FOWC with Fandango: Vapor

Since I have been living in our wonderful little village in Switzerland with a population of cows almost equaling that of humans, this is the picturesque view from my village. I do not mean the wonderful Swiss alps in the background, I mean the two chimneys sending their vapour into the air.

Our authorities have assured us that it is not dangerous, just the smoke produced at our plant where the garbage is burnt. Of course it is not dangerous, it is only unwanted refuse and we all know what we throw away – out of sight out of mind.

I have been living here 20 years and from the beginning this was one of the views from my garden. Our rubbish from all over the Kanton is collected and brought to this place to be burnt. At least it makes a good subject for a photo. It is almost to compare with the smoke released from the Vatican when the new pope is elected. sometimes we have white smoke and sometimes not so white, but we are not electing a pope.

FOWC with Fandango: Vapor

RDP Tuesday: Motif

The stores have now begun to get ready for Christmas. Now? Not really. It began already in October, but now the shelves are full of Christmas. Father Christmas figures have been pushed into a corner. Where is the reindeer, the holly and other such motifs?

Christmas is now resembling a horror event with strange figures wearing sunglasses and costumes resembling more a Rocky Horror Picture Show as loving figures with bags of toys on their backs bringing delights to the children. Does anyone actually buy these strange objects. Perhaps they come alive at Christmas climbing up the tree and sitting on the Christmas Lights. Where is the Christmas fairy at the top of the tree and the golden stars. These horror figures are wearing strangely coloured scarves around their necks instead of the tinsel ribbons.

RDP Tuesday: Motif

Good Morning

Wouldn’t it have been good if this was this morning’s sky, but no such luck. This was yesterday afternoon and so impressive I just had to take a photo. This morning there is just a grey cover, not even a glimpse of the sun, but who knows. It might arrive this afternoon, at least that is what the weather report says.

Otherwise no big journeys yesterday. I went to the local store along the road, about a five minute journey by scooter, to get a few food items, but nothing really urgent. This is the path I take with my scooter along the side of the rail tracks. I had enough food already to cover me up to todays lunch, the rest were just ornaments. Flour was running low from my cake baking escapades and I now endeavour to get a fresh bread daily. I used to buy for two days, but I go out every day. I have about four frozen loaves so in the worse case I would have something at home. I noticed that my choice of ready frozen veg was no longer very interesting. They are having a special offer this week on frozen veg in the store from today, so I will have a look to see what I can buy. I actually try to cook fresh veg, but it is always good to have a reserve for now and again.

Not very romantic scenery on the way to the store, but we lived in this side street for many years before we moved to our present village. In the background the ever present Jura mountains and in the right corner our local restaurant, a pizzeria. It has now been closed since the beginning of the year. The owner retired and Mr. Covid got a little in the way. No-one really bothers with restaurants today, too risky.

The sparrows are still arriving for their food daily. Some like to perch at the top of the hedge for a better view of the the ground level food choices. I notice they have their special times for feeding: n the early morning for a few hours, then around lunch time and their last invasion is usually mid afternoon. They disappear afterwards and I only see them again the next day. They probably need digestion time.

This morning my cleaning lady is here but is almost finished and dinner is cooking nicely, so everything under control. This afternoon I will be in town shopping for food. Everyone keeps telling me that it is now cold outside, but I find it not so bad. I think I have some sort of built-in heating system.

As you can see, Autumn is still hanging around, but getting ready to say goodbye. In the background you can see our local mountain, Weissenstein. I think the last time I was up the top must have been 2-3 years ago. Now it is out of reach, even with the cable car.

So have a good day everyone, keep safe and your distance.