Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol

Welcome to Whimsical Wednesday…

I love trees and a walk among trees always calms me…In the spring in England, it was the Bluebell wood close to my home which drew me they are one of my favourite flowers…


Trees are worshipped here and we have spirit trees which I think is lovely as they are adorned with lovely bright pieces of ribbon and silks…

spirit tree wat kam sanot

I also love buildings where instead of cutting down the tree the house is built around the tree…There is a lovely restaurant in Phuket called The Natural which is built totally around a tree and the tree grows up through 4 floors…

The food is also delicious…Calles kanom krup they are little cakes either sweet or savoury….

Made with fish or coconut milk and sweetcorn with spring onions all delicious moreish little bites.

Now there are tree houses and treehouses and this one falls into the second category…When Buddy Melvin started to build a treehouse in 1997 he only had a small ambition a one-room treehouse was his aim…However as with many projects once started they just take on a life of their own and grow…This treehouse now boasts 16 rooms which include bedrooms, a pool room, a dance floor and of course the obligatory bars…Known as the Tree of Happiness…

It has been the home of many a gathering…

This next video made my heart sing…It is of the First Black Valedictorian at Princeton…in fact, there were two firsts the second was a young lady First Black Woman Elected Student Body President at MIT 

Aside from 2020 being the first time the commencement address at Princeton was delivered exclusively over the internet, Nicholas Johnson’s speech Sunday made it extra newsworthy because he’s the first black valedictorian in Princeton’s history.

It also seems that both Nicholas and many others at Princeton have been inspired by one of my most admired first ladies Michelle Obama…

Did you know? It was on the 12th of June 1981…when Raiders of the Lost Ark premiered…The sound of the Ark of the Covenants lid being opened was a recording of a toilet cistern having its lid removed…What a genius idea…Our toilet cistern is proper porcelain and quite nice but the actual lid is heavy and does make that noise if you move it rather than lift it off…

Way back in June 1829, the very first Oxford University versus Cambridge University Boat Race took place in Henley-Upon-Thames. Oxford won…

Unfortunately, due to current circumstances, this year it was cancelled…

Figures to date Oxford men won 80 to Cambridge men’s 84 so it is quite close a slightly larger gap for the women  Oxford ladies 30 to Cambridge ladies 44 wins…

A classic English mustard inspired by Mrs Clements from Durham, renowned for being the first inventor of smooth mustard. Our very own Mrs Clements English Mustard is a twist on this tradition that makes for the perfect picnic accompaniment.

Monks on Lindisfarne in Northumberland were grinding their own mustard a century later, and Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire was an early centre of the trade.

But in 1720, an entrepreneur from Durham named Mrs Clements developed a much hotter mustard, using techniques borrowed from flour mills. It so pleased the palate of King George I that it created a London fashion.

Durham farms now made a handsome income growing mustard as a crop, and pottery firms in nearby Gateshead were soon busy supplying jars.

Despite Mrs Clement’s attempts to keep her recipe secret, competitors sprang up immediately all over the country.

Her company, now named Ainsley’s after her son-in-law, was acquired by Colman’s of Norwich, and when Colman’s commissioned a new trademark in 1855, they acknowledged Mrs Clements by choosing the head of the famous Durham ox.

My take on mustard…Homemade mustard
Nothing beats homemade mustard.
10th June 1984: Liverpool band Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s ‘Two Tribes’ goes to number one


That’s it for this week…Take care stay safe and be well …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.

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

38 thoughts on “Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol

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  2. OIKOS™-Publishing

    I knew that the French had stolen something again: the first pasty mustard! Lol
    This restaurant around a tree is amazing too, but the best i think are the Calles kanom krup. 😉 They are looking so delicious.
    Thank you for all the new very interesting information. Seems the Land of Smile is a never ending source for fantastic experiences. Be well, stay save and enjoy your weekend, Carol.

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  3. William Price King

    Wow! You blew my mind with the tree restaurant and especially the tree house. Just goes to show how creative one can be. I’ve never seen anything like it. This is one for the books. I will see forests differently now. Bravo, Carol.

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  5. Lynne Hipgrave

    after seeing the picture of the yellow flowers, and reading about mustard, i realise i also have this plant at he allotment and ive been eating the flowers leaves and stems i thought they were nice and a bit spicy ..now i know why …they seedlings were given to me by my thai neighbour but i didnt know what they were, she kept saying wasabi lol we are now saving the seeds

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      1. CarolCooks2 Post author

        They are lovely when built on stilts we have a few here like that and they are beautiful but trees do make it special maybe one day you will get one where you are or have the oportunity to visit one elsewhere 🙂 x

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I was, Darlene and I deliberately shared as I wanted to show that although there are changes that need to be made there are also good things that happen to those who want something enough… I was impressed like you, Darlene… Xx

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      1. CarolCooks2 Post author

        It”s 23.16 here so time to sleep…9am is also too early for me Lauren…I practise intermittent fasting so my first meal is brunch between 11am-12 am…I just have green tea before that 🙂

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