RDP Sunday: Tranquil

This is probably the quiet before the storm when mother swan has laid her eggs and now just sits on them to brood them out. Mr. and Mrs. Swan chose a nesting place on the bank of the river, unfortunately near a path. Our local authorities came to the rescue and enclosed the area with a light fence to make sure she would not be disturbed by too many inquisitive people. It worked and some time later I saw her and her partner taking a swim on the river with the cygnets. This was a year ago and I can imagine that the cygnets are now grown swans and perhaps brooding their own.

In the meanwhile we are sort of celebrating Easter. Mr. Swiss decided to partake of a nicely decorated egg that my grandchildren made with their mother. Mr. Swiss decided that the egg was too cold to eat and so he had the idea of warming it in the microwave for a few seconds. Unfortunately you do not put a hard boiled egg in a microwave. I was sitting in kitchen not knowing what he was doing behind my back until I heard a very loud explosion. Yes, the egg exploded in the microwave in many hundreds of small pieces and I was confronted with a soft yellow mass of yolk and eggwhite mixed with tiny microscopic pieces of sharp shell. However with my housewife talents I managed to clean it all away, After half an hour everything was cleared away, I also had to take a mop to remove the remains from the kitchen floor. At least we had some excitement on our day of tranquility.

RDP Sunday: Tranquil

RDP Sunday: Human

I spent the afternoon taking a wheelie around the local farm so I did not have very much human contact. However, as if by signal the geese all began to talk together. I don’t think they were actually listening to what they were saying, but were making a lot of noise. I decided there is not always a big difference between humans and geese.

RDP Sunday: Human

RDP Sunday: Lamb

How is it possible to get a group photo of sheep: no problem, just show them the camera and they gather together. I encountered this group of sheep all spread over the field and then they saw me. In a few seconds they all gathered together. Perhaps it was curiosity or perhaps just something that sheep do. One of them makes a decision. it seems to be a global decision and they all do the same thing. I am sure sheep have mastered the secrets of telepathy.

RDP Sunday: Lamb

RDP Sunday: Homecoming

Is this my homecoming when I cross the English coast, seeing the white cliffs of Dover?

Or is it when I see the Swiss Cross on the tail of the plane taking be back to my chosen country, Switzerland.

The first twenty years of my life spent growing up in London and moving, voluntarily, to Switzerland where I have been living for the past 54 years, I even landed in Switzerland on my 20th birthday, which was a coincidence,

I have nothing to hold me to London today. Family is no longer, just a couple of cousins, and friends are contacted by computer, be it Facebook, e-mail or messenger, or they might visit for a holiday in Switzerland. Although we are all now golden oldies and travel is no longer so possible.

Seeing the outline of the Jura mountain chain in my “back garden” and the greenery of the fields makes me feel at home.

RDP Sunday: Homecoming