Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

Welcome it is that time of the week and tomorrow for all those who celebrate it is Halloween…Enjoy! Please share photos would love to see your beautiful decorated homes…

Then it will be the start of the Christmas preparations…But before that, there is an election in the UK I have just been informed….I do hope if you have a vote you will use it wisely…The right to vote was hard-won by Mrs. Pankhurst, Emily Davison, Sophia Duleep Singh, Maud Arncliffe Sennett, Dora Thewlis, Kitty Marion, and many others…

Please vote for all these ladies who suffered imprisonment, force-feeding and even death for the rights of a woman to vote. I will be voting by proxy…

A sad week this last week as my grandson’s great-grandma passed away…I t was our first Thai funeral …It was so different from anything I had experienced…ever…Everyone came together the street was blocked off for 3 days…This is normal and accepted…Canopies and tables erected and laid out…A section decorated for the monks…9 in total as tradition denotes…

I was touched by everyone, the kindness, welcome, and so much love …Everyone had their job…The meat was prepared by the men, the old men, and ladies sat and reminisced while cutting the banana leaves and preparing the shrine for the 3rd day…making the parcels for the steamed bananas…there were hundreds and huge woks to cook the food…all while the children run around and played…everyone was fed there must have been 200 people who chattered, laughed and prayed when the monks come…It was fascinating to see all the separate little baskets lovingly made with contents set out for each monk…everyone just knew what they were doing… no stress… just got on with their designated task…it was like a well-oiled machine…They celebrated a life lived well…It was an honour to be there…

As you all know my passion is the environment, justice and the desire to see a world free from hunger and that everyone has a home of their own…This post resonated with me it was one woman’s dream which she made a reality and at the end of it, a family had a home with the prospects of it being after one year their forever home…A heartwarming story…

It is such a lovely idea which could apply to other unwanted vehicles /containers/old buildings all it needs is imagination and a will to get it done!

Time for a story…

The Charade…Chapter 9…by S C Richmond


Carl needed that necklace, the stupid girl didn’t know it’s worth nor its history he couldn’t even comprehend how it had fallen into her hands. He didn’t even know why it had fallen to him to get from her all his boss had said was that it was his responsibility to get it back. He could see the look in her eyes when he spoke to her and he knew he could win her trust, she liked him.

He strolled through the market feeling very pleased with himself, he would see her again very soon.

She reached her room and caught her breath before she went inside, running away had left her breathless. Stupid, stupid girl she told herself, ‘I’ve missed my opportunity now.’ She wondered why she couldn’t be like other women and accept a gentleman’s advances, now she’d messed things up, maybe her best chance. She let herself into her room and flopped down onto the bed. “Oh if I had a mother’s influence I’d be better at these things.” She said to nothing more than an empty room. She took the new piece of ribbon from her pocket and re-threaded her necklace.

She looked at herself in the mirror, she was pretty enough she knew she needed to grow up she couldn’t rely on Mr. James to keep taking care of her all of her life. He and Kathy his housemaid and cook and taken her in when they saw her begging on a London street, this room belonged to Mr. James too. They had been so good to her and helped her earn some money of her own. She didn’t know what she would have done without them looking out for her. Suddenly she had a feeling of strength, she knew it was time she grew up and stood on her own two feet. If Carl Ward found her attractive then she should be able to make something of herself.

She left the room and went back out towards the market, she had money in her pocket and a new attitude, she would forget about her past and start building a future.


All you Halloweenies will be out tomorrow…Trick and treating…Stay safe and have fun…This little video shows what happens when you come home…So cute…

Let’s have some music…

I love music and think everyone should have music in their life one way or another it just lifts the heart and soul…On this day …

1939 – Otis Williams
American singer Otis Williams, who with The Temptations had the 1971 US No.1 & UK No.8 single ‘Just My Imagination’ and re-issued ‘My Girl’ which was a UK No.2 hit in 1992
1959 – Cliff Richard
Cliff Richard and the Shadows were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Travellin’ Light’. Their 6th release and second No.1 hit.
1963 – The Beatles
On the final day of their Swedish tour, The Beatles recorded an appearance for the Sverige Television program ‘Drop-In’ in Stockholm. They performed ‘She Loves You’, ‘Twist and Shout’, ‘I Saw Her Standing There’, and ‘Long Tall Sally.’
My favourite tracks but an all-time favourite which I will share this week is from a band who recorded a session for the UK   Radio 1…Top Gear shows the first group to do so without a recording contract…
The year was 1967  and the band was Tyrannosaurus Rex or T-Rex as they were also known as… 
Marc Bolan was one of my sister’s all-time favourites as well…A sad day when he died in a car crash…in 1977 at the age of 29…
I have always loved history and was quite a good student at school however in recent years my interest has been revived and this post was great in fact I loved reading about his home and his life there…

The man was  Joseph Rudyard Kipling a controversial literary figure. Described by George Orwell as a “prophet of British imperialism”, Kipling was probably all that Orwell implied, including a racist; he was also a satirist, a master story-teller and, in my humble opinion, a fascinating egotist. Born in Bombay (now Mumbai) on 30th December 1865, though educated in England, Kipling was in many ways a product of the British Raj and, inevitably, a man of his time; why should he be otherwise?

That’s all from me for this week I hope you have enjoyed my trip down memory lane…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!

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

19 thoughts on “Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

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  3. johnrieber

    My wife is the Executive Producer of The Kelly Clarkson Show, and they featured a woman who is helping people move into buses as permanent homes…not sure if its the same persona as the story you feature here, but it’s an incredible “hand up” for these people

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      It could be, John it was just such a lovely story which I hope inspires someone else to do something extraordinary just watching the video gave me such hope.. Have a great weekend 😀 x

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  4. Teagan R. Geneviene

    Happy Halloween, Carol. No photos from me. I gave away 4/5ths of everything so I could afford to move, so no decorations. LOL, although the spiders on the front porch have been trying to lend a hand — or a web! 😀 Hugs on the wing!



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