The black eyed Susans are now almost left with just their eyes. They have performed for a couple of months and are now slowly losing their yellow petals, left with the brown centres.FOTD 29th September 2022: Rudbeckia
My Buddleia is at last showing some flowers. I cannot wait until the butterflies arrive.FOTD 3rd July 2022: Buddleia
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.
Our local Jura mountain was looking quite good with a fringe of cloud hanging on to the top this afternoon as I scootered past.
This morning I was finished with all my housewife chores and decided I had enough time to scooter along to town. I had a few groceries I needed and also wanted to visit the dentist again. The dental lady advised that I should use the brushes for cleaning the spaces at the base of the tooth in between as my gums were getting embedded and getting very sensitive. I must say I did feel like a vampire yesterday when she finished cleaning them. I used to use the brushes regularly but afraid I did neglect them. I decided to get a supply from the dentist. The dental receptionist said when I needed them I could just make a telephone call and she would send them to me in an envelope. I clean my teeth three times daily after meals, but she said I only need to use the brushes just once a day and in the evening before I go to bed, so fair enough.
After my call in at the dentist I visited the store and got my supplies. It was also good to get out a bit and see other people.
Being alone all day can get a little boring and there is always something interesting to see in town like this collection of fruit and veg outside a store.
Pigeon life in town seemed to be qute lively and this bird just could not take his eyes off of me.
There were quite a few pigeons walking around. These seem to be playing a game of “follow my leader” with the pigeon at the front leading the way.
After lunch and my midday sleep I called in at Mr. Swiss. He was having a problem with his Kindle. I charged it up for him but it was only showing the Kindle picture. I took it home and had a look. He had not used it for a few months, so I did a restart and now everything is working perfectly again.
We had the paper and cardboard collection today. My No. 1 son did the brilliant job of putting ours outside yesterday. This is not all ours, some belongs to the neighbours. I noticed wherever I went today there were piles of paper and cardboard everywhere waiting to be collected. I heard the noise of the trucks collecting it all. I suppose it is one of the disadvantages of ordering online. Everything arrives in a box which no-one really needs.
I do not know why, but it seems the animals always follow me with their eyes. This turtle was in the pond where Mr. Swiss now resides. I think they like to have their photo taken.
I will now move on. I have a wash to do this evening and start up the dishwasher. See you tomorrow, same time and same place.
Not sure if it will be a good evening, we just had a few drops of rain, but nothing serious up to now. The garden can do with some moisture at the moment. It was a strange day for me, completely alone – almost. My son arrived mid afternoon, disappeared in the shower and after an hour disappeared again. He is off to a rock concert in town and will only return in the early hours of the morning. He has even taken a days holiday tomorrow to recover from the sleepless night. Mr. Swiss was off with his golden oldie refuge groupies on a day trip to the Swiss Lake of Thun (pronounced “Toon”) so I was left to my own devices. He called me to say he has returned safely, but is now quite worn out and is looking forward to a good night’s sleep.
It all began with lunch when I indulged in one of my favourites which i suppose only appeals to those that like garlic. It was spaghetti with garlic cooked in butter and mixed with prawns. I enjoyed it very much and celebrated with a two hour sleep afterwards after lunch. Yes, so is the life of a female golden oldie when living in isolation. It has been many years after shaking off the yoke of brining up the kids and generally putting everyone else first. Now it is my turn and I am enjoying it.
Otherwise I stayed at home. I will be off to the dentist tomorrow afternoon and that will be enough action until the end of the week. My garden is looking quite good at the moment and everything is growing nicely.
My herb bed is looking quite good with its mixture of chives, rosemary, thyme, sage, origano and savoury. I have had this bed for a few years and it has developed very well. It is in front of the kitchen full length window door, so I can just pop into the garden and cut what I need for cooking the food. I like to add flavour to my dishes.
And that was my day. Now the sun has appeared and I will be making myself a toast Hawaii for the evening meal: bead with a slice of ham, pineapple and topped with cheese, all toasted in the oven with a sprinkle of paprica. What a good foody day today.
Hope you all also had a good day, if not it can only get better.
It seems to me that all our large older buildings have beams to hold their roofs together. This is our concert hall where I had my jabs for Covid. I had a 15 minutes to study the beams before leaving as we had to wait so long after the jab to make sure there were no ill effects afterwards.
Even my doctor’s waiting room has beams
as well as the roof to the supermarket parking.RDP Thursday: Beam
I have the feeling it has been evening all day: dark and dismal and even the flowers in the garden are hanging their heads with the weight of the rainwater. So what is there to say today? Nothing really although I had a little bit of excitement this morning when my groceries arrived from the supermarket. As I was unloading them there was another ring at the doorbell. What an excitement, two visitors within a few minutes. I was getting spoilt. After Mr. Swiss left for his golden oldie refuge I do live quite a secluded life during the day.
My other visitor was the village carpenter. Living in a small village with only about one thousand people, you know who to call for when you have a problem and this man does the necessary jobs you need done.
My problem was what I call my Mondrian cupboard made in the style of his paintings. We have had it for at least thirty years: not an expensive piece of furniture but both Mr. Swiss and I liked the style. I suppose it was a product of somewhere in the Far East, probably Hong Kong. Some 10 years ago it began to suffer. The hinges broke on the large red door which hangs down and Mr. Swiss did a temporary repair with sticky tape and screws. The decay continued and more repairs were made until it got to the stage where he finally stuck the top red door to the rest of the furniture, and we were no longer able to open it.
Yesterday morning the catastrophe was complete and the red door broke away completely on one side. and I had to put something in front to stop the door falling off (my Dyson vacuum cleaner charger). I decided it was time and I called the village carpenter. Being now a golden oldie myself I really did not want a new cupboard and I was sure a repair would be worth while.
Inside this part of the cupboard I had all my text books for learning various languages. Most of it was Russian, there was also an Italian and Turkish language learning book and a small collection of how to speak Arabic. I also discovered my many foreign language dictionaries. I also found my Pitmans stenography books. Perhaps I might brush up my foreign language knowledge again. I also discovered my earlier gameboy instruments with a collection of games. I had not played with this for many years. I would have to replace the batteries or recharge them and they might work again.
Yesterday the carpenter took the door with him to fit it with the necessary hinges and this afternoon he assembled it again together. Here he is at work. After half an hour I again had a perfect functioning Mondrian cupboard and I am so glad. Just the job for a rainy day. At least I had a little bit of excitement.
And that is all happened on my exciting day. I am now off as I have an evening meal to cook. It seems the weather might be a little better tomorrow and I might even be able to get out again. Hope your weather is more pleasant wherever you are. I leave you with my poor wet and soggy hyacinths in the garden.