Good Evening

I had to wait to cross the road to visit Mr. Swiss as the railway barriers were down as a train was approaching – a good opportunity for a photo towards our town. A lady cyclist also had to wait, but she found that every time she wanted to cross the road the train was coming. They have a half hour schedule during the week, so chances are many to get stuck.

Today was a normal weather day: no high temperatures and no rain. Mr. Swiss spent the afternoon in the garden of his golden oldie home, which could have been quite boring.

And then the cook appeared from the kitchen with the vegetable peelings.This was a signal for all chickens and rabbits and in a split second they were there. It was then dinner for all, after all you cannot just live on seeds and dry food, now and again they deserve something more interesting. If you are a rabbit or a bird, it makes no difference: food speaks all languages.

This rabbit decide to take a closer look, no mountain could keep her away. They only have female rabbits as otherwise they would soon be overrun with rabbits everywhere.

There was also a rabbit gathering

as well as chicken conversations. I noticed that the animals were more in action today. They also like to retire in the shade when there is a heat wave.

Although this chicken decided to just observe the situation. Eventually I made my way home. I had to get the evening meal ready for my son and I and wanted to upload my photos.

And that was today’s excitement, just a typical Monday, but who needs a daily excitement. Sometimes it is good to have some peace and quiet and relaxation time. I hope your week got to a good start.

Good Evening

pavilion

Another wonderful sunny aftrnoon with my Mr. Swiss in his golden oldie home. The view from the pavilion where we usually sit is just wonderful with the castle in the distance and Jura mountains as a backdrop, but this time on my visit we had a pleasant suprise. One of the ladies in the home had a visitor and she brought her Australian Shepherd dog with her. We had a wonderful conversation.

At first her viisitor warned us that the dog was there but is harmless. There was need for any warnings. I had only heard good things about this breed from my blogging pal and friend Martha who has had many herself and I was really pleased to at last see one in the genuine fur and paws. He was eveything that an Australian Shepherd dog should be and guarded his misstress constantly. When she moved, he moved as well and those eyes followed every movement. Of course I told her all about Martha’s various dogs. I am sure your are reading this Martha. It seems this lady also had two cats, but after the initial hissing and meows the cats have now got used to the dog and it is one big happy family.

I have never had a dog, but this would definitely be a favourite: so well mannered and no problem. He even approached me and I felt safe and secure all the time: no nervous barks or sudden movements, just a wonderful dog.

I noticed that the cows were also back in the field opposite the home as I could hear the bells around their necks before I saw them.

Otherwise we spent a pleasant afternoon outside. Again the chickens and rabbits kept themselves to themselves, it was just to hot for any animal action.

Yesterday evening we had some interesting evening clouds again. I eventually retired to bed but was awakened quite suddently a few hours later by a terrific clap of thunder and then the rains came tumbling down. It was one of these storms that develop after a hot sunny day but it sounded like the world was coming to an end. It would not surprise me if we got another one this evening.

Today is also a bit of a special day for me as my No. 2 son has his 48th birthday. Is it really possible that he will be 50 years old in two years? It seems just yesterday that I was changing his nappies.

I am now really trying to write at least once a day here. I was perhaps overdoing it a little partaking in so many different challenges. I was enjoying it but I realised it was no longer as much fun as it should be and I am not getting any younger. Since Mr. Swiss is no longer here my routine is a little different. It is at least a month since I switched on the TV – no interest. And I have discovered my love of reading again.

I wish you all a stress free relaxing day.

Good Evening

I thought I should write something before everyone gives out a “blogger lost in action” report, but I am still here alive and not kicking but rolling along with my various assistant helps. Not a lot has been happening lately: the sunshine changed to stormy weather but I braved the rain and even visited Mr. Swiss in his golden oldie refuge. We sat outside and watched the rain falling and when I left him I used the towel I brought with me to wipe the seat dry on my scooter. Actually just after I left the rain stopped and we got a very interesting cloud formation in the evening.

Otherwise I have been busy sorting books that have been sleeping in our hobby room for the past 10-20 years and I got a few surprises.

I had read all these books some years ago, in German: the authors were not english so wrote them in their own language of Swedish and Danish so what difference does it make, I could not read them in the original language and reading German or Englsh makes no difference to me. Mr. Swiss bought the books in German. They were quite a success when they were published. The two red books were written by two German co-authors and they were very good.

So I rescued all these books from oblivion as I now had plenty of space in the apartment on some shelves I had cleared away.

I also found some Simon Beckett and Jeffrey Deaver books, although in German as Mr. Swiss had bought them. I am reading again and mainly Jeffrey Deaver and the adventures of his New York police hero Lincoln Rhyme, but upload them onto my Kindle in english, as I prefer the original language. This is one of the reasons why I am neglecting my blogging experience at the moment. You cannot do everything.

Otherwise I still spend most afternoons with the love of my life in his home with the turtles. The chickens now stay in their house out of the suns rays. The warmth does not seem to bother the turtles too much.

Mr. Swiss has made good progress with his new iPhone 13 and everything is now working perfectly. There were some guys helping out in the home where he is that were doing their civil defence duties and they were excellent in helping to organise his phone.

We had a few stormy days but they are now gone and we are back to hot sunny weather. Actually I am glad as I did not have to water the garden. On Monday morning the gardener is coming as my hedges are looking quite unkempt and need a short back and sides. I also have some unwanted plants growing between the gravel.

It is now time to eat the evening meal and afterwards I will probably again be exploring the crimes that Jeffrey Deaver has written for me. Keep safe and well – see you around.

Good Evening

The photo sums it up. This morning it begun with a few claps of thunder the rains came falling down. Yesterday Mr. Swiss got his new iPhone. He now has a 13 version the same as mine. When I got mine the guy in the store, Elvis, transferred all the data and organised everything. He was finished in half an hour and it has been functioning perfectly since. However, when someone gets the same phone and has never registered a password, and changes them once a week because the one he he has no longer is that word that he thought it was, things get complicated: especially if that person forgets to take the old phone with him when getting the new one.

Who? My Mr. Swiss of course. And so he has a new phone and cannot use it. However, Mrs. Angloswiss to the rescue and so this morning (in the rain on a scooter) she went to the golden oldie refuge, collected both phones and went to the telephone shop in town with them. Now Joe came to my rescue. Actually it was Joel, the Portuguese guy in the store, that knew the answers and said I should come back in the afternoon to pick up the new phone. He even gave me his private number, but he called me first to say the telephone was now in working order. It had now stopped raining, and we had wonderful sunshine. I arrived at the store, picked up the telephone which was a perfect job done by Joe, and brought it to Mr. Swiss in his golden oldie home. I explained the details and told him, no actually threatened him, not to change any passwords or change anything on the phone. You never know what ideas he can get.

When I left him he was happy with his phone discovering all the new gimmicks. I even set up Whatsapp for him which is our main message system. He wrote me a wonderful message afterwards full of thanks for the effort I invested, although I wanted to complete the job today and not have it hanging around my head for the next week. I now have a new friend at the store, Joe. They are all young guys. I still have fond memories of Elvis, I think he was Spanish.

And that was my news of the day. I just hope that Mr. Swiss does not decide to perform any experiments on the new phone.

Good Evening

I was probably more noticed by my absence the last two days, but I just needed a break from the daily routine. I was at home or visiting my husband in his golden oldie refuge across the road from where the photo is, but my energy was at its limit. We have had temperatures of 35-38°C and that was just too much to get any action together. We are never satisfied, either it is too hot or too cold, but you cannot have everything.

I was in town but it was also quite empty. A few brave people were sitting at some roadside cafés. The only reason I was in town was to accompany Mr. Swiss to get a new iPhone. He had an iPhone 8, but was really on its last bytes or whatever they had so I accompanied him to the telephone shop to get a new one. He is no longer used to such devices and naturally forgot to bring his old phone to transfer the disc to the new phone. I will now take his new phone and old to the store tomorrow morning and get it all organised for him. He is really overwhelmed with these new improved iPhones.

We both needed our scooters with the attachment for the walker. I use mine almost every day, but for Mr. Swiss and his 83 years it is a burden and complicated. I help him when I can, but it is better to let me do it all.

Eventually I left Mr. Swiss to go back to his golden oldie home and I continued to get a few items in the grocery store. I filled up on some ice cream for home.

Eventually I arrived home and was glad to see that Mr.Swiss managed his home journey on his scooter. He is really somewhat frail now. This evening we had a heavy rain shower. First of all there was some thunder and then about a quarter of an hour of heavy rain. I was glad as I did not have to water the garden and it has cooled down slightly. I think the temperatures are going down slightly and I will not be sorry,. And that is all I can manage this evening. Do not worry of I disappear now and again, but I too am feeling my 75 years and need to take it easy now and again.

I leave you with a photo of one of our main squares which mainly has local government office buildings. This is also very much deserted, no-one seems to like this summer heat wave.

Good Evening

I have returned. Yesterday was too hot to do anything. After my return from the doc, I just wanted to take it easy for the rest of the day. Actually I intended to do some reading, but I dealt with this and that and never did any reading.

Anyhow I was in town yesterday and naturally, on the way to the doc, I took some photos.

The good thing about going to the doc, is that I am in a different part of town and usually take the path on our so-called restaurant mile. It is along the banks of the River Aare and lined with tables and chairs with accompanying sun protection from the umbrellas. It is really one restaurant after the other and the only traffic is bicycles now and again and people like me with a scooter. The large white building is our “Landhaus” used for various lectures or exhibitions. It is also part of our annual film festival.

The River is also quite a central part of our Summer amusements at the moment in the hot weather. It seems anything that floats is popular at the moment.

The doc and I decided that my balance problems are mainly caused by my diabetes and I will be seeing her again in a month for a long-term sugar test. She sees no reason for insulin but we will choose different tablets. I have been taking the same for at least 30 years and they are today a little old fashioned.

Her practice has a side entrance which I have to use. I have to ring the bell and the assistant opens the special door for me as I am not able to climb the steps to the lift. This entrance brings me to the lift with no problem.

Today I made a visit to Mr. Swiss. He is still practicing to get his walker onto the scooter. I have been doing it for the past 8 years, but he has problems. Eventually he will get there.

Again it is just too hot to write, so I will now cool down. I will also have to give the garden some water. Wishing you a good week-end.

Yes I was being followed by a pigeon in town.

Good Evening

Another day of our heat wave but I am not complaining. We had to wait long enough for the hot weather. Mr. Swiss was even wearing his shorter trousers today and really means something as he no longer gets warm enough.

After my usual morning chores I had some time left and decided begin to tidy our bookcase.

This could be a mammoth task but possible. The problem was that behind the books Mr. Swiss had stowed away his many hundreds of DVD films as well as his CD jazz recordings . I now had room in a cupboard for them so I began. I have removed almost all the various DVD’s and CD Compact Discs and with time will sort them in their new place. I must say I am quite pleased with the progress I made and at last the dust collection has been reduced. I have also begun to put our photo albums in the space I have since clearing away much unwanted computer surplus. Another achievement was that I replaced the ink toner in our printer which I had never done before. It was only one colour that was necessary, but now I can do it. My book case now had just books.

Otherwise I spent the afternoon with Mr. Swiss in his Golden Oldie home. We sat outside in the pavilion and it was quite pleasant. We were alone there and plenty of shelter from the burning sun. The chickens were mainly sheltering from the heat.

Although this one decided that a flight might be a good idea to cool down. She managed to hover but not very long, It seems chickens are just not built for flying, but she did try.

Otherwise there was not a lot of action – it was even too hot for the chickens.

Tomorrow I have a doctor’s appointment in the afternoon, although I must say since I have been more careful with my sugar levels I am feeling a lot better and my head stays where it belongs.

I must say Mr. Swiss has a good view of our local castle. from his golden oldie home. I am now off, too hot to write, and have an evening meal to serve. Keep safe and well.

Good Evening

The long straight road to town and this morning I was on my way at 10.00 as it was market day. Since being on my own at home I do have a somewhat different timetable. I use to go into town in the afternoon for my shopping, but now most of my groceries are delivered and I go to town for a little bit of entertainment on the side ad well as getting some shopping.

It was market day again, as every Wednesday. I do not really buy anything, but just like to see the selection of fruit and vegetables being offered and now it the time when you can get the best from what the farmers have to offer, although I am not sure about the tomatoes as it is still a little early for our local produce.

At the moment they are looking more like this on the branches of the plant.

However it is definitely time for cherries and our trees are full of the ripe fruits. They did look quite tempting but I was only here for some photos. My quest was for the supermarket where I wanted to replenish various meat choices and some frozen vegetables. My reserve of peas was quite low in the freezer so I bought some, although it seems our harvest had failed and there was an apology on the bag that they only had produce from Belgium, although that did not bother me: a Belgian pea looked exactly the same as a Swiss pea and its taste is also the same.

Olives were also being sold, although they do not come from our country, but perhaps they might grow them in the Italian part of Switzerland down south where the weather is more sunny and warm.

There was also the wonderful selection of flowers being offered. As I now visit quite regularly I notice the new arrivals.

I had the pleasure of meeting one of the apprentices from my working days. From the age of 18 he was now a young man of 30-40 years of age and had he not told me, I would not have recognised him, but it was a pleasure to talk to him. When I was a working woman, part of my job in the office was to care for the apprentices making sure they knew all the ins and outs of the business and to help them with their exams. That was so long ago, and now I met a nice young man – with his little girl and wife. How times change.

And I decided it was time to go home and left the wonderful array of plants on the market behind me. These pots were full of various herbs, mainly basil. When I arrived home I first of all had to cut slices of my neck of pork, vacuum pack them and freeze them. There was a special offer for them, and I always have my eye open for the bargains.

I left the tower of our cathedral behind me for home. Another wonderful morning at the local market and the weather was wonderful, sunny and warm.

Good Evening

Another day of 30°C heatwave weather in our part of the world, but I am not complaining. We had to wait long enough for it.

Today it was a day out in town for Mr. Swiss and I. My stepdaughter organised a taxi as she did not have enough space for two walkers in her car and she booked a table at this restaurant in town. We had a table outside and it was really pleasant. I think it was the first time that Mr. Swiss had been in town since almost a year.

It was also something completely different for me and I enjoyed it very much. The food was good and so was the company. It made a pleasant change for me to be one of the people sitting in a restaurant with a meal instead of just seeing the others enjoying their food. And a special thanks to my stepdaughter who took the time to drive from Zürich where she lives to our town which is an hour’s drive on the motorway.

The restaurant is opposite our cathedral and I managed to get some interesting photos with more detail than usual.

The cathedral is one of the landmarks of our town and I noticed a few groups of tourists making their way. It has been almost two years since our tourist trade returned after the covid pandemic.

I also managed to get some more detailed views of the various ornaments decorating the church.

It is next to the street leading to the bridge over our River Aare. On the right you can see the hotel where i had lunch. The Hotel Krone was also featured in the film Brass Target with Sophia Loren and Max von Sydow as well as Johnny Cassavetes. I remember when they made the film seeing them in town. Sophia Loren was only here for an hour so few people saw her.

When we had finished our lunch we were waiting for the taxi to arrive, but I noticed the town was then quite empty, probably too hot in the afternoon.

My son just informed me that his Rolling Stone concert in Bern will not be happening this time. Mick Jagger has managed to get Covid it seems, although you never know what is true or not. At the moment the fans have been told to keep the tickets as the concert will probably happen at a later date.

I am now going to take it easy for the rest of the day with no more stress.

Good Evening

Just as I was leaving to visit Mr. Swiss the railway barrier began to flash its red light so I realised that I would have to wait until the train passed. The road opposite leads to our local castle. Mr. Swiss had called me to say they would be having an information meeting in his golden oldie home to put them all in the picture how it would go further after their other home burnt down earlier this year. The guy would be coming to organise his scooter to be able to hang on his walker so that he could take it with him. I told him no worry, I would be there to help. When I arrived in the home the guy from the scooter place also arrived at the same time, so I could inform him what he should do. He was just finishing when Mr.Swiss arrived from the meeting so everything is now organised.

It was another hot afternoon, we are now in the middle of a heat wave, and the turtles in the poind were cooling off in the water. It is fascinating how they manage to swim around.

In the meanwhile one of the guys visited the chickens with an egg tray. When he came out he showed me the four eggs that the chickens had laid: three were brown and one was white.I asked if they would be serving them in the home, but he said it was not allowed. They only have permission to serve eggs with the official stamp on them, although the eggs would be perfect and nothing wrong with them, just an official thing. As they do not have a rooster in the home so they would not be fertilised.

I noticed on the way that the fields are now being mowed, the next crops are already growing.

In the meanwhile the train had arrived and was passing through our village.

I spent some time with Mr. Swiss but had to leave as I would be cooking the evening meal for myself and son No, 1. My stepdaughter will be coming tomorrow and will be taking Mr. Swiss and I for a meal in town at lunchtime which will be something completely different and I am looking forward to it.

The train had finally passed through our village and was no probably in the town of Solothurn.

Hope you are all having a good beginning to the week.