How to get confused with the English language, especially if you actually use it very rarely. Of course writing my blogs is done in English, but you have to understand what it is about and I do not always understand. My imminency is often unimminent and the words tend to fall into the wrong places. Speaking Swiss German dialect as my daily language does tend to confuse you, and I often find when writing I have to look into the computer to see what the actual english word would be, or often I have to discover what the actual German word would be for the English word that has been suggested to understand what it is all about.
Back to the blog, the snow was imminent today, I think, and we were all taken by surprise with the white scenery this afternoon. It did not seem to bother the birds so much, they always have enough to eat in the feeder. This blackbird was quite happy sitting in the snow it seems. And yes, the snow is here to stay for a week at least.
Flowers are quite scarce at the moment, but I was lucky. I discovered that my rosemary in my herb bed had a last remaining flower. The lealves of the rosemary are still quite fragrent and I am still using them for cooking.
A night full of storms and torrential rain which stopped when I stopped hugging the bed and it turned into a pleasant day with some sunshine although a marked temperature fall. However the weather forecast tells me that tomorrow we will be back in the high temperatures. I spent the morning as usual with a general tidy up. Lunch was just a mushroom omelette which suited me fine.
I spent the afternoon again with Mr. Swiss. I took this photo from his home which shows how near I actually am to him. The two cranes you see in the photo are in our estate and the white buildings are part of our estate. I am very lucky to have him so near and he is also glad.
When I got home I already had a visitor at the kitchen window waiting for any offerings I might have. Of course, I always have a packet of feline goodies for him. Roshti is now at least 19 years old and still going strong.
I had a problem with my telephone today. I realised this afternoon that I could make no phone calls. I kept getting the message that my telephone was not available (in German of course). I really need my phone, it is the only connection I have to the outside world. I am now on my own with no-one to ask, so I asked my internet telephone information which was still working. It told me to go to settings and some further instructions. It was still a risk for me as I really did not know what damage I could do. However, I continued dauntless and as soon as I said “yes” to an operation I got all the messages people had been sending me and I could make a normal phone call again. I had asked Mr. Swiss to call me and he also confirmed that my telephone was blocked, but now everything is working again. I am so relieved and glad. Even this golden oldie grandmother is learning the intricacies of online life. It has always been a thing of importance to me to keep up with online life. Just because you have grey hair and are old, it does not mean that you give up.
Otherwise nothing special happening today, although I managed to take a photo of the first bee. They are always so elusive, but this one was doing what bees on my gaura plant do.
Now time to prepare something to eat for No. 1 son and me and then another evening of reading further in my Jeffrey Deaver book, “The Empty Chair”. It really is a page turner.
Enjoy the day wherever you are and have a good week-end. I leave you with the water lilies in my husband’s home.
Yesterday my gardener was here. He had quite a lot to do and the main job was to cut my hedges. He did a good job and now my garden looks like a garden and no longer a jungle. The toughest job was removing the weeds that had grown between the stones surrounding my raised beds, but he persevered and now everything is looking good. It seems that the work disturbed some of the inhabitants of the garden and although we have had quite high temperatures, the slugs crept out of their hiding places, but quickly disappeared again. Suddenly I saw this shape clinging to the wall of one of my raised beds.
It was obviously a slug, but I had never seen one like this before. The gardener told me that it was a so- called Tiger slug in German, so I had a look on the computer and it seems in english it is a leopard or great grey slug and can reach a length of 20 cm. They are generally not seen so much as they are nocturnal and only come out at night. This one must have been disturbed by the gardening work. One good advantage of them is their diet is waste material in the garden and mainly other smaller slugs and their eggs. They do absolutely no damage to the garden and are good to have around. It disappeared as quickly as it arrived and I have not seen it since, but good to know that it is there.
Here it is again, curling up like all good slugs do. I decided he deserved to have two photos here as you do not see them very often. I now know that he is living in my garden.
Otherwise it was feeding time again at my husband’s golden oldie home. This time there was some carrot amongst the peelings which was naturally ideal for the rabbits. The chickens and rabbits soon sorted theirselves out, chickens to the left and rabbits to the right.
I do not know what sort of breed this chicken is, but I remember when they arrived and were completely black. Now their coats are changing to their natural colours. I just love the big feet they have.
Lucia my cleaning lady was here this morning and did another wonderful job in my home. I manage myself to do the daily tasks of hoovering and dusting, but the work in the bathroom, shower and kitchen is too much for me, but she is so helpful. Next week she will be having a holiday in England of all places as one of her many sisters lives there.
I am now off for a relaxing evening and to read further in my book. I also have a dishwasher to run and a washing machine. I wish all smooth runnings.
It was market day Wednesday again in town so I had decided to saddle my scooter and go along in the morning to have a look.
There were flowers everywhere and life is now back to normal. The days of empty streets are now over since Covid has taken a back seat, but it is still hovering around. I do not think it will ever disappear, but become something like measles or chicken pox that turns up now and again.
The local chickens were also busy fulfilling their duties as egg layers and the farmers had plenty to offer together with their own home made jam.
And it is apricot time again.
They mainly grow in the area of Switzerland in the Kanton of Wallis/Valais towards the South where the climate is ideal.
The vegetables sold on our market are naturally also local produce from the various farms in our area. It was quite crowded this morning and I saw a few familiar faces, but you cannot stop and talk to people as you are in the way. I did have a conversation with a fellow scooterist. As usual we compared scooters and he told me that he had his especially made faster. Mine goes the normal 11-12 kilometers per hour at top speed, but his manages 30 kilometers an hour and has a special numberplate. I decided I am happy with my snail speed. He travels greater distances than I do however. It is always interesting to get other ideas on your travel system.
I also called in at the supermarket for some meat supplies from the butcher. She had steak already cut and sealed and I was tempted to get two pieces for myself and No. 1 son. However, when she told me the price of one I told her to cut me two slices a little thinner. She said that certain meat prices, especially beef, have increased considerably due to the price of gas/petrol going up because of the Ukraine war. Prices are really increasing everywhere. Even my toilet paper is now two francs more.
Eventually I decided it was time for the home run and did a last tour through the market on the way. All my married life I never had a lot of time for visiting markets but now, being alone, I have discovered that I can fit in my visits easily and there is plenty to see there.
One of the last sights I see when leaving town is the St. Urs cathedral as I veer to the left to pass through the road beneath the Basel Tower. You can see it in the photo.
I did visit Mr. Swiss this afternoon. It was raining but not so much and he was surprised and pleased to see me. I have the weather on my phone
At the moment the forecast tells me heavy rain and 17°C, but we have no rain at the moment. This morning it was showing heavy showers all day tomorrow, but now when I look it is light rain and sunshine most of the afternoon. I think someone is playing a practical joke somewhere.
Anyhow let us not spoil the day with weather reports, but try to make the most of it. I wish you all what I wish myself. The local train passed by on my way home just opposite where Mr. Swiss has his golden oldie retreat.
I know, but it is a little too early for an evening greeting. Although on one side of my home we have sunny skies and light fluffy clouds, the other side tells a different story, As I was having my midday sleep I could here claps of thunder and afterwards rain falling. Mr. Swiss called me to stay at home today as the weather was so uncertain and he did not want me to drowned in the falling rain. The sun came out, but I had slept too long to go anywhere. The afternoon was pleasant for an hour but but the thunder has returned.
Home is also quite pleasant. It has been my/our home for the past almost 30 years, but now just one chair is occupied during the evening, Mr. Swiss now residing in his golden oldie home, but he is not so far away. I very rarely sit in these chairs: am mainly at the computer in the evening and being a golden oldie myself tend to retire to bed earlier.
However I can always see what is happening outside through the windows. The wheelchair outside remains mainly unused, but it is useful to have it – you never know. I have an electric wheelchair for excusions outside, although I mainly use ny scooter.
And now there are crashes of thunder again outside and the rain will soon be returning again.
I decided to treat myself to an ice cream to brighten up my afternoon.
The clouds on the other side of the apartment towards the mountains were not looking so friendly. I received a delivery of groceries this morning and are comfortable with my food supplies. Tomorrow morning it looks brighter and I hope to go into town. It will also be our vegetable and fruit market.
I hope your weather is a little more settled than ours.
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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