Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – Life is short, Smile while you still have teeth! by Carol Taylor

Welcome to the next in the posts from Carol Taylor’s archive..This from 2015 is from Carol’s early days of blogging and now she is juggling two…. great at multi-tasking is our Carol. This week some really cute pictures from the GRP.( Gibbon Rehabilitation Project) in Thailand which is an update on an earlier post, a smile from Carol’s son and her mother.. and of course you always get a recipe. If this does not leave you smiling then you need to get out more!

Life is short, Smile while you still have teeth! by Carol Taylor

I have to start with an update on the tiny baby Gibbon…you can actually see how very tiny she is as she snuggles against the person who is feeding her.

Unfortunately she could not be left with her mother who was becoming increasingly tired and the baby weaker….she is now being hand reared……..GRP made.this decision for both the mother and the baby’s well being. Both parents are being allowed to come to terms with all the trauma before being released back into the wild…which in this case is the right decision for all I think…..This project does such wonderful work for the Gibbons here and are very successful at rehabilitating and returning as many as is possible back to their natural habit.

This little one is now doing much better I wish her well..awwww so cute.

First week of Blogging 101 over enjoyed it in the main especially the interaction on ” The Commons” with other bloggers…awesome.

Just received a picture of my mum with my big boy. taken on Christmas Day before Church.

I miss my mum…..although it’s lovely to chat on Skype when I have a signal…..But my boys over soon and can’t wait…..I might have sun,sea and sand but miss people ..but also it makes you appreciate people more…you don’t take things or people quite so much for granted………. where did that come from…sorry peeps getting maudlin…..

What’s next..thoughts all dried up …….well not really…….been trying all week to get a picture of the buffalo just down from my house…everytime I go by(without my camera) the heron is on her back and it makes such a lovely sight ( when I have ) said camera it’s nowhere in sight…but perseverance that’s my mission I will get that pic…….Sourced the celery ( or my friend did) so promise next blog I will show you how to make bacon without nitrates…..and it only takes 5 days……. and it’s ready! Can smell and taste it already………also found a great recipe on someone else’s blog for Fish Curry and it looks yummy so will be trying that………

But never fear I won’t leave you without a recipe ……. last nights dinner was:

Uncooked prawns with a blow your head off chilli dip.It consists of very finely chopped white cabbage,finely sliced and halved.khiewchanta.

Khiewchanta……arranged round the edge of plate……..Fresh prawns ,cleaned , deveined and soaked in Soda Water…..Fresh mint leaves and finely sliced garlic.

Eaten with steamed rice and very lightly cooked squid in a salad with tomatoes,spring onion,coriander,fish ,sauce and lime juice…… so that was dinner and very nice it was all fresh from the market about an hour before and that’s the great thing about living here everyday there is a fresh market and I love it at my local ones I am generally the only farang but they are getting to know me and love it when I sample the hottest of food sometimes and give it the thumbs up………..and if I speak a little Thai…as my vocabulary is limited at the moment the smiles all round… it really makes my day as it does theirs.

Well short and sweet this one…but it’s children’s day today so everywhere there is fun and games galore….until next time…happy reading x

Thanks for another snapshot of Carol’s day and clearly still feeling homesick…

©Carol Taylor

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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My name is Sally Cronin and I am doing what I love.. Writing. Books, short stories, Haiku and blog posts. My previous jobs are only relevant in as much as they have gifted me with a wonderful filing cabinet of memories and experiences which are very useful when putting pen to paper. I move between non-fiction health books and posts and fairy stories, romance and humour. I love variety which is why I called my blog Smorgasbord Invitation and you will find a wide range of subjects. You can find the whole story here. Find out more at

26 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – Life is short, Smile while you still have teeth! by Carol Taylor

    • Thank you so much, Paul…I think (not too much) that I write like I speak and that my fingers are just an extension of my mouth…Does make sense???…Don’t worry if it doesn’t …I puzzle myself sometimes…lol

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      • You do Carol and that was what was so charming about this read; the whole stream of consciousness thing.. it was like chatting

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      • Carol, I hope you don’t mind but I have one piece of advice for the novel. Start writing. No matter what you think it will be, by the end of the process it will be nothing like you expect. I started off a 20 page short story for Finn Mac Cool and I thought that was ambitious. 670 pages and 6 years later I finished the first draft. It was nothing like I expected and it was rough- dog rough! Then came the hard work: another 5 years (plus a couple of years off) and another 2 or 3 complete rethinks and redrafts later I had something I was really proud off.
        I am not saying this to put you off. I am saying it because if I would have known what it entailed to write my first novel, I would have never even started. Don’t think too much, just jump in. It is like a river in the mountains it will take you where it wants to go and you don’t know how long it will take but when it washes you up on the other side, it is so exhilarating. You are never ready, you just have to hold your nose, close your eyes and jump! And that’s what I think anyway!

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      • I don’t mind at all Paul andthankyou.. I have started and stalled…Thinking too much…I know I should just write and see where it takes but I over think….I am definitely not a plotter as they say…but I think nano write would be good for me or something similar…I need a boot up the jacksy…lol Thank you Paul.:)

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      • Sorry carol, me again. I would suggest that you don’t worry too much about the plot. From personal experience my over all plotting it terrible but my micro plotting is great. So I rush through a draft quick as I can… read it back – think god that is terrible. or Why am I jumping from this to that? Then I start to infill the gaps and as I do bits of the plot start to become apparent. Phillip Pullman says he sits in an armchair for about 2 years thinking about every aspect of his plot before he starts to write. I simply cannot do that… but fixing holes I can do. I wish you the very best of luck with your endeavor. Yor mate Paul

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  1. Thank you once again, Sally for giving one of my older posts an airing…. I am having fun looking back…..Wondering if I have changed much?…I still cook…that will always be a given…It’s Ham today….

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  2. Reblogged this on Retired? No one told me! and commented:
    Another post, given an airing by the lovely Sally….I love those little gibbons who are now happily swinging from tree to tree through the jungle….If you ever visit Phuket The Gibbon Rehab centre is a must to visit and there is a beautiful restaurant next door…Yep…Food again!

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  3. Lovely post, Carol, with a glimpse of a day in your life. I hope the little gibbon did well… so tiny and adorable. And a lovely meal (I’ll eat my flavorless cereal now – thanks for that Ha ha). And best to your family. Keep smiling.

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