This time a red sedum, but forming a nice ground cover on my flower bed in Summer.
This time a red sedum, but forming a nice ground cover on my flower bed in Summer.
What can a golden oldie write about being musical today. At the moment there is a programme on the BBC TV called “Top of the Pops”. This programme is not new, it was on the TV when I was 50 years younger, or perhaps even more. In those days we had groups like The Beatles, Rollng Stones, Searchers. Dave Clark Five and a few more. They were our idols, we could sing along and remember the songs afterwards. We had hit parades showing the best songs, the ones that sold the most.
And now I was watching Top of the Pops with todays music hits, Did I say music? I now realise that I am no longer a golden oldie, just an oldie. I questioned Mr. Swiss how he found the so-called modern music. He might be 8 years older than me, but found that the modern music is not so bad. The quality of the recordings was not so good, and times have changed.
They definitely have changed. I find nothing musical about reapeating the same accords time and time again and even the same words, but I am now too old to go with the music taste it seems. I took the photo at a local gathering of break dance. They were dancing, more like an acrobatic exercise, and they was background music, but sorry I no longer get it. I give up. Where are the tunes that I could remember and sing to?
However let us not tar them all with the same brush. I happen to know these two guys, they were young men working in the company where I worked. They are twins and have made a local name in “rap”. I just found this video and it was filmed on one of our local mountains. So enjoy, I did – there must be a rescue for this oldie after all.
“Cupid have you been playing with my paint box again?”
“Stay cool Juppy, I got one of my own for the midwinter solstice and thought I would add a bit of romance to the sky. I am fed up with the blues and greys and sometimes even black, according to your moods.”
“That is not the way things are done here Cupid. I am Jupiter, not Juppy, and I decide the mood of the day.”
“How am I supposed to do my job when you ruin it all with your boring skies. Boy meets girl, I sharpen up an arrow, or two and then we get rain and a clap of thunder and the arrow misses its targets. Since I painted the sky with some pastel colours everyone is falling in love.
“I am not in the mood for love Cupid.”
“I thought you had your eyes on Venus.”
“I did, but she stood me up for Saturn, she said he was always looking on the bright side. and here she comes.
“What a wonderful sky, was that your idea Juppy.”
“I was thinking about it Venus.”
“Typical Juppy, just because he is the boss he takes the credit for everything.”
“Oh, hello Cupid. Now you can really go to town with your bow and arrow.”
“At last, I was thinking of having a shot to keep my arm in practice.”
“Go ahead Cupid.”
“I thought you were together with Saturn.”
“I was, but he was shining so bright, I had to wear dark glasses all the time.”
“Ok then here I go “twang” and another “twang””
“Ouch. You pierced me with your arrow Cupid.”
“Of course I did Juppy and I also pierced Venus, so make the most of it.”
Venus and Jupiter did not exactly live happily together for ever after, only until Cupid used up all his new paints and Jupiter took over again with some stronger colours. Cupid found it was worth the effort to paint a few pastel skies now and again.
Some of our local Christmas lights
Mornings are again grey and nothing special. During the day the skies brighten up and yesterday afternoon it was clear blue skies with not a cloud to be seen. I broke out. My only journeys have been to the stores lately. It was Sunday and I decided to see what nature was doing during the colder days. Our house mountain, Weissentein, had its usual customary coating of snow on the front meadows. It is its trade mark in Winter and we call that patch the “bib”. The building is the restaurant and over the past couple of years an extension was built on the righthand side, more restaurant space. I have not been up there for a couple of years and due to the progression of my MS would probably not be able to manage the journey. Getting to the top is not such a problem in the cabin on the lift, but walking around afterwards would be a bit tricky.
I decided to wheel on to the local castle and met this lady on the way mounted on her horse. It was on the path to the castle and there are stables on the way. She was being accompanied by the guy on the bike next to her. You meet all sorts on a country walk here. In the background you can see the Sunday walkers taking the castle path.
I moved on, and met these two that had also decided to take a walk in the sun. I am not sure if it was the good weather that drew them out, or just the search for food. There is a chicken coup next to the stables and often the chickens make the great escape although the rooster calls them to return.
I was glad to see that the goats have now been moved to their own pen on the path, making it easier for a photo.
There are a pair and have been at the farm/stables for a couple of years. Last year they had two kids, so perhaps they will be rearing a family again this year.
I really enjoyed my journey. It was quite cold and all the other walkers I saw had their hats and gloves on. There were quite a few enjoying the sunny afternoon. I had not planned to be away for a long journey. It is all in the top half of our village through the cemetery, onto the local castle Waldegg and a tour of the animals.
Today it is again a tour of the supermarket to get in supplies for the New Year. Everything is closed from 4.00 in the afternoon on New Year’s Eve until 2nd January. 2nd January is St. Bartholomew’s day and also used to be a Swiss holiday, but over the years the large stores now open on 2nd January. I am glad as planning ahead with food can get a little complicated when everything is closed for a longer time. After today my next trip will be on 2nd January to get a few supplies.
In between life carries on, whether 2019 or 2020 and there will still be some laundry to to and daily chores, although the chores have been reduced. Even a golden oldie likes a holiday in between.
I am now off for now, but leave you with a photo of the local castle reflecting the afternoon sun with the Jura mountains in the background. I have taken many photos of this castle, but never tire of the view.
Have a good day everyone, and hope you have a few good highlights now and again.
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