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Whimsical Wednesdays…with Carol…

Thank you once again for joining me on Whimsical Wednesday when anything goes..wherever my thoughts take me or when something stops me in my tracks and makes me 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…Wednesday is the day when I leave controversy at the door…It is the day I can reminisce and indulge myself..generally about things past…Yes, I get maudlin…But memories are good..sometimes they make you a little sad as you wish you could see that person or be in that place and that time again and for a moment or two you are….Enjoy!

Today there are two National Days…Actually more than two but none which piqued my interest…National Play-Doh Day…Yes, mums, dads and grandparents…

Do you really love Play-Doh as much as the kids? I blimmin didn’t… it got stuck everywhere…In the hair, in the carpet, on the clothes, the dog and it stuck fast…

Fast forward….It is National Cheeseburger Day…

There is no one I would rather hand you over to… I am not a cheeseburger fan ..I don’t mind the odd one BUT…this man does…and if it contains bacon..Well …He also finds the wackiest things which is why I am a big fan of his posts…John Reiber…

 

Music…I believe everyone should have music in their lives…Even if you can only play a triangle..everyone should be taught music…

September 18th 1809 …The Royal Opera House in London opened…It is the home of The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet, and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House The current building is the third theatre on the site following disastrous fires in 1808 and 1857.

1952...Hank Williams took the #1 spot in the Country Charts with Jambalaya…I remember this catchy tune so it must have been around and been played for a number of years that is unless my dad played it so much it was ingrained in my memory…haha

A mans best friend…

Ahhhhhh…

Time for a story…

The story continues… This part was added by Carol Taylor…  I’m loving the change of direction.

You can find Steph here pop over and say hello she has written some great novels…

I still have no 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?

The Charade – Part 3.

The girl’s eyes closed and she slept, she felt safe, warm and loved she was being bounced up and down on her daddy’s knee… her mother was coming towards her ..arms outstretched to take her.

“ Its time for your nap little one”

Her mother swept her into her arms and turned.

“Give her to me bitch”

The girl was snatched from her mother’s arms.

She woke, tears streaming down her cheeks.

It was always that same dream

“Why can’t I see his face? Who am I ? Where are my parents?

She curled up into a little ball and wept.

Meanwhile…..Carl Ward was lying on his bed…a cruel smile playing across his lips.

This was going to be the easiest job he had done in a while…..

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Did you know?

The Flynn Effect. Humans appear to be gaining about 3 points of IQ per decade and nobody is exactly sure why (though there are working hypotheses). Regardless of whatever you think of IQ measures, we’re getting better and better at it globally.

I love this…so much happiness and love…A great example of how people come together…

 

Festivals are a great way to experience a destination in a unique and different way. And with several hundred festivals all over the world every month – there are plenty to choose from!

OKTOBERFEST (GERMANY)

Where: Munich – Germany
When: 21 September – 6 October 2019 …A must for all beer lovers…I am not a beer lover but I would love to go just for the atmosphere…

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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 are now regular columns on my blog this year. It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in…These honeybees dining on forget me knots say it all to me…

forget-me-not-257176_640

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

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup…Thai noodle soup, Snake Gourds, the journey of a chicken sandwich and more…

Just in case you missed any posts this week…Or if you like to do what I do and that’s snuggled down in your favourite chair and have a read…They are all here in one post so grab your favourite chair, a drink, settle down and enjoy…There are recipes, music and more…You could even add a healthy snack of popcorn, your favourite music and read…Personally, I love weekly roundups as I am a busy lady like most of you and I don’t always have time to read posts daily…Life or writing just get in the way…Don’t they?…Especially if you have a deadline or a plan…Enjoy!

St. Norbert College students inside the Mulva Library on May 1, 2013.

Photo credit: stnorbert on VisualHunt.com / CC BY-NC-ND

Popcorn I came across a new snack the other day...which I thought was popcorn and green chillies…But on closer inspection, it was popcorn and green crispy rice….Quite a nice snack not too sweet…

Let’s have look at last weeks posts…

Monday…more environmental news it is coming thick and fast now…lots of innovative schemes from individuals with a vision and some really great ideas I marvel at the inventiveness of some…

This morning I have been reading a report on the warming of the planet …interesting as the scientists are comparing times past and much of it is just the natural scheme of things and how the natural world evolves over time we have had ice age, global cooling, global warming the earth has gone through many phases over the years and no doubt will in the future go through many phases and tides shift…Of course, greenhouse gases and the march of man is having some effect but then man has always played their part…

green foot prints eco system

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/09/09/latest-recycling-and-environmental-news-9th-september-2019/

Tuesday…Fussy kids grow into fussy adults…I think too much onus is placed on prettying up food to tempt kids…Treat mealtimes from the beginning as a pleasure …with no dramas but with the expectation that whatever the age they will partake in what the whole family is eating…

Once my kids were weaned… I mashed or pureed what we ate…they mainly started with vegetables, eggs, rice, potato, fruit, fish all of which can be mashed or pureed but it was what we ate…they sat up the table with us in their high chair so they could see what we were eating and if they wanted to have something once they could chew …give them a piece let them try it…Stick on the tray of their chair and let them use their fingers…children learn behaviours…Teach them to enjoy their food…

naughty-mischievous-baby-boys-01

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/09/10/healthy-eating-eat-smart-mealtimes-with-kids/

Wednesday… This was my birth week so I got maudlin and indulgent…wondered where the years had gone …Started walking more with a vengeance…haha…The last 3 days I have exceeded 10,000 steps a day at least 7.24 km…pretty good I had slacked off a bit…

I realised I grew up in the years of some great musical artists …I also went through all the old family photos…found some great ones…This one is my mum and dad with me and my baby sister  May 1953…

family group mum dad me and tina 1953

 

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/09/11/whimsical-wednesday-with-carol-12/

Thursday…It was a trip down to the farm…where most farming is done the old way…by hand …not too much modern machinery around here…Of course, we are in the rainy season so the pond and surrounding fields have flooded so out come the traditional fishing nets ….Fish are plentiful as are the frogs and on the menu… But the rice is growing nicely…lush and green so hopefully come harvest we will get a good crop…But so do weeds so lots of hand weeding to do…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/09/12/travel-and-traditions-down-on-the-farm-snake-gourd-raita/

Friday…Part 2 of my store cupboard basics…Pasta and noodles…noodles are a staple here and eaten as much as rice is… there is nothing like a bowl of Thai Chicken noodle soup…

 

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/09/13/this-week-in-my-kitchen-store-cupboard-basics-part-2-pasta-and-noodles/

Saturday…Smorgasbord Health with Sally Cronin on the subject of our immune system and the journey of that Chicken Sandwich…Fascinating and I am always in aware of exactly what processes our bodies perform…We are one amazing piece of construction when we are working properly…Much though depends on us…yes… YOU and ME…Very true saying we are what we eat…

It does seem to me though that we are very self-destructive and no matter what we read or see we still carry on consuming what we know harms us…It doesn’t mean we can never have that soda, that burger, that bar of chocolate …It just means we need to be mindful…we need to retrain ourselves…We are what we eat and by looking at that we can in some cases reverse some conditions or at the very least see and improvement …# Recommended Read

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/11/smorgasbord-health-column-major-organs-and-systems-of-the-body-the-digestive-system-the-immune-system-and-a-chicken-sandwich/

That’s all for this week …I hope you have enjoyed and learnt and if you only take one thing away that it is something worthwhile…If you think it can help a friend or relative please share …I hope you have a great Sunday and to any of my readers who are in Spain…I hope you are safe and well and send prayers to those affected…A terrible tragedy… Love and Hugs 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 there are now regular columns on my blog this year. It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in…These honeybees dining on forget me knots say it all to me…

forget-me-not-257176_640

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

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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a lovely weekend stay safe  xx

 

Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

Thank you once again for joining me 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…Well, yesterday I clocked up another year…and as the days which preceded, that were days when I received sad news about dear ones who have departed this world…My thoughts are with those dear friends and family…The result I got maudlin and started looking through old photos and working out dates as many were not dated…The photo is me with my mum and dad… circa spring/summer 1952…I am a Fifties Child…

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Some of those old Kodak photos are tiny it just shows how many strides forward photography has made…

I do hope you enjoy and please if it evokes any memories for you please share…as this post is a sentimental one for me as I am extremely grateful for reaching this age, it makes you think though… and realise how mortal we are…

Today..September 11th is National Hot Cross Bun Day…

For some reason, the National Hot Cross Buns Day is celebrated on September 11. It is strange because hot cross buns are typically baked and served on Good Friday.

Hot cross buns are spiced sweet buns made with raisins or currants. They are so named because they are marked with a cross on the top. Hot cross buns are surrounded by many superstitions in English folklore.

For example, buns baked on Good Friday are believed to have healing properties. Sailors used to take hot cross buns on their voyages to protect themselves against shipwreck. People also used to believe that a hot cross bun hung in the kitchen could protect the house against fires. The handing bun needed to be replaced once a year.

Hot cross buns

Hot cross buns are popular in English-speaking countries. Some countries have local variations of these pastries. For example, in the UK supermarkets offer apple-cinnamon, orange-cranberry, and toffee buns. In Australian and New Zealand, chocolate and coffee-flavoured versions of the bun have become popular.

If you like buns and don’t want to wait until Easter to enjoy them, you should definitely celebrate the National Hot Cross Buns Day by baking a batch of buns and treating your family, friends, neighbours …

Me I like a currant bun any time of the year…..x

Who never makes their bed? Or more to the point who has kids who never make their beds? I make mine religiously…I can’t stand an unmade bed…If you are reading this Lauren…Make your bed!

unmade bed

Well, today is National Make Your Bed Day… So break the habit of a lifetime and please make thy bed…

I thought this one was a fun idea and I love the idea of circular recycling…This is cool making bags and accessories from discarded inflatables…

 

Time for a Story…The Charade Chapter 2…

Steph has continued the short story and said, I still have no 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?

The Charade – Part 2…By Steph…

She returned to her room after the party and carefully took off her beautiful dress, her boss would want that back tomorrow, she gently hung it over a grubby chair in the corner of the room then threw herself on to the bed, she was smiling to herself, in her hand she still held the elegant calling card of Mr Carl Ward. A real gentleman had been interested enough in her to personally hand this to her. Her mind drifted back to how her life had started. She had started out as a child begging on the street, neither of her parents had wanted her and she had been taken in by the church. Her upbringing had started out stern and even cruel at times, the nuns were strict and they would beat her if she didn’t follow their instructions to the letter. At the age of seven, she had run away from them, no one followed her or tried to find her, they didn’t care. All they knew was that she wasn’t their problem anymore. She had learnt a little of how to read and write which turned out to be a blessing, that much she would thank them for.

Turning the card over between her fingers she felt the quality and the embossed letters slightly raised from the paper, she thought it was probably the prettiest thing she had ever been given without having to ask. She rolled over onto her back holding the card up, what would Mr Carl Ward be doing now? She hoped he would be thinking of her and hoping she would contact him, maybe in the same way she was now thinking of him. Although she doubted it, he was probably used to women and their ways and was just carrying on his evening somewhere away from the party and maybe he would have forgotten about her already. She felt a twinge of sadness but even that couldn’t take the smile from her face. For the first time in her young life, she felt like a real woman.

TBC….

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Time for some Music…

music notes

Do I choose music from the year of my birth?… Some names I recognise some I don’t…Nat King Cole, Weavers, Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett, Mario Lanza, Guy Mitchell, Patti Page, Debbie Reynolds, Perry Como, Frankie Lane,

Well, not a bad combo…I do prefer something a little more upbeat though…No wonder I slept a lot as a baby…haha

Did you know on this day in 1721 Rudolph Jacob Camerarius died? A German botanist, he showed the existence of sexes in plants and identified the stamen and pistil as the male and female organs.

I remember this my dad loved this programme…

1959 The TV show ‘Bonanza’ premiers. The frontier adventures of the Cartwright family, father, 3 sons and Chinese cook Hop Sing, on the ‘Ponderosa’ ranch near Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

It ran for 14 years until 1973…and the first series had 32 episodes…I can still hear that theme tune in my head…

Anyway, that is for today…xxx

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 are now regular columns on my blog this year. It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in…These honeybees dining on forget me knots say it all to me…

forget-me-not-257176_640

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

Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

Thank you once again for joining me 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…

Last week as my regular readers will know I spent in Bang Saray, Chonburi and had a lovely time, tried some different foods and met some lovely people…These little morsels are called Kanom Krok and these were topped with baby octopus…

Something different to try…I need to try and get the pan to make them in and find some baby octopus…I have tried savoury mussell ones before called hoi tod kanom krok, a crispy mussel pancake with bean sprouts…not octopus…These I found at the Floating Market…More on that tomorrow…

This week in time is for many a sad week as both Lady Diana…The Princess of Wales was buried and within less than a week after Princess Diana. .The Nobel Peace prize winner Mother Teresa died.

September does seem to be a sad month as also on the 6th September 1972 …9 Israeli hostages were killed by Arab terrorists. All 9 had been kidnapped just days before from the Olympic Village in Munich.

The birth of a baby always brings joy…

September 5th 1946 saw the birth of Freddie Mercury who would have thought then that he would become a musical icon …He would have been 73 tomorrow if he had lived…

Time for some music…

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It put me in a bit of a quandy as I love most of the tracks by Freddie Mercury but I also love Elton Johns rendition of Candle in the Wind called Goodbye  English Rose…in honour of his friend Lady Diane…

Elton, it is as I am sure I will get another opportunity to showcase one of Freddie Mercuries songs…The songs I choose are always led by how my post takes shape they are never predetermined they just happen.

Today is also National Wildlife Day...which to me given today’s climate should be in our thoughts most days as much wildlife seems to be continually under threat and normally through events which are instigated by man.

The fires in the Amazon are still raging and are not only killing wildlife but threatening many indigenous populations…

The mission of the WWF is to conserve nature and reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth. Please support them if you can…

Who loves Only Fools and Horses???

On the 8th September 1981, the first episode was aired on BBC 1…It was to run until 2003…Such was its popularity…Del Boy became an institution…

The first episode entitled…Big Brother sets the scene…for future episodes…

 

Time for a story…

Today I am having a change… This little series was started by my dear friend Steph or SC Richmond with the invitation to anyone who wanted to write a chapter…So starting with Chapter 1  written by Steph… for the next few weeks, the story of The Charade will unfold…I hope you enjoy…

The Charade – Part 1

He leant towards her and in one fluid movement flipped open a silver card case. For a moment she was stunned as the light played on the silver, it almost appeared to shimmer.  She reached forward and plucked a card from the case faking confidence that she didn’t feel. Once the card was in her hand he pulled the case away and slipped it back into his waistcoat pocket.  “Will you contact me when you’re free.” He asked shyly.

   “I will” She replied. This was not a situation she was used to, normally she would be working but as a favour to her boss she had attended this small party, she was feeling a little uncomfortable, everyone else here was more sophisticated and far more beautiful. Her boss had lent her a classy dress to attend the party and she did feel beautiful in it but knew she was out of her depth. She looked up at the young handsome man in front of her, he casually flicked a lock of hair away from his eyes and returned her gaze, she loved floppy hair. She glanced down at the card that was still in her hand, Mr Carl Ward, he had handed her his card obviously believing that she was of his class and she didn’t have the nerve to refuse the card.

   So the charade continued…..

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Halloween is only eight weeks away…I know my American cousins always decorate their front porches and they look amazing…Not so much in the UK but Halloween does seem to be gaining momentum…Have y’all started planning and decorating yet? If so maybe you have some great ideas or recipes you would love to share I will link back and give you credit…

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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

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

Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol…

Thank you once again for joining me 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…

Today is National Red Wine Day and I am on a jolly so ..quite apt for me…haha…I do love a nice Bordeaux or Rioja…

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Who do we have to thank for National Red Wine Day on August 28? None other than writer and wine aficionado Jace Shoemaker-Galloway. It’s anyone’s guess as to why this date was selected, but we’re guessing that love of sangria had something to do with it.

My father loved a glass of good red wine and nothing pleased him more when I visited than to crack open a bottle from his precious wine collection…Some of them years old and corked…He would turn in his grave if he knew I prefered mine nicely chilled and not so much at room temperature but he was old school…must be served between 65-70 degrees…

Of course a good Bordeaux or California Cabernet Sauvignon or vintage Port age well, however, most red wines need to be drunk within a year.

Did you know? For many years, Europe had no steady supply of clean drinking water, and people drank wine instead.

How to celebrate Red Wine Day…Go out for a meal with friends ..find a nice tapas bar and do what the Spanish do and have a nice leisurely drink…Some restaurants will have special deals for the day so check out yours locally…

Host a sangria party there are so many different recipes…

Cook a lovely meal with red wine and a glass to sip while cooking..Now that sounds like a plan…

One of the first dishes that I cooked my husband some 40 odd years ago was Beef Bourguignon…He was a man who ate only meat and two vegetables and did not like garlic???

Well..he ate it! .. I didn’t tell him what was in it apart from Beef and Red Wine…

When he asked after saying ” That was really good” and I said Beef, garlic, red wine etc….

” But I don’t like garlic

He now eats this dish at every opportunity and asks me to make it!

Ingredients:

  • 1 kg Beef…I use a good braising steak. Cut into cubes.
  • 3/4 rashers smoked bacon cut in 1/4 pieces.
  • 250gm button mushrooms..small as I use whole.
  • 10-15 small onions/shallots used whole.
  • 3/4 pint good beef stock.
  • Half bottle of red wine……..I use Shiraz.
  • 2/3 bay leaves.
  • 4 large cloves garlic chopped not too fine.
  • 2 tbsp flour for the roux. plus extra flour to coat beef.
  • 2 tbsp  Good Olive Oil.

 

Let’s Cook!

Toss the cubed beef in flour seasoned with salt and pepper.

Heat some oil in a large pan over medium heat seal cubed beef in batches.

Once all beef is sealed set to one side.

In the same pan add a little drop of oil and cook bacon and garlic until bacon cooked nicely just slightly crispy.

Add Beef and stir in 2 tbsp flour.

Then add beef stock and stir until smooth gravy. It’s like making a roux.

Add Bay leaves and Red wine bring to slow boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 2 1/2 hrs until meat is tender. Depending on your cut of meat it may take a little longer.

About 30 minutes before the end of cooking add button onions and 15 mins before add button mushrooms.

Taste and adjust seasoning it may need more pepper. Again it is personal taste.

Beef Bourguignon 2

This can be served with mashed potatoes and vegetables or rice and vegetables.

I hope you enjoy!

Unless of course, you have Oenophobia which is a real thing — that’s the (totally real) scientific term used to describe people with a fear of wine.

Wine and music, of course, go hand in hand…

 

music notes

Neil Diamond first released this track in 1967 it was from the album Just for you…Although I am a fan of Neil Diamond it is a bit melancholy for me… In the UK, two versions of the song charted in 1969: a soul cover by Jimmy James & The Vagabonds hit #36 (it also made #127 in the US), and a reggae rendition by Tony Tribe hit #46.

It was UB40 who claimed the #1 spot in 1983…

Time for a story…A very short story…

Willow the Wisp.

Sitting,  flicking through FB my way of keeping in touch with family and friends from afar. I clicked like, I commented.  Suddenly like a blast from the past, a face appeared: my heart skipped a beat and a tear, unbidden trickled down my face. The outlines were blurred but still …. I felt that familiar stirring from within and I started to shake from the tips of my fingers to my toes.

My thoughts turned to him. The only person who had the power to make my bones turn to jelly.

I suppose the unexpected encounter…just a picture … my guard had dropped or just perhaps my need for someone. If I allowed my thoughts and myself to turn to him then I had to attempt to find some modicum of com­mon ground in the relationship aside from raw, physical sex.

Was that possible?

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He was like Willow the Wisp invading my very being, catching me unawares.

My first love and my last. “A bit dramatic” I hear myself saying.

The End…

26th August 1959 …The Mini Morris Minor arrived…designed and built-in direct response to the crippling fuel shortages caused by the Suez Canal Crisis…


Sadly the 27th August 1979  Lord Louis Mountbatten was murdered by an IRA bomb…I vividly remember how sad everyone was that such an act should be perpetrated on a family…

August 30th …sees the second new moon in a calendar month…sometimes known as the black moon…Black Moon is not a well known astronomical term. In recent years, the term has been made popular by social media, astrologers, and followers of the Wiccan religion… They occur about once every 29 months. Because of time zone differences, the month they happen in can vary…

Who loves toasted marshmallows?  Well, August 30th is National Toasted Marshmallow Day…Yummy…The downside is I can’t get decent marshmallows here…But if you can …Enjoy!

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Image by skeeze from Pixabay

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

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 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…

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…

Today is World Senior Citizens Day which was started by the UN General Assembly in 1990 and is celebrated on 21st August each year…The aim of the day is to raise awareness about factors and issues which affect older people such as age deterioration and abuse of the elderly.

It is also a day of celebrations around the world to recognise the contributions that older people make to society.

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How can you help? Who can you help? It may be that you have an elderly neighbour who never has any visitors or it may be that you don’t see so much of your elderly parents or relatives, after all, we all have busy lives but also we will one day be as old and how will our children or our peers treat us?

Maybe you could invite a parent or elderly neighbour to help cook a meal together…Kids love to be involved as well. There may be some chores you can do, run an errand, pack a hamper and go on a picnic if the weather permits.

There may be a club or organisation near you who are offering free meals or a restaurant with a special offer…Social interaction is very important as we get older as is happiness and it should be a duty we perform happily year-round and not just one day a year.

Spring Flowers…

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One of my favourite times of the year snowdrops are often the first to show their faces then daffodils and tulips a little later come the Bluebells…But we need to order our bulbs early and get them planted ready for the spring…We will of course also get the pick of the best bulbs …

Time for a story…

A few random prompts and a fertile imagination…

Home Time…

How long Lily had laid there hidden in the undergrowth she did not know. She wrinkled her nose “Phewww I smell ripe” but at least the dogs won’t pick up my scent, covering herself in cowpat had worked wonders the security guards had walked right by her at least three times and the dogs didn’t pick up a thing it was the security guards who had groaned about the ripe smell of manure.

Her limbs were stiff with cold after laying in one position for 2 hours it must be safe to move now thought Lily, she gingerly moved her legs one at a time and flexed her arms, if I crawl to the edge of the thicket then I can see if it’s clear.

Moving slowly so as not to make any noise she inched towards the edge.

Training her binoculars on the white building a few hundred yards to her right there was only one light on and no signs of any life. She stayed like this for at least half an hour and decided it was safe to make a move. She had to gain access to the ladies changing rooms where a package had been left for her.

Vital to the success of the mission; Mrs F was counting on Lily to get the microchip to her by tomorrow morning at the latest.

Once in the building Lily quickly located her target, she opened the tiny box and inside lay a beautiful pair of diamond ear studs. Removing her own earrings she replaced them with the diamonds. Her watch said she had an hour to get to the bus station, once on the bus, she would be able to activate the police scanner. It was imperative that she reached the X-zone quickly or all would be lost.

Spotting a moped leaning on the outside wall Lily soon had it started, she set off at a steady speed so as not to arouse suspicion for the bus station. Arriving with minutes to spare, the last few stragglers just stowing their bags in the boot, Lily boarded the bus.

It took Lily three attempts to get the scanner on the bus to work. She needed to pick up the police radio channel as she knew by now they must have set up roadblocks but where?

Smoke hung over the valley making the road barely visible. But they needed to move quickly for the bus to reach the X-zone on time. She felt desperate for a second but knew she was tougher than that. She started to check out the toolbox hidden behind the trunk… Thanks, Dad, I knew what you taught me would save my day sometime. 

Just then, Lily heard the sirens and saw the flashing lights of six speeding police cars overtaking the bus. She froze, trying to think fast.

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Take the exit, now! She leaned over the driver’s shoulder. “My friend, Mrs F. lives just off the highway.”

Leaning into the curve to make the turn the bus drove up over the curb. The jolt sent the scanner flying from Lily’s hand.

Shit! We need that if we’re ever going to get back.”

She threw herself down on her knees scrambling after the precious piece of equipment. The bus hit another bump and the scanner flew into the air, headed straight for an open window.

A large hand shot into the air and neatly caught it.

Thanks, granddad, Lily looked at the elderly man who had raised her. Way to go… you are the coolest…Bob tossed the scanner to Lily.

Phew, that was lucky you were around Bob, said Lily’s latest boyfriend, Hal. I hear you were a great ball catcher in your day. Kentucky Wild Cats, wasn’t it?

Bob looked at Hal, and then at Lily raising his eyebrows. She shook her head and turned her attention back to the scanner. Her shoulders drooped. It didn’t look good. She typed in the coordinates with shaky fingers; Mrs F. was expecting them before midnight and the gates to the X-zone were closing at 7.

Houston, we have a problem here, the driver shouted. We’re just about out of gas…

We can’t stop now,…The police are right on our tail. Where the hell did you say your friend lived anyway Lily?

There it is! The red house just ahead.

Lily punched enter on the scanner and the red house started to glow. The roof opened as a large round disc appeared and rotated towards them. A blue beam pulsed from the centre enveloping all six police cars, lifting them into the air. Lily smiled as she watched them get absorbed into the smog. She looked towards the house and Mrs F. was standing in her apron waving from the door.

Jumping off the bus  Lily ran to Mrs F’s open arms.

Once again, Mrs F surprised Lily with a girlish giggle.

The End…

music notes

Back in 1956 on August 22nd…Elvis began filming ‘love me tender”….I can hear those words in my head…That man could make you believe he was just singing to you…

On this day in 1964…The Supremes reached #1 in the music charts with…

I haven’t listened to this track for a while and it made realise how much I loved listening to the Supremes…From the Supremes to Madonna ...What a contrast the lady who loved to shock…and shock the world she has throughout her career…Back in 1987, Madonna reached #1 with ‘ Whose that Girl”… The film was released on August 7, 1987, and was a box office bomb, grossing only $2.5 million in its first week, with its final domestic total being about $7.3 million on a budget between $17 million and $20 million. Critics were highly disappointed with the film, and Foley’s direction.

Madonna’s accompanying Who’s That Girl World Tour went on to be a critical and commercial success, grossing a total of US$25 million, and playing in front of audiences totalling 1.5 million people. The soundtrack also enjoyed commercial success, with the title track becoming Madonna’s sixth number-one single on the US Billboard Hot 100 record chart.

Madonna has had many fierce critics over the years and some spectacular failures but also had absolutely phenomenal success…Love her or hate her she has to be admired…

Did you know that tomorrow is National Tooth fairy day…I always tried so hard to stay awake to catch sight of the tooth fairy but I never did manage to…Did you? I always kept my hand under the pillow with the tooth and fell asleep…Then in the morning woke up to find a sixpence…

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Recipe Corner…

Wing Beans…otherwise known as (Psophocarpus tetragonolobus), also known as the Goa bean, asparagus pea, four-angled bean, four-cornered bean, Manila bean, Mauritius bean, and winged pea.

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This is one of the most unusual beans; it produces delicious pods with four winged edges. Sliced and cooked with garlic, oyster sauce and a little Maggi( Thai seasoning sauce) they are delicious…it is always a toss-up with me morning glory or wing beans both equally delicious…

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Winged beans are nutrient-rich, and all parts of the plant are edible. Leaves can be eaten like spinach, flowers can be used in salads, tubers can be eaten raw or cooked, seeds can be used in similar ways as the soybean.

It is also the time of year for many mushrooms ...time for foraging…Thais love foraging especially for mushrooms…They are generally used to make a delicious soup or a spicy mushroom paste which is eaten with sticky rice and generally raw vegetables and maybe a small fish …I have been astounded by the many different types of mushrooms growing wild in the jungle my son’s wife is in her element when she can go foraging she loves it…I love it because I see much that I haven’t seen before…

The mushrooms on the BBQ are then made into a spicy paste with chillies…

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

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

 

 

 

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.

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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…

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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?

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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…

 

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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/
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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

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