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Recycling and Climate Change…10th February 2020…Trees, wildlife Gardens and Whales…

Hello and welcome to this weeks news and views on Climate Change and recycling…Thank you for all your comments last week they were all valid concerns and I hope I went some way to answering those concerns it was lovely to have that two-way discussion going…Thank also to all of you who shared the post and spread the news and views. It seems the dog/cat beds were much liked a very good use for old tyres methinks…I love the idea of circular recycling and there are so many very innovative ideas around the world.

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Like Noah who knew all those centuries ago the importance of saving the animals…Many animals and trees play such an important part in the health of our wonderful world that we need to heed the signs …organisations who are planting trees and more trees but yes we know why…Well, sort of…But do we really know to what extent? Do we really know the importance of trees? Here is a little video which I think is lovely and taught me things I wasn’t aware of…Enjoy!

Honey Bees and Bumblebees…There has been much in the news for quite a while now about how the Honeybee population is being decimated by the use of pesticides and insecticides…France has banned them…But still, around the world, they are being used…At what cost?

But what role do bumblebees play? They pollinate many wildflower species that birds and small mammals rely on for food. Although Honey bees are by far the species that are most often imported to field crops for pollination. … The bumblebees‘ longer tongue and wing vibrating tendencies make them more efficient pollinators for some plant species.

bumblebee

They also are endangered…

Their decline poses a grave risk to the ability of our species to feed itself. Crops including cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, vegetables, seed crops, strawberries, blueberries, cane berries, melons, and squash, are all pollinated by bumblebees.

butterfly and bee flower meadow

The famous Kings College chapel is transforming their beautiful lawns into a wildlife meadow

I mean how pretty will that look against such a fabulous backdrop and I am sure it will attract many species of flying insects…Thank you, Tori, for sending me this xx

It is not only Honeybees and Bumblebees we need to protect…It is something a tad bigger…Well, many times bigger…The Whale…

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It was this comment from Scott(Doc) which alerted me to the value of the Whale and why we should be protecting them and not hunting them…Thank you, Scott x

Scott said...One whale takes 35 tons of Carbon Dioxide to the bottom of the ocean when it dies. But during its life, a whale removes 35 tons of CO2 from the world!!!

Save the whales, 1000 whales do as much as a forest!

Click this link to read more… 

From wildlife to plastic…

There is much being done around the world to ban single-use plastic…However, I do believe that we should be practising more circular recycling and instead of dumping it or sending abroad to go into landfill we should be repurposing it and there are many great ways of how we can reuse plastic…

Eco-bricks and plastic bottles are being used to build house and roads…Yes, roads which last far longer built using this method…Roads which last 10 times longer than those surfaced with  Asphalt …Pop over to Adele’s blog to read more.

Sleeping mats are very popular here in Asia and also with the homeless…Check out this lady who crotchets these mats from plastic bags…Thank you, John Rieber, for alerting me to this it is such a cool idea…x

From sleeping mats to plastic bottles and lovely colourful vertical gardens…

 

Just think if we all thought of just one idea which appeals to us…Think of all those bottles we are saving from going to landfill or into the sea…..With so many ideas and enthusiasm around the world to make a difference, we will save the world.

Thank you if you are still here and reading to the end…I look forward to your comments 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 great week xx

 

 

Recycling and Climate Change…3rd February 2020…Nature-based solutions and Jute Bags…

Hello and welcome to this weeks news and views on Climate Change and recycling…Thank you for all your comments last week they were all valid concerns and I hope I went some way to answering those concerns it was lovely to have that two-way discussion going…Thank also to all of you who shared the post and spread the news and views. It was interesting to hear how snowmobiles for many are a problem by causing noise and pollution and there was much interest in the electronic version used in  Lapland which had zero emissions…Thank you, Tori, for bringing that to my attention.

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What is happening this week on my radar???…

Climate Change…Is always in the news now…

Is it as bad as many people claim? Or is it hype as many others claim?

Take the Paris Agreement…The world was up in arms against Donald Trump when he withdrew America…Since Donald Trump dropped that bombshell the Paris agreement has gained momentum and got stronger…Individual states have taken up the banner and are tackling Climate Change state by state instead of relying on the central government.

I say good for them…They should be applauded.

I have always believed that as individuals we should all be pulling our own weight and contributing to reversing Climate Change…Yes, we need governments to step up in some areas BUT there is much we can do from within our own homes…

1 million Women…A website which encourages and helps women do just that…

The aim for 1 Million Women is to empower millions of women and girls to act on the climate emergency…I am a member…Are you?

Look deeper…Take Lake Chad it was once one of the largest bodies of water in Africa…in the last 50 years, it has shrunk from almost 10,000 square miles to 965…Why? Three things inefficient damming, irrigation plus climate change. I am seeing this in other places as well …The Mekong river…it isn’t just climate change …it is inefficient damming again by China and I daresay irrigation…

To me, that indicates that it is governments who hand out contracts without thoroughly investigating what the adverse effects will be.. the problems we are seeing around the world are an indication that in some areas we as individuals need to take a stand and do something it can only get worse.

Generally, those affected are small communities which many of us don’t even know exist. It is not just a climate problem but a justice problem…There are still about 1.3 billion people in this world who have no electric there are 2.6 billion who still cook on open fires…I see that here…It is all going into the atmosphere…We need to be providing access to electricity and cooking stoves through renewable sources and not fossil fuels…We need to open our eyes and see…

It is a global problem and not just the rich, educated peoples problem…

Nature-based solutions help communities reduce carbon emissions and adapt to climate change, strengthening their resilience and reducing their vulnerability to impacts like storms and droughts.

Also on my radar has been new headlines blaming climate change for the loss of homes built on the shorelines or reclaimed land…I remember quite a few years ago when I lived in the UK…The river Stort which was close to where I lived if we had heavy prolonged rain then the fields and the roads would flood quite badly…

Someone then had the bright idea to build a housing estate on the land which was brought of a local farmer…There were no surprises to us, locals, that when the rains came so did the floods…

Homes built on reclaimed land from the sea are always at risk from the sea reclaiming that land…It is untrue to always blame Climate change.

What happens to workers, miners, loggers when mines close…The Just Transition Movement is leading the way…

We all know the oceans need cleaning…Already there is one plastic-free cruise ship but we need to be more vigilant as well if you are on a cruise and see rubbish being jettisoned into the sea…Please don’t ignore it take pictures and report them…It is well and good money being spent on devising cleanups…It needs to be addressed at the source…Stopped!

In the meantime ..Good News!

If you want to know more about this cleanup …

https://www.ecowatch.com/ocean-cleaning-device-plastic-2640832397.html?rebelltitem=2#rebelltitem2

An alternative to single-use plastic bags...I love what these young scientists are discovering…Bags made from Jute...they are biodegradable after three months buried in soil, and can also be recycled.

Old tyres…Made into bed beds…

These are so pretty…

Finally, thanks to Tori..she alerted me to what trees for life are doing to replenish trees in Scotland…

Rewilding the Scottish Highlands…

Thank you if you are still here and reading to the end…I look forward to your comments 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 great week xx

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily – Monday January 20th 2020 – #Recycling Carol Taylor – #Movie Alien Beetley Pete, #Q&A D.G. Kaye with Jane Sturgeon

I am in great company today…Thank you, Sally, for sharing my post and some wonderful news on Climate Change and Recycling slowly but surely things seem to be picking up the pace… Keep meaning to say I love your new Blogger Daily image such a pretty pink flower Hugs xxx

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The first post today is the Climate Change and recycling regular from Carol Taylor. This week some interesting news from Supermarkets on the plans to tackle single use plastic, a shipping line making efforts to reduce the amount of waste in the ocean and how do you feel about taking your own containers to the store to carry your purchases? Not to forget bees…

Recycling and Climate Change…20th January 2020…The Worlds 1st Plastic Free Shipping Line

The headlines have been dominated by the terrible bush fires in Australia and my heart goes out to those killed, injured and missing those who have lost homes and property, the wildlife and the brave emergency services who in many areas are fighting a losing battle…There has been a little respite in some areas as rain has fallen…There have now been some alarming instances of dust storms…

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Recycling and Climate Change…20th January 2020…The Worlds 1st Plastic Free Shipping Line

The headlines have been dominated by the terrible bush fires in Australia and my heart goes out to those killed, injured and missing those who have lost homes and property, the wildlife and the brave emergency services who in many areas are fighting a losing battle…There has been a little respite in some areas as rain has fallen…There have now been some alarming instances of dust storms…

Australia really is having such a tough time of it…One does wonder what the health implications are going to be as well as environmental concerns.

After my little rant last week which I am not going to apologise for one iota as it has to be said…HOWEVER…

Time for some good news…

There are many factors which all intertwine and make the bigger picture there is no one single cause of Climate Change it is a chain of events…

There are also certain practices and animals which feature in man’s survival on this planet…One of these is Bees…A tiny little flying insect which is vital to the continuation of this planet…

honey bee

It is admirable all of you who are planting wildflower gardens…please keep it up..But also take it one step further as it is a known fact that neonicotinoid insecticides used on farms to repel bugs have caused the dramatic decline in bee populations.

Due to these concerns, the EU banned three of these insecticides, clothianidin, imidacloprid, and thiamethoxam, but France went further and banned the remaining two as well, thiacloprid and acetamiprid.

They were the first country to introduce a total ban…Well done France.

Bees pollinate a third of our food supply and over 90% of all wild plants, so they are critical for global food production.

We can ensure that if we use fertilisers or weedkillers that they do not contain any chemicals which will help decimate the be population any further…We need to listen to beekeepers…

I know you live in a city and there are lots of high rises…They are ideal and we should take advantage of any space however small like this hospital.

 

I love our Royal Family and always will I think they are a great asset to Britain… Prince Charles has always been an avid environmentalist and obviously, this has had an effect this had an effect on his sons who champion many environmental projects…

The Earthshot Prize is one such Global Challenge backed by Prince William…

Prince William, who made the announcement on 31 December 2019, said: “The earth is at a tipping point and we face a stark choice: either we continue as we are and irreparably damage our planet or we remember our unique power as human beings and our continual ability to lead, innovate and problem-solve. People can achieve great things. The next ten years present us with one of our greatest tests – a decade of action to repair the Earth”

A marvellous opportunity to make a difference and help save the world.

I am proud of how much is going on in and around the UK…The National Trust which is a treasured institution in my eyes has announced it will plant 20 million new trees in the UK within 10 years, creating 18,000 hectares of new woodland, as part of the charity’s plan to step up the battle against climate change.

This is one example of their work going forward…

The National Trust celebrates its 125th year this year, it has vowed to continue work to reverse the decline in nature through a range of projects, including helping clean up the nation’s rivers and waterways, reintroduce species and repurpose land in favour of woodland and carbon sequestration.

It is also good news when you see the major stores taking positive steps towards sustainability…Asda is another major store to take this step Waitrose already encourage shoppers to bring their own containers…It looks like Asda is also taking that one step further…

In addition to the refill stations, the store will include a “naked florist” offering plastic-free flowers and loose produce with items such as cucumbers and mushrooms being taken out of their plastic packaging. There will also be a range of new recycling facilities, including a reverse vending machine for plastic bottles and cans, hanger recycling and a deposit box for unwanted small plastic toys.

How do you feel about taking your own containers to stores and filling up…?

Here in Thailand the stores and shops are really taking on board the plastic bag ban…If you don’t take your own bags you will have your arms full as they are not handing out bags…The next step will be the markets and the drink vendors so watch this space..

Let’s have a look at other brands which are taking sustainability more seriously…

For some people, time plays a big role in the time they have to spend shopping or transport may be an issue so a company who delivers, recycles for you may be the answer…

Loop…Loop is a global circular shopping platform designed to eliminate the idea of waste by transforming the products and packaging of everyday items from single-use to durable, multi-use, feature-packed designs.

Cruise Ships…I have read with great alarm at some cruise companies who are blatantly even after receiving huge fines still dumping rubbish in the sea so I was heartened to read about this shipping company which has the bold intention of becoming the world’s first plastic-free shipping line, Hurtigruten is leading the charge. After completely cutting out single-use plastic in summer 2018, the company is taking it further, arranging beach cleans for guests and crew members, monitoring ocean pollution and even launching the world’s first battery-powered cruise, which set off on its maiden voyage on 2 July 2019.

How cool is that I may even book a cruise now…

My roving reporter Tori Zigler... sends me the latest news from the UK…It is much appreciated, Tori…Thank you, xx

Tori has written some beautiful children’s books which if you are looking for that special little gift then pop over and have a look…

Thank you if you are still here and reading to the end…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 great week xx

Recycling and Climate Change…13th January 2020…The bigger picture…

Nasa climate change chart

The headlines have been dominated by the terrible bush fires in Australia and my heart goes out to those killed, injured and missing those who have lost homes and property, the wildlife and the brave emergency services who in many areas are fighting a losing battle…There has been a little respite in some areas as rain has fallen…

But there are also lots of stories of people coming together which is heartwarming, there are tales where celebrities, people, countries and corporations because they can have donated large amounts of money and help…All of which are heartwarming…

There are also the people like me who cannot donate as much but those donations however small help to swell the coffers and those are also gratefully received…

Today I am going to look at the bigger picture…There have been a few instances where I have had pause for thought…Oh dear, I hear some of you say…

See the bigger picture...

I have seen the news of all the demonstrations around the world where people are voicing their fears…I have stepped back from that as admirable as it is to see people starting to recognise that something is going on and maybe they should take heed…and or action…

Sally’s words also spring to mind when she said to me we are preaching to the converted…

Now for the kicker…

Most of us including ME are quite frankly not doing enough and haven’t got a clue as to the sheer scale of the problem…

Why do I say that?

I say that because there is a bigger picture…

I admire the people who are starting to take notice not sure some of the actions are what should be happening as it may cause knee jerk reactions from politicians…I think it should be drilled down further…

We are not the generation who had a TV in every room…we still only have one TV…In our house… growing up, there was one phone…We walked to school…

These striking children…Have they looked at how many TV’s are in their homes …How many mobile phones…Do they walk or use public transport to school or college, do they buy cheap disposable clothing made by kids in sweatshops and which cannot be recycled or do their parents pay exorbitant prices for the latest trainers and clothing again made in sweatshops and in the main can’t be recycled. The Apple products which are made in sweatshops…

We all need to get our own house in order before we start ranting and demonstrating…

Look at the bigger picture because there is always a bigger picture…

The bush fires in Australia, the 2007 floods in 22 African countries, hurricane Katrina 2005, hurricane Barry, hurricane Dorian..The fires in California this year…I could name far more…

What is interesting and sad is that in the aftermath...Funding is spent mainly on what is thought important NO let me rephrase that it is spent on buildings which generate more money i.e Casinos…

People and communities who live in coastal areas or shorelines are privy to the reality, Seeing what is really happening… those who live inland are in the main ignorant of that…They see headlines and news flashes… how many really take note? I am just as guilty as the next one…

It is the rich countries who are the polluters it is us who are causing most of the climate change and it is the people at the front end who are paying the price…Who have recognised what is happening and that no one is going to help them… so they are planting trees and adapting to the changes in the seasons and the land to provide food for their families… some are even having to move whole communities or towns to higher ground or further inland. Do they get enough funding …I think you all know the answer to that…A small community of say 350 people who cares…Truly ..Who does care?

We should...because they are the ones who see the true picture who have seen the landscape and the seasons change …They are the people most affected but we are the people who don’t see what is coming…

Take Florida for example…Those beautiful, expensive seafront properties, the wildlife, tourism in droves…and yet the American government doesn’t think Climate change is an issue?

But also think of the people who are behind those beautiful properties when hurricanes hit…I bet their homes and livelihoods are not the first thought of by those holding the purse strings…When money is handed out for rebuilding…

If you get a chance and want a break from the fiction…I recommend you read Climate Justice by Mary Robinson…It is a great read… it opened my eyes and made me think and wish I was younger and had known all this…Why didn’t I? Lots of reasons…None of which I can really justify if I am truthful…Just didn’t think is not really a reason is it?

https://www.mrfcj.org/

In the faces of the bushfire victims, we saw ourselves and our shared future. We can no longer shy away from reality…

by James Bradley

We cannot ignore this … one report by British charity Christian Aid suggests the changing climate amplified the effects of no less than 15 major disasters in 2019, while in July last year the UN warned climate change is now causing an average of one disaster a week.

I just needed to say this and next week I have lots of good news…Thank you, Tori, for the link you sent me it will be next week now as I just had to put things into perspective this week…we can no longer hide in our cosy worlds because it may not affect us too much but what about our children and grandchildren…xx

Thank you if you are still here and reading to the end…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 great week xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recycling and Climate Change…6th January 2020…

Now a week into the new decade what is going on?

The headlines have been dominated by the terrible bush fires in Australia and my heart goes out to those killed, injured and missing those who have lost homes and property, the wildlife and the brave emergency services who in many areas are fighting a losing battle…

Bush fires

 

Of course, the blame game has started and everybody has their opinions on that one…

Me…I don’t know…

I have read reports and tend to take more notice of bush fire experts, the fire chiefs who are calling for increased funding for fire reduction methods. These same people have also stated that many of the fire reduction methods are dependent on the weather conditions and that much can be done by individuals to protect their own homes and properties. They also state that sometimes those methods don’t work and the fires can still rip through depending on the ferocity…So many factors feature in the scenarios and in an ideal world this wouldn’t happen but it does…

Of course, due to the ferocity of the fires, there are fears that the large pulses of carbon dioxide may not be absorbed through regrowth of the forests as in the past.

However when all is said and done both Australia’s and the US fall very short in this Climate Change Index Annual Report…

These links make interesting reading…

Bottom three performers: Climate Change Index Report…
As Turkey has still not submitted its NDC, has no 2050 low emission strategy, and has not yet ratified the Paris Agreement,
the country continues to receive an overall very low rating in the
category.
Under the Trump Administration, the United States fails on
climate action, with a major roll-back of national policies and
becomes a disruptive force at all levels of international climate
policy. Despite positive signals at the individual state level, the US remains at
the bottom of very low performers.

Australia receives the lowest rating in this year’s Climate Policy
rating as experts observe that the newly elected government
has continued to worsen performance at both national and
international levels.

To read the full report…Click Here

This is also an interesting report on the effectiveness of bush fire hazard reduction methods…

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/05/explainer-how-effective-is-bushfire-hazard-reduction-on-australias-fires

I think to help Australia if we can donate or when this is all over we can take a holiday and buy local to support their local businesses and help them get up and running again. …I saw a post which said if you were taking a road trip to take an empty car, fuel tank and heskie and stock up when you get there to show support which is a cool idea.

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I know this is a great tragedy for this beautiful country its people and its wildlife and environment…I hope lessons are learnt from this particularly by what I have read about the government’s lack of duty and care to its people and the environment.

The latest news and there has been some rain…

 

God bless Australia and its wildlife xxx

It is pretty obvious to me that it is you…Who can make changes and so many people, not governments do make a difference and that is all we can do or the sheer scale will overwhelm us…

So please look around you at the good things happening and where you can have an impact on the bad things …Vote wisely…support the good things and do what you can…

An imperfect plastic recycler is better than not recycling at all…Remember that x

The rest of the world…

Farmers return to ancient method for fighting pests by planting wildflowers…

Food Brands are considering adding carbon footprints to labels…I think this is a good idea HOWEVER I also think we should all start to be more aware of which foods are in season and buy local where you can or grow your own where you can…

It is after all our world and we need to start being responsible for our corner of it…It is as simple as that…

For January, February and March this is what is in season in and around the UK.

winter vegetables

 

Image by Ulrike Leone from Pixabay

January

Apples, Beetroot, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Celeriac, Celery, Chicory, Jerusalem Artichokes, Kale, Leeks, Mushrooms, Onions, Parsnips, Pears, Spring Greens, Spring Onions, Squash, Swede ( Rutabagus), Turnips.

February

Apples, Beetroot, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Celeriac, Chicory, Jerusalem Artichokes, Kale, Leeks, Mushrooms, Onions, Parsnips, Pears, Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Spring Greens, Spring Onions, Squash, Swedes.

March

Artichoke, Beetroot, Cabbage, Carrots, Chicory, Cucumber, Leeks, Parsnip, Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Radishes, Rhubarb, Sorrel, Spring Greens, Spring Onions, Watercress.

Of course, this varies around the world...It varies by the season and the climate in a particular month and can vary by area/state…This is where Mr Google can help…

Because seasonal fruits and vegetables don’t undergo lengthy transit times to get from farm to your kitchen, these integral vitamins and minerals are more likely to be preserved by the time you’re ready to eat your produce it can also save you money.

Seasonal Veggies Harvested in January in L.A…

Artichokes, Asparagus, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Kale, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Potatoes, Rutabagas(Swede), Spinach, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes, Turnips

Seasonal Fruits Harvested in January

Cherimoya, Clementine, Grapefruit, Kiwifruit, Kumquats, Lemons, Limes, Mandarins, Oranges, Pomegranates, Tangerines

Similar in many respects to the UK although tomatoes and some of the fruits are not yet seasonal in the UK…But that is to be expected which is why you need to check for your particular area…

But it is an easy check to do and look for local farmers markets they will give you a good indication…

As I said we need to put the work in to help our carbon footprints and food is a good place to start…

Here it is similar to the UK and some parts of the US as further North here sees colder temperatures especially at night so I can get lovely cabbages, even sprouts at the moment, kale, spinach, lovely purple sprouting broccoli with the addition of tropical fruits which some have an almost all year growing season as being tropical we have rain and sun so much flourishes…vegetables like swede(Rutabaga) parsnips are all imported so I don’t buy…although I have found the lovely purple carrots I am currently buying although they take longer to cook or steam when roasted are very similar to parsnips in taste they seem a little denser than the orange carrot.

Mashed sweet potato is the closest I get to swede but I like it very much so it isn’t a hardship I have just had to adapt to what I can get to ensure that I keep my carbon footprint down…

This month as it is National Soup Month…I will be sharing seasonal soup recipes from around the world and information on Bone Broth and how it can be incorporated in our recipes…

Squash seems to be available locally almost everywhere this is my simple soup made from squash…

My recipe for squash soup …

squash-pumpkin- soup

The squash I always make into a vegetable soup and freeze in portions. When I reheat the soup, I then add chilli (of course) and a little coconut milk and gently warm through.

Soup ingredients:

  • 1 small squash peeled and deseeded. Cut into pieces.
  • 1 brown onion, peeled and cut up
  • 1 carrot washed and cut
  • 4 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • Piece fresh ginger finely chopped
  • 3 Broccoli stalks, peeled and cubed (I always save the broccoli stalks) for when I make soup. Waste not, want not and I think ideal for soups for flavour.
  • 1-1½ litres of fresh chicken stock or stock cubes.

Let’s Cook!

Heat a glug of olive oil and gently cook garlic ginger and onion to just soften and not colour.
Add other vegetables gradually and cook while stirring for about 5 minutes, then add stock and seasoning.
Simmer gently for about an hour or until vegetables are lovely and soft and remove from heat. I let it cool down before I blend.
This makes a lovely vegetable soup but I also use it as a base and freeze in portions.
When I reheat I add little-dried chilli flakes and 1 or 2 tbsp of coconut milk.
It just gives it a creamy flavour.
Sometimes I add crushed lemongrass stalk and a little fish sauce, it depends on how I feel, it is a versatile soup base so play with it, have fun.
Add some curry powder, a squeeze or 2 of lime juice or coriander, whatever you fancy.

Enjoy!

If you are still reading …Thank you for your support and your comments which are always welcomed…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 are now regular columns on my blog this year. It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in…We all need to be aware of our own home’s carbon footprints…where does our food come from? How far does it travel…Simple to do but if we all did it…Not only would we support local businesses but reduce our carbon footprint…

green foot prints eco system

 

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 creative week ahead xx

Recycling and Climate Change…The Good News… 2nd Dec 2019…

I love that around the world much is going on to minimize rubbish and clean up the world …I do think we all need to take part though and learn just how and what can be recycled as many things are made from a mixture of various types of plastics which then means they need specialist recycling. I am much more aware when I buy something now as to its composition so that in the event it will need recycling at some stage I know where and how…or even if it can be recycled. Are you?

 

However, the underlying message I am getting from the many programs that I watch is that ultimately we are at the mercy of big businesses, politicians, and governments who quite frankly are not doing enough…I am scared that much of what I read and see about meat is true in part but the answer for our health is not to cut out meat altogether but to cut down on our consumption as we do need to eat a healthy balanced diet.

However, there are farmers who are addressing the side effects of intensive farming they are in the minority though…This is where I feel governments need to put profit aside, get tough and mean it…

We need to step up what we do as individuals…Buy our food in season and know its origin if we don’t then don’t buy it …If governments won’t act fast enough we the consumer need to use our voices…I want my grandchildren to live healthy lives in a beautiful world and see what I have seen and more…

I am increasingly hearing and reading about animals that are becoming extinct and endangered I want my grandchildren and their children to be able to see those animals not just read about them and see exhibits in museums.

Some of those animals which are at risk are essential to our ecosystem and if that completely breaks down we humans will not continue to exist.

Many of the problems seem in my humble opinion to be linked to intensive cattle farming, deforestation, fires this is just for starters…

The good news is that some farmers are using alternative methods that pay for themselves and benefit the environment.

The program I watched was Our Planet Matters: Meat a threat to our planet… It was good because it showed the problem and a solution…

This method is being used by some intensive animal farmers however according to Our Planet Matters many companies who own these intensive cattle farms are not adopting this system…Why?

To me, it seems profit is put above the health of the consumer and the health of the planet…

Deforestation still continues ...Forests which are the habitat of many animal species are being depleted at alarming speed…Still…After all the publicity and public outcry, it is still happening…

The good news…

We can help every day if we shop and eat sensibly…

A great video and TED talk on how we can cut our carbon emissions…

Forest Fires…They are devastating to life and homes as well as wildlife plus all that smoke is going into the atmosphere…What can be done?

I have seen a few programs lately which are stating that the old aboriginal way of controlled burning is far better than all the wildfires…

It seems indigenous ways of fighting fires is far better and causes less damage…

Kenya has had a problem with water..fresh water but GivePower is starting to put an end to that…

I hope you have learned from this post that there are solutions to the bad news and scaremongering …Where we can utilize and use the carbon dioxide and methane gas which farm animals produce thus reducing the damage to the environment.

I have known Scott or Doc as many of us call him  since my Nuime days and I think it is good to hear different views and read different sources about climate change which then enables us to make informed decisions on our way forward what we are doing as a family to address climate change we cannot rely on governments and other people we all have to do our own bit to help address climate change every little bit helps…Scott’s thoughts on Climate change.

Lots of good news today…Please share your good news stories we would love to hear them…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 are now regular columns on my blog this year. It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in…We all need to be aware of our own homes carbon footprints…where does our food come from? How far does it travel…Simple to do but if we all did it…Not only would we support local businesses but reduce our carbon footprint…

green foot prints eco system

 

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 creative week ahead xx