Saturday Snippets…15th May 2021

Welcome back to Saturday Snippets where I indulge my whimsy and my passions… maybe a tune or two…something which has caught my eye this last week…just anything out of the ordinary or extraordinary…

I love trees…trees are important not only to our survival but our history…I think the UK is doing lots of good work for the environment…I also know that we need housing for those in need…I don’t agree we need more private and costly housing and most certainly not building and knocking down and uprooting anything which gets in the way of these developments…I do not understand why this 500 yr old tree can not be incorporated into the design…

Fight to save the ‘East End’s oldest tree’: Dame Judi Dench joins a legal bid to protect a 500-year-old Mulberry tree that survived the Blitz after the council gave permission for it to be moved to make way for 300 flats.

Bees…are important to us and at the top of our food chain, we need them to multiply and survive in safety…FOR our continued survival…Please head over to Norah’s and have a read …Support World Bee Day…

Let’s have a tune… a favourite Knebworth moment…

Did you know that way back in 1928…That famous mouse…Mickey Mouse made his debut in a silent film called “Plane Crazy” and that was the start of a legend…

I had a lovely day yesterday…Lily and I went out first stop to the hairdressers…suitably coiffered we then went to Mr Diy…a shop which sells everything….a child’s delight where she purchased a teeny tiny shopping trolley…it was then onto a bookshop where she purchased a rubrics cube…where to now Nannie?…the next one of the 2 and only shopping centres here…by tuk-tuk as it was too hot to walk…

It was then a pit stop at the Mr DIY shop here…just in case they had something different and of course, they did…The next stop was squidgy balls…a nice gold one was Lil’s choice..very pretty it is…time to eat…Macydoos was Lily’s choice…Cheeseburger no less…for two …where she announced about the size…it wasn’t big enough… to which I answered that maybe it was so we would opt for the double cheeseburger too which the reply was that a double was too big for her but the single should be bigger somewhere betwixt the two which I am sure they were at conception…many moons ago…

Chocolate time…well it had to happen…we bought drinking chocolate, 4 bars of chocolate so we(Lily) could get the FREE drinking cup..chocolate biscuits….Nannie is soft touch and we are talking chocolate …chocolate chips so we could make cookies today as it is Chocolate Chip Day...Today 15th May…

Lily said ” is that even a thing…seriously”…out of the mouth of babes they say don’t they?

The final tune of the inner rocker coming out…as you know I love The Eagles…

Did you know?

Blue jeans were officially invented in May of 1873 after Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis obtained a patent for the pants on May 20th 1873.

Today is also the official start of the rainy season here in Thailand...we are praying for rain as we have just planted rice down on the farm and rice needs lots of water…

This was last years crop … In June of last year where you can see the water…although we didn’t overall get as much rain as we hoped last year so far the signs are good for this year.

We are also hoping that we get out of the red zone today when the zones are changed as covid is on the run here and our figures are much improved so fingers crossed…

Good news on the conservation and sustainability fronts the UK government…not one bill has passed but 3…To read all the positive news in full please click the highlighted includes trophy hunting imports and a ban on the trade of shark fins…

Tesco, the UK’s largest supermarket, announced this week that it would no longer sell cans of beer or cider if they are held together by plastic rings or shrink wrap. It follows a similar move by Heineken.  

Good news all around however you still need to stop uprooting trees for a blocks of flats though…

This is so beautiful, I will look at a Dandelion in such a different way from now on! 💛🧡❤️💜💚💙🤎
May be an image of flower
Sanjay Gurung
🌼💛 Hello, I’m a dandelion.
A lot of people call me a weed but I’m a friend and come to help you!
When you see me, remember that I’m the ONLY one who wants and can grow in that particular spot. Because:
Either the soil is too compact / hard / stomped and I want to loosen it for you with my roots.
Or there is too little calcium in the soil – don’t worry, I will replenish that for you with the dying of my leaves.
Or the soil is too acidic. But I will also improve that for you if you give me the chance.
Or a mixture of the above reasons, of course. 😊
I’m here because your soil needs my help so best you let me grow without disturbing me! When everything is fixed, I will disappear again, I promise!
Are you trying to remove me prematurely with my root? However meticulous you are, I will return 2x as strong! Just until your soil is improved.
You can even tell by my growth at which stage my help is at. If my leaves are flat on the ground then I’m far from ready but if they all reach up then I’m already a long way on my way.
Something completely different is that I am 1 of the first bloomers in spring so I will announce spring/summer for you.
During the day when it’s hot, I open my flowers but in the evening when it cools off I close them again quickly. In fact, if it’s not hot enough during the day I won’t open them at all!
My flowers are the first food for insects after hibernation and unlike most other plants, I have pollen AND nectar, not merely one OR the other! And I am generous with them! 🤪😉
My flowers are even delicious for you people by the way, did you know? I used to be called ′′honey (or gold) of the poor′′ because my flowers are so sweet in e.g. jam, sauce or salad! The internet is full of recipes – check them out.
But wait until the end of May or later before you start picking and even then, don’t pick everything yet! The biodiversity and bees will be very grateful!
And lastly: do you see me standing but instead of yellow petals I have a dandelion clock of fluff? Then make a wish….. and blow hard….. I’ll try to make your wish come true! 😉🤫😁
Your friend, the dandelion! 🌼🌼🌼
Adapted from Paula Kok – De Boer
(Writer of the original version, apparently. )

That’s all for today thank you for dropping in I hope you enjoyed my whimsy… see you tomorrow for my weekly roundup…Love Carol xx

37 thoughts on “Saturday Snippets…15th May 2021

  1. Norah

    What a fascinating post, Carol. So much of interest in it. Thank you for sharing my post too.
    I’ve got my fingers crossed for the rain you need, and I hope Covid keeps running. Have a great week.


  2. OIKOS™-Editorial

    Great new hairstyle on Lily, and you Carol must feel like home, with starting the rainy season. 😉 Honestly, here since last Tuesday its raining too. Can we please have the full weather conditions of Thailand. Lol Best wishes, Michael

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Yes its good to start the rainy season albeit still warm I will try best to send you some of the warmth to heat up you rain…Best wishes to you, Michael for the coming week 🙂 xx

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  3. pameladbeverly

    I consider every day cookie day!

    And I think that more trees need to be planted. I have a tree that is dying in my front yard that I’m upset about so why they would want to get rid of a 500 year-old tree that’s healthy is beyond me.

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  4. petespringerauthor

    What a great day with Lily! “Is that even a thing? Seriously?”😎 It is most definitely a thing.

    I sure hope the efforts to save the tree come through.

    Thanks for the Zepplin tune. I haven’t listed to it in forever. I enjoyed all 8:56 of it.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      It’s great isn’t it..I had to add it..I absolutely love it!…Yes we did have a good day and she so makes me laugh..bless her…I will miss her when she goes back to school it will be so quiet here…I’m hoping with all the backing that the tree will survive its survived the war with only a stump left so fingers crossed…Have a great week, Pete 🙂 x

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  6. Victoria Zigler

    I agree: we need some natural spots, and there’s no reason the design of the flats can’t work around the tree so it can stay.

    Sounds like Lily had a great day out with her Nanny, and got some lovely treats.

    I love the dandelion thing.

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  7. beetleypete

    I bet Lily ,loves going to the shops with her grandma!
    I’m a big fan of dandelions, and like to see their flowers. When I had a guinea pig in the 1970s, he used to love to eat the leaves.
    We have rain here. You are welcome to it. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete. x

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      She does, Pete.. she is a joy to take shopping although I come home with my purse a bit lighter but you can’t take it with you and I would rather see them enjoy it….. I’ll take any rain as its good for the rice.. Have a great weekend’ Pete xx

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    Love the dandelion snippet. It reminded me of a children’s story from Israel about a lonely child whose only friend was a dandelion. she was sad when the flower turned into fluff and blew away, but of course, the next year she had many friends 🙂

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