Seen this week in the local store
Seen this week in the local store
They do not only flower at Christmas, but when they feel like it.
Old plough, village museum Feldbrunnen, switzerland
Now that is a blast from the past. The ball heads used on the IBM typewriters and yes, it is now more than 50 years. I used them when I was still in England and that was more than 50 years ago.
Part of our old record collection. Wonder if the youngsters remember them.
This week was cardboard and newspaper collection day. It happens about once a month and we all leave it on the wayside where it is collected. The photo shows the offerings from our block where we live. Make sure your newspaper are tied in neat bundles according to instructions.
Everything you buy today is packed somehow. What always suprises me is that you can buy the smallest article, perhaps something electronc like a switch or plug, and it is packed in plastic with cardboard to the extent that it becomes a king-sized object. It is no wonder that we collect so much cardboard in our lives. Some of these packings are almost impossible to beak open, ruining a finger nail on the way. There are dotted lines to be pressed which should make a clean break in the packing – forget it. These dotted lines are usually welded together with the rest of the cardboard and are only there as decoration. Even a toothbrush has its problems. They are clinically packed and it will take at least five minutes of your time to unpack it.
Glass jars can also be a burden. We have to take the glass articles to the central point in our village where there are varioius containers marked with what they should contain.
Yes we Swiss like to organise our rubbish. There was a time when green glass, brown glass and normal clear glass had to be thrown in separate sections. I once saw the the glass being collected and yes, the men threw it all together on the lorry. I must say since the last few years there is only one container for glass and the colours no longer have to be sorted.
Being a plain and simple housewife is not always easy, I must admit. You just have to make sure the rubbish is nicely organised when disposing of it. There are some deponies in our area where there are sneaky CCTV cameras. Be careful what you throw away and where you throw it, big brother is watching you – do not disrupt the organisation of waste disposal.
There are some mornings when you realise it will be a good day weatherwise. The sun is shining, there is a blue sky and some friendly clouds, what could be better. I missed most of it as I was still hugging my bed and enjoying it. I had already had a trip around my iPad to see what had happened during my night and decided to sleep a little longer. Suddenly my iPhone and iPad alarms went together: very soothing, bird song, but I switched them off and slept further.
Yesterday they let us out and we went to the village of Niederbipp, which is next touppe Oberbipp (sort of upper Bipp and lower Bipp): not exactly a world wonder, but the drive is very picturesque and at the moment it looked particularly good with green fields everywhere. The reason for our journey was the large market selling various aids for handicapped people. We wanted to look at the mechanical wheelchairs, which are not as expensive as my electric one, and more handy for at home or to put into a car. I was also interested in a stick holder for my walker. It is very well organised and they have a good show room. They also have a staff that make any alternations to the appliance you might need.
The store is situated in a wonderful place and this photo is taken from the other side of the road. I would not mind working in such a place with a view like that. I noticed how green the grass was in this area. We were now in Kanton Bern, as on the road we crossed the border from Kanton Solothurn where we live.
It was also a good opportunity to take some photos of different places. On the way the Swiss army passed us. There are barracks in the village of Wangen where they station their equipment and train the soldiers, so you often see military vehicles on the road. A Swiss soldier does his duty three weeks a year, officers perhaps four, until they have completed their service, so there are always soldiers to be seen somewhere.
And I saw my first cows on the fields for this year. The weather is now warmer and they are allowed out again to graze.
We finally completed our business and made our way home with a wheelchair in the boot of the car. I will not be needing it so much, as it is important for me to keep in action at home, but Mr. Swiss has chronic back pain when standing or walking and it will be a great help. These things happen when you are a golden oldie.
Today will be a day of relaxation although I will probably go on a photo safari this afternoon to the local castle, or just a safari for as long as the good weather lasts. I now have my usual daily chores so will go further. Have fun wherever you are, and make the most of the day. I try to do that regularly, although it does not always work out that way, but that’s life I suppose.
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