Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: June 2, 2017

Road to Langendorf 23.06 (6)

One of those street sculptures I pass every time we drive to the supermarket. It is situated outside a bank.

Journey to Langendorf 30.06 (7)

I liked the way the shadow of the traffic light was caught in the mirror also with a reflection of the mirror – an odd ball 🙂

Wheat 24.06.2017

An UFO landed in a wheatfield and left skid marks behind. That is my explanation and I am sticking to it.

Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: June 2, 2017

Flower of the Day: 02.07.2017 Current Bush

Flowering bushes 25.05 (5)

And another mystery bush, photo taken end of May. I have no idea what it is, but found it on one of my walks. Have now altered the name, according to two colleagues over at Facebook, where I crosspost my WordPress efforts, they tell me it is a current bush. The things you learn. I am becoming a flower specialist.

Flower of the Day: 02.07.2017 Yellow Flowering Bush

Daily Prompt: “Scamper” no longer exists

Slug 02.07.2017

I saw this snail scampering across a piece of plastic that is usually reserved for our automatic lawn mower. The scampering days of our “Mowey” as we lovingly call him, are not possible this year. Due to renovation work, builders, scaffolding and no free access to the lawn, Mowey is spending the summer in the cellar. He was released for a week and then the builders moved in and took over.

In the meanwhile the lawn has gone from green to slighty singed and is now recovering again due to a few days monsoon. This morning I noticed this little guy sliming his way across Mowey’s docking station plastic. It was ideal for the slug, everything being covered with a thin layer of slime friendly water. He/her (they are both)  slimed his way with ease, slurping water on the way. It is strange with slugs. When the sun shines and warm dry weather exists, you forget they exist. As soon as the rain arrives, they return in groups: a snail rarely appears alone. I only saw one of them this morning, but am sure there are others lurking in the underground waiting for a chance to pounce with their 5-600 teeth.

My scampering days are now gone at the age of 70, although I was never really well known for scampering. Yesterday as I was putting my Apple computer to bed he gave me a warning that the batteries were low in the mouse. To  ensure it would  continue to scamper today, I changed the batteries. It is a blue tooth mouse and so needs two batteries. I always have a problem with those batteries.

Apple batteries

They have a “+” and a “-” sign to show you how to insert them in the casing. Unfortunately I could not find these signs, so just took a guess. It was the wrong guess as I had a dead battery today. I had to bother Mr. Swiss for the solution. He is so good at solving these technological problems. Even he was scampering to read the signs in the battery casing, as the builders left us with a hanging red plastic cloth over the scaffolding, cutting off light from outside the kitchen. I had to switch on the main light in the kitchen, which I rarely do, to be able to see the signs in the battery casing. The battery problem was soon solved, and now my blue tooth mouse is scampering again. I know Logitech mice scamper easily, but I have got used to the blue tooth mouse: the computer motto is “get used to it”.

So I will now scamper further to my Anglowisscat blog, Tabby, my feline is waiting impatienly, although she has again fallen asleep. I have plans to scamper this evening. It has stopped raining, although still cloudy, but have decided on a walk to the nearby castle grounds and have a little scamper around with my camera.

Daily Prompt: “Scamper” no longer exists

Good Morning

Back Garden in the rain

Amazing how quickly the weather, and the mood, can change. Last week we were sitting in a heat wave, the garden dehydrating around me and watching the lawn turn brown. Mr. Swiss even organised an AC machine, which is now in the cellar and can stay there as far as I am concerned and yesterday evening I dived into my closet to find long trousers and a t-shirt instead of a sun top and shorts. I was was not  cold,  but was not exactly suffering from over heating:  instead of the daily 30° C temperature we now have 17°, although it is more comfortable. My lawn still has a few brown patches, but it will take time until they become green again.

I awoke to the sound of rain in the early morning hours, but I was really worried. The rain was making such a noise rebounding on the scaffolding it sounded like we had the Niagara Falls in front of the window. I had visions of a flooded garden. However everything under control. In the light of the day things have a different perspective.

There is not very much happening at the moment and my social life consists mainly of sticking my nose in my Kindle. There is no encouragement to take a walk when I would have to wear a raincoat. I finished my second Alex Cross book by James Patterson, “Kiss the Girls” last week and found it even better than the first in the series.  I am slowly becoming an Alex Cross fan. When you think the case is solved, Alex Cross is one step ahead and you realise that things are not always as they seem.

Another one of my favourite authors is Mark Edwards, and I noticed a couple of weeks ago that a new book had been published. I was thinking of uploading it onto my Kindle, but when browsing through Amazon I realised there were still a couple of books I had not read by this author, so I settled for one called “The Devil’s Work”. Mark Edwards stories always have a touch of psychological horror with some mysterious characters involved. I am now 40% through this book but am not disappointed. A new job in a publishers office does not run as well as expected. There are some strange characters that work there, and the retired owner of the company that lives on the top floor – well I am not sure about that one, is he still amongst the living? I think so, but up to now I am not disappointed with the book. Mr. Swiss watches criminal stories on the TV and I read mysteries at the same time – what a team.

And on this dull, dismal and somewhat boring day up to now I will leave you with my small collection of potted plants which are now on our small table outside. The only remainders of my wonderful open air summer days before the scaffolding and the builders appeared. I have my suspicions about those builders. Are they actually human and what are they actually doing to our building. I hear strange sounds coming from the cladding they are sticking to the outside walls and I am sure I saw it throbbing after it was attached to the building. I no longer trust anyone. They are using a mysterious black substance to stick the cladding to the walls, it glows at night.

Plants in Pots