Flower of the Day: 29.08.2018 Rhododendron

Rhodedendron 29.04.2018

In our village just across the road, there is a very old large house that belonged to a doctor  and his family. He lived there many years, grew old and passed away. Now the house is empty but is still standing and his beautiful garden which is full of rhododendron bushes. The bushes are still there but this year might be the last year I see them flower and can take photos. The house might be sold and demolished. Land becomes more important than the memories built on it as time goes past.

Flower of the Day: 29.08.2018 Rhododendron

Wednesday Prompt: Oevre

Basel to Solothurn 05.09 (6)

Is this art or is it just a scribble, Joe was sure he had the gift
Every evening when the midnight train had passed he was ready for a night shift
Cans of paint that he could spray to complete his new graffiti
When the morning came it had to be completed, this was his only entreaty
Then came the evening, it was holiday time, the train was running late
Joe had an idea for a new design and he really could not wait
As he was adding the finishing touches, the train came bursting through
But Joe was so engrossed in spraying his paint, his body was soon askew
And now if you pass on the last train, you will see him painting his signs
A ghostly hand is moving up and down as Joe floats over railway lines
His ideas were many, but he had little time, the paintings on the wall were a treasure
They were removed brick by brick to a gallery to give everyone some pleasure
And now at midnight when the gallery is closed there is a figure moving around
Joe now haunts  the museum halls, better than a burial mound.

Basel to Solothurn 05.09 (7)

Wednesday Prompt: Oevre

Good Morning

Morning on the porch

Not a lot to say this morning as I spent yesterday at home. Here I am sitting outside on the porch with breakfast, a computer and yes, Mr. Swiss. I have some time to get settled: making breakfast and organising my instruments. I always forget something and this morning it was my mouse, so back to get it and then I fetched my logitech mouse for my Windows computer instead of the magic mouse for the Apple. This time Mr. Swiss volunteered and I am all set to go, although no big news of the day: what a boring life I lead.

Fiorina Apples 28.08.2018

One of the few excitements I have are the apples growing on my trees. This is the first tree I had with Fiorina apples. This year is a record harvest due to the super apple growing weather. Now and again I hear a thump as an apple drops from the tree. A disadvatage might be that our cat, Tabby, tends to sleep on the remains of the lawn under the tree and we are hoping that she will not be attacked by a falling apple.

Spider 28.08 (2)

I had an encounter with this guy yesterday. He has been hovering around for some time, here and there, suspended from the ceiling on the porch and probably has a nest . Last year our complete building front was renovated, cleaned and painted and all the remains of the spider webs were removed. However, spiders are quick thinking insects and have returned this year to stake their claims on the nooks and crannies of the walls. I don’t mind when they stay where they belong. Yesterday evening early I was clearing the stuff away on the porch from the evening meal and did not see Fred (the spider). I walked into his threads and saw him drop in shock, but where was he. I have now discovered that Fred does not seem to be poisonous or a threat to mankind, although having him crawl on my leg and a head full of spider threads is not very pleasant. He eventually found the ground and scuttled away. I am sure he is still here somewhere, but has not been seen this morning.

Bee on Sedum 28.08 (1)

I also noticed the bees have returned for a last fling on my sedum which is now flowering: a sure sign that Autumn is knocking at the door.

Today is a shopping excursion to the local supermarket and this afternoon I should again make an effort to go places for a wheelie in my chair. There are things happening in my town worth a few photos. We are having music days on Friday and Saturday with various groups playing in restaurants and perhaps there will be some street action. Since I visit the town more, I am always on the lookout for something a little different.  In my village the only excitement is when a hen lays an egg.

Mr. Swiss also has the case of the disappearing walking stick. He took it with him yesterday afternoon and forgot it somewhere. We searched at home and it is not here. Today investigations will be made. I just hope that a jealous golden oldie did not see it and decided it would be something for the collection of walking sticks. Perhaps there are walking stick thieves around, waiting for their chance. At the moment he is using my stick decorated with the flowers and jungle pattern, but I will give him my plain brown one when we go shopping. I will keep you informed, I am sure you are interested 🙂

Swans 27.08 (6)

I met an interesting group of swans on my last journey home from the town along the river bank. They all seemed to be doing their own thing: one with his head buried in a wing and the other airing the feathers. The one in the middle seemed to be thinking it over.

Window Covering

I was just having one of those moments, what was I doing last year on this day? It seems the workmen were busy and we were still enshrouded in scaffolding and various plastic covers. I now look back on these photos with a little nostalgia reminding me of my meetings with various workmen and also relief that this scourge of mankind has now disappeared forever. At least the next 20 years and then I will be more than a golden oldie, almost a preserved golden oldie of over 90 years so who cares.

And leaving you on this happy note I will make my way onwards to the vacuum cleaner and mop and put my computer back to bed. It also deserves a rest after the morning exhaustions. Have fun, be careful where you tread and make the most of the day.