One Word Photo Challenge: Place

Feldbrunnen 14.06 (3)

How do you settle for one photo when you live in paradise and have many showing the most beautiful places you have ever seen. I do not need to travel to other places, when I have everything I need at my doorstep. No matter where I go in the village the Jura mountains are always in the background. We have orchards, and wheat fields and of course cows. This has become my home, my place.

One Word Photo Challenge: Place

RDP #24: Rejuvenate

Amaryllis

Here I am rejuvenating last year’s amaryllis. I did it the first time last year and it worked, so it seems that amaryllis rejuvenation is possible. Of course I had a look in internet for some ideas, but you can return them to their youthful stage of flowering, as I did last year, and it is quite easy. When they are finished flowering and the weather gets better in Spring, put them outside. Give them regularly water and fertisiliser and let the the leaves grow. In Autumn the leaves have probably disappeared, but who needs leaves, we want flowers. You can repot them in Autumn and remove any dead roots.

You will be surprised to see how big your amaryllis bulb has become. Of course, if everything has gone as it should, inside this bulb there is a new flower or two waiting to grow again. Imagine my surprise when it worked last year with a new rejuvenated amaryllis plant.

Me at the computer

Unfortunately this does not work for everything. As an example of failure, see this human – a photo taken by Mr. Swiss in one of those moments where I was unprepared, not one of my best, but we cannot always resemble the golden oldie of the year.  Why should I be prepared, You cannot teach an old dog new tricks, nor can you rejuvenate a golden oldie just by giving it water and fertiliser and putting it in a new pot.

However, you can make the most of what you have. You have a computer, perhaps an iPad and a mobile phone, so you can contact people in the case of emergency and at least tell them that you are still alive and breathing. Note the walker with attached walking stick in the background for all emergencies. There is a glass of cola on the table to prevent dehydration – a common problem amongst golden oldies. And a rose on the table to show that not all is lost. I am smiling, yes it is a smile, a real one. Must have been something amusing on the computer or I was looking forward to a wheelie in my chair afterwards. It is just a golden oldie having golden oldie fun, who needs rejuvenation.

My British mum always got annoyed when the government again increased the price of a cigarette packet by charging more tobacco tax. She found “What else does an old boy (meaning an elderly gentlemen, golden oldie) have other than his cigarettes”. Of course you can disagree with this statement, but in those days cigarettes were a way of life, especially if they got you through a world war. In my case, when I have to pay for a new computer, my mum would probably say “What else does an old girl have (like me) other than her computer”. Yes times change and the cigarettes have been replaced, we all have our computers, or iPads, or iPhones and perhaps even iLives. There are various methods of rejuvenation

RDP #24: Rejuvenate

Good Morning

Feldbrunnen 23.06 (1)

I’m here, I made it after another comfortable night hugging the bed. It’s Sunday and in my pre golden olden days, Sunday was really a day to take it easy, although the kids were another opinion. Even the cows have disappeared. There were four meadows full of cows in my surroundings and now three are empty. The food trough is still there and the grass is growing again, so I am sure one day they will return. This all reminds me of the film “The Silence of the Lambs” to be substituted by the Silence of the cows. I miss their smell, their fly encrusted recycling heaps on the ground and their sweet little faces, also mostly covered in flies, but they lived with them together, a symbiosis.

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They are probably now grazing in the pastures of the eternal grasslands, but they are not forgotten. Today’s lunch: chopped veal in a cream sauce with champignons, I know, but life goes on. If I ever see the farmer I will ask him for the sordid truth, although he has also disappeared. Perhaps the cows got their revenge.

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So now on a more happier theme I went for a wheelie again yesterday. It was more to get out and enjoy the summer weather we now have. I took the camera with me, but there was nothing special to photograph. The ducks and geese had all disappeared and there were no horses in the stable. Of course there were still 100 hens and 1 rooster keeping an eye on them, but they have work to do, like laying eggs, although to be quite honest, I do not buy eggs on the farm: they are a little on the more expensive side. Now and again someone might fancy a fried egg sunny side up and Mr. Swiss might make one of this famous apple tarts, although he has now progressed to apricot tarts, as it is season.

Apples

I am getting a little worried about my apple trees. This is my fiorina apple sort, but the gala tree looks just the same. The branches are loaded with apples and Mr. Swiss mentioned that perhaps we should begin to think about supporting them as the apples are growing, and they are not small apples. Eventually the bows will need support before they break under the weight. I must say I have never had such a great harvest as this year. There must be at least 200 apples together on both trees if not more. Last year we had only about 10 apples, but last year was the year of the building battle and few apples survive heavy boots trampling the ground and scaffolding in front of their little stalks.

Castle Waldegg 23.06.2018

I wheeled past the local castle on my way and noticed the people taking a rest on the benches outside. Since having my own bench on my wheelchair, I no longer have to wait for room on an empty bench. Of course having to depend on a wheelchair for walks is not perfect, and I would also like to do it under my own steam. However, I do not have to carry my camera and the lens and I must say people are very kind and friendly. Everyone greets me although it is custom in Switzerland. I remember the words of my mother-in-law when she saw someone she knew. “I did not greet her, she is younger than me and she greets me first”. Now everyone greets me first – is it the wheelchair or my age?

I only have to show myself at the kerb on the roadside and all the traffic stops for me. This is great, but those kerbs can be quite steep and bumpy for wheelchairs and I prefer doing it without spectators.

And now to move on. Mr. Swiss hugged the bed longer than me today, but we are both over the Speedy Gonzales age group. I suppose I should add that Switzerland are doing quite well in the Football World cup and have a good chance of getting into the round of the last 16 finalists after a draw with Brasil and a win over Serbia. They now have to meet Costa Rica. I am a football fan, but prefer to enjoy the weather outside at the moment. In the evening I spend my time reading outside on the porch.

I do not know what today’s programme is, there is almost nothing left to photograph. I leave you with some sweet peas with a butterfly, growing opposite my garden which are stray seeds from my garden and which are slowly taking over.

Butterfly 23.06.2018