Flower of the Day: 25.08.2016 Rose

Rose 25.08 (2)

I thought I would join in with Judy and also present a rose photo today. I thought this rose bush would only produce one rose this year at the beginning of Summer, but since August it has made another three – must be one of those late flowering roses. I only planted it last year, so was not expecting a lot this year. It is one of the strong smelling roses.

Flower of the Day: 25.08.2016 Rose

Daily Prompt: With a camera everything is obvious


It is quite obvious that this afternoon is one of those hot sunny afternoons, temperatures above 30° C.  I decided to take a photo of the sun with my mobile. Who knows how long the hot sunny weather will remain, although according to our weather prophets it will be a week. It cools down during the night and the mornings are also quite bearable, but the afternoon sun returns with a vengence.

What do you do on hot sunny afternoons? You sit somewhere in the shade. I used to lay on a sun bed in my younger days, absorbing the sun and turning my alabaster body into 50 shades of sun. I was one of the lucky ones that rarely had suburn, but today as a golden oldie I do not bother so much. I prefer to sit on my porch, sheltered by the overhanging roof of the balcony above and sun shade and blog. Now and again a light breeze arrives.

Coca Cola with iceThirst overcomes you. Drinking water from the tap is not so good, it is obvious that it will be warm, and that you will have to let the water run for some time until it cools down. Water, in Switzerland, is one of our most expensive commodties and everyone saves where they can. We even now have water counters in our appartments to ensure that everyone pays for their own water usage and does not have to pay for the water  belonging to the others. If you have a garden, it is obvious that you will need more water than those without. We have a back and front garden, and unless it rains, we give the gardens a shower daily.

I decided to make my way to the kitchen and fix myself a glass of something cold from the fridge. Today was my lucky day. It was obvious that Mr. Swiss had the same idea of cooling down with a drink and on my way to the fridge I noticed  a glass of coca cola containing ice. What could be better. Mr. Swiss was not around and I was thirsty. I was convinced he had prepared this drink for me, it was obvious. Mr. Swiss returns from wherever he was and regards his glass of coca cola with a suspicious long glance. Actually Mr. Swiss glasses of Coca Cola are not really my thing, because he tends to water them down. I prefer them pure and fizzy, but beggers cannot be choosers.

I decided to confess that I was tempted by his iced cola. He replied that it was obvious as the level in the glass was lower than when he had last seen it. He was not annoyed and so I decided to quench my thirst further. I think I will now have to refill the glass as there is not so much left.

Cocacola and the computerWe now have an obvious problem. Refilling the glass means that I would be forced to drink further from Mr. Swiss glass, as I would still be thirsty and who can resist a glass of iced cola on a hot summer afternoon with the sun beating down. I found an obvious solution. I prepared my own glass of iced cola. This time it was not watered down, but pure and not shaken and as you can see the ice cubes are bigger and more. Some things are so obvious you really do not have to think about them.

I even fitted an hour physio therapy into my afternoon. Some nice relaxing exercises to practice at home, one of the advantages being that a couple were in a horizontal position, my favourite. It seems I should pay more attention when walking to keeping a better upright position. Yes, it is obvious that I am on my way to becoming the bionic woman.

Note the illustrations, as I said with a mobile telephone camera everything becomes even more obvious.

Daily Prompt: With a camera everything is obvious

Good Morning

Dogwood Cornelian treeNot such a good quality photo of a tree, but it was before breakfast. I wanted to take a photo of the tree, and still being dressed in my nightdress, I did not exactly want to present myself to our complete estate, although it is my favourite nightdress: the pale blue one with the cat on the front.

This tree belongs to the dogwood family and I was astonished to discover that there are also dogwood trees in Switzerland, as I though they were natives of the states. It seems in America people are always showing their dogwoods and talking about them. Now we too have a dogwood in Switzerland, and this particuilar dogwood is native to Europe.

This tree has been growing in this place for at least 15 years, but I only noticed it yesterday. I was on a photo safari and wandered a little further than usual, although not very far. It was at the end of a row of trees that separate us (my apparment blocks) from the rest on the other side.

Cornelian Cherry Tree

Taking a closer look at this tree I noticed it had some fruit, no a lot of fruit. These strange berries were hanging from the tree, some already fallen to the ground, looking like an elongated cherry: more food for my camera. When I returned home my first action was to Wikipedia the discovery. It seems that this tree is a Cornelian Cherry Tree and you can even eat the berries as well as drink them, being rich in vitamin C. They are quite well known in Eastern European countries, even as far as Iran. It seems they are at their best when they fall from the tree, and each berry has a long stone.

I will not be gathering them to eat or drink, as I am a little sensitive to fruit at the moment, with the exception of a daily banana,  and who knows what effect they can have. It is often surprising what is growing at your front door and for years you ignore it.

Today is a day of nothing special, although I have a physio therapy session this afternoon, but no big deal: no weight lifting, or headstands, it is all geared to golden oldie abilities. I think the idea is to get the feeling back to a few body parts which have gone a bit numb over the years, the feet in particular.

Feldbrunnen 24.08 (3)Yesterday I even ventured out in the surrounding village to see how work is progressing on our road communication system. It seems that the road surface now exists on both sides again, although only one side can be navigated. We were going to stop off at the local village restaurant for a drink as the sun was beating down. Unfortunately the local restaurant seemed to be having a siesta until 5.00 in the evening so we returned home.

It is now time to go into action and take a walk around home with a few industrial cleaning appliances. Morning temperatures are quite pleasant at the moment, everything cooling down during the night. Only in the afternooon are we getting the concentrated heat of the sun.

Have a good one, relax and take it easy. For the non golden-oldies and workers it will soon be week-end again.