Good Morning

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Guess who went for a walk yesterday evening? Yes, I dared to go out again. Since last week-end I was at home except for a few exciting excursions to the supermarket. I had the time in the evening, but not the energy, although I think it was more a head thing than a body thing. I was reading a good book that I really did not want to put down until finished – The Scarred Woman by Jussi Adler Olsen, one of his best. I was reading it on Mr. Swiss older iPad which he actually gave No. 1 son as he likes to listen to his favourite pop groups and watch on Youtube and other web sites. I felt a bit guilty using it although son No. 1 did not say anything, but now he has it again. I usually upload my own books on my Kindle, but if we both want to read the same, then we save double the costs by reading on each other’s iPad where we have both installed the Kindle app – oh what a cyber golden oldie team we are.

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I decided to take the path to the River Aare and the bull and his brides were still grazing on the field next to the river bank. That bull is really leading a perfect life. His women look after all his needs. I was a little worried before I took off on my walk whether I could manage it after the heatwave we have experienced in the last week, but I was pleasantly surprised that I managed quite well with the walking. It was so peaceful along the river and there was a pleasant cool breeze blowing. In the evening it is quieter than usual. Many have now taken to the water with their boats, enjoying the coolness of the evening .

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I sat a while on my bench on the river bank and then began the ascent of the 69 steps to the top of the hill. I met a young couple before moving on and the lady spontaneously asked me if she could be of assistance, noticing my walking stick. It was a very nice gesture, but I assured her that I could manage OK. They are the perks in life which put you in a good mood. Anyhow I climbed the steps  and am quite proud to be able to do it without making a pause on the way.

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There is another stratigically placed bench at the top of the climb and is a good look out for photos. You have a view to the other side of the river extending to the hills before the alps begin to show. As it was a sunny day with heat there was not such a good view of the alps, but the corn fields ripening were just as good a view. A goods train appeared on the railway for some action, and I noticed there were automatic sprinklers watering the fields.

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I looked up and saw a big  bird in the sky. Yes, it was a bird and not Superman. My knowledge of birds is not so good, but I was sure this was a stork, as it was really big. We have a stork colony in the village of Altreu further along the river. It was founded by a teacher at the local high school and I remember my step son having biology lessons with him. In the meanwhile the teacher has passed away, but the stork colony still exists. It used to be stationary, but now it is only a base for the storks, and they are encouraged to fly, which is an advantage if you happen to find them with your camera. The only problem is that if they happen to settle on the roof where you live they do tend to make a mess – storks have quite a digestive process. Sometimes they sit on the lamp posts along the road. This time there were two circling above my head so I did my best for a photo. I did not have the zoom lens on the camera, but the 200 lens, so got a clear photo.

It was now time to move on, although I warned Mr. Swiss that I would probably rest awhile on the way to take in the scenery. I was suprised that everything went so well. I felt really good when I got home and refreshed. I was really glad to get out for a while. As I was on the home stretch, I, at last, could take a few photos of the lavender we have growing around the trees in our settlement.

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This morning the sun is nowhere to be seen but still quite warm – it is summer of course. I am glad for a little cooling down. I have no plans today, but who knows, perhaps another walk might be made this evening. It was so good to get out yesterday.

9 thoughts on “Good Morning

  1. I have some pots of English lavender in my garden. It is not as showy as the French lavender I planted around the side of the house but the scent of English lavender always makes me think of summer as I remember it from childhood.

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  2. You don’t have to change pads with each other if you have the kindle app and the books are bought from Amazon. Amazon ( kindle ) has a share ability. I have never used it but remember seeing it when I started with books from Amazon. A friend of mine offers to share his books from kindle all the time. Hugs

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    • I didn’t know that so I had a look. It is called family library and you have to coordinate your payment methods. It is too complicate to deal with and is easier to just swop an iPad. We both have two iPads each as well as our own Kindle so there is no point in using the share feature. Thanks for letting me know.

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      • I think we got on the wrong page. I just looked it up and on you can lend a book for 14 days to a friend. You can lend a Kindle book to another reader for up to 14 days. The borrower does not need to own a Fire tablet or Kindle e-reader and can read the book after downloading a free Kindle reading app.

        they have several ways to do it, but here is from your device.
        Loan a Kindle Book from Manage Your Content and Devices
        You can loan eligible Kindle books from the page. During the loan period, you will not be able to read the book that you loaned.

        To loan a book:

        Go to Manage Your Content and Devices.
        Select the Actions button for the title that you want to loan, and then select Loan this title. If Loan this title is not an option, lending is not available for that title.
        Enter the recipient’s email address and an optional message.
        Note: Be sure to send the Kindle book loan notification to the recipient’s personal email address and not their Send to Kindle email address.

        Hope this helps. IF it is hard to read let me know and I will send the whole page to you via email. Best Wishes. Hugs

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        • Thanks Scottie, but it is not an option for me and Mr Swiss. As said we both have the Kindle app on our iPads, both of us having 2 iPads, as well as our own Kindle, I would also almost be restricted to completing the book within 2 weeks, which would normally be OK. We don’t really have the same taste in books, just now and again. He is more into police and detective stories and I like a bit of fantasy now and again

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  3. We had storks nesting in Israel, too. They didn’t used to nest there. They used to just fly over the country on their way to you guys, but Israel started farming fish along time ago and the storks said “Hey, gang … there’s a whole GROCERY store here!” And they settled down to feast.

    It is illegal to shoot animals — any kind of animals — in Israel. People cheat, especially farmers, but still, it’s a pretty safe place. So the kibbutzniks spent years trying to figure out how to get rid of the storks. They never found an answer and there are a lot of storks nesting around the fish pools. They are also pretty good at cleaning up the fields after a crops has been taken in. And yes indeed, the word is BIG.

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    • The colony in Altreu is quite well known in Europe. Our storks have also got lazy and don’t bother to emigrate, but stay. They don’t keep them in the colony now, but if you go to the village, which is also on the bank of the river, you see many nests on the roof tops. They are often in our area, but they are messy birds.


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