One Word Photo Challenge: Linoleum

London 2015

Did you know that linoleum practically no longer exists? In Switzerland everyone has tiled or wooden flooring, but no linoleum. Otherwise you find fitted carpet everywhere. I I decided to search in my England photos, as in England you basically find either linoleum or fitted carpets in the council houses. I eventually found linoleum in my dad’s extra care home. He had fitted carpet in his private appartment, but in the communal room where the golde oldies all met for a lotto game or otherwise special events, there was linoleum.

My dad is sitting in the middle talking to the lady who is standing. It was at the time when Queen Elizabeth was celebrating something british and so it was all decorated with the british flags. I think it was after a lotto match where they were serving tea and cake and dad had celebrated his 100th birthday in that week. That was why I was there to help him celebrate.

One Word Photo Challenge: Linoleum

Daily Prompt: As Black as Newgate’s Knocker

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“What a wonderful night for a party.”

“It certainly is Dracky. How many years is it now?”

“Today I celebrate 500 years undead.”

“And you still look as fresh as the day you bit me.”

“It runs in the family, we were all good preservers. All the boys will be celebrating with me, so I will have to dress the role. I even bought myself something new.”

“You are wearing that?”

“What’s wrong with it, the lady in the shop said that it’s the latest scream for parties.”

“But not a t-shirt with black letters on it saying “Supervampire” with red splodges. I thought we wanted to remain discreet.”

“All the youngsters are wearing them today, it’s the latest scream. One of them even tried to attack me on my way home from the market, he really looked genuine.”

“I hope he didn’t hurt you.”

“Of course not. He even had his last scream with me. He was very annoying and said I should visit the dentist to get my teeth fixed, so I bit him to show they were in perfect condition. I invited him to the party tonight, just to get him started in his new undead life: my undead birthday present for myself. Did you get enough drinks in.”

“I was lucky, they had a new delivery at the blood bank of type AB, at least 20 units.”

“That is ideal, the rarer the better. The boys will be impressed. I hope it doesn’t go to their their jugular veins. Since Mephistotpoles got a a night job at the hospital blood bank, we have some good connections.”

“Here is your present Dracky.”

“Oh how lovely, a new black training suit and black shoes to go with it in the shade of Newgates Knocker. I must go for a practice run tomorrow evening, the faster the better these days.   It will be much more comfortable than my black cloak, Not so much flapping around and the scarlet lining makes me too conspicuous. I will wear it this evening. We should be going soon, the bats are waiting outside to carry us away.”

“Are we gong to the crypt again Dracky.”

“Of coure Morticia, you remember, our first date and I must say for your 499 years 11 months undead you are so well preserved.”

“Oh Dracky, I remember it so well, I was your first victim, it was a wonderful experience.”

“Yes the first are always the lucky ones. It take longer because I was a beginner and had to find the right vein, but practice makes perfect.  You were such a dainty young woman, and still are and looking for that vein was a vampire’s dream come true.”

Daily Prompt: As Black as Newgate’s Knocker

Good Morning


It’s a cold one this morning and still raining. Mr. Swiss says we are heading for a cold front this afternoon, but for my tastes we already have it, so perhaps it will be completed with a cold back this afternoon. And it is still raining, constantly. Shall I return to hugging my bed or continue in the hope that it can only get better.

The birds have been fed with the bread that we humans prefer to ignore for something softer and fresher, but the crows don’t mind. They stuff their beaks full and disappear to wherever their nests are. Afterwards the sparrows arrive to clear away the crumbs.

Apple Flan

Yesterday was a Mr. Swiss apple flan day, the get better everytime he creates one. He should really apply on the TV for the British Bake Off, or even master chef and he never leaves a mess in the kitchen.

White Amaryllis

My new white amarayllis has now produced a bud, which is about the only exciting thing that is happening here at the moment.

I see that Mr. Trump seems to be getting on like a house on fire with Mr. Putin. How nice that they have decided to agree and not to disagree. Mr. Putin assures Mr. Trump that he never ever messed around with the American elections, and Mr. Trump believes him. The next step will be a visit to Mr. Kim Jong Un in North Korea  where they have decided to play a poker game together. I hope no-one is bluffing. In the meanwhile Switzerland really wants to go ahead with their 40 million shopping trip for a few new planes, although it seems a vote will be put to the people. We have to be careful although people do not usually attack countries where they have their money in the banks. I just love direct democracy.

And I will now move on, my vacuum cleaner is calling.

Have a good day everyone, perhaps it might be more exciting than mine.

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