Flower of the Day: 02.08.2016 Tansy


Some call it a weed. You often find it growing wild near the railway. It grows in my garden, because I want it to. I found it being sold on our local market by a herb gardener. I like it very much, is plain and simple but adds colour to the garden. It seems it is a deterrent for insects, but I am not an expert. It is quite hardy, spreads and increases in size every year.

Flower of the Day: 02.08.2016 Tansy

Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge:Smiles

Registry Office Wedding Solothurn, Oliver and Franzi

I suppose you do not get married every day in the Swiss registry office, so my son (2nd from right) decided to make the most of it. I do not know what they were all laughing at, but it must have been fun (Mr. Swiss, second row in the middle 🙂  ).

Dad's 100th Birthday

Dad on his 100th birthday last September.  I know he really enjoyed that day.

Solothurn Carnival 2007

Smiling carnival masks in our local carnival procession, Solothurn, Switzerland

Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge: Smiles

Daily Prompt: Too lazy to be profound

Sweet Pea 01.08 (7)

How is this for a profound macro photo of one of my sweet pea flower stalks, although it is more luck than judgement. At the moment I am attempting to collect a profound knowledge of the manual settings of my DSLR camera – and there we have the root of my non-profoundability. I am too lazy to be profound. I have had this camera for at least 8 years, even did a course about photography, but not with this camera. At least I got the basics of what photography is about and what to look for, but that us where it ended. Yes, I am a miserable failure when it comes to being profound about anything and everything.

I devleop an interest in something and get visions of becoming an expert, my opinon bein sought for tips and assistance. Unfortunately up to now, my knowledge of taking photos got marooned on the isle of set scenes on the camera. You want the photo of the year, just press the button and let the camera do the rest. On the other hand, if you want perfection, you have to invest a little time, energy – and of course money. The last being one of the reasons why I did not leap into the acquirement of a macro lens. The money is now there, I have googled all over the Nikon sights and found my dream lens, so now to take the plunge. I asked a photography colleague, he found he would also buy that lens, but you have to do it mainly by manual operations. I developped my knowledge of manual operations and although not profound, it has made progress, so what could possibly go wrong – a lot I suppose, but nothing ventured, nothing gained. The above photo was taken without a macro lens.

I have a profound knowledge of Swiss German, but what is the good of it when only a few million people speak it. It also has numerous dialects, so if you are stranded in a lonely valley where the marmots and lynx say goodnight to each other, your Bern, Basel or Zürich german will not be a great help, as due to isolated surroundings the natives have probably developed their own speech over the years. This is where my profound knowledge can meet complications.

I have a profound knowledge of Mr. Swiss and he also has a profound knowledge of me. I once had the idea of helping my fellow humans with a profound knowledge of medicine and so I joined the local first aid group in the village. I learned how to bring the dead back to life, known as CPR. I even passed the test for 5 years in a row. I could bind a broken arm, even heal the sick, almost. I was OK, but not Florence Nightingale in disguise. Eventually I was the person responsible for the accounts of the group. My talents seem to lay elsewhere, more in the Excel realms of the computer. I still joined in the various exercises, but you should be fit for this and I realised that as time passed, I was not longer so fit. It is OK to heal the wounded sitting on the ground next to them, but you also need a profound knowledge of standing up again afterwards.

I decided to become the gardener with a profound knowledge of everything growing in the garden. This was OK, but I now have to employ a gardener  about three times a year to keep the garden tidy and organised. You might have profound knowlege, but if the body lacks on profound methods of movements, just forget it.

I have a profound knowledge of blogging. I can sit on this job and just type into my computer. I did a  web assistant course, and acquired some knowledge of html and how to do it, but not really profound. I just get along with it.

I now have two complaints registered with our happiness engineers. One is still the changeover from one site to another with our WordPress app, and now a second has arrived. I was feeling isolated and neglected today. I am used to my iPhone and iPad showing continuous communications with my WordPress world but there was silence all morning. Was I being ignored, had I done something wrong? No, when I looked at my site I saw a line of comments and acknowledgements. Of course, I search for the mistake on my side. WordPress are profound in their ability to organise our blogging efforts, they are perfect. I examined the details on my Iphone/pad and found everything was OK. I have now risked sending a complaint to the Forum and begged for help from their profound knowledge of things that can go wrong.

And now to move on, there are other things to do in my real world, but I cannot remember what they are. One of those golden oldie moments of forgtfulness.

Daily Prompt: Too Lazy to be Profound

Good Morning


Mr. Swiss has already departed, left me all on my own, but I am strong and have a freshly baked bread to comfort me. One of those emergency bread buys, in case you do not have enough being a week-end with a Swiss National holiday added on Monday just for the fun of it. The explosions of the fireworks continued until past midnight and  no, I could not sleep because of the noise. Our Tabby feline eventually sat on the settee instead of under the settee, but she was not happy. Cats do not like things that go bang in the night, or even the day.

Mr. Swiss is on a quest for buying lunch, as our cupboards are bare and we are on the edge of famine This is a quick hello prompt to let you know I survived the night, as there are other things to do today and time is scarce, especially as I did not want to leave my bed this morning – it was so comfortable and it was hugging me so tight I had to fight to make it let me go.

There are things to be done and places to visit with cleaning intentions. I think I will begin to check on what a cleaning lady actually costs, although I have never paid anyone to clear my dirt away, I have always done it myself. I know, I should have reclaimed my connection to the english royal family many years ago, life would have been so much simpler.

So this is it, I really must go. Today might be the day of the new Windows generated new look and I might even go missing until tomorrow. These computer refurbishing uploads are like a Damocles sword hanging over your workplace. Will it succeed, or will I be forever cut off from humanity? Mr. Swiss said something about gigabytes before he left, that will be used for the new Windows programme. Will my computer manage this weight, will it come through the dark tunnel of an unknown future. Stay tuned for the next instalment, although this might be the last.

As said, I am now off, waving goodbye with sticky fingers (from the jam after eating my breakfast). See you on the bright side I hope.