1st August again

So what is the fuss about 1st August? Ask the Swiss because the eight million population of the country will be celebrating their national day on Monday. The golden oldie home where Mr. Swiss resides has already been decorated as are our roads with various flags. We Swiss naturally have to do something different with our flags, so they are square and not oblong like other flags.

This year all pets (cats and dogs and others) will be happy. They will not be hiding under the bed or shaking whilst the fireworks are exploding most of the night. Thanks to the hot weather and dangerous fire situation, all fires and fireworks have been banned. There will be no flash-bangs sending Fido or Tabby into trembling fits. For once they will be able to celebrate the Swiss national day.

What do we do on this day. We do not shoot apples with a crossbow from the youngest son’s head, and the only fires you will see this year are from the b-b-q that the fathers will be igniting for the wife to grill the cervelat (Swiss national sausage) or perhaps steaks etc. There will be some private parties and the children will be in their usual procession with their lanterns. I will not bother with any of these celebrations and will join the dogs and cats for a peaceful evening.

Fandango’s Provocative Question: Watching TV

This is my Television, inside this cabinet in the corner of the living room. No, you cannot see it and have to open the doors to watch. I have not bothered to open the doors since the last three months and do not miss it.

I now live on my own, Mr. Swiss is in a golden oldie home. We have got used to our new way of life and he has no television where he is. He does not miss it and I stopped watching the television also. It no longer interests me. Living in Switzerland we get programmes from all over the country: the Swiss French speaking, the Swiss italian speaking and our German speaking area. I also get the British television and stations from France, Italy and Austria as well as a few other countries, but my TV stays silent. I no longer have any interest in watching. And so I watch the TV 0 hours a day. We have two televisions, the other set belonging to no. 1 son, but he only watches in the evening and not always. I do not rrecord programmes, and honestly speaking I do not even know how to do it. When Mr. Swiss was at home he was the TV technician, but he no longer has any interest.

And so the doors remain closed on my television cabinet. Perhaps I should open them now and again to wipe off the dust. I do not even know if the TV still functions. What I do know is that I paid 335 Swiss Francs this week for the annual TV licence. I have an iPad and iPhone, but not for watching TV programmes.

I do not often answer the provocative question, but probably I am the one being provocative now. What am I doing this evening. After the evening meal I will take my Kindle and continue to read my book.

Fandango’s provocative Question: Watching TV