Photo Challenge: Prolific

Black Swans and Chicks 18.04 (6)

The population of our little swiss village is about 900 humans, and just as many cows, hens and ducks, as well as a few horses. The swan population has now been increased and the new arrivals, a pair of black swans, have chicks. Here you can see mummy swan going for a walk with her babies under the watchful eye of a few chickens, including the rooster.  Daddy swan is near keeping an eye on the situation.

Photo Challenge: Prolific

Daily Prompt: Genie

River Aare 17.04 (3)

This tree has looked like this since at least 2 years, but it is still standing. We have had hurricanes and thunderstorms, but it survives. Not even a bolt of lightening dared to touch its branches. Personally I think it is possessed, just look at it. During the day it stands there in the middle of the meadow on its own. Even the dandelions do not grow near it, they avoid it. And the voices, yes, I hear them They are chatting with each other and suddenly there is hollow laughter. I no longer take this route if I go for a walk in the evening. The strange thing is that the tree has a split personality. There are two main branches and they are reflecting each other.

On full moon nights we see shapes in the sky hovering above the tree. They sink and the next morning you can see the burnt patches of grass around the base of the tree. No-one wants to remove it and so it stays. And the cats that disappear, never to be seen or heard again. Some say it is because the local waste disposal is near, you can see the chimneys in the background, others are sure it is because our nuclear power plant influences its growth. The genie? No there is no genie, I do not believe in them.

Daily Prompt: Genie

Good Morning

Sunset

The times of the interesting sunsets are now upon us. I saw this one yesterday evening. We are having almost summer weather and tempertures during the day are up to 25°C, which means out with a t-shirt. I am now even debating wearing my bermudas, the shorter trousers. At home I have been walking around in shorts for the past month.

I am making the most of the weather and time allowing, which it does at the moment, due to being a golden oldie with nothing better to do, I am out and about for an hour or a a little more in the afternoon.

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Yesterday I decided to take a trip along the bank of the River Aare, which is just along the path to where I live. It was a bit of a bumpy ride in my chair, as paths along river banks are stony and uneven, but I continue undaunted. We have quite a duck life on the river, mainly swans and mallards, but yesterday I met a few newcomers. At least they were newcomers to me as I had never seen them before. I have no idea what this is, looks like a mini pelican.

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I continued on my way and saw this duck. I have absolutely no idea what it is, but there seemed to be a duck meeting happening yesterday. It must be the time of the year, and they are probably searching for a mate.

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Swans are everywhere and I noticed there are many last year arrivals which have not yet got their white feathers.

I wheeled on and reached the town, but no further. The weather was wonderful and there were many dog walkers along the path. I often saw some soggy wet dogs that had decided to have a refreshing bath in the river.

I have a bit of a silly week this week. The mowey man will be coming to find the interrupted cable somewhere embedded in our lawn, but there is no definite appointment. Mr. Swiss has a class reunion on Friday and will be away lunchtime and part of the afternoon. and I have now arranged for the cleaning lady to come on Friday afternoon as well. I had never had a cleaner before, but since breaking a leg and having MS as well, there are just some jobs I can no longer manage, and Mr. Swiss has his back problems. We are far from being rich, but I have decided in life there are some things that you can have to ease the way, so why not.

I should visit my hairdresser, as what is growing on my head is more a longer version of a punk style, but it will have to wait until next week, as this week I do not have the time. Due to the class reunion we are doing the week-end shopping on Thursday. In my better days I would take the car and do it myself on Friday, but I am not yet driving. Just another obstacle I will eventually conquer, I hope. Life seems to be full of obstacles at the moment, but I notice that when you overcome them the first time, afterwards they are no problem.

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Here is a view from the river path with the Jura mountains in the background and showing the buildings belonging to the estate where I live. Our appartment block cannot be seen on this photo, it is more towards the mountains.

And now to go, I have my daily therapy exercises to execute, combined with housework. I wish you all a good day with lots of fun, or pehaps not, but make the most of it. Every vacuum cleaner has a silver lining, and a bag full of dust somewhere waiting to be emptied.

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