Do you prefer juice or fruit?
Neither nor actually. I do not like fruit juice so much. The only juice I drink is cranberry juice. All my life I had problems with my waterworks: continuous attacks of cystitis. These disappeared after my big operation. I read somewhere that cranberry juice is very benefical for such problems and since many years I drink just a 1-2 deciliter a day. A bottle lasts me about 3-4 days and I really feel the benefit.
I do not drink any other juice. The cranberry juice I drink is from the original fruit, perhaps more in the smoothie line of things, although still liquid and very organic (although I am not really an organic type of person).
Otherwise I rarely eat fruit or drink any sort of juice. I must admit I do enjoy a glass of coca cola now and again, but plain water from the tap is just as good. There is always enough and it costs nothing. I used to drink mineral water with the bubbles, but found it was something and nothing. So give me a glass of plain water any time.
Did you grow up in a small or big town? Did you like it?
I grew up in London, so it cannot get bigger as far as towns go. At the time I yearned for clean air and the country, but I was only a kid, and London was definitely not clean. The only trees were in the parks and the only plants were a few that we had in the garden. Otherwise it was more weeds on the bombed ruins of houses left from the war which were my playgrounds.
Reflecting on it all, I realise what a wealth of benefits London had for me, in the historical way. It was all there to see: museums, monuments, churches, things that people now go on holiday to visit as tourists, and I lived in the middle of it all. I know London perfectly, growing up in the East End near the River Thames and the Tower of London just half an hour to walk from where I lived.
If you were to paint a picture of your childhood, what colors would you use?
Grey: the houses were grey, there was brick dust in the air. The pavements were light grey, the pigeons were grey. My mum liked to dress me in bright colours, probably as a contrast, but she never had any dress sense. And when it rained in London, which it did very often, the skies were grey. I think we had a few days of blue skies in Summer, but they had to poke through the grey roof tops.
Ways to Relax List: Make a list of what relaxes you and helps you feel calm.
Who wants to relax and feel calm? After lunch I take a golden oldie 1-2 hours in bed. I do even more than relaxing – I sleep and I could not be calmer. Otherwise I need some sort of action. If I am not at the computer, I am reading a book, cleaning or cooking. I like to be occupied with something. In the evening the TV might be running, but not really for me. I like to watch East Enders, a BBC British programme. I do not really do relaxing, I can do that when I sleep. I often read a book when everyone else is watching TV. I used to enjoy going for a walk, but in Winter it is almost out of the question. I need support with a cane, and in the snow and ice it is not so good. However, when summer returns I will be out and about again with my camera making the world unsafe. Relax? there is a time and place for everything.
Optional Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
I think I will have to skip this one as I cannot think of anything I was grateful for last week except for survival. This week I am at the doctors for my examination to see if I am still mentally fit to drive a car at the age of 70. We all have to do it in Switzerland, every two years. That will be fun – I have not driven a car for at least half a year, I let Mr. Swiss do it. I do not like driving, but he finds it would be a shame if I lost my licence. I have to walk backwards in the test – I cannot even walk forwards in a straight line – how will that one work out?