Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Glasses, Cups, Saucers


I am a tea drinker, coffee does not agree with me.


One of our souvenirs from London, showing the Tower of London

Cheese Fondue

Every Swiss family has a pot to cook their Swiss Fondue and this is ours. It is more than 50 years old. Mr. Swiss already had it when we got married. In the meanwhile we bought a new one, but only used it a couple of times. This model cannot be replaced – old is gold as they say.

And something in Swiss style. We bought it in one of those Swiss shops in the Bernese Overland.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Glasses, Cups, Saucers

Daily Prompt: Our Natty Style

Me, mum and dad

Today when you get an invitation for something special, you think twice before dressing for the occasion. Often the expression on the invite says “sporty, elegant” so what do they want: training clothes with a crease in the trousers, or a suit without a tie. If you arrived in a flashy suit of good english cloth and a tie you would be the odd one out. You would wear jeans, preferably with a name like Kalvin Klein or Ralph Lauren and a Lacoste shirt to set the style. Of course you can save money by buying a copy from the local shopping mall, today everyone can afford to be something special.

In the days gone bye, not even so long ago, you got dressed for the occasion, and sometimes the occasion was not even so important. You had to look respectable and not like someting the dog brought home (dogs pardon the expression). This photo was around 1962, I must have been about 16 years old and just imagine, I still spent the annual holidays with mum and dad. It was a place with separate small appartments, perched on the cliffs on the Isle of Wight – an english holiday resort. During the day you wore beach clothes, relaxed and no shoes. Shoes were not necessary for a sandy beach.

In the evening it was time for the family excursion. We were probably going for a walk somewhere, perhaps even a coach excursion to some place on the Isle of Wight, or just a drink in the bar, I do not remember. When dad wore a tie it must have been some sort of special occasion. Today you would probably wear some sort of neat collared shirt, with a name stitched on it of the designer. In 1962 you had no designer names, you played safe with a white shirt, a tie and trousers with a crease.

Even I was wearing a dress – a dress? Where were the tight trousers and fashionable t-shirt. I was dressed “dapper” like dad. I remember this dress. It was in a local shop in the Bethnal Green Road where we lived in London and I had to have it. It even fit. Of course I had layers of net petticoat beneath the skirt of the dress, to make it look perfect. And white shoes of course with the fashionable pointed toes. In Summer you wore white shoes, in winter black or brown. I was discovering high heels although I dread to think why. I was already one of the tallest at school in 1962, so why be taller. You really had to hope that the guy that asked you to dance was taller than you were which did not often happen. I was not wearing a bee hive on my head, it was the haircut of the day and perhaps a little aided with back combing. We all backcombed our hair then, it gave the style more volume, exactly bee hive style, although your hair was full of tangles beneath.

Mum always wore a dress, women were not so much into trousers in 1962. I am sure the dress was a trophy from Oxford Street, the main shopping center in London. If you needed something good, you went to the C & A shop and they still exist today. We even have one in our local Swiss town of Solothurn. And so there we were, the family ready to kill on an evening excursion on the Isle of Wight, our annual escape from the every day dirt and grime of the London East End.

Dad, me and mum Fort Warden

And here we are again in the dapper casual look of the day, probably ready for an excurion into the local village for a shopping trip, me wearing the fashionable “scarf blouse” of the day (Marks and Spencers)  – with mum in trousers. You see it had already begun, although I am sure these were the only trousers she had at the time. Dad was wearing his “silvers” the name he gave to his new casual jeans style. Oh yes, I wish I had legs like that today.

Daily Prompt: Our Natty Style

Good Morning

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Yesterday they let me out again. I had been cooped up since last Friday when I was on my last shopping tour. It was a long Whit week-end with Monday as an additional day. The weather was not particularly super over the week-end, plenty of rain, storm and wind, but yesterday it was clear air and pleasant temperatures. I am not the fittest, but I still manage a comfortable walk with my trusty cane and camera, so let’s do it.

I now take my walks in the evening after the evening meal: there are less people on the way and it works better for me. I set off towards the river and was pleasantly suprised to see that it was not as muddy as I expected. The river had risen due to the rain, but it was no danger. It rarely floods where we live.

As I turned a corner in the path, what did I see.

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The swans have returned. For a while they had disappeared and I suspect they were busy sitting on eggs waiting for the next generation. They have returned, quite a few, but on the opposite  bank of the river. All the more was I please to see this swan sitting on the bank on my side of the river, thinking about taking a swim. Take a photo was my first thought, as I did not know how long she would stay. She seems to be thinking whether to get her feet wet or not.

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She made her decision and went for a paddle in the river. I made the most of it, as usually I never get them so close to the camera. However, as I walked along the river bank, she was accompanying me on the water at the side. This was a perfect walk with a camera and I was feeling good. Actually I had not felt so good on a walk for a long while. I have my aches and pains, but on this walk they had decided to give me a break.

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I got to the point where I usually turn back, but this time I decided to do the round trip. I continued along the path which takes a right turn in front of the appartment building on the photo. This is usually out of limits for me, but I decided to use the walking feet while they were able. I was now walking towards the main road, where I knew there was a local railway shelter where I could take a five minute rest. On the way I passed a house where I knew the owners. The lady was outside in her garden and we had a pleasant chat. Of course I was collecting food for the camera. When I reached home I had more than 50 photos to upload, the rewards of my walk.

When I eventually reached the railway seat I called Mr. Swiss. I always have my mobile phone with me as he tends to get worried if I am away for more than half an hour.

Castle Waldegg 05.06.2017

I now went to the homewards stretch, absolutely no problem. I had not felt so fit for a long while. I now had a distant view of the local Castle Waldegg which was on the other side of the main road. This is also a target of one of my various walks. Seeing it from a distance gives a better idea of how it is situated in the top half of our village with the Jura mountains as a back drop.

I eventually reached home. After a five minute relxation on the porch I got myself comfortable on the computer and organised the photos.

Stinging Nettle 05.06.2017

Even stinging nettles have their beauty when you are out enjoying nature.