Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – April 28, 2017

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We have a violin builder in our town of Solothurn. His window is full of violins in all sizes, but the photos show more my reflection than the actual violin. One of these days I will walk into the shop and ask if I can take a few photos. Anyhow over the entrance to the shop he proudly displays his trade mark of the end piece of a violin.

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Due to the renovation work being done on the facade of our building where we live, we now have our own, almost, private staircase. It was fitted up today, but when it was finished it had a metal door and with a lock. No-one is allowed in except for the builders. The staircase continues to the roof of our building.

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We have had cold unfriendly rainy weather over the last week, and in the heights of the Jura it snowed. We were on the way to the supermarket this morning and I only had my mobile telephone camera with me, but risked a couple of shots from the car of the snow capped mountains.

Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – April 28, 2017

Colour Your World: Silver

Reflections

It is not silver, but aluminium. It is part f the scaffolding they have built around our appartment block: the platforms for the workers to walk over. At the moment I am taken photos everywhere. There are such interesting angles to catch on this whole building experience, especially if the sun reflects on the pieces.

Colour Your World: Silver

Daily Prompt: Being knackered

Sleeping on the job

No, this is not me after my daily housework, but it is me after lunch. My golden oldie sleep after lunch if the most important part of my day. Without it I am a total nervous and physical wreck, the personification of being knackered. I think I took the photo of the store window for camping stuff, because she reminded me of someone.

It never used to be like that. I used to laugh at people that took an after lunch nap: sleeping their day away. That was in my younger years when I never wanted to miss a minute of the action. An after lunch sleep? Something for the golden oldies, for mums and dads, but not for me.

When I settled in with the man of my life I discovered he took after lunch sleeps. Of course during the week he was a working man, but Saturday and Sunday this was a normal state of affairs. I was busy knitting or in later years indulging in computer games at the week-end, but he was sleeping. Aroud 14.30 hours in the afternoon he would be back in the real world. I got used to it and when I met my english friend who told me her boyfriend always had a couple of hours sleep after lunch, I decided it must be some sort of man thing.

The years progressed, we were no longer the youngest. I noticed as a working woman, that after lunch at my desk in the office, now and again I had a moment when my eyes were drifing together and I would have loved to have been able to take a rest somewhere. It was a state of affairs that I had never experienced before.

Mr. Swiss was already retired and could enjoy his after lunch sleep every day. Eventually I also joined the world of retirement.  Mr. Swiss was occupying the settee after lunch, so I decided to try this sleep thing in my bed because there was nowhere else free. This was my first mistake in the knackered life of a golden oldie. I realised what I had been missing in the last years of my working life – an after dinner sleep and I tried it out, but I never do things in halves. If you have a sleep, that do it properly. Oh I began to love my bed. I had my after dinner cup of tea, took a walk around my iPad and then I was off. Mr. Swiss disappeared onto his settee, he now had a separate room for the settee and I disappeared into the bedroom.

I snuggled beneath my duvet and I was sleeping a real genuine sleep. My cat Tabby noticed this new state of affairs, and as she was knackered 23 hours of the day (a feline life is an exhausting life) she would join me on the duvet. I realised now what I had been missing all those years. There was no more falling asleep in front of the TV in the evening, I was relaxed and awake enjoying all the delights of reading a book, I had discovered the benefits of an after lunch sleep, although strangely Mr. Swiss still has an evening  TV sleep now and again.

Knackered was now a thing of the past – almost. The only problem is that being knackered is a wonderful condition to have and coming back to reality with the aches and pains of a golden oldie is not so welcoming. Why leave the bed when it is so comfortable, warm, and relaxing. What makes the whole thing worse, is that you have to leave the bed twice a day: once in the morning after a night’s sleep, and after lunch. I must be doing something wrong somewhere. In the meanwhile I no longer laugh at Mr. Swiss and his midday sleeps. We now even have discussions about our sleep patterns, full of understanding and analysing the necessities of the midday sleep.

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Daily Prompt: Being knackered

Good Morning

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Yesterday was another dull rainy day and I was getting restless. I cleaned a few windows in the morning to keep me fit. I noticed that this time I actually had marks on the outside of the windows, which does not often happen. It was because we now had a ditch on the front side next to the wall, and if it rains it splashes. At least I had nice clean windows after the work was done. Mr. Swiss also stayed at home in the morning, and so we decided a trip into town would be a a good idea in the afternoon. I had not been to our town of Solothurn for a few weeks, or was it a month, and decided it would make a change.

As you can see from the photo above, it was raining. They once had the brilliant idea of replacing our sidewalks with the original cobblestones. It looks good, but not so practical for walking, especially if you have a cane. Mr. Swiss said they had reorganised the Co-Op supermarket in town and it was now much bigger and better. This was the first port of call, as it is near to the underground parking house. I must say I was impressed. There was more room to move around, somehow the inside had been extended and what also appealed to me was that you can now buy fresh meat at a butchers counter. There are so many supermarkets which now only offer prepacked pre organised pieces of meat, and I like to choose what I want and have it cut and packed by the butcher himself. I am not into ready sliced and prepacked meat. There are not a lot of perks in a golden oldie life, but one of them is choosing the meat youself. The only purchase we made was my Twinings Tea, which only the Co-Op sells and so we moved on. We decided that we no longer would buy everything in our usual supermarket, but now and again go into town in this refurbished super market.

It was still raining and we were wandering around like two lost sheep, so decided it would be a good idea to have a coffee at a restaurant.

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Although it was raining, this particular café was covered by a shade outside and the sheepskin covers on the seats appealed to me. It was also on the main street, so I had the opportunity to take a few photos from my seat. It was really miserable weather, not so warm, and we made an effort to walk around, but it was not big deal so decided to go home. At least were were outside in the fresh air, even if damp.

Our scaffolding workers arrived again yesterday, after a three day silence. If they continue like this, the job might be finished by Christmas. It was two different workers. We got used to the original workers, and now we have something completely different. The first workers were more considerate to our living conditions and left us space to move. The two that we have now are OK, but lunch time we had a blocked exit with building material. Funny how even building site workers can differ in their work methods. Mr. Swiss said who cares, one day they will be gone, and until that day we will just have to put up with it.

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I was really not happy with this metal platform and wooden plank in front of my garden. They have just returned again, and this time we have three workers doing the job instead of two, although they are speaking some sort of language which I do not recognise and I recognise many languages. However, they are friendly and say “good morning” when they arrive.

And now we have places to go and sights to see, this time in the usual supermarket. The online cloud shopping list was done yesterday with a few additions this morning. Mr. Swiss was concerned that on Monday the shops are only open in the morning because it is May Day, day of the workers and all that. I found we only go shopping in the morning in any case so there should be no problem and I do not have the feeling that the shops will be packed because of the afternoon closure.

Time to move on and get the daily chores dealt with. Be back this afternoon all going well.