The colourful bromelia, they seem to arrive in all colours in the store.
The colourful bromelia, they seem to arrive in all colours in the store.
We have it so easy in Europe. We have our catastrophes of storms and floods and even high winds. Fleeing from our home is exceptional although it can happen. Just a couple of weeks ago a village in a mountainous area in Switzerland was more or less destroyed by rocks and stones falling from the nearbye mountain, followed by mudslides burying the homes of people. Some had to flee, but many were evacutated. There are a few houses still standing but no longer habitable and the almost all of the village population (it was a smaller village) had to be rehoused, losing most of their belongings.
Today my view from the garden was a bleak sky. It was raining and a couple of crows even got into the picture flying home: how picturesque. This afternoon I read a couple of entries on Word Press from my distant online friend Scottie telling of the preparations he will have to meet to avoid the path of hurricaine Irma in Florida which is expected in a day, now a matter of hours. When you know someone, even if only online, it brings the tragedy even closer. Many are fleeing by road, if they were lucky enough to get gas for their cars. Others are staying to brave it out like Scottie. And here am I shooting photos of dark clouds, nice and safe at home.
Politically the world has gone crazy. We have people in powerful positons that prefer to play golf than deal with immediate problems, probably becaue they are too stupid to search for their solutions, or have better things to do.
We now have hurricanes to combat, forest fires in large areas of the States. Islands in the Caribbean have already been partially destroyed by this hurricaine before it reached the coast of Florida. As if nature knew about what I was writing I just got a new flash on my electronic devices that a glacier in the area of Wallis in Switzerland is threatening to break up and houses in the area of a place called Saas-Grund are now being evacuated. Again the mountains are threatening. Saas Grund is in a skiing area, well known for its holiday resorts, but people also live there. Although a distance of about 5-6 hours by road from us, Switzerland is a very small country, so everything is near.
Mr. Swiss only said today when will we get the next earthquake, after hearing of the all time biggest earthquake that has happened in Mexico. Even lightening was seen coming out of the ground, although this is some sort of natural phenomenon that can occur. Who knows what is going on down below in the spiritual world and I really do not want to know. Now and again we have earth tremors, nothing big worth mentioning in the world news, but I remember the last one up in the local mountain. I though there had been a gas problem in our cellar, but they were only earth movements from the core of the earthquake. Our last big one was in the 14th centuary in the town of Basel, about 100 kilometers away from us, so who knows.
Keep safe Scottie, and hope to meet you again online when it has all passed.
There are strange plants growing in my garden sometimes. This looks very extra terrestrial and I have no idea what it is. It looks sort of super grassy and suddenly these strange seeds appeared so of course, take a photo. I assume they were strays from the bird food of last winter that decided to grow.
The weather is getting colder and it is time to drag a few of my plants inside that have spent the summer in the garden. I have two avocados in pots which I grew from their stones and they are more accustomed to warmer weather, so I must find them a comfortable place in the living room. There is also a poinsettia, which I almost gave up, but throughout the summer it has recovered and who knows, I might get nice red leaves for Christmas. Not to forget my Christmas cactus that has produced many new leaves and hopefully will develop some flowers eventually.
My hedges also need cutting in the garden. After the building work is completed in about six weeks (if we are lucky) there is a gardener organised to put my garden back to how it should be. Workman boots have managed to trample my lawn and left it with some bare patches. There is a complete small flower bed that is now just desert and the bordering hedge plant was sawn off. It is all organised in the renovation plan and costs that the gardener will restore everything to how it was before the attack in April, so in the great words of Mr. Swiss “wait and see”. He said that about Donald Trump as well, and we are still waiting but have seen nothing.
When we approached our settlement on the way home from the shopping trip yesterday, we had to wait at the railway barrier for the train to pass. Another opportunity for a road train photo, I have many. It is a useful train because it takes us to the main station in Solothurn in a matter of 5-10 minutes where we have connections to the rest of the world, at least Switzerland. It serves the villages along our main road with a half hour service. By looking at this photo I notice that one of our neighbours has actually planted a Swiss flag in the garden which I had never noticed before. Perhaps it is just a remainder from our 1st August National Day celebrations.
And now to move on, there are things to do and places to go with my vacuum cleaner. Today nothing special is planned, but who knows. Perhaps I might drag myself out further afield.
I will leave you with the pathetic remains of my Echinacea, also known as Cone Flowers. Yes slowly but surely the flowers have decided to retreat for the Winter.
Have a good week-end, and those that must work for the rest of us, try to make the most of it.
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