Good Morning


In the meanwhile the sun has appeared and the clouds are breaking up, so it looks like another sunny day, although perhaps a few degrees cooler. I hope so, this heat wave weather is getting quite uncomfortable.

Yesterday was an action packed day, although just for two golden oldies that are more accustomed to smooth runnings. With the help of a good helpful neighbour, we now each have an automatic garage door opener. It means that when we return from our scooter safaris we can open the door automatically by pressing the button from a distance. One was working, but we needed a second opener that we can move independently from each other and it had to be programmed. Although we like going together, there are sometimes doctor appointments or other places where we have to go independently.

I also had to sort my online banking on my iPhone. Because it is a new phone and I had not yet used it for my bank account I had to re-programme it. I called the help desk and a nice guy lead me through the jungle of entering the account using my computer. It was done quite well. Luckily I keep all the documents and there was one that really got me through the process quite quickly. I think I would be lost today without online banking where I can do everything comfortably from my own office chair. I often wonder how the golden oldies manage that have no computer experience or even a smart phone.


And what did I do yesterday. I was yet again on an adventure ride with my scooter to the store. Here you see the view of the underpath that I have to take to enable me to cross the busy roundabout. It is quite a steep hang, but my scooter manages everything with a few manipulations by me. I usually reduced the speed a little when going down, to increase it when ascending again.


There was not a lot of action in town and most people had made themselves comfortable on the street  cafés. The one on the left is one of my favourites. It belongs to the town book store and is not so crowded. Relaxing outside a book store is always good.

I had an interesting encounter in the store yesterday. There was a golden oldie guy moving around in the supermarket with a scooter, exactly the same as mine. Naturally I struck up a conversation and he said he has no problems in the supermarket with the scooter. However I noticed that him being a golden oldie guy, he only had a few items to buy. With my two bags full it would probably be more complicated entering with my scooter and I manage quite well by parking it in front of the store and afterwards using my walker which I can take with me by hanging it on the scooter. I left the store and the gentleman was also wheeling along so we both stopped for a further conversation from scooter to scooter comparing our experiences with the scooter. It is always good to have contact with other members of the scooter family.


As I leave town I always pass our town hall, at least that is where the mayor sits. It used to be the registry office many years ago, and it was where Mr. Swiss and I got married on 4th February 1969 so work that one out. The building still means something to me after so many years. It was also the day when the Swiss gave me the Swiss citizenship, although that was just an extra for me.


Her is my orchid exhibition. They have all decided to flower again this summer and making a wonderful show. I have never had such luck with my orchids and I hope this will become an annual event.

At home life goes on and I was glad that it cooled down a little towards the evening although the heat is now in the apartment.

Time to move on, although today there are no important events. I just might go for a wheelie with my wheelchair this afternoon somewhere. It is on full power, so what could possibly happen. Mr. Swiss said he might come to.

Have a good day, make the most of it and beware of you know who. That dreaded corona just does not want to leave us. We had yet another surge of 264 cases yesterday in Switzerland. Perhaps no so many as other countries, but it just does not seem to stop.

I leave you with a view of our ancient city wall protections from the years gone buy. They now just have an ornamental value and even they cannot stop Covid 19.


FOWC with Fandango: Facetious


This morning I saw him sliming away very very slowly across my kitchen floor. I actually felt sorry for him, although slugs are not my favourite insects, but this little guy was lost. He has not seen a drop of water for at least two weeks, and he was searching for something wet most probably, and so he entered my kitchen. Outside the ground is dry and he was alone Perhaps he was the reconnaissance for the tribe to see if there was some humidity left in this dry desert of a world.

I did not kill him, he was suffering enough. I carefully wrapped him in a paper towel and removed him back to the outside world. Perhaps he found a damp corner somewhere to wait until the rains came. I was so happy that is had just began to rain outside and I am sure he/she is. Perhaps I am being a little facetious, but even a slug has a right to live, unless they are devouring my plants.

FOWC with Fandango: Facetious

RDP Wednesday: Fernweh

From the plane Zürich London

Hat jemand Fernweh?
Ich habe kein
Ich wohne jetzt in der Schweiz
Und das ist ganz fein
Ich sagte goodbye zu London vor lange lange Zeit
Mein Heimat ist jetzt hier
und London ist sehr weit
The title was in German
So is my written word
It is now my zweiter Sprache
So let it now be heard
My German is not Fehlerfrei
and neither is my english
I have become a polyglot
My languages diminish
Aber hier bin ich zu Hause
My zweiter Heimatland
Es macht mir keine Sorgen
Although it was not planned

RDP Wednesday: Fernweh

Good Morning


One of those mottled skies this morning which usually arrive before the clouds disappear entirely for the day. It is still heat wave here. Mornings are OK, but during the day it heats up and it seems to me that the air is slowly sucked from the surroundings.

The first caller this morning was the postman, He only rang once but I had just stopped hugging the bed. He had the delivery, in cold boxes, of my medicine. Afterwards I got a call from the lady that deals with the deliveries to tell me they had a problem with the system and it would probably only arrive tomorrow. I told her that I had already received it, so everyone was happy.

I was off to the doctor in the afternoon, the first real journey in my scooter where I had to enter town and park. Since having the scooter I am now together with the cyclists in the parking spaces. In town there is always somewhere you can deposit your taveling convenience, but I do not like being crowded out surrounded by bikes and some of those bikers really do not consider the others.  Yesterday I found a nice space in front of the doc’s building, but had to reverse to leave it and I do not like travelling backwards, but it worked and no objects or people were damaged during the manoeuvre.


However, the surgery is in one of those narrow streets and at the moment some of the buildings are being remodelled. They used to be stores, but no longer. Stores are dying everywhere and only the grocery places seem to be surviving. This was a large clothing chain in Switzerland that no longer exists. The owner is now retired and has no descendants that are interested in taking over. I had to squeeze my way through the parked cars to get to the surgery.


I saw these two entertaining the passers by in town. It seemed to be a father and son and they were singing in Spanish. The boy had a wonderful voice, still unbroken, and the father was singing with him in harmony. The were both virtuosos at their guitars. Our town certainly lives in Summer.


Taliking of living things, we are a little besieged at the moment at home. It is wasp time, not bees or other harmless stripy flyers, but wasps. These two were clinging onto the outside top frame of the window surround, which did not really bother me.

However, Mr. Swiss had problems with his Pepsi Cola. I stick with mineral water in Summer, less sugar and more refreshing, but Mr. Swiss just likes his Cola and so do the wasps.


He was not so impressed as I found them a very good photographic subject and he insisted in emptying the cup after the wasp had visited. I found they were not a problem, so when he was doing something else I lifted the wasps out of the liquid on a spoon.


Another life saved, although it seemed to me they were not really having problems and quickly recovered on the spoon to fly away, only to return. Eventually I found a beer mat which was ideal to cover over the container with the cola and Mr. Swiss was happy again, not having to share his drink with a wasp.

However, wasps can be an annoyance, especially when eating lunch and buzz around everywhere. Up to now we only had bees, but wasps can get a little aggressive. Grapes are now having their season, and then there will be an invasion at home when I buy some.


Yet another one of last years orchids is bursting into flower. I can still hardly believe it that I now have five orchid plants with new buds. One of them, the white one, has still not finished with the first flowers when I bought it and now has three new stalks with buds.  Wonders never cease.

Today I have nothing planned except for a safari to the store in town. And now for the usual morning routine. Have a good one, we are already half way through the week. And here is a photo of my way home from town – taken by scooter of course.