Whimsical Wednesday…with CarolCooks2…

Good morning…Staying home is so surreal…it’s getting weird and unsettling…I am seeing rising figures of infected and people dying around the world and it breaks my heart…I can only watch and wait and pray that all this will soon end…I also know that the consequences of all this in most areas of our daily life will be far-reaching…

l will endeavour to keep my blog a happy place and not because I don’t care but because we all need to find some solace and peace and some joy where we can…

The NHS and medical services around the world are brilliant, dedicated and I applaud them also the support workers and the carers…so many people are helping to keep us safe…

This Italian doctor has found his way of staying sane amongst all the madness and for that I applaud him…Enjoy!

This retired gentleman has also found his way of dealing with these unprecedented times…He is planting booze…I think it is wonderful to see how individuals cope…Enjoy I hope it makes you smile…


Last week it was fish and dolphins and wild boars…Mother Nature is proving once again how awesome she is…How quickly she bounces back and it is wonderful to see …

This video shows goats…Goats are curious animals these wild mountain goats normally roam the Great Orme headland and now they have ventured down the hills into the town of Llandudno and had a fine time roaming the empty streets and having a nibble at anything which tempted their tastebuds…

According to some residents, they are an occasional sight but now the streets are empty it seems they are taking advantage of this…

Did you know?… For one I have just realised it is April Fools Day…

But also way back in 1930 The Blue Angel starring Marlene Dietrich premiered…Way back when I was a student we used to frequent a little cafe run by a French couple and the cafe was a shrine to Marlene…it was also the start of my love for her music and films a different era and one I loved …My favourite being Lili Marleen…

I love this song…

Also, April Fools Day or All Fools Day is a day for practical jokes...

I mean who hasn’t been the victim of the Pinch Punch first day of the month joke…?

Where did it originate from…There are lots of tales but the origins of this day who knows when in history someone somewhere started this…Over the years there have been some hilarious pranks, some dangerous pranks and some pranks which fooled a nation…

The April 2, 1698 edition of Dawks’s News-Letter reported that “Yesterday being the first of April, several persons were sent to the Tower Ditch to see the Lions washed.” This is the first recorded instance of a popular April Fool’s Day prank that involved sending people to the Tower of London to see the “washing of the lions.” The joke was that there was no lion-washing ceremony. It was a fool’s errand.

Another such prank was when..on the evening of April 1, 1957, thousands of British families tuned in to watch Panorama—one of the day’s top current events broadcasts—to witness footage of a happy Swiss family harvesting their prized spaghetti trees. Unbeknownst to many viewers, the four-minute “news” segment, which literally showed strands of cooked pasta dangling from the trees in a family vineyard, was an intricate April Fools’ Day hoax devised by a freelance cameraman and produced for a paltry 100 pounds.

To say that the majority of the British were ‘NOT AMUSED” was an understatement however it started the trend of fooling the mass media and took ” April Fool”  to a new level…

Maybe this year due to circumstances the pranks will be somewhat muted…

Another tune for you…A tad more current than Marlene…

Hello…Not Adele…

What happens when you return from the supermarket …I take a shower and change my clothes …This takes it one step further…

A great solution if it warm…

That’s all for today …Thank you for joining me on my whimsical ramblings I do hope you have enjoyed this post…Please stay safe and well…I have just read that more high profile people have tested positive for COVID-19…It looks like no-one is immune…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 and stay safe these are troubling times xx

28 thoughts on “Whimsical Wednesday…with CarolCooks2…

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  3. Hugh W. Roberts

    Love, love, love the ‘Hello’ video, Carol. These people are so talented in coming up with new lyrics to these popular songs. And the guy in the video did a great job at putting the video together. It must have taken him hours to edit.
    Stay safe.

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  4. Darlene

    Some great videos. I love the goats and I only just heard about the spaghetti trees. How clever and so funny. April Fools Day was my dad’s favorite day and he fooled us more than once. Keeping laughing. xo

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  5. johnrieber

    Terrific compilation…here in the US, our “Leader” has finally acknowledged what we’ve all known for months: there will be a horrible death toll as a result of this, and we are entering a very difficult few weeks – let’s hope that by staying strong, cheering each other up with posts like this one, and staying sheltered in place, we get through this as best as we can!

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  6. beth

    thanks for your friendly, positive, and informative post, carol. your blog always focuses on teaching and sharing healthy living, and today’s is a part of that as well.

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  7. Sharon

    Love the goats and Marlene never gets old. Social distancing and the shut down of cafes and pubs has made me appreciate more than ever the pleasure of going out, it is going to be a long few months. Thanks for the videos.

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  8. paulpaddington

    Hi Carol, a nice blog for these sad times. I also wanted to say thank you for suggesting that I contact Sally Cronin. I have learnt so much from her. I haven’t finished setting everything up yet but I’m getting there.

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