CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…July 11th-17th July 2021…#Plastic Free July, #Swan Upping, Music,#Feijoa Fruit “Green Gold”…

Plastic Free July, Be the Change, Music, A-Z and Feijoa Fruit “Green Gold” and #Swan Upping.

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…Especially for you just in case you missed a few posts during this last week…Time is marching on…It is now officially rainy season here so there will definitely be some dancing in the rain…

July…for my English family and readers it is wall to wall sunshine…enjoy while it lasts…July is also the month when the phenomenon of Crop Circles begin to appear…in the past, there have been some spectacular ones and no one has a definitive answer as to how or why…

These crop circles are quite spectacular..absolutely symmetrical…perfect… it’s like someone has dropped a huge stencil and cut around it…How, when and why is still a mystery as they suddenly appear…This one is in Wilshire, UK…

On the River Thames in July the census of swans takes place called the “Swan Upping”…Swans are counted and marked on a 70-mile 5-day journey up the River Thames…

Swan upping dates from the 12th Century when the Crown claimed ownership of all unmarked mute swans in a bid to ensure a ready supply for royal banquets.

Swans are no longer eaten but the practice of counting and marking the swans on the River Thames still takes place in the third week of July every year.

Summer Colds can be the worst…A runny nose and sore where you have wiped it so much or a winter cold something no one enjoys…Sally has some great advice on how we can help to avoid or lessen the symptoms of the common cold…#recommended read.

Welcome to series 3 of the Culinary Alphabet A-Z…Where the middle letter is J…

Nothing is as it seems here…this new series is the brainchild of Chel Owens who writes at A wife, My Verse, and Every Little Thingmy followers are so good to me they think up all sorts of permutations of the Alphabet for me to blog about…not sure if they want me to call it quits or what they will come up with next…Chel like Pete was, however, will be called on to make her contribution every two weeks…they don’t get off scot-free…so I hope you have started brainstorming Chel…haha x

The letter J was a bit of a brain teaser…but there were a few and young Pete came up with one I hadn’t heard of Feijoas Fruit or “Green Gold” as the Kiwi’s call it…Thank you Pete it gave me an idea for Tropical Friday…

The Culinary Alphabet …..A-Z…Series 3… the letter J…

Onion Bajees…

Deliciously crispy spicy onion morsels that you can eat as a side to your Indian curry or as a snack with a lovely chutney or dip…I need to practise to get perfect little balls but they tasted good and got the thumbs up all round…I used Besan Flour which meant they are also gluten-free and the besan flout adds a nice nutty taste.

CarolCooks2…Week 15…in my Kitchen…made from scratch…Onion Bhajees…

Tropical Friday:…” Green Gold”

Feijoa fruit is a versatile fruit that is used in baking, confectionary, chutney, smoothies, salads and even for alcoholic drinks…To learn more just click the link and all will be revealed x

Tropical Friday…Feijoa Fruit “Green Gold”

Saturday Snippets: When is  Sandwich more than just a Sandwich…

Welcome 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…

For the last few weeks, I have taken inspiration from something I have read or watched… this week and also because it just happens (if) it is lovely bread and delicious filling can be a wonderful thing…my chosen word is…Sandwich!

Saturday Snippets 17th July 2021…When is a sandwich not a sandwich?

Thank you so much for dropping by I always look forward to your visits and comments…Hope to see you here next week xx

29 thoughts on “CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…July 11th-17th July 2021…#Plastic Free July, #Swan Upping, Music,#Feijoa Fruit “Green Gold”…

    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Robbie.. I don’t mind the Queen owning all the swans.. Tradition I suppose and they are so regal it seems right to me and if course that makes it illegal to kill and eat them as some would want to do… 😀


  1. Sowmya

    Interesting to read about the age old tradition of swan upping Carol.
    Those onion bajjies look perfect , crisp and yummy. Interesting to know about the green versatile fruit.
    Will read about Sally’s remedies for cold.
    Great post Carol as always.


  2. Kyra - Simplicity's Journey

    Hi Carol. I really enjoyed reading your weekly roundup. I liked the photo that you enclosed on crop circles. I always thought that these were so amazing. I never realized that they started showing up in July each year.
    I also liked your information on the “Swan Upping”. Isn’t funny how something starts for practicality and eventually becomes a tradition?! LOL.
    Anyhow, I hope that you have a good day. Sincerely, Kyra

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  3. petespringerauthor

    One of the things I like most about your blog, Carol, is the combination of informative posts, music, and humor. Keep up the good work. Got a lot of stuff done outside around our property this week. It feels good to knock off those things that have been hanging over my head for far too long. Heading out on Thursday for a little trip, Carol. I hope to be off the grid for a few days.


    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Pete I appreciate your kind words..enjoy your little trip..Its always good to get those little jobs done your decking looked lovely. x…we are red zone again so no little trips for us..enjoy yours x


    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Jan they are very nice.. Swan Upping is an old tradition which still upheld which I think is lovely.. I hope you have a fantastic week 😊x


    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Oh.. I get quite a few reblogs so not sure why you have a problem, John… I do find press this doesn’t work as it used to so I just copy and paste the https add the title add header pic and link to blog I’m sharing add an intro.. Sounds complicated but it isn’t I do it so often it takes 5 mins against instant for reblog but then it saves me on image space so to me worth the workaround… Hope that helps 😉


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  6. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.

    Thanks Carol for including the health Column.. There are some things only the English would maintain as a tradition in the 21st century such as swan upping… loved it.. on the plastic front, I moved to boxed Irish spring water three months ago – 8 litres in a thin plastic bag inner housed in a cardboard box with a tap.. the bag folds up to about an inch square and the tap is recyclable. I reckon I have saved using 100 plastic bottles in that time. I love sandwiches…♥

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Wow that’s a good idea and an impressive save on plastic bottles I wish we had some thing like that here as the tap water isn’t safe to drink….we are looking at other alternatives but not yet found a viable one as we drink so much water…I loved the swan upping as well and believe old traditions or some should be up held…Thank you for the reblog your weekly roundup is scheduled for tomorrow…Hugs xx

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