Good Morning

Feeding the birds
So here she is, the bird lady of Feldbrunnen just returning from the bread distribution for the birds as the first excursion in the early morning. Note the fashionable long coat whch is very practical against minus centigrade temperatures. I remember buying it cut price as one of those coats they could not otherwise sell, but with my 1 meter 75cms height it was ideal, although I now only use it for arctic walks in the early morning.

So after that shock of seeing me, totally unprepared, I will now continue with my day in the Swiss wilds. I have had breakfast and decided I should really clean up my computer keyboard. The space bar seems to stick now and again. I am sure that some jam has dripped into the spaces. I was thinking it would be a good idea to have a thin strong plastic cover for the keyboard. You could remove it and give it a wipe over now and again to prevent these things happening.

Today is phase 2 of the Christmas food shopping list. I am so well prepared that I am sure I will forget something eventually.  It is a big advantage that Christmas falls on the week-end. When I think back to many years ago when I was catering for six family members, as well as my parents who were here from London, I really do not know how I managed it all. The big supermarket had not yet been built, and I could not drive a car. I remember I had a large shopping bag on wheels that I would pull behind me, packed with the shopping and also carry an extra bag. Yes, I was then the bionic woman. Today I am a retired golden oldie with Mr. Swiss on the shopping trip in the car and if the worst would arrive, we could always order it online to be delivered.

I let Mr. Swiss out on his own yesterday for a few quests in town and he arrived home with a new mobile telephone, which actually did not surprise me. The phone he had was showing symptoms of disintegrating. It was bent is a strange way and the case that enclosed it was attacking the iPhone. I suspect he sat on it now and again as he kept it in his back pocket. Now he has an iPhone No. 7, I still have a No. 6. And so his first work was to install everything on this new phone. He said that the phone store we use in town was packed with a queue to the door, so he went to the alternative shop. He was served quicker, although he did say that the assistant was not exactly keen on work until he asked her “are you actually interested in selling anything”. It was then she reacted and he got service. They always fitted up the phone for you in the main store, but Mr. Swiss said those happy days are gone and you have to pay for the extra service or do it yourself.

Of course Mr. Swiss was doing it himself, and after an hour of profanities and various application problems, he actually succeeded. I am thinking seriously of getting a new phone, as I still have the older model. My main interest is the camera application. The cameras are really good and on the new model even better, but I have decided to wait until after the Christmas panic and yes, I will pay the extra 10-20 swiss francs to have them do it for me.  I can afford it and my nerves prefer it.

And now to be off to other fields of exploration, and then they will let me out to attack the store and capture a few necessary objects that they are holding to ransom. Oh, the life of a golden oldie is full of surprises.

Enjoy the day everyone, or night, and the Christmas stress, if you take part in it. Personally  I am only spectator and write a report on it all in my blogging daily efforts.

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7 thoughts on “Good Morning

  1. As bread is salty, you should not forget to put some water out for the birds – at least, when it is not freezing. You should NOT feed bird bread when it is freezing – the salt is not nice to them.

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    • I always have a bowl of water outside Winter and Summer. My cat likes a drink, the hedgehogs have a drink during the night, and any other animals that might be around. The water is renewed if the level goes down and if it is frozen in the morning it is immediately filled with fresh water. Just during the night we do not sit outside to make sure it does not freeze, whereas on the porch it does not freeze so much. Birds are regular visitors to the water bowl.

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    • I have a bird house full of seedy food. I have a layer of special Fettfutter on the ground for those birds that like to feed on the ground and I also have balls of food with Fett hanging on various trees. The bread I spread on the ground in the morning is almost fresh, definitely not mouldy and it seems to be a favourite amongst the crows and magpies. Now and again a sparrow might find something, but I do not think they are feeding more harmful food in my garden than they pick up in any garbage can or on the street. I will continue to feed the birds with my bread remainders until spring. In March I usually put the bird feeder in the cellar and stop feeding the birds. Up to now it has been a mild winter with no snow so I suppose they do not need feeding at all according to the experts. However, I am no expert and my birds are doing well at the moment, although I suspect they might have problems with being overweght 🙂


  2. I have a coat like that, but shorter. Long coats are always too long for me having the opposite problem to yours — I’m really short. I always wanted to be tall. Garry too. Sometimes, when we are with tall friends, we look like hobbits hanging out with the elves 🙂

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    • I must have had that coat at least 10 years, it is very handy. Otherwise I have two similar models in half length for every day use in Winter. Seems the days of the winter coats are now gone, at least in our part of the woods. I am taller than Mr. Swiss, a couple of centimeters, but that is not difficult, I am taller than most people except for my two sons which are both more than a few centimeters taller than me. One thing we all have in common,is that we all seemt to have big feet.


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