Share Your World – May 15, 2017

Horse Chestnut 05.05.2017

How many languages do you you speak?

Fluent: English, Cockney English, German, Swiss German

Quite Good: French and Italian

Do my best to get through on: Russian (spent 12 years learning)

and  I sort of understand Spanish, but do not speak it very well.

What are you reading, watching, listening to, eating?

Reading: my current book is “Eric” by Terry Pratchett (No. 9 in the Discworld series)

Watching: Sitting at the computer looking out the window

Renovation Window view

At the moment we are under renovation until October, and the ladder to the scaffolding begins in my garden – super view, on the left our green container for garden rubbish.

Listening to: the bird song outside

Eating: Nothing at the moment, but in a few minutes it will be tea time. Mr. Swiss work. He prepares the evening food and I do lunch. Looks like it will be various cold cuts and cheese with tomato and cucumber.

What was the last photo you took with your phone?

The above photo for this Challenge. I often take photos with my phone. My online photo programme, Flickr, automatically uploads them immediately, so it is useful for quick photos for my writing. They arrive private, and I can make the necessary alterations afterwards naming them and putting them in files and making them public for everyone to see.

What is your favorite time of day?

That is a difficuilt one. Morning when I arrive in the kitchen, make breakfast, fire up the computer,  or perhaps during the morning if I go shopping, when they let me out. Afternoons are also quite good if I have no cleaning programme. I might go for a walk with my camera, or just blog around. Of course I enjoy the evening, relax in a chair and read on my Kindle. I think at the age of 70 you no longer have favourite times of the day, you are just glad to be able to enjoy the day and survive until the next one.

What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? Last week I at last removed the remainders of the growing bird seed from the garden. I have a bird feeder during the Winter and all the seeds that drop from the table begin to grow in Spring. We have had some wet weather, so the growing various grasses were easy to remove.

I am looking forward to a dentist visit on Thursday – not. Although the dentists only do their job, an expensive job. I only have to have my teeth cleaned up and no big repair work.  Otherwise I no longer really do looking forward, life goes on and I am glad to be able to tell everyone about it at the beginning of next week again.

Share Your World – May 15, 2017

Daily Prompt: Collaboration

Renovation with plastic

Collaboration is spellt with a small “c” around here at the moment. The builders are collaborating with each other but not with their victims. They have their job to do and I am now fighting to protect my garden. They need to spend 2-3 days on our side of the appartment block removing the top surface of the walls, because it will be replaced. They have already done it on the other side where my garden is mainly at the borders, and otherwise large stones. The stones were covered with plastic to enable easy removal of the falling rubbish from the other two floors. This was no big problem. One of my hollyhocks has now been flattered, together with an everlasting forget-me not, but they will survive and fight back next year I am sure. The roots go deep and what is a hollyhock and a forget-me-no after all? We have the disadvantage of living on the ground floor.

Hollyhock and everlasting forget-me-not, trampled by the builders.

Now they are preparing for the other side where I have a garden: nothing super special, but I know my plants, give them water and fertiliser. I am even happy when an unwanted weed arrives in my garden, the also have pretty flowers.


So last week they covered my garden with thick impervious plastic, stifling every living thing beneath, but for the protection of my garden when the sheets of insulation material will be thrown down from the second and third floors. OK, but the plastic was laid and no-one came. They changed their programme and began at the other end. I removed the plastic myself after two days, my lawn already had a faint yellow tinge, but has now recovered. I will now be defending my garden until the bitter end. It seems we are programmed for this week, if it happends.

I have told them if there is no other possibility of slow suffocation of my garden, then the plastic will be removed in the afternoon when they are finished work and they can replace it again the next day. Will they collaborate?

I am fighting for the suvival of a garden, and its lawn.

Daily Prompt: Collaboration

Good Morning

Renovation 11.05 (1)

Yes, they have returned. It was such a wonderfully quiet, relaxed week-end. There was no builing noise, no spider men climbing up the facade and removing material with a power chisel causing bits and pieces to fall. The only noise was the crows who decided to return and children playing, which is not noise, just occupational therapy.

I removed the plastic covers on my garden in the meanwhile expecting them to be replaced this morning when the builders returned, but the builders have made a complete change of plan and have begun on the other end of the building, meaning they will probably reach us towards the end of the week. I have a few words to say to them first of all. They will not make a Cristo artwork out of my garden, my plants need air and light. I have my own covering up material, garden friendly and they can use that. It will also be removed when they go home in the afternoon. I will fight for the rights of my garden until the last sheet of plastic.

It seems that what we all dreaded happed at the week-end. The cyber attack happaned, laming mostly Russian and British computers, with some side effects in other countries. Switzerland seemed to have got away with it. There were a few random attacks, but nothing worth a headline in a Swiss newspaper. That the British National Health Service suffered most of all did not suprise me. They are not capable of an efficient service for their pateints, keeping them waiting at the hospitals for their scheduled appointments and now it hit their computers. Am I suprised? Not really. I noticed from my various visits to London over the past many years, that their computer systems are somewhat behind the times. I read that some official bodies even operate on Windows XP – now that is a blast from the past. We all had XP once, but was that more than 10 years ago.

If you look after your Windows system, installing the updates when they arrive, there should be no big problem. I also have an Apple computer and that has never been attacked by anything up to now, except for me. Although I was alarmed last week when my Microsoft Windows computer suddenly invited me to upload its new development, some sort of super paint graphic programme. I had a choice. One button said update, and the other said at a later date. I am for the later date and if I ignore it long enough it might go away. I really do not need any new graphic improvements on my computer. I blog and am not an artist.

Today is a day of shopping. I have one of those inconvenient weeks, things always happen at once. However, it only begins on Thursday afternoon when I have a detntal appointment for a teeth cleaning, which is overdue for some time. I do not really have problems with my teeth at the moment, it is just routine, but you never know what they will find. I again have to go on my own with the car for the week-end shopping on Friday, as Mr. Swiss has something going on. In between I will have to bring him and pick him up again.  I am getting too settled in my golden oldie years and prefer the weeks when nothing special is happening.

No. 2 son called me yesterday. He has now returned safely to Switzerland from Morocco. He did not have a very enjoyable flight back as the Moroccan pilot seemed to have a thing for air pockets in the clouds and it was a bumpy ride to say the least

I now have places to go like the supermarket. I will keep an eye open for suitable cover up material for my garden that the builders can used to cover my plants. I found something in my garden cupboard which might be OK.

See you later, enjoy the beginning of the week.

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Wild Garlic in a neighbouring field