One Word Photo Challenge: Giraffe

Giraffe

What do you do when you live in a country where cows almost outnumber the population of humans, and where you have to be careful where you tread on a dark evening outside as you might step on a hedgehog, not to mention a population of cats and dogs.

Searching for a giraffe is not easy, they are not usually pets to keep in the garden. The next zoo is Zürich where you would probably see a giraffe and that is more than an hour by train. A brainwave: go to the supermarket, they must have a giraffe somewhere. This was where I found him amongst the lions and tigers, and even dinosaurs and pterodactyls. The supermarket has everything. Of course it is plastic with a price tag, but taking a photo does not cost anything. One little mistake I found, giraffes only sit when they are born, otherwise they spend their lives in a standing position I believe.

One Word Photo Challenge: Giraffe

Share Your World – June 12, 2017

What do you do when you’re not working? If you are retired, what do you that is not part of your regular daytime routine?

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Retired, ah yes, that is when you work and get a state pension for it. So what do I do in my spare time? Sit on the computer and write blogs, although that has become part of my daily routine, but only half an hour when I eat breakfast and in the late afternoon. Oh yes, I have two cameras and lots of lens to play with, so I might go for a walk with my camera and take a few photos, or many photos. I usually take the “normal” lens when going for a walk and not the zoom in the photo. If we decide to take a trip up a mountain somewhere by car, then I usually have the zoom and the normal lens. I also read on my Kindle. I love the Amazon way of reading life. Choose a book online and upload it. Come to think of it, I am more busy now than when I was a working woman.

What would you do if you won the lottery?

No idea really. I suppose I would get the newest iPhone 8, although I don’t know if it is available yet. I heard it has a good camera on it. I have two computers and do not need a new one. I would probably invest in one of those wide range lens for my camera. No world trip or new house? No, I am quite happy doing what I am doing now. It is nice to have enough money to know you can afford what you would like or need, but you cannot buy health or happiness. I am happy and I manage ok with my health. You always get a seat on the train when you walk with a cane and if you want to cross the road the traffic stops for you – what could be better.

What makes you laugh the most?

I have a very nice shade of black humour  – just a typical example: the comedian Dave Allen in his sketch where there is only one place left at the cemetery. I always have a good laugh at that one.

What is your biggest pet peeve with modern technology?

That it is constantly being renewed when it is not broken. You have a super good system that you get used to and suddenly they make a so-called improvement which is really not necessary and usually confusing.

What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

My new discovery to take a walk in the evening when the weather is pleasant, not too hot. Fewer people on the trails and have a real relaxed photo session on the way.

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Share Your World – June 12, 2017

Daily Prompt: Turn up the volume

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I grew up in a world of noise, we always turned up the volume otherwise you could not hear it so well. Dad was the specialist. After 5 years on the heavy canons in the war folowed by many years working in a factory, his decibel quota had been completed. Our telephone would ring at home, but dad never heard it. He would be sitting next to the phone, and in those days there were no fancy songs played on the phone, it was a ring-ring contantly but dad just carried on reading his newspaper. It was not that he did not want to hear the phone, but he was in his noise immune world.

Somehow mum discovered that it was possible to have a extra telephone bell in another room, so we had it fixed in the corridor – halls were not existent in 1884 when our house was built, neither were inside toilets or running hot water. Electricity was only added in the 20th centuary and telehones were not yet invented.

Now we were prepared and when the telephone rang the street could hear it with the additional bell, only not dad.

Although I would add that mum’s family were programmed to loud. Her sisters never actually had a conversation. As aunts they were perfect, but they never actually spoke to you, it was more a shouting match. Of course, mum also belonged to the club, although she always said that dad would not hear her otherwise as an excuse.

Time goes on, mum and dad and her sisters are no longer amongst us, but one thing must be said, I can still hear their voices today, a sort of lingering echo from the grave. Me? I am convinced I have a normal voice, although Mr. Swiss has now and again mentioned that perhaps I should turn down the volume as the neighbours are probably sharing our conversation. I suppose it must be in the genes. Although if you are married to a hobby drummer, I suppose you do not notice the volume eventually.

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Daily Prompt: Turn up the volume

Good Morning

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So where shall we go today? No idea, but yesterday I went places, although only an early evening walk along the river. This time there were no swans to be seen, probably looking after the kids. I saw these two male mallard ducks on the river just swimming around. It was a wonderful summer evening, still warm but bearable. During the day we had a mini heat wave.

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The small group of cows have now been shifted nearer to the river and the bull is still there keeping an eye on his ladies. I was actually wondering if this is a sort of breeding ground for calves by the farmer. I am sure the bull is not just there for my photos.

As I walked through the village I noticed that the house owners were all busy with garden hoses spraying water everywhere. I suppose an occupational hazard if you have a garden.

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I eventually climbed the stairs to my bench resting place above the river and saw this little bird perched on the guide rail. I think it is a sparrow, but am not so sure. There were all sorts of flying animals around but most of them did not stay for a photo.

When I got home I decided to upload my photos and discovered I had taken 50 of them, so it was a longer evening on the computer putting them in the right place. I eventually finished the job and decided to have a read on my Kindle. Mr. Swiss called me that there was a hedgehog outside on our patio. My first thought was at last something completely different for a photo. However, I am a slow motion person and by the time I had got my camera and was ready for the prize photo of a hedgehog, it had gone further. I now realise that I am even slower than a hedghog. We have hundreds of hedgehogs where I live, but they are nocturnal animals and I do not often see them.

Our gardener has just arrived. They usually come regularly, but this year we had to put them off because of the building work. However, our hedges are now competition for Jack and the Beanstalk so we had  organise them to be cut, otherwise the neighbours might start talking about us, you never know.

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There was suddenly a ring at the door bell and the gardener arrived, so this is an action blog. We no longer have electricity outside because of the building work, so we had to organise the cable to be put through the window to our inside electricity connection. It is not so easy at the moment to cut our hedges, too many obstacles in the way and to cut the top of the hedge the gardener climbed onto the scaffolding. It was not an easy job, but he succeeded. As I write this he has now moved onto the next part.

It is now time for me to move on. It is a shopping day today and there is food to be organised. Tomorrow I have an appointment with my neurologist, so I am not sure whether there will be a good morning. Perhaps I might write something this evening and proramme it for tomorrow. With a computer everything is possible. Perhaps I am not here at the moment, but still in bed – who knows?

Enjoy the day, have fun, and do not forget, the gardener only rings twice.

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