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 and the ecosystem 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:

Hi there!

Glad you have come to my little corner here – I do hope what I contribute is helpful in many and various ways to You..

In my “spare” time I mainly have a Variety Blog ( under my own name Deborah Hunter Kells ) but happily also keep up with Esme’s column for me here. As my main Guest post photo lends itself to saying these are my topics (my culture is Variety after all!) – *Growing *Teaching *Working *Earning *Organising *Travelling *Blogging *Being *Expressing *Enjoying *Friending *Learning *Healing *Love

You may expect many and various themes over time here and I often digress with what I am inspired by. That may be what may be going on in my life or what I have discovered from others. I like to pass on information too, I learn from others and contribute to other’s lives in many and various ways.

My background is diverse:

I have mainly worked in administration and typing: and have a penchant for Small Business.

Keen interest in gardening with a huge interest in keeping things “chemical free” (at least as much as you can in our world.)

I have a young-minded Mother who inspires me and belies her “mid 70’s” and made me wonder at her ability to achieve a great deal of work in her life and become an independent thinker.

I am from a huge family and found it has been extremely “eduational”.

Emotional IQ is my “thing” and means I love “connecting” with people.

I like to cook but it is often put on the back burner while I “stew” some other projects – so simple is what I do and I am thankful to have a man who loves my simple steamed vegies and salads.

Have a love for learning new things and doing research.

There is more – but you get the idea!

Glad to have you here and your welcome to have input anytime. Thanks to Esme for having me on her great and evolving blog!