Saturday, 25 April 2015

Daily Prompt: BYOB(ookworm) - My Worms live in the garden

Write the blurb for the book jacket of the book you’d write, if only you had the time and inclination.

The last time I did this prompt was on 24th January 2014, so why should I write it all again. I am not quite yet so senile that I change my mind after a year and personally speaking, I am good, I am great, and I find that my last answer was completely sufficient, so what more could I possibly say, except perhaps “Get Stuffed Daily Prompt” because they annoy me with their rehashed lazy prompts. Sorry, I am not a newbie, been around for many years and like to have fun writing.

In the meanwhile, No. 2 son just asked me why I have not got WhatsApp on my phone. I always felt I was completely covered with my iPhone SMS, although I noticed that my fingers are too big for the keys.  It seems that WhatsApp is free, costs nothing, so what could possibly be better. It was a matter of a few minutes and WhatsApp is now on my iPhone. I was warned by a certain person we do not wish to mention, that it could contain all sorts of spam, virus, attacks from outer space could now reach me over my iPhone. If you hear no more from me in the future, blame it on WhatsApp. Up to now I seem to be safe. So now to something completely different again.

The way home past Castle Waldegg

This would be the long walk home after one of my memorable marathon walks on a nice day in the country. It is the path leading from the cemetery which is an uphill path. I am not so keen on uphill paths, but I did not build the path. It was a matter of natural geology. Anyhow as you can see on the left there is a castle. It is our local castle known as Castle Waldegg. It was shining in the light of the sun so I decided to take a photo. I think I have at least 20 photos of this castle in my collection. In the background you can see the first chain of the Jura Mountains (there are 7 in all stretching to the Northern Swiss borders). If you survive to take the curve in the path, you arrive at the local stables where the horses are impatiently waiting for a visit from me and my camera.

“Hello Guiness” I called to my favourite Shire horse. “How’s Life?”

“Fine thanks, take my photo.”

Guiness the Shire Horse

“Do those flies bother you whizzing around your head.”

“No, not really, it is just part of a horse’s life in Summer. Don’t you have flies in your human stable.”

“Yes, but we just kill them with a fly swatter.”

“You see, we have a tail, so do not need a swatter. I do not have a big problem. Daisy and Bluebell, my favourite cows, are now in the field and with time the flies will arrive in their recycling processes and build a permanent home there, that’s life.”

I walked on, glad that Guiness, my horsey friend, explained some of life’s logistics. The next time I swat a fly I will have a completely different perspective. Perhaps it was born in Bluebell’s pancake on the field. 

I released today how life can be so lucky. I have an online friend, english, married to a Nepalese and has lived a few years in a village near Katmandu with his Nepal family. Only a couple of weeks ago he moved with the near family back to Europe for various reasons. Today there was a strong earthquake in Nepal, the epicentre being around the village where he lived. He has been trying all day to contact the relatives in and around Katmandu and has now heard that they are safe, although there is a lot of damage and some injured. My heart goes out to him and his family.

Sometimes in our little online world we are jolted back to reality with such events.


  1. Lovely shots of the Castle & Path, and also of Guinness.

    Talking of phones, today I finally joined the 21st century by getting a smart phone (it's a Samsung Galaxy). Most of my other tech is already 21st Century......PC, Tablet, Blu-Ray, Widescreen TV....but I'd always held off with the phone as I didn't really need to upgrade, but my 8 year old Motorola Razr has finally given up the ghost.

    Terrible news about Nepal. Is the friend you are referring to Anthony?

    1. Yes, I am referring to Anthony/Dai. He also has a page on WordPress. Funny about the phones. Today I wanted to send No. 2 son an SMS, but as usual my fingers did not work properly and the message disappeared after only writing two words. I phone son and he said "Mummy don't you have WhatsApp?". Of course not, I was warned about it, but in spite of the warning from someone I will not mention, I uploaded it and since have received about four messages from no. 2 son. It is quite good. Funny most of my friends in england do not have a smartphone. I still have model No. 4, but Mr. Swiss has No. 6, although I don't really know what the difference is.

  2. I recently switched from my Blackberry which I loved to an iphone. The outlook for Blackberry doesn't seem great so I switched. Kept the same number though, can't worry about updating everyone with a new number! I have whatsapp and find it's great for communicating with the kids. Sorry to hear about your friend. It must be a very worrying time.

    1. My friends family in Katmandu still have their houses, but other relatives living in the epicenter are OK, although their houses are not longer standing. I have had my iPhone for a few years. I find it handy for keeping in touch with people. Whatsapp is OK, although he who will not be mentioned is not so keen on it.