The Lovely Lorna over @ Gin and Lemonade has set weekly challenges we are #10 and the prompt Time Warp…
The Old Junk Shop.
Off we set our little group of scribes, another day, another adventure devised to get our creative juices going, some of us decided we would go in the tuk-tuk, one brave soul had a dream to fulfil and stood holding tightly to the back of the tuk-tuk like we watched the local’s doing and the remainder of our intrepid little band of writers elected to walk.
“Rather you than me in this heat,”
We set off down the hill, around the corner and within minutes pulled up outside a virtual Aladdin’s Cave. Yippee! Who knows what goodies and treasures lurk within?
The little old Thai lady was sitting somewhere in the middle like a jewel in a crown and looking somewhat amused at all these farangs who were coming straight for him from all directions.
Wandering along those dusty aisles looking for that special find, so much to see, suddenly, clumsy klutz that I am, I tripped and went flying through the gap that had suddenly appeared before me. Landing on my butt the freezing wet, cold hit me!
Looking around all I could see was snow. Snow!
Must have hit my head I thought. I know I was sweating buckets and wished I was cooler. But this?
Standing, gingerly I looked around in amazement, all I could see was white, white and more white.
I must be dreaming.
But no, here I was, standing in the snow in my flip-flops.
Looking around I noticed a beautiful bush laden with red flowers, bending to smell them, the perfume wafting upwards invaded my senses, and it conjured up pictures of pine trees and Christmas. Plucking one of the flowers I straightened up.
This was eerie, so silent, no sounds, just quiet. Shivering, my arms and legs blue, with cold. I wrapped my arms around me tightly for some warmth. My short skirt and the flimsy top I was wearing was no barrier against the icy, bitter cold.
My voice trembling from the cold was tinged with fear. I was getting scared.
“Hello, anyone, is anyone there?”
The only thing I could hear was my voice echoing in the stillness. I began to panic, my throat was contracting, my lips were dry. I stepped forward Then the blackness engulfed me.
“Carol, Carol are you ok?” Someone was slapping the side of my face. I opened my eyes to see Anne looking down at me, with a worried expression on her face. I gingerly moved my legs, my arms; everything seemed to be in working order. I was back!
Anne and Jason helped me to my feet and walked me slowly to the waiting tuk-tuk. I must have been dreaming. Feeling something in my hand I slowly opened it and my eyes widened.
Nestled in the palm of my hand was a beautiful red flower.
By Carol Ann Taylor
About Carol Taylor.
Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.
I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.
Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.
Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then you will be made welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!
Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS
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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great weekend xx