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Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

Good morning and welcome to my place for whimsical Wednesdays the day when I indulge myself…Well, I did last night as it was my friends 70th birthday bash…We had a lovely time…she who not named started early…11am…me I was on the H2O…That is until the early evening when I was introduced to the dirty martini…Vodka, ice and olives…The olives were very nice infused with vodka…It would have been rude not too…Had a lovely time, lots of nibbles and picky bits and cake…Pictures on Friday so make sure you are there…xxx

7 th October 2018 Jodie Whitaker debuted in her first full episode as the first woman Dr Who…I watched the very first episode of Dr Who back in 1963…23rd November…I do think she makes a great Dr Who…Who was your favourite???

The second series of Dr Who featuring the Dalek’s which really scared the life out of me…

Laurel and Hardy…the epitome of slapstick comedy…the first silent film …The Second Hundred Years was the first time Stan and Olly appeared as a team…8th Oct 1927

Did you know?

Image by Daniel Reche from Pixabay

Even strong-willed individuals can’t eat just one chip (crisp). Although the snack’s high salt and fat content make them irresistible, researchers found another reason it’s so easy to devour a bag of sour cream and onion spuds – and it has nothing to do with taste.

People are more likely to eat more chips when they’re labelled “crunchy,” according to a study published in the journal Appetite. Scientists found that study participants consumed more chips and candy while watching a movie when their snack bags were labelled as crunchy. They also discovered it takes more than just good marketing to make people overeat. People also consumed more chips from their “crunchy” labelled bags when they weren’t distracted by wearing headphones and better able to hear the sound of their snacks.

People often associate the crunchiness of foods with positive food characteristics such as food freshness. This greater enjoyment of food resulting from the salience of the food’s sound leads to greater consumption,” she says.

Of course, this study isn’t perfect, as the authors note. Everyone to whom I imparted this little gem…Just laughed at me…xx

The study used candy and chips, which most people already enjoy eating. The results could be very different if the study looked at carrots and celery, which are likely less appealing.

10th October 1903...Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst formed the Women’s Social and Political Union to fight for women’s rights in Britain.

What a lady…We have a lot to thank Emmeline Pankhurst for…

Time for a story.

The Charade.

I have continued the short story, I still have little idea where it’s going but I will add to it from time to time and hopefully we might have a bit of storytelling going on. If you would like to add to it or give the next part some direction, please feel free. I just thought we could have some fun with it. So what happens next?

If you want to catch up on the entire story just go to The Charade on the website where the chapters are gathered together.

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Chapter Six by Steph Richmond.

The drawing-room was warm, the fire must have been lit early in the day. Mr James stood before the fireplace looking less than pleased.

“Please sit.” He commanded. She did as she was instructed in the nearest seat she could see. She had no idea what had darkened his mood. “I hear you enjoyed yourself last night.” He paused. “Mr Ward seemed very taken with you. Did you go home with him?”

“No Sir.” Now she thought she understood. “I went straight home, alone.”

“Good, good.” He seemed relieved. “I don’t want anyone getting the wrong idea about my girls.” His look softened a little. He was a handsome man, some of her friends described him as a dandy, always well dressed and well-groomed. She thought she would take a chance.

“Did you manage to find out anything about my family Mr James?” She waited hopefully whilst he paused and thought up an answer, she was convinced he knew something, just from the look that passed over his face. He distracted himself by putting his hand in his pocket and handing her a sovereign. She was stunned. “A sovereign!”

“You did well last night, you deserve it.”

She was pleased this was more than some people with a family to keep, made in a week. Much to Mr James pleasure, it had worked and her mind was off trying to find her family. There was a knock at the door. “Goodbye.” He said. She left the room and returned to Kathy in the kitchen, giddy with the amount of money she had in her pocket, she could pay her rent and still treat herself to something nice, maybe a new piece of ribbon for her treasured necklace too.

TBC next week…

I don’t do heights but I did brave the wheel and loved it…

10th October 1999 Londons Millenium Wheel…The London Eye was lifted skywards…A giant Ferris wheel…

I always marvel at the knowledge and skill of man and the to raise the Mary Rose from her watery grave was an awesome feat and she was not stable and very fragile.

11 October 1982 Mary Rose was raised to the surface after 437 years at the bottom of the Solent…

Nessie the search ends in failure…11 th Oct 1987…and it didn’t stop there ..periodically rumblings of yet another sighting surface…Will we ever know is it fact or fiction???? My favourite the tear-jerker… Loch Ness a 1996 family drama film starring Ted Danson and Joely Richardson.  Loved it!

Anyone who thinks of guinea pigs as pets – cute, squishy, squeaking bundles of fur – might find this idea hard to digest. But it is horses for courses as my dad used to say and depending on where you live …The French eat horse meat…Frogs and snails…Here they eat rats, frogs, lizards, insects…Need I say more…

Part of the rodent family this is a traditional hot dish in some Latin American countries, including Colombia, Peru and Bolivia. In Ecuador, people typically cook guinea pigs with salt and serve them with potatoes and peanut sauce. But one vendor is taking things to another gastronomic level, serving guinea pigs as a cold dessert. n this Sept. 28, 2019 photo, Maria del Carmen Pilapana prepares a cone with guinea pig ice cream for a customer at her stall on the outskirts of Quito, Ecuador. She also makes ice cream flavoured with beetles and a smaller amount of mushroom ice cream.

Shortages and worry about the climate are making people think about alternative foods and to be honest I have tried of these and they are ok…Many types of meat resemble each other when cooked…Insects many of us eat prawn heads, whitebait, sheep’s brains, sweetbreads, tripe…Not so unusual or horrific after all is it???

My recipe for worm bread… Would you eat me?

That’s all for today I am off to the beach…Thank you for reading 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 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!

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

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: 

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

Whimsical Wednesdays …with Carol…

Welcome to Whimsical Wednesday the day of whimsy, wacky tunes and so much more…The day when I indulge myself…Because I can…

I am now going to throw out an offer if anyone would like a guest spot…It needs to be something unusual, weird, funky, outstandingly beautiful or some one-hit-wonder, little known trivia…just unknown or little known tit-bits even old recipes or strange ingredients the weirder the better…See what you can come up with…I look forward to hearing from you…xx

Did you know???

Archie is one of the most famous non-superhero characters around …The Archie character was introduced in the Pep Comic #22 which was first published in December 1941…

But did you know? the show Sabrina…The teenage witch was a spin-off of the animated Archie Show…

Archie and his friends also had a band aka The Archies… It was #1 on the pop charts of 1969 and sold over 6 million copies

Time for a tune…

 

That had me tapping my feet…

2nd October 1902 Helen Beatrix Potters book…The Tale of Peter Rabbit was published by Frederick Warne & Co in London…Who would have thought then that even today Beatrix Potter Books adore many a child’s bookshelves and are a favourite bedtime story…

Have you heard of The Wilhelm Scream? I have to say it was news to me…

I really can’t believe we are in October already where has the year gone? Haloween will soon be upon us and Harvest Festival and then the countdown to you know what will begin in earnest…I am sure many you have already got that smug look and all is wrapped and ready…This lady hasn’t I have a few bits and bobs but that is all…

It was early in this month 5th October 1963  that the Fab Four released their first single …Love me Do…The first of many hits for the Beatles…

Image by thaifly99 from Pixabay

Handshakes were originally meant to make sure that the person you were meeting wasn’t carrying a concealed weapon. The handclasp proved that your hand was empty and shaking was meant to dislodge any weapons hiding up the sleeve.

Time for a story…Started by Steph Richmond

 

The Charade – Chapter 5 by Steph Richmond…

She walked along the street, she still couldn’t shake off the afterthoughts of the dream. The feeling of happiness the card had offered dissipated and she started to feel uncomfortable for no apparent reason, she picked up her stride and headed to her bosses house. She walked past a bakers and the smell of the newly baked bread almost drew her in, she promised herself she would go in on her way home and treat herself to something sweet with the money she was due, the display in the window held trays of oatcakes and a beautiful sponge cake, she silently wished she could afford to fritter her money on something that trivial. She turned right into a long row of houses, these were a much better class than the house she had to live in and here there was only one family to a house. Each house had a master, a life she hoped she would find out more about one day. Suddenly she stopped and turned around, she had the feeling that someone was watching her, but there was no one there, just regular people going about their shopping, nothing seemed out of place. She shook herself and kept walking.

   The house she was going to was one of the grandest on the street and as she opened the gate the housekeeper Kathy opened the door to her. “Master’s not at home Miss, come in and have a hot drink with me.”

   “Good morning Kathy, I’d like that.” With that, they went into the house and settled themselves into the warm kitchen. Kathy put a plate of hot buttered teacakes in front of her and a cup of tea. She hadn’t realised how hungry she was until the smells of fruit and spices enveloped her. Finally, she relaxed, all thoughts of discomfort had gone, now she just had to wait for Mr James to return to the house, she silently hoped he didn’t rush back at least here she was warm and fed. She sat and talked with Kathy for at least an hour before Mr James got home and called her up to his drawing-room.

TBC…

Did you know that squirrels plant 1000’s of trees every year? They simply forget where they buried their acorns… 

October…Yes, It doesn’t have a day…But a whole month… October is National Pumpkin Month…Pumpkins are harvested in October and this month is for honouring the Pumpkin…A versatile gourd the Pumpkin has many uses…They are carved, painted and decorated they are used to decorate yards, front lawns and many a window…

pumpkin-ghosts-HalloweenThe flesh is used to make delicious soup, they can be baked in the oven and served as a vegetable …They are made into sweet pies and pastries…Many a Halloween party plays a game with Pumpkins…

If anyone has some favourite recipes or decorations they would like to share…then please drop me a line with a link.

I don’t think it is often disputed how clever animals are…we have talking parrots, rescue dogs, blind dogs, there really is no end to some animals talents…Have a look at these macaques…

 

Thank you for reading my whimsical ramblings I do hope you enjoyed the read 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 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!

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

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: 

Connect to Carol

Blog: 
Twitter

Facebook

Pinterest: 

Email:

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

The Charade – Chapter 21

The plot thickens…Carl is not so brave as we first thought or so clever…

S C Richmond

Chapter 21

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Carl stood in the darkened room, she was getting feisty, a month ago she wouldn’t have said boo to him and now she was standing her ground. He liked that, it was more of a challenge. He was looking forward to what she had to say to him when she came round. He hadn’t found the necklace in her room, he had looked but to no avail, this job wasn’t going to be as easy as he had initially thought. He watched her as she slept, the rhythm of her shallow breathing calmed him and he found her strangely attractive.

Meanwhile less than a mile away from Carl’s rented room, Mr Joseph Peasbody was pacing around his hallway, worried half to death about where the girl had disappeared to, he had promised Robert he would keep her safe and now he had lost her. He was confused she…

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The Charade – Chapter 20

The plot thickens…

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S C Richmond

Chapter 20

By Carol Taylor

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The girl was angry, angrier than she had been for a long time… Carl’s eyes had given him away she had seen the real him. Instead of being scared though she was angry it seemed like everyone she knew was keeping things from her or trying to get something from her…Why?

Lost in her thoughts she realised she was standing in front of the door where she was staying and a kind looking man was smiling at her.

“Did you have nice walk? The weather is lovely isn’t it? Come in, Come in you must be hungry.” She followed the man into the dining room where there was a lovely table set with a beautiful white cloth and some very pretty flowers. “Sit down my dear …I will ring Jenny to bring in breakfast…”

Within a few minutes a smiling girl appeared carrying a beautiful…

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The Charade…Chapter 19

 

 

 

The plot thickens… Who is she? This girl…

Carl is he really the only villain ???

via The Charade – Chapter 19

Thank you for reading and if you enjoyed this post please share… Thank you x

If you really want to see even more from me???? There are many strings to my bow…If you still want to find out more…

I am a crazy English lady with a quirky sense of humour…  Look forward to meeting with you x

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Until  next time xxx

The Charade

That poor girl…All she wants is answers to her questions…Who is she? Where did she come from? Who is William? What’s Mr James not telling her? What does Carl want and why? So many questions…

 

via The Charade – Chapter 16