Posts From Your Archives – Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be – David Avocado Wolfe. by Carol Taylor

Welcome to more posts from YOUR archives rather than mine. An opportunity to share blog posts from your early days of blogging or that you feel you would like to share with a new audience.. Mine. You can find details at the end of the post.

I am delighted that Carol Taylor who is sharing Wednesdays with me in Cook From Scratch with Sally and Carol, has volunteered to fill the Monday Midnight slot until Christmas with some of her archived posts.. Today reflections on her childhood.

Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be – David Avocado Wolfe by Carol Taylor

And how many of us wish we could do that and just don’t? or try to but it’s too hard, or don’t know how??????

During my life I have done a mixture of all of those, some I am glad I did or did not, some I wish I hadn’t and some I didn’t even try.

But “That’s life ” as the song made famous by Frank Sinatra goes.

And what a life.. would I change anything??? well somethings, but all of that is with hindsight which is a wonderful thing! Ha ha.

When I think back my dad was a strict disciplinarian but well was that a bad thing? no… really my mum countered that by just being our mum. She made all of our clothes and taught us to knit and sew and cook.

And she loved us! Note the shiny shoes!

I remember walking for miles over fields to see my nan ( she lived on a farm) I loved it there and this was at 9/10 years old, we had no phones so at some point my mum would get a call from a phone box to say I was ok but didn’t know when I was coming home. But it was safe to do that then, I could walk for miles and see no one or maybe just one person who invariably knew who I was, knew where I was going and or gave me a drink of water.

How I loved it there, I got to wander around the farm ( with the strictest instructions ) from my granddad of where I could wander and where I could not. I learnt to milk a cow and had great fun in the hay lofts and at harvest time. My Nan showed me how to cook on an Aga.

So between my nan and my mum I think that’s where I got my love of cooking.

My other nan lived but 5 mins away and had a lovely piano….so most days after school I would wander up the road to see her and get to play the piano…I loved that piano and one day maybe I’ll get to tinkle those ivories again. But I have special memories of both my Nan’s.

I was a choir girl.. yes folks and I won’t treat you to a rendering on the karaoke.

I hated frills and bows and dolls!

Dolls I hated them and fringes….everytime we had our hair washed owwww did it hurt when mum got the tangles out..well.. she obviously had enough so took us all for a haircut with a fringe….not for long…madam here.. me…hands up…got a pair of scissors and cut if off. That solved that mmmmmm….that got me an early to bed with no tea…well mum snuck up a sandwich a bit later……

My sisters would walk neighbours babies up and down ,up and down the street…awwww my worst nightmare, my favorite was climbing the big oak tree on the village green, except when I climbed it in the NEW pink spotted dress my mum had made me , mmmmm she didn’t get cross often, but I think she made an exception then..ooooooppps.

I remember the day I got a bloody nose.. well I did aggravate this boy ..but no need for that.. did my dad jump to his daughters defence…..don’t be silly…he asked what I did to deserve it..mmmm.

AND not a calculator , phone or computer in sight……in fact I didn’t know anyone who had one!

Camping..I loved camping in the garden…a blanket over the clothes line…which had been lowered made a great tent and we giggled all night long….

Reading under the bed-clothes with a torch.

I remember when the circus came to town how we all loved the clowns on stilts and all our dad’s making us ” stilts ” …..did we have fun and spills on them that summer holiday…ohhhhh and the snow when it come sledges made from doors and trays…I remember being red raw and freezing and then the pain when we thawed out in front of the roaring fire but the crumpets toasted on the fire and chestnuts in the embers.


So that peeps is a deprived childhood with no computers and games well except for snakes and ladders, ludo, hangman and noughts and crosses. Oh and Jacks and I bet I could still beat you at that! Hopscotch ! downside was we had to clean the chalk marks off the pavement…

Well that’s my childhood but I look back and don’t think it was a bad one I think I learned a lot…..How to love, laugh, cook,,earn respect

The computers came later, very much later so a whizz kid on them I am not but also I am not that bad so all in all ” That’s Life ”

Hoping you enjoyed my ramblings through what was my childhood.

Thanks to Carol for sharing her memories of a much simpler childhood without the gadgetry… do you have a special memory from your childhood that you can share in the comments section.

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 vegetables 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 have 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!

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44 thoughts on “Posts From Your Archives – Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be – David Avocado Wolfe. by Carol Taylor

  1. Well, we didn’t get a TV until I was 16 years old and out of primary and secondary school. By then my father bought a color TV. I was the youngest of five children. My delights were reading books after books with the flashlight until I couldn’t keep my eyes open anymore. But during the day we played in the town.Since everyone knew whose child belonged to whom, we kept mischief to a minimum. someone was always watching. We learned to tell time by the church tower clocks on all four sides. It rang on the hour, high and low and every 15 minutes. My mother sent me for an errand by the time I was 6 years old. she did tell me though never to take candy from a stranger!!!! I never did. I was jealous of my brothers, who had all the fun toys with nails and woodblocks and wire while I was expected to play with two dolls. the funny thing is, I still have one of the dolls, a little black baby.
    Just like Carol, I think my childhood was rich, not with money but with imagination. there was alway something to do, like playing with dirt, climbing trees and tearing your clothes. My poor mother.

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  3. Thank you Carol, as you have caught my childhood here. I was also blessed to have my Great Granny with us. I loved her house especially, as she made butterscotch toffee and had apple trees and all sorts growing in her garden, alongside the blackberries and redcurrants. I close my eyes and can see my Great Gran making jam with my Mum. I could cycle for miles around the forest and the lake and be as safe as houses. I still sew, knit and cook and feel my Grannies with me when I do. Those days are where our imaginations were born. How lucky we were. Thank you for this special start to the day. Hugs Xx

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  4. Sounds like an idyllic childhood, Carol. I lived on a farm and would escape to my grandmother’s place in the city whenever I could. Funny how that goes. I loved that she had electricity and running water etc. I also loved the sounds of the city, finding the farm too quiet for me. Of course, now I realize how lucky I was to live in a rural area and how much I learned. LIke you, my mom taught me to cook from scratch which I still enjoy doing. Thanks for sharing this.

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  5. What lovely memories you have, Carol, of a simpler time without all the gadgetry. Kids nowadays don’t know what that is like. They are immersed in technology with their heads in their phones and tablets and such. It’s kind of sad for them that they don’t know what it’s like to play outside silly games that you can make up and use your imagination without any help from Google or Seri. LOL! Thanks for sharing! Love these posts, Sally! Hugs xx

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  6. Hi guys! I’ve been reading about childhoods and getting a little hot under the collar. Yes, there were some wonderful childhoods but there’s also an awful lot of ‘golden past-ing’ going on, and, what feels to me, said with a kind of derision: ‘ WE didn’t have television, or mobiles or gadgetry and we were fine.’ Well of course you were – you didn’t know any different! But I hate this derision of modern life. I know not everyone says this, but a tremendous number of my age group (mid 60s and older) talk like this. I LOVE modern life! I love gadgetry! Wouldn’t be without ’em! I also enjoyed some of my childhood, but frankly, I’m so glad I’m here – now. Wouldn’t change it for anything! 😃

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    • We are all writers and most of us have a very good working relationship with technology, and nobody denies the benefits that they have brought to our lives. This includes everything that encompasses such as communications, medicine and lifestyle.

      These are happy memories of our childhood and I personally enjoy comparing notes with people in my age group and bringing back some of the activities that are long forgotten.

      In 50 years time those children of today who are privileged to be using modern technology, will be doing exactly the same as they consult the implant in their arm to find out which portal they should be going through to see a medical robot to get their annual vitamin shot instead of eating fresh fruit and vegetables.

      I do get where you are coming from, but if a few friends cannot get together to reminisce it would be a very sad thing.. and not all of modern technology, if improperly used is healthy for a child’s development.

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  7. Loved learning more about you Carol. Thanks for sharing your wonderful childhood with us. I was going to say you sounded a lot like Sal with your little shenanigans . . . that was until the camping part, LOL, we all know how Sal feels about camping. 🙂 ❤

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