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Retired No One Told Me…Weekly Roundup…Salt Farming, Matcha and the Little Penguin.

Retired No One Told Me! Weekly roundup

Welcome once again to my weekly roundup and I thought I would have fewer posts as I now only have the one blog but no…even more although we had the Bloggers Bash and I have started my travel ones so it soon tots up… So I would make a pot of tea or have that coffee percolator brewing as you get comfortable in your favourite chair and have a read… I hope you enjoy x

First, we have one of my Travel Thailand posts and it is Salt farming in Northern Thailand.

Fruity Fridays and one of my favourites the Tomato which goes with nearly everything…I just love them pickled, dried and I love my fried bread cooked in the tomato juice … Don’t they look lovely just eaten like an apple with a little salt…

Matcha and Green Tea …The differences and how to make a lovely cup of green tea which is not bitter. I always drank Green tea now and again and had to force myself and tell myself it was good for me…Now I know how to make it I can savour a cup and it is lovely.

The Charade it is getting exciting and I am loving co-writing this and even I don’t know what is going to happen next…The only thing I do know is who is the villain here but is he the only one?

Well, lots of people love Green tea and Matcha but it did raise the question which is better for you?? All will be revealed so step inside…

Perth is where my beloved daughter lives and I love it…The very first place we visited was Perth and it did not disappoint…That little penguin on Penguin Island was so cute..

The Bloggers Bash and the Royal wedding came next… The sun shone and the bride was beautiful and the sermon astounding… The Bloggers Bash I watched in between and I was so lucky and got a 2nd place under the Little Gem category….rough diamond maybe and now a Hidden Gem… Thank you to everyone who voted for me…I love you all xxx

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Sally is a wiz and writes some down to earth sensible posts on Health…That lady knows her stuff so if you have Allergies or intolerances or don’t know which one you suffer from then this is a must read…

Next came the Uk on the obesity chart and I didn’t pull my punches … too many snacks…

Sunday Roast at SR

Oh dear…If you didn’t know very much about me if you read this you will…

Finally the Kings Park and The Lucky Shag both in Perth and well worth a visit a beautiful park which has some formal gardens but also lots of wildflowers and hidden paths and to finish the day a lovely bowl of mussels at the Lucky Shag…

Flowers kings park

I hope you still have some coffee or tea left that was a bit of a marathon but plenty to keep you interested so I hope you have enjoyed this roundup, let me know in comments.

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The Culinary Alphabet…The letter D

The culinary Alphabet DI am loving doing this monthly trawl of the culinary alphabet and I think it was a great idea of mine…I am finding out how much I really know and also how much I don’t know… There is always something to learn and I love that.

You can find me over at Esme’s once a  month and she now has a lovely new blog named Esme’s Salon…So please pop over have a look at my post and then if you like what you see give Esme some love and a follow, please xxx

Until next time, have fun, enjoy and laugh a lot and if you want to see more from me????

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Food and Cookery Column with Carol Taylor – Getting to Know You.

I do lead a boring life…Carpet slippers and hairnet included… Haha…Fooled you…

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

I know that you were expecting some new and delicious recipes here today from our resident cookery expert Carol Taylor… however, I thought instead that I would share Carol’s Getting to Know you post instead. Since you were already here!!!

Carol and I teamed up a year ago for a cook from scratch series (expect that to be reshared at some point). And then as the blog moved towards a more magazine style, I suggested that Carol might like to be the food columnist. Since the beginning of the year we have been treated to recipes for many of our favourite ingredients but also some of the more exotic offerings of her home in Thailand. Always beautifully presented and easy to follow.

Carol’s column directory:

Before Carol shares the five questions that she has chosen for her interview, here is a little more about her.

About Carol Taylor

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Healthy Eating…No More Diets…Obesity around the world… The UK.

No more diets England

Welcome back to Carol’s Bootcamp…I can’t think why I called it that as this is not about being on a diet but Healthy Eating and I know some people like structure but at some point you will either get fed up with the restrictions of the said diet and then pile the pounds back on or spend the rest of your life eating foods which you don’t really enjoy but they are supposed to be good for you… Well, to hell with all that!

Life is for living…Food is for enjoying…

So what I have decided to do is some comparisons …It started with a headline about obesity …Country by country and percentages and then I got to thinking about the difference in lifestyles and options or just what we have always eaten..But then those stats began to make sense to me…

Today I am looking at the eating habits of the English who are at numero 33 with a percentage of 28.10%.

If you wish to check your countries ranking then please Click Here

I am sure now that you are all thinking that this is an easy one for me…Well, yes and no…I haven’t been back to the UK for a number of years but I have family and friends there and we do talk food…Surprise, Surprise…lol

Traditionally and very well-known is the Full English Breakfast  which consists of Bacon, Eggs, Sausage, Baked beans, mushrooms, fried bread and maybe even black pudding but as everyone is very busy working a breakfast such as this is now eaten just on weekends or holidays times and replaced by a fruit shake, tea and toast or grabbing a McDonald’s brekky to eat on the way to work during the week…Food on the go seems to be the norm for many people.

In the cold weather, of course, it is a lovely bowl of porridge …. which keeps you going for much longer and avoids the need to snack.

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Snacking… the British love their snacks…Midmorning, midafternoon or suppertime so many meal times. The snack food industry has increased at an alarming rate but so have waistlines and diseases which could be avoidable if less snacking between meals was the norm and more exercise …


Fridays always used to be Fish but now that has been replaced by kebabs, pizza, Chinese, Indian so many takeaways and restaurants which serve food from around the world. Britain as are many western countries are a nation of snacking and takeaways…

Although the sales of white bread have dropped by 75% and brown bread and wholemeal sales are up 85%…Brits love a sandwich.


Britain’s eating habits have changed over recent years and they eat less fat and more fibre.., low-fat foods are being purchased by many instead and of course we know low-fat doesn’t mean low sugar.

Because of the working life of many Brits, many children didn’t learn how to cook which seems to be a major problem because that means unhealthy microwave meals and the like…

On the positive side in recent times many gyms and free exercise groups have sprung up and parks have regular fun runs so that is all positive …More people are walking or cycling to work which is obviously much better.

Cooking from scratch also seems to be on the increase with quite young children wanting to cook which I find refreshing…

Many more people grow their own foods either in their gardens or on allotments or communal allotments are springing up on rooftops and in towns and cities which are positive moves for health and well being.

I do believe there is so much more to be done and kids need to be educated regarding food … I admire the French and their eating habits they seem to have got much correct and they are one of the nations who don’t snack and enjoy meal times with family and have a good work-life balance.

I think there are many positives but too much emphasis on fast food and snacks although many chefs are working to get the message out there which is good …I think the UK has had and still has in many people’s eyes a bad reputation for food but we have some of the best chefs and young chefs whose restaurants stand a very respectable 7th in the World with their tally of Michelin stars this is some feat and shows that the interest in food and health is on the increase.



I just hope that happens sooner rather than later as we have lots of farmers markets which sell wonderful fresh produce it is just making it accessible to the many rather than the few… Making mealtimes family time and celebrate real food, not crap and snacks.

Up the tax on unhealthy food and lower it on healthy food… Would be a good start and make schools toe the line and serve good healthy food  I know many do but many don’t as Jamie Oliver pointed out not so long ago…Bring exercise back into schools every day…

Well, I feel I can have a little rant even though I don’t live there any more…

I do hope you are enjoying my travels around some of the world’s countries eating habits…

On another note, I have bought my first ever pack of tofu… although the reception from the menfolk in this house is not promising I am going to give it a try and I am also hoping Dolly will soon be enlightening you on the benefits of maybe replacing a meal or two with tofu…

Watch this space…

Talking about watching who watched the Royal wedding? Ahhhh I loved it…The bride was beautiful and the service so refreshing and she who shall be nameless scowled her way through it…Hubby looked handsome though as usual…Just saying…

I loved the dress and I do wish people would leave the girl alone her hair looked lovely and if a few strands escaped so what! There have been some nasty comments about that in the media and on some FB Groups and all from people whose pictures did them no favours at all… Why can’t people just be nice???…

I hope you have enjoyed this post if you have please hit the share buttons…xxx

I have also just received my badge for coming second in the Hidden Gem section of the Bloggers Bash Awards and would like to thank everyone who voted for me …Thank you very much… I would also like to say well done to all the other winners and nominees you are all stars… Congratulations …

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Smorgasbord Health Column – Food Allergies or Intolerances – The difference.

A very valuable and well-written guide to Allergies and Food Intolerances from Sally…Well worth a read 🙂

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

In this post I am going to take another look at the terms Allergy and Intolerance and explain the differences between the two. Many people will say that they have an allergy to certain foods for example but in fact they have an intolerance.

At this time of the year people will be finding that they are experiencing hayfever, resulting in sore eyes and sneezing from pollen. It is very wearing and not pleasant at all.

Today I am looking at one of the other causes of allergies. When we react to certain foods in our regular diet.

There are many symptoms, and common ailments that are linked to food allergies. Finding out what might be causing these is the first step in resolving the problem naturally.

Some of the health conditions associated with dietary allergies or intolerances.

  • Anxiety,
  • Arthritis,
  • Asthma,
  • Bronchitis,
  • ME.(myalgic encephalomyelitis)  also known as CFS (Chronic…

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The Bloggers Bash 2018


Oh, how I wish I could have been there… Next year hopefully. I was there in spirit in between watching the Royal Wedding and it was glorious… A beautiful wedding … Ahhhhh I did shed a tear or three.

I was very honoured and surprised to be even nominated and many, many thanks to everyone who voted for me as I got second place in the Hidden Gems award…I would like to congratulate the worthy winner The Quiet Knitter on her 1st place…

I would also like to say well done to everyone else …The Winners, those who came 2nd and 3rd and not forgetting the other nominees…Everyone is a star and a winner placed or not …winning is a bonus …A lovely one but a bonus…

You all rock and have wonderful blogs.

I now have lots of new blogs to check out as many of the winners and placed blogs I didn’t know but why would I?

The blogosphere is huge and so many blogs…

From the comments I have seen the committee did a brilliant well done you all deserve a badge of honour for your hard work.


Thank you again to everyone who took time to vote me…I truly am beyond honoured xxx  Love you all xxx