#TenThingsYouMayNotKnow – About #JackieLambert

Today, I’d like to introduce author Jackie Lambert, whose #TenThings List just might knock your socks off! I know you’ll enjoy it, so we’ll get started right away! Jackie, you’re on!


Thanks, Marcia!

Ten Things You May Not Know About Me
by JackieLambert

  1. I used to work as a beer taster for Truman’s Brewery on Brick Lane in East London, where Jack the Ripper used to patrol the mean streets. The brewery was founded in 1666, just after the great fire, and was once London’s largest brewery. In fact, Truman’s became one of the largest brewers in the world. These days, the Black Eagle Brewery building is an arts centre.
  1. I have cuddled a tiger and been bitten by a lion.
  1. I did the first ever commercial white water rafting descent of red rock canyon in Colorado, near where Butch and Sundance jumped in the famous film, Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid.
  1. I once sat on a swing with ‘The Blackburn Bullet’ – Carl Fogarty, World Superbike Champ. He lived across the road from me when we were both about nine years old!
  1. I can fly a light aircraft.
  1. Mark and I got married outside a lighthouse, so our marriage started on the rocks!
  1. I did the two highest bungee jumps in the world (at the time); Victoria Falls Bridge in Zambia (111 m / 364.5 ft) off the, and Le Pont de Ponsonnas (103 m / 337 ft) near Grenoble in France. I am afraid of heights, and loathed both experiences! I did the first jump to show I could master my fear. It was so awful, I wasn’t sure I could do it again, so I had to show myself I could. Now, I don’t feel I have anything further to prove!
  1. I love travel and adventure and have visited six continents and forty-three countries. By the end of 2022, I hope to have added six more; Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Bosnia Herzegovina, and Luxembourg. That said, Mark and I are not great at sticking to plans. We once set off for Spain and Portugal, but decided to turn left, and went to Romania!
  1. I have always loved writing. My aunt once said, “Jacqueline can write pages and pages about absolutely nothing!” I took it as a compliment, of course. I wrote my first short memoir/travelogue aged 14. It followed a horseback ride across England’s Lake District with author Bob Orrell. He entered it into a national competition, open to all age groups, and it came second!
  1. During a windsurfing lesson just before London 2012, I almost dropped my sail on Olympic silver medallist Nick Dempsey’s head. Had he not ducked, I would have brained Team GB’s best hope of a medal in the RSX windsurfing!

Jackie With Nick Dempsey and Peter Hart


I have just published my fifth book; the fourth memoir in my Adventure Caravanning With Dogs series, which follows the story of how hubs and I gave up work, rented out the house, and became perpetual caravan (trailer) nomads with four dogs in tow.

Buy It Never Rains but It Paws HERE

BLURB:
Five years after giving up work to travel full time, Dog-ma Jacqueline (Jackie) and Dogfather Mark race against time to leave the UK before Britain exits the EU. If Brexit happens, their four Cavapoos (Cavalier/Poodle cross) Kai, Rosie, Ruby, and Lani will lose their puppy passports, and the Lambert Family will be unable to travel together. But Brexit isn’t their only obstacle: a few months into their adventure, the pandemic suddenly shatters their plans, and leaves them trapped in the epicentre of Europe’s No. 1 coronavirus hotspot.

The fourth road trip Europe adventure in author Jacqueline Lambert’s “inspirational and hilarious” series of true travel memoirs invites you to join the couple as they discover even more amazing and little-known places, this time in France and Italy. However, this isn’t just a priceless escape travel story filled with humorous mishaps and mountain adventure. The coronavirus pandemic separates the family from their loved ones at home, and leaves Jackie stranded alone during a blizzard in a remote Italian village, with Mark thousands of miles away, back in the UK.

Between terrible weather, political mayhem, and a global pandemic, Jackie and Mark try to take lessons from each hardship. Yet, even with a positive attitude, a sense of adventure, and a caravan full of loved ones, you can’t stop all the obstacles life rolls your way. These “amusing and informative” travel stories are certainly proof that It Never Rains… But It Paws!

Jackie’s Fur Babies


Author Jackie Lambert 

Fans of Jacqueline (Jackie) Lambert’s doggie/travel blog, www.WorldWideWalkies.com said, “You should write a book!” So, she did. In fact, she’s written five…

If you’ve ever considered giving up work to head off into the sunset with surfboards on the roof–or you just like dogs, travel and humour, her Adventure Caravanning With Dogs books are for you.

The first, Fur Babies in France, was described by one reviewer as, “Laugh out funny and a great travel guide”. It tells how she and husband Mark gave up work, accidentally bought their first ever caravan, then decided to rent out the house, sell most of their possessions, and tour Europe full-time with four dogs in tow.

Dog on the Rhine; “An inspirational travelogue” follows this intrepid couple as they get more adventurous, and head into Germany, The Czech Republic, Slovenia, Croatia and Italy. But just to prove that Living the Dream is not all sunshine and rainbows, they return home to a huge Fidose of reality…

Dogs ‘n’ Dracula; “Armchair travel delight” gives the full low down on how Jackie and Mark set off for Spain and Portugal, but decided to turn left…

Pups on Piste is a “Fun and interesting book” about the trials and tribulations of their first ski season in Italy, during which a ski instructor tells them, “Don’t miss the turn, or you’ll go over a cliff.”

In her latest memoir, It Never Rains But It Paws, released on 6th May 2022, Jackie and Mark race against time to leave the UK before Britain leaves the EU. Brexit could mean their four precious pups would be unable to travel. Then, a few months into their trip, the pandemic leaves them trapped in the epicentre of Europe’s No. 1 coronavirus hotspot…

She is currently working on her sixth book, To Hel In A Hound Cart – A Road Trip Through Poland In A Pandemic, which will be published later in 2022.

In her first year as a published author, Jacqueline was delighted to receive multiple five-star reviews, a letter from Prince Charles, an invitation to Bucharest to collect an award for Dogs ‘n’ Dracula, and Amazon No. 1 Bestseller status in the German Travel category for Dog on the Rhine. Some of her travel tales BC (Before Canines) have been featured in travel anthologies, alongside other bestselling and award-winning authors.


You can check out all of Jackie’s books on her Amazon Author Page HERE.

Or grab them one at a time here:

Year 1 – Fur Babies in France
Dog on the Rhine
Dogs n Dracula
It Never Rains but It Paws

And you can reach Jackie on social media here:

Blog: WorldWideWalkies.com
Email: jackielambert07@gmail.com
Facebook
Goodreads
BookBub

84 thoughts on “#TenThingsYouMayNotKnow – About #JackieLambert

    • It was my pleasure to have you join us today, Jackie, and I can see from the comments folks are already having fun reading about your adventures! Hope you’ll enjoy having this chance to meet your fellow writers and make some new friends! Thanks so much for being part of my #TenThings series! 😀 ❤

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      • Thank you so much for asking, Marcia. It has been a real pleasure getting to know you and sharing your passion for wildlife.
        My apologies for popping in so late to say ‘Hi’ to everyone who has been kind enough to read and comment. We spent the last couple of days in the marvellous Matka Canyon in North Macedonia. The scenery was magnificent, but our internet was very intermittent.
        We’re back in civilisation now, in the capital city, Skopje!

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  1. Say what? You were bitten by a lion. I think we need more information. Jackie! (you just quietly tucked that in) A great ten things post. What an adventurous soul. Your books look like fun. Thanks for featuring Jackie, Marcia.

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    • I really enjoyed sharing Jackie’s post, Darlene, and just knew everyone would enjoy learning more about her adventures. I’m looking forward to checking out her books, too! Thanks so much for stopping by today and taking a moment to say hello! 😀 ❤

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    • In my single days, I was a member of an adventure club called Spice UK. They used to organise all kinds of wonderful events that I could go along to on my own – I flew with the British Aerobatics Champion, went down the Olympic Bobsleigh Run, met my husband…
      One of the events was lion and tiger cuddling at a wonderful little privately-run zoo called Paradise Park in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, UK. We spent the day at the zoo, where we were able to play with the cubs; one medium lion, one medium tiger, one tiny tiger and two small lion cubs. One of the baby lions play-bit me, a little like a puppy might. When someone asked me a few days later what the bruise was on my arm, they refused to believe I’d been bitten by a lion!

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      • Love these details, Jackie! Thanks for sharing! I’d thoroughly enjoy playing with baby lions and tigers, for sure! I used to do volunteer work with the Central Florida Zoo, but I worked with the snakes. (Which I also love!) 😀 Thanks for sharing! 😀 ❤

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        • How wonderful!
          I know you love snakes – I am the same. They are beautiful creatures. I just worry a little bit about the venomous ones, particularly in relation to our Fur Babies. In Europe, vipers are the only real danger, and they tend to be shy.
          We were fortunate enough to meet a Four Striped Snake in person in the national park around Matera in southern Italy. One of the guides let us hold her – she was truly gorgeous!

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  2. What a great list, Jackie! Your rocky wedding quip made me laugh.I have never had a desire to go bungee jumping. I just have this visual of my spine ripping apart. Lol! We share the travel bug. I’ve been exploring all the states in my country (USA) and look forward to traveling abroad again some day soon. Thanks for sharing Jackie’s list with us, Marcia! 🙂

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    • It was my pleasure to share Jackie’s #TenThings list today, Yvette, and I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I’m with you on bungee jumping. Nope. Not for me! Traveling could be fun, but I need a home base, too, with down time surrounded by my own things. BUT. I can certainly see why caravanning would appeal to many folks, and doing so with your doggie family would make it even more fun. Of course, we only have cats these days, and I’m not so sure they’d be fond of the idea at all. 😂

      Thanks so much for stopping by today and sharing your thoughts with us. 😀 ❤

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      • Thank you for reading, Yvette.
        I’m with you on the bungee bumping but faced with the highest bungee jump in the world, I thought I’d never forgive myself if I didn’t! I was talking to two very adventurous overlanders whom we’ve met in North Macedonia. They both did a bungee jump in New Zealand and hated it as much as I did. Unlike me, they didn’t feel that they needed to do it again to prove anything, though…!

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    • Cuddling a tiger appeals to me, too, Jeanne. (I’d FAR prefer that to bungee jumping! 😂) I’m glad you enjoyed Jackie’s post, and thanks so much for taking the time to let us know! 😀 ❤

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    • Lovely to meet you too, Jeanne!
      I did really love cuddling the tiger cubs. I felt so lucky to be able to do that, but quite a few zoos do now offer animal experiences, such as shadowing a keeper, or feeding the big cats. It helps make extra money for their breeding and conservation programmes.
      There’s always room to add a little excitement into your life. You don’t need to throw yourself off bridges, sometimes just going somewhere new or trying something different can be a real adventure!
      I know for me, publishing my first book was quite an adventure…

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    • I agree with all of the above, Teri! So glad you enjoyed Jackie’s post, and I can’t wait to read her responses to everyone’s comments. She’s gonna love every one of them, I suspect. Thanks so much for stopping by to day and taking a moment to say hello! 😀 ❤

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    • Thank you, Teri. It is so kind of you to stop by, read and comment.
      The lighthouse was lovely. Since it was Scotland in late September, we were so lucky with the weather. I’ve always loved a lighhouse – we often seek them out on maps as they are usually in very beautiful places!
      The Fab Four Fur Babies send their love and licks!

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  3. This was so much fun to read—what’s this about a lion?! I think I speak for a lot of people when I say you are living the dream…traveling around the world with your husband and your dogs and writing books while you’re at it. I’m sure it’s not all fun, but no one can say it’s not an adventure. Congratulations on the new book!

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    • I thought it was great fun too, Amy! So glad you enjoyed it, and I agree with your sentiments. It’s surely an adventure of one sort or another every day!

      Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a moment to say hello! 😀 ❤

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    • Thank you so much, Amy, I am really glad you enjoyed the read and I really appreciate your congratulations.
      The bite was from a baby lion. Thankfully!
      We are living the dream and I do pinch myself every now and again to make sure this is real. However, it is more within reach than most people think, which is one of the reasons I wrote my books – to show it can be done without a lottery win or huge inheritance.
      You’re absolutely right that it’s not all fun. I am honest about that on my blog and in my books. I never wanted to sugar coat the reality, or paint an unrealistic picture of what life is like on the road. Still, they say it’s not an adventure until something goes wrong. From getting stuck in mud to splitting the caravan floor in half when the road sent us into orbit in Romania, it’s definitely been an adventure…!
      However, the balance sheet shows much more fun than not fun and perhaps the fact that we’re six years into a three-year trip and not giving up any time soon tells you all you need to know! 🙂

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  4. Wow, Jackie, you are one brave lady. I fear jumping from heights, so don’t think I could master the world’s highest bungee jump. 🙂 Funny line about marrying at a lighthouse. 🙂 Thank you for sharing your adventures and thank you, Marcia, for hosting!

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    • I was truly happy to host Jackie today, Jan, and agree with your comments. (Absolutely NO bungee jumping for me, that’s for sure. I don’t even like to stand next to closed windows inside tall buildings!) Glad you enjoyed the post, and thanks so much for taking the time to let us know! 😀 ❤

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    • Hi Jan – thank you for stopping by and commenting.
      Curiously, I am a mountaineer who is afraid of heights and a water sports person who dislikes being under water! I tried many things to overcome my fear of heights, rock climbing and bungee jumping included, but if anything, it made it worse, so I just accept it now! Other than when I attempted windsurfing in waves, I spend most of the time on the surface while windy wobbling, as those of us in the know call it!
      I think a fear of heights and being under water are possibly quite healthy preservation mechanisms 🙂

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  5. Great list and enjoyed getting to know, Jackie 🙂 I would love to cuddle with a tiger, but not get bit by a lion! You have done a lot of fun adventures and travels, I still haven’t white water rafted yet. It’s on my to do list:)

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    • Now there’s one thing I HAVE done … went white water rafting on the Monongahela River many years ago. And of course, I canoed all the time for several decades. No white water, but lots of alligators along the way. 😂 I’m glad you enjoyed Jackie’s list, Denise, and thanks so much for stopping by to let us know! 😀 ❤

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        • I don’t kayak, but do have my own canoe. My back doesn’t let me paddle the rivers any more, but I’ve traveled hundreds of miles over several decades along a lot of Florida rivers, my favorites being Rock Springs Run, and the Wekiva River. They thread through protected wilderness areas and the wildlife is fantastic! I’ll share some photos some day. 😀 ❤

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    • Thank you. I’m glad you enjoyed my list.
      I thoroughly recommend white water rafting. It is sad when so many of the best rivers get dammed for hydroelectric schemes, but there are still some great trips you can do all around the world.
      It was a shock to me to start out on a Grade 5 river (Grade 6 is unrunnable!), but Grade 2 and 3 is just the best roller coaster ride you will ever enjoy and rafting almost always takes you into the most beautiful pristing wilderness. I hope you get to try it someday!
      What else is on your to do list?

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  6. So many surprising experiences in one person! I thought the beer tasting was a great start but then, to someone as risk adverse as I am, things took a decidedly perilous turn! Tigers and lions, white water rafting, bungee jumping, windsurfing – wow! You’ve taken on all these challenges and will always have the memories of them along with all the amazing travelling you’ve done accompanied by your adorable fur babies. I really enjoyed this!

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    • So glad you enjoyed Jackie’s post, Trish! Hasn’t she had an amazing life so far, and with who knows how many MORE adventures lying ahead? I’m with you on the bungee jumping (NEVER, EVER, EVER would I willingly leap off a perfectly solid bridge or piece of ground somewhere with nothing but an elastic cord between me and Smashville! I’d face both lions AND tigers first! 😂 ). But I have gone white water rafting years ago, and it was glorious fun! 😁

      Now caravanning would be something I think I’d enjoy for a while … but not with OUR four cats!
      😂😂😂

      Thanks for stopping by today and taking a moment to weigh in on Jackie’s exploits! 😀 ❤

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    • Thank you so much for reading and commenting, Alex. I’m glad you enjoyed it, even if it was just ‘I’m glad I’ve never done that!’
      I think if I’d thought about things a little more carefully, perhaps I wouldn’t have had all these adventures, but I have really enjoyed it.
      Having fur babies has been like having a family, though. I am definitely more risk averse now because I worry about their wellbeing. They are such wondeful companions and I adore them!

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    • That’s wonderful news, Valerie! So glad you enjoyed the post that much, and I’m sure Jackie will feel the same way when she’s able to respond. (Time differences and all.) I hope you enjoy the book, and they are all on my TBR list, too! Thanks for stopping by and taking a moment to say hello! 😀 ❤

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    • I’m with you on the bungee thing, Sharon. No way! Glad you enjoyed Jackie’s post, though, and the traveling part does sound fun, for sure. Thanks for stopping by today and taking the time to say hello! 😀 ❤

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    • Beer tasting was fun, and I don’t blame you about the bungee jumping. I can’t recommend it…
      I really did meet some tremendous characters when I worked at the brewery. It was a very fun job, apart from the shift work and 6am starts!
      Where are your favourite places to travel, Sharon?

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    • I agree, Debby! For one thing, while I loved my white-water rafting trip from years ago, I would never, ever go bungee jumping! I’d swim with alligators any day before trying that! 😁 Glad you enjoyed learning more about Jackie, and thanks for stopping by to say hello! 😀 ❤

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    • Thank you for stopping by and commenting!
      I think I was always a bit of a tomboy – I always felt riding my bike and playing football with my brothers was rather more fun than some of the more ‘ladylike’ pursuits that I was encouraged to follow by my poor mum. I think she was quite chuffed when I won prizes for embroidery, but driven to despair when I thanked her for my birthday money, which I had spent on a gumshield and a pair of sparring mitts for karate.

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  7. Thank you so much to everyone for your kind comments. I am really overwhelmed to the wonderful response!
    I apologise for the delay in replying, but I am currently in North Macedonia and have had no internet for a couple of days.
    It was wonderful to come back online and read all your lovely comments and observations.
    I think the consensus is that bungee jumping is a definite ‘No’, but cuddling tigers is a ‘Maybe’!
    Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.
    Love from Jackie, Mark and The Fab Four – Kai, Rosie, Ruby and Lani xx

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    • I think you might be right on the consensus thing, Jackie! I’d cuddle a tiger over jumping off a bridge or cliff any day!

      It was absolutely great to have you share you amazing list with us, and as you can see, folks really enjoyed it! Thanks so much for being our guest, and I’m looking forward to your next visit already! 😀 ❤ Now I'm off to give a wildlife presentation over at a local museum. (That's my idea of fun and adventure! Hahaha.) Have a great day! 😀 ❤

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  9. Thanks, Marcia. Yes – the internet is very intermittent here. We’re in the Tara River Canyon in Montenegro, but we keep moving our internet hostpot around to different windows in the truck and it kicks in and out! 🙂
    You would love it here. It reminded me of what I adored about my own white water rafting days. We walked along the Tara River to a monastery today, and it was just pristine nature. We had a dip, which was refreshing…! There is rafting on the river. I had to admonish Mark when I told him not to go in the river near the rapids because the dogs would follow him. He went in the river and three of the dogs went down a small rapid. Thankfully, everyone was okay.

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    • I do love rivers, rafts, and canoes, Jackie! But I’d probably have had a heart attack to see my beloved pets going down even a small rapids. Eeeep. Glad it all turned out okay!

      Keep on enjoying your adventures and sharing them with us! 😀 ❤

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      • Wilco! I have identified the serpents we saw on our walk. The water snake was a grass snake, I think. The blue spots on his head were perhaps the yellow spots viewed through water. The copper coloured one was either a slow worm or a Blavor, another legless lizard found in these parts. They were both very beautiful!

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        • I do love my snakes, and wish I could see some of the ones you’ve mentioned on your travels. I’m going to look up these two later today. Please give each one you spot my regards from sunny Florida, where we are home to roughly 39 species just in central Florida alone. (Only 4 of which you need to stay away from.)

          Thanks for the update, Jackie! I’m enjoying my vicarious sightseeing along with you! ❤️ 🐍😃🐍❤️

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            • Three of our four dangerous snakes are pit vipers, with a heat-sensing pit on their heads: eastern diamondback rattlesnake, pygmy rattlesnake, and water moccasin (or cottonmouth). They all have hemotoxic venom which affects the blood. The fourth one, the coral snake, is an elapid with neurotoxic venom (like cobras), which impacts the nervous system, and can cause suffocation.

              There. Now you have way more info than you wanted. (Hey, I can’t help myself. I love sharing all kinds of things about wildlife. 😁😁😁 )

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