Daily Inkling: Free from Fear

Halloween Mask

How are you able to go to sleep after watching a scary or psychologically intense movie? What methods do you use to get your mind off of it?  

Being a golden oldie, today I find certain people that have power to decide upon life or death by pressing a button in an office somewhere, if another certain power decides to do the same, will eventually succeed in blowing up the world. Or let’s throw the cola bottles in the sea, no-one will notice with so much flotsam and jetsom is the water and it is only plastic. They are the scary things, and unfortunately not a movie.

At the age of 72 I no longer need methods to take my mind off of anything. Just throw away the newspaper or do not watch the TV. I read books, even Stephen King and Dean Koontz and I can still sleep, because it is all fantas. When I was a kid I remember hiding behind a chair when mum and dad would watch horror films. One particular TV series I will never forget and that was Quatermass, which was on the British TV.  I grew up in London. I got to the part where the door opened in the spaceship, and closed my eyes because you did not know what would leave the ship. I could still sleep afterwards. I was glad to forget the whole thing.

I cannot forget our world leaders however, they are still there tomorrow and I cannot switch them off.

Daily Inkling: Free from Fear

Kammie’s Oddball Challenge 10/11/18

Tunnel Baselstrasse 11.10.2018

When they built the underground walkway, this was a kiosk. People would buy their daily newspaper, their lotto tickets and kids would get their sweets there. Since 10 years at least, it was closed and no-one seems to be interested in taking it over.

Bird Ornament

This little bird is looking for a place in the garden I think.

Books 08.10.2018

Anyone want a free book? These were in a crate perched on a garden wall, and gratis means for free. Just help yourself.

Kammie’s Oddball Challenge 10/11/18

FOWC with Fandango: Castle

Castle Waldegg 23.06.2018

Castle? Of course we have a castle, just a 5-10 minute walk at the top of the hill. The name is Castle Waldegg. If you have a castle then you build it so that you can see the land surrounding it. OK, it is more a chateau than a castle. It was built in 1862 and belonged to a Swiss nobleman who was quite active in France. After the French revolution he lost his influence and it changed hands over the years until 1962. It now belongs to the Kanton of Solothurn, where I live, and it is situated in our village, Feldbrunnen.

So what do you do with a castle if you have one in the back yard? I might take a wheelie in my chair around it for a few photos and even wheel into the garden. Many local people like to have a few wedding photos taken there.

Bride at Castle Waldegg 02.06 (4)

I thought it would be a good idea to take a photo of the photographer as he took his photo of the bride. Generally people just drive their in the wedding car, have the photo taken and go back to the reception. If you an afford it, you can also have the wedding meal in the castle grounds outside. I often hear the music as I wheel past when they are celebrating.

Castle Waldegg 25.05 (14)

If you are a golden oldie and live in the village of Feldbrunnen, then now and again you get an invitation to have lunch at the castle. on the first floor in the dining room. I have done it once with Mr. Swiss and it is really a good thing. You sit and talk with other village neighbours and the atmosphere is really good. The price is also very reasonable. It was my chance to get onto the balcony on the top floor for a few photos. The next meal at the castle will be at the end of October.

Castle Waldegg 25.05 (17)
The view from the balcony is quite far and on a clear day you would see the Bernese Alps in the distance. Whilst we were there they were replacing the golden balls on the pillars outside. We live opposite the castle in the village where you can see the houses.

Castle Waldegg, Feldbrunnen

Wherever you go in our village you see the castle. Inside it is not so interesting, some old paintings and a few rooms,

Bedroom, Castle Waldegg, Feldbrunnen

There is even a bed in the castle, prepared for a sleep, but only to look at. No-one today sleeps at the castle, although for a while the descendants of the original owner still lived there.  The guy who lived there once served in the Swiss garde for the Pope in the Vatican. I hear many stories and legends about the castle in our area. It has been used for the background to a few Swiss films.

And to finish my little blog

Balm and Günsberg

here is another castle in our area, just a little way up the Jura mountains, about 10 minutes by car.  This originates in 1294 approximately and was built into the stone walls of the mountain, more for defence.

Sorry if this is sounding more like a history lesson than a blog.

FOWC with Fandango: Castle

RDP Saturday: Fleek

head with leaves eyes mouth

 I can speak english, often double dutch
Please do not use such strange words, being just too much
Speaking  Swiss german all day long I sometimes make mistakes
It often gets embarrassing, I begin to get the shakes
Suddenly I have a new one, midst in the daily prompt
I have never used this word before, my knowledge is now swamped
They tell me how it should be used, and so I am on fleek
I used it in a sentence today, but everyone found it weak
I thought it would be “in” and original, all would clap with joy
They looked at me with questioning glance and asked if was a toy
Afterwards everyone laughed, I felt I was a fool
I only used it to show off and thought I could be cool
So why use these words in daily talk, when no-one knows what you mean
I will stick to Swiss German, even cockney, and something in between

RDP Saturday: Fleek

Good Morning


The kitchen table is waiting for me. Just a quick photo from my mobile phone and I will pounce for my bread and jam and cup of tea. Of course power up the computer first of all. I even managed a slice for Mr. Swiss.  For some reason he has begun to eat a breakfast, be it only a slice of bread with the trimmings. It must be a golden oldie thing. He usually managed with one of those corn bars covered in chocolate, but now eats the real thing.

My Book
Some years ago when I decided to self publish a novel, I did not intend to become a famous author and did it all in self publishing. I discovered that was a difficult job, checking through it all at least 10 times when not more and I found enough typing faults. In the end I gave up, found a self-publishing company and sent it off. It was nice to get the finished products in book form. It cost money, but why not. It is even available in Amazon Too Much Sunlight by Pat Gerber and it is still there. I pay my normal annual subscription, although I was thinking about cancelling my contract. I did sell one or two books at the beginning, but to colleagues. It was fun at the time, but I decided I would rather blog then spend weeks on planning a new book.

Yesterday I again got a notification from the publishing company. Thinking it was my annual charge, I printed the attachment and found it was money, yes a complete 3 Swiss francs. I never really bothered to see how this thing works, because I had really lost interest, but someone somewhere in this world bought a copy and this was my royalty. OK, no big deal, but another little thrill in the boring day of a golden oldie.

Maize Harvest 11.10.2018

On my last walk in the area I saw that the last corn field had been harvested. We are now really on the way to the Autumn/Winter days. I was the first one up this morning and Mr. Swiss decided to continue hugging the bed. Of course I opened all the blinds and some windows to give everything a fresh appearance. I have now closed them again as he was suffering from over exposure when he arrived in the kitchen.

This morning he will take a trip to the supermarket for a few bits and pieces and I will be guarding our apartment. I did not do anywhere special yesterday except for the shopping experience. We have a new system. I do the shopping on my own whilst Mr. Swiss has a coffee and sees to a few things on the ground floor level of the supermarket. I have discovered I spend less money and am quicker, even with my silly walk. There must be a reason somewhere.

Wild flower

I am now off to do a far better thing then I am doing now (words influenced by Charles Dickens in a Tale of Two Cities). I might go for a wheelie today, time permitting. No. 1 son will be on a concert this evening, so it will be just we two golden oldies having fun. Enjoy the day, will be back – a promise not a threat.