Flower of the Day: 01.08.2016 Buddleia

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I took another walk around my two gardens with the camera to see how things were progressing and decided to make my buddleia the stars of the show again. This blue one is growing in my back garden. The bush is now quite tall and I am now cutting the flower heads off that have finished flowering. I have to be careful when it rains, as they tend to bend the bush considerbly.

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I have my pink delight buddleia in the front garden. This stands alone in the middle, so has no great danger it tipping in one direction when it gets heavy with the rain, although I am also busy here cutting away the heads  no longer bearing flowers.

Flower of the Day: 01.08.2016 Buddleia

Share Your World: 2016 Week 31

What is your favorite part of the town/city you live in.  

I live in Feldbrunnen, a village, with about 1,000 people and half as many cows, although the cows tend to spread themselves around.The favourite part is the country part where the cows live, they love to have their photos taken.

Cows in Feldbrunnen

And what Country do you live?

I live in the country of cheese fondue, banks, and yes, of course cows, known as Switzerland.

Swiss National Day 1st AugustToday just happens to be the Swiss National Day, something like 4th July. I took this photo in the supermarket a couple of years ago, showing what we can buy. No, I do not have a flag, or a cup with a Swiss cross. I do have a red cotton nightdress with Switzerland written across the front, together with the national Swiss cross emblem. Not that I am patriotic, but I just have a taste for strange things. Tonight there will be a firework display in our local town of Solothurn, children will be walking with their lanterns and a few speeches will be held. There will be fires on the mountain tops and there will probably be bar-b-ques everywhere. I will be taking it easy, reading a book and nothing special. My cat will be hiding under the bed, as he does not like fireworks. Any planes flying over Switzerland will probably think there is a war going on with the bangs, smoke and fires.

 

Would you rather wear clown shoes every day or a clown wig every day?

ClogsDoes this answer the question? No, I usually wear Sketchers shoes at home, as I find them the most comfortable, and have problems walking due to my MS, although I only need a stick. These are our universal shoes, available for everyone that has garden work to do. They love mud and dirt and you can shower them down with the garden hose when you are finished. Both Mr. Swiss and I wear them, as our feet are about the same size. We might look like clowns, but at our age, who cares. As far as the wig is concerned, I prefer Mr. Swiss with the Bruce Willis look and my hair colour (grey, silver?) is something special. I had to wait years before I got it.

 

Which way does the toilet paper roll go? Over or under?

Toilet paperI almost forgot the toilet roll. I grew up in a family that were never logical to say the most. My mum and dad would always hang the roll so that the paper was under. It did not look good, but not knowing any better, I did not realise how complicated this is. However, the day came when I ventured into the outside world and realised that there was another method. Yes, I am now a follower of the toilet roll that hangs over. Much easier to tear off of course.

 

What do you do to make a living or during the day?

Hoovering & mopping the floors, ironing, cooking, washing, gardening and generally organising the logistic of the home, together with my consigliere, Mr. Swiss.

 If you are retired what mostly occupies your day? Or if you are a student what are you studying?

Unpaid worker for WordPress to keep one of their blog sites alive. I am continually taking photos of everything and anything.

I study the intricacies of Swiss German, as if I did not, no-one would understand me in this country.

 

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

I survived last week and am looking forward to surviving the next week as well.

Share Your World: 2016 Week 31

Daily Prompt: Apologise, only if you are older

4-up am 01.08.16 um 15.15 (kompiliert)
I could apologise for showing this strange photo of me as I sit outside on the porch preparing to write about apologising, but I will not apologise. Why should I? I have discovered a new toy on my apple computer and am playing with it. Unfortunately it seems only to be able to take selfies. I did try holding something in my hand to hide my face, but it did not work so well. Mr. Swiss had a look and said you can only see the top half of your face. Do you really want to see the complete face? Of course not, this is an artistic work of photography. It could have been me holding a tin of Campbell’s soup, but that has been done before. The next time I might try it with an apple in front of my face. Oh, you mean that has also been done, then what about potato or a cucumber. There are so many possibilities. You just have to be the first.

I was having a problem lately with WordPress as when I was using their app on my apple computer, it would not change from one of my sites to the other, but refused. After finding an alternative method, by not using the app, but the normal process, I discovered it worked. Yesterday I dared to mention this problem on their forum. Ok, it was Sunday, and even WordPress disciples need a day of rest, so I understood that there was no immediate answer or action taken.

Today I tried this app again, and it worked perfectly. The final result can be seen on this blog. Did they apologise? Did they mention in a mail it had now had their immediate attention and was being corrected? No, I found out all by myself that it was working again. Perhaps everyone all over the world was suffering from this problem and there were too many of us to apologise to. On the other hand, why expect an apology? It worked again so what’s the problem. There is just a feeling of foolishness left and you ask why bother.

I automatically say sorry if I happen to push someone wrongly, or trip them up. One of the worst crimes is at the counter in the supermarket. You are convinced that it is your turn. You waited until three people before you were served and now the lady says “Next please”, but it might not be you. Have a look around first. If you see a grey haired sinewey lady, with a determined look on her face hair growing on her teeth, then beware. You might be next, you might even dare to tell the assistant what you want, but that certain sweet little lady will say “I was here first” in a loud determined voice for all to hear. Of course, your face turns a darker more luminous shade of red and you hang your head in shame. You might have been there before her, but you are younger and have proved that you have no respect for the years of experience she has gathered in being served first. On the other hand, I am now approaching 70, but I have a problem. She looks her age and me, well, Mr. Swiss convinces me daily that I am still the same person he married (he is 8 years older than me, perhaps I should send him to buy the goods, he will be served quicker?). Yes we people, forever young at heart, can have problems.

I will now apologise for boring you and stealing your time in reading this piece of informative literature, as I am sure you have other better things to do. I really did not know where I was going with this work, and still do not know if I arrived where I wanted to go. I am now on my knees grovelling for your forgiveness.  Ok, Mr. Swiss, I know, I am overdoing it again.

Daily Prompt: Apologise, only if you are older

Good Morning

1st August
What a better way could there be than to begin the Swiss National Day with a welcome badge on my Google page tellilng us all about it. I was so thrilled that I immediately downloaded it using my snipping tool and here it is. If you are confused about the photo, then so am I, but it supposed to be a typical symbol of being Swiss I suppose with a cowbell in the middle surrounded by a garland of “Swiss?” flowers.

Why today? Was it the day when William Tell , with the remaining effects of the magic mushrooms his wife Hedda had cooked on the evening before, decided to do a crossbow practice by shooting  at an apple placed on his son’s head? Perhaps it was the day when the first Swiss Bank opened its doors. No, silly, of course not. It was the day when three guys from three Kantons/states in Switzerland had a get together on a field somewhere, lit  a fire and roasted their cervelats over it, drank a few liters of home brewed and got a crazy idea on the lines of “let’s make a country”. Soon everyone was doing it, and a few more kantons joined in. There were a few disagreements on the way, but eventually it had a name and they called Helvetia, No, not quite, most of the inhabitants found that did not have such a quality in the public relations department, and someone came up with the idea Switzerland/Swiss/Svizzera. Do not forget we speak four languages, the fourth being romasch, and so it was also known as Svizra.

Enough to the background story. You can read the rest somewhere in Internet. All I know is that today all the shops are shut, people will be letting off fireworks all day, mainly in the evening, my cat will be hiding under a bed somewhere in the appartment and the air will be filled with the smell of grilled meat. I must admit not really my thing. We do not grill, have better things to spend our money on than fireworks and had to do some last minute planning for today’s food as we actually forgot that there is a national holiday. Mr. Swiss said today, a very wise man, “I do not like these holidays”. These are the words of a retired golden oldie, and I must say I agree with him entirely. Who needs holidays on weekdays. It has completely destroyed our routine as Monday is the day when we join other happy shoppers at the supermarket. We have a relaxed routine day with no unnecessary excitement or interruptions, but no. Today we all have to celebrate a Swiss national day, which I am sure no-one outside the borders of Switzerland really know about, except for a few exiled Swiss living in other countries.

morning

Actually this was going to be my morning picture of the day, were it not interruptions from the Swiss state. An aesthetic compostion of my kitchen table showing an orchid, my computer and a few other bits and pieces. I do not know what the binoculars are doing there, perhaps we were observing what the neighbour was doing. Of course not, just bird watching in the garden.

And now it is action stations. It might be a holiday, but my household programme does not stop for a Swiss National Day. There are things to be done, places to go, and all with a vacuum cleaner. There is even washing to be put away. We do not have to give the garden water, it rained yesterday to cover its needs for a few days.

Tomorrow will again be a normal day, compensating for everything we could not do today because we had a closed shop. Mr. Swiss has to pick up some tablets from his doc, which he actually needed today. On the way he will buy something for tomorrow’s food and I will be organising an appointment with my doc and ordering my macro lens for my camera. All these chores which were not possible today, because Switzerland was closed. I mean anyone could have stolen the country yesterday and we would not even noticed it, due to celebrations and smoke clouds caused by bonfires.

Wishing everyone a very happy 1st August. Perhaps you could all learn the Swiss National Hymn as todays task.:-)