FOWC with Fandango: Disruption


My afternoon was disrupted by this. Just look at it. I moved a large heavy stone and beneath there must have been thousands of ants swarming around. Some even had wings, and wings really do not belong to an ant, unless it is is a mega sized nest.

I got a little suspicious when Mr. Swiss killed an ant crawling across my kitchen table yeterday evening. Admittedly it was only one ant, but you never know. Today I found the source of the  problem. They had settled in the corner of one of my raised beds and had infiltrated the space between the layer bricks.

There are various cures for this invasion. You can get an ant trap, which is a box full of ant poison. It attracts the ants, the ant takes a walk in the box and afterwards spreads the poison on its feet all around the nest when it returns. However, this is a process which would take a couple of weeks.

I have the ideal solution. I went shopping this afternoon and bought a litre bottle of the cheapest mineral water I could find complete with gassy bubbles. When I got home I emptied the complete bottle into the space where the ants had made their home. Within five minutes there was not an ant to be seen anywhere. The secret is that the carbon dioxide gas in the water suffocates the ants as it removes their oxygen supply, especially the queen which puts a stop to more ants being born. It is the best and most efficient way to prevent a disruption of normal life in the garden.

FOWC with Fandango: Disruption

Good Morning


I was standing in the spotlight this morning when I opened the window to look out. Not the window of the bedroom, that was just tilted. Did not want to wake Mr. Swiss, so I was in the next room. Looks like another normal Summer Day. I noticed  how bright the evening was yesterday being the longest day of the year, and now we are slowly returning to the gloom of Winter. However, it is only June and we have a few more months to go and now Mr. Swiss has suddenly appeared. We just had a blackout, suddenly my computer tells me no connection and he appeared. However when he arrived in the kitchen the electricity had returned and now our electric clocks are three minutes behind the time. Someone must have pulled a wrong switch at the power station. It made me realise how helpless we are when it happens. The worst is that the computer no longer has a connection.


Yesterday was also a pleasant day  but it was also quite comfortable at home, so I decided to stay. On the other hand I had completed my blogging hobby and the weather was looking good. I decided to make the most of the early evening and take a wheelie towards the castle. Things seem to look more inviting in the late afternoon light. Here you can see the local farm where they have the chickens and horses and a few other animals. As I wheeled past I saw something interesting in their grounds.


I first thought it to be a goose, but it was probably a duck species and she had her baby with her. This was really a feast for the camera. The farm no longer seem to have so many other animals and they have shifted the chicken mobiles to another place which is a bit too stony and rocky to get to with my wheelchair.


Afterwards mummy duck decided to leave


followed by baby of course.

I had not intended to stay away very long as I still had a pile of ironing at home to complete. I began the ascent to the castle when my wheelchair told me that I had too little reserve to climb. I was already on yellow with the switch, instead of green,  and it suddenly changed to a flickering red, so I turned and returned home. I actually only wanted to run the battery down with my excursion as it is not so good when it is always fully loaded. After have it on the electricity all night it is now fully loaded for my next excursion to the store today. However I found that a summer evening excursion is quite pleasant and the weather is a little more comfortable.

Actually I was quite pleased with myself. I managed to do the ironing, upload my photos and write a couple of challenges all by eight in the evening, so had time for a little TV viewing. There was such an interesting programme. It was a film on the BBC TV about the times of Magaret Thatcher the first female Prime Minister of the Brits from 1979-1990. I remember the time, although I was then already in Switzerland, but followed it from afar. I was not really one of her fans, not being a supporter of the conservatives, but so many years later I see the situation with different points of view. I must say she was a very special sort of woman. I noticed that she spoke with a composed voice, never losing control and a slight laugh on her face. The programme also dealt with the downfall of Edward Heath, another figure from the past and her predecessor. Tonight there is the second part and I will definitely be watching.

And now to conquer today’s problems, although up to now smooth runnings, except for the power failure.


Wishing all a good beginning to the week and may it be a good one.