Flower of the Day: 23.02.2017 Medinilla Magnificata

Medinilla Magnifica

Whatever they are called, they are definitely magnificent. This was a fresh arrival in the flower store, but there will be more to come when it opens its bud:  a fascinating plant. I asked the lady in the store, who has become quite a good acquaintence, what they are called. She had to look at the label, but that was the name she told me. I even found it in Internet.

Flower of the Day: 23.02.2017 Medinilla Magnificata

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Any Camera or Photographer

Macro lens right with Nikon 7000 and Zoom left with Nikon D3000

The stars of the collection. On the left the Nikon D3000 wih my Zoom 300 lens and on the right my Nikon D7000 with the Macro lens.

Camera

The lady with the camera. I never realised how threatening I look when taking a photo with the zoom lens.

Photography

It is amazing what you collect over the years if you like to take photos.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Any Camera or Photographer

Colour Your World: Shamrock

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Do not ask me about shamrock. I spend half of the Summer months removing it from the garden. It sprouts up everywhere in the flower beds. It might be something lucky for leprachauns and the irish, but for a Brit exiled in the wilds of Switzerland, it is a pest. The only thing I am glad about is that it possesses weak roots: just a sharp decisive pull and it is gone. However, in the meanwhile, before you actually notice it is there, it has flowered and spread its seeds for the next battle. Shamrock, oh yes very pretty, but you can have too much of everything.

Colour Your World: Shamrock

Daily Prompt: Searching for a Slur

It was a lovely day today, the sun was shining the birds were singing and I could even have worn a Spring jacket if it had not been for the almost gale force winds, but I battled my way through it on the search for a slur. You do not find them every day, and if you have never experienced or seen one, it could be a problem.

I decided to take the path towards the castle, which is surrounded by farm land. I ascended the hill and sat on a comfortable bench, having taken photos on the way. It was then that I heard a chug, chug, chug, and realised that the village factotum was on his way. I was convinced he knew where I could find a slur.

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He was too fast for me and turned the corner as I wanted to attract his attention, but wait, did I see a pile of slurs on the back of his tractor. It smelt very slurry, so very earthy, with a hint of sewage, I was on the track of my slur. This was the ultimate in slurs piled on his tractor. I decided to sit awhile on my bench, hoping that he would return with his slur cargo, although I think it is usually referred to as muck. What were his intentions, did he want to slur a landscape, that was laying in wait for a slur treatment. It does not happen every day.

Personally I have never been slurred, but there is a first time for everything. Even journalists are slurred today in retaliation for slurring their innocent victims. It has a new name – fake news, but let us leave the discussions for another time. My quest was to see a slur in action, to touch and smell a slur, to write a blog about a slur. I proceeded further on my walk and what did I see. Yes, could it be true, was there a field of slurs waiting to be discovered?

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I was overwhelmed with this field, it had been slurred to an extent to fulfil my slur dreams, although I think this was a fake slur. It did not smell like a slur and it was a little on the dry side. The slurs must contain moisture, scenting the air with a delicate sewage touch of perfume. This was definitely not a real slur, just a look alike slur, a fake slur – yes.

I decided to return home, disappointed, but then I noticed something suspicious. The factotum of the village had now parked his slurring vehicle next to a silo. His slur cargo had been exhausted, and he war replenishing it.

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This was the place where slurs were born, created. Even the crow looked suspiciously at the action. The tractor was attached to the slur store and it was pumping slurry material into its interior, yes there was a slur preparation taking place. I immediately took a photo – this was the birthplace of slurs. They were thick and brown and the smelly scent was carried through the air – was this the ultimate slur? I decided to remain and discover where these slurs were going.

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And there we have the evidence, slur spreading in action. The slur had been refined to a smooth liquid, sharing its perfume with the complete village. We could now breathe the scent of the slur, share in the delights of being slurred thorughout the countryside. I asked the factotum why he was doing this to us. His reply was that he had no idea, but he had been slurring since he was a farmer, and it seemed to have a positive effect on the crops. Yes, do not be quick to accuse people of slurring, they may have a reason for slurring. Our village farmer had a reason, so why blame him for spreading slurs everywhere.

I took one last smell before returning home filling my lungs with its unique perfume. It was a wonderful day for slurring, even the alps decided to show themselves in their best dress. Our castle is on a hill, and when I sat on the bench I was absolutely thrilled at the view.

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Daily Prompt: Searching for a Slur

Good Morning

Amaryllis

My amaryllis is making a wonderful show this year. I bought it in December last year and watched it grow until it flowered some time at the beginning of January. It was a beautiful flower, but all good things come to an end, and eventually the flower died. I decided this time to leave it and noticed the dead flowers had formed large seed pods behind the flower. I had a quick look in Internet and there are some amaryllis specialists that know what to do wih your dead amaryllis – not quite dead, you just have to know how to keep it alive for a year to enable it to flower again.

And so I noted the advice of what to do and left the amaryllis for a while to do its own thing. I noticed leaves were appearing and something else in the middle. Of course, amaryllis do not flower once, but twice and slowly but surely the second bud began to develop and grow, but this time accompanied by nice long leaves. I took a photo this morning with my telephone camera for a quick upload and this is the result. The second flower has even surpassed the first in its beauty. It is now end February and this plant is still brightening up my living room. I have now begun to give it fertiliser once a week and will probably put it outside during the summer. I do not know how it will work, but I love these surprises.

AvocadoIn the meanwhile I have noticed that my second avocado pit has made a root. I have had it sitting on an egg cup filled with water since January covered by an upturned cup to keep it in the dark to encourage root growing. The top of the pit has also split and everything going well its first shoot will appear soon. When it gets bigger, I will plant it in a pot to see how it develops. I began to grow one at the beginning of last year, but have kept it inside during the Winter. It has now made more leaves and is growing quite well. Something else to put outside when the warmer weather arrives. Who knows, one day I might have the first Swiss grown avocados. Yes things are growing in my part of the world, now how does that go with the Indian hemp seeds? I just love experiments, although I had a small plantation in the garden a few years ago, but seeds spread and are not always welcome elsewhere.

Yesterday I arranged buying my new iPad and will pick it up tomorrow on the day of the great special dividends in the supermarket. This time I have gone the whole hog with 228 byte power, so I will have enough room for at least 100 apps – I hope. The only problem will be organising it,  in the famous words of Mr. Swiss. No problem, been there done it before. I have all my passwords lined up. The iPad I have at the moment is actually functioning quite well, but is an older model. I even organised the cyrillic and as well as the “normal” keyboard on my present iPad and hope I can remember how to do it with the new one. Mr. Swiss finds it will be no problem, I am not so sure.

I have had an iPad since they arrived, but never really wrote very much on them, because i find touch screen writing is awkward. Now after so many years I have discovered it is the easiest thing in the world. It reacts quickly and suggests the words before you know you want them youself. I just have to organise english language on the iPad as they are automatically german language here.  It means just a touch and you have it. I saved a lot of time this morning answering my various comments on WP by iPad from my bed. Oh, the life of a cyber golden oldie is a wonderful thing when you are online. I took my old iPad with me yesterday to the store when I organised buying a new one. The young guy (yes he was probably old enough to be my almost grandson) made the astonishing remark “oh, it’s in english” as he was checking through something on my old iPad. I told him he can change it to German if it would be easier for him, but of course he left it as it was – after all everyone can speak english today.

You see I have saved almost half an hour this morning, and I even helped Mr. Swiss to strip the beds to make room for new bed linen. The sun is shining and life looks good outside, although I am still inside eating breakfast at the computer. This morning is window cleaning morning, but all being well that job will be completed in an hour. This afternoon I plan an excursion into the unknown with my camera and my walking cane.

Wishing everyone a great day from the middle of Europe.

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Flower of the Day: 22.02.2017 Snowdrops

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Yes they are now arriving, slowly but surely. The last time I took their photo, it was only closed buds, but now they are opening. Amongst the rotting leaves from last year, they have arrived, so I thought I would have to hurry with their photo from my garden, before they disappear again. I planted them about 10 years ago and they return every year, same place, same time.

Flower of the Day: 22.02.2017 Snowdrops

Photo Challenge: A good Match

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If I still lived in England, it would be a photo of fish and chips, but I live in Switzerland where they tend to prefer boiled potato with the fish. However, what is a match in Switzerland? We have sausages, real big sausages, but the main King sausage is the Kalbsbratwurst (veal sausage) the best of the veal sausages originating in St. Gall – a Swiss town – so they say. We can even buy St. Gall Bratwurst which are a little more expensive and bigger than the others in our local supermarket. So what do you do with this delicacy? You fry it in a pan with onion, what a match!

Photo Challenge: A good Match