FOWC with Fandango: Television

Even cats like to watch their favourite programmes, which usually deals with bird life. At least our Nera was a keen bird fan.

Otherwise television is good to have, but if I do not have it I can still survive.

I began with the BBC, the british television. It was black and white and a very small screen, but that was how it all begun. With time the television sets got bigger, wider, and we had another TV programme, so there were two.

And then I moved to Switzerland. It was just at the time when colour television was beginning. For my first two years I had no television, but then I met Mr. Swiss, we got married had a home and of course a television. So now it was Swiss television, three stations for the three languages. One in German, one in Italian and one in french. The German programme was basically soijen so-called high German, but a lot of programmes were being broadcast in Swiss German. I suppose that was the reason why I learned this strange language.

And then we got satellite TV and were receiving programmes from all over mainland Europe.

Today we have a television with at lease 100 channels from many countries to choose from. I was mainly watching the German speaking TV leaving the choice up to Mr. Swiss as I had other hobbies than watching a square box every evening.

However with the years, age changes things. Now Mr. Swiss no longer bothers with his Swiss programmes and gradually the British TV has moved in. I have 5 channels to choose from and have gradually got back to the British way of life. I even understand British politics again.

Television is not so bad really, you just have to choose the right programmes.

FOWC with Fandango: Television

RDP Saturday: Illusion

This meat pie almost became an optical illusion, but it is now in the oven and should be ready for the evening food soon. I have made numerous such creations in my life as a housewife, but you can always improve the situation.

My cookery online web site were offering a new fantastic backing tray which makes everything much more crispy. You can see it in the picture with the various holes in it. The idea is that at the two sides you can pull it out to make it fit any oven I have now used it a few times and it does give a crispier result, as the hot air escapes through the holes.

I would be satisfied but when I put it in the oven the sides slip as it is not as stable as it should be and the whole thing lands on the bottom of the oven. I uttered many profanities and eventually gave up and put it on my normal oven baking tray, hoping the result will not be an optical illusion.

The second problem was the pastry I bought. It was already rolled out, I do not make pastry myself and on the plastic wrapping it said 2 flaky pastries for top and bottom which I wanted. It was even on a special offer, However I was surprised by the first illusion when I discovered the pastry was round and not rectangular as usual. My second problem was that it is vegan pastry. My store does not always have everything as I like it and it was all they had, but I did not realise that it was vegan. I know there are people that find vegan is the answer to their vegetarian dreams, but I am not vegetarian, never have been and probably never will be. Now I am stuck with a vegan pastry which I did not want.

Anyhow it is smelling OK in the kitchen and now I will get ready to serve it, vegan or not. I wonder how pastry can be vegan. Do they substitute the fat with something manmade? No idea, I am sure the cows will be happy that I am not using their milk for butter.

And here is the finished product.

RDP Saturday: Illusion

Good Morning

This morning the same old comfortable sky, but with a remaining wispy cloud and a plane winging its way over Switzerland, so my world seems to be in order up to now.

Yesterday was a day of a few surprises. The repair guy from our village phoned to say he had our new kitchen window and if it was OK, he would be along to fit it in. Of course it was OK. He said it would take about two weeks and after a week he already had it. I was shopping, but while I was out he came along and did the job. Mr. Swiss said he only had about 10 minutes. We are now really catless as it was the last sign we had of having a cat because it had a cat flap built into the old window. Somehow something was now missing.

I was off shopping for an hour in the afternoon, but I really did not have a lot to buy. It is still good to circulate and see other surroundings. I was in the supermarket and heard the butcher lady greet another lady by a name I recognised, so I had another closer look, but it would be about 40 years ago, and as a golden oldie you tend to change over the years. Anyhow I took my courage in my hand and asked the lady in question afterwards whether she was the person I thought it could be and it was. We lived in the same estate for 20 years and I saw her kids growing up as she did mine. She is now a grandmother as well as me and we caught up on the missing years. It seems I will now see her from time to time as we are both using the same store, and now we recognise each other again.

I eventually left the store. There used to be a hotel next to it, but it is now being transformed to apartments I believe. After at least 50 years the owner and his family are now in retirement with no-one to continue.

And then as I was entering town, I met yet another person that I had not seen for at least five years. He was our one time neighbour and so we also had a lot of catching up to do. I remember their son getting interested in playing drums and Mr. Swiss gave him his first experiences. Now he is already 12 years old and has his full sized drum set, as well as a fully electric drum set for practice and is still having lessons. They are the little things in life that really make you happy. It seems he is also learning the piano as a second instrument and the other younger son is playing the guitar.

After a long catching up conversation I decided it was time to go. I only wanted a few things in town but it was developing into a very long stay.

I eventually left town and took a last look at our cathedral closeup.

I arrived home and began to make the evening food, cheese cakes with soup and there was a ring at the doorbell. The next surprise had arrived and No. 2 son was standing at the door. He was on his way from his workplace in the town of Biel to home in the Eastern part of Switzerland near Schaffhausen and made a stop off to us to see how the old folks were doing. Of course my first movement was to put a few more cheese cakes in the oven to cope with the extra visitor. Naturally I caught up on the development of my two grandchildren. He eventually left to catch his train connection to home. I was a bit exhausted from my adventurous day yesterday evening and put my computer to sleep a little earlier, hence I was not so active yesterday.

In between I had a visitor from another neighbour’s cat.

I remember it as a kitten a few years ago and it often walks through my garden, but I always have difficult getting a photo, but this time he stayed to satisfy the curiosity of what was in my open garden cupboard. I think it is a so-called Somali breed and has very distinct markings on its tabby fur. My place seems to be developing into a cat meeting area.

Today I will probably do a quick visit to the local store, so no visits in town. One of my online contacts lives in an area in America where she is being evacuated. It seems to be a big problem with the fires. I saw some photos she had posted and it the sky is brown, the air quality is also very bad. I feel so sorry for her.

I am now evacuating my place in the kitchen at the computer as I should really get the day started with something more useful. May you all have a good begin to the week-end and enjoy it.