FOWC with Fandango: Intersection

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I have never used the word “intersection” before, but after looking into Internet and checking my photos I have realised that it is the meeting of the ways, crossing over, things that I like to avoid when driving a car, but of course you cannot. There are nice geometric objects known as “roundabouts” which I prefer, and the Swiss have the nice habit of decorating them. The one in the picture has lavender in Summer. I drive around  this one when going into town. Right of way is always the traffic coming from the right.

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And then we get the more artistic type of roundabout. This is to be found in the village where I worked for 30 years. There was some sort of competition and the design with the horses won.

Otherwise as a newly recruited driver, I am glad when the roads stay as they should be: no sudden changes in the flow of traffic which would confuse me. Although I am actually a Brit, where they drive on the left side of the road, I never actually drove a car in England, thank goodness. I took my test in Switzerland where they drive, as most of Europe, on the right side of the road.

One of the first laws I learned in Switzerland is when driving, the traffic from the right has right of way when nothing different is shown on the road signs. However when this changes from one day to the other it can get confusing. Exactly one of the roads that I regularly drive when shopping has now had a change. I approach the intersection and want to turn right, but I always waited because  a “Stop” road was signalised and checked if there was traffic coming from the left. Now this has been changed and the letters “S T OP” have been obliterated, meaning you can now go ahead and drive if you turn right  and the traffic coming from the left must stop for you, but you have to hope that they realise that after the last 50 years, this has now changed. I do this Russian Roulette three times a week and have survived up to now. Thank goodness the speed limit is only 30 kph.

FOWC with Fandango: Intersection

RDP Saturday: Play

game boy

I suppose I was in my forties when the gaming bug got me, but blame No. 2 son, he knew them all. And then I had a birthday, and what did I get – a Game Boy: no more boring hours sitting around and wondering what to do, just insert one of those little cassettes and the music began to play. Was I dashing for boulders, or did I have  date with Super Mario, it made no difference. Or perhaps I was building walls with the Tetris bricks. I remember one game where armies were climbing the walls of a fort and I had to defend the fort. I still have my Game Boy in a cupboard, perhaps it still works, but it is better if I forget it. It might get me again and then we can forget the housework and cooking.

Of course I progressed to computer games, colouring landscapes with the Wizzball,  and travelling Koronys Rift, but to be quite honest, I never did understand that one. Something about visiting all 50 worlds and eventually arriving in the station where the flying saucers were, which should be destroyed. I do not think anyone ever got there without being shot down in the first landscape. To be quite honest I cannot remember all of them. In the meanwhile No. 2 son had become a pilot with his jet plane shooting down enemies. I was never really into that, but preferred  thought games instead of action.

Even adults play sometimes. Now my game is writing shopping lists on my mobile phone.

RDP Saturday: Play

Good Morning

Back Garden

What a bleak morning. No clouds, bare branches on the trees and just a background noise of crows – could be something from a horror film. However I am up and ready to go, although it takes time to get into movement. Do you have that as well, when you take the first steps in the morning and your back stays in bed. You wonder if you will make it to the kitchen? I do, but here I am hammering away again on the keyboard.


The first crows have already arrived for breakfast. I took the photo from my place in the kitchen with my mobile phone, close up manipulated,  so quality is not exactly Pulitzer prize worthy. Actually the sparrows were there first, but as soon as the big birds arrive they fly off, probably something to do with species dominance. After the crows chose the best bites they flew off and yes, the sparrows are back again. The main thing is I have no old bread remainders left.

Baking bread

Speaking of bread, I have even baked the week-end bread. OK, I am cheating. You can buy the bread in the store sort of half baked and do the finishing touches at home for 10 minutes in the oven. I usually do this in the afternoon, but I discovered I only had a hard remainder from yesterday which I chopped and scattered for the birds in the garden. I like something a little fresher for my breakfast.

Christmas Decorations Supremarket

I am a little short on new photos this week, due to doctor appointments and driving the car myself alone, no longer being the passenger. I used to take a few photos from the car on the way to the store, but that is finished. I did managed to get a photo of the Christmas decorations in the mall for something a little different but even there my opportunities are now more limited as I have at last found a better place for handicapped parking, with more places available, but at the side of the store, meaning I no longer arrive at the entrance where the big Christmas light show is. Although I still take the lift down when the shopping is completed if I have a few other things to get, like in the drug store.

Yesterday I had to make a detour as my doc told me I should get some vitamin D. It would help to strengthen my bones in the case that I might/probably would fall. They do not need a prescription and I was surprised that the price was reasonable. She usually gave me the medicine herself, but I only visit now when I must. I got the results by telephone of my blood test for the long term diabetes test and it seems I am in perfect health. Even the sugar was manageable with 6,5 whatever. This was a surprise as now and again I might forget a tablet, especially in the evening when my sugar is at the highest point, and I do like some chocolate now and again. It’s the daring things you do in life that breaks the boredom.

Christmas Flowers
The rescue mission for my amaryllis is now completed and I hope it is a success, the problem being that it was top heavy and looked like the leaning tower of Pisa/amaryllis. It is now tied to my flower table with string and it standing upright again. I really did not want to risk losing my flowers as last year when it took a dive to the ground. These white ones are a bit special, not the normal white ones and I managed to get the last one they had in the store.

And that is all there is to report from the wilds of Switzerland. This morning I will stay at home tending to the apartment and myself. I will probably take a trip to the temple of shopping this afternoon. Saturday afternoons are fun as I do not have to get a lot of shopping, this time bird food is on the list. I can take my walker, do not need the trolly and there is some people action, but not too much. Yesterday there were some little frozen spots of snow in the air, but today it is just plain cold.

Enjoy the week-end, make the most of it, and keep safe.

Christmas Roses 12.12.2018