Photo Challenge: Against the Odds

Road machine

And you decide to go on a trip to the supermarket in the morning, because it is Wednesday morning and you always go to the supermarket on Wednesday. This time I did not have my camera with me, because I knew I would be driving home and not have the opportuity to take many photos, my bad luck, but not quite.

As we turned a corner we were confronted with a building machine in the middle of the crossing. I was glad I was not yet driving. Mr. Swiss did mutter a few profanities to the effect of “what are these stupid men doing in the middle of the road”, using words in Swiss German which are in no dictionary. I was naturally annoyed without my camera – what a perfect photo, but then I pulled out my mobile telephone and shot a couple of photos, not really expecting anything spectacular.

However, against the odds of meeting a building machine and three men watching a fourth doing the work in a pit in the middle of the road, as well as just taking a chance shot with the telephone, I managed a shot, even with part of the machine. I have no idea what they were doing, but it looked quite intersting.

Photo Challenge: Against the Odds

Daily Blog -Nice weather, nice walk

Mistletoe 16.02.2017

It was another wonderful day today in the Swiss flatlands, so I took my camera, grabbed my cane, waved goodbye to Mr. Swiss, who was clearing the remains of the birdfood in the garden, and I was off. However, before I left I gave Mr. Swiss a few short instructions about my helleborus plants which really now need the old leaves being cut away, as the fresh new shoots have now appeared.

This time I had the zoom lens on the camera as I wanted to get some close-ups of the ducks, chickens and geese. The photos I took last time were OK, but a bit unclear because of the fence in between. With the zoom I  can focus  better and of course, can get better close-ups. When I saw the tree in the photo, I found it looked strange with the light green growths. When I uploaded the photo at home (1-1/2 hours for the work uploading 70 photos), I discovered that the light green growths were fresh shoots of mistletoe. Although it is a parasite, we have a lot of mistletoe spread on our trees in the neighbourhood, and yes, they make a good photo.

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And now to the ducks. They are new arrivals since last year and now I managed to capture them in their full beauty. I think they belong to the Mandarin Duck category, although I am not an expert. Anyhow they are really colourful and posed for a group photo for me.

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I then moved onto the geese. They still have the same two geese, who were busy pecking in the ground. Now and again they had a conversation, quite loud, but I could not understand what they were saying. I just love those geese. Perhaps some goslings might arrive this year, who knows.

I then met my friend Billy on my walk. She often takes a walk to the stables in the fine weather. She also needs support when walking, so we always have a lively intereaction about our walking problems. We are both diabetic as well, which gives even more to share. She is a lovely lady and we get on well together. She is actually a long known friend of Mr. Swiss.

And then I heard a cluck, so I knew that Harold, the rooster, must be near.

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And there he was testing the air for a visit. His ladies were already outside and I supposed he was missing them and had to make sure they were not up to any mischief, like trying to cross the road. As you can see two hens were waiting for him, probably his favourites of the day.

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I moved onto the horses. They were all ourside in front of their pens, or whatever you call them, sniffing the air and generally enjoying a horsey life. My friend Billy always has an apple or carrot with her to feed them. There are signs telling people not to feed the horses, but Billy is an exception. She has been doing it for many years. When she arrives they know that there is extra food and she can enter the stables to let them have their extrras.

I then heard the church clock signal that it was time to go. Mr. Swiss did not want to come with me, but if I take too long he gets worried, although I am always connected with my iPhone. It is now still quite light in the late afternoon, which gives me more time for a walk.

I made me way home and took a last look at our “house mountain” the Weissenstein in the Jura.

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Good Morning

Sunrise in Feldbrunnen

And the sun was rising this morning. After the misty start to yesterday, it was a bright early morning, although very cold. There is still a frosty layer on the grass outside with minus temperatures, so it can only get warmer. I took two photos this morning and a bird obliged with a flight show on the second, probably a crow as they are the only flying objects at the moment.

I notice that the days are now becoming longer. We have not yet had our daylight saving whatever, but at the moment it is fine with me: lighter in the morning and longer lighter in the afternoon which gives me a chance to go for a walk.

Valentine's bouquet

Yesterday I paid a visit to the supermarket in the morning. Mr. Swiss had a few bits and pieces to buy in the household department in the basement, so I took my flower photos when we entered the supermarket and what did I see. I knew it. Why bother to buy flowers on Valentine’s Day, when you can buy them half price a day later. They had the most beautiful arrangements with red roses and lilies, still looking fresh and romantic on 15th February. It is not the same? Of course it is, flowers are flowers, and what is in a day – it is the half price thought that counts. I did not buy any, as I do not do Valentine and neither does Mr. Swiss who was already at the bottle bank depositing the empty plastic cola bottles. He probably did not even notice the special prices.

I made my experience with mother’s day, and christmas. Just a little patience and you can save quite a lot, after all it is the thought that counts, even if it is half price.

I was again allowed/ordered to drive home yesterday from the supermarket. There was almost no traffic on the road and so I had time to pay attention to the silly details that exist when driving a car. These days you do not have dials in the car for the speed, but it all shows up numerical, which I find much easier. It is all a question of not going too fast or too slow. It seems that I was way too slow on the finishing stretch, but the sun was shining, the road was empty and I was enjoying the passing secenery.  Otherwise we survived, although there was a small problem with parking in our underground parking lot. Thank goodness we own two spaces next to each other which saves time for me. I really do not see the point if the car is parked in a straight line or not. You can straighten it out again when you drive away, but this could lead to a discussion about everything looking better.

The suggestion has now been made that not only should I drive home  but also drive when we depart. No problem – it is all the same but in reverse.

Mr. Swiss has to go to town this morning to see the doc and I also need a prescription for my diabetes tablets. There is also a butter problem. It all started two days ago when we forgot to replenish the butter in the supermarket and Mr. Swiss had to go on an extra tour in the afternoon. I like to cook with butter. I grew up in England using cooking fat for everything, but since I discovered butter, I find it much better, and we can get a special butter in Switzerland costing a little less for cooking. It is one of the big reasons why I dislike english cooked food so much. At home or in restaurants it all has that aftertaste from the fat they use for cooking. It seems that our special cooking butter is a joke, because this special butter is just as good as the normal bread speady butter. Forgetting butter once is OK, but forgetting it again yesterday is a real sign of diminished alerts in the golden oldie brain. I wil get through this morning, but then it is a zero situation, so Mr. Swiss will also be on a butter replenishing mission.

Eventually when we have over come the morning and I have finished my household tasks there will be a clear afternoon. If the weather holds I will be out again making the surroundings uncertain with my camera.

I will be back – a threat or a promise?