Mundane Monday Challenge #122: Changing Trains in Zürich

Zürich main station roof

I am not as active as I used to be, just a golden oldie walking with a stick, but I can do it. Give me enough time. We had to change trains in Zürich to get the train to Schaffhausen and had so much time that I could walk to the next platform with Mr. Swiss and sit and wait for the train to arrive. There would have been a quicker solution, but I would have to be speedy gonzales to get that one. What do you do on a train platform, take a photo of course. I looked up and saw the windows in the roof of the platform, what could be better. Just a mundane photo on a mundane platform waiting for a train.

Mundane Monday Challenge #122: Changing Trains in Zürich

Share Your World – August 14, 2017

When you leave a room, do you turn the lights off behind you or keep the lights on throughout your house most of the time?

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I am very sensitive about leaving lights on. We don’t even have a main light in the living room, just various different lamps in strategic places. I do not like leaving any electric appliances running if not necessary. I do not like bright lights at home. Perhaps it comes from earlier when electricity was almost a luxury. My mum remembered our old house in London being connected to the electric grid when she was a kid. Of course today it is all so natural to switch on, but it is not always natural to some people to switch off and I do.

What do you feel is the most enjoyable way to spend $500? 

A new iPhone, some sort of computer or above all a camera attachment. We golden oldies have moved on in the world 🙂

Complete this sentence: My favorite thing to do on my cell phone is…

Inserting a reminder where I would otherwise forget. At the moment I have a reminder for my medicine injection (every second day), a reminder for the hairdresser (on Wednesday) and this morning I put in a reminder that we have the general rubbish collection at the end of August where they take anything, but I will keep Mr. Swiss, he comes in handy.

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

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Yesterday evening I escaped again. It was at least 2-3 weeks since I had risked taking an evening walk with the camera asI was having problems with walking. A stupid movement and my knee went on strike and it was painful. Gradually it improved. I am sure I did something to a muscle, nothing was broken. There is no point having extensive examinations, it eventually improves itself, although it needs time. It was a real encouragement for me to see how the plants were developing outside in the short space of time and that the berries were appearing.

Share Your World – August 14, 2017

Daily Prompt: It’s prickly near the horses

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When you take a photo of a horse, it is a wonderful experience. The horse is in the right place at the right time and even looks at the camera – the perfect photo. You poise and keep still on your shaky legs (mine are always shaky), the camera is hanginging around your neck and now you are ready.

It is the moment you are waiting for, but as you are ready for the photo of the year the ground seems to sink beneath your feet. Balance is playing one of its tricks and what do you do. You grab the nearest object to stop the fall. Unfortunately this is a fence. I now it it written in clear letters, even in red – “a real fence”, real being the red part. Of course it is real, any fool can see it.  It makes no difference really what language you speak or understand, if there are two flashes of lightening resembling something from a Nazi sign, you know you are in danger. Even Donald Trump would recognise it.  “Elektrozaun” means electric fence. These things are not what you concentrate on when falling.”

Stop the fall by grabbing the fence. The horse was still watching, thinking “stupid human” and knowing he would not touch that fence for the price of a freshly picked carrot: yes, did you notice, the horse is a stallion, although I only discovered this when examining the photo afterwards.

If you grab a fence under electric current it prickles, adding to the experience of the plunge into space. Not even the fence helps and you immediately let go. Luckily the current is low enough not to kill a horse, although I am convinced that horses have more resistance to electric currents than humans.

Of course I immdiately let go of the fence, but the ground was approaching, so in an impetuous moment I grabbed the fence again. This was the last chance, the current was again racing through my body, mainly my arm, with a mega prickle, my last moment on earth had arrived and I was convinced that this would be my last photo of a horse. Just look at the way he is staring at me “Fool human, can’t she read, it is even in sign language”.

This all happened more than a year ago and today I am alive to tell the tale. The horse is also still alive and I could swear he laughs at me every time I pass by, especially if I am carrying a camera.

pylons gold

Daily Prompt: It’s prickly near the horses

Good Morning

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Yesterday they let me out again. I had planned an evening walk all day, was looking forward to it. I had not been as fit as I should be over the past couple of weeks, but every day it seemed to get a little better. Yesterday I could even get into the bath using my left leg first, which was a vast improvement. Sounds silly I know, but there is a certain direction you like to stand when havig a shower and not first of all make a pirouette to get there.

The next improvement was that I was again walking in my home mainly without support. I felt more sure footed, so I was determined that it would be a day of a walking alone, of course you never walk alone they say, but I had my cane with me and the camera, so what could possibly go wrong. It was a nice sunny day, not too hot. I had finished all my computer tasks, had a bite to eat and was off with a reminder from Mr. Swiss that I must have my mobile telephone with me.

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I decided on a safe walk through the village near to where I live. I noticed that people had odd metal pieces in front of their gardens. There must be an metal collection was my thought. I then remembered that I had two large metal plant climbing supports that I wanted to throw out as they would no longer be needed after our renovation work: this special collection only happens twice a year. When I returned home I spoke to the family team about it. Mr. Swiss said the neighbour told him it was today, but we have nothing in any case. It was then that I got into action and said we do have something, and it is now or never. No. 1 son had to be organised, as he is the strong man of the family, although the metal parts were not so heavy. I was tired and a little worn out, but with my last strength I got it all arranged and No. 1 son was seen transporting two large pieces of metal to the collection point of our renderings. I then collapsed into my office chair and began to upload the photo products of my walk.

Balcony

There is action in our building world this morning. It seems that our neighbours above are having their balconies returned. Their entrances to the balcony were boarded up with wooden planks to stop any accidents of people falling from the heights. There was then noise and dirt from the work being done on the balcony, and eventually a football net lookalike was hung on the balcony – everyone survived.

Today two men have arrived with the original balcony fronts, our block is slowly getting normal conditions. We again have action,. I am sure our neighbours will be pleased with this development after having no usable balcony for the past 4 months, especially as they have small children. We were told that one team of workers will be leaving us in September and eventually the painters will  be here for the finishing touches.

And now I must go, I was hugging the bed for far too long this morning, there are things to be done and places to be seen with a hoover. Have a nice day and who knows, one day my hibiscus will not have to share its photo with part of the scaffolding. It can only get better.

Hibiscus