Photo Challenge: 2017 Favourites

Weissenstein 23.08 (97)

A few meaningful things happened this year. The main meaningful thing was when the builders arrived in April and stayed until October. We were encased in scaffolding and being on the ground floor we had the grime, dust and dirt all being drawn by the law of gravity to our level.

However not everything was surrounded by the noise from building machines, and now and again we escaped to something quieter. I was especially happy to be able to visit our local mountain Weissenstein. It had been many years bringing up the kids, working and doing the housewife chores. We managed to escape for an afternoon and took the newly built cable car to the top of the mountain. It used to be a chair lift, but it had grown old in the years that it existed and spare parts for repairs could no longer be found.

And so Mr. Swiss and I mounted a cable car for the journey to the top. The photo shows only the first half of the journey. Half way you enter another station and you embark on the finishing stage. I was taking photos all the way of course. We said we would go again in 2018. Here is a view from the top across the Bernese middle land towards South.

Weissenstein 23.08 (61)

Photo Challenge: 2017 Favourites

Daily Prompt: Calling Angloswiss


And another cyber adventure in the life of Mrs. Angloswiss has been completed and I survived. This morning I called in at the shop to pick up my new iPhone X. I decided to treat myself for Christmas. Golden Oldies have nothing better to do with their money it seems. Of course it was not cheap, but after living a life of hand-me-down iPhones I was now at another level. My first iPhone that I bought was an iPhone 4, I progressed to iPhone 6 and that now has grey hairs. iPhone 3 was given to me when Mr. Swiss bought an iPhone 4. I decided if he has an iPhone 4, I want one too, so I treated myself to my first own bought iPhone.

We now have an iPhone graveyard in the hobby room with discarded iPhones. I saw some people even sell them on the “marketplace” on Facebook. I prefer to keep mine, you never know.

When the Apple people told everyone about the new iPhones I decided to wait until the X appeared. The guy in the shop fitted it all up 1:1 and when I picked it up this afternoon it was ready to go. All my apps were there, ready and waiting. He asked if I wanted a glass front to it. I had never had anything at the front. Mr. Swiss found that would be a good idea as I was always dropping my phone and it was a wonder that the glass never broke.

Ok, now the front of the phone is covered with not just glass, but with bulletproof glass, armoured glass, so what could be better. If I am involved in a hold-up at the bank or a terrorist attack, at least my telephone will survive. I mean these telephones are not cheap. I then chose a cover for the back of the telephone. This is a nice transparent strong glass, probably also bulletproof, with a snowflake star effect. I am now ready to go.

I was at the telephone store this morning and he said it would take an hour or so to transfer all my apps and fit it up, so I left the telephone there and picked it up this afternoon. I noticed when he had begun to fit it up as I was receiving messages on my iPad that my telephone had now been transferred to a new telephone. I could ignore this message if this was OK.

I am now uploading it (see photo) as it only had 30% energy. What I like about it is that everything is the same as the old iPhones so I do not have to learn anything new, although there are apparetly a few new gimmicks included. The button at the bottom in the middle is no longer there, but all it needs is a swipe in the right place. I have a feeling I will be constantly cleaning the bulletproof glass at the front of the phone. I naturally chose the 256 GB version with the super capacity. I can then fill it with all sorts of apps. Calling: not really, ah yes, I think that is the idea of a telephone. Now I can do all sorts of things with my phone, and I might even call someone now and again. I suppose they can call me as well, although it is seldom that anyone does.

Daily Prompt: Calling Angloswiss

Good Morning


Oh dear, what to write about a good morning when the mornings are dreary and dull outside, no snow, no rain, no nothing, just complete boredom seems to reign. However, I always have something to say or show, even if it is only a normal average breakfast, and normal on my side means that the computer is sharing the joys of the morning. I have now fired it up and am ready to go.

I also had a few additions to my cloud shopping list, shared with Mr. Swiss and had a brilliant idea to make a cloud of reminders. The things that golden oldies tend to forget two minutes after they decided it would be a good idea. I did not want to keep it to myself but let Mr. Swiss share on a cloud. He does not seem to be so keen on the idea. Shopping lists are one thing, but the important stuff that should be dealt with often gets lost on the way. I seem to have nothing better to do.

Today is the big day, I will pick up my new iPhone X. I enjoy all these new gadgets, but when they are working. I do not enjoy setting them up, but the guy in the store will do it for me. My cloud etc. is synchonized, so what could possibly go wrong?

Blackbird clawprints 18.12 (2)

We had various prints in the snow outside when the snow arrived. The big ones with the imprint of a shoe are those of Mr. Swiss as he plodded to the bird house to fill it up with birdseed. The birds are eating rapidly at the moment and are we buy a 5 kilo bag almost weekly. We have the biggest, fattest birds in the area. They are having problems balancing on the trees due to overweight. On top of this I feed the crows and magpies every morning with the bread remainders. They  stand and wait for the food arrival.

The other prints are those from blackbird feet as they are the only birds that tend to hop nearer to our living quarters.

Otherwise I am deep  into my second Essex Witch Museum Mystery: A Strange Sight the second book in a trilogy involving ghosts and witches, not only in Essex, but in this book, in a restaurant in London. The authoress, Syd Moore, writes in the first person of a lady that relunctantly inherited the museum from her grandfather. However, she continues with her partner, the curator of the museum, to get more involved in the mysteries that occur. I very much like the amusing style the writer has. Things are not always as they seem. Even her grandfather’s family has a few strange occurrances, especially when the  grandmother disappears leaving two small children with her husband in the middle of a performance she was giving in connection with her powers as a medium. OK, read it yourself, but I can recommend book 1 which I have read, and book 2 which is for me a bit of a page turner.

Road to Langendorf 18.12 (4)

And now to get ready to prepare for my shopping tour on the road to the supermarket. It is no longer as snowy as it was, it has got warmer, and rain is predicted until Christmas, afterwards overcast, but no snow for the time being. It does not look like a white Christmas here, but more a wet one.

Let’s have fun all the same with our computers and daily life and remember, if you are freezing, somewhere in the world they have a heat wave.

Road to Langendorf 18.12 (32)