Flower of the Day: 30.09.2017 Buddleia

Buddleia 16.07.2017

This is my pink delight buddleia in the garden. I chose this one because it remains quite bushy and always has a wonderful show of flowers. I once read an article about buddleia and it seems all the various plants have their own specialities according to the colours. This one makes a wonderful show every year and of course attracts many butterflies.

Flower of the Day: 30.09.2017 Buddleia

Daily Prompt: The Circle of Boredom

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It is Saturday afternoon and I am sitting at the computer trying to think of something astounding to write about a circle. It begins at a place, and ends in the same place. Now that is really brainy. So what more is there to say?

This mind blowing idea is really something. I studied for some time until I came to this conclusion. Ok, circles are not so bad because they generally know where they are going. I walk in circles constantly and always return to the beginning. On the way I might go shopping, write a blog, or clean the appartment. But it all comes down to the same thing, life revolves and it all goes in the same direction.

Now and again the circle might leave its course. They are the moments when you can break out and do something completely different, but it is only temporary. And so life continues.

Yesterday I noticed a drain cover on a walk, so I took a photo.

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This was also a circle and it even had more circles as a decoration, but it also had a square pattern. We also have square drain covers. Life would be monotonous if it was completly circular, now and again you have to be a square.

You can have crop circles, although our local farmers stick to square fields. Otherwise they might get confused, walking in circles all the time. Their tractors are better keeping to the straight and narrow.

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Of course, if there were no circles then many mathematical equations based on π would be a waste of time. Now that was interesting. I have now discovered how to print the pi sign on my Mac keyboard by pressing the “option” key together with the “p”. So as I was saying if we had no circles, everything would be square and the π sign would be superfluous. Are you with me? Of course not. I think I will go back to bed it is safer. That is the trouble with the circle. Going around and around and never getting anywhere like this masterpiece I am writing.


Daily Prompt: The Circle of Boredom

Good Morning


Not too bad this morning, cool but with a promise of sun, although I am not sure if I will go places and see things. Yesterday I made an effort, but somehow the energy was not with me. I made my way across the road to the stables and the chicken run. There were no horses in the stables and their lady was cleaning out the stables, so no luck with photos.

I moved onto the pond next to the stables. There were some ducks and geese there and would have made great photos, had I taken my zoom lens with me. I only had the normal lens, so got more of the wire fence in the photo that what was behind it. The chickens had been move to the other side of the field and my energy was not with me to walk uphill.

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However there were cows and I noticed the farmer had put a cow bell around their necks. This is a sort of Swiss thing, although there were so many complaints about the ding dong noise that they are becoming rare. However, this farmer decided to know where he cows were when munching their grassy meals. Note the cow does not have horns, she never knew that she could have horns. The buds are removed when they are still calves. There is now a small movement in Switezerland to let the cows have their horns again and signatures are being collected for a referendum. I will definitely sign. I want my cows to be rehorned, and of course it makes much better photos.

And so my walk was a short thing, about 40 minutes and I returned home with my few photos.

I have an app on my iStuff called macprime which is the Swiss Apple portal. It is not officially from Apple, but keeps you up to date on what is going on in the Apple world. I would have included the link, but mine is .ch which means only for the Swiss, although somewhere it probably exists for other countries. It informed me that there is a new Apple programme calle High Sierra that can now be downloaded, so that kept me busy yesterday, although it runs so smoothly on my Mac Computer I only had to look in now and again. When you have it, you go through the various queries about how you would like your Cloud to be organised. I did not actually want a cloud, but it seems there are certain things that have to be floating around in a cloud, one being your e-mails.

I confused my Apple computer and it told me that there was no deal with important stuff working with a cloud. I had to revise my choices and now I am back in the cloud. At the same time Mr. Swiss updated his Apple computer as well, so there were a few moments of silence at home. We are now both in the High Sierra. Apple always name their programmes with American mountains.

Spider 29.09.2017

Taking a closer look at the scaffolding surrounding my home yesterday, I noticed that it is slowly becoming a place of refuge for various insects. This one had spun its web betweem the angle of the iron bars and was feeling quite comfortable. It was preparing  its lunch when I took the photo.


And now to move on. Looks like another apple tart day today from the shape of the apples on the tree. Enjoy the day, look after your computers and be happy. You might have an update somewhere that you would love to upload.


Daily Prompt: Being Witty, I do not think so

Chocolate from the tap

If you turn on your tap in the kitchen and brown water pours from it, you would cry. What have the water works been up to this time? Looking closer you see that it is liquid chocolate. The kids would laugh and love it, but I would not think it funny. Today I am really not in the mood for wittiness. I was planning on an excursion to town, but it is Friday afternoon and the place will be crowded. I decided on a walk in the surroundings and which was also not very amusing as the sun was beating down. We have something called an Indian summer which means that the seasons are upside down and instead of the cool Autumn winds blowing the leaves from the trees, the leaves are still clinging on and there are cows in the meadow.

So after half an hour I returned home to this.

Back Porch

Where there used to be a nice big table with room for everyone, and a luscious green lawn, we are now surrounded by a metal scaffolding and a lawn that says “help” with the impressions of builder’s footprints. The latest arrival is a ladder. We do not know how this ladder arrived, but one morning it was standing on our porch. My first thought “can we use it”. Mr. Swiss found it was a shabby ladder, full of paint markings. It is in a far better condition than our ladder in the cellar so we are still thinking about it. Builders forget these things so quickly. Four months ago they left padding material behind. Our gardener shifted it to another place and it is still there, probably giving a suitable home for any wayward neglected insects.


On the other side of the appartment, in the front garden, we have a section of one of the balconies on the upper floors. They removed them six months ago and are now being replaced. OK, not my problem because I do not have a balcony, but in that case why leave a section of the balcony in my garden? It has been here for a week, perhaps we can use that as well. No, life is not longer witty and definitely not funny.

Daily Prompt: Being Witty, I do not think so

Good Morning

Plane Clouds

First thing in the morning after I stop hugging my bed is to see what the sky is doing. Today it seems that we had some identified objects circling above us, although they are now gone, but they left their traces. We are on one of the main routes from Zürich airport towards Geneva and other places even further.

Before we moved to where we are now we lived on the third floor of a block of appartments. We had a good view from the kitchen window towards Zürich, and I could see the planes rising in the morning and making their way. In those days digi cameras were still unknown, and I was busy getting the kids off to school to have time for photos. It was interesting to see them taking off and in descent. Now they just fly overhead. I flew once a year to London from Zürich to visit my dad and I knew the route exactly. I even saw our small town of Solothurn from the plane as it flew parallel to the Jura mountains.

View of plane

The days of my regular flying trips are now over and I just watch from the garden to the sky.

Otherwise life is not so adventurous at the moment. After my walk through the surrounds looking for Autumn, I spent yesterday at home  looking at my book Doctor Sleep the No. 2 in the Shining series. I had a bit of a problem getting into it, but am now on my way. I first had to sort out who is who, as the characters in the first story are now grown up and the little boy is now a man, still with the shining gift, but it can also be a problem.

Today is the day of week-end shopping and Mr. Swiss and I have already composed our cloud list. These computer clouds are OK if you can use them because you want to, but now and again they are forced on you. Yesterday I was going through my mails on my iPad, which is Apple. It serves my purpose when I am sitting in an armchair with nothing  better to do. They also have a spam mail section and I notice a notification from something called onedrive in Windows. They notified that 6 of my photos had now been uploaded. I have never ever allowed Windows to upload my photos so I investigated. My photos are all on a cloud from Flickr and that is OK, because I have everything under control more or less – you never know.

Now this onedrive is interfering. I had a quick consultation with Mr. Swiss who said it is rubbish and we checked on my computer. I do have a onedrive and now and again it wants me to register me there, but I refuse. I have now disabled it, and it no longer exists on my computer. Why are they always forcing stuff on us that we do not want. Clouds are OK for shopping lists and my 18,000 photos but because I want it and not because someone somewhere in a cyber world is forcing me to use it.

However my computer world is now organised and I will be making the supermarket insecure this morning with my iPhone camera and shopping list. Keep safe, and be careful of the clouds, they are everywhere.


A parting photo from my physalis in the garden. I decided to get one as I read that they like to spread, go forth and multiply. This year it is not so special, but the organge lanterns each contain a seed, so who knows. I may have a garden full next year.