I cannot say it’s raining again, because it is still raining. I thought it stopped some time during the night, but no such luck. It just got quieter. I used to have a view from the bedroom window of a garden, with green sprouting plants and even flowers. I can be glad to see anything at the moment. The builders have taken over and even make their presence felt when they have a week-end break. I have a metal construction in front of the window and a sheet of plastic for protection of the garden. I almost forgot the pile of tiles that they had removed from the front of the window to enable them to dig a ditch deep enough to install the poles of the scaffolding. If it continues to rain, we will soon have a moat with fish.
I have now noticed a further annoyance. I like clean windows. Now and again I might take a photo of the bird life (which has also now made itself scarce), but now I have muddy spots on the outside glass from the building residue. I do not clean them every day, once every two weeks is sufficient and it is not big job. Now it is a big job because I have marks to remove. Mr. Swiss finds not to bother, they will only get dirty again – male logic.
Today I will probably go nowhere and do nothing, due to rain.
I have another problem currently. Although I am surrounded by digital timing equipment such as my mobile phone, the television clock, two iPads and two computers, I still have the old fashioned idea of wearing a watch
My favourite watch is my Michel Jordi Swiss ethnic edition. They were introduced in 1991 with a design for each of the Swiss Kantons. Our Kanton is Solothurn, which has a red and white flag. This design was one of the planer ones. Mr. Swiss bought me such a watch for Christmas in 1991 with the symbols of Kanton Schwyz as in the photo, because it had a nice snowflake design. They all had the little embossed cows on the edge of the watch and the straps all had the same edelweiss design, available in various colours. They were not cheap, but affordable and I love this watch. I wore it every day, but there comes a time for all watches, when it needs a revision. It had a battery and now and again this had to replaced. Eventually I paid for a complete revision and it served me for many further years.
For the second time in its life it stopped working and so we gave it to the local watchmakers shop. Unfortunately in the meanwhile Michel Jordi went bankrupt and the watches were no longer being made, but you could still get spare parts and also new watchbands, but in limited colours. I preferred the black band, but the shop now only has red, green or blue, so I have the red band.
Mr. Swiss took the watch to the shop, and for 25 Swiss Francs it got a new battery and a general clean up. I could wear my favourite watch again, but only for a week. Suddenly it stopped. Mr. Swiss brought it back to the watchmaker and yesterday we got a written telephone message (no-one calls any more) to say that the watch had been examined and would need a complete revision (another one?) costing 250 Swiss Francs and they cannot gurantee that it would be water proof afterewards due to its age. It still works now and again, so Mr. Swiss picked up the watch and told them to forget it.
I really like this watch, so I have not yet given up. I can still wear it, but suddenly it stops for no reason. Perhaps it is an age thing. I also stop now and again for no apparent reason.
And I will be back and hope it might stop raining in the meanwhile,