FOWC with Fandango: Compass


We had a small problem with this Prompt. I do not have a compass and needed one for a photo. “I have a compass” said Mr. Swiss and disappeared to get the compass. Unfortunately he needed a compass to find the compass which seems to have disappeared somewhere.

How can I write about a compass without a compass: no problem. In the meanwhile whilst Mr. Swiss was still searching for his compass, I uploaded an app on my iPad. I already have the compass on my iPhone, but that is too small for my prompt. Now I have a king-sized compass and took a photo of it for this prompt.

I told Mr. Swiss not to bother. I found a compass. I think he is still searching. Perhaps he needs a compass to help with the search.

FOWC with Fandango: Compass

RDP Wednesday: Mentor


Do I have a mentor? I think I captured them all on this photo: my camera, my computer and my Mr. Swiss in the background. We are all together outside on the porch. A mentor is apparently an experienced and trusted advisor.

My camera delivers the pictures to inspire me to write My computer feeds me with the information I need and Mr. Swiss? He is always there, my support and advisor, although that works both ways. We are opposites in taste and culture but we harmonise and inspire each other

I am surrounded by nature outside, the sun is shining. Even if it were Winter and snowing I would get my inspiration from my surroundings. Another positive influence  are the changing seasons.

I just returned from a wheelie in my chair. The cobwebs imbedded in my thoughts have now been blown away by fresh air and fresh sights. My mentor surrounds me: I observe and digest.

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RDP Wednesday: Mentor

Good Morning


It is a cold morning, but I was up early enough to catch the sun rising over my little village in Switzerland. Today is 1st May, known as Mayday and we have a holiday in Switzerland. The stores are closed in the afternoon and I noticed our school-kids in our village have to go to school this morning. I have taken the day off as well, although housework never lets you have a day off, someone has to cook the food.

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Yesterday afternoon I decided to go for a wheelie in my chair to visit the town of Solothurn just along the road. It was a cloudy day and not so warm. There were not many people about on the streets. I remember when it used to be crowded daily with shoppers, but that is now a thing of the past. The big supermarkets are now more situated in the surrounding villages where I also do my shopping and a lot of daily buying is now done online from the comfort of the computer.

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The narrow streets only seem to be populated by our local pigeons in the search for a few forgotten crumbs on the ground.

Up to now my devious logistic plans have paid off and my concentrated shopping is working well. This morning I took a bread out of the freezer for the evening meal to make sure we have something fresh on the table. This evening I decided to to make a cervelat salad. A cervelat is THE Swiss sausage. You can eat it cold, or fry it and it is the main ingredient of your rucksack if you are going on a hike. Many are the Swiss soldiers that have been thankful to have a cervelat in the equipment. I remember when the kids were small, we would take our cervelat on a hike and pierce them on twigs laying along the trail. We would construct a small fire and I suppose it became something like the Swiss equivalent of roasting marshmallows over a fire, but it was a cervelat, the Swiss sausage.

So this evening, for the first time in a long while, I will be making a cervelat salad. Actually I do not even like it so much, but I am not alone at the table. I make a normal salad sauce with some chopped eshalots and chives and slice the sausage. I put some radishes, tomato and boiled eggs into the mixture. You can really include anything in the salad, every Swiss housewife has their own preferences.  Some even include some finely sliced cheese, mainly Emmental. As my family is not so keen on the cheese part and I am, I slice a piece of Emmental cheese and mix it with my portion of the salad.

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I noticed that the restaurants were also quite empty in town as I wheeled through. Everyone seems to be waiting for the sunny warm days when the town resembles one big open air restaurant.

And now for some action. I think I might clean some windows this morning. I really intended to do it yesterday, but time was short. Instead I attacked my oven  which I had neglected lately. I do not really use it very much, but it seems to breed grease on its own.

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Our town gardeners were busy in Spring and the planted flowerbeds are now showing results. This creation is when you are entering the town. Have a good 1st May wherever you are, whether you are celebrating or not. The Russians used to have a big parade, but even now that is a thing of the past.