Saturday Snippets…

Welcome to this weeks edition of Saturday Snippets…we have had rain plenty of it and I am sitting here surrounded by scaffolding, a ceiling which collapsed under the weight of water and lots of workmen who are trying to decide where the water is coming in…They have found one but it doesn’t bode well… armed with mastic and tape because they won’t admit it is the roof which needs replacing I fear another bodge job…we shall see…gone are the days when I stress about it I will just move once this COVID thingy goes away…I am calm…

On a brighter note, my new laptop is out for delivery…I can’t wait to be able to just do..instead of either not being able to or working around it…changing browsers etc…

Sharks…Feared by many but an essential part of our survival…the shark plays an important role within the eco-system…Classed as one of the top predators they are an essential part of the natural order of marine ecosystems.

Not all species of sharks attack humans and when they do sometimes it is a set of circumstances like a magpie is said to be attracted to bright shiny objects bright colours or blood from an open wound attracts some sharks …

This video is beautiful and shows the trust between the diver and the sharks …

If I had known in March that this would be the last time I would eat in a restaurant for the foreseeable …I most certainly would have ordered dessert…

You have heard me mention that Thais love foraging especially my daughter law she must go foraging at least 3-4 times a week if not more…

These are the mushrooms she has foraged this week I think they like the weather at the moment as there seem to be a lot of mushrooms about… Tik my daughter in law is in her element she loves her mushroom soup and her mushroom dips…

Lets now pop over to Sally for her health column…

Taking supplements is something I don’t do and I actually know little about supplements unlike Sally and she will take you through taking supplements when and how to take. In this post, Sally is looking at the use of supplements, the ingredients you should avoid and which ones which are more easily absorbed by the body.

Wellness Corner. Smorgasbord Health Column – by Sally Cronin…

Over the years I have gathered many sayings along the way which I am sure many of you have however who would have thunk that ” I wouldn’t touch him/her with a 6-foot barge pole would become national policy but here we are!

As you know I am a supporter of looking after and nurturing our world…This is a great example and quite close to my home give or take a few hundred km…563 to be precise…

A beautiful example of a rooftop farm I can’t wait to go and see it!

Music…what would life be without music? I think everyone should have music in their
Today on August 15th, 1969…Woodstock began in a filed near Yagur’s Farm at Bethel,
New York. The three -day concert featured 24 rock bands and drew a crowd of more than
300,000 young people. This event came to symbolise the counterculture movement of the

It was such a shame when Woodstock 50  was cancelled last year…There are some planned over the next few months at various venues but who knows if they will go ahead some have already been cancelled.

It is now more than 60 years after the Second World War in Europe ended…six million Jews, 20 million Russians, 10 million Christians and 1,900 Catholic priests were murdered, massacred, raped, burned, starved and humiliated.

So what is this holocaust denial all about? Iran and others claiming the Holocaust is a myth…we must not forget or it will happen again and has in recent times happened again … There have been many recipients of The Nobel Peace Prize many deservedly so…some in my humble opinion not so deserving…Last year this lady was nominated and not selected…

Last year 2019 the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was awarded the Noble Peace
Prize and deservedly so…Most who are selected for the award are high profile people or
Prime Ministers…BUT we should not forget to honour and remember brave souls like
Irena Sendler  and all the children she saved from certain death or worse experimented
on…A brave lady indeed!
This week is National Afternoon Tea Week…Today is also National Lemon Meringue
Pie Day and National Honey Bee Day…
Lemon /Lime Meringue Pie.
Honey Bees are precious and we need to nurture their surroundings and plant wild
flowers as if the bees disappear so will the human race …They pollinate much of our food
and without them …I don’t think I need to spell it out…
Did you know? It takes about 2 million flower visits by honeybees to produce 1 pound of
If bees were not around do you know how many foods we would lose?
  • Honey (obviously)
  • Tree fruits such as apples, peaches, apricots, plums, lemons, limes and cherries
  • Bananas, melons, mangos and papaya
  • Berries such as strawberries, blueberries, elderberries, blackberries, raspberries and cranberries
  • Onions
  • Almonds, cashews and coconut
  • Avocados
  • Beans varieties such as green beans, adzuki, kidney and lima beans)
  • Coffee (!!!!!!)
  • Tea plants
  • Vanilla
  • Sunflower and sesame oils
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Grapes (and, therefore, wine!)
  • Cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, turnips and Brussels sprouts
  • Beetroot, pumpkin
  • Chocolate
  • Sugarcane
  • Agave (vital for tequila!)

So if you don’t eat any of those, no need to worry (!)

That’s all for today…Be well and stay safe don’t forego those precautions too quickly as many areas are seeing an increase in Covid-19 cases…It ain’t over yet folks…Better to be safe than sorry…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

35 thoughts on “Saturday Snippets…

  1. inese

    Oh I love foraging, and love mushrooms. Planning a trip tomorrow morning to fetch some Salicornia. I love it with my fish dishes 🙂

    Sadly, Irene Sendler has never been nominated for the Nobel Prize.. The internet says she was nominated in 2007, but there was no official report on that. She died in 2008 – so she will never get nominated as this Prize is not awarded posthumously. This is very sad, she deserved the Prize.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I know the feeling , Robbie it is always like that when you have children at home…I would like to say it gets better the older they get but often it is replaced by something else although the pace of life is a lot slower here…Take care 🙂 xx

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  3. petespringerauthor

    So sorry to hear about your roof troubles, Carol. We are setting record heat waves in our neck of the woods, which is only in the eighties but extremely high for us.

    Woodstock—51 years ago? It doesn’t seem possible.That was just around the time I started getting very interested in music.

    If ever you get a chance to see the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C., please do. Few things have ever made more of an impression on me.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Pete it is still warm 30C just raining it never gets below 18 ish here then I feel cold…sigh. The holocaust was a terrible thing I just don’t understand the denials….Enjoy the warmth 🙂


  4. koolkosherkitchen

    I am sorry about your ceiling, dear Carol. I hope they find the problem and fix it.
    Thank you for mentioning the Holocaust. Half of my family was massacred at Babi Yar, and both my parents were survivors. It is very personal for me.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Dolly..I am so sorry to hear that I just think we should remember and learn so that nothing like that happens ever again and brave souls like Irena should be honoured especially when normal people do great things like she did xxx

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  6. Jim Borden

    another wonderful collection of snippets, Carol. the lady with the sharks is amazing, as is the rooftop garden. I wonder how many people who went to Woodstock remember any of it? And I wonder how many people claim they were there when they were not.

    I hope you get your roof repaired quickly, and correctly. You mention moving – do you still plan to stay in Thailand?

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Jim…I love the shark video as for Woodstock a post for you maybe? So do I Jim…I will stay here I am just fed up with every rainy season the ceilings just start dripping the same place and the ceiling replaced at the end of the rainy season and it begins again ..they can’t find the source of the leaks some they have been is a problem here they don’t do good proper training…everywhere you go you see buckets under drips ….TIT…The last straw for me was when the ceiling came down with the light as so much much water had built up..luckily it was an outside patio and no one was under it at the time…The landlord is reluctant to do anything unless he has to so I played the I am moving card and then trucks and about 10 men descended on the house and started work… it effects 4 rooms and one outside ceiling….That feels better thank you for letting me rant, Jim….:)

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      1. CarolCooks2 Post author

        Until November ish so a while yet..I have got past being annoyed… well until the ceiling and light came down…:) it does this to you living here you have to accept some things or you would just go mad it is what it is…

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    Thanks for sharing Carol and that hook removal looks terrifying but clearly much appreciated..and as for the holocaust deniers.. you cannot legislate for stupidity unfortunately and like the flat earthers there seems to be little regard for the actual evidence. Great music and I am enjoying watching and listening tothe bees in the flowers in my pots. And don’t get me started on the lemon meringue pie.. the link is in my round up. xx

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