Saturday Snippets…19th September 2020…

Welcome to Saturday Snippets where anything goes…whatever catches my eye or my imagination could be on this post…something for everyone…today it is rather blustery here as we are in the path of hurricane Noul who is wending his way from Vietnam…Looking around the world it seems that there is extreme weather in many other countries as well…hurricanes and fires so wherever you stay safe… xx

As I have decided to step back a bit from blogging maybe I will be tempted to make Saturday Snippets longer it depends as my muse has deserted me…I took a tumble last week..some lovely bruises and September being my birth month and the month where I think of some loved ones I have lost… it always leaves me unsettled…very unsettled…for now whatever your timezone grab a coffee or a glass of wine and enjoy my meanderings!

Music… I learnt Latin at school which also came in handy as a chorister…Yes, I was a choir girl…One of my favourite musical genre’s is Acapella…I could listen to this all day…Indulge me, please…x

I truly do not believe there is a more beautiful sound…than male voices singing Acappella…Sitting on the stairs the acoustics are perfect as are their voices…

Wellness Corner by Sally Cronin…

This week Sally is focusing on fats which also play a massive role in the balance of LDL – Low-density lipoprotein (potentially unhealthy cholesterol) and HDL– High-density lipoprotein (healthy cholesterol). It is a slightly longer post and I know from comments and emails that you are keen to get to the dietary changes that may encourage a healthy cholesterol balance.

Please pop and have a read you will be pleased you have especially if you have cholesterol problems…

Natural wonders… we saw some when we went to Western Australia…

The Pinnacles are beautiful, but eerie limestone formations within the Nambung National Park which is situated close to the town of Cervantes, Western Australia. How they formed there are stories but thats all they are…

China’s stunning Stone Forest of Shilin is another such phenomenon but scientists have discovered how this forest has formed…

They took a block of candy and this happened…

Through a series of simulations and experiments, they showed how flowing water carves ultra-sharp spikes in landforms.”

While it might take decades or centuries for a real stone forest to blossom, the same trick can be observed in just hours with a suitable analogue, the researchers found. In this case, they used candy. How cool is that?

Superman is still big business and t/shirts are still worn by kids and adults alike…George Reeves was the first actor to portray Superman on TV, appearing in the “Adventures of Superman” 1952-58.

Reeves also appeared in “Gone with the Wind”.

Reeves died in controversial circumstances in 1959 of a gunshot to the head. Reeves death has officially ruled a suicide but alternative theories persisted including a mob hit and the case has featured on such TV programs as ” Unsolved Mysteries”.

It was in Sept 1952 when the  “Adventures of Superman” TV series starring George Reeves premieres in syndication in the US

Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash

Our claim to fame back in 1978 is that my hubby helped build  The lair of Lex Luthor which was supposedly beneath Grand Central Station,  where Otis (Ned Beatty) is tailed to the rail lines beneath, though the hideout itself is an imaginative set built at Pinewood Studios in the UK

This week I have been breadmaking like my life depended on it…I tried a new recipe for a yoghurt cake which Aston devoured quite quickly for a lad who doesn’t eat cake. so quickly I didn’t get time to take a picture…Carrot soup and tomato soup…

Tonight was going to be Thai Duck Curry but now that has changed to duck with a brandy and cream sauce…Beetroot Thoran is also on my to cook list as I want to use some of my curry leaves and Thai green curry which is a favourite in this house…as is a lovely beet soup with crispy spicy chickpeas…

The recipes on my blog I have links for the others will be in my cookbook…Just little spoilers …xx

Climate Change Corner…

Well, you just knew I was going to sneak something in…didn’t you? This school year looks like no other before it, with many students being homeschooled or doing remote learning.

Teaching Young People about Foodprints

Young people are ready to learn that whether it’s a salad, a juicy burger or their morning bowl of cereal, food comes from somewhere and has an impact on the environment, on animals and on people. Our “footprint” is the result of everything it takes to get food from the farm to our plates. But it doesn’t take much to learn a little bit more about where our food comes from and how it got to us or to learn how to choose products and practices that do less harm to the environment, animals and people.

Thank you for reading….

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.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there will be more on this on my blog this year

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 again for joining me  I hope you have enjoyed yourselves…If you have please leave a comment as I always enjoy hearing from you it makes my day xxx



54 thoughts on “Saturday Snippets…19th September 2020…

  1. Jennie

    This post was a wonderful way to start my day. The male voices in the stairwell are a beautiful sound. And all those different rock forests- wow! I was a huge fan of the original Superman TV series as a child. Great memories. September is almost over, so you can move out of your unsettling month soon! Best to you, Carol.

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      1. Jennie

        I do too, Carol! Our daughter sang in a children’s choir that performed all over, including Saint Martin in the Field. I still remember the boy who sang “Panis Angelicus” a capella. Music is joy, it makes everyone feel good.

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      2. CarolCooks2 Post author

        Wonderful, Jennie…I love that church when my grandson was younger he had a fascination with churches and St, Martins was one of them…I think everyone should have music in their lives it should be higher up in the schools curriculum are so correct it brings joy into our lives…Be well and take care 🙂 x

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      3. Jennie

        Music is the universal language, and it goes straight to the heart. So, I play classical music in the classroom and the children love it. I play R&B, Beatles, Rodgers and Hammerstein and more. I know in my heart it makes an enormous difference. Yes, it should absolutely be higher up in the curriculum. Many parents send their child to a private school because music and art is valued and taught. Your grandson is a case in point that music makes an enormous impact on children. Best to you, Carol.

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      4. CarolCooks2 Post author

        Wow, Jennie I so love your passion for teaching such lucky children to have you to teach them in their formative years…My youngest only went to sleep listening to Handels Water Music much to the chagrin of my older children who preferred Oasis…haha… Handel (1) Oasis(0) until she was asleep…Lovely to chat 🙂 x

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      5. Jennie

        Thank you, Carol! I do love music, and it’s so important for children. I wish I had gone to sleep with Handel’s water music as a child! Best to you.

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  2. alexcraigie

    Sorry to hear about your fall and hope you’re making a good recovery.
    That a capella was spine tingling! When I was at college we were entitled to a free meal in the males only college after we sang Evensong. Loved all aspects of it!


  3. koolkosherkitchen

    I am concerned about your fall, dear Carol; how are you feeling? I hope there is no serious damage, other than the bruises.
    Educate me, please: I don’t remember Reeves in Gone with the Wind – whom did he play?
    BTW, my granddaughter sings in an A Capella choir.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you for your concern dear Dolly it was a damn pavement which tripped me but my bruises are nice and yellow now…Wow thats lovely I absolutely love the sound of A capella….He had a minor roll Scarlets beau.. XX

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  4. OIKOS™-Editorial

    What a great posting, with all one have to know, especially about our superhero. Thank you Carol, for your efforts on presenting such nice and very important information. I hope the hurricanes will stay far away from your area. In Florida it would count much more, having visits by the Asian winds too. 😉 Enjoy your weekend, Michael

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Michael for your kind words…I think the hurricane missed us we just got rain and some winds but nothing too bad ,,,I hope you had a great weekend 🙂 x

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      1. OIKOS™-Editorial

        Me too! Psst: I have some UV radiators in the basement. Brings me a lot of tan all over the time. Tanned like after a vacancy in the midst of all the white faced people here. Lol


  5. dgkaye

    Love your snippets Carol. And my gawd, I wish you a speedy recovery for your awful fall 😦 And that structure made of candy was amazing! Relax, put your feet up and breathe my friend. Hugs xxxx

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I’m fine thank you, Debs just sporting some nice bruises …bloody pavements …Yes it is amazing I am more worried about my muse …it seems to have deserted me …Hugs xx

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      1. dgkaye

        Arg, we all go through that Carol. I had a draught longer than a year. Don’t beat yourself up and just do things that make you happy. Often when you divert from something, new ideas pop up. ❤

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  7. petespringerauthor

    I hope you’re recovering rapidly, Carol. Our bodies don’t bounce back quite as fast as they used to.

    Your hubby is a rock star! What a cool claim to fame!

    I used to sing in a choir. About all the singing that happens now is when I’m in the shower. Perhaps I should do a concert.🤣

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Perhaps you should , are the accoustics in the shower? Ohh he dines out on that one…haha and also the hanging scaffold he built over the River Thames even now I have to stop him from climbing as you say we don’t bounce back quite so fast but apart from some yellowing bruises it doesn’t hurt so much I try to walk around on the hour to stop it from stiffening up….:) x

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  8. Liz Gauffreau

    I’m sorry to hear about your fall! I hope you’re healing well. I have to agree with you about male voices singing a cappella. I just listened to the video you posted. It sounded as though it had been recorded in a cathedral!

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Liz yes I am fine it just shakes you up a bit. I absolutely loved listening to that video as it did sound so like it was in a cathedral… I don’t know how many times I played it back 🙂 x

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  9. Jim Borden

    I’m sorry to hear about your fall; I hope you are recovering nicely.

    cool video with the blue candy and how the mountains formed.

    I liked George Reeve as Superman, and loved those shows. Much more than all of the more recent Superman movies. I like you (and your husband’s) claim to fame…

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I am thank you, Jim…I know it fascinates me how nature forms its wonders…Yes, many shows as they make more series don’t stack up to the originals but I suppose they keep up with times and the younger generations seem to love them…Yes, Alan has earnt many a brownie point as he tells the kids his stories…:) x

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  10. johnrieber

    Terrific as always Carol! My wife grew up in Parma, a suburb of Cleveland, and in the airport they proudly display a full size statue of the super hero, who was created by a Cleveland-er! Every time we are at the airport my wife gets another shot with him!

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    Saturday Snippets from Carol Taylor always includes an interesting variety of topics including some amazing acapella music, how water transforms the landscape, Superman and the mystery surrounding the death of the first actor to play him George Reeves, homemade Tomato soup and teaching children about foodprints…Got all that.. head over and enojoy.. thanks Sally.

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