Good Morning World

Early morning snow

It is not a dirty mobile telephone camera lens, but it began to snow which tends to distort the photo: nothing special or a blizzard, just very fine snow flakes which could become something bigger if the cold  temperatures remain and the snow continues. We have been expecting it for at least two days, but the Swiss like to be careful with their predictions and warn people ahead.

Today is one of those days where they let me out to do some week-end shopping. We have re-organised the menue twice already. No. 1 son decided to take a day trip to Geneva on Saturday, meaning that Mr.Swiss and Mrs Angloswiss can have a candlelight lunch together, problem being the candles do not look so good at midday on the table. We decided on something quick, good and fried, like a steak, but we wanted the steak on Sunday: oh, the decisions of life. We will now wait and see when we get to the supermarket. Perhaps they have a special offer for something.


I decided it was time to show my amaryllis of the wonders of nature. It flowered some time at the beginning of January and I took a few photos. I left it in the pot, thinking about what to do with it. It is so long that I had an amaryllis I had forgotten that they usually make two flower stalks. I saw some leaves appearing and in the middle a bud began to poke through. The first flowers have long wilted, but I decided to leave them, even dead flowers have their fascination. The dead flowers have also developed quite big seed pods at the base of the flower. So my new flower bud is growing fast and furious. One of the wonders of nature and all that jazz. I have now discovered an internet site where some guy explains how to look after your amaryllis and get it to flower again for the next year. I might try that one. I could perhaps even write a book about it – “how to resurrect your amaryllis from the remains of the year before”. You have to choose a dynamic title for a book otherwise it will not sell.

Unknown bug 09.02 (1)

Talking of nature, I was cleaning windows yesterday morning and this little guy decided to appear from nowhere and take a walk across the floor. I had a choice, either kill it or take a photo. I decided on the photo and named it “unknown bug”. Within half a day one of my fellow viewers on Flickr sent me a short message telling me that this was an example of the  Leptoglossus occidentalis, in plain english a western conifer seed bug. In planer english, a stinkbug. Of course, I should have recognised him, although he is a refugee from another country, the USA, arriving in europe in the late nineties. These invaders should really be stopped and their documents taken way: sent back to where they came from. We have conifers in our forests, far too many, and I can now imagine a complete invasion of the unwanted invaders. In the neanwhile mine is now hiding somwhere outside. I did not notice he smelt, but I did not get close enough.

So time to go, I have a plan to keep. Even we golden oldies have to have some organisation. You cannot just sit on a computer all the time, at least not until the afternoon. Although this afternoon I have my doctor’s appointment for the idiot test to see if I can keep my driving licence. Everyone seems to think it will be a walk through, but I am prepared for anything.

See you around on the flip side.

4 thoughts on “Good Morning World

  1. Good morning, Pat. You had snow but this morning just around dawn we had thunder and lightning. I wasn’t expecting it at all and was engrossed in a documentary film about Range Rovers when there was a huge flash. So I guess we are in for a rainy day and I am cancelling all plans to go out.

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  2. Good luck with your test! I’m sure you will fly through it, but however it goes, I hope you like the outcome. We’re into snow season with snow predicted every day this week. It’s going to be very messy.

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    • Test over and survived – more later. The snow has now disappeared here. Yesterday a few sprinklings and afterwards some rain. It seems to be a Winter that was not quite, but almost. Roll on Spring.


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