FOWC with Fandango: Palpable

Alps 23.02 (10)

Although more than 200 kilometers away from us, the alps in the Bernese Overland sometimes look so close that you could just reach out and touch them. It depends on the light conditions.

Bernese Alps

And sometimes you get a good view from the parking spaces in the local store, but not as close as in our village.

FOWC with Fandango: Palpable

RDP Wednesday: Maelstrom

Rheinfall 06.08 (11)

We do not have any whirling pools on our river Aare. It has too many dams and is too well trained to be exciting. However, on the borders of East Switzerland we have the Rheinfall. I was visiting my son a few years ago. He lives in a village near to the falls, so we paid them a visit and they are the daddy of the maelstrom strength, although if necessary they can be switched off for some peace and quiet, just like Niagara.

Fish in Rheinfall 06.08 (1)

Funnily enough it does not seem to bother the fish that breed quite happily at the side of the falls filling the plates in the restaurants.

RDP Wednesday: Maelstrom

Good Morning


The storm is now almost over. Just a few winds around, but nothing devastating. We were lucky in our part of Switzerland that it had no serious effects. I had some news from a friend of mine in England yesterday. She had planned on an excursion to a theatre on the coast. The train was running, but when she got there discovered the performance had been cancelled due to damage caused to the roof of the hall from the gale force winds and she really had to battle against the winds to even cross the road. We  even had a little snow this morning, but mixed with rain and nothing really special. At least it looks like a normal day and travelling to the store this afternoon should be no problem.


Bird life has not changed very much and the crows were again on their foraging expedition for food in the morning.


The sparrows were also overcoming their shyness, although they are known to be quite cheeky, and ventured onto my raised bed to take their pick.


Due to the hight winds, the seeds have been scattered in all directions to my pleasure. They are now eating in front of the window. There are always large groups of sparrows. I realise that I have never seen a sparrow nest anywhere. The are probably hidden high in the trees.

And so yesterday was a day at home, mainly catching up on sleep after lunch and pottering around in the apartment. I again spent the evening in the laundry room, and with the TV. One of the hospital soaps, Holby City is the name, was running on the BBC TV. I managed to watch almost all of it, just missing the beginning when I was starting the programme on the washing machine, but otherwise I saw most of it. You do tend to get involved with the characters and things that happen. Television never used to bother me so much, but it seems to be an accompanying event when getting older.


I treated myself to yet a new orchid on my last visit to the store. I replaced one of them as its flowering days were over, and it has now been relegated to my other room with the others waiting for an opportunity to flower again, but they never do although one produced a new stalk. The photo is not so good, but it is only with my mobile phone.

And so to continue with the daily routine. We now have mid week and already the week-end looms over the horizon. Have a good one everyone, see you around. I must move on, the window is open and there is a very cold fresh breeze surrounding me: time to warm up with some house cleaning exercises.