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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 -2022 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 -2022 by Rebecca Budd

    Celebrating Up Helly Aa with Sarah McBurnie

    Celebrating Up Helly Aa with Sarah McBurnie

    S5 E4: Celebrating Up Helly Aa with Sarah McBurnie



    January 31, 2023, 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 your host, Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you.

    I have arrived virtually in Lerwick, Shetland to meet up with my friend, Sarah McBurnie who was our intrepid guide on our 2018 Shetland adventure.

    Up Helly Aa is happening tonight.

    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!

    Listeners, thank you for joining Sarah and me on Tea Toast & Trivia.

    And a special thank you Sarah for sharing the excitement of Up Helly Aa.   You were an excellent guide on our visit to Shetland and I’m looking forward to meeting up with you again on Tea Toast Trivia.

    Listeners, I invite you to connect with Sarah on her website, See Shetland. Sarah conducts exclusive guided tours with personalized itineraries for visitors to Shetland from all over the world.

    We came as visitors to experience this amazing place and left as friends, thanks to Sarah and the many people we met along the journey through the Shetland Islands. You are only an internet click away from a remarkable adventure that will take you from birdwatching, archaeology to the celebration of Up Helly Aa

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



    Music by Kikoru  "Clouds Over Mountains" #EpidemicSound

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

    • 19 min
    Celebrating Robert Burns & The Address to A Haggis

    Celebrating Robert Burns & The Address to A Haggis

    S5 E3: Celebrating Robert Burns & Address to the Haggis

    Some hae meat and canna eat,
    And some wad eat that want it,
    But we hae meat and we can eat,
    And sae the Lord be thankit.”

    Robert Burns is one of the most important figures in Scottish culture and history. Every year, Scots and people around the world come together to celebrate the life and works of the beloved poet. There are many reasons why we should celebrate Robert Burns and his contributions to Scotland.

    Regarded as the national poet of Scotland, Robert Burns writings celebrate Scottish culture and identity. He wrote extensively about the history of Scotland, and his works are often seen as a representation of the struggles and triumphs of the Scottish people. He was a great advocate for social justice. His poetry and narratives are often used to inspire people to strive for a more just and equitable society.

    Robert Burns’ poetry is varied in its themes and styles, and his writings have been adapted to numerous musical genres. His best-known works include “Auld Lang Syne,” “To a Mouse,” “Comin’ Thro’ the Rye,” and “A Red, Red Rose.” These poems are beloved for their romanticism, their humor, and their insight into the human experience.

    Come and join the celebration!

    Music by Traditional "Auld Lang Syne (Traditional Version" #EpidemicSound

    www.epidemicsound.com/track/H9ncuJOolx/

    • 13 min
    On the Road with Bryan Davis and Cary Hubbard

    On the Road with Bryan Davis and Cary Hubbard

    S5 E2: On the Road with Bryan Davis and Cary Hubbard



    “Cars are almost part of my physiology. I grew up playing amongst the dusty shelves of my family’s auto parts store. In my reckless youth pushing our delivery trucks to the point of mechanical failure was the best way I could find to learn about cars and how they worked. As a responsible adult I channel that interest into connecting with fellow enthusiasts through events, writing and social media.”

    Bryan Davis, Esoteric Automotive Antiquarian

    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 travelling virtually to Albuquerque to meet up with Cary Hubbard of Cary’s Garage, who you know from the Project Z Car Revival podcast series at Tea Toast & Trivia.  From Albuquerque, Cary and I are winging our way across to New York to connect with Bryan Davis, Automotive Writer, and Social Media Manager.  Bryan is known as an Esoteric Automotive Antiquarian who is dedicated to the history, design, manufacture, and “roadability” of the unloved cars of the Malaise Era.

    Cary and Bryan are the podcast hosts of Motors and Martinis that take us on amazing road adventures. What is an Automotive Antiquarian?  What is the “Malaise Era?”  And how can there be unloved cars?  These are the questions that will be answered today.

    This is going to be a great discussion so put the kettle and join the conversation.

    Thank you for joining Cary, Bryan, and me on Tea Toast & Trivia.

    And a special thank you, Cary and Bryan for a brilliant discussion on memorable cars and memorable moments.

    I invite you to meet up with Cary and Bryan on their podcast Motors and Martinis where you will find them talking about cars and all things esoteric.  Bryan’s website, Bryan Raab Davis will link you to Malaise Motors, the Little Facebook Group the Could.  Join Cary on his YouTube Channel, Cary’s Garage, which is dedicated to his love of Vehicles. Cars, Trucks, and Motorcycles. His cars come from all corners of the globe!

    Cary and Bryan have promised to come back for another road trip adventure.

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



    Music by Plain Stroll "Leave the Lights On." #EpidemicSound



    https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/9oOwDuHvGF/

    • 24 min
    Catherine Cavendish on Writing Gothic Horror

    Catherine Cavendish on Writing Gothic Horror

    S5 E1: Catherine Cavendish on Writing Gothic Horror

    “1941. In the dark days of war-torn London, Violet works in Churchill’s subterranean top secret Cabinet War Rooms, where key decisions that will dictate Britain’s conduct of the war are made. Above, the people of London go about their daily business as best they can, unaware of the life that teems beneath their feet. Night after night the bombs rain down, yet Violet has far more to fear than air raids. A mysterious man, a room only she can see, memories she can no longer trust, and a best friend who denies their shared past… Something or someone – is targeting her.” Catherine Cavendish, Dark Observation

    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 the sea in Southport, England, to meet up with writer, Catherine Cavendish, who has given us paranormal, ghostly, and Gothic horror novels and novellas. Her novels include Dark Observation, In Darkness, Shadows Breathe, The Garden of Bewitchment. The Haunting of Henderson Close, The Devil’s Serenade, The Pendle Curse, and Saving Grace Devine.

    Time to put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation.

    As many of you know, Edinburgh feels like my second home.  I just purchased Cat Cavendish’s “The Haunting of Henderson Close.”  This is the blurb:

    In the depths of Edinburgh, an evil presence is released. Hannah and her colleagues are tour guides who lead their visitors along the spooky, derelict Henderson Close, thrilling them with tales of spectres and murder. For Hannah it is her dream job, but not for long. Who is the mysterious figure that disappears around a corner? What is happening in the old print shop? And who is the little girl with no face?

    This is going to be an amazing read.  I will keep the lights on.
    Thank you for joining Cat and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a very special thank you, Cat, for sharing your insights on writing, embracing the unknown and being open to possibilities.

    Listeners, I invite you to meet up with Cat on her website, Catherine Cavendish, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads. You are only an internet click away from being swept away on a haunting adventure.

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

    Spectacles Wallet & Watch "Ghouls"

    https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/i9zCHFRdAJ/

    Howard Harper-Barnes "Mysterious Forest"

    https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/jR4dVTZ5wr/

    • 21 min
    Season’s Greetings from Ottawa, Ontario

    Season’s Greetings from Ottawa, Ontario

    S4 E46: Season‘s Greetings from Ottawa, Ontario

    Wishing You The Joy Of Family

    The Warmth Of Friends &

    The Gifts Of Laughter, Peace & Love!

    Rebecca

    A special thank you to my brother, Brian R Brodhead, who provided the music accompaniment of Silent Night.

    • 2 min
    Merril D Smith on A Poet’s Voice

    Merril D Smith on A Poet’s Voice

    Season 4 Episode 45: Merril D Smith on A Poet’s Voice

    "frost-specked

    the grass glistens

     in October moonlight,

    silvered pale…a scurry of mice,

    ghost-like." 

    Merril D. Smith, The Moons of Autumn: Word Weaving # 1: A Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse

    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.

    The Moons of Autumn: A Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse, edited by Colleen M. Chesebro and JulesPaige is a profound exploration of Japanese and American syllabic poetry.  The theme of this journal was influenced by the Harvest, Hunter’s, and Frost moons, which are the names given to the three full moons that transpire during the autumn months.   Within the pages of this poetry collection, the diverse mix of syllabic poetry has ignited my desire to explore a poetic journey.

    Today, I am delighted that Merril D Smith whose poetry is featured in “The Moons of Autumn” has joined me to give voice to her poetry. Welcome to the series, “A Poet’s Voice”, which brings words of poetry from across the world to your home.

    Merril D. Smith is a writer, editor, independent scholar, and poet. She is the author and editor of several books. Merril’s poetry is often inspired by the natural world around her. Her poetry has been published by several presses, and she is working on a full-length poetry collection, as well as some smaller collections. In April 2022, Nightingale & Sparrow Press published her first full-length collection, River Ghosts.

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

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

    Thank you, Merril for sharing your insights on how poetry allows us to describe the world around us in unexpected ways.  I have enjoyed traveling virtually to New Jersey to walk along the Delaware River with you.

    Listeners, you can meet up with Merril D. Smith on her website Merril D Smith, Amazon and Goodreads.  You are only an internet click away from poetry that enriches the soul.

    Until next time we meet, dear friends, keep reading and reciting poetry.

    Safe travels wherever your adventures lead you.



    Music by: 

    Claude Signet "No One But Yourself" 

    https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/l89C9VoigE/

    David Celeste "Everyday People"

    https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/T32oSvAWoI/

    Emily Rubye "Remember"

    https://www.epidemicsound.com/track/KSh4jHCiBF/

    #EpidemicSound

    • 20 min

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