FOWC with Fandango: Bend


Have pity on the bananas.
They are born with a permanent bend
No matter how they want to grow straight
It is an impossibility to mend
And who wants to eat a straight banana
It is not such a great adventure
Definitely a crime to eat
And subject to a censure
So bananas keep on bending
A real designer fruit
Keep your personal feature
We think you are so cute

FOWC with Fandango: Bend

RDP Thursday: Green


What do you do when you need green. There are various possibilities. Open the door go out and see the grass growing, or watch if there are any leaves on the tree. I decided to go on a search for green in the local supermarket. I was planning on a shopping trip to get me out of the house for a while.

The first thing that greeted me in the store was the new Spring arrangements and to be quite honest the same as they have done for the past five years. The warped stylish green metal container with the wonderful pink Plastic flower branches. Come on, I am sure you can do better than this. So I moved onto the vegetable and fruit selection.


It’s approaching the courgette season and there they were, all in rows, ready for the next ratatouille: at leat that is what I do with them, adding aubergine, peperoni and tomatoes


And of course adding some fresh basil leaves to spice it up.


I even found some nice fresh limes if you want to get a sharper taste into your food.

I decided enough is enough: everything seemed to be infused with a green highlight today and it was a good opportunity to try out my new iPhone camera which worked perfectly. I have had such a miserable week: first of all a new car battery, then I lost my mobile phone, but make the most of it. I have a new phone, my dream phone and I even had the choice of getting a midnight green one, but I stayed with silver.

RDP Thursday: Green

Good Morning


I am trying to get back to the old routine, although it was a rough ride this week. At least it looks like a sunny day. At the beginning of the week I had to organise a new battery for my car and on the same day in the afternoon I lost my smartphone.  I was completely lost without it, realising how much I depend on it as my backup in life. I always have it with me and jot down reminders in it, my shopping list etc. etc. I know I had it when I arrived home from shopping after picking up my car from the garage, but where us it?

Cutting a long complicated nightmare short, I got myself a new phone. I have always had iPhone, the last was an iPhone X and so the new phone is an iPhone 11 Pro, meaning it has an improved camera with three lens. The guy at the shop fitted it all up for me and I still have the same telephone number thank goodness. I really did not want to send mails to all my telephone colleagues with a new number. I also organised it with face recognition  and a code and am now ready to go. I lost the WLAN connection yesterday for some unknown reason but also put that back together.

I had to organise my e-mail connection myself, but even managed to conquer that obstacle. I did ask Mr. Swiss, but he was absolutely no help, so like everything else I did it all by myself and am quite proud of myself. In between I was shopping. And now to continue with life as usual, at least I hope so. I just did not have the energy left to blog or write, I had to settle down.


I am a bit short on new photos at the moment, as I am still getting used to my new phone camera. I tried a close up this morning of this group of sparrows and must say it is certainly an improvement on the old camera and came out quite sharp for the distance. The phone camera is quite useful for quick shots whilst I am blogging, although at the moment there is not very much happening outside.

We are still fighting with the corona virus here, although our part of Switzerland is not so hard hit as in the Italian part bordering onto Italy. A few border crossings have been closed, but the border workers from Italy that work in Switzerland during the day are still allowed entrance. Mr. Swiss is getting worried as I am the only person in the family that mixes with others at the supermarket. However I noticed this week that shopping in the afternoon has much fewer people. The Swiss have now generally stopped shaking hands when they meet and often just a touch of two elbows is the new system.

I am thinking about stocking up on food at home, you never know if we all have shut down eventually. All I seem to have is pasta an a packet of lentils. Mr. Swiss finds I should now order the food to be delivered


As I am sitting here at the breakfast table in the kitchen these two crows landed outside so I chanced another long distance photo with my iPhone. It is really a good sharp photo for the 10x zoom factor and then they decided to fly away.


And I managed to capture them in flight. Taking photos with an iPhone is similar to a mini video (very mini) and you can choose the photo you want as standard. I naturally reeled it through to where they embarked on a flight. Although I was disappointed with losing my camera there is always a silver lining somewhere and this is it. Perhaps my phone might turn up again, but I will probably have it then adapted for Mr. Swiss to use.

And now to return to real life with all the trimmings of a vacuum cleaner and other chores. Keep well and safe, wash your hands regularly and drink enough. Hope to be back again today, although at the moment everything is a bit uncertain.