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Saturday Snippets…31st October…A Halloween Special…and Loy Krathong…

 

Welcome to Saturday Snippets where anything goes…whatever catches my eye or my imagination could be on this post…something for everyone…The temperature has definitely dropped this week enough for me to sleep comfortably without a fan and it has been overcast and quite dull although this morning I was greeted by sunshine…A nice change…

You may have wondered why my image header shows two entirely different images in type…Today 31st October is Halloween traditionally known as All Hallows’ Eve, it is always the eve of the Christian festival All Saints’ Day on 1 November… it is also Loy Krathong here where we float pretty flowers and candles…

When I looked at the meaning of Halloween and Loy Krathong I was struck by many similarities so even though our communities are far apart we are not so different. Of course, there is also a blue moon …A rarity…

The next time there will be both types of “Blue Moons” in the same year will be in 2037. In fact, the 21st century will only see six full moons on October 31: 2001, 2020, 2037, 2058, 2077 and 2096.

Orange and black are the standard colours associated with Halloween total opposites as orange depicts warmth, the beautiful fall colours of the leaves, the oranges of the autumn harvest pumpkins, squash, carrots, peppers so many fruits and vegetables with a warm orange hue…

At the opposite end of the colour spectrum, we have the black of cauldrons, bats, cats, spiders witches hats black is associated with darkness and evil…the underworld, death and spirits…black is the spooky side of Halloween…

As kids, we used to love toffee apples or candy apples as they are called over the pond…

 

After eating all that candy you may want some wellness advice...Look no further as Sally is here…x

Wellness Corner with Sally Cronin…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/10/29/smorgasbord-medicine-womans-treasure-chest-essential-oils-and-aromatherapy-clary-sage-essential-oil-by-sally-cronin/

Time for some music and in keeping with the Halloween theme I have some vintage 80’s tunes of popular Halloween tunes…from U2, The Cure, David Bowie, the Eurythmics and others…A real treat…

I hope you enjoyed this medley of Halloween songs…There are some great tracks on there…

I just love Halloween trivia…

Michael Myers the villain of the film Halloween...How scary is his mask…But how did it start off? Quite innocently…

When shooting the original 1978 film, production designer Tommy Lee Wallace picked up two masks from a Hollywood Boulevard magic shop: a clown and William Shatner as Captain Kirk in Star Trek.

“Tommy came in with the clown mask on, and we went, ‘Ooh, that’s kind of scary.’ Then he put on the Shatner mask, and we stopped dead and said, ‘It’s perfect,'” actor Nick Castle told the New York Times. They spray-painted it white, cut the eye holes bigger, and the rest is history. This kept the film on budget as it was a small budget film and the William Shatner mask cost just $2.

The Disney film Hocus Pocus…was originally titled Halloween House as there was more horror than comedy…

I used to love a good horror film but as I got older they didn’t hold their appeal for me…However, I love Sleepy Hollow…and Ichabod Crane( Johnny Depp) certainly made a few hearts flutter …then along came the Headless Horseman…A perfect Halloween Film…

I loved this behind the scenes look at the filming of Sleepy Hollow…

That’s all for me this week...I hope you have found something to enjoy…I am now going to make my green tea…contemplate making more brownies at the request of my grandson and of course it is time to start the bread making…To all of you who are facing tighter lockdown restrictions please stay safe. I am praying that those who do not conform decide that it is now time to think of their neighbours and fellow man and just do it or this Virus which they think is false will carry on into 2021…Surely no one wants to see that?

Please let me know in the comments what you enjoyed …I love hearing from you it makes my day…

That’s all for this week and Saturday Snippet …xxx

Thank you for reading….enjoy your weekend, stay safe not only from Covid-19 but the wildfires around the world…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.

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!

 

 

 

CarolCooks2…weekly roundup 18th October -24th October 2020… Recipes, Health, Whimsy, Volkswagen Currywurst…

Welcome to this week’s edition of my weekly roundup of posts…Especially for you just in case you missed any posts during the week… whatever your time zone grab a coffee or a glass of wine…Take a pew, get comfy… have a read… I hope you enjoy this much-shortened version…Relax and Enjoy! (1) Weekly Roundup

My first post of the week was on Tuesday 20th…Halloween Tales and recipes…

From what I have been reading Halloween in many places is not happening this year and in others, it has been curtailed or there may be some virtual goings-on planned…I am sure by now though the decorations are up…

I have lots of trivia, sweet potato recipes, soup from the lovely Dolly, and the obligatory cocktail…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/10/20/29239/

Wednesday: My doesn’t the time fly today it’s  The Culinary Alphabet with a twist…The letter H (noocH)…Now, nooch I have just discovered is Nutritional Yeast something I haven’t used but very popular with the Vegan community…You learn something every day in the blogging world which is great…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/10/21/the-culinary-alphabet-with-a-twistthe-letter-h-nooch/

Thursday: Part 1 unseasonable -affective disorder…

Something I had not heard of but on reading, I could see the relevance thanks to Sally @ Smorgasbord Health…

Health Column

It really isn’t until we are prompted to think about health, our diets, and lifestyles that we can attribute and improve our health by adjusting certain parts of our lifestyles and diet…Quite simple really…Head over to Sally’s and you can be sure of great advice and remedies for better health something we all aspire to…See you there #recommended read

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2020/10/19/smorgasbord-health-column-unseasonal-affective-disorder-lockdown-elderly-part-one-by-sally-cronin/

Fruity Friday…The Juniper Berry

A lovely versatile little berry that makes lovely sauces is a great aromatic in stews and dried it is a beautiful spice…in Northern Europe particularly in Scandanavia, it is a popular addition to cabbage and sauerkraut.

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/10/23/fruity-friday-the-juniper-berry/

Saturday Snippets:

I have lots this week for you, recipes, health and trivia, and The Who…My Storks are still here sometimes just one and a couple of times this week he or she has brought along some mates …they fascinate me as they stand around in a semi-circle and chat and when it’s time to go they take their formation and away they go…

https://carolcooks2.com/2020/10/24/saturday-snippets-24th-october-2020/

That’s all for this week’s roundup a rather short week again…one of the positives… less writing has made my stats boom…go figure… I do hope you have enjoyed it and I look forward to your comments xx

God bless you all in these turbulent times…especially those of my readers who are affected or in the path of these wildfires in California…Please stay safe…x

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 learned..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 well being.

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

Thailand …Loy(Loi) Krathong…

This coming week sees the lovely festival of Loy Krathong where every stretch of water will see people setting their Krathong on its way…

The Festival of “Loy Krathong”, literally the “Festival of Floating Leaf Cups”, has been celebrated in Thailand for over 6,000 years. It is a Buddhist celebration that takes place a few days before and the day of the full moon in the month of November. Loy Krathong is a festival representative of many things.

What is a Krathong? 

Krathong is a Thai term which refers to a piece of banana trunk decorated with flowers, banana leaves, candle and incense sticks. The word Loy means to float in the Thai language. When joined together,  those two terms simply mean the floating banana trunk festival. Modern krathongs are mostly made out of bread or Styrofoam. Because of more awareness regarding pollution and recycling as styrofoam doesn’t decompose many waterways do not allow them.

Bread Krathongs are more environmentally friendly as they are biodegradable and in most cases eaten by fish.

There are many stories regarding how the festival originated. One of the versions is that Thai people have long been closely involved with rivers for ages as Thailand is an agriculture-based country. This means rivers are like their own blood veins. And to show respect to the river, the goddess of the river is called Pra Mae Khongkha…Thai tradition sees the making of a  Krathong to worship and ask for forgiveness.

Thais now also see it as a time to wave goodbye to misfortune, wash away the sins of the past year, and make wishes for the coming year.

Loi Krathong takes place on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar. In the western calendar, this usually falls in November. The exact date is announced a month before the festival.

It is a lovely festival as each boat and candle is sent with a message, a prayer or a memory and I use this as a way of remembering my dearly departed as many do here…

It really is am an amazing sight… seeing all the little krathongs and the candles floating away…very beautiful…

krathong on waterMany Thais wear their traditional costumes and there are a lot of beauty pageants held around the country…

It is lovely to see that the authorities are urging people not to send the lanterns up but just float sustainable krathongs…or make your own…There are normally many roadside stalls selling these Krathongs so I am hoping to see lots made from bread and banana leaves…or using cocktail sticks or wood posts instead of stell nails which are not only dangerous but do not compost.

Lily with her Krathong all ready to float it on the water…See how pretty the banana leaves look when they are plaited with a flower…

Thank you for reading have a great weekend 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 well being.

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!

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