Weekly Writing Challenge: Blog Your Block, but do not forgt the mice and hedgehogs

For this week’s challenge, take a hike.


Where the hedgehogs and mice say good night to each other, but be careful where you tread.

“Good night mouse”

“Good night hedgehog”

and everything is well in their sheltered burrows and nests somewhere in the Swiss countryside. I just wave to them when I walk through the area and ask myself what am I doing here?

Via London and its dusty smelling streets to Zürich in Switzerland with its dusty smelling streets, although the streets in Zürich had a hint of gold dust in the air, most likely from the banks where no-one really lives: just a few gnomes hoarding their treasures in the vaults. If you are lucky and know a person from Zürich you might be able to live in their house for a couple of years. If you are more than lucky, you can move away from Zürich to the Swiss countryside. You might even be lucky enough to meet the man of your dreams, marry and ground a family and then the fun starts. Where do you live, another town? Yes, but you wait for the opportunity and move into the countryside and there we meet the mice and hedgehogs.

Take a walk in the evening, family hedgehog are preparing for the night on the tiles, or in the grass. There are humans also living in the area. There are no shops. The postman only rings if he collects money or has a registered parcel, otherwise he will not even ring once or twice. He drops the letters in your own personal letter box at the entrance to your block where your name is engraved in large black letters. You know when he has been, he arrives once a day at the same time, he is Swiss.

It might be that a neighbour will be seen when you remove the post. Greet your neighbour, if she is dressed in her dressing gown, tights, casual clothes or the man of the apartment before he goes to work in his office somewhere in the city, dressed in a suit. Greeting is a Swiss habit, and not to be ignored.Remember, if you are younger you must greet. I am greeted first of all, I have grey hair and probably qualify as a senior citizen. You know “old” Mrs. Angloswiss, when the neighbours talk of me and they do. Neighbours are a large source of conversation. What else is there to discuss in the middle of the country. Perhaps Mrs. X has done something head turning to her front garden. The lawn it too long, shabby, too much moss and clover in all the corners. Mr. Y avoided this problem and no longer has a lawn but a Japanese type stone garden. He is yet to comb it with the rake to ensure that the stones are in a symmetrical pattern. Even Mrs. Angloswiss expelled the toad infested damp front garden and now has a lookalike Versaille garden, at least she thinks so.

The village is a unit, a compact community and all are respectable people. They pay their taxes, clean their windows, mow their lawns and observe perhaps through blind slits, or net curtains the movements of the day. If they do not pay their taxes, they keep it for themselves, or try to. It is a small village.

A millionaire moves into the village and builds a villa, just a villa amongst others and is the salvation of the low council tax rate, keeping it low: a boon to those that have no villa, enabling them to save tax money. The village youth meet at the local hall for a dance, a rock band is appearing, or at the worst, rappers. They are searched at the door, the innocent village youth, but they are innocent. Their cigarette ends and beer cans have been deposited before the door. Does it smell of weed?

And so the sun descends on the village, I spray my plants in the garden to cool them down from the hot sun rays of the day and of course, I say goodnight to the mice and hedgehogs.

Weekly Writing Challenge: Blog you Block but do not forget the mice and hedgehogs

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Daily Prompt: Pick Your Gadget but make your own decision.

Your local electronics store has just started selling time machines, anywhere doors, and invisibility helmets. You can only afford one. Which of these do you buy, and why?

Machine for pumping out water

“Now that looks interesting.”

“Can I help you Mrs. Angloswiss.”

They all know me in the local store, of course, I am famous. If they are not nice to me, I might mention them in a blog.

“Is that something new, looks interesting?”

“It is according to what you are looking for. It is the latest gimmick, made in Hong Kong.  The yellow box steers it.”

“Steers what?”

“You can use it as a time machine, a door to where you want to go and if you want to pay a little extra, you get an invisibility helmet.”

“Mr. Swiss what do you think?”

“Does the invisibility helmet make the voice invisible?”

Did I see a smile appear on the shop assistant’s face? He told Mr. Swiss this was not the case so Mr. Swiss said “no helmet”. Not seeing me but hearing me was too much for his nerves he decided.

The time machine looked interesting, but I was not sure. My felines tell me that one day in the future they will take over. I had visions of a world where my life would be a filled with emptying cat trays, keeping a supply of fresh mouse and bird food and perhaps even telling them a good night story before they curled up to sleep. I could of course return to the past, but that has its disadvantages. I might meet my ancestors and if they were all like grandad – no, too much stress. There would be no computer in the past, no daily prompt and no Facebook. What a dismal world.

“Will she return at the right time to cook dinner?” Mr. Swiss asked.

“It depends” answered the salesman. “When you go on a journey into another country, the time is according to where you go. Perhaps the traveller visits Australia. If she intends to cook dinner it might be that she returns in the early morning hours in our time, but in Australia it would be lunch time. This could be confusing.”

“No time machine” said Mr. Swiss.

I realised only the door to anywhere remained, which I found quite interesting. Stepping out to a beach in the Bahamas, perhaps taking a walk through New York, or seeing Lenin in his mausoleum in Moscow: so many opportunities.

“Will she find the right door to return?” Mr. Swiss asked the shop assistant.

“If she presses the green button before she leaves which automatically redirects to the starting point.”

“And when she is away and someone else presses the green button.”

“That is a problem we are working on. There are many doors, once you are on the way, and if the green button is pressed during the journey, it will redirect the passenger to another exit, even another world perhaps.”

I felt this conversation was not going in a favourable direction. We cancelled the invisilitiy helmet because my voice remains, the time machine would mix up the daily meals and the door to anywhere might be anywhere if someone presses the green button when I have gone and I may never return.

“I think we will take the door” said Mr. Swiss.

“No” said I “We will not take the door. I will remain where I am with my voice and my daily routine. There will be no pressing green buttons to change my direction when I am away, and I was never keen on those green doors, you never know where they lead to.”

That evening we had our evening meal at the normal time, watched the television and when we awoke the next morning we were still in our normal time and space, although it seems I must have caught a cold on my shopping trip and had lost my voice.

“No, we are not returning to the store to buy the invisibility helmet”.

Daily Prompt: Pick Your Gadget but Make Your Own Decision

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