Whimsical Wednesday… with Carol…

Good morning and welcome to Whimsical Wednesday…where I indulge myself… I just go where my thoughts take me…It could be the distant past or the future…It could be serious or quirky…

First, stop today is way back to the late ’40s when it first rolled off the production line…How many of you remember taking a fun trip either with parents or friends in the VW Camper van? Are you a secret hippie still?

An iconic van which has been spotted around the world in a myriad of colours and designs…Often associated with the hippie era in the mid-’60s…Flower power…Mama Cass…Beach Boys…Janis Joplin…Stevie Nicks…Beatniks…Flower Children…Jane Fonda…Even today many still embody the hippy roots and way of life…

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Image by Robert Armstrong from Pixabay

Fast forward and there has been a revival an electric version …Named the I.D. Buzz …that VW will release in 2022 it will undoubtedly be spectacular, its ongoing development promises exciting features. Like Volkswagen’s other electric products, the I.D. Buzz will use a Modular Electric Drive kit. Its design combines components to boost the van’s electric driving ability. The I.D. Buzz has a front trunk, and its three rows of seats can be moved into various configurations to maximize the use of space.

Now if they could replicate the hippie VW on the outside but electric …Perfick!

Time for a tune…Let’s keep with the hippie era…

Now for the scourge of many although to my mind if you weren’t doing it you wouldn’t get caught…Just saying…haha

Did you know?

On the 5th February 1958, the first parking meters were installed in London’s Mayfair…In the USA they were installed even earlier way back in 1935…

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 21

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Carl stood in the darkened room, she was getting feisty, a month ago she wouldn’t have said boo to him and now she was standing her ground. He liked that, it was more of a challenge. He was looking forward to what she had to say to him when she came round. He hadn’t found the necklace in her room, he had looked but to no avail, this job wasn’t going to be as easy as he had initially thought. He watched her as she slept, the rhythm of her shallow breathing calmed him and he found her strangely attractive.

Meanwhile less than a mile away from Carl’s rented room, Mr Joseph Peasbody was pacing around his hallway, worried half to death about where the girl had disappeared to, he had promised Robert he would keep her safe and now he had lost her. He was confused she had seemed happy enough at breakfast, had he scared her with talk of revealing her parentage to her or was she annoyed that it had all been kept from her for so long. There was no point in sending a letter to Robert, he would be on his way to York by now.

Joseph called for his butler, who appeared almost immediately holding out a glass of whiskey for him. “I thought you may need this, you look pale sir.”

“The girl… please go out and look for her, we need to get her back.”

“Where should I look, Sir?”

“I don’t know, keep an eye open for Carl too, I know you will remember him after our last encounter.” Joseph downed his whiskey on one swig and watched as John, the butler, retrieved his jacket from the cloakroom and headed for the front door with no hesitation.

He knew the city well and knew some quite unsavoury characters, the sort of people who would know how to find people even when they didn’t want to be found. Joseph could do nothing but wait for Robert, knowing that he was going to be far from pleased.

Carl watched out of the grimy window, making sure that there was no one watching this place, he had been careful but now he’d taken the girl he was nervous, it had been an impulsive move and he was beginning to regret it already. To add insult to injury she had not been wearing the necklace and he couldn’t find it on her anywhere, although he had enjoyed looking for it. He needed to decide what to do with her now, he couldn’t take her back, he’d been lucky to gain access to the house last time. He scooped her sleeping body up in his arms, he needed to put her somewhere she would be found, he certainly couldn’t keep her here where he would be discovered too.


I know many don’t like a strong woman…This lady wasn’t for turning…Iron Lady…Baroness Margaret Thatcher…Like marmite, you either loved her or hated her…She was elected on 11 Feb 1975… the 1st woman leader of the British Conservative Party…I was in my early 20’s then but she was a force to be reckoned with and my father was an admirer ..she definitely didn’t take prisoners and personally since her, neither male nor female has had her balls…Is Boris about to change my mind???

February…Valentines Day…every 4 years there is a leap year…Have you ever wondered why the most widely used calendar in the world is so inconsistent in the lengths of its months? And why is February stuck with the fewest number of days?

Blame it on Roman superstition and the fact it is all about the maths…

The Gregorian calendar’s oldest ancestor, the first Roman calendar, had a glaring difference in structure from its later variants: it consisted of 10 months rather than 12.

To fully sync the calendar with the lunar year, the Roman king Numa Pompilius added January and February to the original 10 months.

The previous calendar had had 6 months of 30 days and 4 months of 31, for a total of 304 days. However, Numa wanted to avoid having even numbers in his calendar, as Roman superstition at the time held that even numbers were unlucky. He subtracted a day from each of the 30-day months to make them 29. The lunar year consists of 355 days (354.367 to be exact, but calling it 354 would have made the whole year unlucky!), which meant that he now had 56 days left to work with. In the end, at least 1 month out of the 12 needed to contain an even number of days.

This is because of simple mathematical fact: the sum of any even amount (12 months) of odd numbers will always equal an even number—and he wanted the total to be odd. So Numa chose February, a month that would be host to Roman rituals honouring the dead, as the unlucky month to consist of 28 days.

It is also a leap year this year …Who has plans to propose???

Did you know that this month is “Cake” month? The Saxons called February ” Sol Monath” which translated means cake…Well, according to the scholar Bede…thus cakes were offered up to the Gods during the month of February.

Aston with butterfly cakes

You could add #solmonath to your pictures of cakes on Twitter …It is also argued that Solmonath means mud month aka #soil it will be interesting to see what the comments say…

I am not a dedicated cake maker ..Christmas cake and fairy cakes are generally the sum of my cake-making but I know many of you are so if you want to share your cake recipes please do…

Let’s have a bit of music history…

Did you know?

  • February is the only month to have a length of fewer than 30 days! Though it’s usually 28 days, February is 29 days long in leap years such as 2020.
  • January and February were the last two months to be added to the Roman calendar (c. 713 BC); originally, winter was considered a month-less period.
  • Originally, February was made the last month of the calendar year. Eventually (c. 450 BC), February was moved to its place as the second month.

It does seem that quite a lot goes on and always has in February…Valentines Day is a constant and a big moneymaker ..Red Roses and Chocolates…Cuddly toys…

The poem, titled “How Do I Love Thee?,” is Sonnet 43 in Browning’s book Sonnets From the Portuguese, which was dedicated to her husband, poet Robert Browning.

What about the weather...In the Northern Hemisphere, February is the third month of winter. Meanwhile, in the Southern Hemisphere, February is the last month of summer. Between the North and South Hemispheres, February is the equivalent of August.

February is also one of the most misspelt words in the English language. Even the White House has misprinted the word “February” before in a press release!

Lastly, if you are planning a delicious Valentines meal at home…Then this may be for you…my Valentines Day Menu…x

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 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 are having a great week xx


42 thoughts on “Whimsical Wednesday… with Carol…

  1. Jennie

    Ah, the VW bus, and all those great memories and 60’s music. I wish I had kept some of my clothing. I did keep the record albums. 🙂 Love all your fun facts, like cake month. And the serial is fabulous!

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thankyou, Jennie… I wish I had kept some of my clothing and shoes as well …Ahh the series last chapter this week I need to speak to Steph as to whether she wants to continue if not maybe I will just keep writing it…It was fun with both of us ….xx

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  4. Liz Gauffreau

    My brother and I begged and begged our parents to buy a VW camper van, but alas, they were too expensive. Somehow, an electric version just doesn’t seem right. Part of the charm of the Bus and the Bug was the engine noise. All right, I’ll ask. Why was Michelle Phillips eating a banana on stage while the group was performing?

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  5. petespringerauthor

    As usual, Whimsical Wednesdays are thought-provoking. VW buses—too many memories to talk about here. I’m not surprised that someone at VW decided to go electric.

    California Dreamin? You bet! I live in California, and I spend a lot of time dreaming. That was one of the Mamas and Papas best songs.

    Misspelled words? Oh yeah, February is right near the top of the list. The most common mistake that I saw from my students’ parents was to write “a lot” as one word (alot).

    People don’t like strong women? In my opinion, that is the best version.

    Leap Year—I remember having students who were born on that date who loved telling everyone else in the class that while their classmates were eight-years-old, they were only two-years-old.

    Just think about how many parking tickets and income has come from those parking machines.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I love your comments Pete as much as you find Whimsical Wednesdays thought provoking.. Pleased to have hit the spot this week… Thank you for a great comment 💯❤️👌x

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  6. koolkosherkitchen

    I am NOT, repeat NOT! planning to cook on Valentine! It falls on Sabbath, so most likely we’ll have guests for Friday night meal, but on Sunday we are going to the theater and then eating out – that’s our Valentine present to each other.

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  7. Sue Dreamwalker

    Oh Wow Carol, you certainly Pack a loads of information into your posts, and I am pleased you mentioned Margaret Thatcher, she was indeed a strong woman… A lady not for turning, and yes there were times back in the her hay-day I didn’t like some of her decisions in politics.. But then I was not as wise as I am today about why some of those were made..
    I remember working in the textile factory on a three day week, due to no electricity and it being turned on and off in different areas to ration it out, when the coal miners were on strike.. My Grandfather worked all his life from 14 to 65 down a coal mine, She was not giving those miners an inch… And it caused so many rifts in those small coal mining communities as families on the bread line on strike needed to go back to work.. Thankfully then my Granddad had already left the mine, But I worked with women whose families were in the mines and times were tough..
    And I hope Boris lives up to his promises Carol 😉

    On a lighter note, I loved your music choice and those fairy cakes… Delicious..

    Have a Bright and Lovely week Carol..
    Hugs and Love ❤ Sue

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you so much Sue.. I remember the miners strikes and the dustmen… I also was not as aware back then.. Time will tell about Boris… I hope he does someone has to take us forward as a country and stand up for us.. Initial signs are promising.. Hugs and love back, Sue I hope you enjoy a fabulous week xxx

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      1. Sue Dreamwalker

        Yes its a promising start for sure Carol and I too remember the dustbin strike… 🙂 And the Bread-men going on strike… I know as my hubby at the time worked for a large bakery when my children were small and we really struggled week to week …

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      2. Sue Dreamwalker

        Yes my hubby was on strike for over two months as the unions took them out for better pay and conditions, because we were in the brunt of it I remember it.. They returned with no better conditions and no better pay, because we all needed to eat.. And thankfully we do not see the strike like in those days Carol… and pay and conditions are much healthier now…

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      3. CarolCooks2 Post author

        Yes…I personally don’t think striking is the way firward although sometimes there are probably some exceptions to that rule…I think the unions had too much power then and not always for the good of the worker xx

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      4. Sue Dreamwalker

        Totally in agreement there Carol about Unions, I refused to join one for years while I was in textiles.. 🙂 But I did join one when I worked in Supported Living as A Support Worker, with Adults with Learning Difficulties. Because of our vulnerability of lone working with service users.. Thankfully I never needed their help but some people I worked with did, and were glad of the unions help.. But I agree Unions have too much power and not always a good thing..

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      5. Sue Dreamwalker

        Agreed and yes I found them very helpful to my colleagues…. I can see you helping people Carol… 🙂 Kudos to you.. And the DWP I have just got my Pension lol at long last.. hehe… December..

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      6. Sue Dreamwalker

        True Carol… I dipped out by months when I was 60, and had to wait another five plus years… But I retired at 60 as I had planned and hubby has kept me LOL 😉 hehe… he is seven years older… And time is precious.. And the men now having to work longer.. I know my hubby could not keep climbing ladders into his near seventies… Some manual jobs are near impossible..

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      7. CarolCooks2 Post author

        Mine is 7 years older than me and he was a manuel worker although he still reckons he could do his old job just a bit slower.. He was a scaffolder and mmany of them work into their 70’s..Crazy they are..

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      8. Sue Dreamwalker

        Smiles at the ditto 7 🙂 Yes that is crazy!…. My brother in law is still working past his pension age, if your health allows it and you want too all well and good 🙂 not all are the same.. 🙂
        Enjoy your day Carol…. I’m going to mash a cuppa… 🙂 LOL.. ❤

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