Last week in the garden – it was raining and the drops were hanging on the twigs.
Last week in the garden – it was raining and the drops were hanging on the twigs.
A photo from 1984 taken by my husband in the Natural History Museum in South Kensington, London: me on the right and No. 2 son on the left, now 43 years old.
It doesn’t get darker than this
It is a genuine mountain meadow on our house mountain, the Weissenstein, in Switzerland.
And another one in a different colour.
If a distant uncle dies and you were always his favorite and leaves you $50,000 (any currency) in his will, what would you do?
Find out which uncle it was. In our family you could never rely on stuff like that.
What sound or sounds do you love?
I live in the country and the sounds surrounding me are just fine. Just the natural stuff.
What’s your middle name? Why?
Ann and I have no idea why. There is an interesting story. Like most people I did a search for my name in Internet and found a lady that had exactly my name. She wrote books and was in America. At the time I was doing family research and belonged to a group with my maiden name and discovered that this lady was also in the group. I stopped the fam”>ily research eventually and almost forgot the whole thing until I saw that this lady was also in Facebook. I wrote to her, she was thrilled and we discovered that not only did we share our first name and maiden name, but we both had an Ann in the middle. She has now become my American cousin and I am hers. We are not related, it is all pure coincidence, but we have become good friends.
What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?
I can do it. After breaking my leg six weeks ago I took my first steps using my cane today on my own. I hope it will soon be goodbye walking machine.
It does not take a lot to captivate me today. At my age, I have got all I need and the biggest captivation of me was last year in September when I became a grandmother. The next captivation was seeing how well my son and his wife are enjoying every scream, every nappy change and every teething problem. Since Alexander the Great has been in existence many comparisons have been made as to “who does he look like”. We were convinced that he was more from the lesser known part of the family of my daughter-in-law. That was until yesterday, when my son was here and discovered some photos of himself when he was a baby and yes, there is a likeness, very much so. Of course I had to do a check on Alexander The Great’s Ears, to see how far the likeness stretched: but no, Alexander has ear lobes on each ear. You might think that a strange search, but my ear lobes are almost non existent, an my son has none. Mr. Swiss says that it is a characteristic of criminals. I can assure you we are the exception to the rule: no ear lobes but honest.
And now to the next captivation of the day. Yes my table and chairs have returned to the porch outside. Due to the renovation work carried out last Summer, all such comforts were banned to the cellar. There were no meals served outside on the porch, no relaxing hours of book reading, and above all I could not take my computer(s) outside for my daily prompts. It was a dull and dismal Summer. This morning there was a knock on our door and the two gentlemen had arrived to transport our table to the porch. Mr. Swiss called out furniture tradesman last Friday. He is one of the good guys and tells us it is all part of his service. Today the our outside furniture was back in its place. I was absolutely thrilled, I got my life back.
And another captivation (the day is full of captivations), I can walk again without my stupid walking machine. I am not yet ready for the Olympics, but I tried it because I want, and really must, go on shopping trips agin. I was just a little too nervous to trust walking without the wheeled assistant, but this morning I threw all chance to the wind, grabbed my walking stick and pushed my walker away (although kept it in grab range) and it worked. There are a few twinges in the left leg, but I can do it. I am thrilled captivated and it can now only get better.
They eventually made it and are here. It was a battle through the snow and cold weather, but nothing stops a snowdrop, otherwise they would not be called snowdrops. The rain is still hanging around here, although not as bad as it was.
Yesterday was visiting day of No. 2 son and his family. Grandson Alexander The Great was on his best behaviour and is now the proud possessor of his first two teeth.
And now I am back again. Just did a quick pause for cleaning a few things and having a shower. We are expecting another candidate this morning for the job as our cleaning lady. This time we have some high hopes. The first one was unreliable and the next one had a bad illness in the family. This one is already working as a cleaning lady on our estate for a very good neighbour we know quite well, who lives just opposite. This lady contacted us as she saw that we were looking for someone and it would be useful for her to combine it with the neighbour’s place. She is also a dog lover and people that go for walkies with their dogs are always good to know.
Speaking of dogs I would like to mention this book, written by one of my long time friends from WordPress. Yes she has dogs, has always had dogs, although they are quite big dogs. They remind me of Dino, the lovable dinosaur pet of Fred and Wilma Flintstone. I have never met Mindy, Dusty or Bear (the current dogs) in person, but often read about them on her blog so are also part of my online family.
I love this book. In my hiking days I was also following various trails and paths, but Martha has taught me how to do it the right way. Not just stamping through the stones and undergrowth, but looking closely at what you are stamping through. Of course we do not have rattlesnakes in Switzerland, although in the highlands you might see a few snakes scurrying away. She has written this book with feeling. You do not kill the so-called dangerous animals, but let them go. They have another purpose in their lives than bothering humans. They are usually more fixed on their lunch.
It is available on Amazon as a Kindle upload, but this time I went for the real book. It has illustrations and for me it is not the sort of book I would read by turning pages by tapping on them. There are some illustrations of the real thing and at the end of the book a couple of maps showing the trails she has taken. For me a good thing, as I will never get to San Diego to sample the real thing, but I can do it in my dreams.
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