Daily Prompt: They are amongst us

Baby White Belly Hedgehogs - 3 days old

“Well they certainly look strange.”

“They are newborn.”

“You mean there will be more.”

“It’s all top secret at the moment. We don’t want everyone to know, otherwise a panic might break out.”

“But I know.”

“Of course you know, you work in the department. It happened after the creation of our new weapon. We just tried it out and then they arrived. The chief said to keep them nice and warm, to make sure they survive.”

“They move, I think they are breathing. Perhaps there are more of them.”

“They are everywhere. People are calling all the time asking us to collect them.”

“But they look quite harmless.”

“That’s what they said about the Jabberwocks, not to mention the Triffids. Remember the gremlins?”

“Now that was a really a problem. They were so sweet at the beginning and then they began to eat the triffids.”

“Which was what we wanted. The problems began when the Jabberwocks discovered the triffids were tasty and began to eat them. The triffids and the gremlins eventually disappeared.”

“That was a good thing, no-one really wanted a triffid or a gremlin.”

“Of course not, but what are we going to do with the Jabberwocks. They are bigger than us, and are quite slimy.”

“We were hoping that they might develop a taste for Jabberwocks..”

“Did it work?”

“Not really. They mated and now we have large pink spiky jabberwocks.”

“So it would perhaps be better to kill them.”

“That is a bit difficult, we might kill the wrong one. One of them absorbed the prime minister last week, and they told us that they cannot find the president of the States. They seem to have developed a taste for power.”

“And they look so small and innocent as babies.”

“It is now feeding time.”

“What do they eat?”

“They don’t really eat, they absorb. Just don’t get to near to them when they are hungry.”

“Whose that strange guy over there with the pink spikes instead of hair.?”

“That’s the new boss, the last one had an accident. He fell into the nest.”

They are amongst us

Good Morning

M - Sunrise

Mr. Swiss was up earlier than me this morning. This is nothing exceptional, he always stops hugging the bed earlier than me. He does his own thing on his computer and otherwise in the apartment, and I do it all from between the duvet and the sheet with my iPad. When I eventually reached daylight I saw that there was a sunset with a difference, nothing special, but more of a light show. I proudly showed my photos to Mr. Swiss and he said he has the better photos. Yes we are now competing with the photo of the day. OK, he was up earlier and got the early bird catching the worm thingy, I just got the washed out clouds. The photo above is not mine, but one of the many that Mr. Swiss took. As we are joined in my Flickr online site he transferred them over, all 10 of them. I had to tell him that 10 photos of a wonderful sunrise was 9 too many, so I selected the best. He has the better mobile phone camera with his iPhone 7, I am still stuck with the iPhone 6 until I eventually get my iPhone X, but I will have to get up earlier and that does not appeal to me.

Tiling 22.11.2017

Our gardiner is progressing with the tile laying effect and all being well he will finish the work today. This means that we at last have a usable front porch.

I am reading a very funny book at the moment, “The Limpet Syndrome” by Tony Moyle.  I find it funny to the extent that Mr. Swiss had to ask me what I was laughing about as I was disurbing his TV evening. It is about the afterlife and what happens when two souls do not arrive where they should. The main character in the book gets the job of finding where the souls have gone. The Prime Minister of Great Britain is involved and of course hell plays a large part. I do not want to spoil the story if you are interested. I have a weird taste in any case. I found the book because Amazon told me that the second book in the series was now available, “Soul Catchers”, and I was wondering what to read next, so I searched for the first book of the series. I find it hilarious.

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We were in the supermarket yesterday and Mr. Swiss parked on the top floor (there are only two, ground and above). This means that I get a good view of the surroundings. It was a good day yesterday for a better sighting of the Bernese Alps. Mr. Swiss is not always so happy when I leave the car, because he wants to get the shopping done. Whilst he is on his way I am leaning on the car with my camera in my hand taking photos. Eventually we meet in the store, whereI switch to my mobile phone camera. I will be glad when I eventually get my wheelchair, then I can get out again and go on a real photo safari. At the moment I am really limited with car journeys and supermarkets.

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Now and again I get a little excitement whenI see the local sherrifs gathered around a suspicious object. Perhaps a victim had been discovered and they were discussing how to use the excavator to dig it out, or should they just cover it up and forget the whole thing. The things you see from a car window.

And now to move on, it is time to think about taking a walk with the vacuum cleaner and mop and even cleaning windows. A woman’s work is never done and Mr. Swiss has an appointment with his doc this morning. They are the only people we actually see except for neighbours and birds visiting my birdhouse in the garden.

I will leave you with yet another photo of our local mountain, Weissenstein, but it is fresh from the camera, uploaded yesterday evening.  Enjoy the day, do not forget your computer, otherwise it will feel neglected.

Weissenstein 22.11.2017

Photo Challenge: Transformation

Lawn rolls

The quick way in how to transform earth into a ready made lawn. It is like laying a new carpet in the home. Just grow the grass in lengths and put it on the bare earth. The roots and the water do the rest. Why bother with sewing seeds that might or might not grow. All it needs is meter length of lawn.

Photo Challenge: Transformation

Flower of the Day: 22.11.2017 Campanula


These flowers have so many different names. I have a bed of them in my garden. They arrive in the stores during the later part of June and flower all through the summer. They are also known as balloon flower, as they seem to burst open. When I bought my first campanula they were quite small, but the next year they were growing taller and so they have remained: easy to care for and never disappoint.

Flower of the Day: 22.11.2017 Campanula

Daily Prompt: Thanks for the flowers


“What a lovely flower.”

“Good morning and it’s our welcome gift on your first day at your job. I am your instructor, Mr. Geoffrey Demon. No, I wouldn’t put the flower too near the computer, we like to keep the air fresh around our electronic devices. I think the head of the department, Mr. Reaper,  explained the job.”

“Oh yes, it looks like fun. I just have to post a new challenge every day by choosing a word.”

“But you must not repeat words. That would disappoint our customers. They like things to be original.”

“That is obvious. Do I take them in alphabetic order.”

“I wouldn’t advise it, it would not be so original would it Fred?”

“Did I see that flower nod its head?”

“No, of course not, it must have been a breath of wind through the window.”

“But there are no windows.”

“Then it was probably the air conditioning system around the computer. And now I will leave you to the job.”

“And now to choose a word, there are so many. “Begin” would be a good word, today is a new begin for me in a new job. B-e-g-i-n in a new place.”

“This word is not original and has already been used. It is also a command, and we do not command. we convince.”

“Who said that? Oh it was the computer with its monotonous voice. I must try something else or do you have a suggestion.”

“The computer is allowed one suggestion, but only one. Choose eternal.”

“That’s is a strange word, but if the computer suggests it then it will be used.”

“You will use it.”

“But it is for the people writing on the challenge.”

“No,  you must write. The computer  needs an average of 100 entries per day.

“But the customers write, I just suggest the word of the day.”

“Mistake, there are no customers, just viewers to appreciate. Begin writing.”

“There is something wrong. I was given a task to complete and it would be impossible to write 100 different prompts in a day.”

“Not in a day but every day until your life finishes here.”

“My life finishes. Is this a death sentence?”

“Do not use that word. You are only passing through for a further examination. Begin to write.”

“This is strange, the orchid is also getting nearer to the computer and its pouch seems to be getting bigger. Where is the department head. Mr. Reaper, Mr. Reaper.”

“Did someone call? Oh she’s gone, another one for the next department. Fred must have absorbed her. She must have chosen the wrong word. They all choose the wrong words. Death, are you here? Send me a worker that has got used to the idea of being here for eternity. This is not a paid job with a contract. Another one for the re-incarnation.”

Daily Prompt: Thanks for the flowers

Good Morning


You never know what will meet you when you stop hugging the bed in the morning. I am usually happy to see that I can actually leave the bed in one piece, although I have to have a couple of tries before actually standing. I grope for my stick which spends the night next to the bed and realise I am still in one piece. It is a small step for mankind, but a major step for me as I make my way to the kitchen. I take my mobile phone with me, and take a step outside for the morning photo.

This morning it was rewarding as the sun was already on its way, casting a few reflections.


There was a blackbird perched in my apple tree opposite, but he was more interested in what the gardiners were doing. They had parked their van on the path and I can here the sound of shovels somewhere but not in our garden where they should be. Yesterday a beginning was made.

Renovation gardener 21.11 (2)

At last a young lady gardiner appeared with a wheelbarrow filled with gravel and where there was just the bare facts of strange colourful foam bricks, it has now been covered with a layer of stones. This is the first step to replacing the tiles, although I am not sure when the tiles will be replaced, perhaps today if we win the gardening lottery.


I had a look at my schlumbergera (Christmas cactus) this morning to see if was thinking about producing flowers. The store is full of such wonderful examples with red and pink flowers and also the white flowering variety. This will be a pink one, although at the moment it is a wonderful example of how many leaves it can produce. I kept it outside during the summer, watering and feeding regularly and it has grown strong and big, but no flowers. According to the instructions (in internet) I should now stop feeding it and let it do its own thing. However, it is doing nothing and still thinking about it. To give it credit, it was a very small cactus at the beginning, and has multiplied in leaves, but should go forth and produce flowers.

In the meanwhile the problems of the day must be solved, but a decision has been made. It will probably be hashed browns with cippolata sausages, the mini sausages and fried aubergine. I am basically the only one in the family that likes aubergine, but since I have discovered a new variety which are longer and thinner my family have developed their taste for them. I can just chop them in slices and fry them in butter. They have their own supply of juice and now my family have changed their minds about the qualities of an aubergine. We housewives must always be a step ahead in the logistics of daily life.

And so it is time to go, I cannot sit on the computer all day, there is a supermarket visit on the plan which is combined with a photographic tour in the car on the way. I will leave you with a view of our car waiting at the traffic lights captured in the mirror at the crossing, something completely different. Enjoy the day, and make the most of it. If you are in that part of the world where it is midnight, then have a good sleep.

Road to Langendorf 20.11 (23)

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter N – Needs to start with the letter N


We began to collect nails at home. It is surprising what builders drop on the ground when they are at work. My first thought was “can I use it” and then we kept them. Those very long nails are always useful.

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And here are some noodles that I was cooking, a real action photo.

Branches by night

A night photo I once took. The flash went off automatically otherwise it would have been a very dark photo.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter N – Needs to start with the letter N