FOWC with Fandango: News

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The latest news is that our Swiss alps are still there, they have not yet melted, so nothing with climate change.

Although, do not tell anyone, otherwise it might cause a sensation but …., yes, they were hollowed out many years ago. The Swiss had to have somewhere to put their tanks, and weapons and crossbows, not forgetting their gold bars from the banks of course.

And we still have ice and snow? Easy, your fridge also has ice and sometimes snow: all done by condensers on the surface.

So that is enough said, I want to keep my Swiss passport.

FOWC with Fandango: News

RDP Friday: Melt

Baseltor 11.04.2019

It was one of those hot days today, a real melting down process, the day when Mr. Swiss had to do a little business in town. I was thinking of taking a parking place just on the edge of town. He would only have a 5 minute walk to pick up something. He had another idea. I should drive into town and wait outside, it would only be a few minutes. I do have permission to drive into our cobble stoned market place, but I prefer taking a drive with my wheelchair into town and not with the car. And so I manoeuvred my way into town through this nice little narrow entrance gate and I even had a few centimetres to spare on each side. I arrived at the target, Mr. Swiss did his business and directed me out of the town.

This meant driving through streets where thank goodness no other car was approaching, but full of tourists and shoppers. There was no room to pass each other.

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Eventually, still in my little car, I had to navigate this square (more cobblestones) to return to my entrance gate again. Then Mr. Swiss had the brilliant idea we could now go further to give up  the document we picked up. This meant another odyssey through narrow streets and waiting until he completed his business, where I had opposing traffic on a narrow road.

Eventually I drove home and continued alone to the supermarket for the week-end shopping. I was perhaps 15 minutes later than usual for the shopping, but naturally all the parking places were occupied for the handicapped, so I parked on a place reserved for deliveries for the computer department, hoping no-one was having a TV, Radio or computer delivered today. When I returned to my car it had been parked in a hot spot full in the sun and then I began to melt. Thank goodness for air-conditioning in the car.

And now the melt of the evening. I decided we would have our famous toast Hawaii this evening. Toast a slice of ham, a pineapple slice on top and all covered by slices of cheese. Afterwards in the grill to let it melt together and with a garnish of paprika, the perfect meal. And now to relax.

Toast Hawaii
RDP Friday: Melt

Good Morning


A few planes have left their marks this morning in the sky showing some connecting lines between the casual clouds. I always hear the planes above, but not always see them, or if I see them am too late with the camera. Here a mobile phone camera is not enough to capture them. I take my photos with the phone camera mainly when I want a quick upload, but for something more elaborate, you can never beat a real camera. I used to take my camera everywhere, but since driving regularly again I no longer have the opportunity to use it. I really miss the journeys, even if it was only to the local store, when Mr. Swiss was at the driving wheel and I would be snapping away next to him from the passenger seat.

Life’s patterns change as you grow older. Mr. Swiss now stays at home with my camera, with just an occasional excursion with me in the car, and I am the one now concentrating on the road.

Yesterday was not really a shopping day, but after my midday sleep I had to pick up some medicine for Mr. Swiss at the doctors. The doc was alone in the practice so I could exchange a few words with her. She also helped me with my walker. She has a ramp on the ground floor entrance to the surgery, but as ramps go, not so perfect. I managed to wheel up having a little balance problem, but I was dreading losing my balance wheeling down. She came with me to the entrance and took over with the walker whilst I concentrated on descending the two steps with my cane. I was so glad and it solved all my problems. Afterwards I clmbed into the car and decided to drive off to the supermarket, just for a few bits and pieces. This was really a good shopping trip, as I was not in a rush, had really no big important stuff to get, and could take my time. I even went down to the lower level where the garden plants are, and the seeds. I had been thinking about planting some pansy seeds for spring flowering and got myself a packet. I love pansies with their little faces.


Some faces are better than others as this one shows from one of our local flowerbeds in town.

Today is week-end shopping. Son No. 1 will be arriving home from his two weeks holiday tomorrow evening where he will be bringing the usual gifts of dirty laundry, although as I had no beds to change this week, I am quite up to date and have enough time and space in the machine to deal with it.


My basil is at last showing some available leaves for a tomato salad. It took some time. At first the slugs brought their 600 teeth with them and had a chew, them we had a spell of colder weather (that seems so long ago) and now it has recovered and sprouting nicely.


I also noticed another echinaca/coneflower plant in the garden, they seem to be everywhere at the moment.

I am now off for a little session with the vacuum cleaner and mop after my morning shower. Let us see what the day brings. I am waiting for an important letter this morning and hope it arrives, otherwise it would mean an extra trip into town which I do not know how I would fit it in, but things are never how you would like to have them.

Hope you all have good day, with no unwanted surprises or stress. I leave you with my newest flower in the garden. Nothing really different, but the first to show on this partcular hosta which the gardener planted after the builders left us a couple of years ago.  I was surprised, but there are a few of them to come and they managed to escape from the jaws of the monster slugs.