Fandango’s February Expressions #21

 Discretion is the better part of valor

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Which was the reason why I suddenly found myself alone taking this photo. Mr. Swiss quickly disappeared. I think his last words were “It’s not a cow but a bull” and decided to be discrete. How was I supposed to know, they all look the same to me, although this guy did seem to have a bit more. That is the difference between being a Swiss and a Brit. The Swiss grow up with cows in the back yard, In London we only see them if we happen to go to the country, and definitely no bulls.

Fandango’s February Expressions #21

Good Morning

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Nothing special this morning, just a view from the front garden. At least it is not raining, but a few clouds around. The little building is a shed for all to use, mainly for their bicycles. As I do not have a bicycle I do not need it. Some people store wood in it if they happen to have fireplace, which I also do not have.

I was a little disappointed yesterday. It was the first day of our carnival and I ventured into town to see what was going on. Seeing everything from a wheelchair is quite comfortable and I had no problem with the crowds. There were crowds, a lot of children with their parents, and all dressed in their carnival clothes.

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That was the interesting part, but it was a lot less than last year. They had built a bandstand for the music groups but this year there was only one group that was walking around the town with their music and that was nothing special.  They were walking away from me and I only saw their backs and too far to take a photo.

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I stayed around hoping for something to happen, but it did not. Even the main hotel restaurant had no public outside. In the evening it would probably be more lively with groups visiting the restaurants, but I prefer to avoid the evening entertainment: much too hectic. I remember when my kids were at the carnival age and the annual stress. Kids look forward to the carnival and expect their parents to make costumes for them. Those that have grown up here, grow with the tradition. I did not and I must admit I disliked the carnival season arriving. When all the other parents invest time and work into giving their kids wonderful original costumes, you have to do it as well, otherwise you have disappointed kids. I noticed this year in town that more parents are not only presenting their kids with wonderful costumes, but are also dressing the same, as family groups. Am I glad that my family is now independent and they can do their own thing. Carnival is not the same all over Switzerland and many areas have no tradition. Our area is one of the main parts for celebrating. We share it with Lucerne that have their carnival at the same time. Zürich has nothing really, just in a couple of restaurants but Basel is the main area where it begins in the early morning hours on a Monday morning with music, and a procession.

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The next big public occasion will be the procession on Sunday, which is repeated on Tuesday, through past experience I would have no chance to see anything through the crowds lining the route, so yesterday was my only chance for a carnival experience.

Today is again week-end shopping in the afternoon and I should really get around to finishing my shopping list, although ideas are failing me at the moment. I don’t mind cooking something a little more interesting at the week-end, but do not like to spend hours in the kitchen doing it all.

Today is a normal day again and I am not sorry. We golden oldies need the relaxing days with no stress. Have a good one everybody, will be back later.

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Even the stores decorate their windows for carnival.