Saturday Snippets 13th November 2021…Wind!

Welcome back to Saturday Snippets..where I indulge my whimsy and have a play with one word prompts…My muse has answered me and this week my word is…Wind…

High winds always scare the bejesus out of me… when I was a child during some high winds an Elm tree at the bottom of our garden dropped its branches and uprooted it fell directly on a neighbours roof luckily they were unhurt…

However, my favourite sight has always been a line of snow-white nappies blowing in the wind…no fabric conditioner was required as the wind made them super soft…Not a sight that’s seen often now in these days of pollution bearing disposable nappies…Millions of disposable nappies end up in landfills every day, and their manufacture uses finite resources and contributes to global warming…

Come with me and see what surprises the word “wind” has revealed…

Wind Chimes…

I adore the sound of wind chimes with bamboo being my favourite medium the sound as they gently move on a soft breeze is beautiful…The ancient civilisations of Asia can claim the creation of wind chimes as their own. The Chinese were casting bells by 1100 BC and they created the wind bell that they call fengling. Wind chimes were considered religious objects which could attract kind spirits and drive away evil ones.

Although the history behind the tradition is not clear, wind chimes are ideal memorial gifts for people who have lost family members or pets. Perhaps people are drawn to the present because the tinkling sound, always in the background, can act as a constant reminder of the one who died.

Wind Beneath my Wings ...Bette Midler is one of my all-time favourites.

Wind Erosion…

Wind is the movement of air, caused by the uneven heating of the Earth by the sun and the Earth’s own rotation. Winds range from light breezes to natural hazards such as hurricanes and tornadoes. … Wind is the movement of air caused by the uneven heating of the Earth by the sun.

If you’ve ever seen a sand dune, it can be a magical experience…The most spectacular sand dunes I have seen were the ones at Lancelin W.A….the sheer magnitude and vastness is breathtaking…

However, did you realize that sand dunes were caused by wind erosion? Quite a few fantastic natural features have been caused by wind erosion…The Wave – wave formation made in sandstone rock in Arizona, Sleeping Bear Dunes – unique sand dunes found on the lakeshore of Michigan or Yardangs – rock formations in various locations sculpted by wind erosion…All are very beautiful and unique in their own right.

The Wind In The Willows…

The Wind in the Willows is a children’s book by the British novelist Kenneth Grahame, first published in 1908…a classic and loved by children and adults around the world…Featuring Mole, Rat, Toad and Badger it has delighted book lovers and film lovers for decades…

Narrated by Sir David Attenborough…


A windmill can be a tiny handheld toy or a big construction originally used for grinding grain…

The most important use of the windmill was for grinding grain. In certain areas, its uses for land drainage and water pumping were equally important. The windmill has been used as a source of electrical power since P. La Cour’s mill, built in Denmark in 1890 with patent sails and twin fantails on a steel tower…

There are about 140 windmills left in the UK today — of these, about 40 still work. By comparison, explains Mildred Cookson, chair of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB)’s mills section, there were more than 1,000 in the 1890s…some of these beautiful buildings have now been converted into homes or restaurants…

Wind Pollinated Flowers…

Anemophilous, or wind-pollinated flowers, are usually small and inconspicuous and do not possess a scent or produce nectar. The anthers may produce a large number of pollen grains, while the stamens are generally long and protrude out of flower.

The flowers of wind-pollinated plants don’t have to attract insects for fertilization to take place, so there is no biological advantage to having a colourful and aromatic flower. As a result, most wind-pollinated flowers are green or dull-coloured. They usually lack the sepals and petals that most flowers have. One large group of plants where wind pollination is common are the grasses, especially the cattails and rushes that grow in wet areas. The flowers of these plants aren’t very colourful or noticeable. Also, they often form spikes of small flowers. Wind-pollinated grasses tend to produce large amounts of pollen, which can cause allergy problems in people.

Chicago...also known as the windy city…How do I know? Years ago my eldest daughter got married in Jamaica…a beautiful wedding with a Steel Band and a  carrot cake wedding Cake beautiful surrounding it was surreal… the hotel we stayed in Ocho Rios was an all-inclusive hotel and we started the hen night in one of the restaurants and did the rounds picking up people on the way as we were having so much fun everyone wanted to join in…A bit like the conga…are you with me…all nationalities and a lovely lady and her friends who came from Chicago…my drink of choice was??? a not sure of the size bottle just that it was red wine…which I was drinking from the bottle…I was not my normal refined and gentile self at that point…lol…

Well...the wind it was and you know how when you pray for a quiet one …this was not by any stretch of the imagination…it caused much mirth and my new friends from Chicago started singing their original rendition of ” Carol comes from the windy city, the windy city” I’m sure by now you get the drift…it was one of those moments but it was my expense I believe…x

The Winds of Winter George RR Martin…

The Winds of Winter will be the sixth book in the series, and Martin has thus far spent nearly 10 years bringing it to life. For a while, he stopped providing updates about the book on his blog but in recent months he has been providing updates for fans and it looks like he’s making some good progress. The Winds of Winter sees a target date of release on November 13th, 2023. In April 2021,

Defi Wind …France

The Defi Wind event, or Le Defi as it’s more commonly known, is held each year at Gruissan Plage, Narbonne, France and has run for 18 years (as of 2019). A mass participation windsurfing race event it’s the biggest in the world of type with epic photos of hundreds of windsurfers tearing along the Occitaine Region’s coastline.

A Le Man’s style start, before a 10kn dash and back, is what makes Le Defi unique and its draw for large numbers of windsurfers from across the globe is tangible. Relying on the region’s Tramontane wind gusts during particularly blowy years can be savage. Combined with so many other riders on the racecourse this makes Le Defi a challenge, but a doable one none the less, for any competent windsurfer.

On top of the actual sailing, there’s a carnival/festival vibe on the beach with exhibitions, pro rider talks and coaching sessions, plus parties, which makes it one not to miss.


Located on a hilltop between Monti Lattari and the Amalfi Coast, Gragnano is celebrated for its air-dried, bronze-extruded pasta across the world.

Pasta has been made in Italy for thousands of years. Although there is evidence that the Greeks once cooked sheets of dough made of wheat flour and the juice of crushed lettuce, the first real document that describes modern pasta can be traced to 13th century Italy. Until the 16th century, pasta was homemade; in fact, it was the most consumed meal in the house throughout the peninsula. It was in these years that pasta became an industrial product, thanks to a small number of Italian pioneers. And Gragnano is where it all began.

What is so special today about Pasta Di Gragnano? 

In 2013, the European Union declared PGI (Protected Geographical Indication): the pasta made under the name “Pasta di Gragnano” must be produced in a legally defined area that still corresponds to the territory indicated by the king of the Napoli about two centuries ago.

Finally, the dough must be extruded through rough bronze forms and, once it has taken shape, dry at low temperatures in the mountain air. The result of this long and traditional process is one of the finest pasta in the world.

Thank you for joining me today for Saturday Snippets I look forward to your comments as always…Tomorrow it’s my weekly roundup I hope to see you then… in the meantime have a fabulous Saturday xx






31 thoughts on “Saturday Snippets 13th November 2021…Wind!

  1. D. Wallace Peach

    What a fun post, Carol, and so many types of winds! I love chimes of all sorts and was fascinated to read how long ago chimes were developed by the Chinese, as well as how they’re related to mourning. My brother gave me a chime right before he died. I don’t think he knew the significance, but I always think of him when I hear it. 🙂 ❤

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      That is lovely and a beautiful way to remember your brother on a soft gentle breeze…x..I really enjoy these one word prompts and will be using yours for the New Year coming …Have a beautiful week , Diana Hugs x

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  2. marianbeaman

    What a brilliant word play. I love my wind chimes and the Bette Midler song. The best compliment one of my students paid me is she said my teaching was like “The Wind Beneath [Her] Wings.

    I believe you enjoyed putting this post together, Carol! 😀

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Marian..I love both as well.. What a lovely compliment to be paid.. I do thoroughly enjoy these one word prompts they lead me all around the world and sometimes I find a

      fantastic connection to a word… I hope you have a fabulous week, Marian x


  3. Jim Borden

    such a great post, Carol. I have to admit that wind is my least favorite weather condition, but I do like a gentle breeze 🙂

    wonderful song choices, even though the only one I knew was the Bette Midler one. the others were great to listen to as well – I really like the wind instruments one by Holst.

    I also enjoy the sound of wind chimes…

    When I think of windmills, I always think of Don Quixote…

    and it sounds like you were three sheets to the wind at that Jamaican wedding 🙂

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Oh.. I was Jim it was fun.. I like a breeze but not high winds they scare me.. Thats interesting Don Quixote.. Thank you for popping in.. I hope you had a good weekend ☺️x

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  4. Chel Owens

    I want to respond to each one! I’ll resist and simply ask you about one I’ve considered lately: how did you keep reusable nappies for the newborn stage? He soils himself, then does it again a few minutes later!


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  6. Clive

    Another set of great snippets of information and good tunes, Carol. For the music, I’d add to your collection with The Wind by Cat Stevens, and Hasten Down The Wind by Warren Zevon (also a nice cover by Linda Ronstadt and Don Henley). Have a great weekend 😊 x

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Thank you, Clive.. I’ll check them out. I like Linda Ronstadt she has fallen of my radar.. Not listened to any of her tracks for quite a while… I hope you have a fabulous weekend, Clive x

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    The prevailing south westerly blows straight on our sloping chalet roof, which is also the front bedroom ceiling. The night of the 2014 Valentine’s Night storm I literally felt the whole house shake! The next morning the news advised everyone to stay away from the coast so I looked up high tide times and dragged Cyberspouse down to the cliff top to have a look. We peered over the clifftop and all the beach huts had been smashed to matchsticks – we got some good photos and I got a story idea that would be the start of my next novel. Now I’m widowed I sleep in the back bedroom – it’s not so much fun hearing wild winds when you are by yourself!
    ps The only time I have been on a canal boat holiday a tree blew down across the canal, just missing our boat.


  8. Sowmya

    Loved reading your Saturday snippets on wind Carol.
    I love wind chimes and I have one in my backyard. Everytime when it chimes, it brings back pleasant memories.
    Good info on wind pollination plants.

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  9. beetleypete

    After moving to Norfolk, I was a volunteer guide at a restored windmill for over a year. I gave it up when I got vertigo, as climbing back and forth up the steep ladders to the top made me dizzy.

    The Windmill: A photographic update

    Wind chimes do sound lovely, until a neighbour installs some fairly close to your bedroom window and they stop you from getting to sleep. Fortunately, they moved away three years ago, and took the wind chimes with them. 🙂

    Best wishes, Pete. x

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Oh wow… We went to a lovely restaurant near Hunstanton a few years ago when my daughter lived there it was lovely.. I’m lucky I can shut out noise nothing stops me from sleeping.. But I can understand if you are a light sleeper.. Having lived with a grandfather clock chiming on the 1/4 of the hour I have gotten used to sleeping through disturbances or noise.. Thank you for the link I will check it out.. Enjoy your weekend, Pete x

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