Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

Welcome to my world and whimsical Wednesdays…

Who doesn’t love the window seat on a plane?... I love flying and love just gazing at the clouds there are so many wonderful cloud formations and I always get the urge and wonder what it would be like to walk among the clouds…Just a fantasy which plays out in my head …

Windowless planes would make that fantasy a reality…Designers are saying that within the next 10-15 years that could actually happen…Reading the comments the majority of people expressed a horror…Is my brain wired wrong? I think that is such an exciting concept…How cool is that?

Do you love this concept or does it fill you with horror ???

I am sure everyone’s thoughts now are on what they are having for Christmas dinner…My mum always cooked either a Goose, turkey or a capon…Years ago the traditional Christmas lunch was a swan…Now in the UK, it is only the Queen who is allowed to eat the swan however as she officially owns all the mute swans I am sure she doesn’t…

Insect-eating is becoming more popular among the masses and it is certainly the norm here…Sold everywhere..crispy and salty they are big business…

Traditionally for South Africans, they were a Christmas snack…The caterpillar from the emperor moth was or is deep-fried and served as a snack.

Would you eat me?

I’ll leave the question with you…


Time for a story…

The Charade

 Chapter 11

 by SC Richmond


She was so shocked at this man’s words she staggered slightly and the old man pulled a chair from behind the counter for her to sit on. He watched her with concern. “Sit, sit.”

   “But Sir how could you know my Mother, even I don’t remember her well?” She accepted a cup of some warm liquid from him.

   “I didn’t know her well but still I thought she was a very special lady, maybe I like to think I knew her better than I really did, I don’t suppose she would remember me anyway. I fell in love a little when I first saw her, you are very much like her. Tell me what brings you into this kind of town?”

   She could barely grasp what he was saying to her. Why wouldn’t she live around here? “I’m sorry Sir.”

   “No please call me George, I’m no Sir.” He chuckled.

   “George, please tell me about her.”

   “There’s not much to tell, Elizabeth was a beautiful lady, I didn’t know she had a daughter though, I only thought she had the two boys, but you are so much like her and wearing that necklace then she must have had a girl too. You are so welcome in my shop.”

   “Thank you but can you tell me more about her, please.” She held her breath he must know her he had called her Elizabeth.

   “I don’t know anything else girl.” George was beginning to look uncomfortable, she followed his eye-line to the doorway but there was no one there. “I have to go now and start to close the shop, pop by and see me again won’t you?” With that, he started to usher her towards the door.

   She stood outside the shop only then realising that she was still wearing the beautiful dress and her old clothes were still inside the shop, she turned to go back inside but the door had already been closed to her. She would have to return tomorrow and collect her old clothes from George, she did love the new dress. She turned towards her room and as if from nowhere Carl appeared, looking at her in a totally different way than he had before. Since she had first met him at the party, he now seemed to be everywhere she turned, was he following her.


Did you know?

Today Nov 13th, 1977 saw the last episode of Dad’s Army…it had run for 9 years and such was its popularity it is still being rerun…Keeping it seasonal let’s have a look at Christmas dinner the Dads Army way on the menu…Turkey…


I have always loved music and still do...1952 the year after my birth on 14th November the first UK singles chart was published by New Musical Express(NME)

Who was the top of the charts that week? It was that legendary crooner Al Martino with the lovely ballad Here in my heart…

For the first 7 years of the charts, it was…


Each week until Christmas I will pick my favourite. from the chart I publish..As I like a party and the piano Winifred Atwell is my choice she was top of the charts for 5 weeks…

She could certainly tickle those ivories…she played a boogie-woogie style of ragtime and was hugely popular both in Britain and Australia in the ’50s …I have fond memories of my dad singing Boomps a Daisy to me as he bumped me up and down on his knees…


Sadly her planned breakthrough performance as a guest on the Ed Sullivan Show in the U.S.A in 1956 didn’t go ahead or was even recorded due to racist opposition to having a black woman as a guest…To read her biography click here…

A glass of wine anyone? Winemaking is an age-old tradition that spans centuries…



Archaeologists have uncovered evidence that winemaking occurred as early as 6,000 BC…

Of course with the time of year approaching a nice glass of mulled wine is often on the menu…

The nicest mulled wine I have had was years ago when I used to travel to Germany each year for the Christmas Markets called  Christkindlmarkt …I still have my mug somewhere as you purchased a mug complete with your Glühwein, wine and sipped your wine as you strolled around the market…Perfect…



Image by Gerhard Gellinger from Pixabay

These markets are now replicated around the world…I loved the wooden cabin styled stalls I wonder if they are still the same…

My one abiding memory is of my dear friend Maureen ( Mo) who is now no longer sadly with us who when our boat pulled in to dock and she saw the snow… she announced she had only white stilettos to wear…Yes she was an Essex girl…haha

My flowers for her funeral were in the shape of that white stiletto…It will be 19 years on the 1st Dec where does the time go?… I miss you Mo xxx

Time for a recipe…

Glühwein – Mulled Wine Recipe

  • 1 bottle of dry red wine 
  • 1/2 cup of brandy or rum (optional)
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 large orange, peeled then juiced
  • 1 lemon, peeled
  • 1 lime, peeled (optional)
  • 1/2 cup agave syrup or sugar
  • 5-6 whole cloves
  • 1 nutmeg, about 10 gratings
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 vanilla bean, halved
  • 2-star anise

Peel large sections of skin from the orange, lemon, and lime. Over medium heat in a medium-sized saucepan, pour in agave syrup and water, then add the peels and juice of the orange.

Add the vanilla bean, cloves, star anise, cinnamon stick, and nutmeg gratings. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about an hour. The liquid will reduce, after around 30 minutes, add in about a half cup of wine. This allows the flavors to infuse and will create a syrup.

Once your syrup is ready then turn the heat down to low and then pour in the bottle of wine and brandy if used.

Bring back to a gentle simmer and heat for about 5 minutes or depending on how much alcohol you want to burn off you can simmer a bit longer. Ladle it into glasses and serve warm.


Back in 1992 the fabulous Joanna Lumbley and friends made their debut on the idiot box…Ad Fab went on to become a comedy Phenomenom which run for 5 seasons and even had its own feature film.

Those ladies certainly were fabulous…Patsy, she was something else…haha…Caution some bad language…

I will leave you with this thought...

Today is World Kindness day…

The World Kindness Movement started World Kindness Day in 1998 and has spread to 28 countries.

Use #WorldKindnessDay to share on social media.

Kindness is generally paid forward… if you can remember someone doing a kindness for you…How did it make you feel and did you then pay kindness to someone else?

Like a smile kindness is infectious…xxx

That’s all from me today on Whimsical Wednesday… I hope you have enjoyed reading this post…xx

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


7 thoughts on “Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

  1. petespringerauthor

    It’s here loud and clear now, Carol. 1. I’m with you. I love flying, and although it might take a little getting used to (just like anything new). I love the windowless plane idea. 2. I had no idea the swan used to be the traditional Christmas lunch. Somehow it doesn’t seem right to make a lunch out of something so graceful. 3. Cliff Richard’s biggest hit in the US (I’m guessing) was We Don’t Talk Anymore. 4. World Kindness Day-I’m in. One of the best parts of blogging is meeting wonderful folks from across the globe like yourself, Carol.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Ahhhh…Likewise, Pete and thank you for those kind words. Yes, I would love to fly on one of those how cool would that be? Thank you again for letting me know about my comments 🙂 Have a great week 🙂 x


  2. Pingback: CarolCooks2…Weekly roundup…Health, Recipes, and plenty of Christmas cheer! …Week ending 17th Nov 2019… | Retired? No one told me!

  3. CarolCooks2 Post author

    If any one has a problem with comments please let me know…Thank you, Pete, Not sure what the problem is it is letting me write this we shall see 🙂 x



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