Flower of the Day: 13.01.2017 Amaryllis

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It is now time to show my amaryllis. It started to flower after Christmas, and now all four buds have opened, but I can only fit three into the photo, the fourth flower is hiding behind the others. It is my first amaryllis for a few years, but I have decided to keep the tradition of an amaryllis at Christmas. I had to put it on the floor, as it grew too tall for on a table. Here is it in the full length.

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Flower of the Day: 13.01.2017 Amaryllis

Daily Prompt: There is always a possiblity

Clearing snowy paths

One thing I must say for the Swiss, they master snow situations with their capabilities. The country is destined to fight against the snow. I am originally a Brit, and sorry to say it, but the Brits still treat the snow as an invader from another world. I got news today of snowfalls on the British Island, but it was Scotland, had nothing to do with England, and you rarely hear the Scots complainign about snow. They have grown up with it. The english are something completely different. Three days in advance the news shows treacherous road conditions, probably filmed about 2-3 years ago when they had the last snow falls, as a warning of the shape of things that might come. Of course the country collapses in a pile of despair, and why? Mainly because they have no snow plows available, at least not enough, they have no salt to spread, and above all walking in your fashionable shoes with heels and no profile on the sole is not the thing to do. There are a few golden oldies that realise the seriousness of the dress situation, but in Switzerland we can do it.

OK, I am now retired, do not have to do it and can watch from the window. This morning the snow returned after a break of two days. Driving to the supermarket this morning was easy peasy, the roads were in order, and the snow was disappearing on the road surface as it fell. It kept falling all morning and during my golden oldie midday sleep when the sound of a snow plough awoke me  from my dreams, so I took a look out of the window and saw the guy in the photo already clearing our paths and doing a good job of it. Mr. Swiss, being in the picture of the moder snow clearing developments, had informed me that the Swiss now have a new system. The salt is liquified and sprayed on the road surfaces during the night, to prevent freezig. Yes we are so capable.

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This was the result of half an hour taking a walk with the snow clearing machine: a manageable path no drama, no problem. Even I could walk along the path with my cane, although there I am not so capable perhaps and prefer to take photos from my room.

Snow clearance is orgnised in Switzerland. The troops are already on their way in the early hours of the morning if it snows during the night, clearing the motorways and roads, the paths being the last on the list. I used to dislike snow, never enjoyed it, but now I can relax and appreciate the beauty of it all. I just noticed that our snow clearance man has finished clearing away the snow and is now taking a walk with a bucket full of salt, sprinkling the paths to ensure we do not slip and slide on the surfaces afterwards.

I also notied a monster snow plough on our top path but that travelled further to the village streets.

At the moment we have a topsy turvy of snow, rain and nothing. After two days of almost no snow and warmer temperatures we could see the grass again. Since this morning we have received 7-8 centimetres of the stuff and it is now laying in our garden. Mr. Swiss said that most probably they cannot hold the Lauberhorn Downhill ski race beause of the snow – one of the ski highlights of the Swiss ski season. Of course he is a real Swiss, and realises the reasons why. I thought you had to have snow for a ski race, but it seems you can have too much snow.

And now your local Swiss news reporter will leave you. Yes we can, we are capable.

Daily Prompt: There is always a possiblity

Good Morning

Sunrise

Sunrise is looking as stormy as it is. The snow has now gone, just a few spots here and there and we are not even left with wet remainders. Yesterday was a day filled with rumours of approaching high winds. Even the weather forecaster on the Swiss TV had to report from the studio instead of the live evening report from the high roof of the TV studios because of the strong winds. When I went to bed the winds were gathering in force and I heard a crash outside on the porch. Mr. Swiss had been battening down the hatches during the evening, but forgot a small collapsable table leaned again our garden garbage container, which was swept off its feet, but no breakage. Our neighbour on the top floor seems to store her PET plastic bottles on the balcony, and so they had all arrived in our garden through the wind.

This morning it is still windy, but not as bad as it was. The birds can fly and are now busy searching for food. The warmer weather seems to given them an appetite. Yesterday I saw that we were being invaded by female blackbirds.

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I only saw the female of the species pecking around, probably searching for the new born worms of the season, although she did not find any. This time I could get quite close. They usually fly away as soon as I open the window, but she stayed where she was, so I ventured slowly but surely closer and she did not budge.

It is Friday again, so week-end shopping time. I spent some time yesterday evening composing my shopping list. No. 1 son is away this evening at a concert helping out with this and that and enjoying the loud music, so it will be a romantic evening with Mr.Swiss this evening, but no candlelight supper. We will be dining on frozen pizzas from the supermarket. Now and again I like a relaxed evening with nothing to do. Just warm up the oven, shove the pizza in and 10 minutes later you can eat it. Although I put plates on the table, I could spare the bother as I usually eat it by hand. The problem is which flavour to take. I like it plain and simple, just cheese and tomato, but now and again we have a fling with quattro stagioni (four seasons) where it has a bit of everything – oh the decisions we must make.

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This magpie will probably be glad that the snow has disappeared. It looks a little lost in our snowscape in the garden, probably wondering where to search for something to eat.

I nearly forgot, but yesterday it happened, it happened so thick and fast I lost count, but yes, I am now the proud possessor of 5005 followers in WordPress. I had a rocket speed increase yesterday and this morning I have topped the 5,000 mark. Ok, no big deal but the little things in a blogger’s life are the things that make it worth blogging. Of course, I would like to thank my faithful followers for their likes, comments, and actually reading my words of wisdom, or pehaps just my ramblings. Without you all I would be nothing, a mere collection of letters, words, sentences and parragraphs in this wide world of Blog. After reading through the last words, I should really win a Blogging oscar – my speech would definitely become famous. But to be serious, which I am not very good at, I treasure each one of you taking the time actually reading what I write and I really appreciate it. So now I will wipe my eyes and return to the problems of the day,

And now I things to do. My growing avocado tree needs its daily ration of water, the appartment needs its daily ration of vacuum cleaner, and above all I need my daily ration of exciting moments at the supermarket. See you on the flip side.