Share Your World – June 26, 2017

What goal are you working on now?

My first successful novel “My life as a blogger”. I am also thinking about working on an Oscar, but no-one wants to have me in their film. I would so much like to play the leading lady together with Brad Pitt, or even George Clooney as leading man. I am not fussy. I think I will just be satisfied as the fastest with a walking stick, I will overtake them all.

What is one thing you’re glad you tried but would never do again?

Outside Marrakesh
I once drove a jeep through the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. We were in Marrakesh, Morocco on a journey sponsored by the company where my husband worked and there were all sorts of events organised. One was that we all got a 4-wheel drive jeep and drove an obstacle course through the hills. Of course all the men took the steering wheel . We had to drive the course twice and I am proud to say I was the only wife that took the steering wheel on the second round of the journey. Today I would not do it.

Did you choose your profession or did it choose you?

Cee my way was similar to yours. I did a year commercial course and was a qualified shorthand typist/secretary as we said it then. It is true, that job no longer exists as such, but I always worked in an office and became an export clerk. Although that job still exists, it is not the same as it was – everything has to go faster and better and the work has been streamlined. I sent goods all over the world from the beginning until it arrived, could apply my foreign language knowledge. Today you would only do part of the work, and someone else would do the rest, but I learned a lot.

Have you ever gotten lost?

Oh often, especially on holidays in the Bernese Overland, but I was never alone. Mr. Swiss and the kids were with me. We would walk mountain paths everywhere following the signposts and suddenly we missed a turn or a sign post and found ourselves in the middle of nowhere. Once we were on our lost way and saw a farmhouse so asked the farmer’s wife how to get further. She gave us instructions but not without asking if we would like a drink of milk. She was so nice, we did not want to disappoint her, but I hate drinking milk, especially as her milk was more or less straight from the cow.

What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Life went on as usual last week, and for that I am glad. I am looking forward to some cooler days this week. The sun has done its job and can hide behind a cloud or two or three.

Share Your World – June 26, 2017

Share Your World – June 19, 2017

What is something that people are obsessed with but you just don’t get the point of?

Nothing really I must admit. I have my own obsessions and even Mr. Swiss doesn’t get the hand of them, although I do. I just live and let live and if someone want to remove every blade of grass growing in the wrong place in the garden, it is their problem, not mine. It can even get amusing seeing the so-called problems that others have.

What quirky things do people do where you are from?

 My Village, but not where I  come from – perhaps quirky to have official information at the entrance to the village.Feldbrunnen 17.06 (18)

Oh dear, yes the Swiss way of life. Although I do not see it so much as when I arrived in Switzerland, it always fascinated me to see how the Swiss housewife would strip the bed completely in the morning and hang the sheets and duvet covers over the widow sill to air them out for a few hours, only to remake the bed completely later. As said, I no longer see it so much. I think the younger members of the nation do not have so much time. Perhaps it is not quirky, but just a way of life.

I am from London, the East End, the part where the air has a permanent smell of brick dust, at least it did when I lived there. We all had our little houses built in 1884, with no running hot water and the toilet in the garden, but nevertheless we all had a door step and that was the pride and joy of all working class inhabitants of the area. My mum would scrub it, on hands and knees, once a week, although it never really looked different. We had a neighbour with a red painted stone step, which she would scrub on hands and knees every day.  Note the usage of the word “scrub” because clean would not be sufficient. She also had a brass door knob which was polished daily to the extent that around the knob was  a bright stain of polish.

What are some things you wish you could unlearn? 

I am still endeavouring to learn things that I never learned. Unlearning is not really part of my way of life.

Who is someone that you miss having in your life?

No-one, because life is a continuing process. Memories belong to life and no-one lives forever. With the modern world of online communication, we have so many possibilities to even find people that we though we had lost forever.

What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I have been knowingly suffering from MS since more than a year, although it probably arrived 30-40 years ago, but not diagnosed as such. MS is something I have learned to live with, having a snazzy walking stick is just one part of it. However, I have now discovered a web site Living Like You from Novartis, a Swiss based company for healthcase based on MS. It is not medical help as we all have our specialists and doctors, but a site with contributions from people like myself. A collection of blogs if you like, under various subjects, but what a great relief to see the reactions of others, and mostly positive. You are landed with the illness, you didn’t ask for it, but now get on with it is the basic message. I am really glad I discovered this site.

In the life of a golden oldie, looking forward really means to survive with no problems, so lets look forward to the week after next. I will tell you all about next Monday.

Share Your World – June 19, 2017

Share Your World – June 12, 2017

What do you do when you’re not working? If you are retired, what do you that is not part of your regular daytime routine?

Camera

Retired, ah yes, that is when you work and get a state pension for it. So what do I do in my spare time? Sit on the computer and write blogs, although that has become part of my daily routine, but only half an hour when I eat breakfast and in the late afternoon. Oh yes, I have two cameras and lots of lens to play with, so I might go for a walk with my camera and take a few photos, or many photos. I usually take the “normal” lens when going for a walk and not the zoom in the photo. If we decide to take a trip up a mountain somewhere by car, then I usually have the zoom and the normal lens. I also read on my Kindle. I love the Amazon way of reading life. Choose a book online and upload it. Come to think of it, I am more busy now than when I was a working woman.

What would you do if you won the lottery?

No idea really. I suppose I would get the newest iPhone 8, although I don’t know if it is available yet. I heard it has a good camera on it. I have two computers and do not need a new one. I would probably invest in one of those wide range lens for my camera. No world trip or new house? No, I am quite happy doing what I am doing now. It is nice to have enough money to know you can afford what you would like or need, but you cannot buy health or happiness. I am happy and I manage ok with my health. You always get a seat on the train when you walk with a cane and if you want to cross the road the traffic stops for you – what could be better.

What makes you laugh the most?

I have a very nice shade of black humour  – just a typical example: the comedian Dave Allen in his sketch where there is only one place left at the cemetery. I always have a good laugh at that one.

What is your biggest pet peeve with modern technology?

That it is constantly being renewed when it is not broken. You have a super good system that you get used to and suddenly they make a so-called improvement which is really not necessary and usually confusing.

What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

My new discovery to take a walk in the evening when the weather is pleasant, not too hot. Fewer people on the trails and have a real relaxed photo session on the way.

River Aare 11.06 (8)

Share Your World – June 12, 2017

Share Your World – June 6, 2017

What’s your strongest sense?

Oh, well, yes, not as good as they were. I wear glasses, have MS so brain messages do not always arrive where they should in the limbs and that would eliminate touch to a certain extent but I can still use the keyboard on my computer, and manage quite well with the iPad. My hearing is OK, but when you are a golden oldie you have learned to hear what you want to hear. I am quite good at concentrating on what I want to do, and that means certain noises can be eliminated. Taste is OK, and so is smell. However, I do not classify any sense being stronger than others. Oh wait, talking is my best sense, but it does not seem to be included in the list.

Which of Snow White’s 7 dwarfs describes you best? (Doc, Happy, Bashful, Sleepy, Sneezy, Grumpy, Dopey)

I was the third tallest in the class, so dwarf I could never be – I looked down at most people from my height and have maintained my 1 meter 75 cms to this day, although they do say you shrink as you grow older. From the dwarf choice of characteristics I asked Mr. Swiss. He settled for happy, although these days I do tend to sleep more than I used to.

If you could be one age for the rest of your life, what age would that be?

7 ages of man Wyss Garten Center 26.05 (7)
The last three ages of man – won’t bother with the other four. I am probably the one in the middle.

“for the rest of my life”? That is a double edged wish for me. I would love to have my body functions from 40 years ago when I could get out of bed in the morning without having to think about how to do it. On the other hand I would loved to have known what I know now 40 years ago.  Permanently 30 years old, no thanks. I would not be able to get half price on the local train.

List of Jobs You Think You Might Enjoy: Even if you aren’t thinking about a career change, it can be fun to think of other jobs you might enjoy.

I quite enjoy the job I have now, called retired. I can do what I want to, and even get paid for it. Just a few inconveniences like doctor visits in between. Of course I was never honoured with a Pulitzer prize for my photography, or a Nobel prize for my writing, but it is never too late. Seriously, I would love to write a best selling novel. Of course to be actually paid for taking photos would be a dream come true.

What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I was grateful for it being a week with smooth runnings: no problems, the builders have now stopped using noisy machines. I never realised the constant background drilling could be such a burden.

Have no plans for this week and hope that life continues as usual with no unpleasant surprises.

Share Your World – June 6, 2017

Share Your World – May 29, 2017

What is the most famous landmark or building you have ever seen?

That is really a difficult one, because most famous is relative.

New York 1993

This was 24 years ago, a 46 year old me, on my trip to New York with Mr. Swiss for a week and never to be forgotton. I have seen the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the colosseum in Rome, and of course all the London famous monuments, but for New York I had to cross an ocean knowing it would probably be the only time that I would ever be in the States. I was going to show a photo of me standing in front of Lady Liberty, but on this photo taken on Ellis Island, you see the complete New York skyline, what could be better? And the twin towers were still standing – I even got to the top of one of them.

Do you like long vacation or lots of mini-vacations?

Today I don’t like any sort of vacation, for me it only means stress. I live on holiday and no longer need to go places and see things. I prefer to visit local places and as long as I have a camera with me I am content.

What is your favorite natural or state park? 

Wild Meadow 23.05.2017

I live in a natural park, surrounded by wild meadows, trees, and a river runs near it all, not quite through it, but only a few minutes away. It is teaming with wild life and I love it.

What is your fantasy vacation?

I have been blogging for many years, 9 in WordPress. My fantasy vacation would be one day to travel and visit all those wonderful friends I have found on this site (yes Cee, you are also on the list). I know it is no longer possible, but it would be a dream come true. I met one of them last year, when she was passing through Switzerland, and all being well will probably meet another next year. I just wish it does not remain  a fantasy.

What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

I am grateful that last week has come and gone. There were noise emissions from the builders renovating our block that reached the borders on the ear drums. The grand finale was last week on Wednesday and now the worst is behind us. We had four days without builders due to Ascension day and the Friday afterwards and then came the week-end. Today they have returned, but the drilling an destruction is now finished. Painting and insulation does not make noise thank goodness.

This week I have really hoping for peace returning to our daily lives.

Share Your World – May 29, 2017

Share Your World – May 22, 2017

What one thing have you not done that you really want to do?

I have been there, done it and at the age of 70 no longer have any great ambitions. I am glad for every day I can look out of the window.

How often do you get a haircut?

Heidi and me - at the hairdressers

Meet Heidi, the lovely lady that is not only my hairdresser, but my friend. My hair just needs a good cut every 6-8 weeks, according to how long and fast it grows and she cuts it perfectly.  I like to keep my hair short. She listens to what I say, and during the operation, we talk, she snips and suddenly she is finished. I am the victim taking the photo.

In regards to puzzle what’s your choice: jigsaw, crossword, word search or numeric puzzles?

Hairdresser

And now back to Heidi and the hairdresser. To prevent her customers getting impatient whilst waiting for the haircut, she had a jigsaw puzzle in the window of her saloon that you could help to piece together to break the waiting. In this case from the choice above I would choose the jigsaw puzzle online on my iPad. I also quite like a game of Scrabble if the mood takes me.

How many cities have you lived? You can share the number of physical residences and/or the number of cities.

I grew up in London in the house where my mother and her sisters and brother were born. After my dad returned from the war he moved into the top floor of the house as it was empty and that is where I grew up: 45 Norah Street, Bethnal Green, London E.2 – I can still remember the address. I left at the age of 20 for Switzerland and lived 2 years in Zürich where I was also working. I changed my job, but remained in Switzerland, and then lived in Zuchwil, a small village. I met Mr. Swiss, moved in with him, eventually got married and we were living in Solothurn which is the capital town of Kanton Solothurn in Switzerland. Zuchwil is one of the small villages on the edge of Solothurn.

Today I live in Feldbrunnen, another small village next to the town of Solothurn. I no longer plan to move anywhere else.

What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?  I am glad to get the last week behind me. Too many appointments and changes of routine. I had to go to the dentist, Mr. Swiss had to go to the dentist, and I had to do the week-end shopping on my own. I managed OK, as I had the car, but no longer have as much energy as I used to when putting the shopping in the car and removing it at home.

This week it looks like the pre summer weather has arrived. Nice and warm and comfortable. I have no plans, am not going places, and will take it easy. The week began well with a wonderful evening walk with the camera. No stress, no other wanderers around. I sat on a bench at the local cemetery took a few photos and was completely alone except for the birds singing in the trees.

St. Kathrinen Cemetery 21.05 (2)

Share Your World – May 22, 2017

Share Your World – May 15, 2017

Horse Chestnut 05.05.2017

How many languages do you you speak?

Fluent: English, Cockney English, German, Swiss German

Quite Good: French and Italian

Do my best to get through on: Russian (spent 12 years learning)

and  I sort of understand Spanish, but do not speak it very well.

What are you reading, watching, listening to, eating?

Reading: my current book is “Eric” by Terry Pratchett (No. 9 in the Discworld series)

Watching: Sitting at the computer looking out the window

Renovation Window view

At the moment we are under renovation until October, and the ladder to the scaffolding begins in my garden – super view, on the left our green container for garden rubbish.

Listening to: the bird song outside

Eating: Nothing at the moment, but in a few minutes it will be tea time. Mr. Swiss work. He prepares the evening food and I do lunch. Looks like it will be various cold cuts and cheese with tomato and cucumber.

What was the last photo you took with your phone?

The above photo for this Challenge. I often take photos with my phone. My online photo programme, Flickr, automatically uploads them immediately, so it is useful for quick photos for my writing. They arrive private, and I can make the necessary alterations afterwards naming them and putting them in files and making them public for everyone to see.

What is your favorite time of day?

That is a difficuilt one. Morning when I arrive in the kitchen, make breakfast, fire up the computer,  or perhaps during the morning if I go shopping, when they let me out. Afternoons are also quite good if I have no cleaning programme. I might go for a walk with my camera, or just blog around. Of course I enjoy the evening, relax in a chair and read on my Kindle. I think at the age of 70 you no longer have favourite times of the day, you are just glad to be able to enjoy the day and survive until the next one.

What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? Last week I at last removed the remainders of the growing bird seed from the garden. I have a bird feeder during the Winter and all the seeds that drop from the table begin to grow in Spring. We have had some wet weather, so the growing various grasses were easy to remove.

I am looking forward to a dentist visit on Thursday – not. Although the dentists only do their job, an expensive job. I only have to have my teeth cleaned up and no big repair work.  Otherwise I no longer really do looking forward, life goes on and I am glad to be able to tell everyone about it at the beginning of next week again.

Share Your World – May 15, 2017