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Saturday Snippets…17th October 2020…

Welcome to Saturday Snippets where anything goes…whatever catches my eye or my imagination could be on this post…something for everyone…this week has once again seen some balmy days and some spectacular electric lightening shows followed by real downpours happening early morning at 4 am my fingers are firmly crossed that the ceilings stay intact…

Right next to my house I have an expanse of land which has banana and mango trees, a pond and now they are clearing the land a little around the trees and the water some Asian open billed Storks have suddenly appeared firstly there was a big flock which stayed some time to feed and then took off but the last week has seen 2 lone ones who come and stay for the best part of the day and then disappear I am guessing to the wetlands some 10k from here.

I do hope they stay as we have a few varieties of smaller birds there and I would love to see the bird population grow and expand…I love watching them from my balcony…

This month as you know is National Pumpkin month and Halloween…I am already seeing posts of scary movies and houses…lots of soups and Halloween goodies…Today the rain has carried on from the downpour last night and it is a dull and drizzly day now and a tad colder…

I am bread making again today this covid has everyone baking more bread it seems which is good that home cooking is getting a revival, I have experimented with a few different types of bread lately, pretzel bread, butter rolls, cream cheese rolls, soda bread and our favourite the dutch oven or crockpot bread..it has such a lovely crust and soft inside due to the steam..the dutch oven mimics the commercial ovens who often use steam which how they get that crust…obviously on a smaller scale the dutch oven replicates that by heating the dutch oven and then popping in your dough and replacing the lid…hey presto just like the shops make but with no nasties…

Because of the rain and downturn in temperature, I have been getting repeated requests to make more pies and chocolate brownies…Lemon Chicken has been on the menu this week as well as an Indian curry…more soup and of course fish…A teriyaki style fish and the sea perch.

Did you know?

In Shakespeare’s time, mattresses were secured to the bedframe by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened making the bed firmer to sleep on…Hence the phrase…Goodnight, Sleep tight!

Good News:

Zero emissions have to be good…Right?

Time for some music…

The 2020 Billboard Music Awards took place on Wednesday (Oct. 14)… now while much of it is not for me I was pleased to see that the passing of the great Van Halen was honoured…

Jack White paid tribute to Eddie Van Halen during his SNL performance

Jack White, who was the Saturday Night Live musical guest on Oct. 10, remembered the guitar legend by playing a blue Halen-designed guitar.

White noted on Instagram that “Eddie was very kind to me and saw to it that this guitar was made to my specs.” Halen, who died on Oct. 6, was also remembered at the end of the episode by host Bill Burr, who wore a Van Halen T-shirt as the cast and guests gathered on stage to close the show.

What really made me happy was that Fleetwood Mac returned to the top 25 of the Billboard Hot 100…something to do with what I thought a clock did…Tik Tok whatever next however sparked by that viral skateboarding TikTok video featuring the song, Fleetwood Mac’s former No. 1 single “Dreams” re-entered the Billboard Hot 100 (dated Oct. 17) at No. 21, landing on the chart for the first time since its original 1977 run.

I think I prefer the original but it has caused a revival for Fleetwood Mac….It even inspired Stevie Nicks to Join Tik Tok…The power of Social Media…I think  I have now sussed out why Aston has taken up skateboarding…again…

Call me old-fashioned or behind the times but I prefer this version…Enjoy!

Even though I have stopped writing my regular posts on the environment etc...I still read and take notice…I read this post earlier and it resonated with me the writer Cynthia Kaufman articulated it far better than I ever could she put into words much that I believe in…I hope you pop over and have a read…

Thank you Cynthia I thoroughly enjoyed the read it made a lot of sense to me…

Solidarity Forever: Essential Workers, Public Goods, and How We Are in This Together

Bread and Butter...Bread fresh from the oven…are you drooling yet and fantasising about that crusty bread and butter…

I came across this lovely video the other day…about a man who loves to produce butter he doesn’t wish to go into huge production he is just happy with his craft…

I am now on the hunt for artisanal butter…

That’s all for me this week...I hope you have found something to enjoy…I am now going to make my green tea…contemplate making brownies at the request of my grandson and of course it is time to start the bread making…To all of you who are facing tighter lockdown restrictions please stay safe. I am praying that those who do not conform decide that it is now time to think of their neighbors and fellow man and just do it or this Virus which they think is false will carry on into 2021…Surely no one wants to see that?

Please let me know in the comments what you enjoyed …I love hearing from you it makes my day…

That’s all for this week and Saturday Snippet …xxx

Thank you for reading….enjoy your weekend, stay safe not only from Covid-19 but the wildfires around the world…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 will be more on this on my blog this year

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!

Recycling and Climate Change… 6th July 2020…

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of recycling and climate change news from around the world…

Last week I touched on solar power, the Circular Economy and Factory Farming, and a few other topics…Factory Farming has never sat easily with me…although I eat meat I am not a huge meat eater and veggies make up the biggest part of my plate I do care where my meat/fish comes from and how it is reared and on what…

Yesterday I went shopping in one of our two supermarkets and I was horrified when I visited the meat section and the vegetable section…The meat was hacked into portions there was no other word for it…The vegetables looked like they had seen better days I didn’t buy any meat or veg there and will only visit again if I need dry goods i.e flour.

Coupled with an article I came across this morning I am deeply concerned…I haven’t had the chance to fully investigate neither has the parties who wrote the article but they have recommended further investigations…

My initial thoughts are as follows:

For meat to be butchered like that I am almost certain they were not happy animals who were treated to the best in animal husbandry during their lives as in death their meat also was not treated with care or respect and it showed.

The report I read today argues that there is growing evidence that the virus was elsewhere before it emerged in Asia.

That Coronavirus may have lain dormant across the world and emerged when environmental conditions were right for it to thrive.

Those environmental conditions have caused the spotlight to fall on food factories and meatpacking plants and could uncover major new transmission routes, they believe. It may be shared toilet facilities coupled with cool conditions that allow the virus to thrive.

“We’re doing a living review, extracting environmental conditions, the ecology of these viruses which has been grossly understudied,” said Dr. Jefferson.

“There is quite a lot of evidence that huge amounts of the virus in sewage all over the place, and an increasing amount of evidence there is a fecal transmission. There is a high concentration where sewage is four degrees, which is the ideal temperature for it to be stabled and presumably activated. And meatpacking plants are often at four degrees.

To read the full article…

Factory Farming, Food Manufacturers, and meatpacking plants all three come under scrutiny time and time again…No smoke without fire springs to mind…All are increasing around the world…Food for thought…?

This next article is close to home for me…

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https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1945744/monkey-picked-coconut-boycott-spreads?fbclid=I

While I don’t agree that animals should be exploited like this...I do think there are many cases where double standards apply in many areas…

I don’t see major retailers pulling supplies of Monsanto weedkiller, chicken, beef, pork when meat packaging plant practices are highlighted and proved to be cruel.

These companies are constantly proved to be unethical, whether it be for tax avoidance or the treatment of workers at their fulfillment centres., environmental reporting, conflict mineral use, and supply chain management they are always in the news…

Amazon, Walmart, Nestle, Tesco, CocaCola…Do we boycott them?… Nike trainers again…always in the news, children working in sweatshops..the list is endless but are they boycotted… they maybe by you or me…But is enough done? those same people who are pulling coconut products from their shelves are still stocking their shelves with other products which shouldn’t be there either until they improve and prove they have improved their manufacturing and packing standards…

Personally, I think with everything that is going on that we all need to have a rethink…because if this all carries on I dread to think what kind of world my grandchildren will inherit…

Some Good News...

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An international collaborative study led by Professor Derrick Yuk Fo Lai at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), joined by top-tier scientists from around the world, has discovered that sustained methane emissions from the subtropical estuarine mangroves can reduce its climatic cooling effects by over 50%, over a period of 20 years.

Whilst the problem of plastic pollution and microplastics in our oceans is gradually receiving more attention, there is still so much that we don’t know and so many solutions that need to be found.

Where does it come from, how much of a problem is it, where does it end up, what effects is it having on wildlife and people, what happens to it in the food chain, how do we get rid of it…?

Click here to find out…

Are you a committed to recycling do you think about what you buy and whether it can be recycled or reused? Or do you just buy it anyway? This video will inspire you to recycle…

Well, that’s all for me this week on the environment and climate change…we are in our rainy season now so hot steamy days and stormy nights so everything is growing super quick…including the bamboo…x

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

Whimsical Wednesday with CarolCooks2…

Good afternoon from a very warm Thailand…The morning has passed in a whirl of catching up on reading posts and then getting sided tracked sorting out my categories and I haven’t even started on the tags. Thanks to the lovely Hugh I think I have finally got the gist of categories and tags…it is going to take me a little while to do the housekeeping on them but hopefully, it will be a benefit.

I don’t know about you but however long you have been blogging there is always something to learn…If you are like me and just write something in the box..hands up I did then pop over to Hugh’s and read his post on Categories and Tags.

Now for some whimsy…

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Big Ben (Elizabeth Tower) in London is leaning over so much it can now be seen with the naked eye.

The lean was discovered when Transport for London commissioned a report because the extension of the Jubilee Line passes under Parliament. Experts are unsure of what is causing the tower to lean.

But one theory is that the London clay on which the tower was built is drying out.

Mike McCann, the keeper of the great clock, told BBC London: “We have been monitoring it since 1999, so we’ve got some pretty good data. “Our resident expert believes it will be between 4,000 and 10,000 years before it becomes a problem.

I know many people think that film stars etc earn obscene amounts of money but it is always heartening when they put some of that money and their influence to a good cause such as animal welfare.

At last…Kaavan the elephant will soon know kindness and freedom…

Did you know?

The human nose can remember 50,000 different scents.

Nina Simone…Such a gifted musician and singer…

A prominent figure in the Civil Rights movement in America, Simone was also a noted jazz and soul singer. Her famous recording includes versions of “I Loves You, Porgy,” “My Baby Just Cares for Me” and her own civil rights anthem “Mississippi Goddam”.
Angered by racism in America, she permanently left the country in 1973.

That was in 1973 was she wrong?

Nina Revisited… A Tribute to Nina Simone was released along with the Netflix documentary in 2015. On the album, Lauryn Hill, Jazmine Sullivan, Usher, Alice Smith, and more paid tribute to the legend by performing covers of 16 of her most famous tracks.

Did you know?

Japan is facing a ninja shortage.

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There is a high demand for “ninja shows,” but it is a dying tradition and companies have trouble time finding properly trained ninjas.

Who doesn’t enjoy a slice of toast?

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The process by which bread toasts is called the ‘Maillard Reaction’. The Maillard reaction is a chemical reaction between amino acids and reducing sugars that gives browned food its distinctive flavor. Seared steaks, fried dumplings, cookies, and other kinds of biscuits, bread, toasted marshmallows, and many other foods undergo this reaction.

Snails don’t you love to hate them especially when they decimate your seedlings and plants …I have often wondered just how they can munch through a plant that quickly…Well with 14,000 teeth they have the capacity to do just that…and some can even kill you!

Thankfully it isn’t your common garden snail but a Cone Snail which live in the sea…Even so, I will certainly look at the snails I see in a different light…

Technology….is a modern phenomenon or so one would think well oft times it is…But as with many names they have connections which go back years…Bluetooth is one…Bluetooth” technology was named after a 10th-century king, King Harald Bluetooth. He united Denmark and Norway – just like the wireless technology united computers and cell phones. Who would have thunk?

Everyone knows I love trees and I think this is a super idea…

For every child born in Wales since April 2014, the Welsh Government has donated a fruit tree to Ugandan families, to celebrate the birth or adoption of every child. The Welsh government chose Uganda as Uganda is one of the most biologically diverse countries in Africa. Home to endangered species like Chimpanzees, wild dogs, and most of the region’s endemic bird species, planting trees here gives them a better chance of survival.

Jack Fruit on tree in my garden

Uganda has a rapidly growing population which is putting a great deal of stress on the country’s forests. A larger population and an influx of refugees are increasing demand for firewood, pushing agricultural expansion, and expanding land settlement – all of which is having an adverse impact on tree coverage. Uganda now experiences one of the highest rates of deforestation in the world. Like most of the country, Western Uganda (part of the Albertine Rift) is a biodiversity hotspot, home to the most endemic and threatened species of vertebrates on the continent, many of which rely on the forest for habitat and food.

That’s it for today..running a bit late…Lots of little bits and pieces have put me back today…

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

 

 

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…23rd March 2020…Mother Nature wins…

Hello and welcome… the world is changing swiftly.. fast before our eyes and not all for the good but as the Phoenix whose rose from the flames…changes are happening in front of our eyes the atmosphere is clearing..waters are running clearer …dolphins and fish are appearing on the waterways of Venice …Mother Nature is being very quick to reclaim her territory…How wonderful is that?

It is said Venice is cleaner than it has been for 60 years in just a few weeks…

According to local newspaper La Nuova di Venezia e Mestre, the decline in people, tourists especially, has brought “back the lagoon waters of ancient times, those of the post-war period, when it was even still possible to bathe in the waters of the canals”.

I do hope that when the dust has settled that lessons will be learnt and that the fish and dolphins will stay and that people will respect that and the tours will not come back in the same numbers…

Thank you Tori for sending all your findings to me on the environment you are a star..Tori is an avid supporter of helping the environment xx

I have been to Venice and seen the dirty waters and it is such a delight to see how quickly they have returned to a more natural state… it makes me have hope among all this doom and gloom and tragedy which is unfolding worldwide before our eyes…Mother nature will win…

I have been watching an old film on U-Tube this week…Called “Life after People” …

It shows that we cannot win if we carry on as we are and that Nature will always win…we need to suck that up and listen…

Whatever man does and they are sure trying their hardest and this organisation certainly defines all credibility and fully deserve a permanent spot in my …

Naughty Corner…

Florida Retail Federation or the State of Florida that still has preemption laws on the books which prohibit environmentally conscious cities from banning styrofoam, plastic bags, and plastic straws?

They have put their Civic responsibilities below their mercantile interests…Shame on them…

To read the full story and see how Dolly has tweaked my papaya salad and used a ripe papaya..sounds good Dolly…Click this link

Thank you, Dolly, for alerting us…The Florida Retail Federation is definitely firmly in this naughty corner shame on them…

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A shorter post today as I think everyone has more urgent things on their minds…I hope you all stay safe and abide by the rules of social distancing and continue to think of your neighbours in these uncertain times…Stockpiling and greed have no place in our world…

Stay safe and healthy people and as hard as it is only post facts on social media…and post the good news as well as we all need to hear that…

The future may be very different but not all bad maybe we needed this …I know mother Nature did…

Thank you for reading 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…17th February 2020…Good news and the top 3 polluters…

Hello and welcome to this weeks news and views on Climate Change and recycling…Thank you for all your comments last week it was lovely to have that two-way discussion going…Thank you also to all of you who shared the post and spread the news and views. It seems many of you loved the video on the Sai Sanctuary as much as I did …Trees really do play such an important role in the circle of life…

There have been a few things this last week which have really made me question things…Generally, I am a happy soul and try to keep my posts positive but circumstances are making that very hard…I don’t know why or when as a society it has happened but it has and is happening…I want to believe in the good and the kind…But all these reminders telling us to be kind really shouldn’t be needed…Should they?

I look back through history …I love my research …I have come to the conclusion that man is flawed…I know nothing is perfect and who would want to live in Eutopia? I agree we must progress and grow and that most progression is good… we need inventors…But in that race we are losing something…Something fundamental…

Trees so vital to this planet and its water supply…Flowers so vital for the survival of the bees, Plastic…Plastic…sigh…I have accepted it is an essential part of our lives…What isn’t acceptable is how we deal with the end of its use…

I am terrible at taking photos…But A good photographer to me is our eyes …They show us what is going on in the world…There is an old saying that the camera doesn’t lie…Well, that was true before photoshopping…I am afraid we need to check everything…So much is photoshopped, edited, that we do need to check…No longer can we rely on what we see or hear to be gospel ..the truth…sigh…

I check everything before I post...well as much as I can…I tend to believe the indigenous communities who suffer the most from our actions…sigh…But we can’t see them can we…sigh…We throw our rubbish away during the course of our daily life … a cigarette butt, our small plastic drink bottle, our plastic coffee stirrer, our chewing gum, our six-pack plastic holder, the wrapper from a fag packet…sigh …all these small items add up…Where do you think they end up?

Photographer Caroline Power has a home on the island of Roatan in the Carribean and was out at sea when she came across this “Great Caribbean Garbage Patch”.

In my naughty Corner(again)

When will this stop!

Not only are Coca Cola, Nestle and Pepsico polluting our oceans and killing sea life but they are contributing to obesity and life-threatening conditions...Sigh.Are they worried? Do they care? Of course not…They are laughing all the way to the bank…

There is one easy solution…Improve your health and clean up the planet in one small swoop…STOP…BUYING…DRINKS IN PLASTIC BOTTLES…

Who will do that?

It is a global problem…Our oceans are suffocating…The good news…

How cool is that? Rubber ducks?

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This is where Interceptor is working already, Jakarta…The good news is spreading…Thailand will be having one which is good news…

Happy Days…Clean rivers and seas…

I came across this…I am asking all you Beekeepers …What do you think?

Do bees love Cannabis?

I refuse plastic spoons and cutlery now and have done for a while but if you have a hoard of them or know someone who does here’s what you can do with them…

These are very pretty and a good use for plastic spoons…

I love all the interactions on these posts it makes me feel good and keeps me positive that we are working towards a cleaner, safer earth… especially when my readers send me little snippets of good news when they come across it …Victoria Zigler sends me lots of good news items and this is one of them…

What do you think? My little alarm bell is tinkling…I always want to know more…Is it a safe option?… It could be but to me, it doesn’t hurt to have questions …

Apeel Sciences

It sounds good…

So does this…Thank you, Tori...You are a little star …xxx

As most of you know we don’t have a car we walk or use public transport which I do acknowledge is excellent here…This idea rewards people for doing that with culture tokens how cool is that? I do hope it succeeds…It is a pilot scheme being run in Vienna (Austria) …The city of culture…

 

How cool is this….Go Vienna!

My dear friend Anne Copeland had this to say…

This seems right up your alley if you have not already seen it.  By the way, more info on fabrics and recycling.  Many fabrics are processed with formaldehyde and you can imagine that it NEVER breaks down.  The fabrics in the late 1900s (before 2020) particularly used this treatment.  So it is very bad not to try to recycle every bit of clothing we have.  I wish seniors in high school and young people in jr. college and in universities would be encouraged to find ways to use these materials.  And we are always talking about housing for the homeless, but nothing is ever come up with.  We could probably use some of the materials that are not currently used wisely to create new forms of housing, furniture, etc. with the proper treatment.  They are beginning to use the shipping containers, so why not some of these other things?  Hopefully, more focus on recycling will come.  It is affecting our food sources as well as the overall environment and our health, to name a few, too much not to take notice.  Good for you for championing the cause.

Thank you, Anne, for sharing… you know so much more about fabrics than I do…I will keep my eyes out for the Discovery Channels new article on plastics…Due out in April this year…Bless you xx

Finally…Thank you for sticking with me….I love the Kelly Clarkson Show and I can download it here…I watch the Voice( I love) it and this show I just love how it promotes ideas and encourages ideas on how we can protect the environment and get healthy…This video made me cry… so beautiful …So grab the tissues…xx

Thank you, John Rieber, for your kind words last week…Alex is doing a great job with this show x

Just imagine 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