RDP Monday: Dazzle

Tulip 08.04 (2)

I decided to dazzle everyone with my tulip that opened this morning. I was off shopping this afternoon and wanted to make a few more better photos of this tulip when I returned home. My tulip went on strike. It had been teasing me with its buds since a week. It was closed this morning, but just before lunch it opened, with its colleagues.

When I returned from my shopping trip I equipped myself with my mobile phone and camera and decided to take a few more better photos. My tulip had closed its buds. How could it be so mean? There I was ready to take my Pulitzer prize award winning photo and the tulip refused to pose. The sun had also disappeared, so perhaps tulips only open when the sun shines or they only open for a few hours during the day.

My dazzling tulip photo is not as good as I wanted. Our hawthorn bush is also flowering, so here it is as a compensation. I nearly killed the neighbour this morning. The hawthorn bush separates her garden territory to mine and it only began to flower yesterday. There she was out in the garden with her garden shears cutting off twigs of the hawthorn. I really did not want an argument, called Mr. Swiss and we both got rather loud. She heard us (which was intended). She asked if we meant her. We said yes and now was not the time to cut twigs off a flowering hawthorn. “But they are dry” was her weak answer. Of course they were not dry, they had not yet produced the flowers, but leaves were there. She was also thinking about attacking another bush, but realised that it would not be such a good idea and eventually disappeared. This was not the first time. I was dazzled by her actions.

So here is the hawthorn, and there are still some berries on the twigs from last year.

Hawthorn 08.04 (1)

RDP Monday: Dazzle

Good Morning

Morning Clouds

Quite a dramatic sky when I took my first look this morning but the birds were singing and behind the clouds it was blue, so it can only get better. I did my usual morning chores: opening the curtains, raising the blinds and removing the washing from the stand.  I always wash in the evening from 9.00 as from that time our electricity is half price until 6 in the morning, which tends to make a good reduction on the bill. I hang it in the evening and in the morning it is dry and ready to remove or iron, whatever the case may be. I have had this system for years and it works well with me. When we bought the apartment it had a tumble dryer fitted, but that was an energy eater.It dried the washing in an hour, but to a price, I prefer natural dried washing in any case.

So having completed the morning chores, including emptying the cat tray, I get down to the important stuff like making my breakfast and perhaps taking a few photos of the outside world, like the cloud formations.


At last my Darwin tulips are showing some colour and they might just open up during the day.


I have a pot of daffodils on the small table in the front garden and the first one opened today. there are quite a few daffodils in the pot, so I am looking forward to seeing them all. When they are finished flowering I will plant them in my garden bed around my buddleia where I hope they will remain for many years.

Yesterday was a relaxed day at home. At last I finished composing my letter to the british pension authorities for my monthly paltry amount and completed their form.  It will be posted today and I will be  tensely awaiting their reaction, although rather the monthly money.

Yesterday evening Mr. Swiss hopped off to bed whilst I finished my daily doings on WordPress and afterwards compose todays shopping list. I do lead an organised life it seems. This afternoon I will be on my way again to the store, hoping that I have not forgotten anything.

October Monthly Market 10.09 (2)

Today is the second Monday in the month, meaning market day in our local town of Solothurn. I like to go, but since shifting my shopping routine to the afternoon, no longer have the time, although I noticed that with time it is mainly the same stalls in the same places and nothing really new. It is just a good experience to be among people and naturally for my camera.

Daily chores are now calling in the apartment. Unfortunately you cannot sit on the computer all day, there is also a real life waiting for me out there somewhere. I am now off to share the joys of a vacuum cleaner and all the trimmings. Look after yourselves  and enjoy the week ahead: just look on the bright side and ignore the negative stuff, like housework or your job.

And by the way, the primroses are flowering outside.

Primrose 06.04.2019