Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: View From the Side

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I went for a walk around the local castle and its grounds this afternoon, and only took my “normal” lens with me, which is idea for sideways glances, so you get a bit of everything in the picture.

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A sideway glance at a black coot exercising his wings on the river.

Cleaning windows

How to clean windows in the local supermarket, taken from the side.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: View From the Side

One Word Photo Challenge: Fairy

illuminated angel at the door
There are fairies and fairies I suppose. So who believes in fairies. Some people have them at the bottom of the garden. Mine was standing in front of the door, but it did not seem that she wanted to grant me a wish. She said something about fairies first. It was then that I shut the door, I did not like the way she said it, not very friendly.

One Word Photo Challenge: Fairy

Daily Prompt: The Daily Immersion

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There is always a purpose in an imersion. This duck, apparently a black coot, thanks to the information from a WordPress colleague, was immersing in the water. Now I am sure there was a reason. A duck does not just imemrse itself so that I can take one of my Pulitzer prize suspicious photos. I am sure it saw something edible in the depths of the river, and thus it decided to get lunch. Duck lunch does not swim up to the surface, so the duck had to get it.

Humans are similar. We immerse ouselves in the shelves in the supermarket.

Migros Supermarket, Langendorf

There we are, digging around in our element, making sure we get the best before another duck human, finds it first. Our advantage is that ducks do not get special offers with 10% rebate on the worm or whatever, but we do, if we plan our immersion. The disadvantage with the special offer immersions, is that everyone want to participate, and it can be the survival of the fittest. Are we so different to the ducks?

I am very much an immersive person. If I discover something new that interests me, then I immerse in it competely. One day, many years ago, the computer arrived in my life. At first Mr. Swiss brought it home from work as a tryout. It was an IBM, because at the beginning there was the IBM. Immersions tend to deepen and we soon had our own computer. Son No. 2 already had his commodore and I had immersed myself in various games with mysterious name for some time. Now Mr. Swiss had his own computer, which I was also allowed to use.

Immersions can be shared, but the duck does not share his trophies, so why should I? And so it came to pass that Mrs. Angloswiss decided she wanted, no must have, her own computer.  It is funny really, but when I reflect on those days it seems unbelievable that this was a theme for a discussio and we actually shared a computer. Today it goes without sayting that we all have our own private computer. If Mr. Swiss ever immersed himself in my purse it would be a source of  a negative discussion. He would not do it in any case, you never know what might be lurking in that purse, sometimes I think twice myself  before opening it and so it is with a computer. You do not share computers, they are comparable to a purse.

Since the day of owning my own computer, I have immersed myself into its body, have learnt where to go and now and again I even have a disagreement with my computer. The next step was the smartphone. It all began with a simple mobile phone which you could only use for making a phone call. It was very bulky and heavy.

First mobile phone

shopping listMr. Swiss decided to immerse himself in this technology and soon had the newest model which was much smaller and neater and not so heavy to hold. I was still using my first Panasonic when he decided to immerse himself in the latest model, so I inherited his old model. This situation continue for a few years, until the super iPhone arrived. Naturally Mr. Swiss immersed himself in this technology whilst I was still battling with my 3rd or 4th hand-me-down mobile phone. It was then that Mr. Swiss handed his iPhone No. 3 down to me, as No. 4 had arrived. Enough was enough and so I took a trip to town, and made a purchase. I returned with my own iPhone No. 4, in my name with my own no. and since that day I no longer immersed myelf in hand-me-down telephones from Mr. Swiss. I would add he was quite surprised that I did it. I now have my own, as you can see on the left. This is one of our shopping lists which we now have on a cloud together. I am now thinking about immersing myself into a new version, as I still have version No 6 and Mr. Swiss has now bought version No. 7.

And so life goes on with our immersions into the newest technology, but my ducks still immerse themselves in the river for their dinner.

Daily Prompt: The Daily Immersion

Good Morning

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Here is the proof of the good weather. Yesterday afternoon I was outside again with the computer doing my bloggy stuff. The sun was shining and I was in t-shirt and shorts (although I changed the shorts for the evening, as it tends to cool down when the sun goes down). I use my Apple computer for outdoor excursions as I do not have to bother to connect it to the exlectricity supply. It has enough battery power for at least 9 hours, although they say 10 hours, but I like to be safe. I do have electricity outside, but it is easier to move my Apple than the Microsoft, which has a wider screen.

That was as far as I went yesterday. I had a few things to deal with at home and did not have time for a safari into the wilderness.

AvocadoMy avocado pit had eventually decided to grow a shoot. I put it in an egg cup on water about 1-2 months ago and checked its development daily, filling up with water now and again.

The pit split down the middle and a root appeared, so I knew it would survive. I now waited impattiently for the stalk to appear. That always takes a time, but last week it arrived, huffing and puffing after the exhaustions. It was now action time. This baby needed earth and a place to grow. On our excursion to the supermarket yesterday we visited the gardening department to get the necessaries. It is combined with the “man” department where there are tools and other such requisites, so Mr. Swiss was also kept busy looking for things that would come in handy.

The earth is kept outside at the supermarket, but the path was blocked by two supermarket trolleys. I could squeeze buy, but not with our trolley. Mr. Swiss did a detour with the trolley and I waited outside until he arrived. I believe he assisted a young lady on the way that had the same problem. Yes, he is always ready to help damsels in distress. I am digressing. Anyhow we met by the piles of dirt (earth) and selected the smallest bag, as I did not need more to fill a pot. I also found a suitable pot and we were ready to go. The next detour on the way out was to take the lift to the ground floor so that I could take a few photos of the newest plant arrivals on the way out – for a blog challenge of course: my life revolves around blog challenges.

And now the deed is done, the new avocado pit is planted in the pot where my first avocado was growing and I have replanted the original avocado in the bigger pot that I bought.

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Baby on the left, original avocado – now one year old, on the right. My plantation is growing, but am still waiting for the first fruits. During the winter months my original avocado was sitting in the living room, but now the weather is improving it will be transferred to the outside world at the edge of the garden, with the new avocado, as soon as the frosty nights disappear and temperatures improve. There was a small misunderstanding with the earth that happened to spill onto the terrace from the re-potting operation, but I removed it afterwards, so we all cooled down.  I suppose I should wear gloves for such delicate operations, but I prefer to feel the earth between my fingers. Afterwards I spent a few minutes with the nail brush at the sink cleaning off the earth remainders from my hands.

What an exciting day that was – new life is now growing.

Today is not so exciting. Mr. Swiss has already left me on my own as he has a meeting with his dentist in town and I have things to do like cleaning the bathroom and other housewife hobbies

I will be back some time today. Am not yet sure whether a walk is called for or not this afternoon. Am still thinking about it.

Have a nice day everyone, see you on the flip side somewhere and for the Americans amongst you, keep safe from Stella, batten down the hatches and get the snow shovels ready for the aftermath.

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