A colourful arrangement.
A colourful arrangement.
I had to keep the colour of the yoke, otherwise it looked so unappetising.
Beware of the fly
An Easter Egg tree
I don’t think the storks are very much bothered about the sky being wild, blue or yonder, as long as they can fly where they want to.
Yes, I had a massive schedule and am now working throught it, but it is all for pleasure, although sometimes I have the feeling that WordPress gives me more to do than a full time job, but it is all voluntary. No-one pays me for me work, but I am paid by my colleagues here because they actually read what I write.
So no further fuss. Today Mrs. Swiss took me for a ride this afternoon, the idea being I could go to high places and take photos, never seen before. This was a good idea, but I have now been busy uploading my 90 photos, sorting them and giving them a name. Included in these photos were some from Mr. Swiss. I took my DSLR camera with me with the zoom lens and the normal lens.
Where did we go? We decided to drive up one of the local mountains in the Jura, known as Balmberg. Mr. Swiss grew up in the area, in a village called Niederwil, so he knows every nook and cranny. The Balmberg mountain lays at 1,078 KM above sea level, so you get a good view from the top and on a lucky day, you get the alps. Today was a half lucky day, as they were a little misty, but I managed to shoot a couple of photos.
The Eiger is on the left and on the right the Mönch and afterwards Jungrau in the Bernese Overland. It was a perfect day, and although we were high up, a light jacket was warm enough.
This is me walking down after spending some time sitting on a bench at the alp hut. From there you get all the wonderful views. That hut brings back many memories as we often took a trip to the Balmberg with the kids accompanied with sandwiches and a pleasant walk to the next mountain, the Weissenstein, where there was a chair lift (now and gondel) to take you back to the lowlands. The road to the Balmberg is quite sensible, although can get a bit tricky towards the top but there are enough places to move to one side if there is approaching traffice. In Winter it is not so advisable, as it tends to get plenty of snow and ice. There were still a few scarce remainders of snow on the top meadows today, but not so much.
There are three restaurants, the lower, middle and upper Balmberg, but the restaurant at the top, is now closed as they cannot find anyone to take it over – any offers? The Balmberg is known as a biker mountain, and there are motor bikes going up and down on the road often. The ascent is also popular with cyclists, and now and again their might be a race.
We passed this guy on the way up who was struggling but was now happy to see the end of the ascent. You can see a few snow remainders on the top slopes in the picture.
When we eventually reached the top and had a sit down for a rest, I had a show by a red kite who was hovering making the most of the air currents.
There were also humans doing something similar, but they needed a parachute, I think this sort of thing is called paragliding and you see a lot in this area.
And that was my afternoon going somewhere else. Mr. Swiss also enjoyed it very much, but had to take a rest now and again to take a photo or two, he also being a golden oldie like me.
On the way home we did a small detour through Niederwil, where Mr. Swiss grew up. His original house is still there and he was busy pointing out various well known landmarks of the area, but that will be another blog at another time. As I said it was a massive job today, and I still have a few things to deal with.
I get up on time to get things done and still hover around on my computer doing stuff that I really do not have to do, like checking in on Amazon searching for a monopod that also serves as a camera holder, and other searches. Now time for the serious stuff.
Nothing really spectacular happening today up to now. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and everything looks like a good start. I do not take so many photos from the car these days as I am now the driver, sharing with Mr. Swiss. He drives one direction and I drive the other. Everyone (my two doctors and Mr. Swiss) find that I should really keep in the driving routine and not give up my licence. Up to now it is going quite well. Mr. Swiss and I do not always agree on my driving method, but that is apparently a normal man problem when he sits next to you in the car. Yesterday I drove to the supermarket and he drove home. He took the scenic route on the home journey so I made the most of it with the camera from the car. Here is a photo of the local stables. At the front they have the riding paddock and at the back they have the chickens, ducks , geese and horses. It is just a few minutes walk from where I live across the main road.
And look who is back. The fire bugs are taking walks again in the garden. I noticed them a couple of days ago. First of all there were a few isolated members of the family spying out the land. Word got around and now they are gradually building up in numbers. They are even beginning to think about starting families. After the beginnings, they are already walking around in attached pairs meaning that after a week of this combined walking trip, the babies will soon be arriving. One fire bug comes seldom alone.
I quite like them, add a bit of colour to the garden and something completely different to photograph. As far as I can see they do not real harm. Their diet consists of seeds mostly, and that is no problem: helps to stop the unwanted plants sprouting everywhere.
I had a wonderful patch of ivy with variagated leaves in the garden for the past 5-6 years. I noticed last year that it was dwindling and this year there are only two leaves on the plant, although a green ivy is also growing in the same place. I was thinking about replacing it, but when I wanted to remove the dry stalks, I realised they were not so dry, so I am hoping that it will recover. This year our building is being renovated in any case. There will be a scaffold on the front and back, so anything could happen, although some time towards the end of summer the work should be finished. Our gardener arrives in a couple of weeks, so I will see what he thinks.
I also repotted my poinsettia yesterday. As soon as temperatures improve, and they are on the way, I will be putting my potted plants outside.
This morning is a morning of stay at home, not so much to do, but taking one thing after another. I will be out and about this afternoon, but am not sure where. Mr. Swiss said he would take me on a drive up the Balmberg this week, which is another local mountain where you can get some got shots of the scenery looking down on our village and town. We will see how we feel this afternoon, otherwise tomorrow is another day, although rain has been forcast for the end of the week.
And now to move on and do what a housewife does when she is bored. Enjoy the day everyone, or night according to where you are.
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