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I am busy orgnising my journey to London for my father’s funeral and are a few things that have to be settled. In this case, please excuse me if I am not getting around to your comments regularly.
Yesterday afternoon I was busy filling out a form online to do with my father’s pensions and benefits in England and now that I at last have a date for the funeral, I booked my flight to London and back. I have done it many times, but each time it is different to the last time, which was 8 months ago. It is all online, but woe betide you if you have a question to steps you must follow, and unfortunately I did. Again I was confronted with “press button one for german” etc. etc. until I eventually got to the position of being able to talk to a human being. I was then told that it would be a longer waiting time for german (on a recorded message), but if I got into the english queue I would be immediately served.
As I am more or less in the lucky position of being bilingual, I joined the english queue and was immediately answered by a young lady that was neither english mother tongue, nor german mother tongue, but something from a far away country with a strange intonation. She connected me to another department which was completely wrong and so I began again, but this time persevered with the german speaking waiting time. Eventually I got a german speaking person and spoke in my best swiss german: after all this was the airline Swiss. She stopped me after a minute and asked if I could speak high german as she did not understand Swiss german so well. I suppose you could compare it to someone from the deep South of the States speaking to someone in the high north. You do speak the same language, but just say the words differently.
Anyhow I eventually got an answer to my question, continued to complete my ticket reservation and was told by the computer that the time had run out to complete the form, would I begin again from the beginning. Don’t you just love computers, they are almost human. I decided to have the evening meal in the meanwhile and begin again afterwards. With the second try it worked and now I am booked to fly to London on 11th July, returning a week later.
Having settled that part, today I will be busy writing details for the guy doing the service for my dad.
Otherwise life at home goes on as usual. Yesterday our gardner did his work on our garden, and today the gardener has arrived to remove the natural meadow in between our appartment houses.
There was almost an emergency. I was in the shower and the gardener asked Mr. Swiss if there were any plants that should be preserved before he demolished the complete meadow. There are certain things you do not ask a man, expecially Mr. Swiss. He decided it was all weedy stuff for the cows to munch during the winter and told the gardener guy, no problem. It was only when everything was laying flat and decapitated on the ground he remembered my Tansy, which I planted on the edge of the garden and yes, this was also laying flat. At this point of the happening I was finished in the shower to be confronted with an apologetic Mr. Swiss.
Of course I remained calm at first, really trying to be diplomatic. However, when I inspected the damage the Tansy was still alive although flat on its stems in the wet meadow. It had rained again throughout the night. I was hobbling around on my stick and Mr. Swiss organised some string and scissors and I tied it to my buddliea bush. It is again standing and it is still there.
I just had a word with the super gardner to say he should not touch it. Unfortunately one ear was still covered by his protective headphone and he was not very good at understanding people speaking swiss german with a cockney accent, but he eventually got the point and my tansy is now under protection. It is not yet flowering as in the picture, but has buds and is very tall this year because of the rainfall.
This may be my only contribution today, it depends on the development of events. If time permits, I might turn up now and again to pass a comment, but I have to avoid stress at the moment.
Have a nice day/sleep well everyone wherever you are.