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Recycling and Climate Change…25th May 2020…and Covid-19…

Hello and welcome to this weeks edition of recycling and climate change news from around the world. Covid-19 is still dominating the news… many countries now are relaxing their quarantines and already some are seeing an increase in new cases I am guessing it is not over yet…But we soldier on…

But what about the climate how has the coronavirus slashed carbon emissions?

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Near-real-time data on carbon emissions reveal the sectors, countries and events that had the most impact, but it is unclear how long the dip will last.

I know I keep saying this but science fascinates me…Take this for example… Cyber spinach turns sunlight into sugar…There’s a new way to eat carbon dioxide. 

Spinach

This is the only spinach I know...Cyber spinach…How cool is that???…. Further down the line just think what possibilities could open up…

Well…I doubt whether I will ever get a ride in one of these unless my grandsons treat me for my 100th Birthday…Time to save up guys…haha

Air taxis…they are upcoming all over the world in big cities…They are electric all fuel and carbon singing and dancing pieces of equipment.

There are so many innovative schemes to turn waste and trash into something good and no you still need to practise restraint and eat nose to tail and compost when you can…

Lancaster, California will be home to a “greener than green” trash-to hydrogen production plant three times the size of any other green H2 facility. SGH2 says its process is the cleanest of all on the market while matching the price of the cheapest producers – and pulling tens of thousands of tons of garbage out of landfills.

How cool is that?

Bikes are big business in Asia and I know many bikers also in the UK including my two sons and grandsons… boys and their toys…I wonder what my bike mad boys will think of this…

Pre-ordering now!

Sorry ladies...Let’s find some pretties…

I think this lovely…Let’s do a big Awwwww

I hope you enjoyed this…x

With the weather forecast in many places set to be hot...How about making your own outdoor movie theatre…

You will need as the very basics some garden chairs and a portable projector…and a creative imagination…

  • A washing line or two poles
  • 1 large white sheet
  • Lanterns
  • Comfy cushions, blankets and warm throws
  • Outdoor fairy lights
  • A projector to view films
  • An extension cord to reach the nearest plug

To create your outdoor cinema, follow these steps…

To begin with, find the right spot in your garden. Whether you have raised decking or a spacious lawn, consider where you want to set up your outdoor cinema first. You’ll also need to make sure it’s close enough to the nearest plug. An alternative idea is to use a tent for a snug and cosy film screening. This is especially ideal if it’s cooler at night.

Next, hang a large white sheet over two poles or a washing line, or if it’s a tent, you can attach using some pegs. Ensure the sheet is large enough for the projection.

 Set up your portable projector to ensure everything is in working order, and check it will work against the white sheet.

 Now it’s time to decorate! If in the garden, hang some outdoor fairy lights or festoon lights just above your sheet to create ambience. You can also place decorative garden lanterns or battery-powered candles on the ground for added atmosphere.

Next, create your seating area using outdoor cushions, blankets and cosy throws. If you’re watching with children, they might want to add a few toys, too. Deck chairs and garden sun loungers also provide a comfortable spot to relax.

Finally, grab your favourite snacks and decide on a film. Then sit back and enjoy!

Or invest in one of these portable screens…

So come on get creative, have some fun, watch some great movies and send me some photos…

You could even repurpose an unused kids trampoline…

Imagine lounging on one of those watching a movie with fairy lights twinkling…

That’s all for today…I will leave you with these thoughts because there is light at the end of the tunnel we are just not sure when…

After the Covid-19 crisis will we get a greener world? I am sure this is a question many people are asking… the cleaner air, burgeoning urban wildlife, and our sudden, dramatic shift to a less carbon-intensive lifestyle reveals the scope of what we can achieve in just days. This is something to cling to as we navigate the twin storms of Covid-19 and climate. We know that the climate crisis will not wait for a more convenient time; we must deal with it and the pandemic crisis concurrently.

We are experiencing behavioural changes, some of which may be ingrained within us permanently…travel and consumption patterns have in the main become more responsible – they are helpful in reducing pollution, just as hand-washing helps in the pandemic. But what the expected 8% emissions reduction figure shows us is that individual action – driving your car less, attending a meeting via Zoom rather than taking a business flight – is not going to be enough.

Equally, it shows that moving to a no-growth economy is not the answer, as some have argued. Instead, systemic transformative action is required at international and state level to get the effective reductions in atmospheric carbon that will bring us to net zero.

My hope for the future is a cleaner world… I do want to see communities, and caring for your neighbour becoming the new norm…WORKING TOGETHER INSTEAD OF WORKING AGAINST EACH OTHER…Can we make this happen? Are we willing to make a stand? Personally, I would love to see lessons learnt ..realistically I have my doubts…

Thank you for reading be well and stay safe xxx

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 stay safe and healthy xx

 

 

 

 

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 17th May-23rd May 2020…Climate Change, Recipes, Whimsey, Morels, Vegan Chocolate Cake and Black Vinegar…

Welcome to this weeks edition of my weekly roundup…I hope you are all staying safe and well…There are lots of talks this week about relaxing curfews, opening schools and shops I just hope it is not too soon and we get a second wave of infections…

My black vinegar arrived and it is different not as acidic as some kinds of vinegar and made a lovely sauce….More on this a little later…

great reads a weekly roundup lady with electronic reader

Firstly take a pew and have a read I hope you enjoy!

Monday: Recycling and Climate Change…18th May 2020…and Covid-19…

This week there has been lots of talk on the benefits of wearing a mask and this track and trace app…Masks …here in Asia we don’t have a problem and the app has also taken off here more about that in tomorrows post…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/18/recycling-and-climate-change18th-may-2020and-covid-19/

Tuesday:  National Vinegar Month…

Vinegar really is a very versatile ingredient and no one was more surprised than me when this cake worked…Apart from Balsamic vinegar which takes years to produce many kinds of vinegar are easy to make and even easy to flavour so many possibilities.

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/19/national-vinegar-month-how-to-make-your-own-vinegar/

Tuesday I was also very honoured to be invited to guest post over at a fellow Londoners blog…Young Pete who now lives in Norfolk…I didn’t realise so many were interested in how I ended up here in The Land of Smiles…Thank you, everyone, for your kind comments…A big thank you also to Pete for hosting me…If you missed it then pop over and say hello to Pete and have a read…xx

https://beetleypete.com/2020/05/19/guest-post-carol-ann-taylor/

Whimsical Wednesday…

Sorry, everyone, I wrote it and then deleted it..unintentionally of course…Normal(if) you can call it that service will be resumed this Wednesday..xxx

Thursday: Sally’s new project 101…

I for one after all the nibbling, picking or just overeating and a lack of exercise…Binge-watching Netflix etc…Needed this…It was just in the nick of time…I would rather remove 5 pounds than the whole caboodle…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/05/19/smorgasbord-health-column-project-101-resilience-an-opportunity-to-get-fighting-fit-sally-cronin/

Plus…Salmon…Omega 3 on a plate… 

I love Salmon it is one of my favourite fish and its healthy…How good is that…

Yesterday the kids Aston & Lily one wanted sushi and the other sushimi…but far better than sweets for them…they both love salmon also…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/05/21/smorgasbord-health-column-food-therapy-salmon-omega-3-on-a-plate/

Friday: National Pickles Week! Piperies Mikres Toursi…Star Fruit Relish and Pork braised in Black Vinegar.

National Pickles week and International Vinegar month they both go hand in hand, don’t they? I have been fancying a kebab with those wonderful greek peppers for ages…the only way I was going to get that was to pickle my own…all I need to do once the Piperies Mikres Toursi are ready is to dig out my old kebab meat recipe one which I haven’t made since my kids were at home…and make some pitta bread…I can taste it already…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/22/its-national-pickles-week-piperies-mikres-toursi-star-fruit-relish-and-more/

Saturday Snippets:

A new look at my Saturdays as the market is not something I am browsing around at the moment and many of the stall holidays seem as if they are staying at home so it is considerably smaller so…I had a rethink and this is it…I hope you enjoyed it…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/05/23/saturday-snippets/

When this is all over my hope for the future is a cleaner world… I do want to see communities, and caring for your neighbour becoming the new norm…WORKING TOGETHER INSTEAD OF WORKING AGAINST EACH OTHER…Can we make this happen? Are we willing to make a stand? Personally, I would love to see lessons learnt ..realistically I have my doubts…

Thank you for reading be well and stay safe xxx

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 stay safe and healthy xx

Recycling and Climate Change…18th May 2020…and Covid-19…

Hello and welcome to this weeks edition of recycling and climate change news from around the world. Covid-19 is still dominating the news many countries now are relaxing their quarantines and already some are seeing an increase in new cases.

Thailand is not as yet but they were prepared as were the other countries in south-east Asia…Having dealt with Sars and other pandemics Asia is prepared…We don’t have a problem wearing masks and many do regardless of whether or not there is a pandemic.

We don’t protest we just accept that there will be quarantines and social isolation and get on with it…

Not so in most western countries people object…well it’s not being weak, scared or stupid or even controlled it’s me being considerate…The government is not controlling me…I am a contributing adult to society…I am wearing the mask not for me but for you…

Are you wearing one for me???

So what is going on in the world with regards to climate change and recycling are you still doing your bit???

I wrote about shark finning a while ago how sharks are caught and definned then dumped back into the sea still alive but with no capacity to be able to swim they just sink and drown…It is still big business…38,500 sharks look like this…and for what?

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It is barbaric and inhuman ...Sharks are at the top of the ecosystem … Sharks are very important to the ecosystem as they are good housekeepers they eat the sick and weak leaving the healthiest of marine species to breed and thrive. Some feed on carcasses of dead creatures lying on the sea bed just like we vacuum or sweep our floors they keep the sea bed clean…

Covid-19 has seen the increase in wildlife and Mumbai is an example of this…Where lockdowns have seen nature returning.

What a wonderful sight…

For whales, silence is golden…the lockdown has reduced ocean noise…

I think we should learn a lesson from what mother nature is telling us…

Nurdles are a new one on me…I have never ever heard of them…Have you?  They’re the pre-production building blocks for nearly all plastic goods, from soft drink bottles to oil pipelines. But as essential as they are for consumer products, nurdles that become lost during transit or manufacturing are also an environmental hazard.

Gosun offers products that use solar power …

Some of these inventions are just awesome…

These are also hard times for many if their jobs are furlonged it may be difficult to find enough food to feed their families…Milk is hard to store and the cows keep producing it…To save it going to waste and to help the milk industry…the Kroger grocery store chain has ramped-up its Dairy Rescue Program, one that takes donated excess raw milk normally sold to restaurants or hotels, which is now going to waste, and pays for the packaging and processing in order to provide a nutritious food source for communities in need.

The effort also helps support dairy farmers struggling to find enough demand for their supply—especially now that schools are closed.

I love how manufacturers and businesses are standing up and helping the less fortunate.

Wow..what an enterprising and caring young man…Jeffrey Wall just turned 15, yet he is the founder of Golden Age Karate, an outreach program he began last October to teach seniors at the Friendship Village nursing home in his hometown of Dayton, Ohio.

To me there is hope…what a lovely young man…

After the Covid-19 crisis will we get a greener world? I am sure this is a question many people are asking… the cleaner air, burgeoning urban wildlife, and our sudden, dramatic shift to a less carbon-intensive lifestyle reveals the scope of what we can achieve in just days. This is something to cling to as we navigate the twin storms of Covid-19 and climate. We know that the climate crisis will not wait for a more convenient time; we must deal with it and the pandemic crisis concurrently.

We are experiencing behavioural changes, some of which may be ingrained within us permanently…travel and consumption patterns have in the main become more responsible – they are helpful in reducing pollution, just as hand-washing helps in the pandemic. But what the expected 8% emissions reduction figure shows us is that individual action – driving your car less, attending a meeting via Zoom rather than taking a business flight – is not going to be enough.

Equally, it shows that moving to a no-growth economy is not the answer, as some have argued. Instead, systemic transformative action is required at international and state level to get the effective reductions in atmospheric carbon that will bring us to net zero.

My hope for the future is a cleaner world… I do want to see communities, and caring for your neighbour becoming the new norm…WORKING TOGETHER INSTEAD OF WORKING AGAINST EACH OTHER…Can we make this happen? Are we willing to make a stand? Personally, I would love to see lessons learnt ..realistically I have my doubts…

Thank you for reading be well and stay safe xxx

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 stay safe and healthy xx

 

 

Recycling and Climate Change…11th May 2020…and Covid-19…

We are now into our second week of a new month already nearly half a year gone…A few months of sadness and grief for many but for all of us unprecedented times and restrictions which many of us haven’t experienced in our lifetimes…Curfews, working from home, only going out when necessary… obviously different restrictions wherever you hail from…some more stringent than others…Not much has been relaxed here a few internal flights but I went out briefly today…shopping and nothing has been lifted in the shops…Everyone is wearing face masks and some full-face masks..screens are in place for cashiers…no buses just tuk-tuks with the hand cleanser bottles taped to either side…in fact, it seems more screens are in place even in the small coffee shops there are screens across the middle of the tables…

However, we still need to be vigilant and carrying on with our recycling and waste less in the home projects…anything we can…

 

It also gladdens my heart how people who can..do…They are sewing masks and doing shopping the community spirit seems to be holding fast around the world…

It’s not just 104-year olds who are doing their bit for the community…Who has a bored teen? and don’t they get bored quickly? This young lady found an outlet for her boredom.

How cool is that?

Meanwhile, we have all heard how the health of coral reefs is in decline…The good news is Florida scientists have just made history by becoming the first in the world to reproduce ridged cactus coral in human care.

Researchers from The Florida Aquarium are particularly excited about the discovery because it will one day be able to help conservationists restore “America’s Great Barrier Reef”—which is the third-largest reef in the world.

Florida Aquarium coral biologists noted that the larvae of the ridged cactus coral were the largest that they have ever seen and are working to document the entire process.

I am always being amazed by the inventiveness of some…I love mushrooms any which way…This young lady found a use for funghi…she grew’ her own canoe out of mushroom has proven that the fungus is much more than just a dinner ingredient.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/fungus-answer-climate-change-student-who-grew-mushroom-canoe-says-n1185401

It seems like Covid-19 requirements for PPE(facemasks) go hand in hand with recycling ocean plastic…How cool is that?…

With face masks being in such high demand amongst the novel coronavirus outbreaks, one company has taken a more eco-friendly approach to supply the public with protective masks.

The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) has partnered with sustainable sportswear company Rash’r to make face masks out of plastic pollution that has been salvaged from the ocean.

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/scuba-group-making-face-masks-from-recycled-ocean-plastic/?utm_campaign=newsletters&utm_medium=weekly_mailout&utm_sour

Trees...we all know how important trees are to our future…We also know that many people around the world have been laid off because of quarantine rules…However

the Pakistani government has found a way to provide jobs to their citizens while also reforesting the nation.

According to Reuters, Pakistan has created more than 63,000 jobs for unemployed day labourers by relaunching the nation’s ambitious 10 Billion Tree Tsunami campaign.

Even though we are in trying times and often very sad times there are lots of changes for the good and we are becoming more aware…I know I am… as to how quickly this world is repairing itself…

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My hope for the future is a cleaner world… I do want to see communities, and caring for your neighbour becoming the new norm…WORKING TOGETHER INSTEAD OF WORKING AGAINST EACH OTHER…

Thank you for reading be well and stay safe xxx

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 stay safe and healthy xx

Recycling and Climate Change…4th May 2020…and Covid-19…

A new month already nearly half a year gone…A few months of sadness and grief for many but for all of us unprecedented times and restrictions which many of us haven’t experienced in our lifetimes…

I am coping...worried about my family overseas I find it a struggle sometimes to write and even contemplated not writing/blogging last week and then I received a beautiful comment which made me cry…It cheered me on…Thank you…you know who you are…

I have spent more time in the kitchen...just because…my creative streak was waning as my waistline spread…I was eating all the pies…sigh…watching far too much Netflix…dreaming of a Cadburys CHOCOLATE BAR…says she who doesn’t eat chocolate…

Then the boxes of mangoes and bananas arrived at my gate…I shared some bananas with my neighbours who then gave me more mangoes…My son on his shopping trip told me about the queue for free food …someone was giving out free food, masks, handwash and checking temperatures…He said social distancing was being observed and everyone was masked up and waiting patiently…It puts it into perspective really doesn’t it?… I need to stop wallowing and count my blessings…Buck my ideas up…

Let’s have a look at the good things I can find…

Nature is showing us that we are only tenants in this world…That without us the animals will return…we need to learn big lessons from this in so many ways…I hope the people will remember, speak out and cast their votes wisely…

Food waste…I have always thought I have been a good model and wasted little ..I hold my hands up I could waste far less and be more frugal not mean just aware of more…

While I think many are being more frugal and mindful at home what about the bigger picture?

Food waste is increasing…What can we do?

Food Hubs could be the solution we are looking for…I think this is a brilliant idea which has taken off really quickly…In fact, it took only 11 days to survey farmers and pantries throughout the region about what they were facing, establish a plan to raise money to pay farmers to supply pantries and bring on partners.

Food Hubs have happened with GROUNDWORK…

What else can you do?

You can eat sustainably, cook sustainably, dine out sustainably…How to do that…You can take action by clicking this link…

Recycling…These are cool…I love the extension lead idea…The clutch bag so clever…

Lots of brilliant ideas!

Masks…most of us now are wearing a mask at some point when shopping or out walking …This N95 scarf filters the air around you and they are washable…

Also on the Good News Network...I found this…Air Pollution in Major World Cities Has Dropped By as Much as 60% During COVID Shutdowns, Says New Report. It also reports how the Earths Ozone layer is repairing itself…

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https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/air-pollution-in-world-cities-drops-by-60-percent/

Even though we are in trying times and often very sad times there are lots of changes for the good and we are becoming more aware…I know I am… as to how quickly this world is repairing itself…

My hope for the future is a cleaner world… I do want to see communities, and caring for your neighbour becoming the new norm…WORKING TOGETHER INSTEAD OF WORKING AGAINST EACH OTHER…

Thank you for reading be well and stay safe xxx

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 stay safe and healthy xx

 

 

Recycling and Climate Change…27th April 2020…and Covid-19…

Hello and welcome to this weeks edition of recycling and climate change…also some information on Covid-19 as this is also affecting climate change/recycling.

The world we live in has changed much in these first months of the year some things for the better and sadly we have lost many, many people to this terrible virus…Lots of shops and leisure facilities, hairdressing salons, schools, colleges have been closed…food stores have remained open but with restrictions in place..there are lots of rumblings of when are these restrictions going to be lifted…

Who can answer that and if they do and give a timeline it could be that the virus and its journey around the world could change that in an instant…If lockdowns are lifted too soon we could have a second wave and that could be more virulent than the first…Who knows? I don’t and in all honesty, I don’t wish to play Russian Roulette with my life or my family and friends lives or it may be someone I don’t even know who I infect …

My point? Yes, it has caused me to worry and inconvenienced us and disrupted my/our normal life…But I am alive…

Here we are now in our 25th day with no new cases…are things being lifted…internal flights are to be allowed to recommence…However…There will be social distancing marked out on the plane and no beverages or food will be offered…

air Asia new PPE

The cost has increased and unless I was sure as to what I would have to do on arrival…I will be taking no flights …I would imagine unless anyone has to travel urgently that will be all the passengers we will see using the flights.

Thailand is being very cautious and I for one am pleased about that…

It is interesting to see the facts and figures on food waste and from what I am reading although many people are worried about how to feed their families and many more people are visiting food banks it seems people are using their larders and ignoring sell-by dates. Cooking more from scratch and being more mindful of portion control thus wasting less. All this is positive and I hope that many more after the lockdowns are over will still be mindful…Wouldn’t that be great?

But what about the food which cannot be sold or picked…Second Servings is tackling this…

Here in Thailand, we are seeing the return of rare leatherback sea turtles who have built the largest number of nests in two decades on beaches in Phuket and Phang Nga which because they are deserted due to the drop in tourists numbers because of the coronavirus pandemic…

The 11 turtle nests authorities have found since last November were the highest number in 20 years, said Kongkiat Kittiwatanawong, the director of the Phuket Marine Biological Center.

“This is a very good sign for us because many areas for spawning have been destroyed by humans,” he told Reuters. No such nests had been found for the previous five years.

Having been a part of releasing baby turtles into the sea when I lived in Phuket I think this is brilliant news…

I know the lockdown has brought out the creative side of many more…I came across this FB page and it has many great ideas for kids and adults…

be creative kids projects

https://www.facebook.com/BeCr8tive

For years, dogs have been helping to keep humans safe by sniffing out narcotics, improvised explosive devices, pests, natural disasters, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and now—yes, you guessed it—the novel coronavirus.

A medical charity in England that has successfully trained dogs to detect malaria is now attempting to train man’s best friend to identify the smell of COVID-19.

The charity, called Medical Detection Dogs, is partnering with the Tropical Medicine and Hygiene School in London along with Durham University to begin trialling dogs for the job. Dr Claire Guest, a behavioural psychologist and principal member of the charity told CTV News that there is “absolutely no reason why a dog can’t detect the virus.”

As many of you know it was Earth Day last week these are the highlights…

Although we are on lockdown recycling is still important…

I have a long memory ask my other half…haha…I hope you all do after this is over…

My hope for the future is a cleaner world… I do want to see communities, and caring for your neighbour becoming the new norm…WORKING TOGETHER INSTEAD OF WORKING AGAINST EACH OTHER…

Thank you for reading be well and stay safe xxx

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 stay safe and healthy xx

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 19th April-25th April 2020…

Good Morning and welcome it’s time for my weekly roundup of posts…Like everyone else, I am getting used to being cocooned in my home and garden with just the occasional quick trip out for essentials…

I won’t say I am cooking more but I am cooking more comfort food and wasting as little as possible…I am not thinking of creating exciting dishes and ways to cook as much I am just thinking of what I can cook if I run out of flour, eggs, pasta or other essentials so I suppose being more resourceful…Today or tomorrow I am going to substitute eggs for chia seeds and make brownies…

I am however going back to my normal way of eating as cooking all this comfort food has played havoc with my digestion…I am never sick and for two days I have been violently ill… I will add..like you really wanted to know…But I just knew it was the change in diet and overeating/drinking…so yesterday as I was feeling very fragile so fragile I didn’t even write my normal post…I just ate two small meals, lots of water and Oolong tea. and slept…Today the headache has gone and I feel normal…

great reads a weekly roundup lady with electronic reader

Roundup time...Grab your drink, settle down and lets read.!

Monday: Recycling and Climate Change…20th April 2020…

Another bit of mixed week on the recycling front..mainly because of this Covid-19 it seems to be creeping its way into every part of our lives…The concern I do have is that while people are rightly concerned about their health and families and friends, jobs and the economy…I do hope that there will be no sneaky under the carpet dealings while everyone’s thoughts are elsewhere.

I have two major concerns at the moment one is 5G and the other e-waste…Scott(Doc)kindly sent me some links on 5G…Thank you much appreciated. The e-waste I am busy researching.

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/20/recycling-and-climate-change20th-april-2020/

Tuesday: British National Tea Day…

There is something so British about a cup of tea…A celebration or a death on goes the kettle and out come the teacups…George Orwell had very strong views on a cup of tea from the tea itself to how it should be brewed…

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https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/21/british-national-tea-day/

Whimsical Wednesday:

Which as you know could be anything…Last Wednesday was National Jelly Bean Day…Who doesn’t love Jelly Beans…? There are some awesome flavours…Tabasco Flavour, Chilli Mango, Marguerita and some beautiful fruity flavours…Cringe-worthy flavours like Earthworm, Earwax and vomit are for me a No-No! But I suppose for Halloween revellers they will be on someone’s list…

 

Some things in life just are…Cats Meow, cows moo and ducks quack…Thank goodness someone had some sense… I mean trying to get the ducks removed because the quacking was too loud…The ducks won!

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/22/whimsical-wednesday-with-carolcooks2-4/

Thursday: Great British Beef Week…23rd-30th April…

British Beef Week

There is nothing like seeing the cows grazing in the fields…This is not open for any discussion …The M-word is not negotiable on this blog…My father and grandfather were farmers…I also have never eaten veal and never will. Stroppy or what Carol…sigh…But I do love seeing a field of cows…or as is the case here the buffalos being walked and holding up all the traffic…

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https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/23/great-british-beef-week-23rd-30th-april/

From Jelly Beans to Just Beans...Sally presents the lowdown on how to cook beans and the health benefits of eating beans there are also some recipes from Moi…Enjoy!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/04/23/smorgasbord-health-column-food-therapy-12000-years-of-history-that-we-know-about-and-avoiding-the-wind-factor/

Friday: An Egg, Zero Carbs and No Sugar…

Like the banana, it also comes ready-packed…Eggs come in all guises here…not commonly soft boiled with bread fingers or scrambled unless you are eating in a hotel…But in ways, you may never ever have heard of…some of the ways are to keep the eggs fresh in the heat, other ways are the tradition, they also come in lots of pretty colours…My favourite little snack from a street stall are lovely little quails eggs served with fish sauce…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/04/24/an-egg-zero-carbs-and-no-sugar-2/

Saturday: Views of COVID-19

I guest posted on this article of how Covid-19 effects our daily lives, sometimes it differs depending on where we are located…Thank you, Sue, for the opportunity to share life in Thailand it was enjoyable to read everyone else’s experience of life in these times ..

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Image by Alexandra_Koch from Pixabay

 Views of COVID-19 – Indonesia, Laos, Colombia, England and Thailand • Travel Tales of Life

Just before I go it is National Pretzel Day: 

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Image by mschiffm from Pixabay

If you have an Auntie Annie’s near you they are giving away 25,000 free pretzels to frontline workers. In addition to nominating a frontline worker to receive a pretzel-pick-me-up, fans can claim their own National Pretzel Day offer when they download the Pretzel Perks app.

Pretzel fans can nominate their friends and family members who are frontline employees beginning Friday, April 24 through Sunday, April 26 at AuntieAnnes.com/Nominate. Auntie Anne’s will randomly select 25,000* of these frontline workers to receive a free Original or Cinnamon Sugar pretzel offer, as a way to show appreciation to all those keeping us safe and healthy during this time.

That’s all for this week…I hope you have enjoyed this weekly roundup xx I invite your comments…Let’s chat!

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 are having a great weekend, stay safe and wash those hands xx