FOWC with Fandango: Madness

Kitty Cat hat

Was it madness when my adopted American cousin, with the same name as I have, said she had some spare hats and so I asked her to send me one. The Swiss give me a sideways glance when I wear it, but it is original and I am definitely the only one in Switzerland that owns an original Pussy Cat Hat. I have been trying to organise a march here, but no-one seems to be interested.

FOWC with Fandango: Madness

RDP Thursday: Spiky

Weissbauch Igel

I have a friend, although I have not seen her for a few years. She is a farmer’s wife, has 7 children and was always doing something new. Amongst her interests she bred African pygmy hedgehogs. At the time I paid a visit, and they were very small and very spiky.

Baby White Belly Hedgehogs - 3 days old

These three were only three days old when I visited. They were not yet very spiky. There spikes were  more like a punker haircut.

White belly hedgehog - 3 days old

The babies were quite sweet, and some had their spikes in white. They are quite popular as pets, although I did not have one myself.

This was 10 years ago and we have lost touch in the meanwhile. She also bred guinea pig, tortoise and special cat breeds. but the hedgehogs were quite unique.

RDP Thursday: Spiky

Good Morning


I was a little overwhelmed with my sunrise photos this morning. This was the first one with a clear sky and a nice glow in the distance from the rising sun. On this photo you can even see a peak of the far distant alps, towards the righthand side just next to the tree on the horizon. I am sure if I had been higher up, perhaps our local castle path, I would have seen the whole range of the Alps. Yesterday also looked quite promising in the morning, but when the afternoon arrived it was again cloud cover.


And I took this photo about 10 minutes later when the sunrise was a little more colourful.

At last we are more or less back to normal and the holidays are over. Yesterday I was on a shopping trip again in the morning although officially it was still a holiday here. The road was completely empty of traffic through our village and I wondered if I was living in a ghost town. As I approached the road to the supermarket, there was a little more on the roads. Eventually I arrived and discovered a moderate public, with enough parking room. Even the special places for the handicapped had enough space to park.  It was really only this supermarket open in the region. All the other stores were still closed.

I was glad to have a comfortable space to do my shopping and I managed to buy what I needed. I was even earlier back at home afterwards with plenty of time to manage my routine with no stress.

Today there is no shopping trip planned, but I will now have to visit our garbage containers in our village to deposit our glass and metal refuse collected over the past month. Mr. Swiss used to do it with my son, but now he is no longer able so I will be on my way with son No. 1. I could not do it on my own and am glad of his help.


It is all nicely organised with containers clearly marked for their purpose. It will be yet another new experience for me and the car, but it seems it is all clearly marked to drive in. I will have to repack the two bags, as both are brimming full with the waste. It is all in the name of recycling and almost a must in Switzerland.

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I will not have any spare time today for wheelies into town. I really miss Mr. Swiss accompanying me on walks or even car drives although the last walk we took together was more than a year ago. How quickly life can change when age creeps up on you.

So now to get down to some action. I might even clean a window or two today, who knows. At the moment I am still feeling fit.

Enjoy your day, I will see you around.

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Some horses I saw as I was leaving my village on my last trip to town this week.