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Whimsical Wednesday with CarolCooks2…

Good morning from sunny Thailand…not for long methinks as the chance of rain stands at 80% and the clouds are gathering which they did yesterday AM…the heavens opened…and it is the same forecast for the next 8 days at least but it is low season so expected and the rice fields love it…

Me… I love a walk in the rain and a lovely puddle to walk through…it also clears the air…

Welcome to Whimsical Wednesdays where I indulge my whimsy…

Seen first on Darlene’s FB page…What a lovely idea…Darlene has followed my blog since day one …Thank you, Darlene and she herself is the author of the very popular Amanda Books which are loved by many…The bear idea was started a while ago by a Paris cafe owner…

Teddy bears always make us smile, don’t they? Unlike clowns who scare the bejesus out of me…We are talking Stephen Kings IT here…

Did you know that fear of clowns is called Coulrophobia?… Neither did I…

One of Elvis Presley’s most embarrassing moments was when he appeared on the Steve Allen Show on July 1st, 1956 singing “Hound Dog” to a Bassett Hound…Elvis’s fans were not happy…

I love dogs and think they are very cute and intelligent…Zoom is something quite new to me and many others and has taken off during this pandemic…There have been some very moving moments and some funny ones and this one is quite funny…Enjoy!

It was however on July 6th, 1971 that one of the world’s most influential musicians sadly passed away but his legacy plays on…one of my favourite Louis Armstrong tracks is Mack The Knife…although Bobby Darin also comes a close second and recognised in the billboards top 100…I could write a whole post on the life of this track…and it’s birth in a Threepenny murder opera …Franks version is also high on my list…

Who loved to sleep under the stars as a child with a tent made by throwing a sheet/blanket over the clothes line? I know I did…it is a childhood dream that carries through to adulthood for many of us…

This secluded retreat in South Iceland caters to guests who want to be surrounded by nature—and you will be literally immersed in it, staying in your own private bubble nestled in the forest.

You can sleep under the vast sea of twinkling stars and be entirely enclosed in the glass bubble—and if you are lucky, you’ll get a once-in-a-lifetime view of the aurora borealis over your head.

Robert Robertsson, the owner and managing director of the Bubble project based in Reykjavík summed it up saying, “Some childhood dreams stay with us for our whole lives.”

Buubble-room-in-Iceland-SWNS

“Sleeping under the stars or watching the aurora borealis dance is one of those lifelong dreams.”

This made me smile…everyone knows who Charlie Chaplin is…Don’t they?… Not everyone it seems because Charlie Chaplin once lost a Charlie Chaplin look-alike competition…In 1975, a few years before he passed away, Charlie Chaplin entered a look-alike contest in France. He came in third, not first. A theory as to why he didn’t win is that he has blue eyes that couldn’t be seen in black and white, so the judges didn’t recognise him. Whatever the case, though, he was apparently a good sport …

Lastly to all my American readers have a great July 4th...I know that usually as its a National Holiday that there are Fireworks, family reunions, concerts, barbecues, picnics, parades, baseball games some of which may not take place this year but however you safely celebrate wear masks and observe social distancing it does work look at Thailands figures…and enjoy!

That’s all for today…Be well and stay safe don’t forego those precautions too quickly as many areas are seeing an increase in Covid-19 cases…It ain’t over yet folks…Better to be safe than sorry…xx

About Carol Taylor: 

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a fabulous week and stay safe these are troubling times xx

Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol

Welcome to Whimsical Wednesday…

I woke to rain today and it has been drizzling all morning which is unusual we normally get spectacular tropical storms and then the sun…The temp is around 25C/77F which is lovely just right…

cartoon duck in the rain

I saw this the other day and it is beautiful…I just had to share it…

I do hope you enjoyed this as much as I did..x

Today I haven’t so much cooking I went shopping the highlight of my week but we have run out of a couple of things…I did pick up some lovely purple shard though and some beautiful very fine beans which only seem to be in season for a short while and of course passion fruit…

I also had quite a lot of bread pieces in the freezer so decided to make a bread pudding nothing gets wasted here…From scrap pieces of bread, the end of the loaf it all makes breadcrumbs, croutons, garlic bread or if you save them in a bag or pot in the freezer they make a lovely bread or bread and butter pudding today it is bread pudding so hubby is happy as will be the neighbours…

 

Bread Pudding Recipe or bread and Butter Pudding…

All this COVID-19 and BLM especially has really upset me…it has also really got to me so from now on I am only reporting good news because I am going to turn everything else off …That’s it…Good news only…

What a beautiful heart this boy has …

Does sweat from someone infected with COVID-19 have a unique scent? Researchers in Paris, and elsewhere, believe it does—and we now know dogs can sniff it out.

A new study from researchers at the national veterinary school in Alfort, outside Paris, trained 8 Belgian Malinois shepherds to identify the smell of COVID-19 in the sweat of infected individuals.

The dogs’ overall success rate was near-perfect, correctly guessing an average of 95% of samples. Four dogs successfully identified a positive COVID sweat sample 100% of the time.

Our four-legged friends certainly prove time and time again how accurate their sense of smell is …

The British rock band played the last of six sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, US. the three-hour set included hits such as “The Song Remains the Same”, Since I’ve Been Loing You” Stairway to Heaven” and ‘Whole Lotta Love.” The band broke up following the death of drummer John Bonham on Sept 25, 1980.

https://youtu.be/xbhCPt6PZIU

 

June 17, 1939

The German liner St. Louis arrives in Belgium. It had been on a month-long voyage carrying more than 900 Jews attempting to escape the Nazis by travelling from Germany to Cuba. All but 28 passengers were turned away by the Cuban, U.S., and Canadian governments and returned to Europe where many died in the Holocaust. These events were the basis of the 1976 film Voyage of the Damned.

It was also the day when one of my favourite singers was born…American Emmy-Tony-Grammy-winning singer Barry Manilow think Mandy (1975, #1), I Write the Songs (1976, #1), and did you know he sang the McDonald’s jingle You Deserve a Break Today? but Barry also sang many other medleys and jingles especially when he first started out…Kentucky Fried Chicken, Dr.Pepper…

He really is a talented singer and a funny man…Are you a Fanilow?  He also composed the soundtracks to the animated films Thumbelina (1994) and The Pebble and the Penguin (1995)

Such a lovely fairytale…

Before I go it is also...I nearly forgot…National Eat All Your Vegetable Day…But I won’t bore you with another veggie recipe…

That’s it for this week…Take care stay safe and be well …xx

About Carol Taylor: 

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a fabulous week and stay safe these are troubling times xx

Whimsical Wednesday…with Carol

Welcome to Whimsical Wednesday…

I love trees and a walk among trees always calms me…In the spring in England, it was the Bluebell wood close to my home which drew me they are one of my favourite flowers…

 

Trees are worshipped here and we have spirit trees which I think is lovely as they are adorned with lovely bright pieces of ribbon and silks…

spirit tree wat kam sanot

I also love buildings where instead of cutting down the tree the house is built around the tree…There is a lovely restaurant in Phuket called The Natural which is built totally around a tree and the tree grows up through 4 floors…

The food is also delicious…Calles kanom krup they are little cakes either sweet or savoury….

Made with fish or coconut milk and sweetcorn with spring onions all delicious moreish little bites.

Now there are tree houses and treehouses and this one falls into the second category…When Buddy Melvin started to build a treehouse in 1997 he only had a small ambition a one-room treehouse was his aim…However as with many projects once started they just take on a life of their own and grow…This treehouse now boasts 16 rooms which include bedrooms, a pool room, a dance floor and of course the obligatory bars…Known as the Tree of Happiness…

It has been the home of many a gathering…

This next video made my heart sing…It is of the First Black Valedictorian at Princeton…in fact, there were two firsts the second was a young lady First Black Woman Elected Student Body President at MIT 

Aside from 2020 being the first time the commencement address at Princeton was delivered exclusively over the internet, Nicholas Johnson’s speech Sunday made it extra newsworthy because he’s the first black valedictorian in Princeton’s history.

It also seems that both Nicholas and many others at Princeton have been inspired by one of my most admired first ladies Michelle Obama…

Did you know? It was on the 12th of June 1981…when Raiders of the Lost Ark premiered…The sound of the Ark of the Covenants lid being opened was a recording of a toilet cistern having its lid removed…What a genius idea…Our toilet cistern is proper porcelain and quite nice but the actual lid is heavy and does make that noise if you move it rather than lift it off…

Way back in June 1829, the very first Oxford University versus Cambridge University Boat Race took place in Henley-Upon-Thames. Oxford won…

Unfortunately, due to current circumstances, this year it was cancelled…

Figures to date Oxford men won 80 to Cambridge men’s 84 so it is quite close a slightly larger gap for the women  Oxford ladies 30 to Cambridge ladies 44 wins…

A classic English mustard inspired by Mrs Clements from Durham, renowned for being the first inventor of smooth mustard. Our very own Mrs Clements English Mustard is a twist on this tradition that makes for the perfect picnic accompaniment.

Monks on Lindisfarne in Northumberland were grinding their own mustard a century later, and Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire was an early centre of the trade.

But in 1720, an entrepreneur from Durham named Mrs Clements developed a much hotter mustard, using techniques borrowed from flour mills. It so pleased the palate of King George I that it created a London fashion.

Durham farms now made a handsome income growing mustard as a crop, and pottery firms in nearby Gateshead were soon busy supplying jars.

Despite Mrs Clement’s attempts to keep her recipe secret, competitors sprang up immediately all over the country.

Her company, now named Ainsley’s after her son-in-law, was acquired by Colman’s of Norwich, and when Colman’s commissioned a new trademark in 1855, they acknowledged Mrs Clements by choosing the head of the famous Durham ox.

My take on mustard…Homemade mustard
Nothing beats homemade mustard.
10th June 1984: Liverpool band Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s ‘Two Tribes’ goes to number one

https://youtu.be/wN2tHv8gPm8

That’s it for this week…Take care stay safe and be well …xx

About Carol Taylor: 

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a fabulous week and stay safe these are troubling times xx

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 31st May-6th June 2020…Climate Change, Recipes, Whimsey, Coconut Ice and …looting and riots…

Welcome to this weeks edition of my weekly roundup of posts…I hope you are all staying safe and well…Let’s take a pew and have a read… I hope you enjoy!

Covid-19 is still here but dominating the news now are the riots and demonstrations… The following is going to be my only utterance on this subject on this blog…To me ALL lives matter …I do agree there are ingrained issues, faults and endemic practises in government departments,  schools, colleges, homes and workplaces which have no place in my world or yours I hope.

Peaceful demonstrations I believe in…However, come on the hordes of people I have seen around the world demonstrating with no thought for social distancing…There will definitely be a second wave of this virus…

Around the world governments are struggling not just with containing this virus..deadly virus I will add and resources are being rerouted now to fund the policing of these events…no doubt health services are also being stretched further…

Shops and business are being looted, police horses injured, flares being thrown, the statue of Winston Churchill vandalised, young squaddies being verbally abused while cleaning up this mess…ABSOLUTELY APPALLING AND IT IS NOT HELPING…the cause of Black lives matter at all…

All the people I know are condemning this on social media…so who are these people??? Who are the organisers?? Who is stirring up these actions??

Is the answer tear gas, pepper sprays, water cannons, rubber bullets…? Just by the sheer numbers, there are too many to arrest…

Should police and the press be withdrawn and anyone who is a peaceful protester advised to stay away…Are no reactionS and publicity what they want? I suspect not but the cost could be too great.

I invite your polite comments…

Recycling and Climate Change…1st June 2020…and Covid-19…

Toilet rolls or bum guns, metro farms and a river who can sue you…Yes, it can!

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/06/01/recycling-and-climate-change1st-june-2020and-covid-19/

Tuesday: National Fruit and Vegetable Month…

National Vinegar month drew to a close and my bonus during this month was the discovery of black vinegar and a sponge cake made by replacing eggs with vinegar was a huge success…This month is National Fruit and Vegetable Month and also Papaya Month which means I can combine the two …I have lots of great recipes for you…I also hope to discover at least one recipe or fruit/vegetable or aromatic which is new to me…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/06/02/national-fruit-and-vegetable-month/

Wednesday: Smorgasbord Health Column – Food Therapy – Olive Oil…keeps your body moving by Sally Cronin

Just like our cars and bikes which need to be kept well oiled…Sally is on hand with her expert advice on the oils we need to keep our bods in tip-top condition and the benefits…Please pop over and have read and leave a comment on what oil you use…we would love to know there are also some tried and tested recipes for you…Everything you need at your fingertips for a healthy body …Enjoy!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/06/03/food-therapy-olive-oil-keeps-your-body-moving-by-sally-cronin/

Whimsical Wednesday with CarolCooks2…

I didn’t realise how popular Dalgona Coffee is…How many of you have made it at home…?? my third attempt at making coconut ice was a success(at)last…I also made my second cake with vinegar to replace the eggs… filled it with non-dairy cream and mango preserve …my first vegan cake…go me!

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/06/03/whimsical-wednesday-with-carolcooks2-7/

Thursday: National Cheese Day…4th June 2020

One of my favourite foods in life…so many varieties and ways to cook and eat…A lovely ploughman’s lunch in the sunshine, mozzarella with tomatoes and basil, a hot brie or camembert with crusty bread, rarebit with tomatoes, au gratin of vegetables, A slice with your Christmas cake or just a little bit as you go past the fridge…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/06/04/national-cheese-day-4th-june-2020/

Friday: Smorgasbord Health Column – Project 101 Resilience – How much do you get for your 1500 calories and Music Therapy – Sally Cronin

project-101-2 Sally Cronin

None of us like counting calories particularly me but as Sally states its good to be aware and maybe like I do take a check now and again…I do it by keeping a food diary just for a couple of weeks and checking that I am keeping within my limits for my weight or as it can be with me I don’t always eat enough…I tend to forget to eat when I am writing…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/06/04/smorgasbord-health-column-project-101-resilience-how-much-do-you-get-for-your-1500-calories-and-music-therapy-sally-cronin/

Saturday Snippets:

This week there was more cooking…why yesterday…? I was a bit ..just down, disappointed with the world…Just dispirited it won’t last as that is not me but I think it showed in this last post the joy and wonder at the world was gone…Temporarily I know but I was sad…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/06/06/saturday-snippets-2/

God bless you all in these turbulent times…be safe and stay well…

My hopes…for the future…

When this is all over my hope for the future is a cleaner world… I do want to see communities, and caring for your neighbour becoming the new norm…WORKING TOGETHER INSTEAD OF WORKING AGAINST EACH OTHER…Being kind to each other…Loving someone whatever their religion or skin colour…Can we make this happen? We have to but in the right way…Are we willing to make a stand? Personally, I would love to see lessons learnt ..realistically I have my doubts…

Thank you for reading be well and stay safe 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.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all stay safe and healthy xx

Whimsical Wednesday…with CarolCooks2

Welcome to Whimsical Wednesday…we are enjoying some cooler temperatures as it is our rainy season but when the sun comes out it is a tad hot and steamy but everything is growing super quick and is lush and green…

Who didn’t love the story of Cinderella as a child…I know I did and when Walt Disney released his film it was loved by people of all ages as Disney films do…

30 years ago another film was released..I can’t believe it was that long ago…my doesn’t time fly…I still love that film and it is still one I watch every so often…All about a modern day Cinderella …it was none other than Pretty Women starring the handsome Richard Gere and the beautiful Julia Roberts there are so many ahhhh and tissue moments in that film…

I could listen to Roy Orbison all day long…You got it! Only the lonely!Crying ! In dreams! I drove all night!

I was trawling the internet trying to find something and came across this ..such a fascinating concept…

I watched it with my grandson and the first two groups of people who were inside these domes eventually split into two opposing factions …Astons question to me was why do groups normally only split into two? Why not three?…He loves to tax my brain…

I don’t drink coffee not because I don’t like it...I just drink other things…the rest of my family love it especially my daughter in law and this frothy coffee seems to be the latest craze….Here’s how to make it at home…

Enjoy!

I’m sure if I had to live in this maybe I wouldn’t like it as much but it looks so pretty…

Like Narnia almost, magical…

After my last disaster with making coconut ice I tried again…Initially I made a boob…Because I don’t buy tinned condensed milk ever really…It wasn’t until I opened it I realised and the fact the tin was mostly in Thai language…Oopps so I did my own little tweek to the recipe and hope it works or that will be disaster numero two…Just going to check…so far so good…

homemade coconut ice

Not quite set yet and the image is not very clear but 100% better than the last effort…Recipe and better images to follow later…

Respect” is a song written and originally released by American recording artist Otis Redding in 1965. The song became a 1967 hit and signature song for soul singer Aretha Franklin. Otis Redding peaked at number thirty-five with “Respect” in the summer of 1965, but it was Aretha’s version that became legendary. The feminist anthem won two GRAMMY Awards and hit number one on the Hot 100 in June 1967.

Although I love Aretha I think she has got better and better and I love seeing her sing in this video….

So for two reason at this moment in time …I am making a comparison…A great singer and a great couple who made America proud…

That’s it for this week…Take care stasy safe and be well …xx

About Carol Taylor: 

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a fabulous week and stay safe these are troubling times xx

 

Whimsical Wednesday…CarolCooks2…

Hello and welcome… I would like to say that here on Whimsical Wednesdays it is a Corona free zone but this sneaky virus has crept into every single aspect of our lives…Awake or asleep it is there…It dominates the headlines and our thoughts…It invokes great sadness but also great joy…and a smidgen of hope…My focus is coming out the other side with hope in my heart for much-needed changes…

We are in unprecedented times…

Pigs...I love a bit of pork crackling…I mean most people do…I make the perfect Pork Crackling and can often be found shrieking at the screen when someone is trying to make pork crackling and failing…turn the oven up and leave it alone…Perfect Pork Crackling…

Way back in the spring of 1866, the American General Grant struck the western cliffside of Auckland Island, a remote, subantarctic mass of rocky land in the middle of the South Pacific. Shipwrecked and trapped inside a rocky cavern, the ship began its fateful plunge into the frigid water, dragging most of its passengers down with it. Things looked bleak for the few who survived—the uninhabited island was often plagued by severe winds, heavy downpours, and harsh cold spells. But the castaways benefited from an unexpected resource that helped keep the majority of them alive for 18 months until their eventual rescue. Deep in the forest lay a herd of long-haired, narrow-faced pigs—or rather, strange, precious island pork….Crackling!

Today, well over a century later, as many as 1,000 of these pigs still roam along the misty shoreline, thrusting their narrow snouts into the earth to find edible roots, flipping beach stones in search of fly larvae, and devouring the occasional whale carcass that’s been washed ashore. “They’ve adapted well,” remarks Michael Willis, director of Rare Breeds International and founder of Willowbank Wildlife Reserve. At his Christchurch nature reserve, Willis cares for a small group of Auckland Island pigs that have been scooped from the edge of the world and transplanted onto mainland New Zealand. “Their tails are hairy, their ears are hairy, and some have a bit of a down on them to stay warm.”

wild boar

Scrappy, agile, and, according to Willis, “good-natured things,” they’re incredible creatures that were never supposed to exist. It was not only pigs but rabbits, goats and also cats..it is the pigs however who are decimating other species on the island…They eat the plant roots, albatross eggs, and penguins. They all but forced white-capped mollymawks into breeding in the island’s steep cliffs, after tossing adult birds from their nests and devouring their eggs and small chicks. According to New Zealand’s Department of Conservation (DOC), they’re largely responsible for the disappearance of over 30 native bird species from the island. I don’t know what the answer is…But I do hope a solution can be found one which protects all of the biodiversity of these islands.

Nature is wonderful but it can also be destructive I don’t know what the answer is but it seems to be causing Pig Wars…

While we are on the subject of pigs...on this day back in 1933 Walt Disneys released …3 Little Pigs…who didn’t and doesn’t love that film???

Ahhhh that revived some memories of watching watching this as a child and with little ones…A timeless film as are most Disney Films loved by generations …

Let’s have a tune...some music…my music tastes are very varied and my starting point today was top ten bands…No 1…The Beatles..now while I think some of their tunes are catchy I was never a great Beatles fan…I prefer heavier rock bands…Music with a bit of soul or grit…What’s your musical preference?

Early May in 1977 the Sex Pistols released God Save the Queen…on the 31st May it was BANNED( no surprises) there from being played on the BBC for “gross bad taste”

A week after “God Save the Queen” was banned, the group played a show on a boat going down the River Thames. The Sex Pistols performed “Anarchy in the UK” when the boat passed the British Parliament…

Do you think it should have been banned?

I much prefer Van Halen…

Nice and lively and gets you foot tapping…

Not  many things surprise me…Dogs Roasted Sweet Potato Stall is manned by yes you have it an adorable 3 year old dog named Ken-Kun…

How adorable is that ?

Spirit Houses are very popular here and every home and business has one they cold highly ornate or just a small shrine Most of them have one thing in common…Bottles of Red Fanta…Nam Dang which means red water is the spirit drink of choice ..Ni one really knows why it could be the colour as Thais like bright colours.

It does explain why  Thailand is 4th biggest market for fanta ahead of China and the USA…You will see offering of anything from a full meal, a plate of fruit , Strawberry fanta complete with a straw…all lovingly offered…

Trees are also very special here and you may also come across a tree gaily adorned with ribbons and silk scarves…a spirit tree…

The spirit tree we saw at Wat Kam Sanot a temple near my home the spirit house is the one from my home in Phuket…Here in Udon Thani there is no spirit house in the garden but I have a prayer room in my bedroom which was used in the same way..it has a buddha, vases of flowers and candles but no red fanta.

An ancient Hat from the Song dynasty has been given a revival..By schoolchildren…

Maybe politicians and news reporters should be wearing them to stop their Chinese whispers…

For those of you who eat eggs...They will never be the same again…This Japanese mum specialises in food art…This is one to get your kiddie to eat his egg…

https://www.odditycentral.com/art/japanese-mom-specializes-in-deliciously-cute-fried-egg-art.html#more-69870

How cool are they?

Thats it for now..I didn’t manage to delete the post this week….Thank you for reading I look forward to your comments xx

About Carol Taylor: 

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a fabulous week and stay safe these are troubling times xx