Good Morning

Morning Clouds

Looks like a cloudy day today, but nothing threatening and in the meanwhile the sun is shining. This morning I have no stress with week-end shopping as I will be doing it this afternoon. I am still getting used to my new timetable, but it suits me better. Yesterday I planned on a stress free day with a wheelie in the afternoon, but due to a sleep after lunch and a computer problem things did not turn out as they should.

It seems my computer problem was only on my iPad and I had to clear it as there was too much rubbish stored in the browser. I have had my iPad a few years now, but it should still be working fine.

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I also forgot to upload my photos of the crows to my online place yesterday, and had to move to my other computer now to get it done. They had arrived for breakfast and were making the most of it. Gradually the time is coming when they no longer need my bird canteen. Even the sparrows are eating less food from the feeder. Due to the good weather I think they have other thoughts in mind like nesting for family reasons.

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Yesterday I got my car insurance to pay, so now I am a fully fledged car owner. The road tax is also dealt with. They were the first to arrive with their requests, typical state. I must say owning a car is not cheap. Our old car has now been scrapped and the remains have even been sold. It seems someone can use some of the parts. The motor was still OK, it was the body that took the main hits of the meeting with a lamp post. Even the lamp post has been replaced, at our cost. Other internal parts of the car were also still alive. On Monday I will travel to the garage with Mr. Swiss to pick up the money for the remains. At least this time someone will be paying us.

I used our new shower yesterday and must say it is now real comfort. Having a seat makes it a lot easier and more secure, especially when washing my hair. I no loger have to balance and hope I do not fall in the shower.

I am suffering with a sore throat and cough at the moment. During the day I can manage, but at night I have these coughing sessions now and again. It is the first cold I have had for years and I really do not know how I picked it up, but I must have been sitting in a draught somewhere. Luckily I am the only one in the family with it – at the moment. I really do not want a “man cold” hanging around as well. It hits the men harder than the women as we all know.

Reflections River Aare

I have a thing with reflections in the river at the moment and discovered that even cranes have their good points if they are parked near the river.

And now I really must go. I have the excitement of cleaning the apartment and cooking. Mr. Swiss was quite astonished when I said there is no shopping trip this morning. “What about lunch?” he asked. I reassured him that that was organised on the last shopping trip and is sitting in the fridge. He is now happy that life will continue as normal.

I hope your lives are continuing as normal and that the day before the week-end will be a good finale to the week. Keep well and look after yourselves.

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A Photo a Week Challenge: Black & White

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I went for a wheelie in my chair and found myself on the top steps leading to the cathedral. With a zoom lens ready I could focus on the main place in Solothurn from above, the local town. In the middle is a little hut which now has a carnival decoration on the top. It is the hut where hot roasted chestnuts are sold throughout the Winter. On either side there are shops and at the front a restaurant. There are always families meandering around the town. Traffic is allowed but only for bringing people to the hotels, or for handicapped, like myself, with their car. The walks are paved with cobblestones as in the town when originally built.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Black & White

FOWC with Fandango: Undermine

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2 years ago my existence was undermined by a meeting at our estate where the majority decided that we should be renovated. Not just a slap of paint and a few added bits ad pieces, but a complete renovation down to the bare brick walls. When I saw the first crew arrive with the metal poles and climbing ropes,  I realised that the peace and quiet of the rural surroundings would be destroyed. How much it would be destroyed I did not realise at the time.

It soon came to pass that drills, automatic screw drivers and hammers would be our background tunes for the next few months. They said it would be only four months, but it extended from April to October, although I would say the noise only began in May and continued until September. The last month was just quiet painting in the right places.

My lunch time sleep was now a thing of the past. Who sleeps with a background of sqeals from machines that like to talk to each other, and that also cause vibrations? Now and again we even had light shows

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which made an interesting interlude for my camera. I remember when one of the workers with his sparkling grinder told me to step back as it could be that my camera lens could be hit by some flying sparks.

All good things come to an end and one day our team of merry builders were no longer there. They had disappeared overnight, to be replaced by the artists, those with the paint brushes in the hand instead of the pneumatic drills.

Painting

They hid behind plastic sheets. A true artist always reveals his work when it is completely finished.

And one day there was silence. They were gone, and never to be seen since. I do not really miss them, only the opportunity of being able to take fresh photos daily.

FOWC with Fandango: Undermine

RDP Thursday: Wan

Waning Cloud
Have you seen a cloud waning
It is making its last call
I saw it high above
Stretching on a crawl
Suddenly its mass was lost
Dissolving, spreading fine
I think the cloud was dying
Although it did not whine
It dissolved into the blue
Never again to be seen
Did it really exist, or was it just a dream
Perhaps it floated further
but where it did not say
Clouds are very silent
Travelling on their way

RDP Thursday: Wan