Share Your World – December 4, 2017

What household chore do you absolutely hate doing?

Nera in Bathroom

I must share this one with CEE. Every Tuesday morning 45 minutes spent in the bathroom. I don’t mind the toilet or the sinks, I do that every day, but the whole expanse of a bath, a wall full of tiles to freshen up and all sorts of awkward nooks and crannies. And of course that silly corner between the toilet and the bath, although I give that one a wipe every morning by foot placed on a cloth. We all have our secret ways.  A few months ago I decided to spend a quarter of an hour on Monday afternoon doing some awkward bits, which has proved to be a good idea. It is a quarter of an hour less on Tuesday morning and I do not feel so exhausted afterwards.

At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?

In my recent past? Let’s leave to those that can still walk around in the supermarket without needing the trolley for support, or a stick.

How many times have you moved in the last ten years?

My moving days finished 20 years ago when we bought our ground floor appartment. Between my move from London to Switzerland I moved a few times. I was in Zürich and moved to Solothurn. Mr. Swiss and I moved around a couple of times in Solothur before buying our appartment in Feldbrunnen, just outside of the town of Solothurn. The next move will be eternal, so who knows.

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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My new amaryllis inspired me when the flowers suddenly decided to open. I bought it some time in November and it was just a small green bud in the pot. It grew quite silently and one morning I saw a white appearance. I had never had a white one before. I am now inspired as for the first time I managed to regrow last year’s amaryllis. I left it outside during the summer, fed it with fertiliser and let the leaves grow. Eventually I removed the bulb from the pot, removed the dead roots and repotted it. After the first couple of weeks in the living room a new bud has appeared. It is the first time I have tried to grow an amaryllis again and it worked. I am hoping to be able to do the same with my new white amaryllis.

Share Your World – December 4, 2017

Share Your World – November 27, 2017

Would you prefer a reading nook or an art, craft, photography studio?

Computer

I have everything I need in my “office”. When the kids were at home it was my No. 2 son’s bedroom, but he moved out many years ago. It still took time to organise and eventually you reach an age where you no longer cling onto stuff that you realise you no longer need and let’s face it, you cannot take it with you, nor does anyone else want it.

My life is a computer, many cameras and reading. In this room I have my computer(s), the second one is on the shelf opposite. Somewhere there is a Kindle for reading. I have my printer(s), and a super installation for the electricity. I have a cupboard opposite with all my photography stuff.

Photography

What more do I need?

Tell how you are feeling today in the form of a weather report. (For example, partly cloudy, sunny with a chance for showers, etc.)

A few clouds in the afternoon, for an hour due to cleaning doors. Now the sun is peeping through.

If you could witness or physically attend any event past, present or future, what would it be?

I would love to have seen a dodo, a flightless bird that inhabited Mauritius and became extinct some time in the 17th centuary.

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.

Sunrise

When I see a sunrise like this in the morning, it is inspiration enough for me. At last our building scourge is over, after 8 months of scaffolding, dirt and noise they have gone forever, I hope. Today the finishing touches were put to our lawn, fresh seeds sown, the autumn leaves removed and my birdhouse has a busy coming and going. What more should I want. Not everyone in the world is as lucky as I am.

Share Your World – November 27, 2017

Share Your World – November 20, 2017

If you were having difficulty on an important test and could safely cheat by looking at someone else’s paper, would you do so?

Who me, no never, of course not, but I do not do important tests. The last one was my driving theory test, and they are set questions in a book with multiple choice. I was practicing every day on the way home in the bus and learnt them all by memory. Otherwise I once cheated in an elocution test in the school. I had the book open on my lap and just had to look down for the answers, but that was really not important. The school found that young ladies should learn how to speak well (like the queen probably). We were all cockney girls, most of us, and cockney is not a language but a strange illness that makes you drop “h” and tend to speak in double negatives. “I ain’t got nuffing” – work that one out. In spite of the fact that I answered the test questions well, I still do not speak such a perfect english – I suppose my own fault.

What things in nature do you find most beautiful?

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Everything and anything with one big exception. I do not like fly babies, they nauseate me and how can a mother love such a squirming little white thing. I don’t like flies either, but they do not nauseate me, they annoy me.

Complete this sentence: When I travel I love to….

take photographs. What more can I say.

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

Birdhouse

That I found a good place for my birdhouse outside the living room window. A great place to take photos as the birds take off and land. I just have to be very careful and patient to wait for them to pose for a photo. And my avocado is growing, I will soon have a tree with fruit, I am sure. I grew it from a pit a few years ago.

Share Your World – November 20, 2017

Share Your World – November 13, 2017

Do you ever sit on a park bench for more than ten minutes?

Bench in the field

My walks are planned around benches. I have a diagram in my head where all the benches are positioned and I know exactly which route to take to aim for a bench. A problem with MS is fatigue. I can walk more or less, but it is tiring, half an hour is my limit. The benches are my lifebelts when I am on a walk. Take a river walk and aim for the bench. I can take it easy sitting on the bench and take a few shots with the camera. Walk up the stairs to the top overlooking the river where there is another bench. Let’s go to the castle, now that can be tricky as it is uphill. If exhaustion gets me before I reach the top I can take a seat on the bench in the photo, otherwise if I have a good day I will reach the top of the hill and sit on one of the three benches in front of the castle. This is usually more than a ten minute rest, usually a quarter of an hour.

When you lose electricity in a storm, do you light the candles, turn on the flashlight or use your cell phone for light?

iPhone

It does not even need a storm, just a power cut of some sort. Been there and done it, so just stay where you are and do not walk further. You could trip over a cat, or walk into something. If I had to light a candle I would have to find one, and a match to light it – so forget it. We have a few flashlights, but do not even find them when there is not a power cut.  My iPhone goes where I go. It has become my lifeline for everything. It even has a lamp included, but it usually gives enough light without. I even use it as my  bedside lamp and to find my way to where I might have to go in the middle of the night.

Would you rather be given $10,000 for your own use or $100,000 to give anonymously to strangers?

That is a question I did not have to think about. Forget the strangers, my mum always told me not to speak to strangers. It is all I, me and myself so give me the $10,000. I wonder how Donald Trump would answer that one? No, forget it.

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. 

Replacing tiles

We got out paving stones back on the front garden. After 7 months of building work, the scaffolding is gone and the ditch in front of my window has been filled in. We are living almost a normal life again. My cat is so happy she can now walk out of the window instead of jumping over a deep ditch to get to the other side.

Share Your World – November 13, 2017

Share Your World – October 30, 2017

Where do you eat breakfast?

Breakfast

When I leave my bed I head for the kitchen, fire up the computer and prepare my frugal breakfast of two slices of bread and jam accompanied by a cup of tea (without milk or sugar) and I am ready to go. I have two computers, but prefer the big Acer with windows 10 for breakfast. I use the Apple in the afternoon.  The world is then in order and I can act stereo: a slice of bread in the right hand and in between greet everyone with a “Good Morning” on my computer. What could be better. Note I do not need fancy plates or knives and forks. I do the preparation on the kitchen top and kitchen paper serves very well to stop leaving sticky jam patches everywhere.

Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want have a evening with?

I began a discussion with Mr. Swiss – I decided this would lead nowhere, as we both have different ideas on an enjoyable evening. He is still nursing his injury after I threw a book at him when he said Sharon Stone. I would spend my evening with my Kindle and he would be at my side watching a crimi on the TV. What could be better. Who needs Brad Pitt or George Cloony.

If you could be a tree or plant, what would you be?

Protea

Definitely a triffid – I know the photo is a protea, but it is about the nearest I could get as triffids seems to be camera shy. Triffids are the best of both worlds, plant and animal. They are also planning to take over the world, although some triffids have already infiltrated certain governments but they are the ones that remain more vegetable brained, than human. They were just the prototype.

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. 

Cockatoo

My oldest son is autistic and we visited his boss last week in the factory where he works to see how he is doing. We had a good discussion and things could not be better. He is a good worker. The nice thing about visiting is that the boss has a pet cockatoo. Not just a pet, but where the boss goes, the cockatoo goes as well, usually perched on his shoulder. I took a few photos – so meet Öttu (english Otto), the human cockatoo. He does not actually speak, he just thinks he does.

Share Your World – October 30, 2017

Share Your World – October 23, 2017

Was school easy or difficult for you? How so?

I was born in 1946 when the men had returned from being soldiers in the second world war and caught up with life. They were naturally busy producing children and we were the baby boom years. There were 47 children in my class at the primary school, and yes, it was the survival of the fittest. I had no brothers and sisters, so perhaps it meant that mum and dad had more time for me. We had no money, and my parents never had a chance in their school life. Mum went to work at the age of 13 and dad was about the same. Dad might have made it to a better school, but that was only for those with money and a working class boy did not have chances.

So that was the background, but I was the one that made it. I was not a genius, definitely not, but I managed to pass the right examinations at the right time and eventually arrived in high school. We were still the baby boomers, but the fittest had now been filtered out. It was not easy, but I just did it, no big problems. The only subject I really hated was physcial exercise, although quite enjoyed land hockey and was even chose for a match in the school team. I could have perhaps tried for university, but I stayed in my comfortable little world and joined the commecial class to learn typing and shorthand and all the little office jobs that were necessary. If I had been 30 years later I might have become a computer expert – who knows.

List some of your favorite types of animals.

Cats, Dogs, Birds, Duck billed Platypus, Apes, Gorillas, and even humans. Yes I am an animal friend.

What is your favorite large city you have been to? What is the one thing you remember most?

Peterhof Palace Leningrad

There are many: Paris, Vienna, New York, my home town London, but the longest impression that remained was Leningrad, now known as St. Petersburg, on a visit in 1966. It was my last year at school. I never returned to school after the visit as it was the end of my school days. We had the chance of a Baltic Sea Cruise and included was a two day visit to Leningrad. Do not forget this was 1966, the days of 100% communism in Russia, and it was an experience for me. The photo shows the fountains of the Winter Palace just outside of Leningrad and it was breathtaking. The photo is black and white, it was mum’s Brownie box camera, but if it were colour you would see the fountains in black and gold colours.

I was surprised to see how women had equal jobs as the men. We were used to see male road workers with pneumatic drills on the streets in our country, but in Leningrad the women worked with the men – equality for all.

We saw uniforms everywhere and the local beer seemed to be sold in a tank wagon parked at the side of the road. The people queued and had their glasses filled from the tank. We were forbidden to take photos when entering Leningrad harbour because the naval base was next to it – perhaps too many secrets. I would go again if I had the chance. It seems that after communism collapsed the fountains and many other installations were suffering from negligence, although I am sure Mr. Putin has now put things back to how they were.

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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Autumn is an inspiration for all of us, particularly if you have a camera with you. Even a simple drive home from the supermarket this morning was inspiring. The colours are changing on the trees, so take a photo as long as the leaves are still there.

Share Your World – October 23, 2017

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