There is nothing more romantic than waking in the morning and finding a gas canister in front of the bedroom window. Yesterday I heard the sounds of a flame thrower outside and discovered the workmen have a new surprise. They are welding dark pieces of black plastic lookalike to the wall. It is a waterproof protection.
The gas canister has now got nearer, and I have visions of gas explosions – you never know. Thank goodness tomorrow is a national holiday in Switzerland for Ascension Day and everything is closed. We will have a day of silence from pneumatic whatever and blowtorch dragons. Some places in Switzerland also close down on Friday to make a long week-end, but I am convinced builders are not included. They will be back on Friday to continue their programme of disturbance. I almost forgot the holiday, being a golden oldie, as these things no longer have the importance they used to have. Every day is now a holiday – more or less.
And what will the Angloswiss family be doing tomorrow to celebrate? We will be at home enjoying the peace and quiet and abscence of builders. They have now boarded up the balconies above as they floors will be replaced by new tiles and the protective banisters are going to be replaced by higher banisters to meet the new modern normalities. You might be asking “is this really necessary” and so are we. A few of the inhabitants believe that our building was crumbling, doomed to ruin after only 20 years. A coat of paint would have done the trick and a few repairs, but no. There are some amongst us that decided to have the place coated in gold and convinced others of the importance. There are some, like us, the golden oldies with life’s experience, that do not believe everything and objected, but those who had little faith and did not know what they were agreeing to, forced this complete, expensive, not necessary project upon us. The whole thing is assuming biblical proportions. There are advantage is not believing everything you are told. Slowly but surely our block where we live is becoming the joke of the village, I am sure.
So today we will be on a shopping trip as we have a close down tomorow – no shops open, or anything else. We never really go shopping on Thursday, so it does not make a big difference. Although I ordered my diabetes tablets yesterday by phone to the chemists and will pick them up today. They do not stock them, but if I order them they have them the next day. I also ordered three months supply of my injections which will be delivered by special courier on Saturday morning.
And now to move on. I have a programme to complete. I was reminded yesterday that life goes on when a rose chafer decided to visit my asian peony. I love those chafers, with their shiny green shells. Unfortunately they tend to have kamikaze characteristics and often fly into my windows. I have to rescue the stunned bugs afterwards and replace them in the garden.
Enjoy the day, it can only get better – I am telling myself all the time.