Share Your World: October 16, 2017

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If you had to move to a country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why?

I would not move to another country and there is an easy reason. I grew up in England and left England to live in another country. Now I have been living in Switzerland for the past 50 years and it is in the middle of Europe. At the age of 70 I am not prepred to deal with the laws of another country, to get used to their health system, and to change my style of living. Apart from that Switzerland is surrounded by so many other countries, we only need to take a train, travel a few hours and we have arrived. It would be nothing new or different. We speak four different languges in Switzerland: German (Swiss German dialect), French, Italian and Romansch, so that would also not be something completely different. The Swiss are hopping around all the time in different worlds of language and ways of life. Who wants to move somewhere else?

What color would you like your bedroom to be? 

Swiss style is basically white plaster painted over and that suits me fine. It is a clean plain job. My problem here is to find the correct translation but it boils down to nice plain walls, painted in offwhite with some abrasions. In England I grew up with so many different wallpaper patterns on the walls, it was the english style but was very monotonous. All our rooms in Switzerland have the same colour, we do not usually paint our rooms in different colours or use colourful wallpaper. The colours come from the accessories, paintings and furniture.

What makes you Happy? Make a list of things in your life that bring you joy.

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I am happy because this scene is just across the road to where I live: nature at its best.

I am bascially a happy person, have my hobbies of writing and photography and my family. My happiest moments for me is my “me time” when I have time for myself to do what I want to without interruptions.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week? 

That I can see an end to the 6-7 months of renovations on our appartment block. That we are now approaching the end to the ordeal we have been through with isolating, scraping, painting and continuous interruptions to our life style.

Share Your World: October 16, 2017

Share Your World – October 9, 2017

What do you consider is the most perfect food for you?

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I eat anything really, except for tripe perhaps. It feels like rubber and tastes like it. I am usually the cook, so can prepare it to my taste. I like cooking stuff like casseroles (see my chicken casserole above). I can prepare and let it cook for a few hours and forget it. I do not use a crock pot, but just a normal pan with a lid, that is enough. I avoid any milk products where I can because of a lactose allergy, although I can mix cream into the sauce as small quantities are not such a problem. Otherwise I enjoy food and am just happy when I can digest it with no problem, and with age problems tend to appear.

Are you focused on today or tomorrow?

I focus myself on “me” time, when I can do something that I want to do. After almost 50 years of married life and bringing up the kids, I was always at the end of the queue. Everyone else came first. Today it is just me and Mr. Swiss. He comes first in his world and I come first in mine. I do not focus on any particular day, I focus on the time I have to write, to read or take photos.

If you could interview one of your great-great-great grandparents, who would it be (if you know their name) and what would you ask?

That is obvious for me. It would be Jean Louis Camroux, my g-g-g-grandfather. He escaped from France with his family during the Huguenot persecution and arrived eventually in London by way of Germany. He met his Huguenot wife in London. I even have a copy of the original marriage certificate, in french of course. His descendent was eventually my great grandmother who died in 1911 at the age of 91. I would have loved to have asked him how his escape from France was. The protestant Huguenots were persecuted by the catholic French and there was a massacre in Paris. I imagine him to have been the great adventurer of the family, although it was his father that escaped to Germany with the kids, Perhaps I should interview the father.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

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Definitely Autumn with its changing coiours on the trees. It is an inspiration to take photos. You are surrounded by wonderful scenes of nature.

Share Your World – October 9, 2017

Share Your World – September 25, 2017

What is your favorite outdoor activity?

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Photography – the walking part is just a necessary extra.

In a car would you rather drive or be a passenger?

A passenger, although everyone keeps telling me I should drive more. Even my neurologist supports the idea. I just do not enjoy driving a car: too many changes to my normal road patterns. Once I get used to a certain route, they plant a new traffic light or stop sign and the fun is over for me.

If you could have three wishes granted for you alone, what would they be?

The new iPhone X (ten) with 256 bytes or whatever, which is not yet on the market and would be too expensive for me in any case.

A wide angle lens for my camera

A cure for MS (but not only for me but everyone that has the illness)

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

I am reading “A Column of Fire” the third Ken Follet book in his cathedral series. I am an atheist, but I must say the whole series is a page turner. Column of Fire was published a couple of weeks ago and has over 900 pages, I am now at page 850. I uploaded on my Kindle on the day of its release. Of course it is a story with various characters, but based on the actual facts of the middle of the 16th centuary, during the reign of Queen Elisabeth I of England. It has explained historical facts of the time through the events in the book very well. It is mainly catholic belief again protestant belief. I have realised things do not really change a lot in our time. We still have religious wars: the religions are different, but the reasons are the same. The conviction that a religion is the only right religion, with an abscence of tolerance towards other religions.

Share Your World – September 25, 2017

Share Your World – September 18, 2017

Complete this sentence: I want to learn more about …

how to complete a Swiss Income Tax Form. Mr. Swiss always does it, although he also now gives it to an accountant to do it for us as it does not get easier as time goes past. And if he finds it complicated, I find it an impossibility. Every year the same time.

On a vacation what you would require in any place that you sleep?

Our Hotel Room in Marrakesh
A real bed with a duvet and normal pillow. In Marrakesh,  Morocco they had a sort of roll for the head, which was most uncomfortable, although we were supplied with a small cushion. Otherwise the hotel was perfect.

What is your greatest extravagance?

I do not do extravagance. If I cannot afford it I do not buy it. As a golden oldie I have given up with being a follower of fashion, as the fashion that I can wear no longer exists. I have not worn a dress or skirt for many years. The only delights I treasure are a new computer, iPad or mobile phone. Unfortunately Apple have now drawn a line to my enjoyments by introducing their new iPhone 8 for ?,000 dollars, swiss francs, or pounds. One way or the other there are three zeros after the first number and it is full of stupid gimmicks which are unnecessary and unwanted. If you want the good camera on your mobile telephone you have to buy the more expensive iPhone 8X. That would be an extravagance, because I simply do not have the money to spend on such an expensive phone.

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

I love reading, and spend most evenings reading my current book. I have my favourite authors and book series, but cannot read the same thing one after the other. I have to have a change. At last the newest book from Ken Follett in his cathedral series was published and on the same day I uploaded my copy on my Kindle “A Column of Fire”. I am not disappointed and have my nose stuck in this book every evening. I love books with good story lines and the longer the better. This one has over 900 pages. I never realised how much war and problems arose between the catholics and the protestants in the middle ages. I am slowly getting to the part where catholic France rose again the Huguenot protestants. There was much bloodshed and it particularly interests me because my ancestors on my mothers side were immigrants from France, Hugunot that fled from France to England via Germany. Our family once bore the surname of Camroux from my great grandmother.

Share Your World – September 18, 2017

Share Your World – September 11, 2017

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Would you want $200,000 right now or $250,000 in a year? It’s safe to assume all money is tax free.

At my age and the current state of the world? I would take it right now. Who knows if I am still able to spend it in a year.

Is it more important to love or be loved?

Both are important, one is not more than the other.

List things that represent abundance to you.

Difficult according how to interpret

Being able to buy the food you need every day

Living in a country safe from war

Having a good medical care system

Having a roof over your head

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.

I became a grandmother last week. It was an “on-line” delivery. Son called me in the morning, called again midday and in the afternoon baby Alexander was born. I now get the “daily Alexander photos and videos” as my son calls them. Everything went well. It is a modern world when the first cries you hear from a new born are per messenger in Internet. And of course I am thrilled to bits.

Share Your World – September 11, 2017

Share Your World – September 4, 2017

What color do you feel most comfortable wearing?

Mr. Swiss says blue because of my blue eyes (she says flashing her eye lashes). I am more into blues, violets, although I quite like black. Black is easy, you can never do anything wrong. I also like wearing red, even yellow: no browns or greens. After wearing school uniform for six years, the basic colour being green, I never want to wear green again.

What is your favorite type of dog? (can be anything from a specific breed, a stuffed animal or character in a movie)

I would first of all have to get permission from my cat. She would not give permission, although she does have some canine friends, but online only.  If I really could choose, it would be a dog that no-one wants, a stray. But otherwise, just to be Swiss, I would not mind a St. Bernhard. In the meanwhile I leave you with a photo of my friend’s dog. He was found roaming the streets of Croatia as a stray and she adopted him through an agency.

He always wears his little sock for protection because of an foot injury, but he is a happy little dog, known as Fuzzy. Today I met him with his owner and he was looking especially fluffy and well groomed. Apparently he had just been to the groomer for a new hairstyle.

Fuzzy

List at least five favorite flowers or plants.

Deadly Nightshade, Delphinium, Cannabis, poison ivy, Wolf’s Bane. I always did have a hang to black humour and it will soon be halloween 🙂

Wolf's Bane

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

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Seeing some Autumn colour in the surroundings. I like summer, but Autumn is a good end to the hot sticky weather and the colours are made for photos.

Share Your World – September 4, 2017

Share Your World – August 28, 2017

What would constitute a “perfect” day for you?

Hug the bed until around 9.00 a.m. No housework. Take a trip somewhere to get food for my camera and do what I want to do – read, computer, and sleep when I want to. Eat lunch in a restaurant, 5 star of course. Oh no, forget it, that would be boring. I really believe my perfect day does not exist, because there will always be something missing if I do not do it myself.

Complete this sentence: My favorite place in the whole world…..

is home. For the simple reason because it is not complicated. It might not be luxury, but I know what I have and there are no complications. And I have never seen the whole world, so cannot choose a favourite.

Who was your best friend in elementary school (prior to age 12)?

I have no idea and thinking about it I realise it was not so important. I met my best friend at the next school. She is my youngest son’s godmother and has been a great help when I have had problems in England. She has always been there for me. Friends in elementary school, as you call it in the State, do not seem to have been so important. We lost each other out of sight when we moved on to the next school.

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

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It was my trip up to the local mountain Weissentstein by cable car with Mr. Swiss on Wednesday afternoon. We had been planning this for at least two years, since the new cable car railway was built. We worked it out that we only really need a quarter of an hour to get to the basis station by car and 20 minutes later we were at the top sitting in the restaurant and looking down on the world (of course with the camera). We loved it. The only thing I missed was being able to go for a wander around on the paths to the next peak. That is when I noticed my handicap, but otherwise it was great and we have decided to do it again and not wait another two years.

Share Your World – August 28, 2017