Saturday Snippets…22nd August 2020

Welcome to this week’s edition of Saturday Snippets…we have had rain plenty of it and I am still sitting here surrounded by scaffolding but the leaks have been mended…fingers crossed and now the ceilings are being put back…I am calm…

Last night it hammered down and no leaks so after 4 years of continually calling them out in rainy season methinks they are fed up and want to see the back of this…nearly as much as I do…sigh

Time to see what I have for you this week…

I was struck by the poignancy of this image it is made up of pictures of some of the medical staff who have sadly passed away while working hard to save lives..they lost theirs…

R.I.P all you brave dedicated souls..xx

A global movement

After Bangkok in Thailand, Warsaw represents the second city to finish a mural, among 13 set to erect the City-Forests murals—Belgrade, Lima, Sydney, Jakarta, Manila, Sao Paulo, Santiago, Johannesburg, Melbourne, Bogota, and Panama City.

These city murals eat up the smog and purify the air a role which is equal to 720 trees …More information here on these exciting projects …

It doesn’t stop there though there might also be vertical forests coming to a city near you…

I welcome innovation like this it gives hope for the future…

Did you know?  Nessie the Lochness Monster was first sighted by a saint in 565 AD when she allegedly killed a local, and last sighted in June of 2009.

A sanctuary for Beluga Whales…

Two captive belugas were given the chance of a better life when they were relocated from China to a new sanctuary in Iceland.

The 11-year-olds, known as Little Grey and Little White, had spent seven years performing for audiences at Changfeng Ocean World in Shanghai.

But thanks to Sea Life that has changed for this pair…Andy Bool, who’s the head of the Sea Life Trust, says of their big move:

“We’re absolutely delighted to be able to share the news that Little Grey and Little White are now in their bayside care pool and will need a short period of time to acclimatize to their new natural environment and all the outdoor elements before their final release into the wider sanctuary in Klettsvik Bay.”


Over the year’s many musicians have performed at Red Rocks.. an open-air amphitheatre built into a rock structure in the western United States, near Morrison, Colorado, ten miles west of Denver. There is a large, tilted, disc-shaped rock behind the stage, a huge vertical rock angled outwards from stage right, several large outcrops angled outwards from stage left and a seating area for up to 9,525.

Artists such as Diane Ross and the Supremes, Ray Charles, Loius Armstrong, U2, Grateful Dead, and others all performed at Red Rocks over the years…somewhere I would love to visit as being natural the acoustics must be great…awesome.

U2…@ Red Rocks…

Health Corner: Sugar!

Today just a quick reminder that around the world children’s health and teeth are suffering…If it is not chemicals and the environment it is the number of sugary foods they are consuming and health officials are concerned that because of the quarantine restrictions it could escalate the problems…

Hospitals carried out almost 180 operations every day on children and teens last year to remove rotting teeth, costing the NHS more than £40 million.

This is an increase of more than £14 million from the previous year, as health officials fear lockdown diets will drive up levels of tooth decay in children.

The latest figures reveal there were 44,685 surgical procedures to remove more that one tooth
in those aged 18 and under in England in 2018/19, with the majority driven by tooth decay.

This equates to 177 operations on each working day, and cost a total of £41.5 million – up from 38,208 multiple tooth extractions in 2012/13, which cost the NHS £27.4 million.

This is only the UK and not the rest of the world...more on this next week when I will discuss Sugar further…

Today is also National Pecan Torte Day…

A day when a delicious, decadent dessert made with a variety of fillings, glazings, frostings, and icings but the star is always the pecan nut which is the only nut that is native to North America.

I have eaten a slice of torte or two in my life but never made one …Have you? 

Foraging has been going well plenty of fish and mushrooms this week mushrooms love this time of year the rain and then the sun…They are poking their heads up everywhere…

The rain means lots of fish swim into the nets…

The fish were then dried over the BBQ as although warm we haven’t had a great deal of sun this week…

The lovely soup was then made from the foraged mushrooms…

An assortment of different colours they certainly make a delicious soup…Wild mushrooms provide locals with seasonal food, medicine, and an alternative income. The richness of wild mushrooms is also one bio-indicator of ecosystem health. The cultivated, mushrooms, are available throughout the year in markets of northern Thailand; however, edible wild mushrooms can only be found in the wet season from June to September…

Thank you for joining me today I hope you are all keeping safe and well…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 have a fabulous week and stay safe these are troubling times xx

42 thoughts on “Saturday Snippets…22nd August 2020

  1. OIKOS™-Editorial

    Thank you for at least a lot of good news, Carol! Hope you enjoyed your weekend, and you will get your roof fixed very soon. You got all the rain, we had awaited here Wild mushroom soup sounds really delicious. Wish you a wonderful next week, with a lot of sun, and less rain. Michael.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Michael…ceilings are fixed so all good(for) now…yes the soup is delicious…Have a great week with some rain if that is your wish 🙂


      1. CarolCooks2 Post author

        If I could be bothered to type it all I would tell you the saga.. A writer could not make it up… It has been mended you just wouldn’t believe how… ❤️X..

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      So far so good ceilings are back in situ….I hope so too Jacquie as far too many have been lost…I loved that image it is beautiful…I still have your seeds ready to post once they remove the restrictions …Be well and stay safe 🙂 x

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  2. Norah

    Those murals are fascinating, Carol. It seems incredible. I love those city forests though. I haven’t made a pecan torte but I like pecan pie. I make a delicious strawberry/hazelnut torte which is one of my family’s favourite desserts.

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  4. petespringerauthor

    I loved the idea of creating a sanctuary for beluga whales.

    Attending a concert at Red Rocks has moved up the ladder on my Bucket List.

    Happy Saturday to you, Carol. As we didn’t have enough problems, now wildfires are going on throughout California. We could use some of your rain.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Oh no, Pete… Sending you rain and prayers it just seems as if this year can’t throw enough at us…. Those Beluga whales are so lovely… It certainly is a great idea.. Pete.. I never will but l hope you get to experience Red Rocks it sounds awesome.
      Happy Sunday, Pete and please stay safe 🙏x

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  5. Teagan R. Geneviene

    I can imagine that with the sugar, Carol. Since I depend on getting everything online (until a month or so ago, there were no local grocery stores or restaurants (other than pizza) who would deliver), there were a couple of months where I wondered if I would be able to find anything remotely close to nutrition. All I could find were candies and assorted weird junk “foods.” Fortunately that has improved. But the abundance of candy blows me away.
    So much here to enjoy. Hugs on the wing!

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  6. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.

    So pleased for those Beluga whales and it sounds like an amazing sanctuary. Great music and foraging… and you know my views on sugar…it is amazing to me that 50 years ago as a trainee dentist nurse we knew the damage sugary drinks in particular were causing to children’s teeth and yet here we are today spending billions removing essential elements of their digestive system! Excellent post as always Carol..xxhugs

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, I know , Sally so cute and lucky unlike many who are still captives. Yes I am reading about sugar at the moment and it is horrifying me the complicity of manufacturers, advertisers and government bodies….Hugs xx

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