Photo Challenge: Windows

Renovation 17.05 (6)

Windows: What do you see through yours? My answer is “just don’t ask” because at the moment it can get very complicated. Over the past 6-7 months we have been under siege from various building tribes. They have bored, chiselled and scraped. They have removed stuff I did not even know we had, known as cladding, and replaced it again. We have been scraped, hammered and nailed. I have had the pleasure of watching the whole process with my camera (900 photos) so I have a selection. The present situation is scaffolding in front of my windows, front and back.

The photo shows Nino doing something to my wall. I do not know what it was, but it seemed he needed a mask to do it. Nino has now gone, his job is finished, but he stayed for many months. We are now being painted, and everyone is silently watching the paint drying. And then we will have peace – we hope.

Photo Challenge: Windows

Daily Prompt: Life is one big coincidence

M - Swan

What a wonderful coincidence for Mr. Swiss. He does not often take long walks: golden oldie problems and all that. However, Last Saturday afternoon he decided to go down to the river. His only accessory was his mobile phone as this serves a double purpose. You can listen to music with it via earphones, and you can take photos.

I remained at home. I would have loved to go with him, but I had some housewify cooking to do, and I would have been stressed. He brought me back a few photos of swans. This was a coincidence. Whenever I want to take photos of our 1-200 swans that swim around on our local River Aar, they are always on the opposite bank. Mr. Swiss takes a walk and they form a parade for him on the side of the river where he is walking.

This afternoon I decided to risk a walk with the camera along the river, hoping for a coincidental swan meeting. Mr. Swiss was busy making an apple flan. You see, we have equal rights. It was his turn to stay at home in the kitchen, whilst I escaped. I was preparing to wear a jacket, but he said it was really warm outside. I decided to wear my three quarter length trousers in that case with a t-shirt. Since summer disappeared I had slipped into the longer trousers, but we have one of those so-called Indian summers at the moment, so I took the risk. It was the first time I had gone for a walk on my own for at least a month, but I had to get out and find food for my camera.

I arrived at the River and there were many swans, all on the other side of the river: typical. For Mr. Swiss they come swimming and for me they disappear. I eventually walked on, climbing the steps to the top, overlooking the river. I met four cows who were also enjoying the sun in front of the bench where I was sitting. Usually there is a bull amongst the cows, but he was not around. Perhaps he had done his job and is now entertaining another groups of cows.

I arrived home safely, although a little exhausted. I am not so good in the warmer weather and it was really very hot with the sun beating down. The appartment smelt of freshly baked apple flan, so we had both been busy.

Apple Flan

Daily Prompt: Life is one big Coicidence

Good Morning


The first sighting of an autumn tree opposite my appartment. It is an Amelanchier also known as shadbush and a few other names. It has a blue fruit which can be very messy when it falls from the tree. Apparently it is edible, but I have never tried it. And now we can get ready for the autumn colours in our area. I am really looking forward to a walk along the river with my camera. Since the longer days have begin to shrink, I have been a home girl. Now is the time to see what nature has to offer as something completely different.

M - Swan

My agent, Mr. Swiss, took a walk on Saturday afternoon along the river with his mobile phone and took a couple of shots on the way. The swans were still around and probably enjoying the last days of Summer. This has giving me inspiration and all being well I have planned a journey for tomorrow afternoon if it is not raining.

We have had nice sunny days lately although it seems quite cold., although yesterday it was a rainy day preventing our painters from completing their time table. You have to watch the paint drying when you are finished, and it does not dry when raining.

I have discovered that an advantage of MS is that you never feel as cold as the others. Whilst Mr. Swiss is wearing things like long sleeves and wrapping himself up when we go places, I am quite comfortable with a short sleeved t-shirt. The only reason I wear a light jacket when we go shopping is because it has a pocket for my mobile phone and keys. My trousers are unfortunately pocketless.  Of course I also have my shoulder bag, but I like to keep the phone handy in a pocket because of the camera for an instant photo.

Crow 26.9 (4)

The local crows are creeping up on us. It is that time of the year when they are telling me that it will soon be time to put out their daily food rations, as the local supply is going to an end. This seems to be the lookout, perched on the roof on the buildig opposite. Now and again I spread some bread pieces for them on the scaffolding surrounding our home, but they are fussy. They prefer the supply on the ground.

I at last finished my marathon book yesterday evening by Ken Follett, the third and currently last in the Kingsbridge series, “A Column of Fire” and what a book, I will definitely give that one 5 stars and I learned a lot about the social background of the mid 16th centuary. It seems that we have not really learned a lot since that time. It is no longer catholics agains the protestants, although Ireland is not really a good example. The protestant North and catholic South are still in disagreement today.  It seems to be Christians agains the rest and vice versa. Of course many of us are tolerant, but the world does not often reflect this tolerance.

My next book: Stephen King and “Dr. Sleep” a sort of sequel to The Shining. I have only just started, but it looks promising.

Why is it that when I write I forget stuff? Of course I know what book I am reading, but had to have a quick look in Internet to remember the name of the book. I am doing this more and more daily. I wonder what we golden oldies did before Internet, but we were then knitting and making sure that no stitches were dropped. Mr. Swiss says don’t worry, you are not alone.

It is Wednesday, the day the let us out to ransack the supermarket. Mr. Swiss has already made a sort of list, and I will probably make a few additions. Have fun and remember your computer needs you.