Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

Good morning and we have rain…Long-awaited rain…it has cleared the air and cooled it down…lovely…it has now settled into a steady rain there have been some fierce winds luckily no damage here although some of the houses in the outlying villages haven’t been so lucky…

Thank you for joining me for Whimsical Wednesdays I have no clear idea of what or where my thoughts will take me yet this post is always written on the fly I just start writing and go where my thoughts take me..maybe I should make some tea and let the thoughts flow free…

I can always remember my mum saying “Beware the Ides of March her other saying sticks in my head is ” March comes “in like a lion, out like a lamb.”…I always thought she referred to the weather…Well, not so in 1973…

March 1973 was the year my oldest son arrived into the world…March is notorious for being wed, windy and cold so my baby layette consisted of lots of hand-knitted cardigans, bonnets and blankets…Not so when Sean came into the world on the 14th of March it was hot and sunny…my mother who always came and stayed for the first 2 weeks of my confinement was drying and airing his nappies outside it was so warm…he slept in a cotton vest and a nappy it was too hot for the winter clothes we had ready for him…There was a mad dash around the shops by my sisters and friends for little cotton suits…147 hrs of sunny shine…

March -�Sunny, mild and very dry.

Mean Temperature � 7.3�C
�Monthly Highest �17.4�C� �Total Rain � 14 mm
�Monthly Lowest �-3.5�C �Total Sun 147 hrs

March 14 is also Pi Day which celebrates the annual occurrence of 3/14 with math jokes, pi-reciting competitions, and (of course) freshly baked pie.

But what does “Beware the Ides of March” actually mean?

It was Shakespeare…In Julius Caesar…Supposedly, in 44 BC, a seer told Julius Caesar that his downfall would come no later than the Ides of March. Caesar ignored him, and when the fated day rolled around he joked with the seer, “The Ides of March have come.” The seer replied, “aye, Caesar; but not gone.” Caesar continued on to a senate meeting at the Theatre of Pompey and was summarily murdered by as many as 60 conspirators. Ironically, the spot where Caesar was assassinated is protected in today’s Rome as a no-kill cat sanctuary.

So, if someone tells you “Beware the Ides of March,” they are probably just letting you know they’ve read Shakespeare.

March is also the second of the seven months of the year to have 31 days…

Let’s have a tune…

music notes

Born on this day 4th March 1971… Feargal Lawlor, drummer, with Irish rock band The Cranberries who had the 1994 UK No.14 single ‘Linger’. The bands 1993 album Everybody Else Is Doing It So Why Can’t We spent 86 weeks on the UK chart.

86 weeks in the album charts…But who spent 18 weeks at number 1?

Frankie Lane with I Believe…

How did he manage that? American crooner Frankie scored his first ever UK Number 1 in April 1953, just after his 40th birthday and seemed reluctant to let go. Not content with notching up nine weeks at the summit, after a week at Number 2, he went back up to spend a further six at the top. But it wasn’t over yet. Famous composer Mantovani then claimed the Number 1 spot, before Frankie gave him a nudge and racked up an additional three weeks. Only five songs in history have scored three separate stints at the top! The other 4 were Bryan Adams, Wet, Wet, Wet, Drake and Queen…

My pick…not because I don’t like listening to the other tracks and not because I think this is their best track…Just because…

I also love Angel Eyes…

Did you know?  on 7th March 1933, the Monopoly Game was introduced… It was originally the Landlord’s Game a board game patented in 1904 by Elizabeth Magie as U.S. Patent 748,626. It was a realty and taxation game intended to educate users about Georgism. It was the inspiration for the board game Monopoly.


I think the better question for me to ask is who hasn’t played Monopoly?

Peanut Butter and Pork crackling two of my favourite foods…It was Peanut butter day on March 1st and today is …Ta Da…drum roll, please…Crown Roast of Pork Day…


I have never cooked a crown roast of pork but after watching this I think I will be doing so…it looks awesome…Crown Pork roasts are impressive and for me, they make me picture banquets in times past with this luscious centrepiece although there are no tales of the origins of this day or its creator just mentions that today is the day and that it can only be Crown Roast of Pork nothing less…

Pigs have been around for centuries as far back as 5000BC…A relative of the wild boar it is said to be the most eaten meat in the world…I wonder if that will change in future years…

Did you know?

Today 4th March 1922 the first Vampire film Nosferatu premiered @ The Berlin Zoological Gardens, Germany an adaptation for the film of Bram Stokers, Dracula…

I loved the old Dracula movies with Christopher Lee although I am getting used to some of the newer versions…

That’s all for today …Thank you for joining me on my whimsical ramblings I do hope you have enjoyed this post…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.

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 fabulous week xx

30 thoughts on “Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

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  3. OIKOS™-Publishing

    Woiw! What another amazing post, Carol. Thank you for refreshing my knowledge on Shakespeare too. Do you know, some ancestors of mine are from Romania, a good point adoring Vlad Dracul, and the Dracula movies too. Lol Best wishes, Michael

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  5. Jennie

    March is mud season here in New England. Nothing is green until the end of the month, which makes winter very long. I enjoyed Monoply- yes, who hasn’t played? And, you picked some good #1 tunes. Thanks, Carol!

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  6. Jim Borden

    I’ve played Monopoly many, many times since I was a kid. I can’t ever remember if we actually ever finished a game, or even if there is an end to the game. And yes to peanut butter; it’s a rare day that I don’t have peanut butter in one way or another. 🙂

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  7. petespringerauthor

    It’s been feast or famine for us in California the last few years with the rain. It’s been an unusually dry couple of months. That is not a good thing, considering all of the wildfires we’ve had in the past few years.

    There are so many versions of Monopoly in the United States now. All of the properties are related to different themes.

    I always like your musical choices, Carol. I’ve heard the song Love is All Around many times before, but I never knew who performed it (until today.) Great pick!

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Pete…Yes, Monopoly has seen many versions we have played it a lot through the years the kids always love to play…I prefer Backgammon myself.
      No wildfires are never good and although wildfires are part of California’s natural state they do seem to be increasing in ferocity don’t they…worrying
      Thank you, Pete I have always had eclectic tastes in music from classical to pop…and like you sometimes here asong everywhere and don’t know the artist….I hope you are having a great week as always I enjoy your comments greatly 🙂 x

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Yes, the rain was very welcome, Marian …giggle… I feel smarter when I write these posts and discover something I had forgotten that I knew…Enjoy your week 🙂


  8. Hugh's Views and News

    March can be such a strange month weather-wise. This time two years ago, the beast from the east visited the UK and Wales recorded it’s lowest ever March daytime temperature of -4.7c. Brrrrr! This March came in like a lamb, so I wonder if it will go out like a lion?
    March also heralds the first day of Spring (21st March) in the Northern Hemisphere, and it’s the month where we put our clocks forward an hour (on the last Sunday morning of March). This year, Easter does not fall in March, but I’ve experienced more white Easters than I have white Christmases, Carol. I’ve never had an Easter card with a snow scene on it, though.
    Happy March.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Neither have I Hugh… Funny that isn’t it? But minus 4…too cold for me… Brrrrr… No its April 12th…It has been as early as end March (my dads) birthday or as late as 22nd April my daughters most times it is inbetween… I am sure the shops have Easter eggs galore already.. I did think there was talk of leaving the clocks as they are… Happy March, Hugh 🙏😊

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      1. Hugh's Views and News

        There’s always talk about leaving the clocks alone, but it hasn’t happened in the UK and Europe yet, Carol. Most of the complaints come in when the clocks go back in October, with very few complaints when they go forward in March. It plays havoc with our dogs for a few days because, of course, they don’t understand things happen an hour earlier or an hour later. I take the advice of Dr.Who who says we should leave time well alone.

        As for those Easter Eggs, they first appeared on January 2nd. 🙄

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      2. CarolCooks2 Post author

        I agree with Dr.Who we should leave time alone… One day maybe.. Wow it gets earlier and earlier… we don’t get Easter Eggs here.. I have got over missing them I have been here so long now…. 😊… Thank you for dropping by Hugh and leaving a valued comment 😊

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