Ragtag Daily Prompt #1: Redux

Canna and Calla

They returned again after 15 years. I bought the bulbs in the local supermarket and planted them myself: the big leaves belong to my canna and the shoots are the calla. You can even see my climbing rose in the background which has been in the same place for at least ten years.

In Autumn they dwindle, but do not die. Our daily prompt has dwindled and died. My plants are taken to the cellar, away from the snow and ice of the Winter Days. Eventually you see just dried leaves and dry earth. In April it is time to come back to the real world. Did they give up during the Winter, or are they still alive. The dead leaves of the last summer are removed from the pot and we have a desert of dry earth.

They have their first rainy days again outside on the porch. Will they grow again? After a month the first green leaves poke through. Yes they made it, they have returned again. The suspense is over. Where have the flowers gone? They are sitting deep in the bulbs waiting for their entry to the summer world again.

Ragtag Daily Prompt #1: Redux

Good Afternoon

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I automatically wanted to visit the Daily Prompt grid, the place that I have been visiting for the past 8 years, where I always found something to write about. Sometimes the words did not suit me and often I had to have a look in a dictionary to see what it was all about, but now it is finished. I only found a traffic light that was permanently switched to red. Traffic lights have a habit of turning red, just when you want to go further. Undaunted I decided to go further as I even got a promise from WordPress that the archives were still there to examine and choose from. Unfortunately they omitted to say that the archives were also eight years old and had nothing new.

Now I have been summoned but not fetched, no-one wants me. Where there is a will there is a way, and so I delved into my own archives. As I was leaving the supermarket this morning I noticed there was a special offer being held for roses, 2 for 9.90 Swiss Francs.


Why not 10 Swiss Francs. Was this one of those public relational tricks to make us think we were buying a bargain because they were 10  rappen (Swiss for cents) less than 10 francs. I bought them all the same. They were in plastic pots neatly packed in a plastic bag with a hanger to carry them. I decided why not, I can put one pot on the table on the back porch and the other in the front porch. When they are finished I can plant them in the garden and hope that they will grow and flower again.

I managed to lose Mr. Swiss in the supermarket this morning. I said in a loud and clear voice I will go and buy some mushrooms. He looked at me from a distance and that was the last I saw of him for at least 15 minutes. In the meanwhile I collected a few other items, like various vegetables, cream and some cold cuts nicely packed in plastic. Suddenly I saw Mr. Swiss again, hovering around the butchers section.  He proudly told me he had bought the meat for Sunday which I was not so happy about, because that is something I like to choose myself. By each article that I buy I strike it from our joint cloud shopping list on our iPhones. Mr. Swiss was astonished to see that the list was almost empty except for the meat. Whilst he spend 15 minutes buying one portion of meat, I bought everything except for the meat in the same time. I would add he had the trolley and I only had my walker, but it is amazing what you can pile into those walkers.

I know this is boring, but believe me I had a real exciting time in the supermarket and I wrote this without a prompt.Who needs a prompt when daily life can be so exciting.

And now I must go, I have places to see and to go in my wheelchair. The nice thing about not having a daily prompt is that I do not have to bother about including pingbacks in my writing.



Good Morning


What a lovely morning and it is: blue skies, sun and some clouds to complete the picture. Even our weather forecasters tell us that Summer is now here showing its best side. Of course now and again there will be a few summer storms, but no big deal. That is the idea. We have had a few around Switzerland in the past week, mainly in the Zürich area. I saw video films on the news of roads paved with ice from the hailstones. Yesterday afternoon I went for a wheelie in my chair. It was pleasant weather, warm and I wanted to make the most of it. I planned for one and half hours, but returned after an hour when I saw this in the distance from the castle at the top of the hill over our area.

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We do not have tornados in Switzerland, at least not the imposing stuff you get in other countries and this was the nearest I have ever seen to one. It was a black cloud formation in the distance which did not promise anything good. I slowly made my way home. Now and again the wind gathered as it to say I will be coming. I eventually arrived home in one piece. The grey sky was gathering, although the sun was peeping through. Mr. Swiss was preparing the evening cold cuts and salad and mentioned he was glad that I was at home as something was brewing. About half an hour later it began to rain.

Rain? that was an understatement. It came down in threads.

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The metal gulley over our entrance to the block was soon a rivulet of water pouring into our front garden. Mr. Swiss was watching the back garden which was not much different. Of course this was all accompanied by loud bangs of thunder. I had never seen anything like it.

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According to the national news, they reported that this time Kanton Solothurn where we live was hard hit by the electronic storms we have been having. I thought it was the end of the world, complete with dark skies. After half an hour it was over. We had no permanent damage, just the sun bed and a chair where the cushions were soaked because we were too late in taking them inside and no-one wanted to venture outside again to rescue them without wearing plastic from head to toe and carrying a king sized umbrella, which would probably have been blown away.  It looks like that cloud I saw in the distance was telling me something.

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We had had some heavy rain and a storm the day before, as a warning probably. As I wheeled on my way yesterday I notice some of the damage to the crops in the fields, although these plants will recover. I do not know what damage was done yesterday, but I can imagine a lot more. I felt sorry for my stork perched up on his tower with his baby exposed to the rain and hope that they survived.

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I was intending to visit yesterday, but it was too far to go with such a storm brewing. I will have a look today. It seems that summer has now arrived, but what an overture it had yesterday.

Today is the day of week-end shopping and the list has been made, although we wanted to spice it up a bit with something new, but we had no idea, so it looks like the usual monthly circuit again. I should now move one, there are things to be done. I am now interested to see what I might write this afternoon without a daily prompt which has now been terminated by WordPress.  I am sure something will turn up and will do my best.

I will leave you with a few wild flowers I found on my wheelie yesterday before the rains came down.

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