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CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…September 19th-September 25th 2021…Culinary A-Z, Peanut Butter Cookies, Fairtrade Chocolate and Birds…

Culinary A-Z, Peanut Butter Cookies, Fairtrade Chocolate, Bombay Duck and Music from The Yardbirds…

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…Especially for you just in case you missed a few posts during this last week…Time is marching on…

 We are now just into the tail end of September time just flies by…the weather is changing on many continents and the yearly sniffles seem to have started with the change in temperatures…the time for warming foods for many is upon us the glut of Apples and root vegetables…it will soon be time to make our Christmas cakes and puddings to allow them time to mature and for others it is springtime…September brings the Autumn dawn…changes in leaves for some and new growth for others…what a wonderful world we live in…as a child I had a fascination for spiders webs so intricately woven and glistening in the morning dew…

So beautiful and delicate…

Back in September 1967 when I was just 15 yrs old…music and film mad…Aunty Beeb decided to join the fray to join Pirate Radio on the waves  …Radio 1 and Radio Caroline…Simon Dee which was a few years earlier (63/4) than BBC Radio 1..broadcasting from international waters …free from UK broadcasting restrictions… it was great fun…The first tune to be aired by BBC Radio 1 was from The Move…Flowers in the rain…followed by Massachusetts by the Bee Gees…

They were the band that got sued by British Prime Minister Harold Wilson(1967)

Plastic…The latest news…

Unfortunately, it’s now time to take action as our actions have consequences in the world of plastic…there is no getting away from it…there are so many small actions we can take which will collectively make a huge difference…Be the change!

Plastic…The Latest News…Week 8…Our actions…The Consequences…

The letter O was quite easy there were far more than I originally thought once my grey matter started working…The letter P is looking quite promising  Pumpkin and Apple are initial thoughts along with a few others… but the sticky end is coming I only have 1 for the letter Z at the moment…I hope you enjoy browsing through the letter O…x

The Culinary Alphabet…A-Z…The Letter O…

It was then over to Sally at Smorgasbord for our weekly look at our health…this post was a sobering one for me as my daughter is currently a cancer victim as are a few of my dear friends…the statistics scare the bejesus out of me…personally and you know what my thoughts are we are being poisoned from every angle bombarded with chemicals, fumes, antibiotics in our foods, pesticides it’s no wonder that the statistics …the figures are increasing at an unprecedented pace… it’s down to us we are in charge of what we eat and clean with and as it’s our health…we must be aware and take action…#highly recommended read

Smorgasbord Health Column – Women’s Health Month – Breast Cancer by Sally Cronin

Peanut Butter…I love it!…it is great on toast, stirred into a curry and definitely great in baked foods like these Peanut Butter Cookies…Next to be bake in my kitchen are Chocolate Brownie Peanut Cookies a recipe sent to me by Ally…Thank you, Ally...Lily and I will be baking them this week xx

Friday Nostalgia…in my kitchen…Peanut Butter Cookies/Biscuits…

Saturday Snippets…The word prompt this week was from my son…the word was Bird…

I would love it if some of you self proclaimed “word” nerds out there would send me a one-word prompt…Clive has sent me two so far…Thank you Clive x… It is amazing what you can find when you research one word it brings up all sorts and often not what you originally connect to that word…most enlightening…plus its good fun xx

Saturday Snippets…25th September 2021…Bird…

Thank you for joining me today for my weekly roundup…Hope to see you here next week for more on the environment and in my kitchen xxx

 

Saturday Snippets…25th September 2021…Bird…

This weeks one-word prompt is “Bird“…

My first thoughts were Birds Custard,  Bird’s Eye Chillies, Nelly Furtado…I’m Like a Bird…The Byrds and not a feather insight…

Come with me and see what else I have found…as the saying goes ” A Bird in the Hand is worth two in the Bush…Its current form first appears in John Ray’s Hand-book of Proverbs (1670):

Guatemala…The countries National Flag, Coat of Arms and currency all feature the beautiful Quetzal Bird…

There are also a few very famous cartoon birds… Donald Duck, Daffy Duck, Woodstock, Road Runner and Tweetie Pie to name but a few…

A tune…

Some more tunes featuring Birds coming up later in the post…

Did you know?

Bombay Duck is really a fish? A species of the lizardfish…which is dried and has that love it or hate Mumbai smell. It got its name in the days of the Raj, from being transported on an iconic train, the Bombay Daak, daak being the Hindi word for mail. The term was then bastardised to duck, which stuck.

Hen of the woods is a type of mushroom…a mushroom which is safe to eat, delicious, and nutritious a wild variety prized by mushroom hunters…it grows at the base of trees particularly oak trees…it is also commonly called “Maitake”

Urban Dictionary…Cheese-Bird.

A term for a mousy-type woman, who might wear glasses and have a beak-like nose, and somewhat pretentious about films and stage performances, very dorky about such things and all, and has a preference for melted cheese on almost any other type of food other than unmelted cheese…There’s more…

Did you know?

Bird Ekachai Chiarakul…World Champion – Classical Guitar” won 1st place in America in the International Classical Guitar Competition 2014 at the GFA Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition stage…he is considered the first Asian person in history to win this prestigious accolade.

There are also some spectacular flowers like the “Bird of Paradise”

Swan Lake…the ballet is a tale of a timeless love story that mixes magic, tragedy, and romance into four acts. It features Prince Siegfried and a lovely swan princess named Odette. Under the spell of a sorcerer, Odette spends her days as a swan swimming on a lake of tears and her nights in her beautiful human form.

Kiwi Fruit…thus named as its fuzzy outer is similar to the feathers of a Kiwi Bird…it was first known some 700 years ago in China as “Yang Tao” Then around1906 some seeds were shipped to New Zealand and it was re-named Chinese Gooseberry…

At the box office, the word bird features in the title of many films over the years…The Hitchcock thriller “The Birds“… one of my all-time favourites is” Bird on a Wire” is a 1990 action comedy film starring Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn, directed by John Badham, and shot mainly in British Columbia, Canada. The title refers to the Leonard Cohen song “Bird on the Wire”. The alley motorcycle chase scene was filmed in Victoria, BC’s Chinatown, in Fan Tan Alley…

It’s Tough to Be a Bird “is a 1969 educational animated short made by Walt Disney Productions. It won the Academy Award for Best Short Subject, Cartoons in 1970 and was nominated for a BAFTA Film Award for Best Animated Film in 1971. This was the last animated short film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios to win an Academy Award, until Paperman in 2013.

The Blue Bird” is a 1976 American/Soviet fantasy film directed by George Cukor. The screenplay by Hugh Whitemore, Alfred Hayes, and Aleksei Kapler is based on L’Oiseau bleu by Maurice Maeterlinck. It was the fifth screen adaptation of the play, following two silent films, the studio’s 1940 version starring Shirley Temple…

Not forgetting Sesame Street and…”Follow That Bird” a 1985 American musical comedy-adventure road movie, directed by Ken Kwapis, starring many Sesame Street characters.

I like a bit of Jazz at times…of course, I could have played Paul McCarty and Blackbird or Sia with Birds Set Free or even Bob Marley and Three Little Birds but thought let’s listen to this lady…Enjoy!

That’s enough music for today methinks …

Beauty Spots…around the world there are so many places too numerous to mention with a connection to birds….we have Turkey, the Canary Islands, Pigeon Island, The Isle of Mayon Scotland which is home to the beautiful Puffins…The Falklands where there are over 200 different species of birds, 5 different types of Penguins…

Around the world, there is Bird Creek, Alaska, Bird Key Island, Sacramento very swish and expensive, the White Bird Battlefield is the location of the first battle of the Nez Perce Flight of 1877. On June 17, 1877, Captain David Perry and his troops moved into the canyon to strike the Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) who were sheltering in one of their winter villages, which they called Lahmotta…

That’s all for Saturday Snippets…I hope you have enjoyed the tour with the birds…I have a couple of one-word prompts now but would love some more.. it is fun researching a word and I learn something new all the time so please send me a word or two…

See you tomorrow with my weekly roundup...Have a brilliant weekend everyone…xx

 

 

 

CarolCooks2 weekly roundup…September 12th-September 18th 2021…Environmental A-Z, Mashed potatoes, Renewable Energy, Fairtrade Chocolate and Apple Dumplings…

Environmental A-Z, Mashed Potatoes, Punch and Judy, Fairtrade Chocolate, Renewable Energy, and Music from Bjorg…

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…Especially for you just in case you missed a few posts during this last week…Time is marching on…

 We are now just into the middle of September time just flies…already I am hearing mutterings about Christmas…sigh…although it will soon be time to make the Christmas Cake, Sweet Mincemeat and the Puddings…I will most certainly though be researching any chocolates I buy for Christmas this year as we all know or should know that child labour still happens and the checks that are made before issuing a Fairtrade certificate are not always very stringent…This brings me nicely to my first post of the week which was about Chocolate as it was International Chocolate Day..but you know me I can’t help just checking credentials…so please when buying Christmas chocolates please check their origins and if they are a bargain and cheap just spare a thought for those who pick the cocoa beans and imagine just how little they will be paid for your enjoyment and the companies profits…Just saying!

International Chocolate Day…Child Labour and Fairtrade Chocolate…

 

My week wasn’t planned in two halves like this it is just how it happened as every second week my Wednesday A-Z is environmental…

Plastic…The Latest News…Week 7… Climate Change and Renewable Energy…

Welcome to my Environmental A-Z…today it’s the letter P…I have been heartened to hear how many of you feel like I do that we need to take our own steps to avoid pollution wherever we can…You may have been surprised that as it was the letter P that plastic didn’t feature front, middle and top…it was deliberate… as I bang that particular drum on many occasions and it isn’t all about plastic there are other important areas of concern which can and do affect our health and our families health…like Pharmaceutical waste and Pesticides…

The Environmental A-Z…the letter P…

I sometimes get fed up with silly days of the year but when they happened to be something like National Potato Month then I will promote it as I think it is such a versatile vegetable that is used in so many cuisines it deserves to be highlighted as it is not just something fit for soggy chips it is so much more…This week I will be highlighting sliced potatoes and their uses and there are far more than just crisps/chips.

CarolCooks2…In my kitchen…Mashed Potatoes…

#recommended read…Our health is important and some symptoms we shouldn’t ignore Please read this post whether or not you have concerns as this post will tell what you need to look out for…Be well and stay safe…

Smorgasbord Health Column – Women’s Health Month – Guest Post – Outshining Ovarian Cancer by author Karen Ingalls.

I am getting nostalgic in my old age …maybe it is something which we all do at certain times in our lives…I don’t know…so this week for no better reason than I remember my grandmother and mother making these…Apple Dumplings and it seems many of you do too…

Friday Nostalgia…Apple Dumplings…

It’s that time of year when apples are plentiful and there is nothing like an apple dumpling with custard…How do you like your Apple Dumplings?

The Punch for mean initially conjured up…fruit punch and Punch and Judy…although I found many references to a “Punch”…There were many other references that didn’t involve violence of the worst kind although Punch and Judy shows in the early days were quite graphic…I hope you enjoy my foray through the world of “Punch”

Saturday Snippets…18th September 2021…Punch!

 

Once again I would like to extend my thanks for the emails, messages and calls of support for our dear daughter and for us stuck here at the moment so far away…it helps enormously…Lauren now knows what lies ahead for her going forward it will be a long road ahead starting with 6 months of aggressive chemotherapy but we hope with support and her fighting spirit she will get through this…on the plus side, her consultant has said she can attend a family wedding in a Cyprus before her treatment starts this cheered her up and she is busy sorting out her wardrobe…Thank you once again I do appreciate all the support…Much love and Hugs xxx

Tomorrow is the start of a new week I hope you will join me for next weeks posts…Have a lovely Sunday…after a  wet and windy week here today it’s sunny and bright xxx

 

Saturday Snippets…18th September 2021…Punch!

 

Punch! Can mean anything from “Pinch, Punch the 1st of the month”, Punch and Judy a childhood favourite or they scared the bejesus out of you…Punch Drunk…Punching is a metal fabricating process, a delicious drink at a wedding or celebration, a magazine, a place…even a fine cigar…

A  rich and full-flavoured smoke, particularly by the final third. Flavours such as nutty or earthy dark tobacco are complemented beautifully by a caramel-like sweetness.

Punch cigars tend to have a blend of traditional British flavours such as oak and a natural earthiness, so it’s no wonder they’ve remained so popular among British cigar smokers…Like my father who loved a cigar after his evening meal…

The brand Punch was first registered in 1840 and received its name from the renowned character from the hit European puppet show, Punch and Judy. Much like its namesake, Punch Cigars gained particular popularity in Great Britain.

Punch and Judy Shows…

My abiding memory is watching Punch and Judy on the beach at Walton -on the Naze (Essex) from memory I went from laughing to being scared…“That’s The Way To Do It”

Mmmmm…

“It’ll be all right, my fine fellow,” said the Otter. “I’m coming along with you, and I know every path blindfold; and if there’s a head that needs to be punched, you can confidently rely upon me to punch it.”
Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows…

Did you know?

There is even a toothpaste called Punch and Judy which is a cult children’s toothpaste brand…it has now been relaunched and retells the classic Punch & Judy story to appeal to modern audiences.

The Devil’s Punch Bowl, Oregon…

The Devil’s Punch Bowl is a large bowl naturally carved in a rock headland that is partially open to the Pacific Ocean. Waves enter the bowl and often violently churn, swirl, and foam.

I have discovered that the word “Punch” doesn’t only show violence…it can show churning and often violent movement in water like the Devil’s Punch Bowl but it can also show great beauty like this waterfall…The Punch Bowl Waterfall…Oregon.

Is a beautiful waterfall located on Eagle Creek…The falls are 35 feet tall and 10 feet wide…

Time for a film clip…this one is a black comedy which does seem to lend itself to the words Punch and Judy although in this case, it is Judy and Punch.

Fruit Punch can be non-alchoholic or very alcoholic depending on who is doing the mixing personally I have been caught out by a fruity punch that disguised its kick and kick it did…hic

Punch Bowl… I love the flavours of cranberry, cinnamon sticks and Oranges…with a touch of a liqueur…especially at Christmas…

  • Cranberry Juice
  • Orange Juice
  • Sparkling Apple Cider
  • Ginger Ale
  • Sprite or Vodka
  • Orange slices.

But in all honesty, you can add your own mix as anything goes in a punch which is the beauty of it…maybe pineapple juice, rum plus prosecco and some frozen ice cubes to keep it cool…if you want alcohol free some lemon and lime soda is good…

Just throw everything in together and mix…at Christmas I make a hot punch… recipe to follow closer to Christmas which is getting closer once again…sigh.

Quote: A fight is not won by one punch or kick. Either learn to endure or hire a bodyguard.

Bruce Lee.
Punch Magazine…a piece of British history will it be third time lucky for this satirical magazine?

Punch, or The London Charivari was a British weekly magazine of humour and satire established in 1841 by Henry Mayhew and wood-engraver Ebenezer Landells. Historically, it was most influential in the 1840s and 1850s, when it helped to coin the term “cartoon” in its modern sense as a humorous illustration.

After the 1940s, when its circulation peaked, it went into a long decline, closing in 1992. It was revived in 1996 but closed again in 2002…

Martial Arts…The most dangerous one punch.

That takes some dedication to be able to do that…

Time for a tune…

That’s all for Saturday Snippets today…Please feel free to leave a one-word in comments that you would like me to use as a prompt…I had fun with Clives last week…xx

 

 

Saturday Snippets…11th September 2021…Darling…

 

Welcome to Saturday Snippets where I indulge my whimsy and my passions… maybe a tune or two…something which has caught my eye this last week…just anything out of the ordinary or extraordinary…I am enjoying just taking a prompt from one word it opens up a whole world and never ceases to surprise me as I hope it does you too…

Come with me and see what I discovered…my word today is…Darling!

The prompt was a suggestion on a post I wrote about varieties of Oranges…’ My Darling Clementine”…clever to make the connection, Clive...I was a tad slower…sigh

Let’s see what I found…

There are lots of films, shows and music tracks to pick from and I mean lots…but what else has a connection to the word “Darling

Darlingtonia Califormica…is a carnivorous plant…named after botanist William Darlington(1782-1863)

More commonly known as the California pitcher plant, cobra lily, or cobra plant…it is also the sole member of the Darlingtonia genus. A striking plant the winged leaves are the reason this pitcher plant is sometimes referred to as the cobra pitcher plant…Insects are lured by the plants colour and nectar then trapped inside the tube they slide down and get dissolved and absorbed as nutrients by the plant…makes me shiver at the thought…

Let’s start with a few films…

Move Over Darling (1963) starring Doris Day and James Garner…Doris starred and sang the theme tune which was written by her son…The song was banned by  BBC Radio in England because Doris sang “make love to me” far too suggestively for “‘Auntie Beebs” delicate ears…

Darling(1965) starring Julie Christie, Laurence Harvey and Dirk Bogarde, is a British romantic drama…a commercial success at the box office the film won many awards whereas today it seems to have a mixed reputation..a film of its time.

Inevitably there had to be horror films…

Actress Tallulah Bankhead’s last film happened to be one of these horror films. Made in the UK under the title “Fanatic” and called “Die! Die! My Darling! (1965) in the United States, actress Stefanie Powers co-stars with Bankhead…Not only is “Die! Die! My Darling!” Bankhead’s last film, but also her first horror movie, according to the Life magazine article, “One Old Trouper Comes Back” by Conrad Knickerbocker.

Did you know?

President Clintons cat “socks” was a media “darling” during President Clinton’s administration “socks” was reported to have received more letters than the President himself.

Let’s have some music…Darling You – Julia Westlin, Dear Darlin’ – Olly Murs, Darling Nikki – Prince, Nobody’s Darling But Mine – Merle Haggard, Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy) – John Lennon, Happy Birthday Darlin’ – Conway Twitty…there is certainly no shortage of songs with Darling/Darlin in the title…my choice?

More to come later..so many songs…

After the light went on and I realised that Clive meant My Darling Clementine…a 1946 American Western film starring Henry Fonda as Wyatt Earp leading up to the gunfight at the OK Corral.

My first thoughts were the popular British Comedy TV show “The Darling Buds of May”…starring David Jason, Pam Ferris and a young Catherine Zeta-Jones it followed the lively adventures of the Larkin family and the local tax inspector…

Peter Pan then popped into my mind…Wendy Darling mesmerizes her brothers every night with bedtime tales of swordplay, swashbuckling, and the fearsome Captain Hook. But the children become the heroes of an even greater story when Peter Pan flies into their nursery one night and leads them over moonlit rooftops through a galaxy of stars and to the lush jungles of Neverland. Wendy and her brothers join Peter and the Lost Boys in an exhilarating life–free of grown-up rules–while also facing the inevitable showdown with Hook and his bloodthirsty pirates…

Peter Pan; or, the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up or Peter and Wendy, often known simply as Peter Pan, is a work by J. M. Barrie, in the form of a 1904 play and a 1911 novel.

From Peter Pan to the present day...as today is my birthday my 70th birthday to be exact…I will be partaking in a glass or two of wine…

The Darling Area in South Africa historically is a dairy area however over the last  10-15 years grape growing has come to the forefront and South Africa produces some great wines…The Best Shiraz 2019…Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Bordeaux-style red blends are also among the country’s top reds…I think mine will be a lovely Cabernet Sauvignon…

What goes better with a glass of red than a lovely slice of Darling Blue Cheese…a newly created blue cheese made on Doddington Farm which borders Scotland using milk fresh from their herd of cows. This looks and sounds like a wonderful piece of cheese…

There will be a few tunes today...Just saying…

Did you know?

Weird Math...Is anything truly random? Does infinity actually exist? Could we ever see into other dimensions?
In this delightful journey of discovery, science fiction writer, astronomer and teacher David Darling and extraordinary child prodigy Agnijo Banerjee draw connections between the cutting edge of modern maths and life as we understand it, delving into the strange – would we like alien music? – and venturing out on quests to consider the existence of free will and the fantastical future of quantum computers. Packed with puzzles and paradoxes, mind-bending concepts and surprising solutions, this is for anyone who wants life’s questions answered – even those you never thought to ask.

The Murray Darling Basin…is Australia’s largest and most iconic river system, and is one of the biggest systems in the world.

The Basin is home to over 2 million people and covers about 14% of Australia’s landmass. It includes a range of diverse landscapes and complex ecosystems, including over 77,000km of rivers and more than 25,000 wetlands. These landscapes are home to at least 35 endangered species of birds, 16 endangered species of mammals and 46 known species of native fish.

The Basin is Australia’s most important agricultural region, producing around one-third of the national food supply…in recent years though there has been a lot of controversy surrounding this beautiful important river system all man-made…however I am going to leave all the problems for another day…

Darling…Dancing in the Dark…

Did you know?

Grace Darling(1815-1842) was a lighthouse keepers daughter in Victorian England…How did she become a national treasure and get a 50-pound note from Queen Victoria? On a stormy windswept night in 1838, The SS Forfarshire floundered on rocks and broke in half as the weather was too bad for a lifeboat to be put out her father decided they would take their sailboat as her brothers were away Grace and her father took the boat…This boat, called a coble, was used by Grace and William Darling to rescue nine survivors from the wreck of the SS Forfarshire. A coble is a type of boat specially designed for working in the shallow waters of northeast England. Originally it would have had a mast as well as oars…for their bravery they received silver medals from the Royal National Institution for the Preservation of Life from Shipwreck, later named the Royal National Lifeboat Institution…subscriptions and money including 50 pounds from Queen Victoria were raised for Grace Darling…

I had fun writing this post as it prompted a few memories…I hope you enjoyed the read…

See you tomorrow for my weekly roundup, thank you for popping in have a great evening xxx

Saturday Snippets… 4th September 2021…Thunder!

Welcome to Saturday Snippets where I indulge my whimsy and my passions… maybe a tune or two…something which has caught my eye this last week…just anything out of the ordinary or extraordinary…I am enjoying just taking a prompt from one word it opens up a whole world and never ceases to surprise me as I hope it does you too…

Come with me and see what I discovered…my word today is…Thunder!

noun
a loud rumbling or crashing noise heard after a lightning flash due to the expansion of rapidly
heated air.
“there was a crash of thunder”
  1. thunder sounds.
    “It began to thunder”

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From rainbows to thunder as they often follow one another…

Thunder Creek Falls…

I love a good waterfall I think most of them are majestic we lived very close to a waterfall when we lived in Phuket and the pool at the bottom was beautifully clear..crystal but you wouldn’t believe how icy cold it was…These falls are in New Zealand…they can be found between Haast and Wanaka in Otago, New Zealand. It is also said they are easily accessible having climbed a few waterfalls in my time I would always advise good footwear as it can get very slippery.

Now for some music…

This is loud and will probably wake you up…lol

Thunder Bay…

With nearly 2200 hours of sunlight each year, Thunder Bay is the sunniest city in Eastern Canada. Thunder Bay was born in 1970 of the amalgamation of Port Arthur and Fort William. Fort William Historical Park is the largest living history attraction in North America and is a Canadian Signature Experience.

Thundercat...American Bass Guitarist… Thundercat was also an Aime…A reboot of the original 1980s TV series of the same name (which ran from 1985 to 1987), ThunderCats was produced and developed by American studio Warner Bros. Animation and animated by Japanese studio Studio 4°C, and combined elements of western animation with Japanese anime.

Thunder Birds…A blast from the past…A classic British Science Fiction series was first released in 1965.

It’s been updated somewhat since then. with “Thunder Birds Go”..there have also been numerous other films

“Thunder Ally was a 1967 film a stock car racing drama set in the south and starring one-time teen idols Fabian and Annette Funicello along with Warren Berlinger and Diane McBane.

Thunderheart was released in 1992 and starred Val Kilmer, Sam Shepard and Graham Greene where An FBI man with a Sioux background is sent to a reservation to help with a murder investigation, where he has to come to terms with his heritage. This film was based on actual Reservation occurrences of the ’70s.

Did you know?

Thunderegg…(or thunder egg) is a nodule-like rock, similar to a filled geode, that is formed within rhyolitic volcanic ash layers.

Thunder shirt … A classic dig anxiety jacket for Dogs or Cats.

Thunder Rosa  …American Professional Wrestler.

ThunderBolt…A single discharge of lightning with the accompanying thunder.

Green Thunder…is a delicious cheese made with roasted garlic and aromatic garden herbs. This beautiful cheese combines the savoury depth of mature Cheddar with the perfect balance of garlic and herbs. This well-balanced cheese from Snowdonia Cheese Company has won a Gold medal at the Global Cheese Awards. Try it with oatcakes, melted on toast or paired with a herbal gin cocktail.

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Thor...the Norse God of thunder and lightning…Legend tells us he was the fiercest of warriors.

Thunder Bugs …Tiny black insects which appear in hot weather…they tend to appear just before a thunderstorm. They love hot and dry conditions. They don’t really fly but, with a warm breeze, they can travel from plant to plant.

Thunderstorms…I love a good storm…so what causes thunderstorms? …Thunderstorms thrive under certain conditions. The two most basic elements that cause a thunderstorm to develop are:

  • Moisture
  • Rapidly rising warm air

­Because moisture and warmth are crucial to thunderstorms, it makes sense that they would occur more often in the spring and summer, particularly in humid areas such as the southeastern United States. The high humidity, in conjunction with warm temperat­ures, creates massive amounts of warm, moist air rising into the atmosphere, where it can easily form a thunderstorm.

Did you know?

Thundersnow is an unusual kind of thunderstorm where snowfalls as the primary precipitation instead of rain.

In 1955, a thunderstorm in Belgium set off 40,000 pounds of buried explosives left over from the WW1 battle of Messines, with the only casualty being a single cow.

Dirty Thunderstorm’…Lightning can occur during a volcanic eruption, creating what is called a Dirty Thunderstorm.

A thunderstorm named ‘Hector the Convector’ forms over Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia, from approximately September to March every year.

The most thundery place on Earth is believed to be Tororo, Uganda, where it thunders 251 days a year.

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Thunder Bird Falls …Alaska is classified as an easy hike…The Eklutna River, the river the falls flows into, is home to many salmon. Thunderbird falls purifies the water and infuses it with oxygen, helping the salmon and other aquatic organisms that live in the runoffs of the falls survive and thrive. Salmon of course also attract predators, such as bears.

Black, brown, and grizzly bear all inhabit this area. The river is also home to otters and species of fish other than salmon. Moose are another animal common to this area along with a large variety of birds, most famously eagles and ravens. These birds create homes in the large trees because they provide advantageous nesting areas near their primary source of food, fish.

It sounds like paradise to me…

My final tune...was a choice between Springsteen with Thunder Road, Ozzie Osbourne with Thunder Underground or Fleetwood Mac with Thunder only happens when it’s Raining...However, after blasting your eardrums with AC/DC I thought listening to Stevie Nix was fitting to end with…Enjoy!

I had fun writing this post as it prompted a few memories…I hope you enjoyed the read…

See you tomorrow for my weekly roundup, thank you for popping in have a great evening xxx