At last I have my tea egg and can drink normal tea from the leaves. No more tea bags for me, but this was an ordeal. Our local stores had no tea leaves which was the first obstacle to overcome. I just found that tea from a bag, which might even have residue from plastic from the machines, is not ideal. And then the local supermarket decided to sell tea leaves, an import from Britain. I was so happy, although not my favourite sort. It is Ceylon tea, the cheapest variety.My favourite is English breakfast, but I decided that Ceylon is not the worst, so I got a packet – bought on line. But where was my tea egg? I drink my tea without sugar or milk, justt a plain cup with my breakfast. Being diabetic I have got used to excluding sugar where I can, and I have a problem with milk. My one and only tea egg was missing and so I discovered a special offer online – three tea eggs for 1 Swiss Franc 50, very cheap. The postage was 14 Swiss France as they were being sent from ???? Shanghai of all places. I had no choice and ordered. After a couple of weeks my little parcel arrived from China and now I am all set.
What a wonderful cup of tea I have now in the morning. Just half a tea egg with tea leaves and boiling water. You might ask why not coffee. Another digestive problem, Coffee does not agree with my digestive system and there is nothing better than a cuppa in the morning to set you up for the day. Yes, a miracle has happened, just plain wonderment.
This is a Brimstone Butteerfly. They are one of the first to appear in the year, although this photo is from last year. We call them a Zitronen Schmetterling, Zitron being a lemon butterfly.
Otherwise my origano herb has grown to the brim of the herb bed this year and is spilling over the edge.. I will be cooking Spaghetti this evening so can use it in the sauce: a sugo or bolognese sauce is not the same without the origigano. I must say i have never had such a good crop.
Just a tap (or faucet for some) with plain water. Today water has become a precious and expensive, article, at least in our part of the world and so you think twice before using it. Taking a full bath has become a thing of the past. With my MS I can no longer even get into the bath and so, I take a daily shower, making sure that the water is not running continuously, but stopping in between and just using it to rinse off the soap. Living in our own apartment in a complex, once a year there is a list to show how much water has to be paid for from our administration. It was always the job of Mr. Swiss to examine it, but now he is no longer here, being in a golden oldie home, I now carry the responsibility. I did not even realise that water is measured in cubic. A very good friend of mine informed me that something is not correct with the records of our water usage. I am alone in the home with my son and our cubic usage is way above normal, the highest usage here, We have made a table of our usage over the past seven years, as this has long been so much. My husband did not realise this and me, being new in this world of usage, now carry the responsibility to examine the problem. I have contacted our water supplier and they will look into it as something must be wrong somewhere with the measure-ring system. I have now got in touch with our administration and they will instruct our water supplier to examine our statistics. Life for me as a single lady keeping everything under control has become quite complex, but I am getting there. I feel as if I am now a general manager in a small concern.
I almost live next door to the stables at the nearby farm. They haave their own horses, but also take in other horses.
There is also a pony which is used for children’s rides.
My favourite horse was this one. The owner of the stables told ne they bought him from Ireland, one of the old types of horse with the lovely fur on the feet. This was a few years ago, and he was then quite old for a horse. Unfortunately he is no longer, but I have some photos to remember him,
There is always something to see at the stables. I cannot ride, although once had a lesson. My problem was getting on and off the horse. They are quite high. Also the warmth from their body disturbed me a little, they were a living animal.
We rarely see a rat here: perhaps in Winter if we have heavy snow, but they are usually on their last legs. All I can offer is this mouse that our neighbour’s cat caught and decided it was good entertainment. We do have rats down at the river, but I rarely see them. The Swiss lakes have quite a few. They usually live in between the stones at the edge of the lake. Actually I have never heard of a muskrat.
A placid view of our local River Aare. It is not always so placid, but mostly. On its way it passes not so placid places as our Kanton Solothurn, but it behaves quite well here. There are even expert swimmers that swim their way from our town of Solothurn to Bern which is about 45 Kilometres: apparently the good swimmers can do it in half an hour.
If there is anything unpredictable it is the weather. One day rain, the next day sun and temperatures that go up and down all the time. And now we have a climate change to contend with, meaning as usual, that the weather does what it wants heedless of our expectations.
But this crow arrives daily in my garden to see if there is anything to eat. I am sure it is the same crow every time. He is now becoming predictable.
I am Ahmed Abdi, a Wordpress blogger and storyteller who searches for stories that inspire people. I love writing because it’s a reflection of how I perceive the world around me. Lost in a world of endless chaos in my childhood, Unforgettable moments of tragedy and triumphs taught me the art of storytelling where I found myself through letter writing and then turned into stories but then sadly had lost everything I wrote for years. In 2018, I decided to create a Wordpress blog site that would allow me to store and retrieve every piece. Stories from my community, city and people are what make my writing so interesting and inspiring! I’m a tea lover so a cup of tea sometimes makes my blog.
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