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CarolCooks2…Weekly roundup…Health, Recipes, and plenty of Christmas cheer! …Week ending 17th Nov 2019…

Welcome to this week’s roundup and do I have some goodies for you…Lots of things going on in the world …The election in the UK is gathering momentum…There have been floods and lots of rain around the world, snow so many lovely images which I love seeing from the warm…haha…Loy Krathong is over for this year a lovely Thai Festival one of my favourites… which dates back 6,000 years…It is a beautiful festival I mean water, candles, flowers and beautiful girls however as ancient as it is I am pleased that certain things as in the making of the Krathong are being changed.

This is our little grandaughter with her Krathong made from banana leaves and fresh flowers…Isn’t it pretty?

So without any more ado let’s see what has been going on this week in my blogging world?

Monday… Recycling and environmental News…

Here in Thailand, the government means business and they have said a resounding NO!

In an effort to minimize plastic waste, Thailand will be curbing the use of plastic bags at shopping malls and department stores nationwide, from January of 2020.

This will be the first step for Thailand to eradicate any single-use plastic by 2021.

Photo credit: European Parliament on Visualhunt / CC BY-NC-ND

Already you can see the signs the bags are disappearing faster than the speed of light here…

Sweden… well my admiration knows no bounds have no recycling waste…More on this tomorrow…It is impressive what they have achieved…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/11/11/recycling-and-environmental-news-11th-nov-2019time-to-say-no-to-plastic-bags/

Tuesday…Time for mistletoe and wine it’s Christmas time…

I love that song..made famous by Sir. Cliff Richard…

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For a few weeks, Tuesdays will be devoted to everything Christmas…So please let’s have your recipes, pictures of your decorated houses and porches, gingerbread houses, Christmas jumpers/sweaters, homemade fudge or other sweeties anything Christmassy…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/11/12/mistletoe-and-wine-christmas-time/

Wednesday…Whimsical Wednesday with Carol…

I was feeling rather lonely last Wednesday…NO COMMENTS…Then the lovely Pete kindly sent me a message …comments were disabled…How, when, where I hadn’t a clue but a Happiness engineer sorted it out for me so please if you wanted to comment and couldn’t it isn’t too late I would love to hear from you…Thank you, Pete, once again…

This is an example of what I really love about the blogging world someone is always ready to help…You all rock xxx

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/11/13/whimsical-wednesday-with-carol-18/

Also on Wednesday this week, I was over at Sally’s…

Where Sally discussed what the mineral Manganese provides and how we can increase manganese in our diets if we need to …The recipes which are tried and tested in my kitchen at home include ingredients which contain manganese…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/11/13/smorgasbord-health-column-cook-from-scratch-to-prevent-nutritional-deficiencies-with-sally-cronin-and-carol-taylor-minerals-manganese/

Thursday…Christmas… Mistletoe and Wine and all things good …

The first of my Christmas posts…You can expect tried and tested recipes which were passed down from my mum, recipes I have been gifted by friends and family from all over the world and which are now our family favourites.

Christmas Treats and Traditions 23rd Nov

Traditions there are many Christmas traditions practiced from around the world and I will be bringing you some of those and anyone who wishes to contribute with a guest post of their own on a special Thanksgiving dish or tradition then you would be very welcome so please share…  I know my friends across the pond and my rellies celebrate Thanksgiving on the 28th of November and have turkey and lots of other goodies …

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/11/14/christmas-mistletoe-and-wine-and-all-things-good/

Friday…Christmas …In my house…

This week I posted some Christmas cheer and trivia but starting next Friday my sample Christmas menus…I will be featuring more plant-based menus as I know many people are changing and cooking with more vegetables, lentil/beans all of which I love but the menfolk here not so much…so there will also be some recipes with fish or chicken…

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https://carolcooks2.com/2019/11/15/christmas-in-my-house-traditions-treats-and-a-touch-of-trivia/

Saturday…There wasn’t a post this week as I was busy cooking and trying out a new ingredient I found called cowslip creeper…It is an edible flower very pretty and it tasted lovely…It grows in South East Asia, China, and India…I will share this recipe next week…

 

Here are just a couple of images to tempt you…I am nice …haha…The farmers market were selling big bags of produce and I brought a lovely big bag of fennel so looking for new recipes using fennel…

If you are experiencing wildfires or flooding then please stay safe…

Thank you for reading have a great weekend 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 well being.

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…

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 relaxing weekend xx

 

Recycling and environmental news 11th Nov 2019…Time to say no to plastic bags…

Once again a very warm welcome to this week’s recycling and environmental news where I post about the good, the bad and the ugly…and …said very quietly Christmas…I would also like to extend my thanks to all of you who support and comment on these posts. I know how passionate many of you are about not only the environment but recycling, our food chain, and manufacture…

circular recycling the world and a green leaf

I do try very hard to keep these posts as upbeat as I can as no one wants to read doom and gloom all the time, HOWEVER…I do think we all need to be aware of what goes on around us we cannot continue to bury our heads and live in our own little bubbles while child labour deforestation, climate change, chemicals in our food chain, animal testing, fracking, starvation, food waste, etc, etc merrily goes on…

Much of it is endemic I have come to believe and unless governments and manufacturers take a stand it won’t happen and we all know why?

We as individuals and consumers need to take a stand many won’t …sheep…But I fervently hope many will…warriors…One and all we all have a part we can play…Mums, dads, grandparents human or animal we all should educate and protect our young.

 

I am not downhearted I am in this for the long game…

Many countries are paying lip service to plastic, child labour and the like…Targets are set with a deadline I see targets for 2025, 2030, 2050 …That does not hearten me…I know some things take time…Not so here…2020…

I woke up to this headline…

No More Plastic Bags In Thailand From 2020

If you’re planning to go shopping in Thailand, you should probably bring a shopping bag with you!

An example of this was when I went shopping the other day and was told at the till( I always take my bags) “No more bags madam”

Me…Is that just for today?

Cashier…No madam forever…

Me…Big smile…Great News!

In an effort to minimize plastic waste, Thailand will be curbing the use of plastic bags at shopping malls and department stores nationwide, from the beginning of 2020.

This will be the first step for Thailand to eradicate any single-use plastic by 2021.

Thailand’s Natural Resources and Environment Minister, Warawut Silpa-Archa said that the country needs to reduce its sea waste.

She told Thai newspaper, Khaosod English that it’s time for Thailand to start thinking about the environment.

So far, at least 43 shopping malls and department stores will be participating in the program.

If you’re thinking of going to Thailand next year, it’s probably best for you to bring your own shopping bags… just in case.

Next step…The Thai government is also working on a 6-year plan to ban other types of plastics including cap seals, oxo-degradable plastics, microbeads, styrofoam packaging, straws and cups.

I witnessed this yesterday when wandering among the Krathong sellers stalls…Not a sign of styrofoam all-natural products from the banana tree.

The banana, unlike many trees, although technically classed as a herb, only produces fruit once and then new trees shoot up from its base to produce fruit and the cycle continues…Instead of dumping the waste the stems and the leaves are used…Circular recycling is done simply…

Another simple idea...For me, simple ideas are the best…

Precious Plastics…They are one to watch…

Closer to home…Well not in miles but a reader of this blog Is Steve Tanham…He is making eco-bricks with his plastic and what a great idea it is something we could all do…the kids could do…So pop over to Steve’s blog say hello to him and see how he does it!

steve tanham standing on his eco brick

Thank you, Steve, for sharing this with us…x

Lots of good news today…Please share your good news stories…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 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

 

Latest recycling and environmental news…23rd September 2019

Good morning…I hope you all had a glorious weekend…Let’s look at what has been going on in this everchanging world of Climate Change??? There is always news every day now but I do wonder how much is really true and how much is scaremongering…Am I the only one?

Lots of protests the school children and their supporters were out in force last week all around the world…It is lovely to see such passion…Young Greta in many ways is to be admired for taking a stand…

BUT…

Do the majority of these kids really take a look at their own pampered lives…AND HOW THEY CAN CHANGE?

For example, many children here want air-conditioning in their classrooms…In fact, in some schools, there is a very distinct class line depending on which programme parents/children choose and pay for…air con will be in every classroom for the better off the other children open the windows and may get a fan …This is a quite recent generational thing and growing…You get what you pay for…

Something which was a luxury is now becoming a necessity…Note: I have aircon(pre ) installed in the house we do not use it…we use fans to cool the air…Just saying x

School classes...Many lessons are now computerised and hands up…How many TV’s do you have in your house and do all your kids insist on a TV in their bedroom??? Personally, I have been a wicked parent and we have never allowed or had TV’s in bedrooms and still, don’t… we have one TV situated in the lounge… devices are all well and good but no one needs every single new device which comes out on the market…

It is also how you dispose of those devices when broken or unwanted…Don’t just throw them in the general trash…

Greta was very admirable taking a boat instead of flying around the world…Not practical in every situation but we should all consider alternative means of transport where possible…

However...How many of these striking children arrive at school in private cars which worsen rush hour traffic instead of walking, taking the bus or riding a bike????

Trendy Teenagers… Are the biggest consumers of manufactured goods ever and update perfectly good expensive luxury items to stay trendy, their entertainment comes from electric devices.

I hope all these striking and protesting teenagers are looking at their own lifestyles.

I hope…When they are in school or continuing with their day to day activities that they consider this…Will they be changing their lifestyles like they want us to? Are they considering what their constant use of electronic devices does to the environment or are they only intent on joining the masses …
Will they…

  • Walk, ride a bike or take a bus to school
  • Tell the teachers to turn off the aircon
  • Make a sandwich instead of buying fast food
  • Turn off your device and read a book

Will all you prince and princesses who have been brought up to be selfish and are pandered by adults who pamper their kids because they have a need to show the world how much they have and that they love their kids… Look at their own lives instead of telling the world to look at ours…

Have you done your own research to ascertain the facts or are you just blindly following others?
Who are the people behind your protests are you a means to their ends? Once they have done with you …Will you be able to continue your lives…unscathed?

These are all questions going through my head…Does anyone else have the same questions? Is it just me?

What I do admire is those two little girls who took their concerns to both McDonald’s and Burger King…They were undeterred by the lack of initial response from these two companies and persisted in collecting their signatures…Writing their letters…They enabled the help of Anita and Hugh…

THE RESULT:

Burger King is removing all plastic toys from their children’s meals…Way to go Burger King and… Well done Emma and Kaitlin…

They have achieved this by quietly writing their letters ( after school) Collecting their signatures and unwanted plastic toys….What a result…Love it!

It’s the little people who get great results by quietly doing their thing…

This next horror story because it is… came through my friend Pat…She lives in a beautiful part of Australia and is gradually seeing her world destroyed by bad, greedy government decisions…I made a promise to highlight this for her…

This is apparently now reached crisis point…People cannot even clean their teeth…They have 2 dams and one is completely dry the other is at 8% capapcity almost dry…The water is still being diverted or illegally stolen…The Murray Darling River is running dry..

Life expectancy if you live in this area is 37 years for men and 42 years for women…Yet corruption continues to be sanctioned by successive governments…

When will man stop and realise what damage they are doing to both the planet and its inhabitants????

green foot prints eco system

 

That is all from me for this week I look forward to your comments…How are you reducing your families carbon footprints?

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…These honeybees dining on forget me knots say it all to me…

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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!

More and more of my blogging friends have joined me on MeWe…A social media site which is fairly new and which promises much without the restrictions some other social media sites are choosing to impose on many of us…Join me if you will on  MeWe

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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a creative week ahead xx

The latest news on the environment and recycling…19th August 2019…

Monday…The start of another week …I have lots of good news for you this week and I am sure I can find someone to go into the Naughty Corner…and if they clean up their act and get it together I may even promote them at some point but they will have to prove they are worthy of a mention… 

There is much in the news lately about travel…About people who are talking about the enviroment quite publicly but are totting up those carbon footprints by their means of travel…

green foot prints eco system

What are your thoughts on this? Do you think about how you travel? But are a zealous recycler…How many of you have changed your mode of travel?

We have no car now…We travel by bus or walk…However, if I am taking a trip I generally go by plane…short journeys of about 1 and a half hours…Could I go by bus or train? I could…Would I consider the bus or train…I am considering the train…The buses are another story…The record for safe travel by bus is not good…here…

We could improve we are getting better so I really need to try harder…How about you?

train station

Image by victorsnk from Pixabay

Back to what are your thoughts do you think if we address carbon emissions in other ways that will work? Electric cars seem to be something which seems to be a viable option and more people are changing…

This post on train travel gives some great options…Click here…

What about planes are there plans afoot to reduce their carbon footprints ? would that raise fares? This is an interesting article on how if you have to fly you can reduce your carbon footprint and also it talks about ” Offsets” something I haven’t heard of before but it sounds interesting and something that all these frequent flyers and the jet-set could adopt or maybe they already do???

Zero waste in the home… How many of you can claim that title…I can’t… I try my best but am not yet completely Zero waste-free in my home…Are you?

Anne Marie has some brilliant ideas as to how we can go zero waste in 31 days…Please pop over and say hello and check out her ideas…

Can we help reduce greenhouse emissions with our food…?

That wedding breakfast last week…was an awesome way to show how waste food and food past its sell-by day can still be used and make some fantastic dishes which could grace any table as this wedding feast showed…

There are many similar schemes popping up all over the place…The rise of not-for-profit “pay-what-you-like” projects in the UK, which have been set up either to help people struggling to put a meal on the table or for environmental reasons.

It does, however, leave me asking how much waste food do we produce???

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-leicestershire-48067194/how-much-food-waste-do-we-produce 

Or can an intelligent bin cut food waste…

The bin reads how much food you are wasting…

I think we all know that cows are a big source of Methane gas …Scientists now have discovered how to turn CO2 into oxygen…

 

The naughty Corner…

China (Coal)

China is the world’s largest producer and consumer of coal, and it shows in the results of the investigation by the CDP. According to the report, the coal industry in China was responsible for 14.32 % of the world’s GHG emissions.

What is China doing…China has already set out a target of ensuring its still-growing emissions peak by 2030, a target experts say should be met. Which means the highest point will have been reached and emissions will begin to fall.

However, Keohane vice president at the Environmental Defense Fund, a US-based environmental group. said the new emissions trading system could allow that peaking – essential if the world is to remain within the goals of the Paris agreement, to hold temperature rises to no more than 2 degrees C – Peaking could take place years earlier.

Thank you for reading this post I hope there was something that piqued your interest if you liked it please share or reblog, Thank you xx

About Carol:

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 to have 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!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology

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The latest news on recycling and the environment…

This week I have brought you a mixture of good news as it really isn’t ALL doom and gloom…There are lots of great schemes, new ideas and enthusiasm around the world to make it a better place for us and the wildlife…But of course, I will have a naughty corner…

This is an adorable video…What these school children are doing is so cool and it teaches them circular recycling at the same time…

Naughty Corner…

Last week I wrote about Meth – Gators and how when drugs are flushed into the water system it is causing mutations in the animal population…This seems to be a problem worldwide I hold my hand up I have in the past flushed things down the loo which now I know I really shouldn’t have…I think we ALL need to be more aware of what dangers our age-old habits are actually causing…Take  Metronidazole which is an antibiotic commonly prescribed to treat infections such as pelvic inflammation or other vaginal diseases. It can cause side effects that include seizures, numbness, and diarrhoea, and should not be used while pregnant or during breastfeeding. It’s perfectly safe—provided it’s taken as prescribed. If you have tablets or medicine over take them to a pharmacy do not flush them…

clock showing eleventh hour

Image by Alexas_Fotos from Pixabay

 A combination of wastewater treatment leaks, human and animal waste and runoff from drug manufacturers has led to one river in Bangladesh showing concentrations of metronidazole 300 times greater than the “safe” level…This is what happens…

It seems our habit of flushing things down the loo..needs to stop…It would be a start as it has been proven time and time again that small actions multiplied can and do MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Now it is time for this an idea whose benefits are twofold it looks so pretty and is also a haven and food source for insects and bees…

I am in favour that big companies and manufacturers should be doing more for the environment I am however not naive…I did after Nestle’s disgraceful actions and comments that” water was not a human right” banned all Nestle products from our house. This most recent of actions I am sure will benefit Nestle by increasing sales but if it does what they claim then it will also benefit the environment…I probably still wouldn’t buy them ( I do) hold grudges…haha…But do think that many consumers will especially given the benefits to the environment.

Nestle has launched a new recyclable wrapper for a snack bar that it claims will degrade in a marine environment within six months.

The YES! range will also be used on a high-speed packaging line in a “world-first” technological breakthrough.

Last year, the brand pledged to make all of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025.

The new wrapper has just been rolled out on the YES! fruit and nut-based bars from July and will carry the message “carefully wrapped in paper”.

Tori is an author of children’s books and she often sends me e-mails if she comes across anything that she thinks I may want to share with you all…Thank you, Tori…

If you happen to live in the UK and would love to volunteer and help with an environmental project then this link will give some ideas on where to volunteer… 

or you might want to spend your annual holiday helping out…

Food Waste…I find it appalling when there are so many people in the world starving and not just in third world countries…I know this image is out of date but the message is clear if you are interested or have spare food contact your local government to see if they have any incentives coming up…

food cycle waste chart

Much of the waste takes place on the consumer end of things, thanks in part to poor marketing, incorrect storage, confusing expiry dates, and bad shopping habits. Another issue is overflowing store shelves and displays, which shoppers in high-income countries have come to view as common practice, despite the fact that not everything displayed gets sold.

Thanks to smartphone technology, there are some ways in which this food waste is being reduced. A few apps have been developed that connect shoppers to businesses with surplus food that are willing to sell it at a discount in order to avoid throwing it out.

That’s all for today’s lots of great projects which fill me with hope for the future…Thank you for reading and if you have any great schemes in your neighbourhood please share and I will link back to you. 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!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

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Thank you for reading …Have a great week xx

 

 

Latest News on Plastic, recycling and Climate Change…

This week I have brought you a mixture of good news as it really isn’t ALL doom and gloom…There are lots of great schemes, new ideas and enthusiasm around the world to make it a better place for us and the wildlife…

Bolivia is a landlocked South American country and they aim to be completely food independent in 2020…I think that is wonderful if they can achieve that by investing in small farmers…

Bolivia donkey hills and hamlets

Image by Loretta Rossiter from Pixabay

The Government of Bolivia has just invested $40 million to support small and medium farmers in food production. Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Agriculture, Marisol Solano, stated that over 20 food security projects are already underway across the country, with financial support so far being given to breeding livestock and fish farming, as well as increasing the production of crops like potatoes, tomatoes, wheat, vegetables, coffee, and cocoa.

Read this amazing story here…

The world largest ocean clean up has now become a reality…The floating boom system was deployed on Saturday from San Francisco Bay and will undergo several weeks of testing before being hauled into action. The system was designed by the nonprofit Ocean Cleanup, which was founded in 2013 by 18-year-old Dutch inventor Boyan Slat. Their mission is to develop “advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic.”

We have all heard tales of how coral reefs are dying around the world …However, an accidental discovery could save coral reefs…Wow…

 

I have learnt a lot about recycling and what we as individuals can do to help save the planet…Snailofhappiness is a great little blog and this article about packaging called wool cool is great and a great example of circular recycling…basically a thick layer of wool in a recyclable plastic cover.

 

This story from another blogging friend is scary and I think we should be scared…Meth-Gators are on the loose...Now an alligator at any time I wouldn’t want to meet…Would you? But one pumped full of drugs is an even scarier prospect…All sorts of things/stuff however you wish to phrase are flushed away and we forget about it…I unless something triggers a thought have in the past flushed cotton buds, cotton wool balls, wet wipes I didn’t think…Many people flush their drugs whether it is prescription drugs that you don’t need or other drugs …It affects wildlife…A sobering thought!

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When I lived in Phuket there was an occasion when one of my friends went to put out the rubbish to be confronted by an Alligator they do encroach on land at times and look at those teeth…You wouldn’t want a bite from that and it may not be your back yard as water travels a long way but it could be someones..a child…Because in some areas the sewers are full of them.

Lastly, this awesome project which the lovely Tori sent to me…Thank you, Tori..Please pop over and have look, Tori writes the most wonderful children’s books and has two adorable dogs as well as other fur babies…

Twenty young people are taking part in the biggest conservation project in the world to be led by youth, where they will be responsible for managing more than 300 acres in the Brecon Beacons to help restore wildlife habitats and develop sustainable farming and forestry. It is called The Penpont Project...A youth-led action for conservation project…

That’s all for today’s lots of great projects which fill me with hope for the future…Thank you for reading and if you have any great schemes in your neighbourhood please share and I will link back to you. xx

 

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup…

Just in case you missed any posts this week…They are all here in one post so grab your favourite chair and a drink, settle down and enjoy…There are recipes, music, A rant from me …News that the Uk has a new PM ..It would be lovely if he shook things up and sorted a few things out…as our politicians should and put Joe Public top of his agenda …It would make a nice change…

I am having a fabulous time in Phuket and will be back on Tuesday if I get the time between having fun and eating great food and having a cocktail or three and can respond to any comments on my phone I will if not I will catch on my return.

beach and chairs nice pic

My home for 5 days....If I have to I must… I suppose…What a hard life….xxx

The first post of the week is a subject dear to my heart…This beautiful world and I would love to be sure that my children and grandchildren and their children will have a beautiful world for their lifetime and beyond…

If some are correct we don’t have that long and if others are correct then we have plenty of time to put things right…Who is right and who is wrong.?.. After reading and listening to the videos … I wish I was wrong… Not for the fact that we really don’t have much time to save the world but for the fact that we appear to be being misled by those who we should trust yet again…

Don’t take my word for it…Do your own research and draw your own conclusions…In all honesty, I still don’t know the answer as I am ploughing through the information and misinformation but I am not giving up as it is too important to me and my family…

green foot prints eco system

 

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/07/22/plastic-recycling-global-warming-extinction-revolution/

Can you remember your wedding day and wanting to look your best…I can…I can remember spending a bit more time at the gym and watching every mouthful but it was worth it…I most certainly didn’t resort to having a tube up my nose and into my stomach and pay money for the pleasure…What pleasure?

No-diets-No-excuses

Who do you cheat??? Yourself!

Let’s do this the right way...Healthy Eating…No exclusions( well Highly) processed we must be aware and moderate if we don’t avoid…Most of all No guilt..Enjoy your food and join me in losing weight and feeling healthier….xx

I will be starting a new Corner…Success Stories….in a few weeks so please tell me your weight story and how you have done it or how you are going as it is a journey and sometimes a long one…A way of life …I look forward to receiving your story. So please don’t shy …BE PROUD…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/07/23/eat-smart-eat-healthily-recipes-wacky-diet-corner-the-k-e-diet/

Wednesday is my time to indulge myself, to reminisce …Anything goes wherever my fancy takes me…Some history… Some laughter…and this last week Wednesday was National Tequila Day……

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/07/24/whimsical-wednesday-with-carol-6/

It is now over to Sally’s for my Cookery Column…Beer Butt Chicken some lovely olive oil and rosemary rolls and if you have lots of cucumbers then I have a couple of pickle recipes for you ..who doesn’t love dill pickles or pickled cucumbers?

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/24/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-food-and-cookery-column-with-carol-taylor-chinese-chicken-pork-with-water-chestnuts-quick-pickling-and-bread-rolls/

Who doesn’t love a pancake.?.. My all-time favourites? …I couldn’t choose one…Come on…With lemon….yum…With bananas, walnuts and maple syrup…yum and those little Kanom Krup…hot with a little crispy bottom and sweet coconut cream…Just yum…

banana maple syrup pancakes

Yes, I know she who has just been promoting healthy eating and weight loss…Yes, I eat these not often and when I do I enjoy…It is a way of life my eating plan and although I say moderation in some things ( and) this is one of them…Occasionally I eat and enjoy…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/07/25/thailand-travel-and-traditions-kanom-krok-thai-pancakes/

Time for a barbi...I know some of you have to grab those rays when you can…and sausages on the barbi…Nothing better with a nice bit of a char and some mustard…I can taste them now….

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/07/26/this-week-in-my-kitchen-homemade-sausages-and-sausage-spice-mixes/

Lastly, it is back over to Sally’s and a very important and interesting post on The Mouth…The gateway to our digestive system which we need to keep healthy…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/24/smorgasbord-health-column-major-organs-and-systems-of-the-body-the-digestive-system-part-one-the-mouth-by-sally-cronin/comment-page-1/#comment-206709

Thank you for reading this post I do hope you found plenty to like and enjoy…Have a great weekend 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.

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!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

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Thank you for reading …Have a great weekend xx