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CarolCooks2…Weekly Roundup…Yanang Juice, Koh Samui A Secret Garden, King Tides and Coorg Mango Curry…

I have a corker of a weekly roundup for you much variety which really reflects my brain…It flits around and it just needs a word or a phrase and I am off to DuckDuckGo…Then an idea for a post or a recipe is growing…I never know where I am likely to end up some days. I puzzle over a subject and then bingo the lights go on…I think this week has been much like that one idea has led to another and then I watched Question Time and realised it wasn’t just me…So much is going on in the world it is easy to get sidetracked, isn’t it? Then when it gets too much I just go for a walk or down to the kitchen and cook…

So if you have had a week like me coupled with as I have tropical storms and my seasonal leaking ceiling which no one seems to have the answer to…Get your favourite drink and settle down for a rollercoaster of a read…

great reads a weekly roundup lady with electronic reader

 

First is Sally’s weekly roundup over at Smorgasbord and what a variety of posts she has for you …If the handsome John Wicks is your thing coupled with a daiquiri then you are in for a treat.

Me… I always head straight for the maestro himself the lovely Will. I play his selection of videos while I read or type…Always a treat…I also get to discover and listen to artists that I haven’t heard before and get to learn about their musical journey always well told and fascinating…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/26/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-weekly-round-up-john-wick-3-spirits-in-the-sky-polar-bears-and-apple-daiquiris/

Plastic …Always something new and I am in awe of some of the inventions …I featured The Budweiser recycled football pitch…Not because I am a die-hard football fan but because I saw a floating football pitch here in Thailand and it was awesome…Image playing football and your ball went off the pitch …You got wet…Those kids soon became so skilled at ball control.

Trainers, I mean how many pairs can you have? Adidas has come up with the recyclable trainer ..finished with your trainers they will take them back…How cool is that?The old and new adidas trainers

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/05/27/plastic-part-10-a-recycled-football-pitch/

Diets have been around since time immemorial and some work and some are just plain dangerous…I mean cotton wool balls soaked in a juice or smoothie and then eating it…How crazy is that? The tapeworm diet…Just the thought is enough to make me stop eating how gross is that? Stress also plays a big part but remember…

stressed is only desserts backwards

Now, where is that Chocolate Brownie? Who ate the last piece?

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/05/28/healthy-eating-eat-smart-yanang-juice-and-the-very-first-diet-book/

Back to Sally who has my permission to go through my archives and pick 4 posts. Sally chose my favourite place this week… The Secret Garden in Koh Samui, Thailand…It is the most magical place I have seen…Enjoy!

Koh Samui The Secret Garden

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/05/29/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-travel-thailandkoh-samuia-secret-garden-by-carol-taylor/

Time for a sort of rant…Haha…But you know me by now and know that I am passionate about what I believe in …Climate Change has me stumped though…I do think there is a problem… not sure how serious it really is as people love to scaremonger BUT  I have watched David Attenburgh and listened to many others and also know that over millions of years naturally things or the earth has changed…I also know we need CO2 as do the trees and plants to survive…Planting trees is good…Deforestation is not…There is so much to be taken into account and it needs to be correct action, not knee jerk action due to pressure but also sometimes politicians do need a kick up the proverbial, stop passing the buck and work together over all parties…So much info to digest…

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Photo on Visual hunt

Trees always make me feel so calm…I have always enjoyed a walk through the trees…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/05/30/waste-not-want-not-hunger-and-king-tides/

Lastly this week in my kitchen and as he who I rarely obey…haha …has been rained off and is indoors more rather than out in the garden…Has been going through the fridge and cupboards looking for snacks…So it was time to make his favourite Bread Pudding which kept him quiet for a few days…haha and I had to cook comfort food, one pot curries, jalapeno poppers and a tagine…I also made a lovely Coorg Mango Curry…a tad spicy but really nice …So a few recipes to check out for you…All tried and tested in my kitchen…

https://carolcooks2.com/2019/05/31/this-week-in-my-kitchen-bread-pudding-jalapeno-poppers-and-coorg-mango-curry/

I hope you have enjoyed this weeks roundup and please leave a comment on any of the subjects… your comments are very welcome and will always be answered…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/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

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

 

 

#Prompt 8… Road Trip to where???

This weeks prompt for the lovely Lorna @ Gin and Lemonade is the result of her recent roadtrip and the fun and reminising that they expereienced as a family…

Road trips here can be exciting as often we can’t read the signs and maps generally are way out and most places have more than one version of a name so often we just drive and see where we end up although sometimes we finish with a walk or hike depending on the terrain…

https://ginlemonade.com/2018/10/26/no-distance-over-dinner/

Road trip to where??? 

By Carol Ann Taylor.

On our very first visit to Thailand in 2002 many years ago now with our two young grandsons, we visited this lovely Island of Koh Samui. A beautiful island where I first fell in love with Thailand. At that time, never in my wildest dreams did I think that one day I would be living that dream.

Here I am in 2018 and living that dream…

Out exploring the island one day we saw a sign which said: ” Secret Garden” It piqued my curiosity as a few years ago while driving in England we saw a similar sign which said, ” Secret Bunker”… so seeing this made me smile at that memory as that also was a day to remember and not what we expected.

Would this ” Secret Garden” be the same?

An unexpected delight?…

At the sign, we took the turning and was it a steep hill…we slowly made our way upwards, the uneven road presented us with sheer drops either side and the road was barely one car wide…

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Yikes if we meet anything coming the other way and thank goodness the only vehicle we did meet was a motorcycle and luckily it was able to edge its way past us and away it went.

My son was driving and does not like heights at the best of times and was a tad nervous. I think we were all relieved when we spied a restaurant and were able to pull into its small car park…we were presented with the most amazing views and then came the food which was awesome…just delicious.

Enquiring about the “Secret Garden” the restaurant staff pointed upwards with a big smile… Really?…at that point, it was unanimous to leave the truck and walk!

We walked and walked and all we saw was the occasional bike which passed us going the other way…Down!

The noises which we heard coming from the jungle as we walked up the steep track were quite magnified and sounded like a chainsaw…well that was the story I told my open-mouthed grandsons it did make them walk a little quicker though …haha.

It was only later that I discovered they were Cicadas and due to the acoustics on the mountain when they rubbed their wings together in unison they did sound like a chainsaw.

Suddenly the road plateaued out…We were at the top…

Thirsty and worn out…Our first view was a small shop selling water and a group of bemused local children were watching us and laughing probably thinking  ” mad Farangs” walking in this heat up the mountain. At that point, I was happy to agree with them…

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Looking around we spied a lone kiosk

No secret garden?…

I had this mental picture of pretty flowers…orchids and a statue or two… There was nothing like that in sight!

Walking over to the kiosk we paid for our tickets…well, we were here so we may as well have a look…

Where is this garden? The smiling woman pointed to some steps…from where I was standing they looked wooden and slightly rickety…Oh No! My legs could not take any more…

Down and down we went… That first glimpse of this “Secret Garden” was amazing..statues carved out of stone, a tiny house, little streams and miniature waterfalls trickling and running through the middle of this garden, a small amphitheatre, all among the trees which were growing on the mountainside…Not a flower in sight…

Did it matter? Not at all…This was magical and a memory which has stayed with me over the years…

My research since then has told me that an old Durian Fruit Farmer in 1976 at the grand old age of 77 started to fulfil his life’s ambition and carved all these wonderful statues which he had seen in his dreams and he created them to honour Buddha.

This video shows the magic of one of my favourite road trips.

The statues depict a number of animals, deities and humans in various poses, including one of the man himself Khun Nim in a relaxed position sitting on a rock. Khun Nim continued to work developing his garden until his death at the age of 91.

The garden is now cared for by his relatives.

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 weekend 🙂 xx

Travel Thailand…Koh Samui…A Secret Garden.

Koh Samui The Secret Garden

 

Koh Samui…The Secret Garden.

On our very first visit to Thailand in 2002 many years ago now with our two young grandsons, we visited this lovely Island of Koh Samui. A beautiful island where I first fell in love with Thailand. At that time, never in my wildest dreams did I think that one day I would be living that dream.

Here I am in 2018 and living that dream…

Out exploring the island one day we saw a sign which said: ” Secret Garden” It piqued my curiosity as a few years ago while driving in England we saw a similar sign which said, ” Secret Bunker”… so seeing this made me smile at that memory as that also was a day to remember and not what we expected.

Would this ” Secret Garden” be the same?

An unexpected delight?…

At the sign, we took the turning and was it a steep hill…we slowly made our way upwards, the uneven road presented us with sheer drops either side and the road was barely one car wide…

Yikes if we meet anything coming the other way and thank goodness the only vehicle we did meet was a motorcycle and luckily it was able to edge its way past us and away it went.

My son was driving and does not like heights at the best of times and was a tad nervous. I think we were all relieved when we spied a restaurant and were able to pull into its small car park…we were presented with the most amazing views and then came the food which was awesome…just delicious.

Enquiring about the “Secret Garden” the restaurant staff pointed upwards with a big smile… Really?…at that point, it was unanimous to leave the truck and walk!

We walked and walked and all we saw was the occasional bike which passed us going the other way…Down!

The noises which we heard coming from the jungle as we walked up the steep track were quite magnified and sounded like a chainsaw…well that was the story I told my open-mouthed grandsons it did make them walk a little quicker though …haha. It was only later that I discovered they were Cicadas and due to the acoustics on the mountain when they rubbed their wings together in unison they did sound like a chainsaw.

Suddenly the road plateaued out…We were at the top…

A group of children thailand-471700_1280

Thirsty and worn out…Our first view was a small shop selling water and a group of bemused local children were watching us and laughing probably thinking  ” mad Farangs” walking in this heat up the mountain. At that point, I was happy to agree with them…

Looking around we spied a lone kiosk

No secret garden?…

I had this mental picture of pretty flowers…orchids and a statue or two… There was nothing like that in sight!

Walking over to the kiosk we paid for our tickets…well, we were here so we may as well have a look…

Where is this garden? The smiling woman pointed to some steps…from where I was standing they looked wooden and slightly rickety…Oh No! My legs could not take any more…

Down and down we went… That first glimpse of this “Secret Garden” was amazing..statues carved out of stone, a tiny house, little streams and miniature waterfalls trickling and running through the middle of this garden, a small amphitheatre, all among the trees which were growing on the mountainside…Not a flower in sight…

 

Did it matter? Not at all…This was magical and a memory which has stayed with me over the years…

My research since then has told me that an old Durian Fruit Farmer in 1976 at the grand old age of 77 started to fulfil his life’s ambition and carved all these wonderful statues which he had seen in his dreams and he created them to honour Buddha.

The statues depict a number of animals, deities and humans in various poses, including one of the man himself Khun Nim in a relaxed position sitting on a rock. Khun Nim continued to work developing his garden until his death at the age of 91.

The garden is now cared for by his relatives.

This also reinforces to me that…

You can dare to dream” and that dreams do come true…albeit you have to work hard and you must have that will and determination to make it happen just like this old Durian farmer called Uncle(Khun) Nim did.

We visited this magical place which was way off the beaten track back in 2002 so a few years ago now and the road is no longer open to the public but only to experienced 4 x 4 drivers. But, local tour firms offer day trips up the mountain.

The new road lies directly opposite the temple Wat Khunaram near Lamai and the road leads you through some very steep hills to the Secret Garden. It is also now known locally as the Magic or Buddha garden and magical it certainly was for me.

A beautiful magical garden which I hope to revisit one day… I have never forgotten my visit to the Secret Garden and it has been the subject of a presentation I did for work. A short story I wrote in the Phuket Writers Anthology and a lovely memory for me which I am now sharing with you… If you ever get the chance to visit I am sure it will not disappoint. I hope you are left with that same magical feeling which I experienced.

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If you really want to see even more from me???? There are many strings to my bow…If you really still want to find out more… Although I do come with a warning…LOL

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

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Until next time….When it will be weekly roundup time…xxx