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Saturday Snippets…

Here we are again…I hope you all have had a productive week and are still safe and well…Time to tell you what has made me laugh, cry or cringe this week…time to tell you what I have been cooking…of course…

The answer is not so much…

Well if you call bread not much…Spurred on by Meeks or her offspring I should say…I made some dinner/breakfast rolls and they really got the thumbs up and I was told by my testers they were the best of my baking exploits yet…Whoo Hoo…They now want the same recipe as hot dog rolls…long instead of round but methinks I can do that…A baker I am not…

I am pleased to say though that they came out exactly as the video promised…

Loved them!

Last week I horrified many of you with dead man’s fingers…This week …2 days ago to be precise hubby was out in the garden and went to his shed where there was a green snake curled around a large Gekko.

A call to the local snake catchers was made and within 10 minutes they duly arrived…The look of delight which passed between them was priceless they were excited…Their pronged stick soon prompted the snake to uncurl and that Gekko scooted away for his life…Luckily he hadn’t been there long enough to be suffocated by the snake…The only damage to the Gekko was the loss of his tail as when a Gekko feels threatened their tail comes off but they soon grow another one…

The snake was duly taken away to be released back into the wild…Unfortunately, we didn’t get a picture but this video will give you an idea although in this case, it looks like the Gekko is definitely the aggressor …

While we were waiting for the snake catchers to arrive Aston who follows the teachings of Buddism told us the meaning as there is always a meaning or warning…Good or bad luck if you get the picture. He then proceeded to tell us that one of the sounds the Gekko makes is a call out to a green snake…The reason they do this is that the Gekko is getting old and his liver is failing…The snake then enters the Gekko through his mouth and removes the liver…The Gekko then grows a new one and extends his life…This is good karma…

I mean they have the capacity to grow a new tail but a liver…we didn’t have the heart to dispute this tale as it was well told and in some ways made sense however we did not really believe… many teachings come down through generations by word of mouth and this is one of them as he did say it was what the old grandmothers believed…

Maybe be its equivalent to the fairy tales we told our children and grandchildren…

Thai Vegetables…

As you know I am always looking out for new fruits and vegetables and I came across this one for the first time a little while ago…my daughter in law had no idea what it was which unusual as she normally knows everything as she forages a lot…

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They were young and tender so I added to a stir fry and very nice they were…I put the picture on Instagram and FB last week and finally someone told me what they wereand once I knew I could tell that yes that is exactly what they are…The bean pods of Chinese Cabbage…It just took someone to tell me…I will also most certainly be snapping them up if I come across them again…

Wellness Corner:

I am loving this series of Sally’s and learning so much…Part Three – Achieving the correct pH balance in your body – The Plan

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Head over to Sally’s and have a read of  Project 101 – Resilience is aimed at developing a strong immune system and a body that can fight off disease at any age. One of the key factors in achieving that level of robust health is being a healthy weight. There have been a number of risk factors identified that put certain groups of the population at a higher risk of a critical outcome from being infected with COVID- 19 – Opportunistic pathogens like nothing better than an acidic environment to thrive in.

Health and energy and long life all begin with a correct pH balance.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/06/23/project-101-resilience-acidity-alkalinity-ph-balance-for-health-part-three-and-music-therapy-sally-cronin/

After closing for three months, Barcelona’s El Liceu opera house reopened with its first concert on June 22 to an audience of 2,292… plants. The event took place the first day after Spain ended its state of emergency. Organizers said the intention was to reflect on the absurdity of the human condition in the era of the coronavirus, which deprives people of their position as spectators. All 2,292 plants (the theater’s full seating capacity) will be given to local healthcare workers as a sign of gratitude for their work during the outbreak. The concert was also streamed live on the venue’s website.

How very beautiful is this?

When the string quartet of two violins, a viola, and cello finish their performance, palms will certainly be pressed together in appreciation, after which each and every plant will be donated to a health worker as a small token of appreciation.

There have been many sacrifices and sadness because of COVID-19 but there also have been so many lovely things happening around the world which we can all learn from and hopefully make this world a better place.

That’s all for Saturday Snippets this week…Stay safe and be well…Wash your hands and please wear a mask when out in public and practice social distancing..I believe we haven’t seen the end of this virus yet and that there is more to come…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.

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 once again for reading this post I hope you all have a fabulous week and stay safe these are troubling times xx

Wat Pa Phu Kon, Issan, Northern Thailand

Standing proud on top of a hill in 400 acres of lush green fields and forests  surrounded by other hills  is this beautiful little known temple, unless you have a Thai connection or live in Issan many people are not aware that it even exists. It has a stunning aqua blue roof and literally sparkles in the sunlight and the blue of the roof reflect of the blue sky so there this is shimmering bright blue aura around the temple, it is sight to behold.

It is very popular with Thais and we arrived on one of the busiest of days a holy Buddha day luckily we had left early but even so the queue for the trucks to take us to the top of the hill was fairly long but we were shaded by the trees which surround this lovely temple.

You can drive to the top of the hill but on busy days like this they have trucks to ferry you upwards as the car park at the top is very small for the amount of cars there would be.

The dress code is very strict here. No sleeveless t/shirts or blouses, No shorts or skirts above the knee. Thai style skirts or trousers will be lent to you in the event your dress is unsuitable.

It is quite a new temple and very clean and bright it has spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and although very busy on this holy Buddha day has an aura of peace and calm.

Nga snakes guard the entrance to the main temple and inside is a stunning white marble reclining Buddha which is made out of 43 blocks of exquisite Italian Carrara marble each weighing 15-30 tons each block. The cost of building this  was in excess of 50 million baht and was a generous donation by an elderly Thai lady in honour of the king.This temple also houses  lots of carvings and numerous other Buddha images in gold and marble. The wall painting show a story of ten reincarnations of Buddha. It is beautiful to see.

We were met with the sight of many people holding prayer mats and walking and praying as they circled the reclining Buddha, it is lovely to see people laying bare their faith and love for Buddha it is something which always humbles me here wherever people feel the need to pray  they do…..

If you live in Issan or ever travel to here it is a beautiful temple and worth the visit.The isolation and peaceful natural environment makes this an ideal place for meditation so if you crave solitude and tranquility then this is the place for you.

I hope you enjoyed this little tour around this lovely temple.

Until next time stay safe and laugh a lot and if you want to share this post with your friends I would be honoured.

Sala Keoku Sculpture Park. Thailand

Featuring giant sculptures is Sala Keoku sculpture park in Nong Khai close to the Laos border.

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This first picture helps you to put into perspective how high these sculptures are. See how they tower over everything.

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The park features giant concrete sculptures some 25 metres or more high they are gigantic and the park has in excess of 100 statutes I think it is made all the more amazing as there are so many and all close to one another. The sculptures were inspired by Buddhism and Hinduism  thus contain images of Buddha, Vishnu, Shiva, a goddess of multiple arms, Naga snakes and all kind of human/animal hybrids.

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Legend tells us that a young man called Luang pu bun Sulilat  fell  into a cave where he met a hermit called Keoku who became his spiritual mentor, after completing an apprenticeship and graduating he began sculpting and in 1958 built his first concrete garden in Laos. This park is called Buddha Park and is near the town of Vietienne in Laos.

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When the communists came to power Sulilat was very afraid that his unorthodox views would not be understood and he escaped over the border into Thailand. He was very popular locally and in 1978 he started on the construction of Sala Keoku aided by donations of building materials from the  local areas. The park actually took 20 years to complete and became something of  a religious headquarters. It is not a Wat ( temple) but many people come here to pray.

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After a bad fall from one of hs sculptures Sulilat died from his injuries. His body is buried in the main building which has many pictures of Sulilat throughout his life and is almost as strange as the sculptures he crafted it is also claimed by his faithful followers  that his hair still grows.

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If you get opportunity to visit this lovely quirky park then it will not disappoint and afterwards you can go down to the banks of the Mekong and either watch a sunset like this one..

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Or wander through the market which sells many lovely goods from neighbouring Laos and Cambodia and the prices are very reasonable and the Laos whiskey is very nice. Just saying.

Thank you for reading this and please feel free to share or reblog.

Until next time stay safe and laugh a lot .

Asalha Buddha Day.

This is one of the most important Buddha days of the year when traditionally young boys enter the monkhood and the candle ceremony is performed around Thailand.It is also the start of lent when the monks stay at their temple and don’t travel.

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A lot of people go back to their home towns and villages to be with their families on this day…..Alcohol is forbidden to be sold and bars have to close in observance of this occasion.

One of the traditions is a string attached around the head or to the ear and praying and chanting which is carried out for 3 hours. This young lad obviously found it too much and he nodded off to sleep. Bless him….I won’t embarrass him further by posting the video he may never forgive me 🙂

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But it shows the young do observe the many traditions here and I find that most endearing and it is lovely to witness such faith…

Peace and love!