Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

Hello and welcome to this weeks edition of Whimsical Wednesday…

January 221879
The event… Rorke’s Drift, Natal Province, South Africa…

I think most of us have seen the film, Zulu…

When this battle began there were just 139 British Soldiers and over 4,000 Zulu Warriors…I reckon the sight of those warriors was enough to strike fear into anyone’s heart…The Zulus are known for their strong fighting spirit.


People from the Zulu tribe are also known to be amicable and very warm. They are known for their practice and belief in Ubuntu which simply means “humanness” or “good disposition”. This humanness is a part of the daily life of the Zulu people. They believe human beings are the most superior of all species hence the strong belief in Ubuntu. They further cement this belief by having many proverbs relating to good and bad behaviour towards fellow human beings.

As Britain was intent on taking over the territory my guess is the Zulus were only defending what was rightfully theirs..When they realised that the British weapons were superior to theirs they retreated just disappeared if they had stayed maybe there would have been a different outcome.

Did you know that today 22nd January 1901…  Queen Victoria of England died after reigning for 64 years, which was the longest reign in British history, during which England had become the most powerful empire in the world? Until our present Queen who has now reigned for 66years took that honour…

Time for a story…

This is a continuation of a short story started by author Steph Richmond with the offer to contribute …intrigued I took her up on this offer so as you will see I write the occasional chapter…Will this be finished who knows.?.. The girl as yet doesn’t have a name just an unknown past…Enjoy!

The Charade – Chapter 19



For a moment she felt dumbstruck but as the adrenalin hit her system she made a dash for the door.  Inside was dark and subdued, she looked around in the gloom but couldn’t see the girl, she couldn’t be far away, the scream was still fresh in her ears. She pushed a door to allow her into another room; it was bathed in dusty daylight. She heard sobbing, looking around she saw the girl huddled in a corner of the room. “Are you okay?” She almost whispered.

“Don’t come in.” The girl replied. Her eyes flitting around the room.

“Come here child don’t be afraid, I won’t hurt you.” She followed the girls eyeline and looked behind her, out of the shadow of the door stood a face she knew.  “You… What have you done to this child!”

“Nothing yet,” Carl said calmly.

“Leave her alone! What are you doing here?”

“Looking for you, I missed you.” He smiled at her, but the smile didn’t reach his eyes.

She looked over at the girl. “Go, get out! He will not harm you, just go.” The girl looked wary but got to her feet and ran out of the open door. “What did you do to her?”

“Oh, nothing she’s just a stupid girl.” He looked down at her neckline. “Where’s your necklace?”

“Never mind that, why are you following me, what are you doing here?”

“I’m not following you, I’m in York for a party and I saw you come in here.”

“Then why did that girl look so terrified, she knew you and she was scared.”

“Oh forget her, why are you in here, this is not the place for a lady, let me escort you out.”

“No thank you I’ll find my own way.” With that said she turned and left the way she had come, not looking back.  Still, she felt his eyes on her. Her head was swirling with mixed emotions, she had no idea what to do now, but she had been right to think she shouldn’t trust Carl. Then she remembered George, she needed to know he was alright. She turned back towards the door the sign now gone and the door was closed to the street, she looked around but there was no sign of Carl. She shrugged, knowing that he would find her when he wanted to. She headed back to the house, she had lost her interest in looking around the streets of York, she needed some breakfast and to meet her host.

TBC next week…

National Soup Month…

Melientha Soup

There are lots of beautiful soup recipes to be found on many blogs and on the internet…I have been a little busy this week so today I am sharing the lovely Marian Beaman’s post which is all about soup so very welcome and fitting for this month…Please pop over and peruse the lovely soups on offer…Enjoy!


Chinese New Year is on Saturday here in Udon Thani where I live…everywhere is awash with red and gold ……It is very festive lots of pretty lanterns and beautiful clothes all the banners and flags are going up in the streets ready for Saturday…There will be colourful processions and dancers, music and lots of lovely street food.

red lanterns Chinese New Year

This year it is the year of the Rat…The rat is the first of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac.

Some view the rodent as being symbolic of intelligence and quick-witticism, as demonstrated in a popular story told as part of the Chinese New Year celebrations.

According to the myth, the Jade Emperor organised a race for a group of animals on his birthday, the results of which determined the order of the Chinese zodiac.

Celebrations last for around two weeks from New Year’s Eve up until the beginning of the Lantern Festival.

The festivities traditionally begin with a thorough cleaning of the home, with red paper lanterns and banners inscribed with poetic sayings hung as decorations.

Red is believed to bring good fortune, hence its prevalence during Chinese New Year and the reason why children are given “luck money” in red envelopes throughout the proceedings.

Time for some music….

Back in 1966, the Beach Boys were in the studio recording “Wouldn’t it be Nice”


I have always been a fan of the Beach Boys nice cheerful music and lyrics make you feel good…

That made me feel good and this made me laugh…

Ozzy Osbourne came a cropper when a catapult malfunctioned during his 1981 Diary Of A Madman tour. A catapult was supposed to throw meat into the audience but due to a fault when Ozzy put his foot on a lever, several pounds of offal hit the singer on the back of his head.

Oh, dear…I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall…

Thank you for joining me for Whimsical Wednesday I hope you have found something of interest or that just made you smile 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 will be more on this on my blog this year

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 again for joining me for Whimsical Wednesday I hope you have enjoyed yourselves…If you have please leave a comment as I always enjoy hearing from you it makes my day xxx








34 thoughts on “Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

  1. joylennick

    I learned I was a rat during the recent Chinese New Year celebrations here in Spain. Thanks for a very entertaining Wednesday post, Carol. Excuse me, I’m off to trim my whiskers! (Think I’m joking?) Hugs x

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  2. Jennie

    The Beach Boys and Chinese New Year. Delightful. Love the serial. It’s interesting to think how history could have changed had the Zulu’s not retreated. Thank you, Carol.

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  4. petespringerauthor

    I frequently had rats as class pets when I was teaching. They’re pretty easy to care for, but they only live 2-3 years on average.

    I saw the Beach Boys perform about ten years ago (Of course, there was only one original member by that point.)

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      They made great class pets I was always the parent whose kids volunteered to look after the school pets in the holidays….My house was like a zoo ..lol…Lucky you getting to see the Beach Boys ,.Original members or not 🙂


  5. Lucinda E Clarke

    Of all the southern African tribes the Zulus are the most warlike followed by the Xhosa. While they are kind and friendly they are not ad easy going as many other tribes. This is a generalization of course.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Teagan I love writing this post it is my favourite where I indulge myself in Whimsy….I look forward to reading the next installment of ” The Delta Pearl” Hugs xx

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  6. Darlene

    They even celebrate Chinese New Year here in Spain. But then they love celebrating anything. It may be the anniversary of Queen Victoria’s death but it is also our 43rd wedding anniversary! I have seen the Beach Boys perform. Although they were the Beach Grandpas by then, they still put on a great show.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I always used to play them when I did my ironing something had to cheer me up I mean who loves ironing? Lucky you seeing them live I haven’t had the pleasure. Congratulations in todays climate that is an achievement, Darlene…Hugs xx

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