose Speaks



    Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia.

    Thank you for listening in. 



    I am your host, Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you.



    Join me as I travel virtually to Wadebridge, a town in north Cornwall, England, to meet up with writer, artist and Global Life Coach, Mary Lunnen.  I first met Mary through a mutual friend and frequent guest on TTT, Liz Humphreys. Liz shared three “rediscovery cards” in an Instagram Post.  These rediscovery cards are used by Mary for guided meditation and reflection.



    Dare to Blossom Life Coaching with Mary is based around the principle of rediscovering our inner wisdom and awakening to a sense of wellbeing.  She has recently published her book, “Your Compass Rose Speaks: Rediscover Your Inner Wisdom”, which is the culmination of her work over the last twenty years since establishing Dare to Blossom Life Coaching in 2003.



    Thank you for joining Mary and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a very special thank you, Mary, for sharing your insights on coaching, on seeking an inner wisdom, on embracing the unknown and being open to possibilities



    Listeners,  I invite you to meet up with Mary on her website, Dare to Blossom, Facebook, and Instagram.



    I know that you will be inspired by the Mary’s story and her dedication to living boldly within a complex, ever-changing world.



    Until next time we meet, dear friends, safe travels wherever your journey leads you.



    Music by Epidemic Sound


    David Celeste: "First Resolution"

    https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/BP26BafzZF/

    David Celeste: "The Wind in Her Hair"
    https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/GEVInFWSj4/

    • 22 min
    Elizabeth Gauffreau on the Art of Writing Short Stories

    Elizabeth Gauffreau on the Art of Writing Short Stories

    S6 E5: Elizabeth Gauffreau on the Art of Writing Short Stories


    "I should have gone to see Mother sooner, I suppose, but her letters had been arriving with the same regularity as always, so I had no inkling that anything might be wrong. Truly, Mother’s letters were cheerful as ever.  She writes such lovely descriptions of the winter birds at the feeder outside the solarium." Elizabeth Gauffreau, A Morbid CravingWelcome to Tea. Toast. & Trivia.

    Thank you for listening in!

    I am your host Rebecca Budd, and I look forward to sharing this moment with you. 


    I am delighted and thrilled that my dear friend, writer and poet, Elizabeth Gauffreau, has come back to share her insights on the art of writing a short story.   We are once again bridging the 3897 kilometers, as the crow flies, between New Hampshire and Vancouver. 

    Liz is a gifted writer who specializes in fiction and poetry that delves into the themes of family and place. With a bachelor’s degree in English/Writing from Old Dominion University and a master’s degree in English/Fiction Writing from the University of New Hampshire, she has honed her skills and crafted a compelling body of work.

    I have read Liz’s short story “A Morbid Craving”, published by Lamplit Underground, several times over the past weeks. Her ability to capture four points of view within a very complex narrative was riveting.  

    It is time to put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation.

    Thank you for joining Liz and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a very special thank you Liz for sharing your insights and reading.  You continue to inspire me.

    Listeners, you can meet up with Liz on her website  lizgauffreau.com, Substack, Amazon, and Goodreads You are only an internet click away from a place where stories dwell.

    Until next time we meet, safe travel wherever your adventures lead you.

    Music by Epidemic Sound:


    David Celeste "The Heart" https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/BNRLqsHty4/

    Gavin Luke "Dream Corridor" https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/eZm5S0GHOe/

    • 18 min
    Celebrating “Up Helly Aa” with Sarah McBurnie

    Celebrating “Up Helly Aa” with Sarah McBurnie

    S6 E4:  Celebrating “Up Helly Aa” with Sarah McBurnie



    January 30, 2024, the Last Tuesday of January. The fire festival of Up Helly Aa is happening. A huge torchlight procession of hundreds of Vikings is marching through the streets of Lerwick, carrying flaming torches and singing traditional Norse skalds.



    Welcome to Tea, Toast and Trivia.



    Thank you for listening in.



    I am you host, Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you.



    I have arrived in Lerwick, Shetland to meet up with my friend, Sarah McBurnie who was our guide on our 2018 Shetland adventure.  Up Hella Aa is happening.  Sarah has invited us to celebrate Shetland’s Norse heritage with her.   I have always wanted to attend Up Helly Aa, so join me for a Viking adventure that promises feasting, music, and dancing!



    Up Helly Aa or Up Holy [Day] All A Celebration of Norse Heritage!



    On January 30, 2024, the last Tuesday of January, the fire festival of Up Helly Aa is happening in Lerwick, Shetland. This festival carries a rich tapestry of influences that give it a unique flavor and significance.

    The first influence stems from the Yuletide celebrations, which traditionally began on the 5th of January, known as Old Yule, and culminated in Up Helly Aa, 24 days later. This final day was marked with fire, feasting, and frolic, creating a lively and festive atmosphere.

    The second influence is rooted in the old Shetland custom of guizing, where individuals disguised themselves, visited friends’ houses, performed turns, and then revealed their true identities. This tradition added an element of surprise and merriment to the festivities.

    The celebration of Shetland’s Norse heritage is a central pillar of Up Helly Aa. In the north of Scotland, the Vikings, who were feared in other parts of the world, are celebrated as symbols of strength and resilience. The Norse heritage is embodied in the iconic sight of a burning longship, symbolizing the journey of a deceased Norse Jarl to Valhalla, an evocative and powerful tribute to the Viking legacy.



    The amalgamation of these influences creates a vibrant and captivating Viking adventure at Up Helly Aa, as participants pay homage to Shetland’s rich and enduring Norse heritage.

    Northlink Ferries has taken this opportunity to look back at the other years that were significant for Up Helly Aa: Up Helly Aa through the years.

    Edgar Hopp "Phoenix Rising" https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/IKHlHvgHSN/

    Kikoru "Clouds Over Mountains" https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/EbaDeotpAO/

    • 20 min

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