Small but imposing, the tradescantia. These were in my garden.
Small but imposing, the tradescantia. These were in my garden.
The fountain in the museum gardens of Solothurn
Someone was spraying the lawn
The water from the Rheinfall flowing into the River Rhein and it really has power.
Yes, our Swiss cows want to belong, so say “Yes” to cows having horns to make them feel better.
That is the translation of the poster on our local road. Below in smaller letters “Yes to the Horn initiative on 25th November 2018”
Yes the Swiss are voting again, not unusual. We have referendums every 3-4 months. On 25th November our votes again will be cast and top of the list is the endeavour to make our cows belong to the universal communal cow tribes and to keep their horns. Are there any other countries where the horns stubs are removed from the heads of little baby calves by an electric burner before the little calves even realise that they might one day have horns?
I am not usually very political, but in this case a Swiss farmer in the alps has collected enough signatures to bring this issue to the vote. Today I received the official notification from the goverment. The booklet says the following.
“The People’s initiative for the dignity of the agricultural Animals (Cow Horn Initiative)
NO: The Swiss government and Parliament find the Initiative would do more harm than good. If it is accepted more barns must be built where the cows must be tied up because if the cows have horns it simplifies their attitude. Cows with horns increase the danger of injury.
YES: The Initiative wants more farmers to let their cows and goats keep their horns. As this means that the farmers must work more, the country should support this with more financial help. In this case the animal world would be more in the centre.”
That is a rough translation of the official document, so what do we do. We have already voted by post and due to my forceful advice, I made sure that our family are voting for the cows to keep their horns. Yesterday I had a discussion with No. 2 son who finds we have worse problems to deal with, such as climate change etc. Of course he is right, but the cow problem can now be solved. According to the statistics it will be a very tight vote with 47% for the cows to keep the horns and 49% to have them removed. There is still a small percent of undecided.
I know this is of no interest of the all the people here, as probably it is does not come into the question because you probably have happy cows with horns. But look at the two cows on the poster, they are happy cows. It has never bee proven that the little calves have no pain by removing the horns. I am not a vegetarian and I like a good steak or beef stew, but let them live with their horns until their time has come. Wenn irgend eine Schweizer liest diese Wörter, denn Ihr wisst was zu machen ist. Wir wollen glücklicher Kühe. Entschuldigen Grammatikfehler.
I took this photo a couple of weeks ago in our village, the only cow herd we have with horns, all the others are hornless. Let our cows belong.
Our local Gymnasium (High School) have a music department and a big band. They are all teensagers taking their first steps in making music, mostly jazz and improvisations. Once a year there is a concert and a couple of years ago they teemed up with some of the jazz musicians in our town for a concert.
Mr. Swiss is a hobby drummer and often played in various groups, so of course we went along to have a look. I did a little photo shopping with one of the photos I took, but here they are with the more professional musicians.
The real thing: me sitting on the bed in the hospital being infused with cortisone against infection. The whole thing goes half an hour and I have to go again today, so do not have a lot of time. I am becoming a regular customer at the hospital. I have already ordered my medicine at the chemists and can pick it up on Friday because I can continue with tablets until Sunday and then the whole procedure is over I hope, just for a relapse of MS. My giddy feeling has now disappeared although I am being careful of taking steps at the moment.
Poor Mr. Swiss also has his back problems and has been moving me back and forth to hospital. Luckily it is only a 5-10 minutes car drive from where we live.
I have not had a lot of time to do what I would like to do this week. No. 2 son paid a visit yesterday evening to see how mum was doing offering if he could help although there is nothing he can do. On Saturday he will be visiting with wife and my grandson. I thought I might have to call it off, but am now in my usual routine. I had a visit from the doc in hospital whilst I was there and told him I am just carrying on regardless and he confirmed it was the best method. There are people a lot worst than myself with MS, and I do not have such a strong case, although who knows what the future holds.
And now to carry on further. I am really stealing time at the moment as I have to go at 10.00 a.m. and have to shower and a bit of this and that. There is also a meal to cook. I was thinking of starting the spaghetti sauce now and reheating when I get home to lose no time. I also have No. 1 son to feed at lunchtime.
I hope you are all keeping well and no negative surprises. I am off, See you later in the day when I have this all behind me. Oh, how I hate stress so early in the morning.
I even managed to get a photo of an autumn tree on my way home from the hospital yesterday. Always have a camera with you, you never know.
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