This is the way to start the day if you are a golden oldie and do not have to go places and do things. Of course I go places and do things, but my own free will. I can drive the car I like (are you listening Trump) and the supermarkets will have fresh supplies of food to buy. The workmen that are renovating our building with noise and building residue are still on their holidays for Ascension day and the Friday in between. Yes life is good at the moment, so let us make the most of it.
Our pleasant, not too hot but sunny, Summer weather is slowly arriving, too hot for a walk during the day, but I have discovered that an early evening walk is just the right thing. Perhaps a gentle breeze, but still possible to wear the bermuda trousers and a t-shirt. A great advantage is that you do not have the mass walkers passing you, just an isolated bicycle now and again or a dog walker, to reassure you that you are not the only person in the world.
There are no ducks or swans to be seen, but they are probably sitting on their nests waiting for the arrival of the kids. I climbed the steps to the top of the river bank for a relaxing moment on a bench, which was already occupied by a young couple. They were very friendly and made room for me as well. Naturally we had an interesting conversation praising the local landscape. Funny how I always seem to get into conversations with complete strangers. The cows were there again and so was the bull (so keep your distance).
As we were talking the cows moved closer and then the bull had a romantic moment with a cow. What a fantastic photo that would have been, but unfortunately the chosen cow was not willing and pushed him down (yes he had already mounted) so the photo of the year did not happen. The cow carried on munching her grass and gave the bull the cold shoulder. Here you can see the bull sleeking away to sulk.
As I approached my appartment, I had a few words with the neighbour who was also outside enjoying the peace and quiet of the long builderless week-end. We said we were almost missing the noise and bustle of the merry buiders and their pneumatic tools and conversations. It was just like it used to be, before they moved in and did a veni, vidi, vici in our area. Mr. Swiss was glad to see me when I arrived home safely, although we had constant contact by mobile phone in the case of a problem.
This morning Mr. Swiss was not happy with his computer. He often lives in a cloud, which I avoid when possible. This now has a big disadvantage because the new update from Windows Creator is not cloud friendly and nothing is working. I just found this link Don’t install Windows Creator update say Microsoft. Well it is probably a bit late for most of us. I have not had any problems, but I am not a cloud person, and avoid it where possible. I do not have itunes or such stuff, just my photo programme which does not seem to be affected. I wrote yesterday that my CC Cleaner is no longer doing what it should, because their new update is turning everything upside with their new programme I should upload. I can get over this, as the old version is still working, but this is just pure coincidence and has nothing to do with the new microsoft update.
It is typical Microsoft I suppose. They ignore the problems that could arise with Apple based stuff.
Anyhow today the stores are again open and I will be on my way for the week-end shopping. We have already composed half a shopping list, and decided the other half will be completed in the store to see what is on special offer. We have run out of ideas of what to eat. Basically I am not bothered. I no longer have such a big appetite and do not eat as much as I used to. Second helpings are no longer my thing. Probably one of the effects of growing older. However when you have a No. 1 son that lives to eat and not the opposite, there is never food left after a meal. He has decided to take a trip to Zürich today as he also has a free day, so it will be a romantic lunch with just me and Mr. Swiss.
And now I am off, have things to do like taking a vacuum cleaner for a walk around the home. I will leave you with a morning photo of my tradescantia which are now flowering in the garden. My photo of the day. I think Trump’s photo of the day is probably the new NATO headquarters in Brussels. He is convinced he paid for it.