Freitag, 5. Dezember 2014


For the past few weeks we've been surrounded by thick fog, but on Sunday we managed to escape the white blanket when we took a drive to the Black Forest in Germany.
What an amazing sight  to see a beautiful blue sky and a magical sea of fog.
As we drove away, we were  right back to square one and yet again we were faced with another dosage of white wet stuff.
Since living in Europe (40 odd years now) I have always wanted to experience every weather situation of the country, and naturally I had to get outta the car and have a closer pic of  yours truly posing in the fog- - on the photo it doesn't look very much, but it was thick and rather cold.
As Christmas is practically around the corner, and still no snow in sight, I guess this could be a foggy foggy Christmas.

Donnerstag, 27. November 2014


 In a short while we'll be off to do some wholesome shopping in my favorite country - Freiburg in Germany.
The top picture shows only a small section of the enormous shopping mile in Freiburg.
  A good pair of walking shoes is definately advisable., because there are tons to see and many beautiful sites to visit.

 Well, that's all for now  -  my walking shoes are rough and ready and so's  my large empty shopping bag.

Montag, 24. November 2014


Nooo, I ain't mad at anyone - this was sent to me per E-Mail by my dearest Scottisch friend.
                BLESS YOU DEAREST FRIEND FOR BRINGING BIG SMILES TO MY FACE..............!!!!!!!!!!!

My Problem is -  I've been hound dog tired, I cleaned dirt and dust OVER and OVER again - due to our new kitchen that was installed last week.
 I caught myself a Royal flu, and when it   "disappeared"   I carried on cleaning and slaving, oooh  the work was never-ending. Because I never gave my poor Body the Chance to recuperate, the next bout of sickies was Standing right  ouside my front door offering me the next  round of viruses. So down I went for another couple of days flat in bed.  As a  determened Person I have always believed, work it off and sweat it out,,, and usually it worked,,,,,,,, strangely enough,, this round,, the gang of virusses dragged me down into the deepest darkest  dungeons of illness.

Hard for me to accept - - - old Age is definately  the cause - - - although I must honestly say.... I don't
feel a day over 20.    Fact is, the Body is telling me to calm down, relax, and take it easy.

 Nuff nuff moaning and complaining,  I am Feeling on top of the globe and as ever again I am dancing on the brand new kitchen floor to
  the Music whilst I prepare the dinner.

Freitag, 21. November 2014


Only recently it was brought to my attention when my good blogger buddy could not pass a comment on my blog. Whilst chewing on the problem it dawned on me that my new Windows 8 was installed in the German language - instead of English.
If anyone else has this problem, here's what to do.
At the bottom of my blog entry you will find an open space which says KOMMENTARE//COMMENTS, click onto that and you'll be A and Away
Hope to "see" old and new friends real soon.

Samstag, 8. November 2014


Geeez am I glad this week's lying flat on it's back - I caught myself a stinking cold but instead of taking it easy, I will work the virus to a ground.
To top it all we're installing a new kitchen.
 A brand new ceiling was replaced by an old brown thing (will post pictures soon)
 The walls needed a fresh new colour -  I decided, instead of  a sterile white wall, I needed a soft touch of lemon.
 New bright lamps were installed   -  and today - Saturday -  we decided to rip away the old chocolate brown kitchen units -  because the new kitchen will be on our doorstep by Wednesday next week.
 I have done nothing but CLEAN CLEAN up to this hour.
 I have had my fill of dirt and old dust.
 Before suppertime I took a breather and a well needed break to seat myself in front of my laptop - - and my day was made when I received this funny e-mail from a longstanding friend.
 I laughed and it made me forget about my battle against the dirt and dust (even though only for a few moments.....)
 I am posting this and I do hope you will see the funny side of the Story that made my dusty day.
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Prince Charles was driving around his mother's estate when he accidentally ran over her favorite dog, a Corgi, crushing it to a pulp.
He got out of his Range Rover and sat down on the grass totally distraught.
The  whole world was against him and now his mother would go ballistic.
Suddenly he noticed a  lamp half-buried in the ground.
He dug it up, polished it and immediately a Genie appeared.
"You have freed me from thousands of years of imprisonment, " said the Genie
"As a reward I shall grant you one wish."
"Well," said the  Prince, "I have all the material things I need, but let me show you this dog."
They walk over to the splattered remains of the dog.
"Do you think you could bring this dog back to life for me?" the Prince asked.
The Genie carefully looked at the remains and shook his head.
"This body is too far gone for even me to bring it back to life.
Is there something else you would like?"
The Prince thought for a minute, reached into his pocket and pulled out two photos.
"I was married to this beautiful woman called Diana," said Prince Charles, showing the genie the first photo.
"But now I love this woman called Camilla," and he showed the genie the second photo.
"You see Camilla isn't beautiful at all, so do you think you can make Camilla as beautiful as Diana?"
The Genie studied the two photographs and after a few minutes said,
"Let's have another look at the dog."

Mittwoch, 5. November 2014



Julie Andrews Turning 79 - this is hysterical!
To commemorate her birthday , actress/vocalist, Julie Andrews made a special appearance at Manhattan's Radio City Music Hall for the benefit of the AARP.
One of the musical numbers she performed was 'My Favorite Things' from the legendary movie 'Sound Of Music'. Here are the lyrics she used:

(Sing It!) - If you sing it, its especially hysterical!!!
Botox and nose drops and needles for knitting,
Walkers and handrails and new dental fittings,
Bundles of magazines tied up in string,
These are a few of my favorite things.

Cadillacs and cataracts, hearing aids and glasses,
Polident and Fixodent and false teeth in glasses,
Pacemakers, golf carts and porches with swings,
These are a few of my favorite things.

When the pipes leak, When the bones creak,
When the knees go bad,
I simply remember my favorite things,
And then I don't feel so bad.

Hot tea and crumpets and corn pads for bunions,
No spicy hot food or food cooked with onions,
Bathrobes and heating pads and hot meals they bring,
These are a few of my favorite things.

Back pain, confused brains and no need for sinnin',
Thin bones and fractures and hair that is thinnin',
And we won't mention our short shrunken frames,
When we remember our favorite things.

When the joints ache, When the hips break,
When the eyes grow dim,
Then I remember the great life I've had,
And then I don't feel so bad.

>>>>>>>>>>>>> > >>>>>>>>>>>> >>>>>>>
(Ms. Andrews received a standing ovation from the crowd
that lasted over four minutes and repeated encores.

Freitag, 31. Oktober 2014

Mittwoch, 29. Oktober 2014


Well guys, I have tried to post the Pictures  of the needlebook on my eyesofthedragonfly blog.
 Just goes to Show how  "out of touch" I am with Blogging.  Feeling all self assured about my Password and such, and then I end up looking like the High School nerd.... not to worry,  my surprise to find it on the wrong blog and my baffled face has subsided,, I can only laugh at my stupidity.
I will continue TRYING, because I am a stubborn grow bean from down South.  Heeee heee!!!

Well hallo again, although it's been a Long time since I've posted on my crafting blog, it doesn't mean I have neclected my love for sewing  - - unfortunately I don't always take Pictures of my completed goodies and unfortunately I don't make enough time to take needle and thread in Hand.  I Quote the words of the sweet drunken butler....           ."I'll try me very best!!"
This is a needlebook I made for a neighbour  friend on her birthday last year. I am happy to say, she was delighted.

Montag, 27. Oktober 2014


The Little Lord at leasure.

He knows the secret ways of twisting me around his doggy toes.
The Little rascall's only 5 months old, but I'm happy to say he will let the household sleep
until 7.15 or 7.30 before he announces his presence.
All day Long the door of the Wintergarden -  or as some may say sunroom,  will stay
open so he can feel free to go into the garden and complete his daily Needs..
At four months, I taught him to Show me his chubby Little paw before he gets a doggy biscuit. He is indeed a pleasant Little fellow and has the resemblance of a Young Polar bear Baby.
It took me almost two years to overcome my sorrow and the  loss of  my beautiful Little Westhighland Terrier Fugi. She will always be remembered and will always have a very Special place in my heart.
She lived a happy 11 years, and provided tons of love and laughter - she was loyal and loving until the fatal day when she was poisoned by some horrid dog hater.                                                         
I often find myself thinking.......... how do These cruel human Monsters sleep at night?


When I was a child I mostly read story books about the different kind of animals, but what fascinated me mostly was the beautiful blood red toadstool.
As I grew older I used to think it was all but a fairy tale - - just imagine a South African child who sees such pictures in a story book and not ever seeing the edge of a dark and gloomy forest...!
It was only until a few years ago when we went mushroom hunting, did I come across many red beauties topped with white dots.
My amazement was overwhelming and my eyes almost popped outta it's sockets - down on my knees I went with my camera and couldn't part myself from the beautiful yet extremely dangerous toadstool all dressed in scarlet red.

Sonntag, 26. Oktober 2014


Yet again we've been so lucky to enjoy a blue sky and sunny day - yes a genuine Indian summer here behind the Alps.
So off we go into the deep and dark forest - in search of eatable mushrooms.
Crazy people you may think.. but we only spent about one and a half hour in search of the good stuff.

Last Autumn we found barrels full, but this round we only found a few - nothing to write home about, but it was worth the while.
I find spending time in a forest  so calming - no noisy car sounds or any other, only the different sounds of a few wild birds.
On Saturday we had a little rainfall, so naturally everything's real wet in the dark forest.
It was no surprise to stumble apon a fairly large frog sitting directly on my way, I still wanted to have a closer look but the guy thought
it would be safer to disappear into the next hole nearby.
No matter how many or how few mushrooms we find, it will always be checked by an expert who lives just around the corner.

Donnerstag, 23. Oktober 2014


This is something of another kind - or at least as I've seen it only in the small village of Lötschental.
The small wooden cabins are built on stilts, apparently it's to keep mice and rats at bay.


 Here are but a few of the lovely houses in Lötschental - Switzerland is known for their Geraniums but to see so many hundreds of blooms posing beautiful together, is a sight to remember.


I have been very fortunate to arrive in Switzerland as a Young woman - I have left my Country of birth, South Africa and have been living here behind the snowy Alps for a few decades now.
Now why does that sentence make me feel so ancient? Only kidding....!
For the past few years I have had the opportunity to visit most places in Switzerland, which I honestly never believed to see.
But my favorite place is Wallis - or as the French speaking folk would write... Valais.
Most People speak Swiss German, but I must add, with a disasterous accent to a strangers ear. The other side of Wallis speaks French.
Beside the fact that this Region gets extremely cold during winter time.... I simply love the place to bits.
Getting to "my" place, is a town called Lötschental - a must to see every round.
One has to drive all along the Alps on a very narrow and winding road.
For some, a Little nerve wracking, but I guess I got used to it all.
I would like to post a  Picture or more of my favorite houses in this small but amazing town.

Mittwoch, 22. Oktober 2014

Return of the dragonfly

I've been Blogging for a few years, and enjoyed making friends from all Corners of the world.
Unfortunately I've neclected my blog for some time now.
Trying to pick up the pieces was a Long and winding road - due to the fact that I forgot my Password.
I'm know to have the Memory of an elephant, but I guess even an ol' elephant is capable of forgetting . . . .

If I have  done my homework correctly on the Blogging page, I will look Forward to posting the things I enjoy doing and/or the not so nice things that happens in the life of an old forgetful elephant.
Last but not least, I will enjoy "seeing" most of my  ol' friends here again - I will definately enjoy and appreciate the visits of new friends in future. 

Dragonfly cocoon

I really cannot remember where or when my love and admiration started growing for the small and magnificent Dragonfly.

Great was my surprise when I discovered the cocoon of two dragonflies dangling from a waterplant in the Pond.

Once again I must post a Picture of my baffled Moment -  when we payed a visit to the lovely Pond of our neighbour -  when a fairly large dragonfly settled on my Hand.
It was a wonderful experience and it still amazes me that I never went tumbling head strong into the Pond simply outta pure surprise and amazement. for the behaviour of a Little creature that is my favorite of all creatures.