Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

Good morning and welcome to my place for whimsical Wednesdays the day when I indulge myself…Well, I did last night as it was my friends 70th birthday bash…We had a lovely time…she who not named started early…11am…me I was on the H2O…That is until the early evening when I was introduced to the dirty martini…Vodka, ice and olives…The olives were very nice infused with vodka…It would have been rude not too…Had a lovely time, lots of nibbles and picky bits and cake…Pictures on Friday so make sure you are there…xxx

7 th October 2018 Jodie Whitaker debuted in her first full episode as the first woman Dr Who…I watched the very first episode of Dr Who back in 1963…23rd November…I do think she makes a great Dr Who…Who was your favourite???

The second series of Dr Who featuring the Dalek’s which really scared the life out of me…

Laurel and Hardy…the epitome of slapstick comedy…the first silent film …The Second Hundred Years was the first time Stan and Olly appeared as a team…8th Oct 1927

Did you know?

Image by Daniel Reche from Pixabay

Even strong-willed individuals can’t eat just one chip (crisp). Although the snack’s high salt and fat content make them irresistible, researchers found another reason it’s so easy to devour a bag of sour cream and onion spuds – and it has nothing to do with taste.

People are more likely to eat more chips when they’re labelled “crunchy,” according to a study published in the journal Appetite. Scientists found that study participants consumed more chips and candy while watching a movie when their snack bags were labelled as crunchy. They also discovered it takes more than just good marketing to make people overeat. People also consumed more chips from their “crunchy” labelled bags when they weren’t distracted by wearing headphones and better able to hear the sound of their snacks.

People often associate the crunchiness of foods with positive food characteristics such as food freshness. This greater enjoyment of food resulting from the salience of the food’s sound leads to greater consumption,” she says.

Of course, this study isn’t perfect, as the authors note. Everyone to whom I imparted this little gem…Just laughed at me…xx

The study used candy and chips, which most people already enjoy eating. The results could be very different if the study looked at carrots and celery, which are likely less appealing.

10th October 1903...Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst formed the Women’s Social and Political Union to fight for women’s rights in Britain.

What a lady…We have a lot to thank Emmeline Pankhurst for…

Time for a story.

The Charade.

I have continued the short story, I still have little idea where it’s going but I will add to it from time to time and hopefully we might have a bit of storytelling going on. If you would like to add to it or give the next part some direction, please feel free. I just thought we could have some fun with it. So what happens next?

If you want to catch up on the entire story just go to The Charade on the website where the chapters are gathered together.


Chapter Six by Steph Richmond.

The drawing-room was warm, the fire must have been lit early in the day. Mr James stood before the fireplace looking less than pleased.

“Please sit.” He commanded. She did as she was instructed in the nearest seat she could see. She had no idea what had darkened his mood. “I hear you enjoyed yourself last night.” He paused. “Mr Ward seemed very taken with you. Did you go home with him?”

“No Sir.” Now she thought she understood. “I went straight home, alone.”

“Good, good.” He seemed relieved. “I don’t want anyone getting the wrong idea about my girls.” His look softened a little. He was a handsome man, some of her friends described him as a dandy, always well dressed and well-groomed. She thought she would take a chance.

“Did you manage to find out anything about my family Mr James?” She waited hopefully whilst he paused and thought up an answer, she was convinced he knew something, just from the look that passed over his face. He distracted himself by putting his hand in his pocket and handing her a sovereign. She was stunned. “A sovereign!”

“You did well last night, you deserve it.”

She was pleased this was more than some people with a family to keep, made in a week. Much to Mr James pleasure, it had worked and her mind was off trying to find her family. There was a knock at the door. “Goodbye.” He said. She left the room and returned to Kathy in the kitchen, giddy with the amount of money she had in her pocket, she could pay her rent and still treat herself to something nice, maybe a new piece of ribbon for her treasured necklace too.

TBC next week…

I don’t do heights but I did brave the wheel and loved it…

10th October 1999 Londons Millenium Wheel…The London Eye was lifted skywards…A giant Ferris wheel…

I always marvel at the knowledge and skill of man and the to raise the Mary Rose from her watery grave was an awesome feat and she was not stable and very fragile.

11 October 1982 Mary Rose was raised to the surface after 437 years at the bottom of the Solent…

Nessie the search ends in failure…11 th Oct 1987…and it didn’t stop there ..periodically rumblings of yet another sighting surface…Will we ever know is it fact or fiction???? My favourite the tear-jerker… Loch Ness a 1996 family drama film starring Ted Danson and Joely Richardson.  Loved it!

Anyone who thinks of guinea pigs as pets – cute, squishy, squeaking bundles of fur – might find this idea hard to digest. But it is horses for courses as my dad used to say and depending on where you live …The French eat horse meat…Frogs and snails…Here they eat rats, frogs, lizards, insects…Need I say more…

Part of the rodent family this is a traditional hot dish in some Latin American countries, including Colombia, Peru and Bolivia. In Ecuador, people typically cook guinea pigs with salt and serve them with potatoes and peanut sauce. But one vendor is taking things to another gastronomic level, serving guinea pigs as a cold dessert. n this Sept. 28, 2019 photo, Maria del Carmen Pilapana prepares a cone with guinea pig ice cream for a customer at her stall on the outskirts of Quito, Ecuador. She also makes ice cream flavoured with beetles and a smaller amount of mushroom ice cream.

Shortages and worry about the climate are making people think about alternative foods and to be honest I have tried of these and they are ok…Many types of meat resemble each other when cooked…Insects many of us eat prawn heads, whitebait, sheep’s brains, sweetbreads, tripe…Not so unusual or horrific after all is it???

My recipe for worm bread… Would you eat me?

That’s all for today I am off to the beach…Thank you for reading xxx

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.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there are now regular columns on my blog this year. It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in…

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 welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on  MeWe

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: 

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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a creative week ahead xx

17 thoughts on “Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

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  2. petespringerauthor

    It’s always to read your Whimsical Wednesday post even if it’s Thursday before I get to it. We were without power for more than a day—just enough time to remind me not to take things for granted. Happy Thursday!

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Pete… Reading this on a Friday.. My laptop died.. I am away and using my phone which is less than perfect but I am awake to see another day which many don’t.. Life is good.. Happy Friday 😊x

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  3. Victoria Zigler (@VictoriaZigler)

    Tom Baker and David Tenant are the best Doctor Who actors, in my opinion.

    I almost met Tom Baker, and my hubby did actually get to meet him. I would have gone too, but we didn’t know dogs were allowed in the event, and didn’t have a doggy-sitter that day. We only found out later that we would have been allowed to take the dog, which would have meant we could have both gone. Oh well. Hubby loved meeting him, so that’s something.

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  4. marianbeaman

    You are a fount of knowledge, Carol. You must have had fun putting together all of these disparate nuggets.

    Hold on to your hat, I have never watched a Dr. Who episode. And Americans don’t know much about Emmeline Pankhurst. Thanks for introducing her.

    You may be surprised to know that I like tripe, for me a Pennsylvania Dutch dish. I probably would resist eating worm bread though!

    I hope you are enjoying your day at the beach, Carol.

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  5. tidalscribe

    I famously missed the first ever episode of Doctor Who, it wasn’t till 1990 when we bought a video of the first series for my brother-in-law that I got to see it. Haven’t watched it for years, but my favourite was Christopher Eccleston, he brought out the poignancy of the loneliness of being a Timelord.

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