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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.

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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…

 

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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

CarolCooks2…Weekly roundup…Recipes, Steak & Kidney pie, sea caviar, sixth sense and so much more…

Time for a catchup if you have had a busy week…I know what it’s like some weeks just fly by and before you know it..gone…Weatherwise we have had blistering heat and tropical storms this last week which are always welcome as it cools the temperature down a little…I am counting the days as I am off to Phuket on Thursday for 5 days so I will pre-schedule posts but excuse me if I am late replying to your comments( which) I love by the way…as we are meeting with my daughter she is popping over from Australia so lots of catching up and a few tears… some good food, a bit of beach with a massage thrown in…

Now to this last week and starting with my Monday catchup…The ever-changing world of Climate change, plastic news and whatever else..

.Spoiler Alert! Tomorrow’s post may be a little controversial to some…Sometimes though you have to stick your head above the parapet…Don’t you? We all have our own thoughts and they differ from person to person…I will be inviting comments BUT I may not necessarily reply if I think it is going to get offensive…I have no wish to fall out with anyone and I respect each individuals opinion and actions…I am at the stage where I am not sure …I have concerns but am not saying what is happening is wrong…I need to clarify my thoughts…NUFF SAID…See you tomorrow xxx

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https://carolcooks2.com/2019/07/15/plastic-waste-and-recycling-latest-news-shoes-made-from-coffee-grounds-plastic-eating-mushrooms/

We all have heard of a sixth sense and some are more in tune than others…Sally’s New Series explores this and she invites you to share your experiences…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/14/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-human-in-every-sense-of-the-word-my-sixth-sense-ias-inner-alert-system-d-g-kaye/

Healthy eating…What is out there adverts, social media, magazines…I know my inbox is full of miracle this and miracle that….To me all a load of Bull****….. I enjoy my food…Eat what I fancy and when…BUT… Unless you are extremely lucky and just have one of those metabolisms…we have to apply common sense and moderation…Not deprivation…It is working for me and many of my followers…No fancy foods, pills and I love fudge…trust me I do …But tomorrow is another day and when I indulge I feel no guilt just enjoyment…I am also the lightest I have weighed for aeons, years…FACT…It all boils down to one thing….

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Who do you cheat??? Yourself!

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/07/16/eat-smart-eat-healthily-recipes-wacky-diet-corner-I am also the lightest I have been for and-some-common-sense-is-thrown-in-for-good-measure/

My series on Whimsical Wednesdays has been well received …You tell me you love it so thank you and hopefully, you will learn a little more about Moi and what makes me tick…

two monks walking

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/07/17/whimsical-wednesday-with-carol-5/

Who would have thought that I would say I was a traditionalist?… But I am as well as moving forward I believe we can and should combine the two…I hope you enjoy this look at a Thai tradition…Making pancakes…

Pancakes drying

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/07/18/thailand-travel-and-tradition-handmade-thai-pancakes-khao-gle-at/

Once a month I am over @esmesalon….Taking you on a Culinary Journey through the alphabet….This month it is the letter R…not only do I show you how to make perfect fried rice…When I first made it even the dog turned his nose up…Now  he begs for some…But come and have a look at what else begins with R?????

THE CULINARY ALPHABET R

https://esmesalon.com/the-culinary-alphabet-the-letter-r/

In my kitchen this week there is sea caviar and Steak and Kidney pies….Two totally different foods…Want to know more about this new food?…A first sight and taste for me…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/07/19/this-week-in-my-kitchen-sea-caviar-steak-kidney-pie-batu-and-more/

Lastly just and extra Thai tradition...When you pick up your bag of ready made charcoal for your BBQ this post reveals how it is still made here in many villages…No mod cons…Just how it is…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/07/20/thailand-travel-and-traditions-down-on-the-farm-making-charcoal/

I hope you have enjoyed this post and the variety and found something which you enjoyed or learnt about…Thank you for reading…x

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!

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

Connect to Carol

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

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

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you are all having a great weekend and your week ahead is a joyous one xx

CarolCooks2…Weekly Roundup…Recipes, Food Safety and more…

Where is the time going? My regular readers know the drill…A comfy chair, a drink, settle down time for a good read…Lots of goodies for you this week…A good mix and something for everyone…Well unless you are a rocket scientist…haha.

To any new readers…Welcome and if I haven’t personally thanked you for the follow it is because either your blog shows as private or your profile doesn’t link to your blog…I do however appreciate the follow…Thank you 🙂

Monday’s post was wet wipes being as much as 84% plastic and the fact that packaging does not inform us of that and they most certainly are not flushable as the manufacturers try to get us to believe…Not really any surprises there as we all know how sneaky most manufacturers are…Don’t we?

wet wipe being stretched

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/07/01/waste-and-recycling-the-wet-wipe-84-plastic-fact/

Healthy Eating was next on the agenda and my weight loss is going well…I also looked at a photographers view of kids diets around the world …The main thing I took away was the amount of bread in one kid’s diet…and one of the wackiest diets was the one I featured last week…Not dangerous like many diets just weird and well if it works for you that’s all well and good…To find out what it is please click the link and all will be revealed…

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https://carolcooks2.com/2019/07/02/eat-smart-eat-healthily-recipes-wacky-diets-kids-diet-around-the-world/

Whimsical Wednesdays are where anything goes…Wherever my mind or a whim takes me…But hopefully, you will find it an informative and fun read…

wimbledon logo in flowers

For all, you Wimbledon fans is your favourite still in the running? Or have they been knocked out? I am enjoying it as always there are some shocks and surprises but I love to people watch as well and some of the outfits are quite nice…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/07/03/whimsical-wednesday-with-carol-3/

Essan or Issan in Northern Thailand is my home and last week I gave you a peek into village life…I do hope you enjoy it …Also some authentic recipes …

Melientha Soup

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/07/04/thailand-travel-and-traditions-village-life-northern-thailand-essan/

It was then my weekly in my kitchen post …my favourite beet recipes and Buttermilk bread…A nice bread not really suitable for sandwiches but toasted or just buttered it is lovely and also with the addition of fruit makes a delicious fruit loaf…

Homemade Buttermilk breadhttps://carolcooks2.com/2019/07/05/this-week-in-my-kitchen-beets-buttermilk-bread/

Lastly over to Sally’s and a very important look at food Safety and practices…How to keep yourself safe …

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/04/smorgasbord-health-column-foodsafety-escherichia-coli-0157h7-e-coli-strong-toxin-in-raw-meat-and-uncooked-food-by-sally-cronin/

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!

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

Connect to Carol

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

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

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you are all having a great weekend and your week ahead is a joyous one xx

 

 

Crossed Wires…

I love these prompts and how everyone responds so differently….#crossed wires... This week the prompt from the lovely Lorna @ Gin and Lemonade

Mistaken Identity by Carol Ann Taylor.

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Overloud music, bass thumping.

Girls…  So many girls and the drinks just kept coming.

“Come on guys, no more please, she will kill all of us if we are late tomorrow”

Sean’s eyes glazed over, he still couldn’t believe his luck, the most amazing girl in the world had said, Yes!

He was imagining her gliding down the aisle, a vision in white and all his.

“Come on!  You are slipping Sean, keep up, last night of freedom mate, make the most of it”

“Drink up!”

So he did one after another. Oh boy, am I going to have a stonker of a head in the morning.

“Wait till you see what we have planned for you,” Jim said leering at the skimpily clad girls dancing around them.

“ Oh No! No Strippers, please”

“Would we boys?” they just laughed.

“Excuse me, sir”

Turning, Sean saw a very shapely PC  standing before him. “ The silver Porsche outside does that belong to you?”

“ What? Come on, No!

“ Sir, just answer the question”

Grinning Sean grabbed her breast, pulled her towards him and kissed her hard. Might as well make the most of my last night of freedom.

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When the metal on his wrists shut with a click and he was propelled towards the exit.

He knew….Wrong PC!

I hope you enjoyed this little tale x

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!

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

Connect to Carol

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

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

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

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine -Weekly Round Up – Josh Groban, Legendary Irises, Lucious Lamb and Shark Diving!

What a weekly roundup…I have been awed, laughed and loved all of these posts…Enjoy!

Retired No One Told Me! …Weekly roundup… The Pink Ape, Limestone Karst and Obesity…

Retired No On Told Me! Weekly Roundup

Welcome to my weekly roundup which I hope you are enjoying so get your favourite cuppa, sit down put your feet up and enjoy.

This week we are starting with a fruit which many of you are not familiar with the Pomelo fruit…much larger than the grapefruit but very similar just without the bitterness and one which makes a lovely salad.

Pomelo Salad

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/06/01/fruity-fridays-pomelo/

Next, we have The Charade which is a tale of mystery and intrigue the plot of which is being published chapter by chapter. Co-written with the lovely Steph ( SC Richmond) who you may be familiar with …Can I ask that you all say a little prayer for her as things are tough for her at the moment and she could do with some TLC.

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/06/01/the-charade-chapter-21/

Moving on I have taken you for a trip around some of my favourite London Markets.

London Markets

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/06/02/london-the-markets-covent-garden-and-more/

After my favourite markets what could be more fitting than some street food…The Best of British…Pie, Mash and Liquor….Stewed eels anyone ???

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https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/06/03/the-best-of-british-pie-mash-and-liquor/

Then it is a little tale about my experience of eating my first Salt Water Taffy and experience which I do not particularly want to repeat it was nothing to write home about but write about it I did..very unremarkable.

Salt Water Taffy( 3)

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/06/04/salt-water-taffy-by-carol-ann-taylor/

It was then the turn of the USA and my trawl through some countries which we are all familiar with and their place on an obesity chart… I couldn’t help myself … I had a little rant…I really am not a fan of greedy manufacturers and governments and I think I may well have expressed my displeasure just a tad…

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/06/05/healthy-eatingno-more-dietsobesity-around-the-world-the-us/

After all that exertion I took you on a long tail boat ride to a lovely Sea Gypsy Village in Thailand. the beautiful village of Koh Panyee.

houses on stilts Koh Panyee

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/06/06/travel-thailand-the-beautiful-sea-gypsy-village-of-koh-panyee/

It was then over to my weekly cookery column over at Sally’s and this week it was my favourite Lamb dishes…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/06/06/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-cookery-and-food-column-with-carol-taylor-lucious-lamb/

Finally, it was another story from my archives The Pink Ape one of my favourites little stories and one I really enjoyed writing…I do hope you enjoy it also please let me know what you think…

The Pink Ape

https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/2018/06/07/the-pink-ape-by-carol-ann-taylor/

That’s all for now until tomorrow when it is Fruity Fridays…Will it be another exotic fruit or will it be a familiar favourite????

If you enjoyed this post then please reblog  or share on your social media x

If you still want to see even more from me???? Although I am a crazy English lady with a quirky sense of humour…Then I have added some links below xx

Connect to Carol( Moi)

Blog: https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest ( 1): https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

Until  next time x

The Pink Ape by Carol Ann Taylor.

The Pink Ape

While attending a writers retreat we were sometimes given prompts and 25 minutes to write:  This story comes from one such prompt we were asked to pick three pieces of paper just like a lucky dip and the 3 words were our prompts… Mine was Uruguay, Retired Prostitute and Gracious. These were my first prompts for the second I received “Who is that colourful character.” which was another prompt to be written on the return from our trip which was to Koh Panyee a village floating on the water, supported on bamboo stilts.

For my colourful character, I chose a fictional Pink ape and decided I would merge the two stories into one as he seemed to take a life all of his own…

The Pink Ape.

Prompt: Uruguay, Retired Prostitute and gracious.

 

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

Ever since Greta had read an article in a wildlife magazine about Jungle Jim and his search for the Pink Ape she had fantasized that she would be the first to find him. Jungle Jim’s father had spotted and nearly captured The Pink Ape in the early 50’s and it was on one such expedition that his father had disappeared without a trace.

As soon as Jungle Jim finished his schooling he packed his rucksack and started his search, hoping to find his father and the Pink Ape.

Since reading this Greta had contacted Jungle Jim and had been funding his trips ever since.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Greta sighed….A Pink Ape.

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

Imagine the headline…..Widow of John. D. Rockingchair finds elusive “Pink Ape”

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

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

To be continued:

The Pink Ape ( Part Two)

Prompt: Who is that colourful character.

 

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

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

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

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

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

A slightly overcast day, grey and black clouds chasing each other across the sky as the writers set off on another adventure, a trip to get their thoughts flowing, exciting, so much fun. Into the bus, they clambered chattering away like magpies.

Soon they arrived at Sarasin Bridge, through the checkpoint, leaving the island of Phuket behind. Our tour guide Toon told tales of lovers who jumped into those waters many years ago. A story of forbidden love ending tragically is the bridges most legendary love story.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Greta turned. Nothing!

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

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

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

He was in full flight.

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

The rain had eased, into the boat they climbed, tired, ready for the journey home. Skillfully navigating the receding waters, the long tail boat moved swiftly with its now familiar chugging sound, they were homeward bound.

How busy this channel was now, lots of boats backwards and forwards, happy tourists, waving at all and sundry.

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

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

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

The End.

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