Good Morning

It still looks like Autumn outside, and now we have some rain adding to it. I took the photo this morning opposite my garden. I must say it is a colourful time of the year.

A box of eggs? It is something completely different, but yesterday I took a wheelie in my chair to the local stables/farm to visit the chickens and horses and whatever other animals. This time I met the farmer’s wife, a very nice young lady and so I got into a conversation with her. They have a small house with fresh eggs for self service, and I told her I would love to get my eggs from her farm, but have difficulties getting into the house to get them. She said no problem, and there is always someone around to help. So I made the most of the situation. I had money with me and asked if she could sell me some. And here are my first fresh eggs from the farm, I probably even might know the chicken that laid them, although they have 250 chickens at the moment. She even asked me if I had a preference in colour, but as there is no difference in taste. I said a mixture would be fine. And here they are, my 10 fresh farm eggs.

I then moved on to see what the chickens were doing, but they seemed to be interested in pecking around for what was available. These are the Silkie chickens, a special breed, and live in the grounds around the farmhouse. The other hens have their own self contained apartment further out on the land.

They are certainly a fluffy bunch.

I moved on to the horses and this one seemed to be getting ready for a ride.

The geese were also parading with a few ducks and seemed to be interested in something as they were all looking in the same direction. I just love those journeys around the farm, it is so interesting to see the various animals. Growing up in a large town like London, I missed all the pleasures of country life and today it fascinates me very much.

As I made my way home I passed the cow pastures. They seem to be looking quite well fed at the moment, or will there be calves arriving quite soon. I have no idea, but it looks like it to me.

This cow seemed to have a particular interest in my camera and somehow an Autumn leaf had got attached to her nose.

It had begun to rain, just a light rain, but decided I should make my way home. It is only across the road and not so far. Mr. Swiss was quite pleased to see the fresh farm eggs I brought home.

It really make a nice break to get out, especially when it is just in our village and not so far to travel. Today I will be off to the store along the road. I do not have so much to get and have everything organised. I like to plan that I do not have to do any shopping over the week-end and just by choice for an excursion into town. Currently we are still able to go places and there is no curfew or lock down due to corona. Our government had a conference yesterday, online, but again emphasised how important it was to wear masks and refrain from large meetings, The same advice that most countries now have to live with. It is worrying to know how this virus is rapidly expanding and we are in the midst of the second wave. We can only hope it stays away from us.

And now to busy myself with this and that. Have a good day everyone, the week-end will soon begin, although I seem to have a week full of week-ends. The farmhouse cats were also around yesterday.

Good Morning

Nothing out of the usual this morning, but there are contours in the sky.

Even the apology of a cloud that is slowly disappearing. It is now colder in the morning. I even saw a bird venture nearer to my kitchen window and grabbed my camera only to be disappointed by its quick disappearance due to the neighbour’s cat springing through my garden hoping to make the catch of the day.

Unfortunately my photos were limited yesterday as when I was in the store I realised that my plastic card was missing. I do not often use it and most of my purchases are done on line with the showing of my app at the cash desk. I had no more interest in lingering for photos and got home to see if it was mislaid at home. It was still stuck in the device I use for online payments luckily: the forgetfulness of a golden oldie.

However I did capture this autumnal study as I was on my way to the store. It shows our concert hall surrounded by the trees now changing in their colours. Autumn is a good time for capturing the wonders of nature.

Otherwise the day had a few telephone calls for Mr. Swiss congratulating on his birthday. He has a long time colleague from his musical days who called and is the same age as Mr. Swiss. Its wonderful to still have such contacts as you get older and talk about the old days. In this case with musical connections. I know many of the musical connections Mr. Swiss has and they often played together in various bands. They are now all in the golden oldie age group, but I still remember them as active musicians in the bygone days. Some are still playing, but just for the fun of it. Mr. Swiss gave up his drumming some time ago as the body no longer wanted to assist, although now and again he will disappear to our hobby room in the cellar and revive a few old memories with his drum set. I miss those days sometimes when he would have a musical get together with his colleagues.

A photo of a “jam” session from almos 20 years with Mr. Swiss on drums.

Today I am having a day based at home, although will probably go on an excursion somewhere in the afternoon. I have no appointments today for shopping, the larder is quite full and most of the week-end shopping already dealt with. My new hobby seems to be the logistics of housekeeping and organisation of food supplies. It has gained in importance as we never know how the new developing cases of Covid are going to affect us if we do have a lock down. Cases are increasing rapidly in Switzerland at the moment and it seems the emergency ward in our our Kanton’s main hospital is now fully occupied, although the cases are not only from our town but the complete Kanton.

I am also now more concentrating on preparing more healthy food such as fresh vegetables and salads. As we are carnivores, meat is also on our menu plan, but that can be frozen. I actually think that due to the virus wandering around, my attitude to food has changed and cooking is slowly becoming a new hobby and have been exploring its possibilities. This week-end I will be serving my own self made chips (French fries) from my new air fryer with real potatoes and not the frozen ones. I have had a special cutter for many years but have not used it very often and now the time has come to explore its possibilities. Today is spaghetti day. For some unknown reason we nearly always have spaghetti on Thursday, usually served with my tomato-meat sauce, although sometimes I vary it with tuna fish in the sauce or perhaps prawns just to make a difference

Unbelievable but look what just returned for a photo session. The neighbour’s cat is not longer here and so the mystery bird has decided to pay another visit, in front of my kitchen window. I had to be quick with my phone camera but managed a capture and I discovered to my delight it is a robin. We see them now and again, but they are the loners. Always appearing on their own and are also very shy. At the moment I have no ready bird food as the stores have not yet stocked it, but it will probably be available in a couple of weeks. I have such wonderful feelings when I see that the birds are arriving for their Winter feeding sessions. My bird house is outside but empty and ready to be filled.

And now I will make my way through the apartment and the shower. Keep safe everyone please: wash hands, cover face and keep space – you know the routine of current daily life and something we can all share universally currently.

FOWC with Fandango: Accent(uate)

No matter how many languages you learned
The accent remains, cannot be spurned
Have been speaking german for fifty years at least
But I still get the same questions, I am a movable feast
You have a strange accent, are you perhaps dutch?
Perhaps they speak more foreign languages and we British not so much
And so I say no, no, and then I do admit
Not double dutch or Schwyzertütsch, I am an original Brit

FOWC with Fandango: Accent(uate)

RDP Wednesday: Fantasy

What does our village post office have to do with fantasy? One aspect is that it no longer exists and was closed down. The post closed many of the village post offices, so we now have to go to town, or the next village. Of course the problem is solved by doing all financial transactions on line.

This means that for the post you need a plastic card and a strange small instrument to keep it all safe, protected with a system, as I do. I have a bank account, but prefer doing my daily business, shopping etc, and paying online bills, by the post application. I can also use the plastic card in the store for paying, although my store now has an app. My post account is available online and I only have to show it on my phone, the lady at the cash desk does her bit and the bill is paid. I no longer really need my plastic card for this particular store, but I still need it for oither stores and transactions.

The fantasy now happened today when I was in another store, wanted to pay and yes, my post card was not where it should be in my purse. Luckily I did have a few other cards to pay the bill, but I was naturally very unsure and in a predicament. I phoned Mr. Swiss at home and he had a look and found nothing.

I searched through my bag, and when I got home went through a few pockets. still nothing. Then Mr. Swiss to the rescue. He reminded me that I did an online payment during the week and so I had at look at the device I need for the payment operation. Yes, the card was still in the machine. It seemed that the golden oldie fantasy struck again.

RDP Wednesday: Fantasy

Good Morning

This morning I did my usual check on the sky to see what sort of day it will be and saw a lovely blue patch. I then did my next task and pumped up the computer. My first stop is always Facebook. I do not know why, I am not really a Facebook person that I divulge all my secrets and feelings on this site. I suppose it is merely habit, and then it happened. I was awake immediately. Facebook was congratulating Mr. Swiss on his 81st birthday and me? I had sleeked out of bed, dragged myself to the kitchen, met Mr. Swiss on the way as he was returning to his bed and we both mumbled a few words of recognition, but nothing more. Life as a golden oldie can really have an effect on your person. Of course I stormed back to the bedroom and with many shameful apologies wished him happy birthday. His reaction? I forgot yours last year as well. I suppose after living together since 51 years, you do tend to forget these things that almost become routine. Needless to say there will be no big celebrations. Neither of us have the energy. It will be a normal relaxing day in our senior years in the sense of the less excitement the better.

I was in town yesterday on my way to the store. I really wanted to fill up the freezer with some meat reserves, as I noticed I was getting a little low on them. No great problem, but it is always a good feeling to know that you have a decent choice if you are not able to go shopping or want a relaxing day. After eating veal stew for yesterday’s dinner I decided I should have some basic food. Of course we enjoyed it, but that it something I usually save for a Sunday or special days eating and not Tuesday during the week.

So I bought some fresh food to freeze and also a collection of various vegetables so that I have a choice during the week and do not have to organise so much.

There were even a couple of musicians in town yesterday. Although it was not so warm, if you wrap up warm enough it is OK. I wore my Winter jacket yesterday for the first time since last Winter with a warm scarf around my neck as it can get a little draughty when travelling by scooter. This musician seemed to be quite comfortable playing his zither whilst sitting on the ground.

Although the street restaurants still attract some customers, they now have sheepskin covers for warmth.

Covid is really spreading now and Switzerland in Europe has now overtaken the other countries in the speed of its development. I read today that a customer in one of our street bars was diagnosed with this scourge, as well as two of the serving personnel in the restaurant. There was also some sort of super spreading event at a yodelling celebration, although in another town. There seems to be no slowing down of this disease and there is talk of lockdown, although no concrete plans up to now.

My week is a little disturbed as I did not do any shopping on Monday, so I will yet again be on my way into town today, but just for a few items and then I can take it easy for the rest of the week. I had an interesting meeting yesterday at the cash desk in the store. It is usually the same lady that serves me and I always have my walker with me. She suddenly asked me if I have MS. I was surprised she asked and told her it was my problem. She said she also has MS and as we exchanged details it seems her problems are almost the same as mine. She is about 10 years younger than I am so not yet so much progressed as mine, but walking is giving her problems. She is still working at the cash desk, but as she does not have to move around so much, she is managing OK. Sometimes it is those little meetings make you realise you are not so alone in the world.

Travelling through the outskirts of town I realised that the autumn leaves now really have us all in their grip. And now I will make my way though the daily chores at home. Mr. Swiss is now up and about so we can continue with our birthday celebrations, in a quiet golden oldie way.

May you have a good day, and keep out of harm’s way.