Saturday Snippets…7th November…

Welcome to Saturday Snippets where anything goes…whatever catches my eye or my imagination could be on this post…something for everyone…The temperature has definitely dropped this week enough for me to sleep comfortably without a fan but this morning I was greeted by sunshine…Cooler nights and hotter days…However for some of you I have seen pretty pictures of early snow…which means wrapping up and hot drinks …

I am enormously proud of our Royal Family and have long been a great admirer of our future king and his work to improve the environment to preserve some traditions but also to take them forward…he realised long ago that a circular economy was the way forward and it has only been in recent years that more people have realised he has talked sense for all these years…

This interview in Vogue Magazine highlights the work he does and has been doing…Our throw-away society needs to be replaced…by a sustainable circular economy…

When the tallest tree in Wales was damaged by a storm the artist Simon O’Rourke was ordered to cut it down…Simon who is a tree artist thought of creating a giant hand reaching for the sky…

Thus the Giant Hand Of Lake Vyrnwy was created…I think this is just a beautiful lasting tribute to the tree rather than just cutting it down.

This month is National Peanut Butter Month, National Raisin Bread Month, National Stuffing Month and National Pepper Month …I love Peanut Butter and it is so easy to make your own it really is a doddle…Raisin Bread is lovely warm from the oven or toasted and spread with real grass-fed butter, National Peppers Month…lots of ways to eat them raw or cooked… many lovely stuffing recipes and what would your turkey or chicken taste like without a lovely homemade stuffing? Pretty boring I’d say.

Today as my lovely readers who hail from the US will be having their Thanksgiving before we have Christmas…You are so lucky you get two festive meals…I thought I would share this older post of mine with my homemade stuffing recipes...Enjoy!

Making stuffing is so easy and it can also be made now and frozen for Thanksgiving and that’s one job out of the way…

I love quirk and the unusual and this house built in a cave is the ultimate...I would even move back to the UK if I could live here…

What a beautiful unique house…

Wellness Corner with Sally Cronin…

A timely post from Sally bearing in mind the new lockdowns, winter and the fact the heating goes on it might be you are doing less exercise… we are also coming into that time of year when our alcohol consumption can take a hike upwards or we are drinking more hot drinks like coffee and we could become dehydrated…#recommended read

Please head over to Sallys and have read as always she will make you most welcome…x Her advice will most certainly guarantee that you will feel much better and have far more energy…x

Let’s have some Music…

We are just into November now and lots seemed to have happened during the month of November in the music business over the years…Here are a few of my favourite artists…

1947 John Wilson...drummer with the Northern Irish band Them was born …They had the 1965 UK hits ‘Baby, Please Don’t Go’ and ‘Here Comes The Night’ with Van Morrison on lead vocals. Morrison quit the band in 1966 and went on to a successful career as a solo artist. Both great tracks and among my favourites…

1961 we had Jimmy Dean with “Big Bad John” which had a five-week run at numero 1 in the US charts and #2 spot in the Uk charts.

1964 we had the Beach Boys...During their first promotional visit to the UK, The Beach Boys appeared live on ITV’s Ready Steady Go! playing ‘I Get Around’ and ‘When I Grow Up (To Be A Man)’. Ready Steady Go! was one of the UK’s first rock/pop music TV programmes…I remember being a fan of Cathy McGowan her lovely long hair…

November 1965 we had the Rolling Stones who started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Get Off Of My Cloud‘, the group’s second US No.1. The song knocked The Beatles ‘Yesterday’ from the No.1 position.

There were, of course, many more over the years from Joe Cocker, Cher, Aerosmith, The Monkees…The Beatles, The Grateful Dead so many talented singers and bands…


I love this version I know Bowie and Lulu covered it…I also nearly picked Gloria which is another fav of mine by Them…

If you haven’t already got all your ingredients ready for your puds and cake you have until the 22nd when it is Stir Up Sunday…Just in case you missed the recipes I have added the link here...

There is also nothing quite like a miniature cake or pudding as a gift for that special family member, friend or neighbour…x

Please let me know in the comments what you enjoyed …I love hearing from you it makes my day…

That’s all for this week and Saturday Snippets…xxx

Thank you for reading….enjoy your weekend, stay safe not only from Covid-19 but the wildfires around the world…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.

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!


41 thoughts on “Saturday Snippets…7th November…

  1. acflory

    Oh! I saw the cave house in an episode of Grand Designs some years ago. It’s even lovelier now than back then. And I loved the video clip of the Giant Hand. I had to watch it twice as the first time I thought it was someone holding his hand up in front of the camera. lol.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I could just eat that right now but I am on a dry November inc no bread..sigh…no cheese, biscuits or cakes..sigh…but lost 4lb since last monday so pleased with that 🙂


      1. CarolCooks2 Post author

        Thank you, Tori..I have been really good so hopefully if I can do the month I expect to be back to my normal weight ..fingers crossed 🙂 x


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  3. alexcraigie

    The Giant Hand of Vyrnwy tree was a real surprise – living in Wales you’d think I’d be aware of its existence. When things settle down to something nearer normality I’ll be planning a trip to see it first hand. Thanks.


  4. Liz Gauffreau

    Good snippets this week! I particularly liked the videos. The Giant Hand Of Lake Vyrnwy is very striking, and the stream running through the forest reminds me of the White Mountains. The cave house is an incredible achievement, but I need to have my big windows and sunlight streaming in. I didn’t realize that Bowie had done “Here Comes the Night.” The version you shared is the only one I’ve heard.


  5. Jim Borden

    I’m happy it’s National Peanut Butter month, but I don’t need a reason to eat peanut butter; it’s a staple of my diet. That hand reaching for the sky seems kind of creepy; reminds me of the final scene from the movie Carrie. I had never heard your closing song before, but it was wonderful!


  6. OIKOS™-Editorial

    Thank you for sharing the interesting interview, Carol! Cant regret, a political kingdom sometimes can manage things much more better, than our democraties are able. I always have in my mind our politicans in Bavaria, and honestly cant imagine some of them ruling as a king. Lol
    This nature art, made with tree is fantastic. One can see the sustainability nature is giving to us. Have a beautiful weekend, and stay save. Michael

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