FOWC with Fandango: Map

rSolothurn to Bullay by train

The last route where I needed a map was when I attended my son’s wedding in Germany.  It all began at our local station of Solothurn, where I took the train that crossed the Swiss border at Basel and continued into Germany. The last train I had to take was a local one and I had only five minutes to cross the station to reach the platform on the other side. As I stepped into the carriage the doors closed. I was just in time for the connection. Maps are always good to trace the direction, but sometimes the times can be stressful.

And then my cat showed me his map, much more sensible and comprehensive.

cat map of the bed

They really are very logical.

FOWC with Fandango: Map

RDP Friday: Scrooge

The William Shakesspear Pub, London

Thoughts of old London
Cobblestoned streets
Christmas with turkey
And other sweet meats
Scrooge sat in his room
counting his money
Ignoring the carol singers
He found nothing funny
Shivering at night in a very cold bed
The ghost of Christmas past appeared
And then turned his head
to show him his ignorance
of friends, even school
shunned by his father
Scrooge made his own rule
The ghost of the present
showed him good will
and peace to all men
Did this change it for him?
No he stayed in his den
But then came the future
a bony apparition
showing a gravestone
So Scrooge made a decision
He opened his heart
and decided to repent
It all ended happily
and Scrooge was content
Of course it is a story
and had a happy ending
Today gifts are bought
And the money we are spending
There would be no Scrooge
He would not be a looter
He would sit in his office
and do it all by computer
There would be no neglect
No reason or rhyme
he would enjoy his Christmas
He would probably have more time

RDP Friday: Scrooge

Good Morning


Another dull morning this morning, where as the sun gone I ask myself. Now and again it appears in the afternoon, but does not stay very long. The trees have now almost completely lost all of their leaves, so forget Autumn, Winter is creeping in. No snow up to now and I am hoping it will stay away at least until Christmas. I have a few shopping trips to do for food over Christmas.


I do not even have much to offer as a photo at the moment. My birds are still visiting their feeding station daily which the tits seem to have taken over. The sparrows prefer to feed on the ground or on the top of my raised bed.


And the crow and magpies have reserved the largest space for themselves. They do not seem to argue very much and are very polite. As long as there is enough food to share, they are happy.


Otherwise my routine is at last settling down to normality. I was shopping yesterday afternoon, the first time since Monday as I had no time in between. The cupboard was really getting bare, but thanks to my logistical planning the food lasted until yesterday lunchtime. I made spaghetti with a tuna fish sauce, something you can buy in advance and keep for a few days. I even found half a salad head in the fridge which was still quite fresh. I only shopped for the bare minimum yesterday as today will be week-end shopping this afternoon. I still have to make my list. I would love to get into town at the moment to have a look around. Our Christmas market is now there, with a Santa Claus and all the trimmings. For a musical touch we have the Salvation Army band, but alas my time is again occupied with two dental visits next week, one with Mr. Swiss and the other for me. I have to seen the dental hygienist as I have had no time for her since almost 2 years.

No. 1 son is off to Zürich on Saturday evening for the goodbye concert of one of our local groups, Krokus. They are quite popular. My son knows all the musicians and they know him, so it will be a little sad that after this week the band will no longer exist. They are now slowing down, all becoming golden oldies, and have also accompanied my musical background since I have been living in Solothurn. So I wish you all a good day and say goodbye with one of their videos. This one was filmed in London, and I am sure it will wake you all up.

Oh, I was not really going to mention it, but today is my 73rd birthday. No big deal, just another brick in the wall.