Good Morning

It is getting colder and I am sure our lovely Indian Summer has now returned to India: grey skies in the morning and everything looking quite dismal, although who knows. Perhaps it can only get better. Yesterday I was planning a short trip into town in the afternoon, nothing really special, but I really wanted some potato chips for a snack now and again. The cupboard was not bare and the fridge and freezer had enough to survive on. However, the rain crossed the bill and I decided to remain in isolation at home. No. 1 son was going into town and so my potato chips were rescued as he brought some home.

Not wanting to waste time I decided to bake something. I was planning on some chocolate chip cookies for some time.

And here they are.

They have an interesting internal life as the chocolate does not melt, but remains as pieces. Anyhow, they were a success although for me a little too sweet, Mr. Swiss found them ideal. He also appreciated me being at home during the afternoon instead of on my wheelchair/scooter escapades, although he was also away in the morning scootering along. He decided to go into town for a change. He returned safely, but is not so adventurous as I am and entered town by the back way. He decided that the cobbled streets with a scooter and many people on the Saturday morning market were not his thing.

It is more fruit and vegetables and other local produce. I have not been for a few years as Saturday mornings are a little complicated for me. I have a lunch to cook and other chores. It was the most important morning of the week for my Swiss mother-in-law. She grew up in the town, knew almost everyone, and I am sure she even planned here dress for the market. When she bought something new, it was usually to wear on the market.

The afternoon rain was really only a short episode, but spending an afternoon at home was also something completely different. I at last had some time to read further in my book in the evening. Television was really bringing nothing interesting for a Saturday evening and Mr. Swiss decided to have an early night. Golden Oldie life is really something completely different.

And now for a relaxing Sunday. It looks a little misty outside, so we might be having another short rain episode. Enjoy the day, keep safe-

Good Morning

Nothing bright and sunny this morning, not even a cloud. I am compensating with my rudbeckia laciniata, the big sister of the rudbeckia, aka black eyed susan, but these do not have a black eye. In the background you can see how dull and uninteresting the sky is. I can only hope that eventually the sun will show itself. At the moment it is not even on the horizon.

Yesterday was not such a dull day. I had to wait at the traffic lights to cross the road as our local train was on its way. Eventually the train passed by and yes, the driver gave me a special wave, so I waved back. I do the path at the side of the railway tracks a few times in the week to get into town and probably the train drivers now recognise the lady in the electric wheelchair or on the scooter. It is lovely to live in such a closely knit area where everyone is so friendly.

And so I eventually arrived in town. I noticed that there were a group on the main square and discovered it was amnesty international. They were engaging in conversations with the public, but I wheeled on past. I remember the owner of the company I worked for in my pre-retired days, he was quite a staunch follower and member. I find they are doing good work and drawing our attention to things that some governments would prefer to sweep under the carpet.

I noticed in town that our roasted chestnut man had returned for the Winter season. It is always the same family that arrive every year. I think they come from the Italian part of Switzerland. Since I have lived in our town the same family arrive every year and I have seen them grow older with their families. At the moment they are not doing such a large trade, but it is still a little too early and the weather is too warm for a paper bag of reshly roasted hot chestnuts. It is one of our many town traditions.

I arrived at the store which was half empty. Since covid is dominating our lives, there are no longer so many shoppers crowding the stores. I did not have a lot of shopping to get. I think I often do the journey just to get out and enjoy the change of scenery. I noticed quite an interesting offer on pork chops, so made the most of it. They were nicely cut, not to thick, just how we like them. They are now freezing quietly in my freezer chest.

At last I have organised my kitchen cupboards. I had too many packets of food hanging around. Thanks to a special offer of sealing plastic boxes in the store I now have everything nicely packed saving storage space and even now have a place for my frozen food sealing machine,

It is really perfect for preparing food for freezing. It vacuum seals the meat or whatever in a tight plastic wrap. My butcher also has one, naturally bigger, an industrial version. When I buy meat over the counter she does it for me, but sometimes I prefer prepacked, the chops are not so thickly cut. and now I can seal them, suitable for freezing, at home.

And look who was crawling up one of my kitchen cupboards. Naturally I carefully placed him on a piece of paper and transported him to the outside world where he belongs. It is a brown marmorated stink bug. We often get them in the garden, but a smaller version. This was one of the giants. Naturally not as big as the photo, but big enough. I have never actually smelt one, but it seems they have glands that expel a distinct smell, mainly to ward off other insects. I read a bit about them in Internet and it is quite interesting. Originally they were Chinese but one day arrived in America, probably as stowaways in packing material in machines.

Their origins in Switzerland are quite interesting.

“The brown marmorated stink bug was likely first introduced to Europe  during the repair work of the Chinese garden in Zürich in the winter of 1998”

so they have not been living here so long. How one of them found its way in a little village 100 kilometers from Zürich I do not know. Anyhow, not that my kitchen is crawling with bugs, but now and again they find they way in from the outside world.

And now to attend to my Saturday tasks. This morning I have no big plans, just the usual and this afternoon an escape to the wide world, at least to the local store. I forgot to get some potato chips yesterday, and I just love a snack in the evening, comfort television food.

Have a good week-end and remember, covid does not have a week-end, not even a holiday, it works a 24 hour day so take care. Not even our old town fortifications can keep it out.

Good Morning

Sometimes it pays to wait until I make a morning photo. This morning it was grey skies everywhere, no clouds, just very monotonous. I had a quick look at the weather forecast, but no rain predicted. That will be next week it seems. So I did my early morning chores, make breakfast, made son’s bed and emptied Mr. Swiss ash trays. I know, but at the age of 80 there are just some habits that stay and he is surviving. I just ban him to the outside on the porch when he is tempted.

And now it is almost an hour later and there is a hopeful shimmer on the horizon signalling that there will be some sunshine somewhere. It is also cooler today, but bearable and I am sitting in the kitchen with the window open and do not need a jacket.

Otherwise yesterday was a restful day with no stress. I had a few errands to get at the store, but did not want to go into town, so took the easy solution and went to the new store just along the road. It was opened about two years ago and is quite useful. Their selection is good, fresh veg and meat, but they do not have a butchers section – only prepacked meat which means take what they have. I only needed cold cuts yesterday and it was not a problem. I also had to stock up on some chocolate as Mr. Swiss was complaining that I only buy my taste in chocolate.

Although we have been together for more than 50 years, there are still things that we do not share. Being soul mates would be boring in any case. We do not have the same taste in literature or films so there is always something to discuss.

As I only went as far as the next store yesterday there is not such a plethora of photos in my camera. At the moment it is the time when the various insects are seeking a nice comfortable place for Winter. Having a kitchen bordering on my porch is not so ideal, but at least I can get a few good photos. This seems to be a crane fly, although he decided to leave eventually.

And this little guy is a grasshopper sitting on my kitchen floor and wondering why. I gave him a gentle push in the right direction and he hopped off to the outside.

Of course there are the insects that belong outside and stay put, especially when there is collecting work to do on the flowers. This bee was too busy to smile for the camera, he had other things to do like gathering pollen or whatever it is they want.

I have also been quite busy in the kitchen having a tidying session. The local store has a special offer for plastic boxes which can be sealed airtight. I have bought a few and have been busy organising my food. It is moth time and the only good food moth is a dead one, so now they have no chance. I now seem to have more room in my kitchen cupboards. Mr. Swiss is not so happy as if he wants one of his many snacks, he has to find the right box and open it although they are transparent. Men can be so comfortable. Why do I not have a problem?

I am now off to take care of the rest of the morning. There is also some ironing to do from the bed linen I washed yesterday. A woman’s work is never done, but life would otherwise just be boring.

Take care, it will soon be the week-end and if possible avoid going places where everyone else goes. Our virus cases are increasing in Switzerland, although mainly in the Kanton of Waadt in the French speaking part of Switzerland, around Lausanne. Our Kanton of Solothurn has now decreased and we have 1 or 2 new cases daily.

Good Morning

And another morning light breaks on a little village somewhere in Switzerland with as many cows as people, although I have not seen a cow yet. I think they do the night shift on the meadows. There are some birds chirping but they also remain unseen. When the food gets scarce they will be hopping around to see what there is to have.

I had an early start this morning, not very early, but 20 minutes earlier. It is fresh linen day on the beds. I have already put new covers on my duvet and head cushion and removed the fitted sheets. Now there is a pause whilst I have my breakfast and talk to my computer.

I went to bed with a the new update on my iPhone. This time the iPads and iPhones are really going to town with their improvements, although I am not so sure they are improvements. I started the updates just before I went to bed and found that the cyber powers can look after the rest whilst I am sleeping. At some time in the night I was awake and had a look to see how it was progressing. I was greeted in 20 different languages with hello and invited to go through the procedure of getting to know my new adaptations. Of course they have some new developments, but I do not need them. I was quite satisfied how things were. Why do we have to have these new updates which are really of no use to me. A golden oldie does not try to compete with Bill Gates, I just like to be left alone.

Having completed the attack of the iPeople I fired up my Apple computer this morning as it is my preferred computer for saying Good Morning. What did I see? Yes the computer also has a new update of course, to follow the others. I got the choice of doing it now, in an hour or this evening. I chose in an hour, although that it not certain. I can see that the day has a complicated beginning. The computer powers told me I must attach my computer to power to make the update. This day does not have such a good beginning.

Yesterday my air fryer arrived. Actually I was not really expecting it until October and so I should be happy that it has arrived, although I am not so happy. It means devoting time to find out how it works. Yesterday I spent more time unpacking it and disposing of unwanted cardboard boxes. Today is the paper and cardboard collection in our village and I was more occupied in getting that organised. Thanks to No. 1 son for his help. He had bundled the unwanted newspapers together and put everything outside ready to be picked up. I heard the lorry this morning already at 7.30 collecting everything.

I kept the original box for the air friar as advised, now I just have to learn how it works. Naturally, as usual, the instructions are in three languages, but not in english, so I will have to plough through the German version.

I did manage to get into town yesterday for my Wednesday shopping. It looks very idyllic from the camera view of our main street the the cathedral at the end. It was not so idyllic at the entrance to the supermarket.

As I already mentioned the building is again being renovated. It used to be a hotel and now being converted to appartments. The scaffolding in the photo was quite harmless, but it has now been moved to the entrance of the supermarket and above and what used to be hotel rooms are also being converted. It would not bother me so much if they did not park their various trucks occupying half of the pavement. I cannot get through on my scooter. The workman said I could park where I was, but I was stuck and could not reverse. I told hime to forget it and I would have to wait until he was finished, Eventually workman No. 2 arrived and hitched his vehicle onto the the offending transport and pulled it away. I eventually managed to park my scooter and enter the supermarket. This seems to now be the shape of things to come.

I eventually completed my shopping and scootered on my way home through town, seeing these strange figures on my way. They were part of a music group, as there was a guitar in its case on the ground. I did not stay to see what they were performing, their dress was enough for me.

Eventually I was on the home stretch towards my village and was glad to get home after losing so much time with workmen and their problems.

Due to all this confusion I realised that I have nothing to eat this evening, so I will be off again to the store this afternoon, but only the one along the road which is nearer. I just have to get a few items to ensure we survive until tomorrow and do not suffer from hunger pains.

And now I will leave you, I have a bed to assemble. My your day be a good and above all calm with no excitement as mine was yesterday.

Good Morning

I like skies like this in the morning. They are alive and friendly. The sun shines in between, and what could be better.

Actually things are really not so positive this morning. It began when my auxilliary keyboard on my Apple computer told me that it should be attached to an USB as the battery is low. No problem actually. The keyboard on my apple computer started losing various letters some time ago and I bought an extra keyboard for it which works very well, but it has a battery. It is now recharging with its USB connection and I am now on my Acer computer, which is quite good, but has to be connected to electricity to use it. The Apple computer is useful as it has enough energy without a connection for many hours. And so I had to spend time on organising everything.

So what did we do yesterday?

I decided to go by wheelchair to town, but wanted to visit the bird aviary. I had not been there for some time. It is in a small park on the edge of town. It is a bit difficult for photos and you really have to focus the camera lens to cut out the irritating wires from the cage behind the glass surrounding the birds.

There is quite a colourful selection of birds but I have no idea what they are. There is a notice with photos explaining the names, but a little to far for me to read from the wheelchair.

These three seemed to be sitting quite comfortable on their perch.

And this one seemed to be the most colourful of all.

It was quite a day of birds, and I saw this family of swans floating along our river together. Mum and dad were at the front and the kids behind as always, although no longer so much kids. They are gradually losing their brown feathers it seems.

Staying with the birds, I was also accompanied on my wheelie by this red kite above, flying his circles.

I also had to cross one of the town bridges. This is the newest bridge we have. They replaced it some years ago and added the footpath parallel to the road bridge which is quite useful for crossing the river with my wheelchair.

I was surprised to see how many people were still enjoying the Indian summer days along the riverside. Some were dressed in their bathing suits and taking a swim.

Others were making the most of a river trip in their inflatable canoes. It is now forbidden to use stand up paddle boards in the river. They make no noise and apparently it is not something that the wildlife can cope with. Motor boats etc. are no problem, but the birds were having problems with orientation due to the silence of the paddle boards.

And now it was really time to head for home. I seemed to have spent the afternoon with nature which I quite enjoyed.

After uploading my photos, preparing the evening meal and some blogging and watching my favourite soap on the TV I had some spare time which does not often happen. I had uploaded a new book on my Kindle, The Evening and The Morning by Ken Follettt, the fourth in the Kingsbridge series of books. I have read the other three and was surprised to see there had been a fourth in the meanwhile. It must be ages since I read a book, so I was looking forward to this one. I managed to complete the first chapter yesterday. It is from the time of the year 1000 approximately and the Vikings are plundering and looting and burning everything in their path. Not a very nice bunch it seems. The poor defenceless Anglo Saxons are not doing so well, especially after the fall of the Roman Empire, but there is a lot to come in the book. I love those Ken Follett books, he writes so well.

And now back to reality. The day did not begin so well, but I have now received a large parcel from the post. It is my air fryer that I ordered a week ago, so looks like I will be busy today unpacking it.

I must really go now, so hope to see you later and hope your day goes well.

Good Morning

As I entered town yesterday for my shopping I noticed that the main square had been decorated. I do not know what the idea was, but it attracted my attention. There was a board at the side with a list of explanations, but I could not get near enough to see what it said.

I am later this morning as the cleaning lady was here and I decided to tidy up a few things in the kitchen. It was really time that I disposed of a few things that were just gathering dust – and more – and really not needed. Our local store has a special offer on plastic storage boxes for food and I now have all my dry goods sealed nicely, such as rice and biscuits, much more hygenic.

When I entered town yesterday i was pleasantly surprised to see that it was again our monthly market day. It always happens on the second Monday in the month and there are various stalls with interesting selections. There are no groceries, as that happens every Saturday morning where local produce from the farms is sold.

It is the usual bric-a-brac being sold, but something completely different, Here they had some metal bowls in an Asian style, although I am not sure for what they can be used: probably just ornements looking good on a cupboard somewhere in the home.

Thie was quite an interesting stand and I love the way the various teddy bears were all hanging in a row by pegs.

There are always trinklets to be bought, various pieces of jewellery.

There were not so many customers as usual at the market. It seems to be that since Kovid 19 isolation times people are becoming quite scarce, but I could move quite well between the various stands.

This seemed to be mainly featuring articles made from jeans material.

And I was not quite sure what this was, but I think they were various places to keep your cat comfortable at home.

As I moved through the market I saw these two dogs.

And now I must get on with cooking for dinner. This afternoon I will probably take a trip down to the river in my wheelchair as it is easier to move along the river bank than the scooter.

Keep safe, have a good day, and see you around later.

Good Morning

That was a surprise this morning to see a mist covering the trees on the edge of our estate. The weather is still summerlike. Yeterday we had a temperature of 27°C officially. I was out for a wheelie in my scooter in the afternoon, wearing shorts and sleeveless t-shirt and I am sure the temperature was more like 30°C. Autumn is really leaving us with some hot days.

I wheeled off through the local cemetery. Actually I had a blog about wood to write, so took a few photos of their majestic trees in the cemetery. I wonder what was there first, the trees or the cemetery which might have been built around the trees. Or perhaps they planted the trees afterwards to fill in the spaces. Anyhow the cemetery trees are quite tall and majestic. When you pass through the cemetery as much as I do, you get to know every tree on your way.

From the cemetery I wheeled onto the farm. I met yet another sort of chicken they have. Although the main work of the chickens is to lay eggs, there are always new arrivals at the farm with a difference. These two were really something special with their big fluffy legs and wonderful feather design. The rooster was not there, he was looking after his women in another part of the farm, I heard his voice in tbe background. I am really becoming a chicken fan.

The next stop was the goats. There are only two, which is enough, and seem to be a pair. They used to be amongst the chickens, but now have their own self-contained territory.

There were a few cows out on the pasture, but not a lot. I think the farmer was making sure that the grass was not growing too high until Winter.

On the way home along the path at the side of the railway tracks a bird decided to perch on one of the lamp posts. I suppose it is a pigeon of some sort, that was enjoying the view from the top.

And yet another afternoon was spent seeing what mother nature had to offer. I seemed to be doing the whole journey on my own and saw very few people on my way: just the usual visitors walking up the hill to the local castle, which is always a centre of attraction.

As I was approaching the castle, this coach was searching for a parking space. It had probably deposited a few visitors and was leaving them to their sightseeing in the castle. I notice a few people outside in the gardens. The coach seemed to be causing a traffic jam with its manoeuvres to finding a suitable parking space and holding up the traffic around the castle. I even had to wait a few minutes in my scooter until he had finished. The castle is quite an attraction for visitors from other parts of Switzerland and I see car registration numbers from as far as Zürich. How lucky to have it in my back yard.

And now a new week begins. I do not have any plans, so it will be just the normal shopping and taking a few tours in the area. The weather report is still looking good, warm and rainless. I am still having to water my garden as it can get quite hot during the day.

The good news is that our Kovid statistics in our area have dropped considerably with only a few new cases. However, Switzerland is on the rise, mainly the towns of Geneva, Freiburg and Zürich. If only this pandemic would come to an end, but that will be a few years I am sure.

Keep safe and well and may you have a good week ahead.

Good Morning

Same old sun rising in the morning and same old blue skies with the promise of a good day. A bit of a lazy Sunday morning, but I am finally here. Actually I had a dizzy spell when I stopped hugging the bed. I get them now and again, the last one was a few months ago. I have to be careful sometimes when lifting my head in the morning – always look ahead. Anyhow I have tablets, so no problem. My neurologist tells me it has nothing to do with my MS, but the balance from the ear, good old Meniere is back again. However I have my tablets and with luck it will disappear in a week, perhaps a little more. Another golden oldie problem to be conquered.

Yesterday was really a day of rest. I was thinking about going into town, but realised it was not necessary. I have enough supplies to last for a month, so I just took it easy. My scooter was getting low on the battery, although I could probably have easily done a trip somewhere, and the wheelchair can be a bit complicated sometimes, although that also has its advantages.

So allI have to show are the current events at home. My orchids are still flowering. They have been doing so since at least three months for the second time in their lives and do not seem to think about giving up.

New buds, one after the other are regularly appearing.

I have two orchids which are still laying dormant and then I saw this appear on one of the stalks. I think it will become a flower stalk eventually, perhaps two stalks. Another success I hope. I have had orchids for at least 10 years but never had success with new flowers. This year I am even getting cramped for space on my table outside.

So what shall I do today. Perhaps I might pay a visit to the cows, they are my neighbours. I might even persuade Mr. Swiss to come with me. What a romantic journey side by side in our respective scooters. We could have a race, but as they are the same models, more than 10-11 kilometers per hour as not possible.

Or perhaps we could visit the chickens. I am sure they are missing us. I should really get out and about to enjoy the good early Autumn weather we now have.

First of all I have a few things to do at home. I made a mess in the oven yesterday due to a new tray I bought which makes everything more crispy. The crispy bit works, but it is adjustable to the size of the oven and that does not work so well. Mr. Swiss is now developing a system to fix it in the right place in the oven.

Otherwise nothing really exciting at the moment. Have a good Sunday and make the most of it. See you around.

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.

Good Morning

Some nice feathery clouds this morning and the sun is shining. Looks like another pleasant day in my world. No sign of rain and according to the weather report it will stay that way for the next week.

Talking of next week. I discovered a golden oldie muddle yesterday. I was looking at the village programme for rubbish disposal and saw that at last we were going to have a removal of the unwanted newspapers and cardboard. We collect it in the cellar and No. 1 son deposits on the street to be collected. I was convinced it was 7th September, but I noticed that it was still there on the street side a week later. I was not sure it was our paper as they all look alike, but yesterday I have a closer look and realised ours was the only paper outside. Did the men not find it and left it or ……. yes, did I make a mistake. I had a quick check on our programme and saw it was being collected on 17th September, next week on Thursday. So No. 1 son and I put it in the garage for the time being. I was worried it might rain and there would be complaints about my soggy paper. One of he golden oldie mixups with time.

Otherwise I was off to town yesterday afternoon, more out of having somewhere to go. I did not really have a lot to buy and just wandered around a bit on my scooter. Our town never get so crowded during the week ad neither are the supermarkets. In the earlier days it was a crowded event daily to go shopping. Now you have enough room in the store “to swing a cat” as the saying goes. Admittedly there are reduced numbers of people allowed in, but there is never anyone waiting outside to enter. Naturally it makes the shopping experience more pleasant, especially as those that are there avoid getting to close.

I am sure that people have began to plan their daily chores with a difference. There is still a lot being bought online, and the daily shopping is no longer as it was. I make the most of these relaxing shopping days to plan a little ahead with food supplies, freezing meat and organising. This leads to the result that I no longer have such a stress with the household. Weekend shopping on Friday is now almost non existent and and I do bits and pieces during the week.

Even the shop assistants are more friendly. I bought some veal slices yesterday, planning to cook them in a morilles cream sauce over the week-end. I had to ask the lady in the butchers where the moriilles were. She showed me and added the remark that it looks like I will be cooking veal slices with a morille sauce – how perceptive. Morilles are a very expensive sort of mushroom and you usually buy them dehydrated, as finding them fresh is quite a problem as they grow in the earth. In Italy I believe they train pigs to find them, or dogs.

After my shopping I returned through the town taking a few photos here and there. The side streets were quite empty. This is a view on the so-called Gold Alley, although the cobblestones are not paved with gold. Our town is full of these amall and narrow side streets.

As I left town I rode past the small green park. The trees are still fully clothed in their leafy costume, but it will not belong until the dead leaves are falling.

As soon as I see our local castle in our village I know I do not have far to go. The sunflower field is now on its last stalks and it will not be long before the harvesting machines arrive to remove it.

It was another evening with the TV and a little washing to hang up before retiring. Today I will again be in town to get the last minuted stuff. I am planning on a mice meat pie tomorrow and I like to get the meat fresh, if I do not have any frozen. The lady in the butchers minces it fresh-You can buy it prepacked, but I prefer it freshly minced if possible. As a golden oldie I have time and patience for my shoppping. I also have a few veg to get, and then I will be set until Monday when I will go into the shopping attack again.

I now have to get a few things organised. There are a few things to iron and some tidying up to do. Otherwise no stress. Have a good day everyone, the week-end is nigh (although every day seems to be a week-end for golden oldies). Take care, stay at a distance and wear your masks. Washing hands frequently is also in the programme I believe. And here one of those fantastic views I get when leaving town.