Daily Prompt: Daily Neophyte


Today is a new day in my life, something completely different to yesterday.  I might wake in the same bed, but a different time. Even outside the window eveything is different. Clouds only live for 10 minutes at the most and then they disintegrate or move on in a different shape and form. My breakfast is still the same breakfast, not really. It is not the same breakfast that I ate yesterday. Nothing is the same as yesterday because time moves on and yesterday is now in the past. I was a day younger yesterday. Today I am a day older, a day’s more life experience. Everything is new, and I definitely will not cook the same meal as yesterday.

So let’s switch the computer on. I have new comments on yesterday’s blogs. I am reading my online newspaper and it is not the same as yesterday, the date was 10th November and today is 11th November. Even the guy in charge of the United States, not worthy of the name president, is in another country. He is also a neophyte, having no idea what will happen today.

Now it is afternoon, but this morning was completely different to yesterday morning, the morning before and probably tomorrow morning. I have been blogging for many years and every day I feel like a new blogger on the block because everything today is different to yesterday. New blogs have been writtten with news that is different to yesterday, the word “news” is a description in itself because it is new.

So what shall we write today, something completely different. If I wrote the same every day it would not only be boring to those that read it but for me writing it. How often have I thought to leave it for a day, but the yearning for something completely different is hovering in the bacground and so let’s see what today’s theme is. Ah, look, today we are to be neophytes and write about it. Perhaps a new religion, a new activity, no a new blog. New religions are for those that have a religion, and I do not. I am too old and rusty for physical activities, but I will write a new blog. My brain is still operating, moving on,  but today’s thoughts are different to yesterday’s thoughts. Today at approximately 3 o`clock in the afternoon I can write about something different, a neophyte in a new place and time.

Mr. Swiss is reading a book and listening to music. Even the book is different, because he finished the book he was reading yesterday. The music is classical, something different according to the radio station.  When you are 70, going on 71 years old, you no longer bother with being a neophyte. I have been there and done it all, but every day is a new challenge. I could, of course, do something completely new and different: a bungy jump from a tower, a dive into the local river or just watch the rain falling outside.  I will settle for the rain, it is safer, and who wants to be a neophyte, too much stress.

Van der Sar ready for action
Daily Prompt: Daily Neophyte

Good Morning

Jura 10.11 (9)

It’s snowing up there on the Jura mountains, but the rain clouds are hovering. You can also see the pylons for the cable car to take you up to our local mountain, Weissenstein, but I am glad to be in the lowlands at the moment. It only rains once, but all the time. Nothing special, just that soaking feeling you get after a few minutes of being out in it.

Our gardeners finished their job almost yesterday, and the tiling is nearly completed. We now have two draininge pipes from the balconies above which is no big deal, but the tiling around the pipes has to be finished. Otherwise I will have to get my No. 1 son organised over the week-end. I have a horse chestnut tree in a very large pot that I had to shift into my front garden. I grew it myself from a chestnut and it flower this year for the first time after 15 years. Now the garden is more or less back to normal it will be shifted back to the edge on the tiles and it needs a strong person to do it. I also have two canna plants in two separate pots which will now have to be shifted to the cellar for the Winter. No. 1 son will be busy today.

Basil, Canna, Calla, Canna, Geranium, Calla l to r

The canna are the one on the left and the third from the right. They are heavy, but with the help from our trolley, son No. 1 can shift them into the cellar. Then my front garden will be back to normal. I can really breathe out now, life is wonderful without a scaffolding. The two yellow flowering plants are my calla, and they went to the cellar a couple of weeks ago. I have had these plants at least 10 years and they grow every year.

Autumn Trees 10.11 (3)

In the meanwhile our avenue to the supermarket changes every time we drive through it. The leaves have now almost disappeared completely. Autumn is saying goodbye. I find it the most inspiring season of the year for the camera: the changing colours and its atmosphere.


Even the indoor plants in the store are getting more interesting. This is a protea, one of my favourite flowers and I am sure it is a relation of the triffid, but is not so dangerous. I found this wonderful guide site for the triffid to help clarify what it actually is, but I would advise you to read “The Day of the Triffids” by John Wydham to get the gory  details. They always appear in the stores in Winter and the assistant told me that they are not available during the warmer months.

And now to make my way into the realms of my abode. Saturday is a day that I do nothing special, because it is a Saturday. I will send Mr. Swiss into town for a few odds and ends and to enquire at the local telephone shop the situation with the Apple X phone. I like to make preparations before buying expensive toys.

Have a good start to the week-end and beware of the Triffids, They might bite if you tread on one of them.