A Photo a Week Challenge: Cityscape/Townscape

Altstadt Solothurn10.11 (11)

Altstadt 11.12 (2)

Solothurn in Switzerland is difficult to capture on one photo with its narrow alleys and tightly knit houses. It is a so-called gothic town, and the buildings are protected. Even the streets are paved with cobblestones to keep the atmosphere. I have been living in the area or 50 years and know almost every street and tightly packed corner by name.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Cityscape/Townscape

FOWC with Fandango: Beware

Baselstrasse 12.03 (1)

There are signs that draw you into their ban. Why is it that when I pass by this entrance I am fascinated by the words written. House No. 18 shows the name Malpertuis. I had a look in Internet, not knowing this name.

It is a character in a Belgian horror film from 1971. A sailor discovers that his uncle is capturing dying Greek Gods and sewing them into human flesh. Does this mean that I should avoid this place in future? Malpertuis is a crumbling, ancient house where a dying warlock has trapped the aging gods. This house looks quite modern and well looked after and nothing is crumbling. There is no sign of anything supernatural, although I only pass by during the day. Perhaps at night there is a different tale to tell.

There is no sign telling me to beware of Malpertuis. I have decided to paint a sign on my door “Tabby” and see if people wonder who Tabby is. At the moment Tabby is sleeping after a bowl of food. Perhaps Malpertuis is the name of the cat that lives in the house.

FOWC with Fandango: Beware

RDP Friday: Hope

Hope is a Friday feeling
Collect the shopping bags
Put them in the car boot
Drive off to the store and fill them
Sounds easy, not so easy
The bags now in the trolley
Push the trolley around the store
Fill it, checking items off the list
Meet a friend in the store
And then continue
Striking items off the list
Suddenly the list is empty
Hoping you have got everything
Pay at the cash desk
Use the special coupons with reductions
Already dealt with in the comfort of home
What are iPads for?
Pile the goods in the bags
Off home in the car
And now again the hopeful part
What more hope?
Never stop hoping
In the garage leave the cola pack
Too heavy and No. 1 son will fetch it
Otherwise pile it all on your walker
Mission completed
Hope I remembered  everything

RDP Friday: Hope

Good Morning

Snow in Garden 14.03 (1)

Not such good wetter prospects. Yesterday was a mixture of snow and rain all day and I was glad that I did not have to go places and see things. There is also a fresh wind blowing and not very inviting. Needless to say I was at home all day, although busy doing this and that. Me time is in the second half of the afternoon when I attend to my various hobbies like writing ad organising photos. In the evening I like to read, generally on my Kindle. Even golden oldies are now to lazy to hold a book in their hands, and where am I supposed to go with books. I already have more than 6 bookcases full, mine and Mr. Swiss.

Rain in the morning

I treated myself to a pot of daffodils in the store a few days ago. My son retrieved my table and chairs from the cellar for the front garden and I completed the picture with my daffodils. However, it has not stopped raining since. At least I do not have to give them any water. I always have something outside when Spring is on its way. When they finish flowering I plant them somewhere in the garden.


My poinsettia still has its red leaves which surprises me. I have had it since before Christmas and usually it begins to dwindle after Christmas, but it seems to like my apartment and is still looking quite healthy. It lost a few leaves on the way but is now producing new shoots. I generally put it outside during the Summer months, although it does not always survive so well. It does not seem to like direct sun.

So what do we do today? I have yet another excursion to the store this afternoon for the week-end shopping. I constructed my list of things to cook over the week-end yesterday. What else does a golden oldie have to keep busy.  Son No. 1 is off to a concert in town this evening so Mr. Swiss and I will be having yet another romantic candlelight supper together. Actually it will be in the kitchen and no candles, but still homely.

Our new bed linen arrived yesterday. We ordered it only two days ago online so a good service. It was washed yesterday so now I will have an ironing session this afternoon: two pillow and duvet covers. That is the disadvantage of having new linen. I do not like the idea of using it straight from the packing as it still has the smell and feel of new. There is also the disadvantage that we are now constantly getting mails from the company where we ordered it with new offers. That is modern life.

As I look out of the window I see the rain and snow mixture again. I am now off for some housewife exercise to keep me warm. I also have to recharge my mobile phone. Sometime in the early morning hours I wake and hang it onto the electricity. I sleep further and it is fully uploaded when I rise. This time I forgot. It has enough power but I like to recharge it in the morning to be sure. Mr. Swiss constantly forgets. At the moment we are both busy uploading them.

Gulls 12.03 (1)

Have a good day or night as the case may be and let us just wait until Spring arrives, like these gulls seem to be doing at our local river.