RDP Thursday: Field Day

I suppose a field day is something special. An occasion to celebrate. The Christmas days are upon us and the usual customs arriive. This building is our old arsenal where the old weapons are kept. It is also a building which has 24 windows, useful for decorating at Christmas to make a Christmas Calendar. However this year we are saving on natural elements such as electricity. It has all become too expensive. It seems that our electricity, and also gas, is no longer so available as it was, so we have to save in Europe. The Christmas calendar iis not avalable this year and Christmas illuminations have been reduced to a minimum. It seems that the boss in Russia, Mr. Putin, decided to have a war with the Ukrain and turned off the gas and electricityfor Europe.

It does not bother me so much. I now live alone with my son and can do what I want. I do not celebrate Christmas and have no decorations at home. It neither bothers me or my son. I no longer need the Christmas stress. The only contribution I make is to eat good food.

RDP Thursday: Field Day

RDP Wednesday: Mosquito

I met my first mosquito in Switzerland. In London we did not have so many mosquitos. There was probably too much competition with the traffic. In Switzerland they usually gather late Summer, early Autumn. You do not really see them, but you definitely hear them with their buzzing- I am prepared with my anti mosquito weapons. Just fill it with some sort of liquid and plug it in. You are then mosquito free for the night. There is nothing worst than having to scratch all day with the itchy bumps they leave behind.

RDP Wednesday: Mosquito

RDP Tuesday: Conniption

If are living a quiet life in a golden oldie home, there is no point in getting nervous when these two arrive on 6th December The guy on the right is St. Nicholas giving gifts to those that have been good all year, and the guy on the left is his helper that sorts out the bad from the good. Everyone stayed cool and the evening continued with eating nuts and tangerines and other goodies that the man in red was carrying in his sack.The guy in black remained quiet.

RDP Tuesday: Conniption

RDP Saturday: Roots

I remember this tree when it was standing tall in the field. Five years ago in an hour it was no more. It was ill and so it was decided to cut it down. However, it is still laying there, open to the elements and perhaps that was a good solution. The insects and birds still pay their visits and often there are a few cows waslking through.

RDP Saturday: Roots

RDP Tuesday: Lichen

So I arrived home and went into the garden as I was itchin for a lichen. It was dark so I lit the torch. Luckily I had a small knife with me so did some scraping and I found that the lichin did not have any roots. It was just laying on the earth so no problem. Here is my lichin. It seems to have some stars amongst the growth.

RDP Tuesday: Lichin

RDP Monday: Sterling

This is Swiss sterling, although I think it really only exists for English money. However, I was again clearing one of our many cupboards and found about three purses full of change. They were remainders from Mr. Swiss days at home as he never really liked having a lot of change, and just organised it in various purses. I no longer deal so much with real money, just plastic, but sometimes you need it. My. No. 1 son might bring me something I have forgotten from the store and then I need change to pay him my debt. And so I had the brilliant idea to put all the change in one place. It has already paid off as No. 1 son brought me something from a trip to Zürich and needed some extra change. There must be at least twenty Swiss Framcs in this glass.

Speaking of money we have now inherited Black Friday from the States. I have no idea why we have to have this, but I am probably too old for such new ideas. Black Friday was last week so now we can all relax I thought. However, it seems today is Cyber Monday when we feed our needs for computers and other electronic equipment. All the non selling items are now reduced in price and if you are clever you could probably build your own computer with all the rubbish they are offering. I am only really interested in food weeks, but that does not seem to exist – yet.

RDP Monday: Sterling