Good Morning

It is getting colder and I am sure our lovely Indian Summer has now returned to India: grey skies in the morning and everything looking quite dismal, although who knows. Perhaps it can only get better. Yesterday I was planning a short trip into town in the afternoon, nothing really special, but I really wanted some potato chips for a snack now and again. The cupboard was not bare and the fridge and freezer had enough to survive on. However, the rain crossed the bill and I decided to remain in isolation at home. No. 1 son was going into town and so my potato chips were rescued as he brought some home.

Not wanting to waste time I decided to bake something. I was planning on some chocolate chip cookies for some time.

And here they are.

They have an interesting internal life as the chocolate does not melt, but remains as pieces. Anyhow, they were a success although for me a little too sweet, Mr. Swiss found them ideal. He also appreciated me being at home during the afternoon instead of on my wheelchair/scooter escapades, although he was also away in the morning scootering along. He decided to go into town for a change. He returned safely, but is not so adventurous as I am and entered town by the back way. He decided that the cobbled streets with a scooter and many people on the Saturday morning market were not his thing.

It is more fruit and vegetables and other local produce. I have not been for a few years as Saturday mornings are a little complicated for me. I have a lunch to cook and other chores. It was the most important morning of the week for my Swiss mother-in-law. She grew up in the town, knew almost everyone, and I am sure she even planned here dress for the market. When she bought something new, it was usually to wear on the market.

The afternoon rain was really only a short episode, but spending an afternoon at home was also something completely different. I at last had some time to read further in my book in the evening. Television was really bringing nothing interesting for a Saturday evening and Mr. Swiss decided to have an early night. Golden Oldie life is really something completely different.

And now for a relaxing Sunday. It looks a little misty outside, so we might be having another short rain episode. Enjoy the day, keep safe-

Good Morning

Nothing bright and sunny this morning, not even a cloud. I am compensating with my rudbeckia laciniata, the big sister of the rudbeckia, aka black eyed susan, but these do not have a black eye. In the background you can see how dull and uninteresting the sky is. I can only hope that eventually the sun will show itself. At the moment it is not even on the horizon.

Yesterday was not such a dull day. I had to wait at the traffic lights to cross the road as our local train was on its way. Eventually the train passed by and yes, the driver gave me a special wave, so I waved back. I do the path at the side of the railway tracks a few times in the week to get into town and probably the train drivers now recognise the lady in the electric wheelchair or on the scooter. It is lovely to live in such a closely knit area where everyone is so friendly.

And so I eventually arrived in town. I noticed that there were a group on the main square and discovered it was amnesty international. They were engaging in conversations with the public, but I wheeled on past. I remember the owner of the company I worked for in my pre-retired days, he was quite a staunch follower and member. I find they are doing good work and drawing our attention to things that some governments would prefer to sweep under the carpet.

I noticed in town that our roasted chestnut man had returned for the Winter season. It is always the same family that arrive every year. I think they come from the Italian part of Switzerland. Since I have lived in our town the same family arrive every year and I have seen them grow older with their families. At the moment they are not doing such a large trade, but it is still a little too early and the weather is too warm for a paper bag of reshly roasted hot chestnuts. It is one of our many town traditions.

I arrived at the store which was half empty. Since covid is dominating our lives, there are no longer so many shoppers crowding the stores. I did not have a lot of shopping to get. I think I often do the journey just to get out and enjoy the change of scenery. I noticed quite an interesting offer on pork chops, so made the most of it. They were nicely cut, not to thick, just how we like them. They are now freezing quietly in my freezer chest.

At last I have organised my kitchen cupboards. I had too many packets of food hanging around. Thanks to a special offer of sealing plastic boxes in the store I now have everything nicely packed saving storage space and even now have a place for my frozen food sealing machine,

It is really perfect for preparing food for freezing. It vacuum seals the meat or whatever in a tight plastic wrap. My butcher also has one, naturally bigger, an industrial version. When I buy meat over the counter she does it for me, but sometimes I prefer prepacked, the chops are not so thickly cut. and now I can seal them, suitable for freezing, at home.

And look who was crawling up one of my kitchen cupboards. Naturally I carefully placed him on a piece of paper and transported him to the outside world where he belongs. It is a brown marmorated stink bug. We often get them in the garden, but a smaller version. This was one of the giants. Naturally not as big as the photo, but big enough. I have never actually smelt one, but it seems they have glands that expel a distinct smell, mainly to ward off other insects. I read a bit about them in Internet and it is quite interesting. Originally they were Chinese but one day arrived in America, probably as stowaways in packing material in machines.

Their origins in Switzerland are quite interesting.

“The brown marmorated stink bug was likely first introduced to Europe  during the repair work of the Chinese garden in Zürich in the winter of 1998”

so they have not been living here so long. How one of them found its way in a little village 100 kilometers from Zürich I do not know. Anyhow, not that my kitchen is crawling with bugs, but now and again they find they way in from the outside world.

And now to attend to my Saturday tasks. This morning I have no big plans, just the usual and this afternoon an escape to the wide world, at least to the local store. I forgot to get some potato chips yesterday, and I just love a snack in the evening, comfort television food.

Have a good week-end and remember, covid does not have a week-end, not even a holiday, it works a 24 hour day so take care. Not even our old town fortifications can keep it out.

Good Morning

And another morning light breaks on a little village somewhere in Switzerland with as many cows as people, although I have not seen a cow yet. I think they do the night shift on the meadows. There are some birds chirping but they also remain unseen. When the food gets scarce they will be hopping around to see what there is to have.

I had an early start this morning, not very early, but 20 minutes earlier. It is fresh linen day on the beds. I have already put new covers on my duvet and head cushion and removed the fitted sheets. Now there is a pause whilst I have my breakfast and talk to my computer.

I went to bed with a the new update on my iPhone. This time the iPads and iPhones are really going to town with their improvements, although I am not so sure they are improvements. I started the updates just before I went to bed and found that the cyber powers can look after the rest whilst I am sleeping. At some time in the night I was awake and had a look to see how it was progressing. I was greeted in 20 different languages with hello and invited to go through the procedure of getting to know my new adaptations. Of course they have some new developments, but I do not need them. I was quite satisfied how things were. Why do we have to have these new updates which are really of no use to me. A golden oldie does not try to compete with Bill Gates, I just like to be left alone.

Having completed the attack of the iPeople I fired up my Apple computer this morning as it is my preferred computer for saying Good Morning. What did I see? Yes the computer also has a new update of course, to follow the others. I got the choice of doing it now, in an hour or this evening. I chose in an hour, although that it not certain. I can see that the day has a complicated beginning. The computer powers told me I must attach my computer to power to make the update. This day does not have such a good beginning.

Yesterday my air fryer arrived. Actually I was not really expecting it until October and so I should be happy that it has arrived, although I am not so happy. It means devoting time to find out how it works. Yesterday I spent more time unpacking it and disposing of unwanted cardboard boxes. Today is the paper and cardboard collection in our village and I was more occupied in getting that organised. Thanks to No. 1 son for his help. He had bundled the unwanted newspapers together and put everything outside ready to be picked up. I heard the lorry this morning already at 7.30 collecting everything.

I kept the original box for the air friar as advised, now I just have to learn how it works. Naturally, as usual, the instructions are in three languages, but not in english, so I will have to plough through the German version.

I did manage to get into town yesterday for my Wednesday shopping. It looks very idyllic from the camera view of our main street the the cathedral at the end. It was not so idyllic at the entrance to the supermarket.

As I already mentioned the building is again being renovated. It used to be a hotel and now being converted to appartments. The scaffolding in the photo was quite harmless, but it has now been moved to the entrance of the supermarket and above and what used to be hotel rooms are also being converted. It would not bother me so much if they did not park their various trucks occupying half of the pavement. I cannot get through on my scooter. The workman said I could park where I was, but I was stuck and could not reverse. I told hime to forget it and I would have to wait until he was finished, Eventually workman No. 2 arrived and hitched his vehicle onto the the offending transport and pulled it away. I eventually managed to park my scooter and enter the supermarket. This seems to now be the shape of things to come.

I eventually completed my shopping and scootered on my way home through town, seeing these strange figures on my way. They were part of a music group, as there was a guitar in its case on the ground. I did not stay to see what they were performing, their dress was enough for me.

Eventually I was on the home stretch towards my village and was glad to get home after losing so much time with workmen and their problems.

Due to all this confusion I realised that I have nothing to eat this evening, so I will be off again to the store this afternoon, but only the one along the road which is nearer. I just have to get a few items to ensure we survive until tomorrow and do not suffer from hunger pains.

And now I will leave you, I have a bed to assemble. My your day be a good and above all calm with no excitement as mine was yesterday.

Good Morning

I like skies like this in the morning. They are alive and friendly. The sun shines in between, and what could be better.

Actually things are really not so positive this morning. It began when my auxilliary keyboard on my Apple computer told me that it should be attached to an USB as the battery is low. No problem actually. The keyboard on my apple computer started losing various letters some time ago and I bought an extra keyboard for it which works very well, but it has a battery. It is now recharging with its USB connection and I am now on my Acer computer, which is quite good, but has to be connected to electricity to use it. The Apple computer is useful as it has enough energy without a connection for many hours. And so I had to spend time on organising everything.

So what did we do yesterday?

I decided to go by wheelchair to town, but wanted to visit the bird aviary. I had not been there for some time. It is in a small park on the edge of town. It is a bit difficult for photos and you really have to focus the camera lens to cut out the irritating wires from the cage behind the glass surrounding the birds.

There is quite a colourful selection of birds but I have no idea what they are. There is a notice with photos explaining the names, but a little to far for me to read from the wheelchair.

These three seemed to be sitting quite comfortable on their perch.

And this one seemed to be the most colourful of all.

It was quite a day of birds, and I saw this family of swans floating along our river together. Mum and dad were at the front and the kids behind as always, although no longer so much kids. They are gradually losing their brown feathers it seems.

Staying with the birds, I was also accompanied on my wheelie by this red kite above, flying his circles.

I also had to cross one of the town bridges. This is the newest bridge we have. They replaced it some years ago and added the footpath parallel to the road bridge which is quite useful for crossing the river with my wheelchair.

I was surprised to see how many people were still enjoying the Indian summer days along the riverside. Some were dressed in their bathing suits and taking a swim.

Others were making the most of a river trip in their inflatable canoes. It is now forbidden to use stand up paddle boards in the river. They make no noise and apparently it is not something that the wildlife can cope with. Motor boats etc. are no problem, but the birds were having problems with orientation due to the silence of the paddle boards.

And now it was really time to head for home. I seemed to have spent the afternoon with nature which I quite enjoyed.

After uploading my photos, preparing the evening meal and some blogging and watching my favourite soap on the TV I had some spare time which does not often happen. I had uploaded a new book on my Kindle, The Evening and The Morning by Ken Follettt, the fourth in the Kingsbridge series of books. I have read the other three and was surprised to see there had been a fourth in the meanwhile. It must be ages since I read a book, so I was looking forward to this one. I managed to complete the first chapter yesterday. It is from the time of the year 1000 approximately and the Vikings are plundering and looting and burning everything in their path. Not a very nice bunch it seems. The poor defenceless Anglo Saxons are not doing so well, especially after the fall of the Roman Empire, but there is a lot to come in the book. I love those Ken Follett books, he writes so well.

And now back to reality. The day did not begin so well, but I have now received a large parcel from the post. It is my air fryer that I ordered a week ago, so looks like I will be busy today unpacking it.

I must really go now, so hope to see you later and hope your day goes well.

Good Morning

As I entered town yesterday for my shopping I noticed that the main square had been decorated. I do not know what the idea was, but it attracted my attention. There was a board at the side with a list of explanations, but I could not get near enough to see what it said.

I am later this morning as the cleaning lady was here and I decided to tidy up a few things in the kitchen. It was really time that I disposed of a few things that were just gathering dust – and more – and really not needed. Our local store has a special offer on plastic storage boxes for food and I now have all my dry goods sealed nicely, such as rice and biscuits, much more hygenic.

When I entered town yesterday i was pleasantly surprised to see that it was again our monthly market day. It always happens on the second Monday in the month and there are various stalls with interesting selections. There are no groceries, as that happens every Saturday morning where local produce from the farms is sold.

It is the usual bric-a-brac being sold, but something completely different, Here they had some metal bowls in an Asian style, although I am not sure for what they can be used: probably just ornements looking good on a cupboard somewhere in the home.

Thie was quite an interesting stand and I love the way the various teddy bears were all hanging in a row by pegs.

There are always trinklets to be bought, various pieces of jewellery.

There were not so many customers as usual at the market. It seems to be that since Kovid 19 isolation times people are becoming quite scarce, but I could move quite well between the various stands.

This seemed to be mainly featuring articles made from jeans material.

And I was not quite sure what this was, but I think they were various places to keep your cat comfortable at home.

As I moved through the market I saw these two dogs.

And now I must get on with cooking for dinner. This afternoon I will probably take a trip down to the river in my wheelchair as it is easier to move along the river bank than the scooter.

Keep safe, have a good day, and see you around later.

Good Morning

That was a surprise this morning to see a mist covering the trees on the edge of our estate. The weather is still summerlike. Yeterday we had a temperature of 27°C officially. I was out for a wheelie in my scooter in the afternoon, wearing shorts and sleeveless t-shirt and I am sure the temperature was more like 30°C. Autumn is really leaving us with some hot days.

I wheeled off through the local cemetery. Actually I had a blog about wood to write, so took a few photos of their majestic trees in the cemetery. I wonder what was there first, the trees or the cemetery which might have been built around the trees. Or perhaps they planted the trees afterwards to fill in the spaces. Anyhow the cemetery trees are quite tall and majestic. When you pass through the cemetery as much as I do, you get to know every tree on your way.

From the cemetery I wheeled onto the farm. I met yet another sort of chicken they have. Although the main work of the chickens is to lay eggs, there are always new arrivals at the farm with a difference. These two were really something special with their big fluffy legs and wonderful feather design. The rooster was not there, he was looking after his women in another part of the farm, I heard his voice in tbe background. I am really becoming a chicken fan.

The next stop was the goats. There are only two, which is enough, and seem to be a pair. They used to be amongst the chickens, but now have their own self-contained territory.

There were a few cows out on the pasture, but not a lot. I think the farmer was making sure that the grass was not growing too high until Winter.

On the way home along the path at the side of the railway tracks a bird decided to perch on one of the lamp posts. I suppose it is a pigeon of some sort, that was enjoying the view from the top.

And yet another afternoon was spent seeing what mother nature had to offer. I seemed to be doing the whole journey on my own and saw very few people on my way: just the usual visitors walking up the hill to the local castle, which is always a centre of attraction.

As I was approaching the castle, this coach was searching for a parking space. It had probably deposited a few visitors and was leaving them to their sightseeing in the castle. I notice a few people outside in the gardens. The coach seemed to be causing a traffic jam with its manoeuvres to finding a suitable parking space and holding up the traffic around the castle. I even had to wait a few minutes in my scooter until he had finished. The castle is quite an attraction for visitors from other parts of Switzerland and I see car registration numbers from as far as Zürich. How lucky to have it in my back yard.

And now a new week begins. I do not have any plans, so it will be just the normal shopping and taking a few tours in the area. The weather report is still looking good, warm and rainless. I am still having to water my garden as it can get quite hot during the day.

The good news is that our Kovid statistics in our area have dropped considerably with only a few new cases. However, Switzerland is on the rise, mainly the towns of Geneva, Freiburg and Zürich. If only this pandemic would come to an end, but that will be a few years I am sure.

Keep safe and well and may you have a good week ahead.

Good Morning

This morning the same old comfortable sky, but with a remaining wispy cloud and a plane winging its way over Switzerland, so my world seems to be in order up to now.

Yesterday was a day of a few surprises. The repair guy from our village phoned to say he had our new kitchen window and if it was OK, he would be along to fit it in. Of course it was OK. He said it would take about two weeks and after a week he already had it. I was shopping, but while I was out he came along and did the job. Mr. Swiss said he only had about 10 minutes. We are now really catless as it was the last sign we had of having a cat because it had a cat flap built into the old window. Somehow something was now missing.

I was off shopping for an hour in the afternoon, but I really did not have a lot to buy. It is still good to circulate and see other surroundings. I was in the supermarket and heard the butcher lady greet another lady by a name I recognised, so I had another closer look, but it would be about 40 years ago, and as a golden oldie you tend to change over the years. Anyhow I took my courage in my hand and asked the lady in question afterwards whether she was the person I thought it could be and it was. We lived in the same estate for 20 years and I saw her kids growing up as she did mine. She is now a grandmother as well as me and we caught up on the missing years. It seems I will now see her from time to time as we are both using the same store, and now we recognise each other again.

I eventually left the store. There used to be a hotel next to it, but it is now being transformed to apartments I believe. After at least 50 years the owner and his family are now in retirement with no-one to continue.

And then as I was entering town, I met yet another person that I had not seen for at least five years. He was our one time neighbour and so we also had a lot of catching up to do. I remember their son getting interested in playing drums and Mr. Swiss gave him his first experiences. Now he is already 12 years old and has his full sized drum set, as well as a fully electric drum set for practice and is still having lessons. They are the little things in life that really make you happy. It seems he is also learning the piano as a second instrument and the other younger son is playing the guitar.

After a long catching up conversation I decided it was time to go. I only wanted a few things in town but it was developing into a very long stay.

I eventually left town and took a last look at our cathedral closeup.

I arrived home and began to make the evening food, cheese cakes with soup and there was a ring at the doorbell. The next surprise had arrived and No. 2 son was standing at the door. He was on his way from his workplace in the town of Biel to home in the Eastern part of Switzerland near Schaffhausen and made a stop off to us to see how the old folks were doing. Of course my first movement was to put a few more cheese cakes in the oven to cope with the extra visitor. Naturally I caught up on the development of my two grandchildren. He eventually left to catch his train connection to home. I was a bit exhausted from my adventurous day yesterday evening and put my computer to sleep a little earlier, hence I was not so active yesterday.

In between I had a visitor from another neighbour’s cat.

I remember it as a kitten a few years ago and it often walks through my garden, but I always have difficult getting a photo, but this time he stayed to satisfy the curiosity of what was in my open garden cupboard. I think it is a so-called Somali breed and has very distinct markings on its tabby fur. My place seems to be developing into a cat meeting area.

Today I will probably do a quick visit to the local store, so no visits in town. One of my online contacts lives in an area in America where she is being evacuated. It seems to be a big problem with the fires. I saw some photos she had posted and it the sky is brown, the air quality is also very bad. I feel so sorry for her.

I am now evacuating my place in the kitchen at the computer as I should really get the day started with something more useful. May you all have a good begin to the week-end and enjoy it.

Good Morning

Some nice feathery clouds this morning and the sun is shining. Looks like another pleasant day in my world. No sign of rain and according to the weather report it will stay that way for the next week.

Talking of next week. I discovered a golden oldie muddle yesterday. I was looking at the village programme for rubbish disposal and saw that at last we were going to have a removal of the unwanted newspapers and cardboard. We collect it in the cellar and No. 1 son deposits on the street to be collected. I was convinced it was 7th September, but I noticed that it was still there on the street side a week later. I was not sure it was our paper as they all look alike, but yesterday I have a closer look and realised ours was the only paper outside. Did the men not find it and left it or ……. yes, did I make a mistake. I had a quick check on our programme and saw it was being collected on 17th September, next week on Thursday. So No. 1 son and I put it in the garage for the time being. I was worried it might rain and there would be complaints about my soggy paper. One of he golden oldie mixups with time.

Otherwise I was off to town yesterday afternoon, more out of having somewhere to go. I did not really have a lot to buy and just wandered around a bit on my scooter. Our town never get so crowded during the week ad neither are the supermarkets. In the earlier days it was a crowded event daily to go shopping. Now you have enough room in the store “to swing a cat” as the saying goes. Admittedly there are reduced numbers of people allowed in, but there is never anyone waiting outside to enter. Naturally it makes the shopping experience more pleasant, especially as those that are there avoid getting to close.

I am sure that people have began to plan their daily chores with a difference. There is still a lot being bought online, and the daily shopping is no longer as it was. I make the most of these relaxing shopping days to plan a little ahead with food supplies, freezing meat and organising. This leads to the result that I no longer have such a stress with the household. Weekend shopping on Friday is now almost non existent and and I do bits and pieces during the week.

Even the shop assistants are more friendly. I bought some veal slices yesterday, planning to cook them in a morilles cream sauce over the week-end. I had to ask the lady in the butchers where the moriilles were. She showed me and added the remark that it looks like I will be cooking veal slices with a morille sauce – how perceptive. Morilles are a very expensive sort of mushroom and you usually buy them dehydrated, as finding them fresh is quite a problem as they grow in the earth. In Italy I believe they train pigs to find them, or dogs.

After my shopping I returned through the town taking a few photos here and there. The side streets were quite empty. This is a view on the so-called Gold Alley, although the cobblestones are not paved with gold. Our town is full of these amall and narrow side streets.

As I left town I rode past the small green park. The trees are still fully clothed in their leafy costume, but it will not belong until the dead leaves are falling.

As soon as I see our local castle in our village I know I do not have far to go. The sunflower field is now on its last stalks and it will not be long before the harvesting machines arrive to remove it.

It was another evening with the TV and a little washing to hang up before retiring. Today I will again be in town to get the last minuted stuff. I am planning on a mice meat pie tomorrow and I like to get the meat fresh, if I do not have any frozen. The lady in the butchers minces it fresh-You can buy it prepacked, but I prefer it freshly minced if possible. As a golden oldie I have time and patience for my shoppping. I also have a few veg to get, and then I will be set until Monday when I will go into the shopping attack again.

I now have to get a few things organised. There are a few things to iron and some tidying up to do. Otherwise no stress. Have a good day everyone, the week-end is nigh (although every day seems to be a week-end for golden oldies). Take care, stay at a distance and wear your masks. Washing hands frequently is also in the programme I believe. And here one of those fantastic views I get when leaving town.

Good Morning

If that isn’t a sun rise, although it was already 8.00 a.m. when I took the photo this morning, so the sun had been rising for some time. It does get dark earlier in the evening and I already have to have to switch the light on at 8.00 p.m. to see what I am doing on the computer. Yes, the seasons are changing with all their little quirks. We will soon be having our extra hour sleep when the clocks are put back. One of my favourite nights of the year.

Yesterday I was off to town again on a shopping expedition. As I approached the town entrance I saw this group of people standing outside. You might be wondering what they were looking at. We have town hostesses that take groups of people around the town explaining it all.

This time they were all gathered around the model of our town showing the various streets and buildings.

I moved on to the store passing a gathering of pigeons on my way. Someone had spread some food for them, and one pigeon comes seldom alone when there is food.

I eventually reached the store and began the process of searching. I was a little disappointed as my next project will be a celery salad as an accompaniment to the cold cuts in the evening. I like the get celeriac, the big white celery vegetable and not the stalks, but it has to be minced to mix it as a salad and they had none. ready cut. It was already sold out. I did not need it for yesterday, but today, so will take another look today. I do not have a cutter on my machine for cutting it into wormlike pieces otherwise I could do it myself. Idea: buy one. I also needed small pieces of pineapple to mix with it and another disappointment. They were completely sold out of small tins of pineapple and had only mega sizes for an army, although I managed to buy some cut fresh pineapple which is even better perhaps. Today I will be in town again and have a look around. I used to go to the king sized store with mall and everything, but since being without a car, it is too far for a ride in my scooter. It is also complicated to get there by bus.

I finished my shopping and wheeled back through town. As I was entering I heard children’s singing voices. When I turned the corner there were three young girls standing in a row and singing a song together with arm actions. I did not understand the words of the song. I think they were singing in one of the Eastern European languages. There were a few people standing and listening, mostly ladies, and I could see that they thought it was quite sweet. I also spotted the usual hat, or container, to collect the money. I like street entertainers, they add a bit of variety to the town, but I see more and more kids doing it all and there I draw a line. If dad plays the guitar and little son sings to the music, or groups of school aged children stand on street corners singing for money, I do not find it such a good thing. I find it a little exploitation of the kids. Shouldn’t they be at school or doing their homework or playing with their friends. Definitely not on the street collecting money and dad can play his guitar on his own. Although the dad I mean was back in town a day later without his son, his wife was with him singing to the music.

As I wheeled on through town the street was a little blocked by a truck with a crane. They are renovating the building on the left and being a small middle aged town, it was not really built for cranes and large machines. However I could squeeze past and eventually hit the home stretch

passing another musician with his guitar, this time no kids. Actually he was not really playing anything. It was the same constant rhythm. It seems you only need an instrument and an open guitar case for the money. I must suggest to Mr. Swiss if he could take his drum set to town and earn some money on the side.

I eventually arrived home. My shopping had just been delivered by our collectors that pick it up at the store for me and bring it home. Mr. Swiss was away for his second dental visit of the day and so I was alone at home for some time with one exception. The neighbour’s cat, Roschti, decided to keep me company and was guarding the apartment outside in the garden. Where would we be without the local cat.

I now have a satisfied Mr. Swiss. The dental two visits of the day were a success. He had a tooth extraction and in the evening picked up his third set of teeth complete. It was not a completely painless procedure, but today everything is fine and he no longer has to see the dentist. The treatment is now completed.

My days are really action packed. Wonder what will happen today. Now I am off for the daily home routine, nothing special and above all no stress. Hope you day is also a good one. Ours is developing nicely.

Good Morning

Another sunny day has arrived. If you are wondering what the cloud is on the left of the picture, it is my thumb. I could have removed it by shifting the picture frame, but nobody is perfect and these things happen, especially when taking a quick photo with the telephone camera.

At the moment I am completely alone at home. Mr. Swiss had a dental appointment this morning already at 8.00 am and got himself a taxi to get there. It was really a little early for a golden oldie to make the journey with his scooter and it is better to do it in comfort. He is also having a tooth removed. He has a second appointment this evening to finish the repair work and we are hoping that the job will then be completed: although dental work is an eternal event. It begins when you lose your milk teeth up to when you get your third set of teeth.

I have been lucky in a way. I have had my problems, even picked up a gold tooth at the back on the way, but since visiting regularly to the dentist, no big deal. Now and again perhaps a tooth filling might crumble away, but over the years, thanks to modern dental technique and a good family dentist, they are more or less stable. I just got myself a new electric toothbrush as the old one gave up after many years.

Yesterday I decided to make a tour of the surroundings and was quite pleased to see the animal show out on the fields. It seems that the cow night shift is now over. The days no longer have such intensive heat and the cows are on the pastures again.

I decided to move in a little closer, but they were too busy munching away at the fresh grass, probably making the most of it, as during the Winter it will only be hay. This one seemed to have a punk hairstyle, compensating for the horns that she never had after being removed as a calf. I wonder if she misses them.

Moving on I saw that one of the horses was getting some beauty treatment.

The goat pair were also keeping an eye on things, but also relaxing in the sun.

Not to mention the chicken family, complete with rooster and that was some rooster. He towered above everything keeping order. Of course these are the special hens. Otherwise there are 200 hens all in their movable houses, the egg specialists. The hens are kept in a place with shelter and a large space on the field for a walk now and again. This group live on the farmhouse grounds. Growing up in a large town like London, I very much appreciate the open air life and the sights I have in my little Swiss village.

Yesterday was really a wonderful afternoon for a wheelie in my chair to the farm.

I treated myself to a new toy yesterday, something I wanted for some time. I am on a cooking trip at the moment. After a few years I have begun to bake a cake now and again and pep up my cold cut meals in the evening. I only have to take care of Mr. Swiss and son No. 1 and myself of course, but cooking now has a completely different perspective for me. I was cooking to feed the five thousand for many years for the family but now Mr. Swiss no longer eats so much, being compensated by No. 1 son that eats everything that is left, with the exception of mushrooms or green vegetables. I still enjoy my food, but one plate does me nicely and perhaps a little more.

Anyhow, my cookery company are offering a Hot air fryer. It is like a deep fryer but does not need litres of oil. Just put in the ingredients, perhaps french fries or some meat like chicken, add 3 spoons of oil and switch it on. You get the same crispy food as from the old fashioned deep fryers without the smell and mess of the old system. I know a few people that have one and they find them very good. I am also getting it for a very good price, being a member of the group. Watch this space for further reports when I have it.

I also did my first attempt at a Russian salad yesterday. Mr. Swiss likes it and often bought a tin of the veg to make a salad with. All it is is a mixture of potato, peas, carrots, beans cut in small pieces and mixed with a salad sauce – no magic involved. I decided that I had the veg at home, some frozen, some fresh, so cut it all up and cooked it for a few minutes in my microwave adding a little bouillon when cooking. Afterwards, just a normal salad sauce, also made by me, and mix it all up and serve. It turned out quite well and I knew what we were eating. I never did like tinned food. The whole process only took a couple of minutes. While it was cooling down I got on with my computer bits and pieces. Anyhow the main thing was that they all liked it. I really try to cook healthy. I have the time and it’s fun to do.

Mr. Swiss has now just returned from the dentist with a tooth less, but he survived. He has also booked his taxi for this evening’s ride. I am glad he is safe and sound back at home.

And now to continue with normal daily life at the Angloswiss den. Have a good day and may everything be smooth runnings. See you later. On my way home yesterday these two passed me, on a ride from the local stable. I sometimes I wish I could ride a horse, everything is so near where I live.