FOWC with Fandango: Violation

Police radar 14.12 (2)

If you leave your garage in the morning, perhaps still bleary eyed, and see this at the entrance, you know that the day has perhaps not began so well, especially if you leave the garage over the prescribed speed limit. This is not a camera for you to smile and wave. Some time in the early morning hours a car, truck or van arrived and this lookalike Hollywood film camera was placed in a strategic place to measure the speed of the passing cars by the local police.

Sometimes a photo might also be taken. It is always advisable to have a smile on your face in the car and have a neat hair style. Your clothing should also be stylish. It will make an impression on the police afterwards.

One of the problems of this speed measuring is that the police concentrate on the number plate. When the official letter arrives it says that car No, xyyzz was moving with at least 20 kilometres per hour over the speed limit in the main street etc. etc. The problem is that our car is registered in the name of Mr. Swiss and the police are convinced he was driving and the letter is addressed to him. This can lead to a serious discussion and cause a family problem about who was actually driving the car when it was attempting to go through the sound barrier. Of course it was not me, although it could have been. Try keeping your foot off the gas pedal in the car when only 30 kph is allowed. Another problem is that the fines for violating the speed limit are no longer just fifty swiss francs, but usually now have another zero at the end.

I do not drive so much today, just my wheelchair. I do not know how fast I travel, but am always wary of any radar apparatus which might be positioned on the way. Speeding in a wheelchair is not a good idea, they might take my licence away.

FOWC with Fandango: Violation

RDP Tuesday: Migration

Stork 02.05.2018

Big birds they are, it is a stork which is a common appearance where I live. Some years ago there was a biology teacher in our area who had the idea to found a stork colony and he did. The storks were in a village on the local river Aare known as Altreu and the storks of Altreu became quite well known in Switzerland. They had a comfortable life with their own colony, custom made houses with roofs where they could nest and plenty to eat.

Stork at Altreu

Now and again we would visit in Summer with the kids to see the storks: it was only about 15 minutes away by car. The kids grew up, had no longer interest, but Mr. Swiss and I decided once again to go and see the storks, the thing being they were no longer there. Just a few, but not families with their chicks. In the meanwhile the teacher that founded the colony had passed away and it was decided to let the storks fly. I think one of the reasons was they were so comfortable in their new colony, the gave up migrating. They should fly to Spain or Africa in Winter, but why bother when you can have it just as good by staying.

One of the results was that on a rainy day

Stork sitting on lampost in Feldbrunnen, Switzerland

you would see them as you drove along the road perched on a lamp post.

We have various high towers in our area for receiving radio signals and the latest fashion is on every high building strange aerials for reception of the mobile phone frequencies. Someone had the idea to include a platform for storks to build a nest.

Storks 30.06 (14)

The storks soon discovered that life was good if you have a ready made high tower to rear the kids and as they apparently use the same nest for many years, what could be better. This nest was on a high tower next to one of the local high schools. I would often pass by and could see the babies grow one by one. This was until August, and then the nest was empty.

Stork 25.06 (3)

There was a second tower which included the various antenna and the same thing happened here. It was on the opposite bank of the local river and I could see the storks  when I was travelling along the river bank, but one day in August they were gone.

Did they decide to migrate to warmer countries for the Winter? Most probably and I am wondering if they will return again next year, my camera is ready.

We also have a very noisy crow colony where I live.

“Hey Mr. and Mrs. Crow, what about a nice migration to warmer countries in Winter?”

“Forget it, too far for flying and why bother. You always make sure we have food throughout the Winter.”

Well I tried to persuade them, for some peace and quiet and a rest from their permanent cawing, but no luck. I probably spoil them too much.

RDP Tuesday: Migration

Good Morning

Back Garden

A very bright sunny morning today, although a fresh wind is blowing. I am still sitting outside on the porch, although this time with a cardigan. Today is cleaning lady day and whilst she is busy polishing my bathroom and shower I am now have a little “me” time with the computer. I have also done my duty and cleaned all the back windows although they were not so dirty. I find doing them regularly once a week needs maximum half an hour and no hard scrubbing involved. Being a golden oldie with nothing that I have to do has its advantages.

I did not go anywhere yesterday. I was thinking about it, but after hugging the bed after lunch I decided again the stress of getting myself ready for a wheelie and stayed at home.

On me last journey on Sunday afternoon I saw a father on our estate with his little boy organising his model aircraft that got tangled in the bushes.

Model Plane 23.09 (3)

He got it sorted and the plane was released and could fly again. It was ideal weather and I watched for a while father and son having fun.

Model Plane 23.09 (5)

They are the unforgettable moments in the life of a little boy and I hope he remembers them when he is older. “Remember dad when you helped me to fly my plane”.

Yesterday I uploaded the new programme Mojave on my Apple computer. That is the nice thing about Apple, the new programmes are free to upload. Windows 10 costs me an annual fee to keep it, although before they had that system you had to buy each new programme.

Of course these new programmes are business for the computer companies. I read all about Mojave before I uploaded it, the new developments and goodies that I can have. I can now choose between a darker screen or the same as always. They are the things that annoy me, the new developments which seem to be just an alibi for something new and I really do not need them. You upload the newest development and are confronted with all sorts of questions about do you want this or that etc. etc. I get used to my programme and have no wish to have it all done differently. Might be an age thing, but sometimes improvements are not always improvements.

I was also having problems with WordPress yesterday as it would not accept my likes and I had to go around three corners to make it work. Perhaps it was the new Apple programme, although I do not think so. This morning everything was back to normal again.

My No. 1 son usually goes into town in the afternoon and at the moment is also a regular customer at our town fair. He keeps me informed if there is anything new.  He is autist, and enjoys the Autumn fair. He told me that during the day they also have a few music bands there so I will have a look this afternoon. I am still exploring all the possibilities.

And now to move on and think about cooking lunch. Enjoy the day or sleep well according to where you are in the world.

A few flowers from my garden, so called Rudbeckia Laciniata, the taller relative of the black-eyed Susan flower. The are one of the last to flower in my garden, before it closes down for the Winter.

Rudbeckia Laciniata 22.09.2018