FOWC with Fandango: Tantilizing


That big green thing sitting in the middle of my bowl of apples (from my own apple tree I would mention) is an avocado. Of course you all recognise an avocado, they even grow in some of the places where we live. They do not grow in the East End of London in England where I spent the first 20 years of my life. We only had apples and, well just apples really, My first meeting with an avocado was when I had emigrated to Switzerland.

No, they do not grow in Switzerland either, but the world was getting smaller and various fruits and vegetables were appearing in places that they had never been. The first time I actually tasted an avocado, I must have been some time betwenn 20 and 30 years old and yes, I quite liked them. It was only later in years that I actually bought them and began to mix them with things you mix them with.


I even managed to grow a few of their stones, or pits or whatever, but eventually they had strange insects with hundreds of legs or sort of gave up the ghost.

I was in the supermarket on Friday and they had a whole tray of avocado, special deal, just 1.20 Swiss francs the piece and they were big – see picture. Of course I bought one with the intention of making a mixed salad with prawns (which are also not found in Switzerland, but we import them frozen). Now I have my avocado and it it tempting me to eat it. The only problem is that I forgot to buy some prawns to go with it and now do not know what to do with it. I have time until next week I hope. they tend to get soft, squashy and unappetising if you forget them. I do have a tin of tuna fish, so was thinking perhaps a tuna and avocado salad might be an idea. My son does not eat them and Mr. Swiss turned his nose up and I am not going to eat a complete avocado on my own, that would be too much of a good thing.

Lesson learned – do not buy something that appeals to you unless you know what you want to do with it. I am really tantalised – with the sight of something that is unobtainable to eat because I forgot to buy something to go with it.

FOWC with Fandango: Tantilizing

Flower of the Day: 02.09.2018 Columbine

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This is a photo from my garden in May. They grow wild around here and come up in all sorts of colours. My garden seems to have the lighter shade varieties. Funny I always remember the cowboy series Gun Law with Matt Dillon and his sidekick Chester. They were searching for a suspicious killing. Matt Dillon noticed some columbine growing and told Chester they would have to search in that spot as columbine always grows on graves. It is probably not true, but since that TV film I always associate columbine with graveyards.

Flower of the Day: 02.09.2018 Columbine

RDP Sunday: Sequacious

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“What’s the matter with him?”

“The usual. Since he got that chequered look on the feathers, he thinks he is something special. He even hangs out with the crows.”

“Really, they put up with it?”

“They don’t. He was even sharing his bread pieces with the sparrows this morning.”

“Disgusting, how can a pigeon be so sequacious.”

“Must be in the breeding. I heard his father was a  dove.”

“And his mother?”

“She thought she was something special having a dove as a boyfriend. When the egg hatched she had a right shock. She was expecting something white and shiny, and instead she got a chessboard.”

“Serves her right.”

“And now he doesn’t want anything to do with us, typical.”

“Wait a minute, hold your peeps he is looking at us.”

“Listen pigeons, do me a favour. If you lose any of those rainbow feathers on you chest, can you give me a few.”

“You must be joking. There you are strutting around showing of the black and white square look and now you want to add some of our rainbow feathers.”

“You don’t have to be so ubiquitous about it: typical common town pigeon. I am off and when I return you will be jealous of my new look.”

“Where you going?”

“To the chickens of course. I had a deal with the rooster for some hamburger bits and pieces I got from the MacDonalds on the corner. The chickens love them and in return the rooster is giving me some tail feathers. Then you will all be jealous when I sit on the roof.”

“Us jealous, never. It might sound a bit strange when you start crowing instead of cooing.”

RDP Sunday: Sequacious

Good Morning

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Awake and ready to go, not exactly but I am on my way and now sitting outside in the fresh morning air. Perhaps the horse’s head might be a wake up. Actually it is one of my oddball photos, but there is no longer an oddball as the challenge is being paused for the time being. It has got to be a habit with me to take photos of strange objects, or closeups and what could be better than a horse.

Must be getting the Autumn touch now, as I am wearing a knitted jacket in the morning outside, but I am not freezing. My fingers stay warm on the keyboard. He who will not be mentioned returned to bed, after all it is Sunday. What’s a Sunday? Golden Oldie days are the same every day, we just have to adapt to the situations of the others. No shopping on Sunday because the shops are shut and there are church bells ringing in the background.

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There are enough churches surrounding us to make noise. This one is the Franziskaner church in the local town of Solothurn. It is not Roman Catholic for a change, but so-called Christ Catholic (if that is the right translation). It does not have the pope as the boss, but otherwise everything more or less remains the same according to me. Not being in the club I am not so much into details, just have fun taking photos. It used to be a monastery, but that was some time ago, although we do have a monastery in the local town. I used to see the monks now and again walking around in the town, but I think they have modernised their dress a little and they no longer look like monks.

Morning Crow

So here I am outside, minding my own business, and suddenly there is a loud call. I look up and see Mr. Crow sitting on the roof opposite giving a speech of caws. I even managed a quick photo, although only with my telephone camera which is useful for an immediate snap. 5 minutes later he is still there, but shifted his position and keeping his beak shut.

I did not go anywhere yesterday, decided to make it a day of rest from wheeling around taking photos everywhere.  I still have 98 photos on the camera which I should get rid of. The weather was not so friendly although we had no rain. Today is the same and if the rain stays away I might venture out into the unknown this afternoon.

Path Feldbrunnen 31.08.2018

This is one of my wheelie paths in the village. To the right is the entrance to the cemetery and straight ahead I arrive at the stables and the chicken coop. On the left would be the local castle. Yes, we are in the middle of an action packed village. Now and again you meet a long distance runner (in the distance) or even a dog, not to mention a cat who has discovered something of interest in a field – animal wild life. The crops have now been mowed down and the crows are now on their foraging expeditions.

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Just heard an apple crash to the ground from the tree – we are endanger of being crushed by apples.

And now I am on a foraging expedition to find the dust etc. in the apartment with my trusty vacuum cleaner and mop. I also have some ironing to do and a lunch to serve for Mr. Swiss, No. 1 son and me, so life goes on. I am not sure if I will be here on Monday morning. I must bring Mr. Swiss for a medical examination at 7.30 in the morning and afterwards I will visit the supermarket for the daily shopping. I will then pick him up 1-2 hours later and eventually arrive at home. I hate these early morning things.  On  Tuesday my cleaning lady is back again from her holiday and No. 2 son will call in with wife and grandson as they will be on a visit further in Switzerland and we will be the halfway house for lunch. Life is sometimes full of excitement.

So today will be a nothing to do day, except for my housewife duties, but we golden oldies have nothing better to do. Relax, take it easy and have fun – will be back lateer with more news from the outposts of Europe.

Echinacea 31.08.2018