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Whimsical Wednesdays…with Carol…

Thank you for joining me once again on Whimsical Wednesday when anything goes..wherever my thoughts take me or when something stops me in my tracks and makes think or when something just wows me…

So come with me and see what has astonished or wowed me this week and what memories have been evoked…I do hope you enjoy and please if it evokes any memories for you please share…

I love honey it has numerous health benefits and healing properties I am also so lucky that I have a source of fresh honey here…

World Honey Bee day is held on the 3rd Saturday in August which is this coming Saturday…Becoming more and more important as Honey Bees are under threat …  Playing an important role in our ecosystem threats to their habit, crop spraying with chemicals so many things are now threatening the existence of honey bees…

What should we do? 

HOW WE CAN OBSERVE #WorldHoneyBeeDay

  • Collect and spread local wildflower seeds to promote honey bee pollination.
  • Flavours of honey vary depending on the variety of flowers and nectar available to the bees.
  • Clover, alfalfa, lavender, orange, and chestnut are just a few to choose from.
  • Replace your usual sweetener with honey for the day. Taste the difference!
  • Give the gift of honey to a friend, neighbour, co-worker or family member.

Don’t forget to share with your honey, too! Use #WorldHoneyBeeDay to post on social media.

Now for a short story…

.My Friend...

My mind, at sixes and sevens I strolled from Boat Avenue towards Bliss Beach Club…..would Annie like what I had carefully picked for her, a beautiful Pashmina and that cat…It had jumped off the shelf. Saying buy me!

The first to arrive, that Pineapple shake went down a treat.

It was lovely here…calm and peaceful, the waves gently lapping on the sand, telling a story to those who can hear.

bangtao-beach-Phuket

Soft music, everyone carefree and beautiful.

A virtually cloudless sky!

Me, my heart is sad.

Sad Annie is leaving, sad that this beautiful island has lost its charm for my friend.

Sad for the girls who take what they want.

Sad for the men who think the girls really want them!

Sad for the innocent who will replace them.

A perpetual never-ending cycle.

Sad it won’t change for a while or even a long time.

So much sadness and yet what is displayed in front of me masks all that. Affluent men still attached to their phones, their home so far away… their eyes searching, predatory. .But who is the prey….they think they know…..But do they?????

Goodbye Annie. God bless, may you find peace and love when you get back home x

By Carol Taylor…

August 1971 …Paula and Linda McCartney released ” Back seat of my car”

 

London always has lots to do during the school holiday many exhibitions and shows to keep the kids(and0 parents happy…

This one will appeal to the boys, big or small and their dad’s…

BA 2019 Flights of the Future…

Look to the future of flying when jet propulsion and automation could be a reality.

Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s Square, King’s Road, London, SW3 4SQ

Tube: Sloane Square Station

Dates: 1st to 26th August 2019

BA 2119: Flight of the Future

British Airways celebrates 100 years of flying this summer with its major new exhibition, BA 2119: Flight of the Future. Taking place at the Saatchi Gallery and created in partnership with the Royal College of Art, the exhibition is the first-of-its-kind and will explore the future of aviation based on in-depth global research commissioned by the airline.

Just what will flying look like in 20 to 60 years with advanced jet propulsion, hyper-personalisation, automation and AI? An immersive, full-motion VR experience will chart the history of aviation while 40 postgraduate students from the Royal College of Art present a new project that imagines the future of flying in both digital and physical form.

You all know that I love food...I also love great restaurants, quirky restaurants…One of my favourite chefs for that is Michael O’Hare from Man Behind the Curtain in Leeds…

To me, it doesn’t matter if it is a tiny place with plastic chairs if the food is memorable I will love it and remember it…

I read this post the other day…and it struck a chord with me it is a place I would love to visit …my hubby would not…He is a meat and two veg man who likes a full plate and doesn’t like fancy food…He always asks… that was my starter where is the main course? No finesse…haha…I don’t even think an 18-course gestation menu would please him…

road to the restaurant

Pop over to Freja Travels and you will be treated to glorious photos of all the course from this little restaurant in the middle of nowhere with 2 Michelin stars…Enjoy!

Amazing restaurant in the middle of nowhere…

 

Did you know?

Tomorrow is Lemon Meringue pie day…My fellow blogger Sheryl featured a lovely blueberry meringue pie the other day and a conversation about how meringue pies didn’t seem to get a mention much now …Maybe we can start a revival?

Limelemon meringu Pie

Carol’s Lime Meringue Pie …

 

Sadly for the world of music on August the 16th 1977…The King of Rock & Roll…Elvis Presley died…I remember it well as we were on holiday with my mother in law…

Can I pick a favourite track? In a word…No!

 

Floating markets...we have many here and they are exotic and quite spectacular…This one you will be able to find on the Grand Union Canal which is part of the British canal system when some of the barges will be opening their hatches as from today 14th for 5 days there will be the return of Paddingtons floating market…

 

floating market london

Photo credit: wirewiper on VisualHunt / CC BY-NC-ND

Enjoy the sun wherever you are in the world and if it is a tad nippy then wrap warm and have a piece of meringue pie…..xx

Thank you for reading my whimsical ramblings I do hope you enjoyed and it bought back some memories… 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!

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.com/i/caroltaylor3 

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

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

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

Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol

Thank you for joining me once again on Whimsical Wednesday when anything goes..wherever my thoughts take me or when something stops me in my tracks and makes think or when something just wows me…

As sun sea and sand have featured quite highly on my radar the last few weeks and will again very soon as in a few weeks I am off to Pattaya to see one of my besties…

Time for a story…One which evoked memories of sun, sea and sand…This very short story came about when on a writers retreat we were given a Salt Water Taffy and five minutes to write our thoughts down…

Salt Water Taffy( 3)

Salt Water Taffy by Carol Taylor.

Brilliant turquoise in colour, my fingers now sticky on my screen, sweet nothing on my tongue with a sort of fudge-like texture.  Would I eat another?

“No”

The disappointment flooded over me when I realized it wasn’t a blueberry flavour.

But, instead, it invoked pictures in my memory of a hazy blue sea,  sailboats, men in boaters,  ladies in bloomers and those wonderful beach huts which are now so in vogue. Children running along with kites, donkey rides on the clean white sand. Ice Cream and Candyfloss

How one tiny rectangle of sweet stickiness could evoke long-forgotten memories of an idyllic childhood was truly amazing.

Long Live Salt Water Taffy.

What is salt Water Taffy then where did it originate?

No one really knows but a man called Joseph Fralinger who was a former glassblower and fish merchant from Atlantic City opened a small concession in the mid-1880’s selling lemonade. After taking over a taffy stand he began to perfect his own recipe for Taffy. An entrepreneur at heart he packed one pound oyster boxes with Salt Water Taffy and launched the first ” Atlantic City Souvenir” today this one-pound box still remains the most popular souvenir.

Today there are over 155 flavours of Salt Water Taffy and not a drop of seawater to be seen

The birth flower of August is the lovely poppy…A beautiful but delicate flower and the birthstone is the pretty green Peridot however in Tibetan history it is the mystical Diamond which is the birthstone.

I grew up watching Laurel and Hardy...Slapstick comedy was all the rage and I still sort of prefer it to some of the comedy about now…On this day in 1957, Oliver Hardy sadly passed away but left a legacy in the minds of many…1892-1957 R.I.P…Thank you, Ollie and Stan, for the memories…

On August the 6th 1859...A pill to cure all ills was launched…Beecham Pills …I remember those little sachets of powder the Beecham Powder which mum gave us in water for most ailments…So popular was it that no one doubted its extravagant claim in the worlds first advertising slogan.

Beechams Pills

Photo credit: Medical Heritage Library, Inc. on VisualHunt.com / CC BY-NC-SA

The sandwich was named after the Earl of sandwich when he was busy playing cards and feeling hungry and on a winning streak, he asked for some meat to be put between two slices of bread…Thus the sandwich was born…I am guessing that as it has been around since approx 1762 that it is not going to be obsolete any time soon and it has certainly come a long way since then the most expensive sandwich is this one and it holds the Guinness Book Of Record title …..That is some cheese sandwich…

Tomorrow is the date of one of the most talked-about robberies Great Train Robbery…The robbery is one of Britain’s most notorious crimes.

The Great Train Robbery was the robbery of £2.6 million from a Royal Mail train heading from Glasgow to London on the West Coast Main Line in the early hours of 8 August 1963, at Bridego Railway Bridge, Ledburn, near Mentmore in Buckinghamshire, England.

After tampering with the lineside signals in order to bring the train to a halt, a gang of fifteen, led by Bruce Reynolds, attacked the train. Other gang members included Gordon Goody, Buster Edwards, Charlie Wilson, Roy James, John Daly, Jimmy White, Ronnie Biggs, Tommy Wisbey, Jim Hussey, Bob Welch and Roger Cordrey, as well as three men known only as numbers “1”, “2” and “3”. A 16th man, an unnamed retired train driver, was also present.

The one who got away…

This week is also National Smile Week, August 5-11th. 

a smile

Cake covered face

Smiling makes me feel good and it helps you live longer…it boosts the immune system, it is contagious and I would rather catch a smile than a cold…Wouldn’t you? So don’t forget to smile today!

Smiling Is Infectious
Author Unknown

Smiling is infectious,
you catch it like the flu,
When someone smiled at me today,
I started smiling too.

I passed around the corner
and someone saw my grin.
When he smiled I realized
I’d passed it on to him.

I thought about that smile,
then I realized its worth.
A single smile, just like mine
could travel round the earth.

So, if you feel a smile begin,
don’t leave it undetected.
Let’s start an epidemic quick,
and get the world

Smiling and music I think go together …August 1985 saw Barbra Streisand record her Broadway album also the song “Tik Tok” was the Billboard song of the year in August 2010 sang by Kesha…It is a catchy little tune which is still very popular today but I have opted for my song of the week a Streisand song and one of my favourites…Streisand dueting with Barry Gibb…

Of course, I do always pop a recipe in here somewhere as you all know that CarolCooks2 and today I am over @ Sally’s for my Cookery Column…This week was a bit of a saga as having made a scrumptious salmon burger I thought I would share some burger recipes as they are popular…Some of my images had become corrupted so I thought time to make some and take more pictures so of I went shopping sourced minced beef and some other food items and then I couldn’t get burger buns for love or money…

My post was done..written minus some images…I should have known to get the most important item first as shopping can be hit and miss here…For example, I have a recipe I want to try using Jalapenos… I have been trying for a few weeks to get them to no avail…I couldn’t get the wrappers I req either until yesterday so they went in the basket ready for when I can get jalapenos… I did, however, get burger buns so tonight it will be assorted burgers and hopefully, I will get some good images…

chicken breasts with tomatoes courgettes and peppers

It was then a quick think about something quick to do that I hadn’t done before so chicken breasts and a deconstructed crumble was the order of the day…For the recipes click the link to Sally’s blog above …

You have probably gathered by now that some of my cooking ingredients are scarce and sometimes difficult to obtain …I have to plan accordingly…But it is warm and the sun shines…x

Thank you for reading my whimsical ramblings I do hope you enjoyed and it bought back some memories… 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!

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.com/i/caroltaylor3 

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

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

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

 

 

 

Whimsical Wednesday… with Carol …

Thank you for joining me once again on Whimsical Wednesday when anything goes..wherever my thoughts take me or when something stops me in my tracks and makes think or when something just wows me…I returned from sunny Phuket, Thailand yesterday …My tan is topped up as a sea breeze mixed with water and sun soon does that…

I enjoyed a nice few days with my daughter which was wonderful and has gladdened my heart…now I am back to normal or as normal as I will ever be…haha

Great food and beaches…BBQ fish, white sand and blue sea and sky…

Sadly on this day in 2009 the legend who was  Sir Bobby Robson, English professional football player and manager (b. 1933) …Passed away…

A legend…R.I.P.

Back on the subject of food, today is National Avocado Day…Depending on where you live you may also be able to get FREE…Guacamole…

Holy guacamole!

All-day on Wednesday, July 31, Chipotle Mexican Grill is offering free guacamole on any entree purchased in Chipotle’s app, for delivery and order ahead, or on chipotle.com.

The promotion is in honour of National Avacado Day. Guacamole usually costs $1.95 alone or $3.25 combined with chips.

The offer is only valid on July 31 and is limited to one free guacamole per entree. No promotion code is required, but a $10 minimum on delivery applies.

And no I am not on a commission of any sort…haha…Enjoy!

Italian by birth all of  Christopher Columbus’s explorations were carried out from Spain with the support of the Catholic Monarchs of Spain and in 1498 on this day  Christopher Columbus discovered the island of Trinidad on his third voyage…

Time for a Short Story…By Carol Ann Taylor…

Snow Storm…

The snow was coming down thick and fast, the weather had changed from a few light flurries of snow which didn’t settle, into a raging blizzard with frightening speed. The windscreen wipers struggling to keep the snow off the windscreen, it was building up with alarming speed and ferocity, Jenny knew if she didn’t get to Sally’s soon she would have to stop and clear the windscreen as her driving visibility was fading fast the windscreen wipers getting slower and slower as the snow built up, she was squinting to see clearly. There were already cars and lorries abandoned on the roadside, the weather was getting pretty dire and Jenny was getting worried.

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Wearing heels and a short dress  was definitely not the most suitable clothing to brave the elements in if she had to get out of the car and walk and to make matters worse she had forgotten to put her warm jacket and boots in the car, well, the weatherman had said a mild Christmas was on the cards.

I hope Sally is ready, and I don’t have to wait or we will be lucky to get to mums in time for lunch. Then snow or no snow she will have something to say. Jenny could just hear her mother saying “I see the pair of you turned up just in time to eat and I suppose you will both be off soon after, some work excuse or other, you don’t think about your old mum and dad spending most of Christmas alone do you? You just wait until you have kids and they treat your home like a restaurant” Then you will know how we feel, you mark my words.

“There will be no both of us now mum” Jenny thought.

The car sputtered to a halt outside Sally’s little flat. Jenny could hardly see out of the windows  and she recalled that time 10 years ago when getting out of the car had also been a struggle as she battled the wind and driving snow while trying to open her car door, how she struggled up the path to the front door her face stinging from the driving snow. Stamping her feet to remove the snow as she went up the steps to Sally’s front door, how the door was swinging backwards and forwards in the wind and how she thought that Sally couldn’t have closed it properly when she came home last night.

Jenny remembered calling Sally’s name as she stepped inside the tiny flat, how the heat hit her and how she involuntarily shivered and felt a chill run through her. How the kitchen was tidy except for last night’s dinner plate in the sink, the cat was mewing outside sounding desperate to come into the warm, his scratching getting more and more frantic, breaking the silence. The living room was quiet except for the Christmas tunes that Sally loved, playing quietly in the background, the tree lights twinkled, the presents unopened around the little tree, except for one which lay on the chair the pretty wrapping paper discarded on the floor.

Tap, tap on the window, the noise made Jenny jump it was Mrs Brown next door saying. “Come on in Lovie don’t sit out here all on your own, you will freeze to death. Come on in and have a hot toddy with us before you go to your mum’s.”

‘Thank you, Mrs Brown I was just……

“Oh love, don’t cry said Mrs Brown. Sally has gone, she is not coming back, you know that don’t you?”

“I know, said Jenny tears running down her cheeks, I know.”

The End!

In 1703 Novelist Daniel Defoe is placed in a pillory for the crime of seditious libel after publishing a politically satirical pamphlet but is pelted with flowers…

Time for some music… 

 

Cliff Richard first No. 1 was 60 years ago today. Written by Lionel Bart.

July 1959 Cliff Richard and the Shadows have their 1st British No. 1 single with “Living’ Doll” (biggest British single of 1959)

My mum’s sister was a great Cliff Richard fan and they took me to my first concert…

Then we have the Stones…

Always causing controversy The Rolling Stones on Jul 31, 1964, at a Rolling Stone concert in Ireland the concert was halted after 12 minutes due to a riot.

As it is National Guacamole Day ...What better than some avocado recipes…

Guacamole…

homemade guacamole

 

  • I avocado
  • 1 ripe tomato
  •  1 finely chopped shallot or green onion…I prefer shallots
  • I  birds eye chilli finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp of fresh coriander
  • Salt and black pepper for seasoning
  • Lime juice

Let’s Cook!

Peel and roughly chop the avocado stir in the chopped onion, chilli, tomatoes and the coriander. Season to taste with salt and black pepper and a generous squeeze of lime juice.

Cover the bowl with clingfilm and chill before serving.

Avocado mashed on some lovely wholemeal bread or sourdough toasted with smoked salmon or hardboiled eggs is a lovely healthy snack at any time of the day…

Apple, Avocado and cucumber salad.

  • avocados, ripe (halved, pitted, peeled and sliced)
  • 2 apples cored and sliced with skin
  • A half a long cucumber or a whole small cucumber
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup of almonds, slivered and toasted
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
Let’s Cook!

Put apples, avocados and cucumber in a bowl, set aside.

Mix mustard, olive oil, lime juice, in small bowl and season with salt and pepper.

Mix with a whisk until thickened.

Pour dressing over salad and sprinkle with parsley and almonds.

Mix and serve.

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This salad is lovely with poached salmon or chicken…Or just with some fresh crusty bread…

My favourite is this one…Mango and avocado with red onion…

  • 1 mango, diced
  • 1 medium avocado, diced
  • 1/ 2 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 bunch fresh coriander (about 1/2 cup chopped)
  • Juice of 1 medium lime (about 2tbsp)
  • 1/4 tsp salt and a pinch of black pepper, to taste

Let’s Cook!

In a medium bowl, combine diced mango, avocado, finely chopped red onion and chopped coriander. If you like a hint of spice like me then add chopped chilli…

mango and avocado salsa

Squeeze 2tbsp of fresh lime juice over the top and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Toss gently to combine and serve. If not serving right away, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.

Telecommunications are so advanced now but did you know that in 1879 The first cable connection between South Africa and Europe is laid by the British electrical engineer Charles Tilston Bright as part of his project to link the British Empire with growing telecommunications technologies.

 

Thank you for reading my whimsical ramblings I do hope you enjoyed and it bought back some memories… 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!

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.com/i/caroltaylor3 

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

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

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

Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

Good morning and thank you for joining me once again on Whimsical Wednesday when anything goes..wherever my thoughts take me or when something stops me in my tracks and makes think or when something just wows me…

Tequila…

National Tequila Day returns July 24 to celebrate your favourite Mexican spirit. Whether you take your tequila silver or gold, with lime and salt or as a margarita …Enjoy!

Did you know? William Archibald Spooner was along serving Oxford Don who was renowned for his absentmindedness he was the master at muddling his words and that is how the phrase “a spoonerism” came about.

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Peter Sellers...A Master impressionist Peter Sellers was born Richard Henry Sellers on September 8, 1925, in Southsea, Hampshire, England. His parents, Agnes (Peg) and Bill Sellers, called him Peter in memory of his stillborn older brother. Sellers’ parents were vaudeville entertainers, and at two days old, Sellers was carried onto the stage at King’s Theatre. He spent his childhood travelling the vaudeville circuit, where he gained a fondness for entertaining and a desire to succeed beyond the realm of vaudeville.

The Goon Show was a favourite in many households…Even Buckingham Palace as Prince  Charles was a huge fan of The Goon Show’s surreal radio sketches, starring Sir Harry Secombe, Spike Milligan, Peter Sellers and Michael Bentine, since his school days and reveals how he could once mimic all the characters they created.

After appearing in over 60 films as well as on numerous radio and television shows throughout his career, Sellers died of a heart attack on July 24, 1980. Displaying his unending sense of humour, the comic said good-bye with one last joke. At Sellers’ request, the song “In The Mood” was played at his funeral, a tune that he hated. According to biographer Roger Lewis, Sellers had told his son Michael that the song was “wonderfully inappropriate – hence, wonderfully appropriate – for solemn occasions.”

On this day in 1969, we saw the safe landing of Apollo 11 as it splashes down in the Pacific Ocean…History was made…I remember us all huddling around our TV set…Just awestruck…Wow so long ago…

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Image by WikiImages from Pixabay

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/50-years-ago-apollo-11-the-journey-home

Time for a Short Story…By Carol Ann Taylor…

The Pink Ape.

While on a writers retreat we were given prompts and 25 minutes to write:  Uruguay, Retired Prostitute and Gracious. These were my first prompts…. for the second prompts I received “Who is that colourful character.”

This trip was to Koh Panyee a village floating on the water, supported on bamboo stilts.

I have used the theme of the Pink ape throughout two different exercises and have merged them into one story. I hope you like it…

 

Greta was en-route from Uruguay after a particularly arduous, fruitless trek through the forest lands bordering the Uruguay River on yet another frustrating excursion. No Pink Ape anywhere to be seen.

Ever since Greta had read an article in a wildlife magazine about Jungle Jim and his search for the Pink Ape she had fantasized that she would be the first to find him. Jungle Jim’s father had spotted and nearly captured The Pink Ape in the early ’50s and on one expedition his father had disappeared without a trace. As soon as Jungle Jim finished his schooling he packed his rucksack and started his search, hoping to find his father and the Pink Ape. Since reading this Greta had contacted Jungle Jim and had been funding his trips ever since.

It was now becoming an expensive pastime or indeed Greta was in her own words becoming obsessed; intent on being the first person to find a Pink Ape.

Jungle Jim though appeared to be on a mission, involving relieving her of her hard-earned cash as fast as he could. Time after time she found she was on another wild goose chase.

Greta gracious to the last could not get angry with Jim but her ever-decreasing bank balance was plummeting downwards at great speed.

Bump! The plane landed. Walking across the hot, melting tarmac, the sun blazing down she saw Jungle Jim waiting.

“Greta, I have another great lead, this one’s a dead cert.”

“Come on Jim, no more, I have no funds left for another trip.”

“This one’s kosher, a definite sighting.”

Greta sighed….A Pink Ape.

The widow of one of the world’s richest men and now it was all nearly gone on her quest. Greta, however, was not one to give up.

Imagine the headline…..widow of John. D. Rocking chair finds elusive “Pink Ape”

The ringing of her phone interrupted her thoughts “Hello”…she listened…sighed….” How much? Where?”

One must do what one must do to find the Pink Ape, she thought.

Shelving her quest for a while on her return Greta decided to join a group of friends on a Writers Retreat for some much-needed relaxation and writing.

Annie the host had organized trips out and other innovative ways of stretching their imaginations. It worked. The little band of scribes wrote, the words flowing from their pens.

The writers had workshops on the beach,  watched slides, picked words from an envelope, closed their eyes and stabbed their fingers to somewhere randomly on a map. All of this inspired the writers to write and write they did with abandon.

Today Greta and her writer friends were going to Koh Panyee a village floating on the sea, the houses supported on bamboo stilts, another inspirational trip.

The day began with yoga and breakfast, Greta’s was a Thai omelette and a fruit platter, and soon it was time to go.

A slightly overcast day, grey and black clouds chasing each other across the sky as the writers set off on another adventure, a trip to get their thoughts flowing, exciting, so much fun. Into the bus, they clambered chattering away like magpies. Soon they arrived at Sarasin Bridge, through the checkpoint, leaving the island of Phuket behind. The tour guide Toon told tales of lovers who jumped into those waters many years ago. A story of forbidden love ending tragically is the bridges most legendary love story.

Just as in that other famous tale of forbidden love, Romeo & Juliet, the lovers made their way to Sarasin Bridge and with a loincloth, they tethered themselves to each other, one last emotional clinch and they jumped. When their bodies were finally recovered, it is said that they were still locked in their deathly lovers embrace.

Arriving at the port the writers alighted from the bus, trooped across the dusty road, a quick wee-wee and some impromptu hat shopping. Time to go, some climbing awkwardly, particularly Greta, on to the boat, ready for the journey, away they chugged, spray refreshing on their faces; towards their destination.

 

 

Limestone Kharts Koh Panyee

Calm and peaceful they passed imposing limestone karsts rising majestically out of the emerald- green sea; on the opposite banks, a total contrast was Mango swamps eerie but beautiful. Greta shivered involuntarily imagining snakes and who knows what else lurking within. Maybe even a Pink Ape.

Suddenly the village appeared, brightly coloured shacks mixing with others, weathered and worn. Wandering through little Soi’s delighting at the beautiful pearls fashioned into necklaces, bracelets and earrings, dried fish, spicy, sweet mixes, wooden carvings of elephants. Those frogs that made a croaking sound when you ran the stick down its back, beautiful batiks lovingly fashioned, much to see and delight at.

Amongst it all daily life meandered slowly alongside, men mending fishing nets, old ladies asleep in the doorways of their house or chattering in little groups, small boys laughing and swimming in the murky water below us, while Greta just imagined what dangers lurked in those same waters.

What was that? A quick movement had caught her eye, was that a flash of pink?

Greta turned. Nothing!

The air hot, humid; Greta’s need for water and sustenance was now a must, Greta made her way over uneven boards to a small restaurant to join her fellow writers. Plate after plate of delicious food was carried out to their table by a smiling Thai lady.

Tummy’s full of curried crab, prawns, fried rice and morning glory, fingers smelling of that curry, but, Oh, What fun to eat.

Sadly, the time had come to leave this village floating on bamboo poles; rain which had threatened to fall all day finally came down. Moving inside the restaurant to escape the downpour the gang of scribe’s people watched and dreamed of what they would write. Suddenly a small child unable to get his way erupted…what a tantrum, his mother tried to reason with him, that didn’t work and then exasperated she smacked him…Did he stop? Oh No! He was in full flight.

Along came daddy, picked him up and cuddled him. Mum’s face was a picture and one which those of us with children could relate too…Oh Yes!

The rain had eased, into the boat they climbed, tired, ready for the journey home. Skillfully navigating the receding waters, the long tail boat moved swiftly with its now-familiar chugging sound, they were homeward bound. How busy this channel was now, lots of boats backwards and forwards, happy tourists, waving at all and sundry.

The tide now low, exposing the roots of the mangroves, creepy and beautiful.

Settling back, totally relaxed… A flash of pink caught Greta’s eye.

Sitting, waving from a gnarled branch was Jungle Jim the ever-elusive Pink Ape draped around his neck!

Time for some music… 

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July 1965 and Bob Dylan released ” Like a Rolling Stone” …Fast forward to 1984 and we have George Michael and “Careless Whisper both to me iconic songs and both have invoked precious memories…

That must have been so awesome to watch live…I am envious of anyone who did…Did you?

Just in case...You may have skipped past that bit…I have limes in abundance now where is that bottle of…Tequila!

 

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It’s National Tequila Day! Just saying

Image by Ernesto Rodriguez from Pixabay

Lastly carrying on with the theme...If you have been reading you will know…haha…

Thai crab curry is a wonderful thing and has to be eaten with your hands which will smell of curry for a while afterwards but leave you with a feeling of satisfaction which is amazing.

Let’s Cook!

1 Large crab ( 2.5-3lbs)

1 1/2 cups spring onions and coriander chopped

2tbsp garlic rough chopped

1 egg beaten

1tbsp roasted chilli in oil(prik pao)

1/2 cup of milk or coconut milk

1/4 tsp Thai pepper powder

1tbsp Waugh’s curry powder

2tbsp Oyster sauce

3tbsp oil

3/4 cup of water.

Wash and clean crab, remove the shell and internal organs. Chop into large pieces.

In a small bowl mix milk, egg and chilli paste. Set aside.

Heat oil over medium heat add the garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes.

Add crab and stir then add curry powder. Stir well and add water. Cook for 5 minutes. Pour in egg and Oyster sauce stirring until the egg mixture is cooked then cook 6-8 mins or until crab is cooked.

Add spring onions and coriander stir well and add Thai chilli oil. Sprinkle with Thai pepper powder.

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Transfer crab to a serving dish and serve with steamed rice.

Enjoy!

And as it is National Tequila day crab curry would be a great way to help the Tequila down…Don’t you think????

Thank you for reading my whimsical ramblings I do hope you enjoyed and it bought back some memories…Tequila! 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!

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.com/i/caroltaylor3 

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

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

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

Whimsical Wednesday… with Carol…

Welcome to the second week of Whimsical Wednesday’s…Today is one of my favourite days well not just a day as it is National Coconut Day no less…I mean living here the coconut is king for me …The lovely fresh coconut juice that I enjoy fresh from the drupe…To the lovely soft flesh of the young coconut which we feed to babies here..their first taste of a semi-solid food…

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Our coconut palm

The Beautiful Thai curries which contain coconut milk…Coconut features in so many Thai recipes… The Coconut!

The coconut also features in one of my cocktails which I will be sipping on the beach in Phuket in a few weeks time…

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June the 26th is the 177th day of the year(178 leap year) in the Gregorian Calendar…188 days remain…Just saying…Haha

Time for a story… Biscuit Crumbs…By Carol Ann Taylor…

Crash! Ouch!

 Trying to manoeuvre gracefully around the oil drum directly in my path I succeeded in clattering right into it. The biscuits I carried flew into the air and landed as crumbs among the shattered remnants of my plate.

“So pleased it wasn’t the best bone china”

The errant skateboard carried on for a few seconds and I was most unceremoniously dumped on my butt.

Ouch!

“That hurt.”

Watching my young grandson weave in and out with effortless grace on his skateboard evoked memories of my younger days when I was in marketing. My colleagues and I roller skating into an employer’s office to make our sales presentation.

It had gone so well on that occasion.

 This had seemed like a brilliant idea, a novel way of presenting my Cup Cakes to Waitrose.

“What on earth was I thinking?”

Damm!  And ouch!  Back to the drawing board.

The End.

The first Grand Prix was held in Le mans, France on this day in June. The first driver past the finishing post was Ferenc Szisz driving for Renault…I am sure you are wondering why I am mentioning this…As a newlywed, before we set off on our honeymoon… yes folks… honeymoon, my new hubby who worked for Williams made a detour to Silverstone for the Grand Prix…To say I was not exactly overjoyed is a fact and maybe a sign of things to come…

Time for a recipe…

Spicy Pork Balls… These lovely pork balls are a favourite with everyone who tries them and as it is National Coconut Day there is no better recipe as they contain freshly shredded coconut and lots of it…They are so yummy…

Thai spicy pork balls with dip and white cabbage leaves

 

Ingredients:

  • 500 gms cold cooked rice.
  • 250 gms minced pork.
  • 150 gm coconut flesh. I have a funny little gadget that I bought long ago and I scrape the flesh out of a fresh coconut…
  • 1-3 tbsp red curry paste.
  • 2-3 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar.
  • 2 eggs beaten.

Let’s Cook!

Mix all ingredients together it will be slightly sticky. With wet hands shape into medium sized balls about 3-4 cm.

Heat oil until hot but not smoking as the outside will cook before the inside and cook rice balls 15-20 minutes until brown and cooked through.

These balls are best eaten with a piece of white cabbage, some diced ginger and chilli put ball or part of it on cabbage and wrap around, squeeze some lime juice over it and eat, it is a crunchy fusion of Thai flavours, so yummy.

Enjoy!

Now for some music...

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Image by Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay

2018 Barry Gibbs of the Bee Gees was knighted by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace…I love the Bee Gees…I think my favourite track is To Love Somebody…or Massachusetts…  or ??? It is sometimes so very hard to pick a favourite, isn’t it??

Elvis and how I like to remember him and not that bloated figure in his last concert…

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Image by Karen Arnold from Pixabay

The last concert photos of Elvis were taken on June 26th 1977 in Indianapolis…I personally think it was such a waste to the music Industry that his excesses caused his death…He will live on forever through his music …My favourite track… there are so many and I can’t choose…What is your favourite Elvis track???

Back to the UK and The Byrds…

1965 on this day saw The Byrds and Mr Tamberine man..Hit the number 1 spot in the top 100 charts it was also the only song written by Bob Dylan to top that chart…

WordPress and my blog...Just a heads Up…I had a little problem that someone who made a comment on my blog which I approved then started to make a comment on all your comments as if he knew you…He soon got relegated to spam and it seems to have done the trick…

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I didn’t like it all those years ago when my mother used it for sandwiches and I don’t like this version…Spam not allowed on this blog…Begone!

That’s it for this week so do you have a sore throat from singing along to Jail House Rock or were you tapping your toes?  …Thank you for reading my whimsical ramblings I do hope you enjoyed and it bought back some memories 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!

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.com/i/caroltaylor3 

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

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://carolcooks2.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

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

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up -Herbie Hancock, Gems from Your Archives and Talkative Parrots.

A fantastic week from Sally including potato soup one of my favourites from Jacquie, Jazz from Will, lots of stories, A trip to Rome and much more… on that note I am going to get some shuteye to catch up on my beauty sleep after my weekend of food and frolics in Bangkok…Enjoy!

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to the round up of posts on the blog you might have missed this week.

We currently have a digger in the back garden, a cement filled trench awaiting blocks for a retaining wall and mounds of earth, that I am sure will be turned into a wonderfully landscaped vista by the end of the week.. that’s the plan anyway.

I had to do a complete replant of my pots this week as the ones I bought from a supermarket as good value, turned out to be duds.. I did think when I put them in that they were too dry and watered them and gave them some feed but after two weeks of TLC… most had died. Anyway… I went to my usual garden centre and paid a bit more and they are all thriving. Just goes to show sometimes bargains do not work out. It is the…

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A short story…#10… Prompt… Time Warp

The Lovely Lorna over @ Gin and Lemonade has set weekly challenges we are #10 and the prompt Time Warp…

The Old Junk Shop.

 

Off we set our little group of scribes, another day, another adventure devised to get our creative juices going, some of us decided we would go in the tuk-tuk, one brave soul had a dream to fulfil and stood holding tightly to the back of the tuk-tuk like we watched the local’s doing and the remainder of our intrepid little band of writers elected to walk.

“Rather you than me in this heat,”

We set off down the hill, around the corner and within minutes pulled up outside a virtual Aladdin’s Cave. Yippee!  Who knows what goodies and treasures lurk within?

The little old Thai lady was sitting somewhere in the middle like a jewel in a crown and looking somewhat amused at all these farangs who were coming straight for him from all directions.

Wandering along those dusty aisles looking for that special find, so much to see, suddenly, clumsy klutz that I am, I tripped and went flying through the gap that had suddenly appeared before me. Landing on my butt the freezing wet, cold hit me!

Looking around all I could see was snow. Snow!

Must have hit my head I thought. I know I was sweating buckets and wished I was cooler. But this?

Standing, gingerly I looked around in amazement, all I could see was white, white and more white.

I must be dreaming.

But no, here I was, standing in the snow in my flip-flops.

Looking around I noticed a beautiful bush laden with red flowers, bending to smell them, the perfume wafting upwards invaded my senses, and it conjured up pictures of pine trees and Christmas.  Plucking one of the flowers I straightened up.

This was eerie, so silent, no sounds, just quiet. Shivering, my arms and legs blue, with cold. I wrapped my arms around me tightly for some warmth. My short skirt and the flimsy top I was wearing was no barrier against the icy, bitter cold.

“Hello?”

My voice trembling from the cold was tinged with fear. I was getting scared.

“Hello, anyone,  is anyone there?”

The only thing I could hear was my voice echoing in the stillness. I began to panic, my throat was contracting, my lips were dry. I stepped forward  Then the blackness engulfed me.

“Carol, Carol are you ok?” Someone was slapping the side of my face. I opened my eyes to see Anne looking down at me, with a worried expression on her face. I gingerly moved my legs, my arms; everything seemed to be in working order. I was back!

Anne and Jason helped me to my feet and walked me slowly to the waiting tuk-tuk. I must have been dreaming. Feeling something in my hand I slowly opened it and my eyes widened.

Nestled in the palm of my hand was a beautiful red flower.

By Carol Ann Taylor

https://ginlemonade.com/2018/11/04/if-we-were-having-coffee-during-nanowrimo-with-a-writing-prompt/

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 you will be made welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride 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

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great weekend xx

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