Monthly Archives: October 2015

Writing is the Painting of the voice!

Did you miss me this week? Wonder why I was so quiet?

Awww I hope so peeps….. No… ok then I won’t feel bad about it then …..I had…

A wonderful week spent writing, critiquing, writing, listening, talking…. Oh and drinking copious amounts of wine! No kids or men…..just like minded ladies who writeSAM_7207 and write we did under the guidance of Annie better known as Anne Louise O’Connell .An award-winning Canadian Author, Anne’s first novel, Mental Pause, a murder mystery/suspense with an unusual twist, won an Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY) for best adult fiction. If you enjoy reading about international intrigue and cultural clashes, you’ll love Deep Deceit. If you like what you read, there’s more to come in Deep Freeze, the next installment in the Susan Morris Expat Mystery series.
My second Writers Retreat …once again… it didn’t disappoint. It was a time to renew acquaintances from last year and meet new ones.SAM_7229

Walks along the beach which culminated in sitting under  palms writing about being a beach bum……. Mine as usual had a little twist..ha ha

A boat trip SAM_7248to Koh Panyee a floating village built on bamboo stilts rising out of the sea ..Passing  sheer, limestone karts.. so dramatic….. rising vertically out of the emerald green water….we wrote about the sounds, smells, sights our choices of themes…..Who is that colouful character? What an unusual smell…That was music to my ears or I’ve never tasted anything like it…which one spoke to my inner writer?…… a stroll through those tiny walkways of uneven boards…… with stalls showcasing beautiful pearls, wood carvings , brightly coloured sarongs and so much more…along side all this.. day to day life meandered slowly… .inspired ..oh yes…..and we wrote….

Eyes closed and finger poised where on the map would I land? a slip of paper pulled from an envelope…. what would I be? What  other word would I pick ? My country Uruguay, my profession a ” Retired Prostitute” and gracious to boot…ha ha.. so armed with my 2 words and a country I wrote.

I hope this gives you some idea of the many themes, words or pictures which were our prompts….which made you think and made you write…I was amazed at the stories which came out from us..all different ..all amazing tales….we had so much fun, we worked and played hard.

If you like to join me next year , it would be lovely for me to actually meet some of my blogging friends..check out Annie’s website ..I would so love to meet some of you… it is hard work but fun and we had participants from Dubai, New York, Calgary all with lots of tales to tell.


So until next all you lovely bloggers and I may ..Just may ….tell you a story about the elusive ” Pink Ape”   Love you all  until next time   Carol ( Caz)  xxx



MORE New ’79 Words Story Challenge’ Entrants…

Well I took up the challenge of 79 words and found myself amongst great authors with some brilliant 79 words…Thanx Chris

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I’m delighted to see that many of you STILL seem to be having fun rising to the 79 Word Challenge set byAuthor Andrew Joyce.

For anyone who still doesn’t know what this is all about and catch up with the previous 35 entrants, clickHEREto check out Andrew’s story and challenge, then:

HERE to see the first seven great entries

HERE to see the second post with ten more stories

HERE to see the third post with twelve stories

HERE to see the fourth post with six stories



(To visit the writers blogs, click on their names or photos)

The Train by Jane Dougherty

Jane Dougherty

The train raced along the disused track.

Rocking from side to side it clattered along the rusted rails, catching in the faint beam of its headlamps the brighter eyes of rodents and the wary fox, and…

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Dogs are not our whole life but they make our life whole. Week 10 on Life with Saang Chai.

Wooof……shhhhhhhhhhh…….my mistress doesn’t know I am writing this…she thinks it will be blog overload 3 in one day woof….

Not my best week..they went out and left me…woof…I had water, food, toys and a fresh bone and what did I do…….my master said I should get a hard smack…my mistress said” Oh Saang Chai you are naughty” and that was it…..phewwwwww that was lucky…….now I bet you want to know what I did don’t you???????  I was just licking do believe me don’t you????

Ta Da……….12088041_10207950823665416_5063363371137035323_n  Laters ……… I will say though I did it for my mistress and now she has a new door…wooof

Hugh’s Photo Challenge: Week 2 – What’s In The Cupboard?

SAM_7198In a top cupboard which only sees the daylight in December every year to get out the Christmas crockery and mugs….Is my favorite little Spode one with the now famous xmas tree not only my favorite but very well travelled. The dark green one is from my trip to the German xmas markets and was filled with my Gluewein whilst I shopped..keeps the chill away…… a great idea. My tree came from a trip to Poland one year everything has a special meaning to me and is sentimental to boot….Memories are a wonderful thing…..  🙂

Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2016.

Lucky to live here on Phuket…. where many age-old traditions are still  practised… Many festivals and rituals have come into the present from the past but they do not lose their popularity in today’s life on Phuket.

The Vegetarian Festival started about 150 years ago in the Kathu district, where the majority of the Chinese tin mine workers were settled in Phuket. They formed such a large portion of the community that a group of Chinese opera performers were hired to entertain them and their families. During the Chinese ninth lunar month, Phuket was hit with an epidemic of a fatal disease and the loss of many lives.

Eventually, they realised they had forgotten to pay homage to the Nine Emperor Gods (Kiu Ong Iah) in the first nine days of the month. Thus, one of the performers was sent to China to invite the Kiu Ong Iah to Phuket. The next year the Chinese followed the tradition of refraining from eating meat, drinking alcoholic drinks, engaging in sex, quarreling, telling lies or killing. The epidemic ceased, and, every year since, the people of Phuket have continued to celebrate the festival.

Visitors are perhaps most impressed with the spectacle of people, ostensibly possessed by gods, piercing their tongues, cheeks, and other parts of the anatomy with sharp implements. Adepts apparently feel no pain, and show little or no sign of real injury.

Known around the world  the Vegetarian Festival is traditionally held in the ninth lunar month of the year.12144773_1038113349553819_6020297152316467726_n 12119119_1038113306220490_7981669432032133932_nHere are a few photos of the Masong getting prepared for the parades. Masong 1 Masong 2 Masong 3 Masong 4     12112364_1038113136220507_4931800490523601177_n 12108053_1038113369553817_4390568524503504511_n

During a period of nine days, those who are participating in the festival dress all in white and kin che  which has come to be translated as abstinence from eating meat, poultry, seafood, and dairy products. Vendors and proprietors of restaurants indicate that che food is for sale at their establishments by putting a yellow flag out with the word  (che) written on it in red. However, technically, only food prepared in the sacred kitchen of the Chinese kitchen in the temple in Thailand, called sanchao  or am  is che, as it must undergo a series of rituals before it can be given that name.

Masong  are the people who invite the spirits of gods to possess their bodies. Ma  is the word for horse in Thai, and the name masong refers to how the spirits of the gods use the bodies of these people as a vehicle, as one rides a horse. Only pure, unmarried men or women without families of their own can become masong. At the temple they undergo a series of rituals to protect them for the duration of the festival, during which flagellation and self-mutilation is practiced. The masong tradition doesn’t exist in China and is believed to have been adopted from the Indian festival of Thaipusam.

The festivities in Phuket include a procession of masong wearing elaborate costumes who pierce their cheeks and tongues with all manner of things, including swords, banners, machine guns, table lamps, and flowers. While the face is the most common area pierced, some also pierce their arms with pins and fishhooks. Teams of people12118829_1038282396203581_5849320568303981819_n 12118600_1038282802870207_1387291620244639029_n 12115488_1038282889536865_1839457911080354269_n   12107152_1038113256220495_7812575513954312320_n 12106845_1038282566203564_6944851642211688007_n 12105765_1038113212887166_6634702130720942519_n 12088484_1038283136203507_1890518093548633617_n 12088417_1038282759536878_5408729326696019455_n 12079590_1038282472870240_5474339393644013079_n 12079522_1038283199536834_2113113631081740498_n 12079194_1038283012870186_2154856754867791312_n 12079086_1038283082870179_2636941973962334164_n 12074794_1038283209536833_8145713304266995474_n 12074762_1038283259536828_760869227387511418_n 11148315_1038282349536919_8506258557385042880_n 10408699_1038282406203580_2033188448961315641_n 10383659_1038282786203542_4859323880239308354_n accompany the masong to keep their wounds clean and to help support the heavier piercings. It is believed that while they are possessed the masong will not feel any pain. They can also be seen shaking their heads back and forth continually, and usually do not seem to “see” their surroundings. At the temple during the festival there is also firewalking and blade-ladder climbing. While large crowds of people gather to watch, the entranced mahsong distribute blessed candy and pieces of orange cloth with Chinese characters printed on them yang . for good luck.

Phuket in such moments is filled with lots of stalls selling vegetarian food12143134_1038113499553804_5100780297723582555_n 12144660_1038113492887138_5807957291001793738_n and when darkness falls the  night sky lights up with beautiful fireworks that certainly are enjoyed by both children and adults.

This bright, unique and unforgettable sight,  attracts many visitors from around the world.

Last but not least many, many thanks go to my friend Katie Wellington for the lovely photos  she has allowed me to use…Thank you so much Katie………Me incapacitated sore toePlaying with water and Saang Chai and this is the result. So like a good Samaritan it was Katie to the rescue and she came up trumps for me…….Great Photos lovely lady xxxxx

Until next time enjoy love you all xxxx

We could learn a lot from crayons; some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, while others bright, some have weird names, but they all have learned to live together in the same box. ~Robert Fulghum

One of my very first posts which I thought I would share with again..much love to you all 🙂

Retired? No one told me!

Crayons! They caused a few comments and who would have thought but I suppose life is like a box of crayons and we all certainly have to learn to live together in that same box…don’t we? Well ideal world and all that but if we all work towards that then maybe this old world would be a much better place for us and our children and grand children.

You can just tell I’m maudlin can’t you? Been a busy week ..lots of writing and cooking and thoughtfulness at life in general. Read some great blogs and some not so great but all thought-provoking in their own way so keep on blogging guys .This week I have been experimenting once again and Marinaded some fish in Garlic,Olive Oil and Vinegar but they came out great and got the thumbs up from our Polish visitor yesterday who went home with his goody…

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Today I thought I would show you some of the lovely beaches that are around me….I am so lucky to live on one of the most beautiful places in the world and I have to pinch myself at times so please enjoy these pictures.Much love to you all Caz xxxx





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And last but not least my favorite place to have a Bloody Mary.

My very own version of a Bloody Mary Mix will be in my next post along side a very easy recipe for Baileys… you all xx